- Jan 31, 2005
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I was about 9 years old in 3rd grade when Jim Henson died. I remember we had been remodling my parents' house and therefore had to watch t.v. in their bedroom at the time. We didn't hear anything about it until we gathered in to watch the evening news and there it was. I remember being just in shock and thinking that nothing would go on. I had just kind of reached the age where I didn't watch Sesame Street anymore because it wasn't "cool" although I secretly still loved it and I was so worried that something would happen to Kermit and Ernie and all the characters that I loved. I also remember being somewhat confused as to how he died, because they said he had pnemonia and with the AIDS epidemic at the time and so many AIDS patients losing battles with pnemonia I thought maybe that is what he had. I was kind of young and stupid I guess, in the days that followed it was cleared up for me. I also remember watching coverage on Entertainment Tonight and all these kids were writing letters asking if Big Bird would be ok and things like that and just being so sad. The worst was when I saw the cover of Time (I think) with Kermit hugging the directors chair and looking sad. I just lost it in the middle of the supermarket and my mom had to take me home. I remember watching the tribute that aired and it helped me feel better because I saw that the Muppets would go on, although they'd never be the same. Jim was amazing and I will be thinking of him all day.