Webmaster and Forum Administrator
started his young tadpole life as an instant Muppet fan. From
first Sesame Street record in the early 70's to his first Fisher-Price
Kermit puppet, Phillip's interest only continued to grow. Little
anyone know that Phillip's passion would lead to this Muppet fan
site. In 1998 Muppet Central was born on Geocities and in 2000
into a dot com. Today Muppet Central continues to evolve as more
and more fans from around the world get to know one another and
to this site. Phillip
currently resides in Texas with his wife Cindy and sons Preston and
Connor. He has earned two Masters' degrees, works in television
at Web design.
This Houston, Texas native now resides in beautiful San Francisco. Jamie is a working artist with a degree in Multimedia and Graphic Design. When he can spare time from other clients and artwork, Jamie creates and crops Muppet images. A wiz at graphic arts and Flash, he played an integral part in revamping Muppet Central's site design in 2001. His interests include the Dark Crystal, animation, film, and Cyndi Lauper (we try not to hold it against him). Like Gonzo, he's unique in his creativity and his passion shines through in everything he does.
Jamie joined our staff in September 2001. Visit Jamie's Web site to see more of his work and his latest projects.
writer, Annika, lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.
Annika grew up in the DC area and is a sociologist by training.
She enjoys time with her family, movies, making puppets and, as
her screen name indicates, quilting. Annika contributes to our
articles section and is a moderator in our discussion forum.
joined our staff in July 2002. Visit Annika's Web
site of Muppet quilts, puppets and other creations.
and raised in Ohio, D. W. currently resides in Arizona. His life-long
interests include acting, singing, and puppetry. In his spare time,
he is most often found reading Farscape novels and quoting Muppet
lines to whoever happens to be around ("Sal, there are no canolis
here.") His earliest Muppet memory is gathering his puppets in front
of the TV and "dancing" to Muppet records to the point of dizziness.
D. W. is a walking encyclopedia of Muppet facts, and contributes
to our Muppet
Show episode guides among other areas of the site. And if you
happen to wonder what D. W. stands for, he doesn't worry, drinks
water, is darn witty, and a dedicated wembler.
D. W. joined
our staff in August 1999.
News and Reviews
lifelong Northeasterner, Greg can’t remember a time when the
Muppets weren’t a part of his life. His passion for all things
Henson led him to create a Muppets news blog. Currently Greg is studying
to become a teacher and looks forward to molding young minds. When
he’s not busy with Muppet web work or school, Greg enjoys movies,
camping, exploring the world, and just having fun. Greg keeps our
news and merchandise sections up to date.
Greg joined our staff
in March 2005. Find the latest Muppet news on Greg’s
Articles and Forum Moderator
Schulz and Jim Henson inspired Kevin to create Muley the Mule and
Friends Comix. Kevin and Muley reside in Memphis where Kevin presides
over the Mid-South Cartoonist Association and is a member of Puppeteers
of America. Muley is the official spokesmule for the Memphis Ronald
McDonald House and co-hosts many of their fundraising events. When
he’s not busy with Muley or watching Muppet productions, Kevin
enjoys performing in local theater productions and listening to blues
and soul music. Kevin is a moderator in our discussion forum and contributes
to our articles section.
Kevin joined our staff in March 2005. Check our Kevin and Muley
at their Web
Castro-Chandri, better known around these parts as The Count, hails
from San Juan, Pueto Rico. Thanks to an early fondness for Sesame
Street, family lore holds it was the only thing that made him happy
as an infant, Ed learned to read at the age of two. Beyond his love
for all things Muppets, Ed enjoys master and mythic monsters and
animated TV shows. Ed is currently working on a degree in law. Ed
serves as a forum moderator working specifically with new member
accounts. He has also compiled an extensive list of nearly every
Muppet ever created.
Ed joined our
staff in May 2007.
Collectibles and Forum Moderator
Missouri girl and her cat, made the big move to Texas when she got
married (to none other than our webmaster who she met via the site).
Cindy is a hearing instrument specialist, which is a fancy way of
saying she works with the hearing impaired. Cindy is a lifelong Miss
Piggy fan, who is a lot like the famous lady herself. She
has been collecting Miss Piggy merchandise all her life. She enjoys
playing the piano, reading, gardening, and spoiling her niece and
nephews (with Muppet toys, no doubt). Cindy works on our collectibles
section, responds to feedback
and is a moderator in our discussion
joined our staff in January 2000.
affectionately know as "Smig," was born and raised in Massachusetts.
As a freelance cartoonist, he uses his unique humor, sarcasm, and
sense of characterization to create exceptional works of art. His
"For Art's Sake" strip has appeared in the Comic Buyer's Guide for
over 10 years. Smig also draws local-issue based editorial cartoons
for the Salem News. His favorite Muppet is Beaker because he knows
how it feels to be helpless and stuck in a lousy job. While you will
find Smig's illustrations throughout the site, his artwork is showcased
in our cards section.
You can view
more of Chris' fan art at Tough
Pigs and ChrisSmigliano.com.
not easy getting to know Ken. This self-proclaimed "Entertainment
Journalist" and mystery man likes to keep a low profile. Ken is a
wonderful wordsmith who has spent countless hours tracking Muppeteers
Ken is the man to ask when you want the latest scoop (chocolate, vanilla...
you name it). Poignant and lyrical, Ken works hard to get answers
to Muppet fans' questions. Successful and talented, Ken says he would
like to travel and live off the land with a dog named Boo. (We told
you he wasn't easy to figure out!) Ken has been a dear friend of Muppet
Central since the early days of the site.
can find more of Ken's work at IGN
Film Force and Tibby's
Bowl Entertainment Magazine.
Muppet Central began on January 28, 1998, it has been such a privilege
to have so many wonderful people contributing to this site. This
is particularly satisfying because our original goal was that many
fans (who otherwise would likely never meet) could find a place
to interact and discuss the latest Muppet happenings. We sent out
an official press release and the rest is history!
mission is to unite fans from around the world. We strive to honor
the Muppets with respect and reverence. We want to thank the
Jim Henson Company for allowing fans the freedom of expression to
gather and produce a fan site such as Muppet Central.
you are reading this, then it is likely that you are a frequent
visitor here as well. We want to thank you for your support. Many
of you tell your friends about Muppet Central and have added banners
or buttons to your Web pages helping to spread the word on-line.
We couldn't do it without you. Thank you all for making a difference.
1998, we have been committed to produce a site to bring people together.
continue to help us spread the word as we strive to keep Jim Henson's
vision for the silly and the sacred alive for future generations.
Phillip Chapman, Muppet Central Webmaster