Show Business: The Man Behind the Frog

Jim Henson's Christmas present last year from Muppeteer Dave Goelz was a diver's weight belt, which Goelz called a "metabolic equalizer." The idea was that Henson, suitably ballasted, might slow down. That seems not to have happened; as Henson ricochets off New York on his way from Los Angeles to London, he spins out titles for the 50 or so Muppet books he has decreed: Miss Piggy's Foolproof 14-Day Diet, The Swedish Chef on How to Cook a Chicken.

His style is not frenzied—he is notably calm, in fact—but it is unusually intense....

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