Cobblestones-- Going Gonzo for Jim Henson - FamilyEducation
Cobblestones-- Going Gonzo for Jim Henson
01/25/2011 at 08:57 AM


New to the board, but I come baring gifts (hopefully)

I've been a reporter for NPR for about 6 years... as well as a lifelong Muppet fan. A little while ago, I was lucky enough to meet and interview Jane and Heather Henson as well as Dave Goelz. Thankfully, they turned out to be who I needed them to be. Sweet, genuine people. It would have hurt horribly if they turned out to be rats or divas. The child in me needed them to live up to my memories of the Muppets.

Thankfully, one of the sweetest moments in my reporting career involved Jane Henson.

We had just finished our interview and she left the room. I began speaking with a docent for the Smithsonian. The feature was on the Fantastic World of Jim Henson exhibit. A few minutes into that interview I hear this shy tapping on the door. Jane peeks her head in and says in a meek voice,

"My daughter's here too. Would you mind interviewing her too?"

It was so wonderful. I felt so honored just to get the chance to speak with them! They could have been self-important or stiff and professional or even bored, but they were the opposite genuine and sweet and attentive... and a little bit cautious.

Afterwards, I conducted an interview with Dave Goelz (Gonzo and others) on the phone. We were scheduled to speak for about ten minutes and wound up chatting for about an hour. It is one of the only raw tapes that I have kept in full.

I have produced a new partial interview with him that you can find here. One day, I'd like to put out the whole thing.

Please visit and let me know what you think.


There's also a new interview just up featuring Lt. Col. Ivan Ware who is a Tuskegee Airman. He talks about serving with Army Ordinance for 32 months in WWII, joining up with the TA in Lockbourne, Ohio, and the effects of integration on that unit. I was excited to get a chance to meet one of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen as I think their story is important on many levels. Please feel free to share this.