New Yorker Festival’s You: The Jury, Cats.

The great work of educating, engaging and advocating on behalf of cats and cat enthusiasts that TICA continues to play such an important role has had some super high points in recent years. AKC Meet The Breeds was one of them. I recently found out that Anthony Lane, Film Critic of the New Yorker, had a conversation with at the entrance to AKC Meet The Breeds with either Vickie Fisher or Bobbie Tullo about cats. He can’t remember which, but he bought a cat toy from one of them. Anthony Lane is the leading the defense of Cats in the New Yorker Festival’s You: The Jury, Cats.
Vs. Dogs event! This tongue and cheek approach to the age old debate will take place on Saturday, October 11 at the SIR Stage 37 just after Larry David’s (Seinfeld & Curb Your Enthusiasm) conversation and just before Mindy Kaling’s (The Office &The Mindy Project Q & A) on the very same stage.

Also on the panel for CATS are:
Jerry Coyne, Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, publisher of more than 100 academic papers.
Joyce Carol Oates, Professor of Humanities and Creative Writing at Princeton, National Humanities Medal recipient, Nation Book Award Winner, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and author of numerous books and story collections.
Ariel Levy, New Yorker staff writer, cat owner and author of “Female Chauvinist Pig”.
Jesse Eisenberg, Academy Award nominated actor from “The Social Network”, “The Double” and portrays Lex Luthor in the new “Batman Vs.
Superman”. Jesse also fosters homeless kittens.
Anthony Hutcherson, TICA Bengal Cat Breed Chairperson, with TICA’s own Bengal Cat as the only live feline representing the fairer species!
Representing Dogs are: Malcolm Glawell, Author of “Outliers”;, “Blink” and “Tipping Point” and is a New Yorker staff writer.
Jill Abramson, First Female Editor of the New York Times and author of “The Puppy Diaries”.
Alexandra Horowitz, Professor at Barnard College and author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know”
Bill Berloni, reknowned dog trainer of “Sandy” for every Annie Broadway show and movie.

Tickets for the event are already SOLD OUT! I better think of something great to say.
This does provide an opportunity to thank Vickie Fisher, Bobbie Tullo, Cheryl Hogan and especially all of the TICA members and friends who support efforts like Meet The Breeds so many others to reach people, who even years later, help us spread our message of felines, friends and fun.
Wish me luck!

Anthony Hutcherson
http://festival.newyorker.com/events/you-the-jury-br-cats-vs-dogs

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Aline Noel-Garel Named Judge of the Year

Another show season ended April 30th…and another judge has been recognized as Judge of the Year! Congratulations to Aline Noel-Garel who was named Judge of the Year for 2009-2010 by TICA at the Annual Awards Banquet last weekend in Santa Clara, CA.

Aline, who is from Quebec, Canada, became a judge in 1988. But she was highly involved in the cat fancy and helped introduce the Sphynx not only to the United States, but to get it recognized as an approved championship breed. Now every Sphynx that enters a show hall can say thank you to Aline for helping them get the chance to compete for titles and regional and international awards! Today the Sphynx is one of the top ten favorite breeds of cats!

Vickie Fisher, president of TICA said that even before becoming a TICA judge, Aline has championed TICA. To Vickie, there is no finer person than Aline that she wants to represent TICA in countries around the world.

Aline is the┬áthirtieth judge to be named Judge of the Year. Since 1980, TICA’s members have voted for the judge that deserves the distinguished title of Judge of the Year in recognition of their hard work during the previous show season