Despite what recent events might lead you to believe, it's not every day one finds a lost Henson film hidden away in an archive somewhere. And the discovery is bound to inspire unusual behavior in the discoverer. "I literally jumped up and down in my office," AT&T contractor Robin Edgerton told Crave in an e-mail. "I did a touchdown dance. I don't think I've ever done a touchdown dance before.". Edgerton's history of archiving work has given her a certain amount of esoteric knowledge. Among other things, she'd previously helped New York's WNET use the Web to resurrect "Our Vanishing Wilderness," one of the first-ever environmental TV shows, as well as the '60s-era show "Soul," which students of African-American culture (and fans of performers like Taj Mahal) shouldn't miss. Her work has also given her eclectic, and esoteric, tastes--tastes that apparently include obscure corporate and industrial films.
"I've been a fan of Henson's work for a long time," strongfit designers case for apple iphone 7 plus and 8 plus - aqua mandala Edgerton says, "especially his commercial work from the early 1960s." Such a rarified--one might even say "geeky"--appetite served her well, Neither of the Henson films was labeled as such, but seeing the title of the first film, Edgerton plucked both off the shelf ("I'll generally check out anything that says 'robot' on it," she says--a good insider tip for the aspiring archivists out there), And while watching the shorts, she knew she'd made a find..
"The biggest tip-off was that they were FUNNY," she wrote. "And they had explosions, which Henson was particularly fond of at that point in time (see his commercials from the period). And that voice--even though it had a robot audio filter, it sounded Kermit-ish.". Her true eureka moment came, however, when she contacted the Henson archives and was directed, for reference, to a page on Henson.com that discusses the advent of Sesame Street's Sam the Robot. There, in vivid black and white, was a vintage photo of none other than Computer H14. Touchdown.
(The Henson.com page strongfit designers case for apple iphone 7 plus and 8 plus - aqua mandala also includes a link to "Paperwork Explosion," a wonderfully retro film Henson made for IBM in 1967, We'll embed that after "Charlie Magnetico" for the lovers of archaic data-processing gear among you, And for the Henson buffs, the film makes it plain that Henson's filmmaking and comedic chops were impressive with or without puppets, Plus, there's an old man in the film who's the spitting image of the Muppets' Waldorf.), So, to what do we owe the online posting of films like "Robot" and "Charlie Magnetico"?..
"The contents of [the archives] are incredibly important.." Laing wrote. "By putting these films and videos online, we offer a window into our technological and cultural history. These films tell small stories about every aspect of American life: from home design, to technological discovery, to work life, even to national defense. They feature brilliant scientists, cultural icons, and--sometimes--angry robots!". "Charlie Magnetico" is the second lost Henson film to be posted online in as many weeks. Crave hears from the AT&T archivist who unearthed these little jewels.
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