Saturday, May 15, 2010

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" I yam what I yam. "

Popeye ( Exact date unknown )
Famous cartoon comic strip character . . . made his debut in the Thimble Theatre comic strip  ( King Features ), created by Elzie Segar, genius cartoonist.

In his later years, after the comic was strong and going full blazes Bluto his nemesis appears, then because of ownership to the name Bluto, the almost identical brute appears but his name is now Brutus.   Bluto/Brutus . . . same bully.

In my humble opinion, the greatest of all comics.

Wisdom

" One way to make sure crime doesn't pay is to let the government run it. "

RONALD REAGAN
Former president.  Interview ( 1967 ) President and actor

Now we know

" The rulers of the state are the only ones who should  have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad. "

PLATO  ( 428 - 347 B.C. )
GREEK PHILOSOPHER. 

Thank you

" Government has no other end but the preservation of property. "

JOHN LOCKE( 1632-1704 )
English philosopher and political thinker.
Second treatise on Civil Government ( 1690 )

Interesting Factoid

" I was scared of failing. "

PELE ( born 1940 )
Brazilian soccer player.  Referring to his  first professional soccer game. 
Press conference  ( 1956 )

Friday, May 14, 2010

Remembering L.A.


This cartoon reminds me of an incident way back in 1953, while attending art school in LALA land - - - having always had an interest in photography, I got this great idea, I bought an inexpensive camera and feeling bold, one lazy nice balmy Sunday in November I took a bus deep into the bowels of Los Angeles - - - back then, the Cecil Hotel on Main street was about as far downtown it was safe to walk around in without either getting mugged or knifed, so I decided to walk slowly deeper into the abyss - - - I remember walking by Wall Street and I started to notice I was now looking straight at what I came looking for - - - people who were a couple or more notches down the socio-economic scale than I, people I had heard about, people I would see in the news i.e. - - - pan handlers, bums, drug dealers, winos, prostitutes, people with interesting faces who begged to tell you the string of bad luck they were on - - -  who would make great black and white photo studies - - -  back then that is how you would describe them, now, you would say you ran into some people who were homeless, destitute, disadvantaged, victims, disenfranchised - - - maybe it was the same thing, I don't know - - -  all I knew is I felt and believed, for a moment, I was going to be the next Richard Avedon, Arthur Tcholakian, Gordon Parks or some other celebrated pulitzer-prize-winning world class photographer - - -

For a moment I was Walter Mitty fantasizing all of this - - - - then, POOF! - - - just before I was about to take my first photo shot of an unshaven poor wino clutching a paper bag with the bottleneck of a pint of cheap apple wine peeking out of the brown paper bag laying on his back in an alley next to an overflowing garbage can, Man! what a shot, I thought ! - - -  I noticed just as I was about to snap that first picture, I see out of the corner of my eye, a policeman in a squad car motioning to me to come to his car - - -

He said to me: " What are you doing here ? " - - - "You don't belong here, I suggest for you to get back over in a safer part of town. "

That incident, which is as clear as it happened yesterday, makes me wonder - - - Either One, that policeman shattered my dreams of becoming a famous phographer, or two, that policeman saved my life - - - I prefer to think of it as the latter.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Cartoon of the Day

Simple Inexpensive Airport Terrorist Solution

Here's a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at the airports.  Even the ACLU and Nancy Pelosi would probably not object to.

Have a booth that you can step into that will NOT X-Ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you.

It would be a win-win situation for everyone, there would be none of this hassle about Racial Profiling and this method would eliminate a long and expensive trial.  Justice could be quick and swift !  Case closed.

This is so simple that it's brilliant.  I can see it now - - - You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion.  Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA syatem - - - " Attention Standby Passengers, we NOW have a seat available on Flight Number - - - "

Man, I love it - - - Works for me!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

SatEvePost cartoons - Roy Delgado


The four cartoons here appear in the latest May-June issue of The Saturday Evening Post Magazine.

