Monday, February 11, 2019

Patrolman Edward Broadfoot - A Headstone Needed

While working as a tour guide with Historical Haunts Memphis, I learned the story about a fallen police officer who died in the building from which the tours start.  I have done some in-depth studies and plan to share those studies as updates for donors to this cause, along with scans and photos.

On February 23, 1918, Patrolmen Edward T. Broadfoot and L.C. Dowdy were dispatched to La Preferencia CafĂ© at 546 S Main Street, Memphis, TN, to investigate three men who were behaving suspiciously.  Upon entry, Officer Broadfoot noticed that there was a bag left by the door and other cases by the table of the three men.  The officers told the men they would have to submit to a search.  

Tony Wilson from Glendora, MS, had hitched a ride with the other two men into Memphis, and submitted to the search with Officer Dowdy.  Officer Broadfoot approached the other two men at the table when John Latham stood with an automatic pistol and shot Broadfoot twice, once over his eye and once in the chest, killing him instantly.  He turned the pistol on Officer Dowdy, shooting him 4 times (he lived), and one bullet going through Dowdy’s arm and into Wilson’s lung (who died later that day).  {As a side note: Dowdy’s pistol malfunctioned and did not fire.}

Officer Broadfoot’s end of watch was at approximately 2 am.  He was buried in Memphis’ Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown, and has never had a memorial to mark his grave (and neither has his wife Maude).

This site has been set up in order to gain funding to purchase and create a monument for Patrolman Broadfoot and his wife.

Historical Haunts Tours and Investigations (where I worked on a tour and learned about the death of Broadfoot, reinforcing me to research more about his story) has offered funds, and I am working with the Memphis Police Association to gain some more funding for the marker.

The marker will be a bevel, measuring 43” wide, 12” deep, and 12” tall (beveling to 6” in front) which will make it very visible from the roadway when going to visit the grave.  Typically, this type marker is valued at $2262, but I have obtained a 20% discount making the cost $1809.60.

The cemetery has fees that are $134.16 for installation, $134.16 perpetual care, and $100 processing fee making the grand total $2177.92.

I've increased the price some in order to cover the percentage fees of this website and also other incidental costs (such as in case the cemetery fee increases, and ordering the death certificate of Maude).

I hope you who read this are able to offer some funding for Patrolman Broadfoot’s marker.  

THE MARKER:  I have included my sketch of the marker which includes a 1918 badge emblem with Broadfoot's number on it.  The bevel marker is at a height and width for both Patrolman Broadfoot and his wife, Maude, so that it is noticeable from the road and easy to find.  I would love to be able to afford portraits of the couple, however I cannot locate a photo for Maude.

FAMILY:  Since it has been over 100 years since the death of Patrolman Broadfoot and no marker, I didn't figure any family was still around.  After doing a search through different ancestral websites, I still found no one.  IF any family members see this, I hope you will contact me and make a donation to the cause.

I will hope to have an unveiling ceremony for the monument when it is installed, and will post that information here as an update when that time comes so everyone is able to come see the memorial.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Nov. 10, 2019

On November 10, 1969, PBS and the newly formed Children's Television Workshop premiered a program that would revolutionize education and create a cultural phenomenon unmatched since!

Joan Ganz Cooney partnered with Jim Henson to create a street filled with humans, birds, monsters, grouches, and all kinds of creatures, especially my favorite and best childhood friend: Big Bird!

From the show, I learned about friendship, love, diversity, death, why hating someone for having a different skin color is bad, caring for the environment, helping animals and others, and about numbers, reading, and letters.  I learned that you can be friends with someone who looks and thinks differently, and that you can even be friends with monsters (as a kid, monsters didn't scare me because Grover and Cookie were my friends, also - even a vampire).

A lot of those lessons about life have stuck with me throughout my years, and I've remembered them all.  I also know that lots of others have forgotten those lessons and I wish would go back and learn them.

I digress.

Without my felt and fleece friends in feathers and fur I think my childhood would have been less fun or interesting.

I've drawn these beloved characters since I could color in the lines of Sesame Street Coloring Books (which helped fund the show), and collected them as often.

Sesame Workshop has announced their 50th Anniversary year-long celebration:
  • 50th television season which focuses on the power of possibilities, empowering kids to take safe risks and learn from their mistakes.
  • nationwide road trip where Sesame Street characters and friends host community events in ten cities around the country.
  • An expansion of the growing Sesame Street in Communities initiative, addressing issues including substance abuse and foster care to better support vulnerable children and families. (Note: Memphis, TN, is one of the cities that will receive help from SS in Communities.)
  • The launch of a new local version of Sesame Street created for displaced Syrian families and their new neighbors in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, as part of a large-scale early childhood intervention in the region.
  • signature research report that will explore an important issue facing kids and families today.
  • Celebrity- and fan-fueled social media campaigns including #ThisIsMyStreet, showcasing favorite Sesame Street memories.
  • New collaborations across fashion, lifestyle, and themed entertainment for Sesame Street fans of all ages.
  • A November star-studded prime-time special, featuring new takes on classic segments and visits from Sesame Street icons.
In celebrating the 50th Anniversary Season of Sesame Street, I created the image below to share with you all.  It's a quick sketch; but, one I had fun creating.  I used actual photos of the characters to sample the colors for each part of them (clothing and more), so they more closely match their real counterparts.

