Sunday, September 23, 2018
Mimsie the MTM Cat
MTM Enterprises was the production company headed by Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker, who was her husband at the time. The MTM logo was a spoof on the MGM lion. The logo featured a shelter cat named Mimsie, who didn't meow on cue. Rather, she is yawning in the familiar clip, and the sound was added. Mimsie was adopted by an MTM employee. The logo changed over time and was altered for different shows. This is a compilation of the different logos between 1970 and 1998. You can read about the different designs at Wikipedia. The video does not include the saddest use of the logo ever, which accompanied the final episode of St. Elsewhere in May 25, 1988.
It was sad that the show was over for good, but then the real-life Mimsie died shortly afterward. She was 20 years old.