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This epic began ai (he nine year old birthday party of freshman, Mike Rich. After blowing out the candles and eating the cake, present opening time came, and not a second too soon. As Mike ripped through package after package of clothes, socks, and underwear, he came to a seemingly innocent, medium-sired one. Wishing for anything but another pair of toughskin jeans or fruit of the loom underwear, Mike slowly tore through the wrapping paper. He couldn't hold back however, as he frantically completed tearing the wrapping, and (hen he quickly ripped through the box. Time seemed to stop, as he peered into the box and noticed two weird eyes peering back at him. "Was it some type of monster?", he wondered. Lifting it from the box. he recognized this monster. In a strange voice. Mike happily responded, "Cooky Monster." Happy was Mike indeed, since he had been a long time fan of Sesame Street. Mike went to bed reminiscing the day gone by. but having no idea of what this day would lead to.
The next key incident came that same year, on Christmas Eve. Mike's parents knew how he enjoyed his first muppet and decided to buy him another. As the entire Rich family opened (heir presents, Mike came to a seemingly innocent mediumsized package. From it he removed a fuzzy muppet named Grover.
The next day the festivities continued, which included eating Christmas dinner and playing with all the new toys. As Mike worked his new hand puppet, a voice shouted out of Mike's mouth. It was Grover's voice, and he continued to effortlessly speak in this voice. "My name is
Grover”, he uttered. The madness of this manifest manipulation and mimicking of the muppet magnified when he undermined the morphogenesis of yet another monstrosity.
This idea to make a muppet popped into Mike's head from nowhere, or did it? Could this idea have came about through the influence of the muppets he controlled? Did he ever have control of the muppets? Could Mike have become a victim of Muppet Mania?
Whatever the case, he began the construction by gathering the proper materials. Mike used a tupperwear bowl cut in half for the frame of the mouth, cardboard for the mouth, a ping pong ball cut in half for the eyes, part of a wig for the eye brows, and fabric for the body. With some glue and thread. Mike finished his creation and called it Clifford.
In the following birthdays. Christmas holidays, and yard sales, Mike added to his collection Miss Piggy, Kermit. Animal, Ernie, and Oscar. Having all these freaks and characters did create problems. His favorite muppet. Grover, lost an arm, but surgery repaired the problem. Surgery was also performed on Kermit's detached eye. The muppets often wrestled with Mike's dog. Blazer. These problems went along with the good, the bad. and the ugly of the life of a devoted muppet maniac.
The good outweighted the other two. Mike even joined the Muppet Show Fan Club, a club with many muppet maniac members. In fact, muppet mania seemed to be accepted all over. This was evident when Mike worked Grover and sang "Rainbow Connection" in a sixth grade
talent show. His act was enjoyed so much that he was asked to perform again at a P.T.A meeting. Another big thrill came at Boy Scout Camp when Mike worked Animal and sang "Mahnanana" to a standing ovation and encore.
Fourteen year old Mike Rich, a Rocky freshman, became less of a muppet maniac over his junior high and freshman years. Mike had still kept his collection in lively shape, including his old favorite, Grover and his own creation, Clifford. $
Mike Kith displays a few of hit friends; Mitt Piggy. Clifford. Animal, and Grover.
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