Sam and Friends
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The Muppets were born ugly
Washington, DC - June 16, 2006

I make no secret of the fact that Jim Henson is one of my personal heroes. When I grow up -- which is bound to happen one of these days -- I want to be like him. Or maybe Dr. Seuss. Anyhoo, Jim Henson got his start in puppetry on a public access show called "Sam and Friends," which is also where he created Kermit. Kermit, seen here linking arms with the titular "Sam," started out as more of a lizard-like creature than a frog and was made out of an old coat of Henson's mother's and a ping-pong ball.
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