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Jim Henson

A bronze statue of him seated on a granite bench and talking with Kermit the Frog resides at his alma mater, the University of Maryland. As a college student, created Kermit using his mother's old green coat and a ping-pong ball cut in half for the eyes. Rowlf the Dog, not Kermit, was the first Muppet to gain national attention through TV appearances in the early 1960s. Coined the word Muppet to describe the combination of marionette and foam-rubber puppet. Was inducted into the Television Academy… Show more

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