Created by: Frank Marshall
1. Skinny was the favorite figure of
Vent Haven Museum founder W.S. Berger.
2. Berger wrote of Skinny, "Do not dispose of this figure as Skinny
is part of me."
3. Berger requested that if the museum were ever to fold, all the
figures except Skinny would be sold and the proceeds donated
to the Masonic Widows and Orphans Home in Louisville (today know as
Masonic Homes of Louisville).
Skinny would then be "donated to the Masonic Home for interested orphans
4. John Brooking, the late President of Vent Haven Museum--and a good
friend of Berger--often told this story: In the last year of
Berger's life, W.S. moved to a nursing home in Northern
Kentucky. In the first few days, things were not going well for
Berger as he missed his home and
collection. Brooking visited W.S. and asked if there was anything he
could do to help W.S. feel better. W.S. asked if Brooking would
bring Skinny and a few other figures to the nursing home. Brooking
did so. A few days later, still concerned about his friend, Brooking
called to check in on W.S.
"Is he doing any better?" Brooking asked the nurse.
"Doing any better?" the nurse replied. "Why, he's
putting on three shows a day in the lobby!"
5. This figure is on display in Building One of the museum.
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