animation from 1920s, and stories from Disney's
"The Birth of Ko-Ko" - produced by Ray Pointer and
dedicated to Dick Huemer, plus many fine treasures of classic animation
from Fleischer and others, and early sound films - all available from
Inkwell Images, also Amazon.com.
"Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio"
& "On the Front Lines" - from the Disney Co.; intro by Leonard
Maltin. "Baby Weems" and TV shows written by Dick on the
first DVD set, and his war films with Joe Grant on the other.
wrote to us: "I
had a wonderful correspondence with [Dick] in the late 1970s when I was
working on my book, Of Mice and Magic. He couldn't have been more
generous with his time, and he even drew me a fabulous Koko the Clown,
which I will always treasure."
The Huemer family in America (our branch of it,
anyhow) was founded by Martin Huemer and his wife Jenny Leikis, who
immigrated here from from Germany in the late 1800s. They had four
children: Elsie, Hilda (who died young), Richard Martin, and Peggy.
Richard Martin, a noted cartoonist, had three sons with his wife Polly
(daughter of Peter Prevosto and Marie Bonnenfant Prevosto): Richard
Alexander, and Allen
Anthony. After that the family tree got more complicated, so
we recommend you hit the genealogy button at left if you want details.
Goofed, Big Time
We are indebted to Toni
Huemer, an editor and
writer at Sportwoche, for pointing this out: "The
argument by a Huemer on your homepage that the name Huemer derives from
a farm on a hill or a mountain, can be rebutted easily, as [the area
shown on the map] is one of the flattest areas in Austria altogether.
There are no Huemers in the [Alpine] regions..."
We are further grateful to him for giving us the
map of Upper Austria (which we enhanced a bit), and providing the
following explanation: "The word Huemer derives from the word Hube.
Hube was the word for a small farm which only [sufficed] to feed one
family. About 300 years ago, [when] surnames were introduced... people
who were living at Hubes were simply called Hubers... In this very
specific region that you marked on your map, a certain dialect is
spoken, where a Hube (pronounced in English: "hoob") becomes a "Huam"
(in English: "hooam")... It was up to the [local]
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to choose the spelling
for this oral pronunciation: Some went for Huber, some for Humer, some
for Hummer, some for Huebmer, and most for HUEMER. [Oddly], it could
happen that a Hummer could be a relative of a Huemer, but two Huemers
[might] not be... I would estimate that about 60 percent of all Huemers
live in this small area; all the rest moved to other parts of the
countries for professional reasons, marriage,or university."
So now we know.
Oh, Toni also told us that "HWAYmer" and "HooEMmer" are acceptable
pronunciation in Austria, and not "HEWmer" as we say in the US. (See
description of Toni's new book in BOOKS
More About Huemers
In response to the above,
Thomas Huemer from
Schwarzach im Pongau writes, in part: "There ARE Huemers in the Alpine
regions. I live in...a little village in the Alps. There are also
Huemers in Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Salzburg Land, Styria, Lower
Austria...Surnames with -huemer at the end: Oberhuemer, Mitterhuemer,
Unterhuemer, Moertenhuemer, Pfaffenhuemer, Niederhuemer, Muckenhuemer,
Brunhuemer and Huemerlehner." (This has induced us to revise our map a
little, stretching the yellow area farther to the south.)
Saved from Wrecking Ball
A developer acquired the old Huemer house in Valley
Village and began demolishing it. ASIFA-Hollywood hastily organized a
crew of volunteers who rescued the murals that Dick Huemer had painted
for his children in 1935. Here's the result on 11/21/04:
The volunteers included Sivert Glarum, Ethan Reiff,
Angelo di Nallo, Jon Reeves, Bill Caterbury, Mike Hudson, Becky Hudson,
Garland Fybel, Dan Fybel, Tony Gama-Lobo, Rebecca May, David Jackson,
and Scott Nimerfro.
blogger Larry Loc wrote, "I want to add my thanks to these heroes of
Animation History who came out at the last minute on a Sunday morning
and helped save the Dick Huemer murals. My hat is off to you. Thank you
so much." We also doff our headgear in gratitude. We'd expected the old
house to become home to many families in the coming years. But now, the
murals will delight many more folks than they otherwise would have.