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Brian Jay Jones: "Jim Henson: The Biography"

Millions of people around the world know the characters: Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy and Big Bird. They all share the same creator: Jim Henson. But while he is best known as the man behind the Muppets, puppetry opened the door to his real love, TV. Henson grew up during the golden age of television and was fascinated with the new medium and its creative possibilities. At 17, he wrangled a job as a puppeteer on a local Washington, D.C., morning show and soon, Jim had his own program. "Sam and Friends" featured a flexible puppet made from his mother’s old felt coat. Its name? Kermit. A new biography explores the life and imagination of Jim Henson. Guest host Susan Page talks with biographer Brian Jay Jones and Henson's colleague, Dave Goelz, on Henson's life and legacy.

Photos: Jim Henson And The Muppets

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Excerpt from "Jim Henson: The Biography" by Brian Jay Jones. Copyright 2013 by Brian Jay Jones. Reprinted here by permission of Ballantine Books. All rights reserved.

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