Mudgy and Millie Bike Safety PSA
~ For Friday, November 13:
This week's Democratic Club will feature Susan Nipp-creator of Mudgy and Millie, Chris Bosley-Chair of the City of Coeur d'Alene Ped/Bike Committee, and Kelly Lattin-Office Manager for the Coeur d'Alene Public Library Foundation. They will be speaking on the new Mudgy and Millie Bike Safety PSA and how it was produced. This collaborative project is being shown in our local schools.
The meeting will take place at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, at 407 E Sherman Ave in Coeur d'Alene at 12:00 PM. Club meetings take place each Friday.
Images (l-r) Chris Bosley with PSA kids during production, Kelly Lattin with Mudgy and Millie, and PSA kids in front of the CDA Library.
In the 1920’s, Susan’s grandparents all settled in Coeur d’Alene where her parents attended school. They married and moved to Spokane where Susan was raised. After receiving her music degree from Whitworth University, she taught high school English and elementary music. In 1977, Susan and collaborator Pam Beall created Wee Sing, a line of children’s music books, tapes, CDs, videos, toys, and apps. They continue to oversee the line of online and worldwide distribution. In 2008, Susan created the Mudgy & Millie project which includes a book, plush toy, and five statues around Coeur d’Alene. All proceeds from the project go to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
Chris’ enthusiasm for non-motorized transportation and 17 years of
experience has made him a regional expert in pedestrian and bicycle
planning and design, traffic calming, and Complete Streets. Chris
holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan
Technological University and works at Welch Comer Engineers in Coeur
d'Alene. When avoiding the office, Chris spends his time riding bikes,
snowboards, and skateboards, as well as creating art with his wife. He
is a year-round bike commuter, the chair of Coeur d’Alene’s Pedestrian
and Bicycle Advisory Committee, and a father of two (who appear in the
Mudgy and Millie video).
Kelly is the office manager for the Coeur d'Alene Library Foundation. Her role at the CLF is to coordinate and implement community enrichment projects and raise private and corporate funds to support the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. Before joining the foundation, she was program coodinator and office manager for the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center.
Kelly Lattin has lived in Coeur d'Alene all her life. She recently graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Organizational Communication. Her five years working with the Coeur d'Alene Library Foundation also includes being the handler of "MUDGY".
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