IBM Muppets and the Nerd Herd

After dumping our kids with some family members my wife and I are enroute to Switzerland for a much needed vacation. Our cab is just about to drop us off at DTW for our sojourn to Atlanta > Zurich. The following is a repost from Adam’s June 2010 blog on some Jim Henson muppet videos made for IBM. Enjoy the flashback (on two different levels).

Technologizer has arecent article about some internal IBM corporate videos made by Jim Henson back in the late 60s (a couple years before the introduction of Sesame Street.) Some of his characters are already formed, such as Kermit and Rowlf, but in others you can see the proto-Muppets of what they would become. It also looks like Hensen’s sense of humour hasn’t changed much over the years, though, which is a good thing.

It’s also nice to see that IBM had its own sense of humour, at least internally, and they weren’t exactly the boring button-down company that we’ve all come to expect. I suppose it’s easy to laugh at yourself a bit if you’re among friends. 

You can see a good collection of the videos on the original article, so I’m only going to post a few here. These three are short videos shown during meetings to announce a coffee break. A nice way to break up a boring meeting. Enjoy a trip down pre-memory lane!

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