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Harry the Hipster spoofs 
Edward  R. Morrow's "Person To Person" 
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All images courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy & the Henson Family, TM & 2008 The Jim Henson Company
All Muppets, photos, and likenesses 2008 The Jim Henson Company.
Muppet, Muppets, characters & elements TM The Jim Henson Company.
Jim Henson, Circa 1955 (From Jim Henson at Maryland web site)
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Eighteen-year-old Jim Henson was hired by WRC-TV 4 program director Jim Kovach around Fall 1954. Among his duties was working with a young Willard Scott on the variety/news show "Afternoon" which debuted March 7th, 1955. 

In Willard's 1982 autobiography, "The Joy of Living", he writes about those early days of television, interacting with " ... an innovative bunch of puppets created by a guy named Jim Henson. They were called the Muppets. ... I worked with a bald- headed Muppet with a big nose, named Sam, sort of the way Fran Allison worked on Kukla, Fran and Ollie.  Then there was the frog named Kermit. I used to do a commercial for a local peanut butter called Schindlers. He'd open his mouth, I'd give him a big spoonful, and he'd go 'ahh'". 

Kermit (During the *Sam and Friends*  years) - From *Jim Henson - The Works* (Donated by Jack Maier)
Kermit on the set of "Sam and Friends"
(From "Jim Henson - The Works")
(Donated by Jack Maier)
When the show debuted, Jim Henson was a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he had met Jane Nebel, 
(who would eventually become his wife), in a puppetry class.

Jane Nebel marries Jim Henson, 1959
(From the "Jim Henson at University of Maryland" web site)
Sam and Friends *That Old Black Magic* (Donated by Jack Maier)
In typical "Sam & Friends" fashion, Sam (left) and Kermitina (right) lip-sync
to the 1958 Louis Prima/Keely Smith recording of "That Old Black Magic".

Harry the Hipster (shown below right) helps-out by hitting
the "tel-le-vision like this" when the "platter gets stuck".

Harry The Hipster inThat Old Black Magic (from the 1994  PBS Great Performances production The World of Jim Henson, Directed by Judy Kinburg, and donated by Jack Maier.)
(Donated by Jack Maier)

Hear "That Old Black Magic" -- an excerpt from the "Sam
and Friends" program shown above -- at Kidshow Klips.
All images courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy & the Henson Family, TM & 2008 The Jim Henson Company
All Muppets, photos, and likenesses 2008 The Jim Henson Company.
Muppet, Muppets, characters & elements TM The Jim Henson Company.
TV Guide Ad 6/3 to 6/9 1961 (Donated by Jack Maier)
 "TV Guide" Magazine, 6/3 to 6/9/61 Issue
(Donated by Jack Maier)
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Sources: Trisha Katson's "Whatever Happened To Those Kiddie Show Hosts?" 1977, George Mason Univ. Phoebe Magazine, (provided by John Ahmad & Jack Maier). Some photos from Sunday Star TV Magazine & Wilkins Coffee items from 1989 ad campaign, donated by Jack Maier. Other photos from "Jim Henson: The Works:The Art, the Magic, the Imagination" by Christopher Finch, Charles S. Finch, October 1993, Random House; "What is a Muppet?" TV Guide, 7/27 -8/2/63;  1994  PBS Great Performances program "The World of Jim Henson". Directed by Judy Kinburg; & donated by Jack Maier. and from the web site "Jim Henson at University of Maryland". 45 RPM Phono record labels provided by Warrick.
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