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Investigative Cartooning

Williamsburg memories: A movie, a neighborhood and a zip gun

Confession: I was born and raised in pre-chic Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in what I now longingly refer to as “the good ole days.” Brooklyn of the 1950s was a relatively peaceful place with stickball as my most violent act, when engaged in the process of hitting a “Spaldeen,” aka Spalding, pink rubber ball. Stickball, handball, punch ball (self-explanatory). They were the dominant physical efforts of our schoolyard days.

Cartooning as it relates to the Sisyphus Syndrome

I’m acquainted with two individuals whose personal financial net worth exceeds 100 million bucks and (incredibly) they both want to become cartoonists. Their net worth comes from sources other than cartooning, needless to say, one inherited, the other self-made, and beyond that, their only slice of common ground is the fact that they can’t draw, can’t write humor but they still keep chugging along. Why?

View from a cab: The Big Apple is one sad reality show

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As the taxi slowed to a stop at my building entrance the driver completed his economy lecture. He was trim, youngish in his mid-30s, an executive laid off long ago, unable to find an equal to the job he’d lost. He’s driving a cab to survive. A final irate verbal blast leveled the TV news racket with descriptions of liberal news saying the economy’s going well in order to get Obama re-elected and conservative news offering positive spin to keep the public in hock to those God-awful banks. Unemployment’s close to 11 percent and underemployment’s double that.

New York, as ‘reality’ show

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As the taxi slowed to a stop at my building entrance the driver completed his economy lecture. He was trim, youngish in his mid-30s, an executive laid off long ago, unable to find an equal to the job he’d lost. He’s driving a cab to survive. A final irate verbal blast leveled the TV news racket with descriptions of liberal news saying the economy’s going well in order to get Obama re-elected and conservative news offering positive spin to keep the public in hock to those God-awful banks. Unemployment’s close to 11 percent and underemployment’s double that.

Why do I like Andy Rooney and his goofy commentary?

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My car was stopped at a red light on 10th Avenue in Manhattan, when (The) Andy Rooney crossed the street. He caught my eye and said, “I look much better in person.” Since he was “in person,” the remark made no sense at all, right? But, sort of funny.

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About the China of Milt Caniff’s “Terry and the Pirates”

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I watched carefully as the elderly tourists struggled with weighty luggage; they stumbled dangerously across the thick wooden ties of the vintage railroad bridge leading to the mainland from what was referred to as the northern (now) territories of Hong Kong. They were headed for a train that would continue their trip onto mainland China and though it was damned scary to me, they loved every minute of this retirement adventure.

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