Lately, they have started to use color in their cartoons .

After receiving the four okays, they requested the finish art in color so using my trusty Corel PaintShopPro11, I colored them on the computer.  I then printed 8-1/2 x11copies on Kodak heavy matte paper and mailed them out.  

This Corel program is fairly easy to use and would recommend it.  And although I have only mastered 10% of the commands, it seems to be enough for a computer novice like myself to do pretty neat finished color cartoons !

I used to have a guy working for me that used to love to say ( When things were going smooth and the money was steady streaming in ) - - - " YOU CAN'T LOSE WITH THE STUFF WE USE ! " - - - I love it - - -

Cartoon of the Day

Friday, May 7, 2010

Wisdom

" Everyone is a potential winner.  Some people are disguised as losers, don't let their appearances fool you. "

KENNETH BLANCHARD -U.S. Management Theorist and Author,
 The One Minute Manager ( 1993 )

Wisdom

" The person who knows HOW will always have a job.  The person who knows WHY will always be his boss. "

DIANE RAVITCH - U.S. Educator and Academic

Cartoon of the Day

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My New Logo

Photo by Arthur Tcholakian


This is the new logo/photo that I'll be using in all my material herewith . . . it is the old photo "TWEAKED" with new colors splashed vertically to give it a more contemporary look with an old " BROADWAY" typeface for the name imbedded . . . .  a touch of the old with a touch of the new . . .

The original photo was taken by the late world-famous portrait photographer, ARTHUR TCHOLAKIAN, Armenian-American who I had the pleasure of being his friend when I had my sign company in Newington, Virginia in the early 80's . . .  He was referred to me by a close friend who had just painted his new house. 

Arthur had decided to move down from New York and re-establish his photography studio in nearby Wolftrap, Virginia.  His many successful projects in the past consisted of beautiful award-winning photographic portfolios of the Soviet Union, Israel, Africa and several other European countries.  He went on world photo assignments for Time-life and National Geographic magazine.  He was truly a world-class photographer.  

His first project he was planning in Virginia was a book consisting of all of the ambassador's wives in the Washington, D.C. embassies.  I remember back in the early 80's his fee for a portrait was a flat $1000.00 which included pick-up at your office in a limousine, lunch and return trip to your office via limo.  It took the major portion of the day.

Arthur was a genius photographer.  What I did for him was a custom 3x5 ft. double-sided screenprinted nylon flag with his logo I had created and the words: Wolftrap Photography, it was a conservative 2-color flag and flew below the U.S. flag on his front lawn in nearby Reston, Virginia.  I remember 'trading" services . . . his fee for a custom portrait at that time, like I said, was $1000.00. 

I got the best part of the deal.  The fact that Arthur took my portrait, was enough for me.  To name just a very few of his portraits in his books who sat for him, were:  Golda Meir, Bobby Short, Salvador Dali, Lena Horne . . . the list is endless . .

We hit off a real good close friendship, had a lot in common . . . I was looking forward to going on field trips with him and taking lessons on a single lens reflex ( SLR ) camera when all of a sudden, his wife calls me and told me the tragic news that Arthur had suddenly died, I believe from a stroke.

If you want to read a little really interesting stuff on a great American phographer, Arthur Tcholakian . . .  Do yourself a favor . . . " Google" him !

I feel real lucky to have crossed paths with this creative artist with a camera !



Cartoon of the week



Here's one of my favorite new ones . . . big foot, flying saucers, quacks, stooges all dat kinda stuff . . .

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kentucky Derby Week

Gosh, I can't believe the last posting was April 27.  It tells you where my mind was.  It was on the upcoming Kentucky Derby.  The Churchill Downs Event is always on the first Saturday in May . . . it has to be one of the greatest thoroughbread horse races in the world that is known as The Sport of Kings. 

