Friday, July 20, 2007

canine sentry

The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.
-James Thurber (1894-1961) writer, humorist and cartoonist.

yesterday's cat reminded me of a picture I took last month of rosco sitting in the window of jerman's bar (or mitzi's bar depending on which window you are looking into) . locals know that jermain's/mitzi's is the pinnacle of the neighborhood bar genre. located on st. clair, jerman's has been serving boilermakers to cleveland's working class community since john jerman fled the pennsylvania coal mines to try his hand in something a little less dangerous (however given the stories of how jerman's survived during prohibition that point might have to be debated!) john came to cleveland in 1906 and jerman's saloon opened in 1908. john may have established jerman's but it was probably his daughter mitzi who put the bar on the cleveland's cultural map.

when mitzi passed away last fall at the youthful age of 92, mitzi's obituary made the front page of the plain dealer. I had the good fortune of meeting mitzi and rosco a few years ago when mr. t took the fam to mitzi's for a family night out. we had a great time - mitzi didn't earn the title 'cleveland's friendliest bartender' for nothing I remember chatting up with mitzi (and rosco) for most of our visit. if I've done my arithmetic correctly mitzi was 90 when I met her and still going strong. granted at the time her daughter susie and son in-law were helping out but it mitzi meeting and greeting and making everyone feel special.

the afternoon I took rosco's picture I had a nice long chat with susie. susie and rosco were carrying on with the family business. I knew when I spoke with susie her mama would be proud as susie also has the makings of being honored with the title as cleveland's friendliest barkeep.


Ms. Mamma said...

That's a cool story and great photo. the dog looks like it's wearing a fur coat on top of its own!

e. said...

aw, rosco!

msb said...

This is very cute too.

Uncivil said...

LOL!!....Just dropped in from Ms.mamma

I love that picture. My favorite beer and my favorite companion!