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Joseph Emory
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  • Whitehall, Michigan
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Fred Cowan Status

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Emory May 10, 2013. 8 Replies

Fred Cowan Status

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Emory Jun 8, 2011. 8 Replies

FRED COWAN'S BIRTHDAY

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Emory Nov 8, 2010. 27 Replies

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At 5:54pm on April 22, 2009, Brad Lowe said…
Hello there, Welcome to the Hub!!
At 9:36pm on April 23, 2009, David C. Herzog said…
Joseph,

contact puppet hub member apuppetshoforall he is the guy who learned from Jimmy and has some of Jimmy's puppets
At 2:54pm on May 6, 2009, David C. Herzog said…
Hey Joseph, I just got this new cell phone number for Fred Cowan from the Indiana Puppetry Guild 765-481-7797
At 6:38pm on May 8, 2009, David C. Herzog said…
Dear Joseph,

In 1975 at age 21 I went to work in Wichita KS. for a company called Trotter Bros Productions. The Trotter Bros who were not brothers by the way had spent most of the career as a night club puppet act in Europe. They came back to their home in kansas and started a company that did large scale puppet shows. They got into the amusemenmt park business a few years into my stay with them, and at one point were considering hiring Jimmy to help build puppets for the upcoming season. We were building marionette variety shows for at least five different parks on the east coast by then. I think the time frame would be about 1978. I was asked my opinon about hiring Jimmy, and told them it would be a great idea and improve the quality of our product , and in fact take it to a whole different level. Now mind you the Trotter Bros[ their names were David Trotter and Bob Munson] were fully aware of how talented Jimmy was and decided not to hire him because Jimmy wanted the grand sum of $250.00 a week. Now mind you this was 1978 and he would have been earning much more than anyone else in the shop at that time, but would you believe they did not hire Jimmy because he was just too expensive? I know for a fact that they had more than enough money, and believe you me we worked more than a 40 hour week. In fact years later the Trots got in throuble for not paying minimum wage to some employees. I remember thing at the time boy are you guys dumb! Jimmy Roland for only $250 a week. Needless to say these guys were not the brightest pennies in the roll.
At 10:57pm on May 19, 2009, David C. Herzog said…
Hey Joseph I just realized the fellow from Cincinatti that knew Jimmy is appupetsho4all here on puppet hub
At 11:01pm on May 19, 2009, David C. Herzog said…
OK now I've got it puppetsho4all
At 11:28pm on May 20, 2009, David C. Herzog said…
keep looking he was there last night
At 11:29pm on May 20, 2009, David C. Herzog said…
Ok go to the gropups page look under the group of live puppet theatger profesionals. The ninth picture down is very small ands doesn't fill the block that is apuppetshow4all
At 12:27am on May 24, 2009, David C. Herzog said…
One P in Puppet LOL
At 7:35pm on May 30, 2009, David C. Herzog said…
Hey Joseph Glad you got one of the skeletons one of the best break-away puppets ever made. Great Roland design

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Gender
Punch
Location
West Michigan
Relationship to Puppetry
Old Friend of Puppetry. OK. I've built enough to say I'm a builder again. Being away from it so long I didn't want to say that. I know I'd love if it paid enough to quit my day job. Fortunately on that front though, with the travel for work I've been able to see several shows and meet up with old puppet friends.
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
Lewis Parsons, Fred Cowan, Rudy Gaytan, Jimmy Rowland, Micheal Dallas and any other puppets that didn't just hang out stuck to a wall.
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
Kermit
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
HogWart (Labyrinth) He's casual maybe way too but he's kewl
More About Me:
My goal was to build 6 to 10 now I'm up to about 18 puppets now and growing. Yes I'm hooked again. Just finished two more acts and already looking at two more pieces to do. Jane Stop this Crazy Thing.. (George Jetsen mid 60's)
My Company/Troupe/Group
MyAir Productions
Affiliations/Professional Organizations
Puppeteers Of America,
Detroit Puppeteers Guild,
Chicago Puppeteers Guild,
West Michigan Puppeteers Guild.
Website
http://myairproductions.com
2nd Website
http://myairproductions.net
NOTE TO SELF

Though Age Permits Us Not To Stray
To Thoughts So Trite and Far Away
The Child Within Us Dares To Say
I Remember Being There

Let Music’s Touch Remind My Child
I have Not Lost His Dreams
And Through It’s Song Remind Me
That The Child Within Is Me



Joey Emory MyAir Productions 1996


To me, Puppets want to move. They want to tell their stories, show their talents, express feelings. It is the task of the puppeteer to find those things in each of their characters that brings them to life. It's not just what a puppet can do. It's what you make the audience think they can do. It's that spark of life that we give to a puppet that captures some ones imagination if only for a moment that is the art we create. We use puppets to bring the beauty of Dreams, Fears, Loves, Sadness and Hopes into the forefront of the imagination of the audience.
Joey Emory

Joseph Emory's Blog

FRED COWANS PASSING

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 5:23pm 0 Comments

It is with much sadness that I pass along the news of the passing of longtime friend Fred Cowan.  I received a call from Max (Fred’s Brother) this afternoon, Fred passed away yesterday with his brother at his side.  Fred had taken a down turn downturn in health shortly after my last post about his status and his status fell very quickly from there.  There will be no service except for his family and Max has asked only that I share his passing with you his friends.  My personal hope is that…

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FRED COWAN STATUS

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 3:31am 0 Comments

Fred Cowan Update:  I had the chance last week to speak with Fred for a long time last week.  He was very alert and I was so pleased to be able to spend so much time on the phone with him not getting tired or and holding his focus.  I repeated all the "Hello's" sent from those at the Festival and he responded in kind.  Now would be the time for you to drop him a card if you haven't lately.  The staff said he is eating better and interacting more.  All Good News. 

 

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