Theodore Kermit Scott was a boyhood playmate of Muppet
s creator Jim Henson
. They were classmates at Leland Elementary School
. Years later, when Henson created Kermit the Frog
, he was inspired by the bullfrog
s he heard roaming around Deer Creek
with his friend and used his friend’s middle name for the character.
Scott went on to become a professor (now professor emeritus
) of philosophy
at Purdue University
and is the author of several books on Saint Augustine
. Of being a frog’s namesake, he said "I can think of a lot worse things I could be associated with."
quote from http://www.linguafranca.com/9512/kermit.html