B. D. always said, "if you can't draw good,
use a lot of color."
B. D. called these "cartoons", but the word has a
connotation of amusement and triviality given to it by short
animations that the word did not carry for B. D. Much like the
"comic book" can range from the kiddie comics I had as a child
to something like Maus' exploration of the Nazi world,
these cartoons ranged from the amusing escapades of soldiers and
others who caused a lot of explosions to a serious look at "life
in the country", war, and disability. In short, a "cartoon" for
B. D. was the opposite of prose or poetry: something with
pictures. The word carried no other connotation.
Primarily, B. D. either used a full sheet of 8-1/2" x 11"
paper, and drew a "full" cartoon (usually with six panels); or
he used a smaller scrap of notepaper and did a smaller cartoon
(usually with two panels). He was remarkably masterful with the
techniques of sequential art, since I do not believe he ever had
any formal exposure to cartooning or comic book
creation. B. D.'s art training was in drafting, so his
buildings, vehicles, and objects are usually much better defined
than his people.
Almost all of the cartoons were done with water-based magic
markers and felt-tip ink pen on almost any sort of scrap paper
B. D. had at hand. On the reverse of these cartoons can be found
all sorts of stationary with old addresses. Infrequently,
B. D. used pencil, and occasionally the cartoons are
monochromatic. His use of color is understated and shows a
fascinating eye for graphic design. He was able to use the
minimum of color to communicate the maximum imagery.
In all cases, the order in which these are presented is
arbitrary. Over the years, these papers were jumbled, shuffled,
packed, moved, unpacked, put in every different kind of binder,
BD's Cartoons About The War
Perhaps the most fascinating cartoons are B. D.'s first-hand
experiences in World War II.
||In The Marines
Before serving in
combat in the Army, BD enlisted briefly in the Marines but was
discharged because he had dependents.
||Alternate In The Marines
This cartoon is almost a copy of the previous one, but
contains different material. I do not know why there are two
versions of this cartoon. The one above was kept in my papers
with the other war cartoons, and this one in a separate folder my
||Christmas Eve, 1944
Christmas eve, 1944, in a manger. He was in a small village
outside of St. Hubert, Belgium.
||More Of The History Of World War
BD relates more about his experiences, including important
||Oh, No, Not More War
The point of view is that of the infantryman,
who must endure the hardships in war.
||Life Of A Company Radio
The highs and lows of being the radio
operator for Company A.
||Ever Cross The Ocean?
account of his trips over to Europe and back.
Not strictly war experiences, but always kept
with these cartoons.
||Whom Did You Meet
Not strictly war experiences, but a theme B. D. was
interested in. He also mentions this in WNC Flight
Plan. (Regarding the footnote, there is no extant version of him
doing this before, but what he probably was remembering was the
"More Walter Mitty" cartoon he did in June, 1979, which is
Life In The Country - Reflections of Real Life in Hendersonville
From when he started in 1978, by sending me a "For Scott" cartoon
enclosed with a letter to my mother, up until 1983, B. D. produced a
series of what I call "life in the country" cartoons: either about his
own life growing up in Charlotte, his current life in Hendersonville,
or my own adventures while growing up. These are collected here in the
order in which he drew them. The cartoons range so widely in topics
that there is no way to classify them except chronologically by when
they were drawn.
These cartoons, and a few other drawings and poems, are a
fascinating look at nothing more than real life. Day in, day out. Year
in, year out. If there is humor in these cartoons, it comes from an
ability to see the amusing side of otherwise dull and monotonous (and
sometimes painful) life. BD's medium, a six-panel cartoon, made him
condense the stories he wanted to tell down to their essence. He
created a unique brand of sequential art.
