Topic: "Together Again" (3)
Among Frodo's earliest memories of the black-and-white were the commercials for Wilkins Coffee. A young man and a fuzzy band of puppets would shoot cannons and explode fireworks while marketing the merits of this adult product to people just growing comfortable with commercials in the living room. Frodo had no way of knowing that Mr. Jim Henson with Ernie, Rowlf, Kermit, and more than 300 other characters would become such an integral part of his life.
"Sesame Street," and later "The Muppet Movie" and "The Muppet TV Show," found Frodo staring into the reflective light with a song on his lips and joy in his heart. In 1978, Jim Henson brought Kermit (dare we say, the Wonder Frog) to Atlanta for the grand opening of the Center for Puppetry Arts at 18th and Spring Streets in midtown Atlanta. Henson was a frequent contributor, and often displayed his works there. After his death, his family was planning to construct a "Muppet Library" to house their father's creations and friends when they learned that the Atlanta Center had outgrown its space, and was planning to either expand or relocate. Negotiations commenced, and today it was announced that the 10,000 square foot "Jim Henson Wing" will be added to the building and be opened to the public in 2012.
Frodo is in line for tickets. If you are nice, boys and girls, Frodo will get a ticket for you too. Even though it is five years into the future, the saving grace is that it gives Frodo plenty of time to memorize all of the words to "The Rainbow Connection," and to then sing them with Kermit, the Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy, Bert, the Swedish Chef. . .
Frodo and Kermit, together again, it doesn't get any better than that. Frodo wonders if they will serve Wilkins Coffee?