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History's top 12 dads

June 21, 2011, 10:22 p.m.
Kermit the frog, the creation of Jim Henson

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2. Jim Henson

Henson was a father of five, but his creation of the Muppets and the television show "Sesame Street" delighted many more children.

According to a 1998 profile in Time magazine, Henson's children's only complaint about their father was that he worked long hours. They got around that problem by getting involved in the family business. His son, Brian, and daughter, Lisa, are co-CEOs of Jim Henson's Creature Shop, which builds characters for films and movies. His daughter, Cheryl, is president of the Jim Henson Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes puppetry in the United States.