Futurama Writer Saves Tiny Presidents
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Futurama Writer Saves Tiny Presidents.
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Beginning in the 1950's, toymaker Louis Marx released a line of figurines of U.S. Presidents
(accompanied by a model White House
). Sold as sets and given away as grocery store premiums the figures are still popular collectibles today. The series ended when Richard M. Nixon was president. Patric M. Verrone, writer for Futurama
and The Simpsons
has carried on the tradition, using appropriate torsos from the old Marx figures and sculpting new heads, he has continued the line up to President Obama
Verrone hawks these at his web site
. In addition to U.S. Presidents, he has sculpted Supreme Court Chief Justices
and other historical figures
including "President for a Day" David Rice Atchison
Interesting fact from the "line of figurines" link: During the 1968 election Marx made figures of not only the major party candidates (Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey) but some of the leading contenders, such as Nelson Rockefeller (then-governor of New York), Robert F. Kennedy (NYS Senator) and Ronald Reagan (then-governor of California). Prior to election day Marx created President-series figures of both Richard M. Nixon and Hubert H. Humphrey, hedging his bets over the winner of the election. Nowadays the Humphrey figures still frequently turn up mint in bag on eBay (as well as do most all of the Presidential figures), whereas the other 1968 candidates such as Ronald Reagan, Robert F. Kennedy and Nelson Rockefeller are somewhat harder to find (and more expensive).