In 1978, and 1979, B. D. lived in Hendersonville, NC while we
lived in first Asheville, NC and then Kingsport, TN. He would write a
letter to my mother on occasion, and draw a "For Scott" cartoon which
was included. The cartoons from this time which are not marked for
Scott were intended for my mother, and tend to treat "grown up" topics
such as nostalgia. We moved to Hendersonville to live with B. D. in
1980, and he drew more cartoons for me. Normally, he would draw them
at night after I had gone to bed, and I would see them the next
Of where we lived
in Hendersonville, NC. This map is surprisingly accurate and
well-done, and I have used it as a reference map to orient various
Beyond where we
lived. This map continues where the top of the other one left
off. Placing row P of this map against row 1 of Map #1 is about
right. (I'm not sure why the rows and columns switched letters
and numbers between the two maps!)
A poem. BD
took my mother and me to the beach, Myrtle Beach SC, in the
summer of 1979. For me, it was my first ever trip to the beach
and was quite an experience. For one thing, it was the first time
I had ever traveled any distance at all. Plus it was an
adventure, since I'd never experienced anything like it.
A poem. This is
one of the last things BD did, in February 1984. I've always read
it as a very sad poem, seeing the days of bike riding far
off in the distance of memory. I am positive it
is inspired by my own bike riding which reminded him of his own
childhood days riding a bike.
I imagine you should read
"hadn't" for "weren't" in the second line of the second
The first cartoon BD ever did for me. At the time, we lived
in Asheville, NC still, and he was in Hendersonville. He'd write
to us and include cartoons and other things with the
letters. (The date, April 1978, reminds me that I do have
memories of this cartoon and the next when I still lived in
Asheville before moving to Kingsport in 1979.)
It is amazing that in this and the series of cartoons did about
what I could be when I grew up, none of his guesses was even very
close. The career I eventually chose didn't even exist
when BD created these cartoons!
Part 2, the
continuation. The second cartoon is a battered, torn piece of
paper which is larger than a regular sheet of paper or notebook,
so the edges have become worn out through the years. This cartoon
had a hard life. At the time it arrived, I had a large cardboard
box, and was playing in it. One time I played school and wrote on
the back like a blackboard!
||Mild Excitement In
Before we moved to Hendersonville (abbreviated
H'ville), BD sent us some details on his exciting time out in the
country. I don't remember after moving to Hendersonville ever
seeing the crop duster fly over, but there were real crop duster
airplanes back then. I knew "Winkler Field" as Allen Airport, the
name it changed to by the time I had moved to Hendersonville. It
was very near East Henderson High School, and right off of
Jackson Park, where the annual fourth of July fireworks show was
held. The Allen Airport parking lot was one of the best places to
watch the show. One of the saddest turns of events in the move to
Hendersonville is that BD himself, a lifelong pilot and airplane
enthusiast, never got a chance to take me on an airplane
ride. By the time I was old enough to get anything out of it, he
was unable to walk.
||The Way We Remember It ... The Way
||Is Bigger Better?
||Christmas In The Hills
This cartoon was drawn with charcoal, and not well
||More Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty is James Thurber's daydreamer in the story "The
Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" (found most easily today in The
Thurber Carnival). The central theme of this story is the
emasculation of men by "nice" or "polite" society, which does not
allow them to be men. (The story ends with Mitty pretending he is
before a firing squad which will put him out of his misery.)
B. D. seemed to enjoy Thurber's humor, as I remember, and this
story in particular would resonate with him after his adventurous
childhood and dangerous war experiences were replaced by the
years of "desk jobs" and belonging to clubs like the Royal
Arcanum. Mitty, though, dreamed of what society would not let him
do: B. D.'s interpretation of Mitty seems to have some ambiguity
between this daydreaming and flashing back to deeds long ago in
the war which have been left behind for a prosaic existence in
Joyce DeWitt is an actress whose most famous role was on the
television comedy "Three's Company". Whether this phone call is a
good or bad daydream is open to interpretation (there's no
accounting for taste).
||How Would You Like
Another in the series of cartoons about what I could do with
my life. It's interesting to contrast these lofty aspirations
with the fact that I didn't know anything I wanted to
do. But, I was in the second grade!
||Things Not To Do
||A Brief Study Of Labels And Instructions
| ||One Day In Hendersonville
Before we moved to Hendersonville, we got an idea of what
life was like there. It was then, and is to this day, a tourist
town (although having lived there I can't imagine why people
would want to waste a precious vacation on it). The prices in the
fourth panel, "Tourists Bring Other Changes", were abnormally
high for that time, although $0.99-9/10 for a gallon of gas has
since become a low price.
||It Takes A College Man
A somewhat facetious look at what would turn out to be an
accurate prediction that I would need to be a college man to make
it in the world. College was an entirely different thing in BD's
day than it became in mine.
