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I’m looking for a talking Rufus the Lion. He was made in the 70′s and had a pull string to talk. He was kind of a yellowish brown, had a pull string at the back of his neck, an outie belly button, round, flat black plastic eyes with white felt behind them, and a bushy mane. I know now he was sold only by Montgomery Wards and made by Animal Fair in Minnesota. He was on the Christmas catalog for Wards in 1972.
Rufus was given to me buy my great grandfather in 1972. He already knew he was going to die, at the time he was a gift to me. I never knew my grandfather because he died in the war when my father was only 4 years old. Grandpa Walch was special to me because we shared the same last name and he was the only living person in our family with the last name Walch.
The Rufus I had talked and what I remember the most was I LOVE YOU. I remember pulling that string over and over just to hear that each night when I went to bed. Both of my parents were abusive and he was the only thing I remember telling me that he loved me everyday. I recently found a picture of him both new and used. When I saw the picture of him loved I broke down and cried. I am 47 years old and the sight of him made me miss him all the more. I have looked for him over the years and could not find a trace of him anyplace.
I am not the only person out here this old looking for that Special Lion. It seems he was a well loved favorite by many children. I don’t care if he talks or not I would just like to have him once again to hold. Talking would be a dream come true but I know those chances are slim.
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