He calls himself Mr. Rick and greets me in his driveway wearing a frog hand puppet, the fingers webbed like a frog's toes. It was about 20 years ago that Richard Wohlers bought his first fake frog, a Kermit - the ever-smiling muppet who reflects his own positive outlook. But in the past five years his collection has really taken off.
Frog-themed items slowly filled the Wohlers' living room, until, out of respect for a bemused family that is supportive but less enamored of frogs than he is, Mr. Wohlers moved the collection upstairs. Today, over 4,000 ceramic, plastic, and plush frogs reside in two rooms - one carpeted lime green; the other filled with a green light that filters through the specially tinted window and skylight.