Kermit’s Electronic Story Maker
A spin-a-word(TM) writing kit for beginning readers ages four and older.
By Joyce Hakansson Associates in conjunction with Christopher Cerf, Simon Schuster. 1985
“The Muppet Institute of Technology was founded in 1858. then quickly losted. and not founded again until a few years ago, when Kermit the Frog stumhled across the place while out for a short hop.
Today. the Muppet Institute of Technology is one of the most famous institutions of higher learning in the world-and not only hecause the class rooms are in a very tall huilding. Indeed. many useful inventions have been produced at the Muppet Institute of Technology. Some of the more mem orable include the automatic luggage packer. the diesel-powered toenail clip per. and the electronic hurnt-toast scraper (for both whole wheat and rye).
The Muppet Institute of Technology is on the scraping edge of innovation, hut it is also rich in tradition. Each April. for instance. the campus is home to the famous “Toasting of Spring… during which students dress up in slices of warm toast (whole wheat or rye) and pour chocolate all over themselves. Other well-known school traditions include the ceremonial “Dunking of
the Texthooks” (in vats of hot chocolate) and the impressive but secret
“Parading of the Bicklefirp.” a ritual so closely guarded that all spectators and participants must be blind lded before it can be per rmed.
Emblematic of the lnstitute’s proud history is its long list of graduates. mong the most well known are Fozzie Bear. who was the founding (and onlyl editor of the short-lived M.l.T. humor magazine. the mtitute: The Great Gonzo. rmer captain of the lnstitute’s world-class being-shot-from-a cannon team: and. of course. Miss Piggy, who is in a class by herself. (That class. incidentally. is M.l.T.’s extremely unpopular postgraduate survey of primitive frog-luring techniques.) Among the least known graduates are
I lerhert Slug, whose attempts to perfect the cold-air halloon were as brilliant as they were futile: Brenda Brent. inventor of a device for changing the color of eyebrows: and chocolate-and -toast heir Robert X. Bicklefirp. about whose life and career nothing. absolutely nothing. may be revealed (sorry).
The culty of the Muppet Institute of Technology is headed hy Professor Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant. Beaker. Among Or. Honeydew’s many important discoveries are nonstick tape. glow-in-the-dark shoes. and instant toast (both whole wheat and rye). Incidentally. one day in the lab (around lunchtime). Dr. Honeydew made what he regards as an even greater discovery: that he really doesn’t like tuna fish-and-olive sandwiches.
Now. thanks to the magic of the personal computer. you and your child can become part of the continuing Muppet Institute of Technology saga. Once you have removed the floppy disk contained in this package from its protective plastic sleeve and have placed it in your computer’s disk drive. you will be entitled to hang the attached M .l.T. diploma (suitable for framing) upon your wall. to dress yourself in a slice of warm toast (whole wheat or rye). and to dunk one of your textbooks in a vat of hot chocolate. And, with continued study. you may someda join the select few who can proudly say (only in secret. of course):”! have participated in a Bicklefirp parade.” Manual Page 1