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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Willy the Hot Dog Man

Kermit Love, 91, co-creator of Big Bird and my childhood best friend Mr. Snuffleupagus (seriously) with Shambollocks Personal God Jim Henson (an elusive category, which we'll leave for another post), died yesterday according to the Los Angeles Times.

Kermit played Willy the Hot Dog Man on the show, human foil for Oscar the Grouch. He is not the inspiration of Kermit the Frog's name.

Sesame Street
has had as much a positive impact on American society as any cultural product or historical figure. It imagines an urban existence of tolerance and responsibility which remains elusive, but is as effective educationally today as it was in the '70s.
Though he had no children of his own, Love said in a 1991 Newsweek article
he had "raised so many people's families.

"I have a million children."
Yes you did, Kermit. And I, as one, will miss you dearly.

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