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. . . Sat a Spell with Maryland's Famous Amphibian

Sunday, September 19, 2004; Page C02

. . . sat a spell with Maryland's famous amphibian, Kermit the Frog. Yes, when you think of the University of Maryland, generally you think turtles, but it's also home to frogs, pigs and myriad other creatures. The late Muppets creator Jim Henson attended the university, and while there he experimented with puppetry, culminating in the creation of the Muppets predecessor show "Sam and Friends," which debuted in the Washington area in 1955.

The Jim Henson statue, with Kermit, at the U-Md. Adele H. Stamp Student Union. (Matt Sheehan -- The Washington Post)

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The statue of Jim Henson, a gift from the Classes of 1994, '98 and '99, is the first statue to honor a graduate on the Maryland campus. It is located outside the Stamp Student Union on Campus Drive at the university's College Park campus.

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