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Friday, 20 January 2012

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A vintage "Jo Jo" Doll in excellant condition. Such dolls brought hours of amusement to children during war-time.

Oshkosh, WI-Joseph Lupinsky, known as "Jo Jo the Dog-eared Page", has died at the age of 79.

Jo Jo was born with abnormally long auricula which flapped in the wind as he ran. Adding to his woes were his large sorrowful eyes and a prominent proboscis. Tormented ruthlessly by classmates in primary school, Jo Jo was nominated to become a Congressional Page after his parents got tired of his endless shedding.

While his congressional career got off to a slow start, it picked up steam and notoriety after he tripped over his own ears and tumbled down the steps of the house well straight into the lap of startled congress man Merton Hayes.

It was there where he later found comfort when Mr. Hayes discovered Jo Jo's love of being scratched behind his ears. He was soon the star of many congressional parties and his fame spread.

His easy going manner, humility, and subtle sense of humor made him a popular icon during the gloomy years of World War Two. He was soon the subject of a long running newspaper comic strip, and the star of several movies, where twin child stars, Mickey and Andy Rooney, took turns playing Jo Jo in such popular hits as "Jo Jo Goes to Collage" and "Artsy Fartsy".

His fame, like the war, didn't last and in later years he was reduced to doing dog food commercials and appearing at super market openings.

Jo Jo died when one of his ears got caught in his pants zipper. Services are pending.

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