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Happy Birthday, Jim Henson

University Park's famed resident would have celebrated his 75th birthday on Sept. 24.

Jim Henson, famous Muppet creator and possibly one of the most creative entertainers and entrepreneurs, would have been 75 years old this past Saturday.

Henson grew up in University Park in two homes and began his art of "muppetry" while living there. The town will celebrate there 75th Anniversary and the life Jim Henson at their on Oct. 9 (More details to come, so stay tuned to Patch.)

Soon after starting his bachelor's education at the University of Maryland, Henson created Sam and Friends, which aired live on WRC-TV, Washington, D.C. and included an early version of Kermit the Frog.

Henson went on to graduate from UMd. in 1960, and eventually moved on to create the Muppets.

Who was your favorite muppet character?

DWIGHT HOLMES September 28, 2011 at 03:56 AM
My understanding is that he lived -- at some point -- in the little yellow house that sits on the corner of 42nd Ave & Gallatin St in Hyattsville. Perhaps that's in addition to a stint in UP as well?? Anybody?
David Ottalini September 28, 2011 at 04:15 PM
The University of Maryland had a wonderful celebration on Friday, the 23rd in the Stamp Student Union. Info, photo and audio of the program can be found online at: http://newsdesk.umd.edu/universitynews/release.cfm?ArticleID=2512 and we have a great story and video about Henson and his significance to the University of Maryland at: http://newsdesk.umd.edu/uniini/release.cfm?ArticleID=2511. (Dave Ottalini - University of Maryland)

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