(CNN) -- 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.
The Muppets are a family of puppet/marionette characters created by Jim Henson in the 1950's. The first, and most, famous Muppet is "Kermit the Frog", created in 1955 for a daily two-minute puppet show called, "Sam and Friends." Kermit had feet instead of flippers and no collar, becoming "Kermit the Frog" later, in a show called "Hey Cinderella." In 1969, the Children's Television Workshop began televising Sesame Street, starring Muppet characters, "Bert" and "Ernie", "Oscar the Grouch", "Cookie Monster", "Grover", and "Big Bird."The Muppets got their own television series, a variety show hosted by "Kermit", in 1976. It ran for five years and reached audiences in more than 100 countries. Among the characters created for the show were "Miss Piggy", "Fozzie the Bear," "Gonzo," "Dr. Bunsen Honeydew," "Beaker," and "The Swedish Chef". The Muppets also "starred" in a string of films, including, The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and The Great Muppet Caper.
There were two other Muppet TV series, one called, Fraggle Rock, and the other, The Storyteller.