Press Release from PRNewswire - September 28, 2005
Jim Henson, Muppets, Get Stamps of Approval; Kermit the Frog, Celebrating 50 Years in Entertainment, Emcees Ceremony
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Henson and his beloved Muppets
were immortalized on United States postage stamps today in Los Angeles at the
Academy of the Television Arts & Sciences (http://www.emmys.tv), the same
organization that bestowed several Emmy(R) Awards upon the extraordinary
artist and visionary, and also inducted him into the Television Academy Hall
of Fame. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Jim Henson: The
Man Behind the Muppets commemorative stamp sheet coincides with the 50th
anniversary of Henson's most famous Muppet, Kermit the Frog, who emceed the
event. The 11 stamp pane of 37-cent First-Class stamps is available in North
Hollywood, CA, today and nationwide tomorrow.
"The strong legacy of family fun Jim Henson created still resonates around
the world," said Anita Bizzotto, U.S. Postal Service Chief Marketing Officer
and Executive Vice President, who dedicated the stamps. "When people see the
stamps, they will be a reminder of the man who taught us to not take human
flaws so seriously -- a reminder that one person can make 'a difference in
this world,' " she said, referring to Henson's quotation on the stamp selvage.
Uniquely Designed Autographed Stamps
This pane includes a 1986 Norman Seeff photograph of Henson accompanied by
his visionary quote: "When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the
people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a
little bit better for my having been there."
Ten additional stamps depict 13 famous Muppet characters: Kermit the Frog;
Sam the Eagle; Statler and Waldorf; Animal; Rowlf the Dog; Fozzie Bear; Miss
Piggy; Swedish Chef; Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker; and the
Great Gonzo and Camilla the Chicken.
When applied to a white envelope, each of the individually photographed
Muppet stamps appears to burst through. This effect was created by
photographing the characters and torn white paper separately to enhance
highlights and shadows. The two images were merged and digitally enhanced to
produce a fun and lighthearted stamp sheet.
The back of each stamp sheet features humorous autographed notes from each
of the Muppet characters. The reverse of Miss Piggy's stamp reads, "Moi is
thrilled ... for all those lucky people who will get your letter with Moi's
gorgeous face on the envelope. Don't even think of canceling moi, sweetie!
Kissy, Kissy (signed Miss Piggy)."