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Fact and Fiction of Mythic Creatures

Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids
Mythic Creatures such as dragons, unicorns, griffins and mermaids have been brought to life through music, literature and art. So, is everything about these creatures fantasy, or have they become part of our reality because of found evidence? During a recent edition of Around Noon on 90.3 WCPN, Dee Perry sat down with Harvey Webster, Director of Wildlife Resources at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Harvey told Dee about the museum’s latest exhibit, “Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids,” and how the exhibit separates fact from fiction.

Cleveland Arts Prize: John Pearson
Since the Cleveland Arts Prize was founded in 1960, there have been over 250 winners, and some are no longer with us. To preserve the legacy of previous winners, the Arts Prize made it their mission to document the lives of those still living in the area. We’ll bring you one of those stories, produced by filmmaker Ted Sikora. It focuses on the 1975 winner for visual arts, John Pearson, whose systematic approach to painting has made him a world renowned artist.

Funky Winkerbean Turns 40
Funky Winkerbean just turned 40. The character created by artist Tom Batiuk debuted 1972. Today, Funky Winkerbean is one of the most popular comic strips in the world, appearing in some 400 newspapers. That may have something to do with their creator’s willingness to put Funky, Les, Crazy Harry, Bull and the gang into real-life situations like teen violence, suicide, alcoholism, and drunk driving - things that most comics usually avoid. On the occasion of his strip’s anniversary, Tom Batiuk has released a new book, called “The Complete Funky Winkerbean, 1972 to 1974.” Dee Perry recently sat down with Tom on an episode of Around Noon on 90.3 WCPN and we talked about his characters’ - and his own - 40-year journey.

Penelope’s Visual Eyes, and Other Visual Wonders
Thanks to his ability to convince his contemporaries to allow him to take their pictures, Abe Frajndlich has gained a reputation as the photographer’s photographer. Many of these photos, featuring some of the world’s best photographers, are now available in a new book titled “Penelope’s Visual Eyes, and Other Visual Wonders.” Professor Henry Adams of Case Western Reserve University and Bill Tregoning of Tregoing and Company Gallery joins Dee Perry with some of the stories behind these photographs.

Additional Information

Mythic Creatures at the Cleveland Museum of Natural HIstory
Cleveland Arts Prize
Funky Winkerbean Artist Tom Batiuk
Photographer Abe Frajnlich


Arts and Culture, Natural History, Painting, Photography

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

ideastream Arts Funding

Production of arts and culture programming on ideastream is made possible by grants from:


By residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Cleveland Foundation; The Dominion Foundation; Eaton; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Kulas Foundation; The John P. Murphy Foundation; Stroud Family Exempt Trust; The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation; and The Nord Family Foundation.


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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