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The Kitten’s Name Was Mimsie
A recent post about Mary Tyler Moore by MN 70’s got me thinking about the famous MTM logo the company used at the end of each show.
In the standard version of the logo, as first used on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mimsie appears in a crouched position, looks up at the camera, and meows once. Mimsie would not meow for the camera crew, so they eventually used footage of her yawning, run in reverse, with the sound effect added. By the 1980s, there were many different variants of the logo, with Mimsie often appearing in different painted “costumes” corresponding to the style and theme of the particular programs. For the detective series Remington Steele, a Sherlock Holmes-esque stalking cap and pipe were added; The White Shadow featured a basketball with Mimsie; Hill Street Blues painted a police uniform hat onto Mimsie’s head; St. Elsewhere used a surgical mask; in contrast, Newhart kept the original, unadorned footage, but replaced the sound effect with Bob Newhart’s voice-over of “meow” in his trademark deadpan style.
A parody of the roaring Leo the Lion mascot (who appeared at the beginning and ending of the Metro-Goldwyn Mayer films) the “MTM” kitty concluded each episode with a sweet but timid “Meow.” According to her biography After All (Dell Publishing, 1995) Mary Tyler Moore recalled how MTM was very similar to MGM Studios corporate name. With that in mind, producer Allan Burns said “MTM’s a small company so we could have an orange kitten meow in the same setting as their lion. A few days later, a visit to the local animal shelter produced the kitten that would roar. After her foray into show business, the kitten lived the remainder of its life in the San Fernando Valley home of an MTM staffer.” Mimsey was born in 1968 and died in 1988.
Hey guys! My mom’s cat whom I love dearly is missing. If you live in the Crystal area please keep a look out!
PS his litter mate is starting to worry.
We lost our cat Charlie, he’s very well loved and very, very missed.
If anyone has seen him at all, please give us a call or drop a message in my ask box.
We’d really, really love to have him back.
He’s been missing since Wednesday.
Community cat befriends U students
Peanut spends the majority of his time wandering Marcy-Holmes.
Although the nearly 2-year-old orange cat with white paws lives with a couple in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, Peanut spends most of his time wandering and meeting other people, including several University of Minnesota students.
Jeremy Bay, who owns Peanut with Angela Lyon, said he’s been taking care of Peanut since May, when the cat’s former owner moved out of town.
Bay and Lyon said they often receive calls about Peanut’s whereabouts — their number is listed on Peanut’s tag. Bay said he’s had four different calls about Peanut in 10 minutes.
Besides from Redmond Apartments, Bay said he’s fielded Peanut calls from Whitey’s World Famous Saloon, Metal-Matic Inc., Dunn Bros. Coffee and Maxwell’s. He also once got a call from two boys at 4:30 a.m. to tell him Peanut was on the 10th Avenue Bridge near West Bank.
Peanut will often lie on the sidewalk and turn over to get attention when people walk by, Lyon said.
While both Lyon and Bay said they’re glad others enjoy hanging out with Peanut, Bay said his cat would be best described as a “man-whore.”
The kitten at Tootie’s
I need to make a real quick post about tonight. I met some friends at Tootie’s on Lowry Avenue N in Minneapolis tonight, and the server came up to our table and asked if anyone wanted a kitten, because they just found one outside. So I went out and took this picture.
Look at this face.
I was * this* close to taking the kitty home, but thankfully a lady walked into the bar as I was walking out, saying Marco the cook was going to take it home to his girlfriend.
So, there is a happy ending to the Tootie’s parking lot cat.
Kinda wish she was hanging out with me on tumblr right now though :/
Pet of the Week -
June 19, 2012 "Lollipop"
Lollipop is as playful as you can get! She is a five month old tortie kitten whose eyes are golden and fur is soft as her purr. She loves interacting with humans and loves the toys in her cage. Please consider adopting this adorable kitten today!
Refer to the Animal ID#: A260411 / FA29