One of the most popular exhibits at the Milwaukee Art Museum is the janitor. Just about everyone loves to pose for a picture with him. He is life size and very realistic. Here is a picture I took of him in August.
George and Jennifer bought a large coffee mug with a photo of the janitor on it at the museum gift shop. As we were sitting at the table while someone was drinking out of the mug, Andy got the idea to make a mug with Spence on it. I immediately knew which photo of him I would use. One of my favorite pictures of him. He was blowing leaves off the handicap sidewalk when we were walking up to the campground. He paused to say good morning to us and rested the leaf-blower backpack on the water fountain .
Unfortunately, there are not that many choices at Walmart on how many or how they are arranged. So, this is what we ended up with:
Uh oh! I just noticed that the word “a” got cut off of the book cover picture! Well darn.
Also, a picture of him whacking weeds (the park calls it “string trimming”). My favorite picture of Spence is the lower one. I think it shows his smart-aleck personality. He was probably saying, “HEY!! I TOLD you not to take a picture of me when I’m not working!”
Of course, Andy didn’t want to stop there. We also made mugs for Linda, Boss Larry, and Ranger Heath. That is with their own pictures on them, not Spence. We drove over to the Cosby campground this afternoon to deliver them. Everyone was there except Heath, who is working mostly in the Little River section of the park now.
I will also give them each a copy of the book, whenever I finally get it. They are the main characters in it, after all. They all seemed to get a big kick out of their official Big Creek mugs.