MMQ: Where are you located?
SM: I live in St. Joseph, MO which is 50 miles north of Kansas City.
As previously mentioned, this is Region 6 (Midwest).
MMQ: When did you start showing your Manx?
SM: I have been showing Manx for approximately 25 years -
always in Premiership.
MMQ: Sherman Ross told me that you were showing Manx Premiers.?
SM: The first twenty years I showed Sherman and Sandy Ross'
Tahame Manx, having met them through Leslie Falteisek lo those many years ago.
MMQ: Which of the early Manx do you remember most?
SM: I was the proud owner of Tahame's Tuppence, a litter brother
of Shamen who was, of course, the first male Manx DM and the only Manx to sire 16 Grands to date. Tuppence had a bit
of a tail but otherwise looked just like his famous brother.
MMQ: I have only seen their pictures and they were beautiful
SM: Over the years I showed many Tahame Manx and in 2000 showed
CH, GP, RW Tahame's Cookie Cutter to 5th Best Cat in my region in Premiership. Cookie, by the way, was Shamen's 16th
Grand and she granded on what would have been his 20th birthday under, to make it perfect, Leslie Falteisek.
MMQ: Besides showing the wonderful Manx, what sticks out in
you mind these past years that the Manx have brought into your life?
SM: I have twice visited the Isle of Man, most recently in
2001 and would go back in a minute if I could find someone to accompany me who would drive on the wrong side of the road.
It is a fascinating and beautiful place.
MMQ: I would be the first to offer, but I don't know about
that driving on the opposite side of the road, when we visited London it was hard to remember to watch for cars coming the
other direction and I was only walking across the road. <g>
MMQ: I imagine that the breeders who have been graced with
your expertice in showing their Premiers to such great sucess are clammering for your showing their Manx?
SM: Since Sherman closed Tahame Cattery I have been showing
cats from the Gale Thomas Goodman/Susan Murphy alliance. Two years ago my Katskans Sundowner of Ballamoda was Region
6 21st best cat in Premiership and this year I am showing Katskans Lucy of Ballamoda and she is doing quite well.
Here is a picture of Lucy (CH, GP Katskans Lucy of Ballamoda), Blue Patched Tabby Spay.