Earlier this week, OnMilwaukee unveiled new Milwaukee emojis – available for download on all phones. OnMilwaukee’s Creative Director, Jason McDowell, first introduced the LocaMojis last year and now 123 are available including Bob Uecker, the Hoan Bridge, a Brandy Old Fashioned, Dick Bacon, the rapper Juiceboxxx, Byron Kilbourn with a torch and The Milverine.
The Milverine, whose real name is John Hamann, is a local cage fighter who frequently walks from the Bay View area to Downtown. During mild and warm months, he power-walks bare chested and, recently, he started occasionally walking with a dog.
This week, McDowell was biking from Bay View to Whitefish Bay when he spotted the shirtless strutter on Kinnickinnic Avenue.
"I was out shooting photos for OnMilwaukee when I saw him from behind. I’d seen the image one thousand times before, but this time it was real," says McDowell.
When McDowell saw Hamann, he pulled over and asked if he had seen the Milverine emoji. Hamann asked, "What’s an emoji?"
"I explained to him that I was doing a bunch of Milwaukee icons and he was one of them. He laughed and thought it was pretty neat," says McDowell.
McDowell says he was "absurdly star struck by this minor celebrity" and asked to get a photo with him. Hamann happily agreed and said he gets stopped twice a day for photos.
"After the photo he gave me a good hand shake and I went on my way," says McDowell. "He seems to just be OK with being 'The Milverine' and doesn’t need anything more. He is heroically courteous for someone who never asked for this and probably doesn’t care much about it."
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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.