I remember especially liking the
formula which simplified to 1+1=2, and being crushed when I drew
it out on a napkin from memory and asking BD if I had gotten it
right, only to discover he had made it up and it didn't mean
||When Abe (Lincoln) & I Were
Sara "the pen blobbed" Shaw's poetry recital is
told in the essay on graduation. Unfortunately, no photographs of
this winsome girl are extant, and the poem she so memorably recited is lost.
||One Day In Aircraft
Pretty typical humor from BD! There are actually
two almost identical copies of this cartoon extant.
The first panel of Version 1 is more detailed than Version 2,
but the fourth panel of Version 2 is more detailed than Version
Version 1, with the "for Scott" at the top, was sent to me in
Kingsport (as the 1979 date indicates). I do not know why
B. D. drew a second version of the cartoon.
| ||You Ever Try To Fold A Tent?
This cartoon says: Quotation: "I will fold my tent and
silently slide away". I believe this taken from Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Day Is Done". The exact
quotation is from the last stanza of the poem. I give it here
with the first two lines of the poem to establish the context:
The day is done, and the darkness
Falls from the wings of the Night...
And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away.
I do not know where B. D. derived his version of the quotation. B. D. did this cartoon in October of 1979 to send to me in
Kingsport. He did another version, reproduced below, for his son
Gene's children in October of 1978. Both "quotations" are identical in
wording, even changing "steal" to "slide", so he was clearly
remembering something, perhaps just the echo in memory of a
poem he encountered as a child.
||Things I Have Found
||More Car Talk
||More and More Car Talk
||What Say We Talk Trucks
||"I Wouldn't Send A Dog"
November 25, 1979
I can't remember BD ever coming to Kingsport to visit us,
but he must have! (This visit is corroborated by a fragment of a
letter by B. D.; see also the electronics page.)
The first panel is curious because the route from Kingsport
to Hendersonville is east, and the car is heading towards the
mountains, and the sun is setting in front of the
car. This must be artistic license, however uncharacteristic of
an expert aviator.
This cartoon is based on a remark we overheard on a trip to
Bays Mountain National Park, which is near Kingsport, TN. The park
had a planetarium and terrariums with local species of snakes,
bugs, etc. Someone said that they needed to turn the air
conditioner down in the snake room. I can't remember if B. D. was
with us, on the trip he made to Kingsport, or if we told him about
it later, but B. D. drew this cartoon of the mental picture the
remark conjured in everyone.
There were two copies of this at one time. I have no idea
what happened to the other one.
||The First Thanksgiving
||What Kind Of Things Happen To
The story of Sara Shaw's poetry reading is told in
the essay on graduation. The fictional account of being kicked
out for calling for a "Whopper" is funny when you realize that
the Whopper is a sandwich sold by a rival fast-food chain.
||The Night The Rock Quarry Burned
The "rock" quarry burning down is a joke (rocks don't burn), and
does not refer to an historical place in Charlotte, and the fire
is not an historical event, but I did not realize this until many
years later. I figured the quarry had wooden buildings for
offices, supplies, etc which burned. (The building in the first
panel was a red herring. It looks flammable.)
| ||4th. Of July Used To Be Fun!
