Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.
When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.
At the time of Polaroid - and I did a couple of other commercials just before I stopped doing that stuff - at that point I was at the level where they respect you and your opinion and all that sort of thing.
The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children.
My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.
It's into the same bag as E.T. and Yoda, wherein you're trying to create something that people will actually believe, but it's not so much a symbol of the thing, but you're trying to do the thing itself.
There was a little afternoon show that was called Afternoon. Back in those days in television, most local stations had a midday show for housewives that had a series of things. It was like a variety show for midday.
Yeah, well when I first started working, it was $5 a show; it was probably a little higher by the time I got to my own show, but I remember that they put me under contract at $100 a week, which to me was really an astronomical price.
When I was a kid, I never saw a puppet show. I never played with puppets or had any interest in them.
I've never felt any sense of competition with anybody, and we're all friends; we're all good friends.
At the University of Maryland, my first year I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design, stage design or television design.
When The Muppet Show ended, we all sat around and said, what kind of television show would we like to do. We felt the need these days are for some quality children's programming.
Well, Detroit Institute is kind of a key - probably the largest permanent collection of puppets in the US.
Yeah, I did some small parts in high school and the first year of college and then fairly soon thereafter I settled into the backstage scenery, and then at the University of Maryland I was doing posters for their productions.
I think my own strengths are in television production.
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