I think anyone who grew up in St. Louis would agree that there are a few St. Louis icons that are instantly recognizable – Fredbird, the St. Louis Arch and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Weatherbird. And for Cake #72, at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, one cake artist decided to take the opportunity to immortalize one lucky little Weatherbird on fiberglass for all cake-ternity.
Interestingly enough, the Weatherbird has its own special place in St. Louis history as it was introduced in 1911 and holds the title for the oldest continuous cartoon.
The story behind the Post-Dispatch itself is pretty noteworthy as well. Apparently, in 1878 on the steps of the St. Louis Courthouse, a young Joseph Pulitzer purchased a failing newspaper called the St. Louis Dispatch for $2,500. Three days later he also purchased the Evening Post and merged the two papers together calling it the St. Louis Post and Dispatch. The “and” was dropped shortly thereafter.
Pulitzer’s paper was committed to exposing corruption and greed in the city (which, of course, garnered a huge following) as well as maintaining a reputation for being timely and accurate.
Over the years the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has won numerous awards and accolades including the honor of being one of the first newspapers to print comics in color. Currently around 1 million St. Louisans read the Post-Dispatch each week!
Mercutio and I were very intrigued by this little tribute to the Weatherbird, so intrigued, in fact, and inspired by the paper’s commitment to journalistic integrity and continual fostering of creative thinking that when presented with the very real fact that the cake itself was on an island awash in a sea of concrete with no parking spot in sight, what did we do? Turn and run at the first sign of a difficult journey ahead? Nay! We stood up for Cake Monsters everywhere and exercised our own creative muscles, making our own parking spot on the side of the road (it dipped in a little bit, that’s gotta be for a reason, right?) and running up to the cake to snap a picture with it that can only be described as glorious! I think Joseph Pulitzer would be proud.