Any time B. D. turned to nostalgia, he seemed to remember the
pyrotechnics of July 4.
| ||It's Out! I'm A Pinballoholic
The game in the last two panels is Hit and Missile.
||Some Gripes About
What was that old line about protesting too
much? This was an inexhaustible topic for commentary, but
B. D. also watched TV all the time. (Note that the line at the
bottom refers to the game Hit
| ||The New And Improved McKay Nut
(Undated, likely 1980)
Rube Goldberg lives! That cartoonist, who
described himself as portraying "exerting maximum effort to
achieve minimum results", was known for these sorts of wacky
"inventions", and flourished in the early and middle of the 20th
century at a time when B. D. would have seen his work.
||Putting Together The Christmas
I'm not sure what prompted this, since I don't recall having any particularly hard toys to assemble. Maybe it was
just the concept.
||Can Spring Be Far?
at how boring winter can be, and how much worse spring could be
to those with allergies.
||What Are Things Called?
I remember that I loved the four types of spring
illustrated in this cartoon.
||It's A Mixed-Up World!
An unusually negative cartoon from BD. Maybe he didn't mean
it to be that way in the first two panels. Usually, BD's cartoons
were either humorous (admittedly in sometimes a wry or even
sarcastic way) or just snapshots of life without any
commentary. This one is unusual in that it doesn't "go"
anywhere. The last panel seems tacked on to fill up space more
than serve as a conclusion. Most of BD's cartoons were crafted to
come to a point at the end.
||Tragedy In The Hills
May 1, 1980
Right after we moved to Hendersonville, my mother and I went roller-skating
(which was a popular activity back then, although
it quickly fell out of favor). Someone slid into my mother, and
broke her ankle. For months and months she was laid up and on
BD's fanciful tale of my experiences in a time
warp. This comes from the period right when I moved to
||Fishing In The Nota
A spin-off cartoon from the Mysterious Journey. I specifically
remember reading "Nota" as "Note-A", with a long O, rather than
"Not-A" as in not a river. BD meant the latter! I was a strange
||A Few Of The Strange Things You
||Get Into The TV Repair
||Scott Learns To Fly
There is a pencil sketch of an
airplane on the back of this cartoon.
| ||The Summer Of 1980
Again, a true story of the summer when my mother went roller-skating for the last time and broke her ankle. She hobbled
on crutches for a long time. BD's legs were just beginning to go,
and although he was not disabled or confined to a wheelchair, he
began walking with a cane and falling frequently. This gave me
the opportunity to grow up and be responsible for things the
other two couldn't do.
While I was growing up, the last panel of this
cartoon was my absolute favorite part of any cartoon or anything
else B. D. did. He, of course, meant it facetiously, but I loved the
idea of the Led Heads.
| ||1980 - What A Summer! (Poem)
August 6, 1980
The misfortunes of the summer were, if nothing else, the
source of inspiration for creativity. This poem is another look
at the events.
A look at
school from the eyes of an older generation looking at a newer
one going back to school. Note especially that the
external manifestations of school are up-to-date, the
things that BD saw himself in the 1980s (buildings, busses), but
the inside of the school is out of date. We did not have
desks like the one pictured, but BD never saw the inside of the
||October First? Don't
BD's legs got worse and worse, with him falling at
first and finally unable to walk. This is his firsthand account
of his illness. In 1980, it was not that bad. It grew gradually
worse over the next four years. The only possible cause anyone
could point to was the time his leg was frozen in World War II.
||Well, Here We Go
Ambulance travel to the VA hospital is the
subject of a one-panel cartoon.
||Life In The Country
BD had a ramp to go down into the yard, but the ground was
rough and the driveway wasn't paved, so he didn't have much of
anywhere to go. I don't remember him ever leaving the house in
the three or four years he was in a wheelchair, other than going
to the hospital and doctors in an ambulance. Vehicles accessible
to wheelchairs were beyond our means.
||Life In The Country
This installment of Life In The Country (if there are others
besides these two, they are no longer extant, although I can't
imagine there are any which were lost because of the way these
papers were kept together) brings the unwelcome visitor, the
snake. We had many snake sightings in Hendersonville. Our most
common snake was the blacksnake, we saw about 5 of them that I
can remember. Others included the ubiquitous garter snake and an
occasional poisonous one like a copperhead.
