and headed straight home because I had forgotten my gym bag that morning. Played second base on JV for three years before riding the pine on varsity my senior year as a pinch hitter and runner.As I pulled into the driveway, I saw my wife's car was home - that never happens during the daytime. I have never been able to put on weight, so I can eat anything and usually do. I was better at tennis - varsity three years, but baseball was my love.In some, the heart itself is white, so you don’t see the red blood,” says Paul Hamilton, of US non-profit organisation the Biodiversity Group.

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In addition to Kermit, Whitmire had voiced grumpy critic Statler, Rizzo the Rat, the always-startled Beaker and other characters for the Muppets.

The puppeteer has reprised his role of Rizzo on several occasions in both Muppet TV shows and movies, and most recently starred as Kermit, Rizzo, Beaker, Statler, Lips and The Muppet Newsman in ABC comedy series The Muppets from 2015 to 2016.

Vogel told the fan site The Muppet Mindset that he found it most difficult to replicate the Robin voice.

"The voice is so much like Jerry's that it makes it nearly impossible to get there.

He also voiced several characters in popular children's TV show Fraggle Rock from 1983 to 1987, including Flange Doozer, Sprocket and Wembley Fraggle.

Vogel, who is also a longtime member of The Muppets team has previously voiced characters such as Big Bird, Robin the Frog and The Count.

Children's TV shows have survived changes in key cast members before, most notably when Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from , which aired locally in Washington, D. Kermit was fashioned from an old coat belonging to Henson's mother and was named after one of Henson's childhood friends.

Henson and his two-foot-tall puppet joined regular Jerry Nelson died in 2012 and soon took over many of Nelson's characters.

Glancing at my Movado Women's Rose Watch, a gift from my girlfriend, I see that I have 20 minutes to spare before I have to leave. My nails, which for years have been ragged with black gunk under the finger nails from working construction and restoring cars, now are styled artfully with a French manicure.