Here's what we saw:
A frog on a log in a bog.
And here's what it took to make the magic happen
Since Jim Henson was left-handed, so were the musicians he created.
That's great! I wish he would have played longer. (yes i know it's not real)
When my Chipper was born I'd just gotten in trouble for building up too much vacation time or they'd have to pay me. I said fine, I'm taking it. I was a stay at home Dad for about 4 months. When she was tiny and I couldn't get her to nap I'd strum The Rainbow Connection in my best/horrible Kermit voice. I tried other banjo tunes, but that was the gold standard of sleepy ballads. Far far and away my fav banjo tune now
Paul Williams is a blast from the past. I looked him up & saw a picture of him from 1974. The year I started high school. We all thought he was kind of dorky/corny. Those glasses just weren't Rockin' it!
He did write a lot of songs for other people.
I was more of a Captain Kangaroo kid than a Seasame Street fan. The Captain & Mr. Green jeans.
The Friendly Giant. Mr. Dressup.
Got me thinkin' Thanks Mike!
Away back when, Henson Studios and the Star Wars people had travelling techno-exhibits
that you could see how things work (the muppets in the Dark Crystal, for example.)
I have stood on the bridge and sat in Captain Kirk's chair ( a lot of plywood and paint.)
The transporter was turned upside down from one TV series to the next.
I was hoping to meet Martina Sirtis but no such luck.
The caterpillar in the wall in the DC was a real finesse in puppetry.
One display (???) the 8' Praying Mantis gave me the creeps. The Tarantula was OK.
As MG describes above, the illusion was very carefully crafted for belief.
I, for one, do not find that knowing what's behind the scenes has destroyed the magic of it all.
I’ve wondered for 30+ years why Kermit played left handed. In the grand scheme of life it’s unimportant but I’m overjoyed now to know
I have done theater, I have done illusions of magic.
Irene would say she couldn't understand how I could ENJOY a movie or a magic show, if I knew how the effects had been rigged.
But I enjoyed seeing the product of somebody doing what they were skilled at, even as I could enjoy Irene's fried chicken, knowing that some chicken had to be killed, in order for it to happen.
I would take the first bite, and declare:
"This chicken did not die in vain!"
DANG! Now I'm hungry for fried chicken, and I miss Irene!!
'Clawhammer hand position' 11 min
'Both Sides Now' 9 hrs
'Bart Reiter Long-Neck' 9 hrs