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Rosie Towanda "Precious" Hobart
Rosie is a powerful name.
“Rosie the Riveter” is a fictional character symbolizing the millions of real women who filled America’s factories, munitions plants, and shipyards during World War II. Rosie also became an iconic American image in the fight to broaden women’s civil rights.
"Rosie the Robot" is the robot maid from The Jetsons. She got things done in a sweet way.
The birth name of my favorite historical character, Joséphine de Beauharnais (Empress of France and first wife of Napoleon I) is Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie, and was called "Rose" until Napoleon renamed her Joséphine. She survived the French Revolution, was the first love of the French Emperor, and had a beautiful rose garden at Malmaison.
In the classic Bogart movie, The African Queen, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. Played by Katherine Hepburn, the straight-laced missionary's name is Rose.
And then there's the quintessential Springsteen song "Rosalita," the rousing anthem that often marked the beginning of the end in his marathon live performances. In this 9-minute video, I'm totally energized by the time he belts out "Rosie you're the one."
But she is NOT named after Rosie O'Donnell.
Her middle name is Towanda.
Towanda was first suggested by Meghan, who owns Sugar Tooth Bakery, our main competitor in the contest. It's from the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes." Coincidentally, I happened to turn the TV on last night to exactly this scene. It was meant to be.
Means loved, or highly valued, which is what she is to us.
She's a Hobart Legacy Mixer. Of course her last name is Hobart. Duh.
By the way, her first two initials, R. T., could also stand for Roll Tide. Erin reminded me of that one.
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