Meet Tarzan

The Casino's Talking Dog

We are having so much fun with Tarzan our new museum mascot.

On opening day, May 21, 2016, we took photos of people wearing a dog nose in celebration of Tarzan. Both young and old had quite a bit of fun. Dog noses definitely give a person attitude. Enjoy!

So - who was Tarzan and why was he so famous? Here is the scoop. In July 1955,The Ohio Bell Telephone Co presented a 10-minute radio program interviewed Ray and Ann Tacke of Kelley's Island about their dog Tarzan. Here is the full interview. He appeared on TV shows and after strutting his vocabulary for Arthur Godfrey, he had a standing invitation to appear on the Godfrey show any time he was in New York and in a talking mood, which was any time there was a pound of hamburger close by. Obviously Tarzan could say a whole lot more than Hamburger, but he was pretty closed mouthed about his girlfriend, who was probably a little spaniel named Ginger.

     Anne Sennish recalls Tarzan on page 3 of this newsletter.

     ​Here is another story about Tarzan from the Sandusky Register November 23 1954

     He even appeared in this Kelleys Life article - March/April 2013 and a reprint of the Cleveland Plain Dealer article. 

Or read this one - Tarzan Dances too, doing a spirited polka. He is famous as an after dinner speaker in Cleveland, toledo and Detroit.

​Check out some photos of our mascot exploring the museum displays and admire the attitude of these people who put on dog noses in honor of Tarzan on International Museum Day.

Explore our museum with Tarzan. Wait - how did he get up THERE?