In light of today’s Daily List, it’s totally appropriate to feature this 1969 segment from Iowa Public Television’s Volume See program in which Jim Henson offers up easy ways that viewers can create and work their own Muppets. It’s a fascinating look into how Henson approached his craft, punctuated by intriguing glimpses into his private life. (For some reason the offhand remark about Henson’s kids playing with store-bought puppets seems especially striking). The video runs 15 minutes, so set aside some time before sitting down to watch. And a warning: Topless Robot is not responsible for the feelings of bittersweet nostalgia and crying jags that watching this will cause. Perhaps you can cheer yourself up afterwards by downing some Chewbacca-topped wine?
Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.