is a dog (and a Friend of Nipper) and since I am one of the people
that knew Carie best, I'd like to document her remarkable string of
attending Friends of the Phonograph Birthday parties and say
a few words about her life.
13 Phonograph birthday parties so other than my wife and myself, she
has the consecutive attendance record for Phonograph parties. It's
not surprising that she would want to attend all of those parties
because Carie was that kind of dog: loyal, always ready for the next
got to eat any cake but she loved seeing who had come to celebrate
the Phonograph's birthday and on any occasion when she heard the doorbell
she would immediately bark and go to the door but after a few sniffs
she always was a good host and friend to all visitors.
most of her generation didn't grow up with record players in the home
Carie was fortunate to have lived in a house where there were always
a few Edison's Phonographs around. And she learned early on that music
could miraculously come out of a horn with a few winds of the crank.
terrier that Carie had to compete with all of her life named Nipper,
the famous trademark for Victor and later RCA, was one of the most
important advertising icons of all time. Looking
back I should have been more considerate about how many times I invoked
the name of "Nipper" in our house. My oldest grandson and
I used to play a game called "scissors" and when I got him
between my legs I wouldn't let him go until he said the secret word
which was usually "Nipper" or "phonograph" (as
he was young and I was trying to teach him something about the phonograph).
I should have chosen the secret word to be "Carie" more
often since Carie was the secret to so much joy and so many good memories.
somehow Carie must have been related to Nipper but I'll never be able
to prove it. Though not as famous as Nipper she was a "good girl"
and we think of her often. And we certainly give her an extra thought
each December 6 on the Phonograph's birthday as she was a unique Friend
of the Phonograph.