Jim Henson quote

"I know it's easier to portray a world filled with cynicism and anger, where problems are solved with violence...It's an easy out. What's a whole lot tougher is to offer alternatives, to present other ways conflicts can be resolved, and to show you can have a positive impact on your world. To do that, you have to put yourself out on a limb, take chances, and run the risk of being called a do-gooder."

Jim Henson

Born: September 24, 1936

Die: May 16, 1990

Occupation: Puppeteer

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Life is meant to be fun, and joyous, and fulfilling.

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Well, Detroit Institute is kind of a key - probably the largest permanent collection of puppets in the US.

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