A frank account of BD adjusting to life in a wheelchair. The
problem with his legs got so bad that by 1981 he was confined to
a wheelchair all the time.
||And Then There Was
A look at the events of 1981. Not much was going
on. That BD could still find stories to tell in his cartoons at
this bleak point in his life is amazing, and this is far from a
happy story. (The car in question was our Ford Fairmont, and yes,
it did have a radiator problem!)
||Scott Says: What Did I Do This
My summer vacation in 1981 had a lot of
activities. We went to the pool at the apartments where my
grandmother lived, cooked out, visited the local attractions the
Cradle of Forestry and the Nature Center, saw The Empire Strikes
Back (when it was first run in theatres), and yes, I got my
||Ah, Spring Again!
This is based on a true story, when my mother and I went over
to the Bear Creek apartments to go swimming. We generally went
early in the morning to beat the hottest part of the day (and the
crowds) and as a result the water in the pool could be a bit
||The Big BB Caper
grandfather taught me to shoot a BB gun. We'd put a Styrofoam cup
on a little table, in front of the apple tree, and I'd try to hit
that target. The BB gun had a range of about 25 yards, you
couldn't do much. BD's old BB gun gave up the ghost after a year
or so of shooting with it, and I got a new one for Christmas one
||How Far To Burnsville
I could always identify with that holiday song that went
"over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we
go", since we went to my grandmother's house in Burnsville, NC
and did go over several rivers and through uncounted woods. I
need to check if B. D. went with us in 1982 or not. I know he did
once or twice. (Note: Burnsville was the home of my father's
family; B. D. was my mother's father.)
||Spring Again ... One More
Unfortunately, one of the most colorful and imaginative logos for a cartoon has been ripped off, likely
because of storing this in a three-ring binder.
||Boy! What A Summer!
||A Real Fourth Of July
||The Tobacco Tag Puffing
This cartoon was drawn because B. D. both mentioned the
tobacco tag game in "The Night The Rock Quarry Burned Down" and
to me in passing. I had never heard of "tobacco tags" and could
not even imagine a game based on them. Fortunately, he drew this
cartoon. This game is likely completely forgotten.
||The Great Snake Caper
July 17, 1983
||Somewhere Somebody Always Has A
Permanent Record On You
The note on the back: B. D. told
me the story, but I don't remember it; it was something very
Other Cartoon Series
The two Chopper Boys (if they had names, they've long since been lost)
flew their green and yellow chopper around and had adventures. (One
cartoon identifies one of the Chopper Boys as "Earnest", but this is
likely a generic placeholder name.)
The rest of the Chopper Boys cartoons:
BD often did both
humorous cartoons and autobiographical cartoons about war, the army,
and his war experiences. These examples are the Soldiers.
I don't know if these are the funniest or not, but they're the
ones I liked.
The rest of The Soldiers cartoons:
The Bomb Squad
to The Soldiers was another series called The Bomb Squad. Both
involved a lot of explosions. The Bomb Squad took a while to develop
as its own concept: many of the earliest cartoons in this series were
labeled The Soldiers, Stick Figures, etc.
||Jack And Joe
Only a few
Jack and Joe cartoons are extant now, but I seem to remember
more. They were yet another manifestation of the military and
aviation aspects of BD's cartoons. The airplanes were #5 and
#7. Jack and Joe are unusual in the sense that they're flying
jets. BD's experience was almost wholly with propeller driven
aircraft, and some with helicopters because his son flew them in
Captain Jenks And His PT-22
Captain Jenks (whom I called "Jenkins" in one of my wire-crossed
mental filing system errors similar to "Joe Denver" for "Joe Dever")
was a character who flew the classic PT-22 aircraft, which BD
obviously liked. The idea of an adventurer whose main task in life was
a recurring theme for BD, cf Starship Orion's Commander Scott and The
Chopper Boys. Jenks was a short-lived character who had a run of
cartoons in sequence, and never appeared again.
