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Love is at the heart of all MPrecious Moments"
creations. They express heartfelt sentiments. Since a
yearbook is designed to be a compilation of all of the spe-
cial events of the school year, it seemed very appropriate
to choose as a theme, :Precious Moments".
lt was with great trepidation that l sent off a letter to
Mr. Sam Butcher asking permission to use not only his
trademark, MPrecious Moments" but also to incorporate
his wealth of drawings into the Apogee's theme. My
fears were soon allayed, however. Not long after my letter
was sent, l received a personal phone call from Mr.
Butcher's son, Jon. He relayed the message that his
father was pleased that we wished to use "Precious Mo-
ments" as the theme for our yearbook. Not only were we
given permission to use the title but we also were allowed
to reproduce any of his work.
The caring and love which he generously offered his
time and his talent to create an original drawing depict-
ing Bowsher's mascot to be used on our cover. Words
cannot adequately describe Sam Butcher's artistic
talents. His work speaks for itself.
lt is also impossible to satisfactorily express the grati-
tude which the Apogee staff would like to convey to Mr.
Butcher and his associates for allowing us to use his
talents to depict the special moments in the lives of the
students and staff at Bowsher High School.
On behalf of all of us at Bowsher, I siinply say thank
you Mr. Butcher - for caring and sharing for helping us
depict our special 'Precious Moments."
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4 X Intro
Sam Butchers artwork first appeared on greet-
ing cards in l9'?0. The porcellain bisque figurines
were introduced eight years later. Since that time,
many other times have been produced bearing this
unique style of artistry such as plates, cups, bells,
stationery, calendars, and dolls.
Mr. Butcher applies his artistic talents to turn ev-
eryday situations into meaningful messages about
life. And, since home life is so important to Mr.
Butcher, his work concentrates on family oriented
events and circumstances. He says that he has
been blessed with a large and loving family whose
members furnish ample reference for "Precious
Moments" subjects. Perhaps the most personal ex-
pression ofthe carryover from family to artwork is
shown by the "Precious Moments" dolls. They rep-
resent some of the immediate family members of
Sam Butcher and his partner, Bill Biel. Mr. Butcher
and his wife Katie, also a skillful artist, combined
their talents to create the dolls which depict the off-
spring of the artists. He styles them and she
designs the body and clothes as well as stitching
the fabrics for the originals.
Mr. Butcher resides in Carthage, Missouri where
he and members of his family work together with
his associates to create items which express senti-
ments about li.fe's very "Precious Moments."
Lori Heider - Apogee Editor”