August 29, 2001 |
PERSONALLY, I ain't mad at Martina Hingis. How can I be? The tennis world's top-ranked women's player has given us the first fresh perspective on the matter of color since Kermit the Frog. It ain't easy, Kermit told us. Sure ain't, Hingis agreed. It ain't easy to justify your No. 1 ranking when you haven't won a major tournament in more than two years or when you go two years without a winning record against three of the players ranked behind you. It ain't easy to have to come into the biggest tournament of the year and face some of these same players when you and they all suspect that they are better.
October 18, 2005
If the world were made of magic and whimsy, we all would look as good as Kermit the Frog on our 50th birthday. This amphibian, a half-century-old, doesn't look a day over ageless. He has found the secret of health in helping young children to learn and have fun at the same time. Hail to one of the nation's pioneer promoters of early childhood education. Kermit, the creation of Muppet master Jim Henson, has come a long way from his television debut on a five-minute puppet show in 1955.
September 17, 2009 |
Jim Henson wanted to make the world a better place, and he did. But back in the 1960s, Henson also wanted to come up with a funny way to sell Linit Fabric Finish and Pak-Nit pre-shrunk fabric, and he did that, too. (For the latter, he dreamed up two Hansel-and-Gretel-ish creatures, Shrinkel and Stretchel, who get thrown into an oven by a witch and live to tell the tale, with no marked size change.) At various times in his life, on avenues other than Sesame Street, Henson sought to explore surrealistic themes of time and confinement, fantasy and world peace, human emotions and futility, all through visual metaphors of Muppetness and Dali-ness, the mystical and the mythological, with a bit of Tolkienesque sci-fi thrown in. Not only that, but the creator of Kermit the Frog and the genius behind the Muppets, who died in 1990 at age 53, dreamed of building a pink psychedelic nightclub in the shape of a geodesic dome.
March 2, 1989 |
Kermit looks like a mop with dreadlocks. But don't let that fool you. Under 8 pounds of black corded coat, this prize-winning puli has springs in his feet, sparkle in his eyes, and the jaunty attitude that made him a champ. Champion Wallbanger Kermit J. Bounce recently became the first puli ever to win best in group at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York, beating out the top shepherds, collies and sheepdogs in the country for his blue ribbon. Kermit's owners are Ann Bowley of Coventryville and John and Mildred McNeill of Oxford, Ohio.
September 22, 1991 |
Boom bahs don't go boom bah. Instead they go bish, bash, bang, bing and bong. Boom bahs advertised as the "the most uncommon entertainment in Eastern Pennsylvania," are featured every weekend here at the Leather Corner Post Hotel. They don't go oomph pah either, but people are always confusing the two. According to Don Gilliard, the hotel's owner, "Folks are always dropping by looking for oomph pah music. " They come expecting musicians in lederhosen playing accordians. They discover something very different.
October 5, 1994 |
A YANK AT OXFORD: KERMIT THE FROG It's not easy being green - with envy - but we are. Kermit the Frog is to follow in the footsteps of Mother Teresa and former President Ronald Reagan and address Oxford University's famed debating society. He will talk about life, love and the environment - but he does not intend raising the delicate subject of Miss Piggy, the Muppet character who pursues him on television and in films. "His life has been the university of life and he wants to talk about it," Adrienne Garner, spokeswoman for Jim Henson Productions, told Reuters yesterday.
May 22, 1990 |
Jim Henson said he wanted his funeral service to be a celebration, not a lament, and 5,000 New Yorkers honored the request yesterday at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. That became very clear around the time the rafters began rocking to the strains of "Lydia the Tattooed Lady. " Almost no one wore black, either, per Henson's request, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band gave the 2 1/2-hour service the New Orleans flair he asked, kicking it off with a rousing version of "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," and finishing with "When the Saints Go Marching In. " This precise choreography was possible because four years ago Henson put his wishes into letters for family and friends.
April 25, 1986 |
The Philadelphia Civic Center may not be Broadway, but for a skinny-legged, sentimental frog named Kermit, it's still a long way from doing five-minute comedy skits after the evening news in Washington. That's how it started 30 years ago for Kermit and his creator - master Muppeteer Jim Henson - lip-syncing songs like "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face" for viewers who lingered in front of their television sets after the nightly local newscast. Ah, but all great performers have had to endure small beginnings.
March 1, 1996 |
Yes, it is leap year. But that's not the reason Michael Givler kissed a frog yesterday. Givler, principal of Friendship Elementary School, had promised to buss an amphibian for the benefit of primates. To collect, pupils had to raise $100 for each of the five grades toward rebuilding the Primate House at the Philadelphia Zoo. Givler thought they'd never make it. But Wednesday night, he learned they had raised $300 per grade from a read-athon, plus $200 more from spare change collected in a jar in the library - $1,700 in all. "There were no other prizes or incentives," said Lisa Crane, a second-grade teacher and coordinator of the event.
May 17, 1990 |
Imagine a pot-bellied frog with ping-pong eyes. Imagine a starlet pig, dripping with jewels and Hollywood glamour. And she's in love with the frog. Twenty-five years ago, they would have been hard to picture. But thanks to the fertile imagination of Jim Henson, who died yesterday at age 53, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are part of every child's circle of friends. Although the entire cast of Muppets was brought to life by several talented men and women who worked with Henson, it was the soft-spoken Mississippian who in 1955 first crossed a puppet and a marionette to create the fuzzy-skinned, googly-eyed characters.