Detroit will not sell Howdy Doody to help with finances

weeniewawa

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first question:

why does Detroit own the original Howdie Doody in the first place? there are enough wealthy people still left in that dirtbag town to fund a privately owned museum, well maybe they all left

they say they have a huge art collection too, why do government agencies waste money on this crap?

should they be forced to sell it to pay their bills?

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Kevyn Orr: Howdy Doody Not For Sale In Detroit’s Bankruptcy
July 19, 2013 11:14 AM

DETROIT, UNITED STATES: Howdy Doody, one of America’s best-loved puppets as he makes his debut at the Detroit Institute of Arts(D.IA) 06 April 2001 marking his first time on display for the public since the Howdy Doody Show went off the air in 1960. Howdy’s appearance at the DIA. followed a January 2001 decision by US District Court Judge Christopher F. Droney to honor a 1967 contract between Howdy Doody puppeteer Rufus Rose and NBC. The contract specified that Howdy Doody enter the museum’s collection after Rose no longer needed the puppet. AFP PHOTO/Jeff KOWALSKY (Photo: JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Detroit bankruptcy, detroit finances, emergency manager Detroit, Kevyn Orr, Rick Snyder
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Among the many questions to come out of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy filing was this: “What happens to the art?”

The Detroit Institute of Art is considered a jewel in the city’s crown, with many valuable pieces of art including the Diego Rivera Detroit Industry Frescoes, works by Wyeth and Whistler, Vincent Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait and William Randolph Hearst’s armor collection.

It turns out the city also owns the original Howdy Doody marionette from the 1950s TV show, from the estate of puppeteer Buffalo Bob Smith — and that has become an odd flashpoint as people across the region try to figure out how the bankruptcy filing hits home.

Howdy Doody One, worth by many estimates at least $1 million, is part of the DIA permanent collection, though it hasn’t been displayed since 2009. The puppet sits in a warehouse.

Since Detroit’s broke, will it be the first thing to go? No, according to state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr.

“Nothing is for sale, including Howdy Doody,” Orr said during his first public comments on the bankruptcy during a Friday press conference.

It came amid questions about whether Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing puts the future of the city’s opulent art museum in jeopardy.


DIA employees were informed by the museum’s legal counsel of the move, shortly after news of the filing broke on Thursday. The DIA issued an official statement, expressing disappointment with the filing and saying they will “carefully monitor” the situation.

“We remain committed to our position that the Detroit Institute of Arts and the City of Detroit hold the DIA’s collection in trust for the public and we stand by our charge to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of all Michigan residents,” said the statement.

Notably, metro Detroit residents agreed a year ago to tax themselves with a .2 mill property tax to help fund the DIA, approving a millage that raises roughly $23 million a year for 10 years.

Detroit’s debt is estimated at $20 billion, a figure Orr says the city could not overcome based on its budget, even if it made payments for the next 50 years.

What happens to the DIA and the rest of the city’s property as it tries to erase its debt through bankruptcy? No one knows for sure, beyond the fact Howdy Doody is safe.

A DIA source, speaking to WWJ on the condition of anonymity, said the DIA will simply continue to provide visitors with the best possible experience … “something everyone here is all exceptionally good at.”
 

gleet

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Howdy Doody, one of America’s best-loved puppets
Way down the list, maybe.


 
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CougarHunter

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I'd pay $100,000 just to hit it in the head with a bat.