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*Sam* (From *Jim Henson - The Works*) Donated by Jack Maier
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Jim and Jane Henson WRC-TV Publicity Photo (from the 1994  PBS Great Performances production The World of Jim Henson, Directed by Judy Kinburg, and donated by Jack Maier.)
Sam, Jim, Kermit, Yorick, and Jane.
(Donated by Jack Maier)
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.
Jane, Jim, Jerry Juhl - 1963 TV Guide Photo (Donated by Jack Maier)
Jane and Jim Henson, and co-writer Jerry Juhl
pose with Yorick, Kermit, and Wontkins.
1963 TV Guide photo.
(Donated by Jack Maier)
Layne Mandell Bergin (and her brother Lee) loved the show,
but laments, "It was so short that it was over as soon as it began!".
Kermina meets Yorick... Still Under Wraps - From a 1963 TV Guide Article - Donated By Jack Maier
Kermina meets Yorick, who's under wraps.
(Photo from a 1963 TV Guide Article)
(Donated by Jack Maier)
Dave Statter notes that the show. sponsored by Esskay, also aired on
Baltimore's WBAL-TV 11 at some point. (The book "Baltimore Broadcasting
from A-Z" confirms that fact, but with no dates.) Dave remembers the Muppets having fun with the name of WBAL staff announcer, Rolf Hertsgaard.

(Learn more about the many Baltimore-based kid shows of the 1950s,
'60s and beyond  at CrabCityKidsTV.Com )

Kermit and the Inchworm Bit (From Jim Henson - The Works) Donated by Jack Maier
Kermit and the Inchworm Bit 
(Photo From "Jim Henson - The Works")
(Donated by Jack Maier)
Tick-Tock Sick (Label Donated by Warrick)
(Photos of Actual Record Labels Donated by Warrick)

According to Karen Falk, Archivist for The Jim Henson Company: "A 45RPM record was recorded under the Signature label ('A product of Hanover-Signature Record Corp.'). The main song was called 'Tick-Tock Sick"  and the flip side had a song called 'The Countryside'.

Both were written by Jim, and we have his typed lyrics for 'Tick-Tock Sick' in the archives. At the time Jim made the recording, he was living in Washington, DC and  performing Sam and Friends on local television as well as making appearances on variety shows and making commercials for various products. It is not clear that 'Tick-Tock Sick' was used for anything in particular, but it sounds like it may have accompanied puppet performances on Sam and Friends or a variety show. 

The theme of the song, the relentlessness of time,  was later explored by Jim in his 1964 short film,  TimePiece, and touched on again with the thirteen hour clock in Labyrinth.

Jim Henson accomplished an amazing amount in his life, but given the large number of files on unrealized projects that are in the archives, he clearly didn't have enough time to do all that he wanted to do. And 'Tick-Tock Sick' tells us that he was already feeling the crunch just six years into his career."

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The Countryside (Label Donated by Warrick)

"Tick-Tock Sick", but NOT "The Countryside", was found on a compilation CD album
entitled "Beat Jazz" on the Pesky Serpent label.
(The sound klip and the letter from Ms. Falk were donated by Jack Maier.)

Hear "Tick-Tock Sick"; a beat jazz tune composed and performed
by Jim Henson in 1960 at Kidshow Klips.
Muppets Move To  NYC ad from 1963 AFTRA Directory (Donated By Skip McCloskey)
Around 1962, the Hensons left DC to seek their fortune in the Big Apple, as evidenced by this advertisement that appeared in the 1963 AFTRA Directory.
(Donated by Skip McCloskey)
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.
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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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