Thursday, August 20, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Jim Henson's Pool!

Earlier this week, in what turned out to be one of our most popular posts so far, we told you that Jim Henson's former residence was for sale

Did the pool look familiar? 

Well, what if I told you that not only was that pool the site of many pool parties for the Henson family and friends, but that it even graced the cover of a national magazine! 

It's true!

In 2013, the Henson Company posted an entry from Jim's journal, or red book, about the pool. 
8/24/1975 – ‘Pool party.’

On July 8, 1975, construction started on a pool at the Henson home in Bedford, NY. Jim and his wife Jane enjoyed entertaining, so they were eager to invite their friends and colleagues over for a day of swimming and sunning as soon as the pool was ready. It was the kind of casual get-together that helped create comfortable connections and inspired laughter and silliness. The Hensons hosted their friends at their Bedford pool in the ensuing years, and when they spent the summer of 1978 in a house on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles during The Muppet Movie shoot, they invited the cast and crew over to enjoy the pool there.
In 1976, the Henson's had one such pool party and many of the cast, crew, and family members of the Henson workshop were there.
Puppet builder Rollie Krewson is in front on the right
(l. to r.)Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Rollie Krewson, Heather Henson, Christine Nelson, Jerry Nelson, Bonnie Erickson
Remember how I said the pool was featured on the cover of a national magazine? Here's Miss Piggy and Kermit enjoying it on the August 1-7, 1981 cover of TV Guide! 

That's one famous pool! 

Thanks to the listing, we now have a view of the amazing residence it is part of!

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