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The Waltz, Foxtrot, Two-Step, Jitterbug, and Bop all have names, but the originators of these classic dances remain nameless. It is same for The Kerm, save for a small circle of insiders who are privileged to know not only the dance, but the originator as well. He is a man of many noms de plume, first Jabber, then The Jab, and later Kermit, or Kerm for short. The wearer of these mantels is our own son, Jim Cunningham, the man who fashioned the whimsical dance step that bears his proud name.
Cunningham, pictured here in a 1992 session at Club Ned demonstrates an early phase of The Kerm, although at that time, the dance was unnamed, and its historical significance unanticipated.
It was ten years later that the little man dressed in green crouched over a golf shot from the 7th fairway at Texarkana Country Club. Observing, Jay Brewer, Assistant Golf Pro at the club, remarked, "He looks like a damned frog!" That nailed the moniker of Kermit on our pal, the Jab.
Of course, his moves on the dance floor have long been the envy of many terpsichoreans, with the deft pointing of fingers mixed with his syncopated high stepping. His style of dance has since been tagged by local aficionados as "The Kerm."
Well, a quantum leap has overstepped our quiet little society here in T-Town. It is The Kerm who has unwittingly bounded from our faceless midst to exert a social influence unmatched by any event since the introduction of the Hula Hoop.
More specifically, The Kerm (the dance) has become, quite suddenly and without warning, the rage!
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Related story: Kermit Events circa 2002