BEARON AND BEARONESS VON FUNCK
Once upon a time there
was a great blue blooded bear named Alexander, the Bearon von
Funck* who lived in Siberia on the Russian Steppes (hence the
blue blood, the temperature goes to -50 degrees there). One
day the Bearon attended the Moscow ballet and fell in love with
the prima ballerina, the beautiful Natasha. She returned his
love and they married. This portrait shows the Bearon in his
tuxedo and fur coat, ready for a night at the opera. Natasha
is wearing her ballet dress and ballet slippers and her feet
are placed in a plie. They are portrayed in black, white and
gray in keeping with the nature of older photographs. This portrait
is also reminiscent of a wedding photo.
The Bearon eventually
decided it was just too cold in Siberia and emigrated south
and settled his family in the forest near Riga, Latvia. As the
years passed, the Bearon's family prospered and his decendents
traveled and settled around the world in many countries. Somewhere
along the way, the family dropped the "von" from their
name and are now called simply the Funcky Bear Family. These
Funcky bears hail from all walks of life and come in a rainbow
of colours, depending on which branch of the family they belong
to, since they have adapted admirably to their new environments.
There is some variations in sizes although the average Funcky
Bear is about 7" tall. Distant cousins of course, tend
to be smaller, because they are farther away and we all know
that every thing is smaller when viewed from a distance.
Over the years, other
animals joined the family. Ellie the elephant was a performer
in the Moscow Circus where she met a member of the Funcky Bear
Family who had joined the circus to become a dancing bear. As
fate would have it, they fell in love, and eventually married.
And this is how elephants became part of the Funcky Bear Family.
Since then other types of critters have joined the family including
horses, lions and bunnies.
I have used a play on the name of my actual great Grandfather
Baron Alexander von Funck (on my father's side) who lived near
Riga, Latvia in the late 1800's. He is probably spinning in
his grave over the use of his name in such a frivolous manner.
However, my father has given me his blessings to use our old
family name for my Funcky Bears.