Former LPGA Commissioner Charlie Mechem launches Ernest Hummingbird children’s storybook app

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer created the music, country star Darius Rucker narrates

Former LPGA Commissioner Charles S. Mechem Jr. has teamed up with charlie-mechemlegendary guitarist Tommy  Thayer of KISS and country music star Darius Rucker – also golf enthusiasts – to launch the world premiere of Ernest Hummingbird.  The storybook app, which is available on iOS, tells the heartwarming story of a hummingbird who comes from a family of hummers but just wants to sing.

ernest-hummingbird“We are delighted to bring this sweet story to life through the mix of storytelling, music and mobile technology,” said Mechem, who served as CEO of the company that owned Hanna-Barbera for 25 years and helped write the story of the company that invented prime time animation. “From the start, it was all about the kids.  We wanted to provide a simple and enjoyable story with inspiring and memorable characters, produce something that families can share, and create an entertaining – and learning – opportunity for kids. Ernest Hummingbird delivers on this and we are thrilled to introduce him to children everywhere.”

Thayer and Rucker will introduce Ernest Hummingbird to the kids and help bring the stories on the app to life during a special visit today with patients at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Charleston. As part of the app’s launch, Mechem Media, the creators of Ernest Hummingbird, will donate the app and 10 iPads to the children’s hospital’s Child Life program, so that patients and future patients can enjoy and benefit from Ernest Hummingbird’s adventures.

“And to think all of this started with a conversation on the golf course,” said Mechem. Mechem first met Thayer, an avid golfer, at Tradition Golf Club in La Quinta, shared Mechem Media’s vision and work in animation and children’s storytelling, and the creative partnership blossomed from there. Thayer then introduced Rucker, a golf fanatic who carries a single digit handicap, to the project.

The Ernest Hummingbird story book app is based on an original story by David Feiss, a legendary animator and story artist whose credits include The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Ren and Stimpy and is the creator of the Cartoon Network original series Cow and Chicken. Thayer created and produced the music for Ernest Hummingbird. Rucker narrates the story.

“The combination of sports, music and entertainment has brought Ernest Hummingbird to life.  I couldn’t be more proud of this project and am excited to introduce Ernest Hummingbird to children and families everywhere,” said Mechem.

Available on iOS, you can download and share Ernest Hummingbird with the kids in your life.  Simply search for Ernest Hummingbird in the App Store. Follow Ernest on Twitter using @ErnestHum.

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