Happy Birthday to Cat Guy, John Barrymore

February 15, 2013 |

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Actor John Barrymore was born on this day in 1882 (birth name: John Sidney Blyth). Youngsters, you might know him better as Drew Barrymore’s paternal granddad.

So why should kittehs care?

Barrymore was a cat guy, and named the first of many Algonquin Hotel cats. The Algonquin has had a cat in residence since the 1930s. Their male cats, named by Barrymore, have always been called Hamlet; the females (including the current Algonquin cat) have been named Mathilda.

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SOURCE: The Cat Museum of San Francisco

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Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for SkeezixTheCat.com. She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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  1. Sparkle says:

    John Barrymore is one of my human’s very favorite actors! And mine too. ;-)

  2. LOKi and Bean says:

    So menny cat facts to remember! Raise a paw to the current Romeo and Mathilda!