It's amazing the IBM lore you discover one day stumbling around the Internet, even after 14 years of working here.
I was travelling down some non-linear Internet rat hole this PM, trying to avoid finishing up a presentation that's due later today, when I discovered that the reason it's not easy for Kermit the Frog to be green is because the Cookie Monster started out by being blue.
IBM blue, that is.
Cookie Monster Need Coffee Break
The story goes like this: Way back in 1966, the year yours truly was born, Jim Henson built a puppet called the "Wheel-Stealer." Originally used for a General Moods commercial, Henson pulled it out of his back pocket to use in an IBM training film called "Coffee Break Machine."
In the sketch, the moster apparently devoured a complex talking machine, and later exploded in a puff of smoke. That sketch was later performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967, and it was this very same monster that later evolved into the "Cookie Monster" on "Sesame Street." A show I watched for years, and which helped me learned to read at a very young age.
Which just goes to show that IBM's investment in puppets in the late 1960s proved to be an excellent employee recruiting tool.