Hummel Postcard & Artwork eLetter #50
Vol. #5 Issue #8-August 2007
copyright ©McKenrick 2007
M. I. HUMMEL ® HUMMEL ® and M. I. HUMMEL CLUB ® in signature and /or block forms, are registered trademarks of W. Goebel PorzellanfabrikGmbH & Co. KG, Germany.
 M. I. Hummel figurines, plates and bells are copyrighted products. © Goebel 2007

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www.dasbumblebeeshaus.com

NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES!!

hummels@dasbumblebeeshaus.com  (note it is plural)

randy@dasbumblebeeshaus.com

brenda@dasbumblebeeshaus.com

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ON EVERY EMAIL THAT I SEND TO YOU THERE IS A BUSINESS CARD LIKE BELOW SO THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS REACH US or OUR WEB SITE!

Das ,,BumbleBees" Haus
          Randy & Brenda McKenrick

M.I. Hummel figurines 
                      & paper products
(717) 352-9974

hummels@dasbumblebeeshaus.com
www.dasbumblebeeshaus.com


How easy to remember both our web site address and our email addresses!!  Just think of our business name and you can't miss us!

Sad News for Hummel Collectors that knew Gerhard!

Gerhard Skrobek, 85, Artisan Behind Hummel Figurines, Dies

Gerhard Skrobek, the premier postwar artisan of Hummel figurines, the rosy-cheeked porcelain people that have graced millions of mantels around the world for nearly three-quarters of a century, died on July 1, near Coburg, Germany. He was 85 and lived in Coburg.  Mr. Skrobek, who had leukemia, died of complications of heart surgery, said Tiffany Fox, a family spokeswoman.

Until his retirement in 2002, Mr. Skrobek was the master sculptor at the Goebel porcelain company in Rödental, Germany, which manufactures Hummelware. There he updated classic designs of the past and oversaw the production of new ones.

Gerhard Skrobek was born on May 22, 1922, in Leobschutz, in Upper Silesia, the son of Günther and Edith Kornblum Skrobek. He studied art in Berlin before joining the Goebel company in 1951.Mr. Skrobek is survived by his wife, Sieglinde; four children, Martin, Stephan, Suzanne and Victoria; a sister, Ingeborg Larsen; and one grandchild.Besides working quietly in the porcelain factory, Mr. Skrobek also served in a more public capacity as a roving ambassador for Hummel. COBURG GERMANY, VIA THE NEW YORK TIMES By MARGALIT FOX         Published: July 27, 2007

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IT IS ONLY FITTING !

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Pleasant Moment

Hum #425

PFE was a Possible Future Edition since 1980 when Gerhard Skrobek first modeled it!!

It is only fitting that
Goebel is releasing this fall!

Bees Price $ 289

THE REST OF THE FALL PREMIER COLLECTION WILL BE ON OUR WEB SITE IN THE NEXT WEEK!

A NEW DAY!

Thankfully the new owners of Goebel have had lots of experience with running a business properly. They are well known for their sucesses at turning a business around and making collectors happy!  Below is what a fellow collector wrote me after a visit to the factory.

Goebel News:  The company that produces M. I. Hummel figurines in Germany has new owners (the Strategic Value Partners or SVP Co.) and a new name.  It is now the Goebel Porzellanmanufaktur.   SVP is well known in the business world for taking struggling companies out of financial straits and returning them to profitability.   With this goal in place, they have leased the factory for five years.  In order to make a financial recovery, cutbacks in staff were made and there are now about 300 employees working in Rodental.  It is hoped that more can be hired back as the company recovers.  Hummel figurines are still being produced only there but with a reduced work force, production is down.  This may cause some delays in receiving pieces as fewer motifs are being produced at a time.  In a recent conversation with Bill Nelson, the European Club Manager, he expressed confidence that Goebel would come back stronger than it had been and with sound business and financial practices the company would continue to be in business for many years.  The Goebel family is no longer involved in the running of the business, but their name continues as a recognized manufacturer of quality merchandise. The factory used to make figurines more "to order" so this is really just a return to the "good old days!".

WE WILL HONOR GOEBELS SALE FOR THE ITEMS WE HAVE IN STOCK!

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This picture proves Randy and I can laugh at ourselves!  
While waiting for our little grandson, Cooper, to be born I decided to go through some family pictures
and found this picture of the family before our last son, Derek was born.

TOP ROW- JERRY AND MIKE, BOTTOM AARON AND ANDY

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Mike, our second son in age was actually our first son.  (FUNNY STORY- when you look at Mike you can see why the people in the church I had grown up in thought that Mike and Jerry were Randy's children from a previous marriage.  We always looked older so they thought he was 25 which would have still been pushing it since Jerry was seven and Mike six!)
Mike's first years before we met had been difficult and we were told that he probably wouldn't warm to me immediately because I was a woman. 
"They" were wrong. 
The first time we met Mike he was just shy of his sixth birthday and he immediately walked in the room and sat on my lap.
No question we wanted to take him home and help him have a wonderful life.
He has always been a wonderful brother to Jerry, Aaron, Andy and Derek
  Though unfortunately health problems haven't always allowed him to lead as full a life as we want for him as his parents,
Mike never complains and works everyday to keep his life active and fun.

Mike's grandfather moved near us after his wife died and has lived in our town for almost 10 years now.
  Like Mike he is a wonderful part of our family and we are lucky to have him as a part of the ever-growing McKenrick family!

In 1980 just after Andy was born everything was finally in place for us to adopt both Jerry and Mike.  Jerry wears a hearing aid which can really be a problem when microphones are involved.  Jerry was so nervous waiting to be called into the adoption hearing and my sister said he changed his hearing aid batteries.  But I had made sure the good ones were in the hearing aid.  Unfortunately the ones in had in his pocket were not fresh. 

We were in the adoption hearing at our brand new court house and the judge with a microphone said "Jerry do you want your parents to adopt you?"  He stood up straight and said "No".    We were all stunned because Jerry had been asking for this for sometime and had told everyone he knew that he was being adopted. 

Jerry looked around at a room full of stunned faces and realized things were not what he expected.  Fortunately, Randy thinking fast, could speak and said "I don't think his hearing aid is working."    The judge, who knew how much Jerry wanted to be adopted, laughed and asked the question again.  Jerry said "yes, yes oh yes!"  which got us all laughing! 

When it came Mike's turn to answer this question for the judge,  Jerry was right in his ear telling him to say "Yes!"