The man behind the Muppets, Fraggle Rock and many of Sesame Street's most beloved puppets got a 21st-century shout-out Friday, in the former of an interactive "doodle" atop Google's main search engine page.
Jim Henson, who died in May of 1990, would have turned 75 on Friday. In his honor, the northern California technology company created a doodle with images of puppets much like those he'd created over the course of his legendary career.
Google posted a message on its official blog, in which Brian Henson, the chairman of The Jim Henson Company, described his father as a playful, happy, forgiving, visionary and creative figure.
"Every day for him was joyously filled with the surprises of other people's ideas," he wrote. "I often think that, if we all lived like that today, not only would life be more interesting, we'd all be a lot happier."
On the doodle, the words "Jim Henson's 75th birthday" occasionally appeared when users move their mouse over the graphic. Clicking on the phrase led to a Google search of Jim Henson.