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Henson Stamp Campaign begins

By Daniel O'Toole and Phillip Chapman
November 13, 1998

Jim Henson and Kermit the FrogAs many of you know, Jim Henson passed away on May 16, 1990 leaving behind a legacy of quality entertainment.

It all started in 1955 with some simple puppets on a five-minute program and grew to an international company, responsible for some of the highest revered programming in television and movie history. In 1969, "Sesame Street" was the most radical new concept in children's programming and quickly established itself as the most important children's program ever. "The Muppet Show", launched in 1976, became the greatest international television hit of all time, having been aired in more than 100 countries. Jim Henson also pushed the limits of the available technology, which led to the creation of the Jim Henson Creature Shop. The Creature Shop is one of the top animatronic special effects houses in the film industry supplying everything from computer generated dragons for "Merlin", to prosthetics for "The English Patient" and animals for "Babe" and Eddie Murphy's "Dr. Dolittle."

Since his works have had a significant impact on our lives, we at Muppet Central have decided to organize a campaign to nominate Jim Henson for a US Commemorative Stamp. It is a distinct honor to be portrayed on a US postage stamp, but we need your help to make it a reality.

For this campaign to be successful, we must show that Jim Henson and his works have widespread national appeal and significance. You can help us prove that Henson fits the bill by writing a letter stating why you believe he deserves to be honored on a US stamp and mailing it to Daniel O'Toole for inclusion with the proposal.

You can also e-mail Daniel O'Toole at hensonstamp@hotmail.com with questions or for more information.

Don't delay! Come visit our web page. We've even made it easy for you to write your letter. If you are using a Java capable browser, just fill in some blanks, hit print, sign, and your letter is ready to mail.

Please remember that this is an old-fashioned snail mail campaign. E-mail letters will not properly help demonstrate support for a Jim Henson stamp and may impede efforts by clogging our e-mail account. You can, however, help us through e-mail by forwarding this letter to as many people as possible.

We're looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Phillip Chapman
Muppet Central Webmaster

Daniel O'Toole
Jim Henson Stamp Campaign Chairman


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