In honor of 414 Day, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, 170 S. 1st. St, unveiled a new bobblehead featuring Milwaukee's favorite half-naked fast-walker John Hamann, aka "The Milverine."
The bobbleheads, which are authorized by Hamann, are limited edition with 4,140 available, a number chosen to recognize Milwaukee Day. The wobbly figurine features a shirtless and stone-faced Hamann ready to get walking with a purpose down the streets of Brew City.
"If there’s one person in the city that puts a smile on people’s faces when they see them, it’s Milverine," says National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar. "And everyone could use more smiles right now."
The Milverine bobbleheads are $25 each (plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8) and are expected to ship in June. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will donate $5 from every bobblehead sold to the Wisconsin Humane Society, Hamann's charity of choice.
The Milverine bobblehead is available to buy here.
A lifelong Milwaukeean, Hamann walks "four or five hours a day, more in the summer when it’s nicer weather and more when it’s extremely cold." The good-natured Hamann often stops during his speed walks through the city to pose for photos.
On a personal note, I am in the midst of a strange and hilarious letter-writing correspondence with The Milverine. (Which reminds me, it's my turn to write.)
Hamann received his nickname due to his resemblance to Hugh Jackman’s Marvel Comics character Wolverine. Check out this recent video from Vice about the Brew City legend here.
"We’ve been hoping to create a Milverine bobblehead for many years, and we’re thrilled to be releasing it on Milwaukee Day," says Sklar. "The most requested bobblehead that we get locally is Milverine and we think all the people who enjoy seeing him roam the streets of Milwaukee will enjoy having his bobblehead."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.