WHO TV – Des Moines: Kermit, Texas, honors the green guy

KERMIT, Texas Kermit the Frog has begun a globe-hopping tour to mark his 50th birthday — with a celebration in Kermit, Texas.
The town of about 57-hundred rolled out the green carpet today for the famous singing and dancing Muppet and former star of T-V’s Sesame Street.
Kermit was given the key to the city and crowned honorary homecoming king. The West Texas town also had Kermit’s face painted on its water tower.
Kermit thanked the residents for helping him launch his birthday whirlwind celebration.
A 50-stop tour will cross four continents and last until the end of 2006.
The beloved frog’s stops include the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Kermit’s creator, Jim Henson, was born in Mississippi and named the frog after a childhood friend.”