Kermit the Frog - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - 2012-05-15
Kermit the Frog!!!!
In 1955, Jim Henson produced and starred in an afternoon TV show on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. The show was "Sam and Friends," which featured muppets lip-synching to popular songs. One of the muppets on that show was Kermit, a turquoise lizard-like creature.
Shortly before "Sesame Street" began airing in November 1969, Kermit was turned into a frog. A collar was added to make him seem more frog-like.
There is a lot of dispute over where he got his name. Many articles have said that the name came from Jim Henson's childhood friend, Kermit Scott. The Jim Henson Foundation denies this. Others say that Henson got the name from Kermit Kalman Cohen, a sound engineer at WBAL-TV in Baltimore (which carried "Sam and Friends"). Allegedly, after Henson was introduced to Cohen during a studio tour, he decided to name the puppet Kermit.
On display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.