Special Guest at the Putnam!

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Edward Hopkins, collector of a world class animation art collection, will be at the Putnam Museum! The Hopkins' collection is being displayed in a new exhibit at the Putnam, Animation Cel-ebration: From Gertie to Grinch opening October 20.

Media is invited to the Putnam on October 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m. for an interview with Edward Hopkins.

To schedule an interview, contact Jenna Smith smith@putnam.org, 563-324-1054 ext. 258.

Animation Cel-ebration – From Gertie to Grinch Exhibit

Animation Cel-ebration – From Gertie to Grinch features the world renowned animation art cel (individual hand-drawn animation image) collection of Ted and Dawn Hopkins. The Hopkins Collection of Historical Animation Art is one of the top comprehensive collections of rare animation art because of the scope and breadth of its hand drawn historical pieces. Discover how animation developed from its infancy through the classic age of animated features and beyond! Operate some of the earliest animation devices to see how the idea for animated features developed. Sit at a drafting table and learn how to draw your own animation cels or practice animation on a computer art station. Animation educators will staff the exhibit on weekends to demonstrate their craft to the visitors. Revisit your childhood and make new memories with your children and grandchildren! Exhibit hall prices: Adults $7; Senior/Student/ Military $6/Youth $5; Putnam Members free.

Lunch and Learn with Ted and Dawn Hopkins

Ted and Dawn Hopkins will give a Lunch and Learn on Saturday, October 20, where guests will get the opportunity to hear the couple talk about the history of animation through their amazing cel collection.

Cost is $20 per person and includes lunch, program, and a private viewing of the exhibit accompanied by the Hopkins. Lunch will be served at noon on the Lardner Theater Balcony and the program will immediately follow.

Advance reservations and payment are required. Contact Alice Loff at 563-324-1933 ext. 266. Space is limited, so call today!

Edward and Dawn Hopkins

Edward (Ted) and Dawn Fritz Hopkins have graciously loaned a portion of their animation art collection to the Putnam Museum. Ted is an international corporate business leader, fighter pilot, collector of a world class animation art, world traveler, cruise lecturer and one of the best story tellers around. His wife Dawn is an international school teacher, writer, artist, and animal lover who actually raised an orphaned Bobcat cub.

Ted graduated from high school in London, England, attended Purdue University for one year and then graduated from the Air Force Academy in their second graduation class. He has a Masters from Southern California University in Business. He spent six years flying high performance, supersonic jets in the Air Force. His favorite, the 104, is known as the Starfighter. After leaving the Air Force, Ted entered the business world and worked for a number of major companies: General Electric, Gould Industries, Interlake Steel and Sherwin Williams. He retired as Chairman of the board of Medalist Industries, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dawn graduated from United Township high school in East Moline. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Anthropology. She taught high school in New Mexico and was the advisor for the girl's golf team. Wanting to add more adventure to her life, she taught school at American military bases in both France and Germany, where she met her fighter pilot husband.

During his business career, Ted started their collection of animation art quite by accident. On a business trip to Las Vegas thirty years ago, Dawn encouraged him to use his winnings from blackjack to purchase an animation cel of Pepe Le Pew. From then on, he was hooked. Today their collection is in the top five of the world and includes over 350 framed pieces, plus 100s more in bound books.

Since story telling has always been a favorite pastime for Ted, he became a cruise ship lecturer. He has three areas of expertise: Animation Art, Old West History and Supersonic Flight. Dawn is also a story teller of the written word, and has written a book about her baby bobcat, Parthur.