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First time Mickey Mouse speaks

First time Mickey Mouse speaks

Although Mickey Mouse had appeared in eight previous animated shorts, THE KARNIVAL KID, which was first released on July 31, 1929, is the first time the audience got to hear his voice. Mickey plays a smitten hot dog vendor at a carnival where he woos Minnnie, a plot that would be prove itself to be…

Raggedy Ann & Andy's big move

Raggedy Ann & Andy's big move

Toy collectors of the world, like myself, will lose a special place this year.  The Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum located in Arcola, Il. is set to close by year’s end. The dolls, created by Johnny Gruelle in 1915, have had tremendous staying power. Their likeness has appeared on products ranging from nutcrackers to spinach cans…

Artist Karl Grandin

Artist Karl Grandin

Let’s all raise a fist for Karl Grandin’s deliciously subversive art.

ACORN and "Voter Fraud": The Nuts Are Falling From the Trees

ACORN and "Voter Fraud": The Nuts Are Falling From the Trees

First, in the interest of fairness, balance and warm fuzzy feelings in our collective tummies, let me address the workers who register voters for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Many of you are Democrats or sympathetic to Democratic candidates. You go to work for ACORN because you believe in their mission to…