If Jerry Zimmerman has his way, a new generation will be awestruck by Big Alice. He’s looking for a sponsor to finance construction of a replica of the robot. The original, unfortunately, is long gone. Big Alice went into storage when it became too expensive to maintain. Left in a barn, it slowly disintegrated, and no one ever heard of it again.
Except for its head.
“A few years ago, a Milwaukee Journal reporter named Loren Osman said he saw it in a rummage sale going for ten or twenty-five dollars,” Zimmerman says. “Now he kicks himself every day because he didn’t buy it. I guess I would, too.” A new Big Alice would be something. But it seems to me that, to perfect this monument to legacy, it would need to top that new body with its original noggin. And so, if you know where it is, please: bring me the head of Alice in Dairyland.
Seen any suspicious big, mechanical heads? If so, contact John Allen,
associate editor of On Wisconsin.
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