To Play Well With Others: A Letter of Gratitude to Jim Henson

"Who knows? You could make millions of people happy."

Appears in Spring 2012 Issue: Legacies
March 1st, 2012

Dear Jim,

This is awkward—I doubt that you can hear me. But I'm willing to risk embarrassment, and that's partly your fault.

You see, you're the one who encouraged me to dream big, take risks, silence fears of failure, and pour my life into ideas that had no guarantee of making it past the front door.

You introduced me to a frog who left his swampland home and headed for Hollywood with nothing but a banjo and a dream. You created a wild-eyed daredevil who liked to blast himself out of cannons, and who exclaimed from the basket of a high-flying hot air balloon, "I'd like to try this without the balloon!"

So even though you're not here, I want you to hear this.

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