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In the late 1940's, Jim Henson's father, Paul, an agronomist with the Department of Agriculture, was transferred from Stoneville, Mississippi to the Washington, D.C. area. The Henson family relocated to Hyattsville, MD, where Jim Henson's mother, Betty, had lived with her family before marrying Paul Henson. In Hyattsville, Henson developed many of the interests that he would pursue for the rest of his life, including puppetry and television.
Henson attended Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, where he joined the puppetry club to design sets. After graduating on June 14, 1954, Henson continued to live at his parent's Hyattsville residence throughout his college years, moving away to Bethesda, Maryland only after he and Jane Nebel wed in 1959. Henson's original puppet workshop and headquarters of Muppets, Inc. were located in his parents' house.
Northwestern High School
- Memorial to Jim Henson at Magruder Park, Hyattsville, Maryland
- ↑ New York Times Obituary
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jim Henson's Designs and Doodles.
- ↑ Clark, Thomas D., telephone interview with Henson archivist Karen Falk, December 10, 2009.
- ↑ jimhensonlegacy.org, October 5, 1985.