It is easy to see why it is called that as you mill around the beautiful fashionable women in high heels all sporting big fancy hats and lots of gentlemen showing off their white panama summer three-piece suits and just as many seer suckers and expensive sporty straw hats and puffing havanas all lined up at the 50 and 100 dollar windows . . . those lines are quite a few lines away from the two-dollar window where I was hanging around . . .

The only tip I got was from a friendly tout, A Ronald Reagan look-alike with a thin mustache wearing a brown checkered tweed sport coat and green striped pants with shifty eyes,  ( THIS WAS AT ABOUT AT 11AM ) .  We had bumped into each other at the Mint Julep stand.  He said, ( Out of the blue ),  "Hey,  there is a horse named ' Atta boy Roy ' . . . bet him . . . I know what I'm talkin' about . . . "  that's all I needed . . . with a name like that, I HAD to bet it !   I raced to the nearest window . . . " Atta-Boy-Roy ", That's all I kept repeating til  I got in front of the man with that ticket machine ! . . I put $20.00 on him to win . . .You won't believe it, the horse went off at 20 to 1 . . . . the son-of-a-bitch didn't cross the finish line till half-past-three ! 

The race track officials called him a 'mudder' . . . That's what I called him when he took my money !

I went to the races with a couple of my best old childhood friends, JIM NIETO, I successful founder and President of the well-known Qualified Mechanical of Tucson AZ and RUSS DAVIS of Lexington KY, a childhood friend from the third grade in Tucson.  He sold his successful independent insurance company to AAA auto club and shows up on some days of the week at his office. . .  about 10 am for a few hours to take care of his old customers, etc.  All three of us were from the Tucson High Class of '53.

We went to the event with a University of Arizona Alumni club group which goes every year . . it was Russell Davis' and Jim Nieto's second time . . .  it was my first, but not probably my last, that, I can promise you. ( If I can only find a white pin stripe three-piece seersucker suit that fits, for next year ! ) 

Someone once told me, " You only go through life ONCE, but if you do it right . . . ONCE is enough ! " . . . I like that.

( The Hell with reincarnation )   I don't need two chances !

This event will be one of the highlights of my life.  What a week !  Returned on Monday night about 8 pm . . . almost 3 hrs. late after failing to exit Interstate 79 at the Elkins exit and kept driving almost all the way to Fairmont, WV . . . about 30 plus exits past the one I was supposed to exit on .

I guess I was distracted reliving all the good times I'd experienced in the last 72 hours !  Man, it doesn't get any better than this . . . you can't make this stuff up.  We sat next to a beautiful set of three ladies . . . The one next to me was a spittin' image of Vivian Leigh ( Blanche DuBoise ) in ' A Streetcar named Desire ' ( Seriously ).  I say that as a compliment . . .  the beautiful woman won an Academy Award !

She looked the part . . acted the part !  And I'm there after about a dozen mint juleps, slurring my speech . . .  doing a Marlon Brando monolog from a different movie, ' On The Waterfront ' . . .  " I coulda had class, I coulda been a contender . . . I coulda been somebody . . . It was YOU, Charlie, you were my big brother, you shoulda watched out for me, it was you . . . His brother, Rod Steiger turns around in the back of the cab and reminds Terry Malloy ( Marlon Brando ),  " You saw some money, boy . . . "

Terry Malloy ( Marlon ) says, " You don't understand . . Remember that night you came into my dressing room in the Garden and said: " This ain't your night, we're going for the price on Wilson . . " . . .    " This ain't my night ?, I coulda taken Wilson apart . . after the third round we were just dancin' . . . I was holding him up . . . what does HE get ? . . . he gets a title-shot in the ball park . . what do I get ? A one way ticket to Palookaville ! . . . It was YOU. Charlie . . "

What a week.

I promise to have a few photos of the event in a few days once I unwind.


This is Walter Cronkite, and THAT'S THE WAY IT IS !  ( At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it )