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Ed McKinley

Inducted Hall of Fame 2003

It was a great honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I never thought about the possibility and was in shock when my name was called. This award brought back so many memories of friends that I have made through the years because of this hobby. I could not begin to name them all.
I started breeding rabbits in 1941 with a pair of New Zealand Whites and within a year I had my first Dutch. I still have the Dutch Guidebook of Standards issued in 1944 and also some copies of the Dutch Reporter in 1945. The Dutch Reporter at that time consisted of seven pages and it cost one cent to mail.
In those days the rabbit shows were at least a two-day exhibit. Since there were no youth shows at that time, I exhibited with the adults. I would ship to the shows by Rail express. I still have a 1st place ribbon won by a blue junior buck in 1946 in Sikeston, MO. I also have the rail express agency ticket showing that I shipped three crates (5 rabbits) a a total cost of .97 cents to a 5-day show in Ann Arbor, MI., a distance of about 80 miles from Saginaw.
There was a lapse of several years for my college, and the Army, but as soon as my children wanted a hobby, we went into Dutch. Once the youngest left for college, rabbits became my hobby again.
I have won Best Opposite of Breed with a junior black doe at the 1996 National Dutch Convention in Greenville, Ohio. I also won Best Opposite of Breed with a junior gray buck at the 2002 National Dutch Show in Indianapolis, IN. However the Hall of Fame honor tops both of these wins.
Thanks to all. You can't beat the Dutch or its breeders!!!!

Ed McKinley
Saginaw, MI

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