The Frogstar Name

Some have recognized the name Frogstar from it’s planetary origins, billions of miles away in the galaxy, somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse. Frogstar is a fabulous planet, at least in fiction. Home to the Total Perspective Vortex Machine, Frogstar is part of a cult British science fiction novel series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” written by Douglas Adams. I picked the name Frogstar for my first personal web site over 20 years ago, because the Hitchikers Guide books were significant to me as a child, and again later in life.

I’ve always been a fan of the subtle inside joke that stands alone in it’s own right as a neat company or product name, but it has extra meaning to fans. Whether you’ve heard of Frogstar before or not, the name is one you remember.

I’m not a heavy reader but my memories of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy go back to childhood. The original radio show played each morning as I commuted to work with my father. Later, they were the first novels I ever read for recreation. I’ve now read all 5 books in the “trilogy in five parts.” I’ve played the computer game, watched the videos of the BBC television series, listened to the original radio series (both on radio and CD deluxe edition). I am a HHGTTG fan on multiple levels. I respect the work and the creative (A.D.D. suffering) mind of the author.

Douglas Adams 1952-2001,

For those of you who are also fans, you might be interested to know that in 2004 there was a third and fourth radio series performed on the BBC with many of the original cast, and there was a new motion picture in 2005. There is also a new book that continues the story, written by a different author.

In 2012, much of the original cast reunited and toured Great Britain with a live presentation of the radio play.