by Legendary Lew Ojeda
There are 4 people out there with $3900 who could help us right now to make world headlines for Chicago. I’m not kidding.
The Ralph Kipniss marionettes are believed to be the world’s largest collection of marionettes privately-made by a single artist.
As you know by now, The Underground Multiplex has been running a
Kickstarter campaign to the save the life work of master marionette puppeteer Ralph Kipniss. As of this writing, we are just short of $16,000 of our goal, which is due at 9:49AM Central Standard Time November 13.
The story has been covered widely by Dave Hoekstra of The Chicago Sun-Times; by Gwynedd Stuart of The Chicago Reader; by Dominick Suzanne-Mayer of Heave Media; soon by Kwame Shorter of CHIRP Radio; and by LeeAnn Trotter of NBC 5 Chicago. Boing Boing has now posted about this campaign as well. If you haven’t read about the incredible story of Ralph Kipniss and his marionettes, please do so. Here’s a video of Trotter’s NBC 5 news report:
The Associated Press has picked up the story and distributed it to the following news outlets
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram
Danbury News Times
Quad Cities Times
Kansas City Star
San Francisco Gate
and many others!
This story has national attention. It also has the very strong possibility of going viral, so please share this on Twitter (we are @TheUGMultiplex), on Facebook and click the up arrow on this post at Reddit (it’s a quick register).
If our campaign is successful, Chicago will gain world attention for saving the largest collection of privately made marionettes known in the country and perhaps the world.
As of this writing, FOUR PERSONS WITH $3900 EACH COULD PUT US OVER THE TOP RIGHT NOW AND JOIN 278 OTHER HEROES IN MAKING ART HISTORY.
Chicago, you have your chance at history. Right now.
We have until Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 9:49AM. Click here to help.