The Dancing Hippo
It is only to the few that jewelry is made in honor of their
achievements. Our persona was comparedat one time as"the most
significant figure …since Leonardo." His father was IrishCanadian.
His mother was German American. He was one of five children.
He received more than 950 honors and citations from every nation in
the world. Harvard and Yale and the University of Southern
California and UCLA all awarded him honorary degrees. He received
the American Presidential Medal of Freedom. He received France’s
Legion of Honor and Officer d’Academie decorations. He received
Thailand’s Order of the Crown…Brazil’s Order of the Southern
Cross…and Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle.
He and his product have been established as a genuine part of
Americana. A pioneer and innovator…he is considered to have had one
of the most fertile imaginations the world has ever known. He was
likened to Aesop. A fellow named Mortimer was his first famous
creation. But the name Mortimer didn’t sit well. Something better
was needed…something a little snazzier…a name with a little more
zip. After all…Mortimer…diminutive little rodent that he
was…was bigger than life itself. And so Mortimer’s name was
changed…to Mickey…to Mickey Mouse in fact…and now you all know.
Fantasiafor me and I imagine for manywas one of Walt Disney’s
greatest films. I was more entranced by it than by anything else I
had ever seen. A jeweler by the name of Julius Cohen clearly thought
so too…for in 1974 he paid tribute to the 1940 Disney classic by
creating a Dancing Hippopotamus brooch. Oh what a site it is to
see…this fantastical brooch…set with diamonds and emeralds and
rubies and a yellow beryl belly. Look at it for an instant…then
close your eyes…and you will see the Hippo dance and sway to
Disney’s enchanting tunes.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyleradam.com where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits…and then click on the link that says: Hippo…where you
will see a graphic of our brooch…inspired by a genius of our age.
And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks. Catch you all
next week. Benjamin Mark