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Table Tennis


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Table Tennis

Table tennis originated in 19th-century England and soon spread to several European countries and to the US. In 1926, the International Table Tennis Federation was founded to standardize rules and equipment. The sport won publicity in 1971 when a US team was invited to play in China, thereby initiating the first officially sanctioned Sino-American cultural exchange in almost 20 years. The name “ping pong” is derived from the sound generated in play, as is what other nickname for the sport? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Jim Henson (1936)


Photo of puppeteer Jim Henson at the 41st Emmy...

Photo of puppeteer Jim Henson at the 41st Emmy Awards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jim Henson (1936)

 

Henson was an American filmmaker, television producer, and puppeteer who created the puppet group the Muppets. He was the leading force behind their long, creative run in films and in the television series Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. Henson crafted the prototype for his signature character, Kermit the Frog, from his mother’s green coat and two ping pong ball halves for eyes. What Henson screenplay, discovered in his archives, was recently published as a graphic novel? More… Discuss