Of course, I have too many favorites to include in this, so from my sketch to this piece I wanted to give you a quick anniversary wish of thanks and love to the happiest street on earth.

Now, someone help me get to Sesame Street to meet Big BirdPLEEEEEASE!


The Fog - 2/5/2019

We all know that Memphis weather can be weird. So,when I had the opportunity to run to the river oh, I rather drive there, to take these photos, I had to do the trip.

What's so amazing about these photos is not just the height of the river, reaching the lower Bluff of the park in Harbor Town, but the fact that while the river flowed South, the fog move north. It also crawled over the land in some parts, as of reaching out to drag someone into its swirling depths to feed the giant catfish!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Woodruff Fontaine House - Timeless Romance 2/1/2019

Our exhibit opening is appropriately themed Victorian romance as we relive one of the most complex rituals at the Gilded Age, courtship. Spend the evening with us as we celebrate proper courting etiquette, secret languages of love, and beautiful pieces from our collections.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Karen Falk at the Jim Henson Boyhood Museum

January 10, 2019, found the Jim Henson Boyhood Museum and the Leland Chamber of Commerce in Leland, MS, hosting a talk by the Jim Henson Company Archivist, Karen Falk.  It was great to head back into the Delta to see my old friends and make a few new ones.  The event was held at the Delta Council in Stoneville, MS.  It was catered with delicious food and the center pieces were fun, and the front door was a sign greeting us in.

The Museum event described it as, “The Jim Henson Delta Boyhood Exhibit invites you to a Meet & Greet with Karen Falk, Archivist for The Jim Henson Company at Delta Council in Stoneville on Thursday, January 10th at 6:00 pm. This event is free to all Jim Henson and Muppet fans. Since 1992, Karen Falk has served as the Archives Director and historian for The Jim Henson Company and is Vice President of The Jim Henson Legacy. She is the author of Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal and the main contributor to the Jim Henson Company website “Jim’s Red Book.” As part of her work with The Jim Henson Legacy, she curated the Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit which traveled throughout the country and has organized other Henson exhibits for museums, galleries and universities. Recently, Falk worked with the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta on the creation of their Worlds of Puppetry Museum and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to The Goblin City exhibit and is currently collaborating with the Museum of The Moving Image in New York on their permanent Jim Henson Gallery. In addition, Falk has contributed to numerous publications, documentaries, web sites and video releases relating to the life and work of Jim Henson.

The museum has undergone some changes of the set-up, and it looks so good now!  

After the event, I retired to the very fancy and beautiful Thompson House Bed and Breakfast.  I completely suggest it as a place to stay the night.  It's very cozy with comfortable beds, pillows, and a fun library full of books to read.  I sat at the main dining table after arriving and drew pictures of Muley and Big Bird for the hostess, and of Muley for Karen and the other guest staying at the BnB.  Breakfast was delicious!  Their phone number is below in the photo, so when in the Delta - USE IT!

Fun pic, me in my Scooter jacket.  To the top left you can see thephoto we used during the "Kermit and Jim" photo. If you click this image you should be able to go see that article, too.

I went to Leland to meet Brian Jay Jones whose in-depth Jim Henson biography had been published,
and wasn't aware that the paper-table-cloth drawing I did was saved!  It now resides in the
museum's scrap book!  Love!!


Karen Falk and my friend museum curator Ashley Zepponi

The Musem and the Chamber

Ms. Karen Falk and I - great to visit again.

I had to leave a quick sketch for the owner, who came down to
check me in at 9:30 pm!

I was allowed to spread out my art supplies and drew two comic strips.

The Thompson House is SO spacious!  Perfect for all sorts of events!

The Library!

"It's not easy being green" in the library, but of course!

Deer Creek, famous to us Jim Henson fans.

Such a great event, great people, and great town!  I do love Leland, MS!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Sunny Days - Why'd the Chicken Cross the Sesame Street?

I love when Frank Oz and Jim Henson play off each other.  One of my favorite characters is Fozzie Bear.  I love him because he never gives up!  He has a passion and refuses to not try to make people laugh.  His joy is in bringing (or TRYING to bring) others joy!!  I also love Ernie.  I was told once that I'd rather play and pick on folks instead of eat and, while it's not true - it's pretty close to truth.

So, what happens when these two characters come together?  Well...

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I better get back to work!  This is my last strip drawn - have others to ink and color and...maybe today!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sunny Days - Oscar the Kid

In our "Sunny Days" universe, it all happens on Sesame Street.  Behind Hooper's Store is a magical hole to Fraggle Rock, a portal to the worlds of Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.  You can go "around the corner" and down the street to find the Muppet Theater.  This connection will allow me to keep adding more Jim Henson creations to my little fan comic strip.

Are you having fun with these?  I hope so.
I am.

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