A Furry Walk of Fame?
Jerry Beck on the Cartoon Research website has posted news that in April, animator Paul Terry and his Mighty Mouse were among this year’s inductees added to the New Rochelle (New York) Walk of Fame, just outside of the town’s central Public Library.
The plaque emphasizes Mighty Mouse (who is a lot more famous than Paul Terry). A past honoree is Walter Lantz, the third animator of Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit and creator of Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Homer Pigeon, and many other cartoon animals. Terry and Lantz have a connection to New Rochelle; Lantz was born there, and Terry’s studio was there.
But this raises the point of two recent Furry Halls of Fame: the AUSFA-administered Furry Hall of Fame, for notables of Furry fandom like Steve Gallacci, Stan Sakai, Anthrocon, and Sofawolf Press; and the ALAA’s Hall of Fame, for notables that have led to Furry fandom like Bugs Bunny, Walt Disney, and the novel Watership Down. All that they get are an attractive trophy or a certificate. What if there could be a real Furry Walk of Fame somewhere?
Does Pittsburgh like Anthrocon so much for generating several million dollars into the local economy each year that the city would be willing to add a Furry Walk of Fame somewhere near its David L. Lawrence Convention Center? The addition of a new plaque each year could be coordinated as an Anthrocon highlight. Such a Walk of Fame would become a permanent Pittsburgh memorial to the Furry subculture, not just a one-week event. Honorees could be selected by a joint committee of Anthrocon and the Pittsburgh municipal government.