The Primary Trainer was a propeller-driven airplane used in World
War II as the first stage of pilot training. The Army Air Corps (the
US Air Force did not exist until 1947) bought some Ryan Aeronautical
civilian training aircraft, designated it the PT-16, and liked them so
much that they ordered more planes from Ryan. The new model was
designated the PT-22, the "Recruit", and was in production from 1941
to 1942. Some of the approximately 1100 of these planes have found
their way into civilian hands, since the model was eventually
designated Army surplus after the war, and are in museums and owned by
collectors. That Cpt. Jenks bought one of these after the war is not
out of the realm of possibility.
The order of the cartoons in this series is most likely a later
reconstruction and is not necessarily the order in which they were
A look at
some of BD's life experiences.
Two versions are extant, although there are no telling how
many he did and sent to people.
Another cartoon which is similar in nature to
the Podunk one, but with less notoriety. (LTD, by the way, used
to be either a type of car or a car manufacturer. It no longer
exists that I know of.)
Where did I get
my artistic talent? BD's watercoloring had to be a big influence
on me, and I had to have inherited something from him.
an aviator, and much of his art reflected his love of
aviation. This watercolor is a great example. He did many other
pieces like this, as well as creating the Chopper Boys, Jack And
Joe, and many other aviation-related characters and situations.
||Doc And The Nursery
BD did a whole series of cartoons based on
illustrating the absurdities of nursery rhymes. This Doc
character was my favorite of the series. I never got much out of
nursery rhymes, especially some of the strange and inexplicable
elements of the rhymes, and these literal interpretations
were hilarious to me.
Others in this series:
Looking back, I'm surprised at how many of these B. D. did,
because I don't remember there being so many. What these
generally have in common is some memorable character who can be
drawn in a humorous way, like Simple Simon or the woman who lived
in a shoe.
There were few Stick Figures cartoons. The Stick Figures and the
Little People were closely related, and the art style makes it
hard to tell where one stopped and the other started. It often
seemed the logo at the top was the main determinant of which
people the cartoon was about.
- Stick Figures: School Daze
- Stick Figures: Umbrella / The
The second of these is based on a true-life
- Stick Figures: Kites / Fishing
- Stick Figures: Bicycle / Foot races
- Stick Figures: Marbles / Frog jumping
- Stick Figures: (With The Little People) Model Airplane
- Stick Figures: That's Not Wood
- Stick Figures: Plink
- Stick Figures: Balloon
- Stick Figures: Let's eat
Sketch on back of this page
- Stick Figures: Jogging
- Stick Figures: Elephant gun
- Stick Figures: Climb
- Stick Figures: Radar
- Stick Figures: Arrow
"Bury me where
this arrow lands" is part of the legend of Robin Hood. In his
childhood, B. D. was almost certainly exposed to these legends
through the book by Howard Pyle. (Although there is no direct
evidence of this, this book was popular among boys in this time.)
The Epilogue of this book has an illustration of Robin Hood and
Little John entitled "Robin shooteth his last shaft" (complete
with straight, "f" looking, forms for the letter "s"). I suspect
this is the inspiration, whether direct or dimly remembered, for
the setting of the first panel. The exact quote, in Pyle's
overblown prose, is "...mark, I prythee, where this arrow lodges,
and there let my grave be digged."
- Stick Figures: Strange animal
strange animal is the cartoon character Garfield. Most likely
this cartoon came when I got a stuffed Garfield cat by mailorder
in 1981 or 1982; at the time, merchandise based on the cartoon
strip was not common.
- Stick Figures: Building
The Little People
the adventures of the Little People were not prolific, they did
appear on occasion. This cartoon is one of my favorites. I loved
the irony of the guy finding a dime and missing the biggest event
in history. I also liked them bringing the moon buggy back.
A few cartoons are uncategorizeable, and a few series had only a handful of episodes.
