Jack Evans's quest for bobblehead infamy
The new must-have accessory for D.C. Council members: bobbleheads.
For the past month, Ward 2 councilman Jack Evans has been handing out a seven-inch version of himself: dark suit, striped tie, one hand casually tucked in his pocket -- and his grinning head happily bobbing up and down. "We got the right tie," he said of his little doppelganger. "I thought I had more yellow blond hair, but it looks more mustard. But it's not bad. And they got the wrinkles down right."
The idea came to him about six months ago. Evans had a little campaign money left over, and everyone cool seemed to have a bobblehead. He found a company that manufactures the custom souvenirs, sent in photos and got a prototype that just didn't quite work.
"It had me with a red tie, which I generally don't wear, and I looked exactly like Dick Gephardt," he told us. "So we said we didn't like that." A second model was closer, but not quite what he was looking for -- this time, too Dick Cavett. Third time was the charm.
The minimum order was 100 bobbleheads (about $2,000) and Evans is autographing each one and numbering them, like a fine-art print. "There's been enormous demand," he said with a grin. He's given out about 40 so far: His three kids (who just turned 13 last week) each got one, as did his staff and supporters, Caps owner Ted Leonsis and Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten. (Spoiler alert: Mayor Adrian Fenty and Council members will each receive one for Christmas.)
And no reorders. "This is it!" Evans promised. "Limited run. If you don't get one, you're out of luck!"
The Reliable Source
November 24, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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