Bob Newhart Statue
- On Tuesday, July 27, 2004, Larry W. Jones, the
President of the nostalgia cable channel TV Land
and Nick at Nite, unveiled to the City of
Chicago, a life-sized sculpture of fictional
psychologist Bob Hartley (played by comedian Bob
Newhart) who appeared on the now classic sitcom
THE BOB NEWHART SHOW/CBS/1972-78.
The statue depicts Dr. Robert Hartley in a
traditional pose as he sat in his office and
listened to the problems of his patients who sat
on the sofa to his right.
Initially, the statue was unveiled at The Plaza
of the Americas at 420 North Michigan Avenue,
and then immediately was moved outside of the
building at 430 N. Michigan Avenue which was
seen during the show's opening credits.
This intimate sidewalk location, gave passer-byers
the chance to greet the statue with the
catchphrase "Hi Bob!" and take a few moments to
share their problems with Bob's button-down
mind. Three months later on November 1st, the
statue was moved to its permanent location at
Chicago's Navy Pier.
"TV Land is honored to salute Bob Newhart, a
television legend and one of Chicago's favorite
sons...By placing a statue in the city where
this series was based and the very location
where the image of Bob in the opening credits
was captured, TV Land hopes to remind passers-by
of the show's enduring impact." -- Larry W.
Impressed with the statue, the fourth such TV
Land statue since 2001, comedian Bob Newhart
reminisced "The statue rests on a spot that I
had passed hundreds of times, if not thousands
of times, before I was a comedian." The Newhart
sculpture was provided and paid for by TV Land.
The other commemorative statues to immortalize
TV characters as part of the on-going "TV Land
Landmark" project included bus driver, Ralph
Kramden (Jackie Gleason) at NYC's Port
Authority; Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) in
Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis; Sheriff Andy
Taylor (Andy Griffith) walking with his son,
Opie in Raleigh, North Carolina; and (as of
2005) good witch, Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth
Montgomery) in Salem, Massachusetts.
Like previous statues dedicated by TV LAND, the
Bob Hartley bronze was created by Studio EIS, a
three-dimensional design and sculpture studio in
New York founded by brothers Ivan and Elliot
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