Hubert had only this
one adventure. He was a character which never recurred, for
whatever reason. I know this is the only Hubert cartoon BD ever
made. "SAMs" are surface to air missiles. Columbia was a space
shuttle back in the 1980s. The tank is a booster rocket or fuel
tank which fell off after the fuel was exhausted.
Unfortunately, I had to ask
B. D. what the joke was. I was not a very quick child. The woman is
trying to sell flowers to the man with the overgrown flower garden.
Just a Sketch
Another retelling of a nursery
rhyme. These were hilarious to me, because I had never seen a
"Christmas pie", nor knew one would have plumbs, nor why anyone would
use a thumb to pull one out. To see these sorts of anachronistic
rhymes lampooned were funny, particularly because I took things
pathologically literally as a child, and did not appreciate that the
rhyme of "thumb" and "plumb", complete with the matching silent -b,
was more important to the rhyme than the literal action.
How To Detect A Poison Spider
never tried this.
Sgt. Scott at his post
A commentary on my
energetic style of playing army at the time.
A fake commercial for
dodging the draft, unusual subject matter for B. D.!
How To Make A TV Show
A commentary on the
banality and repetition of television. (At the time, cable TV did not
exist, and the amount of repeating done by the few UHF stations buying
syndication rights to old TV shows and movies was quite moderate
compared to the now hundreds of channels buying syndication rights to
old TV shows and movies.) Of course, B. D. watched television, and
perhaps he doth protest too much.
The Wild, Wild West
During the late 1970s, and while I was with B. D. in the early
1980s, he also made several cartoons for his son Gene and his two
children (Catherine and Stewart). These "lost" cartoons were supplied
by Eugene McKay for me to scan.
Unfortunately, this is in faint pencil.
||Spring At Last!
From March, 1979.
||Great Moments In
From March, 1979.
March, 1979. I remember B. D. telling me of crawling through the
confidence course under live fire going by overhead.
||The Dreams We Had!
October, 1978. B. D., at least later in life during his
retirement, used the themes of real life to create art, usually
from the point of view of looking back. These "cartoons" often
have only the kind of humor that comes from contrasting later
life with how people are early in life before they have been
shaped and molded by the years.
summer, 1979. If B. D. took photographs of the beach trip, I
can't ever remember seeing them. Some of the writing on this was
in a color that faded badly and is now illegible.
||Well, Shall We Talk
From October, 1979. This is similar to one
B. D. drew for me.
||Things You May Not Remember About
From February, 1979
||Don't Never Move!
April 5, 1978. Much of B. D.'s stuff was still in boxes by the
time I arrived in 1980, so the $25 question was never totally
April, 1978. The city of four seasons, all in one day.
||Careers For Stewart
May, 1978. Very similar to the one B. D. drew for me. (It is
curious that none of the three children who received these
followed any of these careers.)
||Careers for Catherine
Similar to the one for Stewart.
||Spring In The Hills
From May, 1978
||Commercials We'd Like To
From May, 1978.
||Good Grief, Not Again!
From June, 1978. More experiences in Hendersonville.
||Once Upon A Time...
||We Put A Man On The Moon,
From June, 1978.
||Some Airplanes You Might Not Know
From July, 1978.
||Please! No More
From July, 1978.
||A Glimpse Into The Future (for
(Undated, but done at the same time as
the one for Stuart.)
||A Glimpse Into The Future (for
From July 1978.
Remarkably, the third panel
is an accurate prediction of the Internet, although tape has been
replaced by other media.
||I'll Give You Bored!
From October 1978. Educational cartoons such as this one were
often couched in self-deprecating humor centered on the fact
that, with a wink and a nod, B. D. was admitting that "school"
and education was boring, while he knew that the readers would
digest the material in this format much easier.
||Did You Ever Try It?
From October, 1978. This version is similar to one B. D. did for me
about the same time. "Somebody" is H. W. Longfellow, who, in the poem
"The Day Is Done", wrote as the last line: "Shall fold their tents,
like the Arabs, and as silently steal away."
| Birthday Card (front)|
Birthday Card (inside)
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