Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wall Street Journal cartoon - Roy Delgado

This drawing appeared in the business newspaper on 
January 11, 2012 in the Pepper and Salt
feature that has been running steady for over 50 years, edited by the what I call a " Hall of Fame Cartoon Editor, Charles 'Wolf' Preston . . .

The Wall Street Journal doesn't like to get TOO political in their cartoons.   About as close as you can get is something kind of subtle like you see here . . . The current President in the White House now blames everything he can on " Bush " . . . I'm sure back in the old,old days it was the S.O.S., nothing has changed.

Funny thing, just last week, WSJ bought another new one . . . Scene: The Pearly Gates . . . St. Peter listening to what is obviously a Liberal politician . . . The pol with a briefcase states:   " I made a lot of mistakes, but most of them were the fault of the Bush administration. " 
This is the cartoon I'm talkin' about right here below . . .

After I got paid, some editor at the top had reservations about it and at the last minute, they pulled it and asked if I could come up with another gagline like right now . . . to substitute for the "boiler-plate" Pearly Gates scene they were ready to go with.

I offered two substitute  gaglines: First one was . . .  The guy is telling St. Peter: " I want a Skybox. "

Second suggestion: The guy is saying: " Are my Forever Stamps still good ? "

They went with the first.


This is probably the most enjoyable part of being in this business . . . probably boring to outsiders . . but to your peers it's this kind of trading war stories and getting real "inside" chit chat from the your buddies - - - maybe over lunch or a beer or a starbucks - - -

Kinda reminds me of Larry King, kinda braggin' about all the famous people he's met and starts one of his short stories by calling a famous person by his first name, like   - - - " - - I remember, Bob Mitchum told me, blah-blah-blah - - - "

As my Muhammed Ali story, I have a couple Bob Mankoff stories, A Charlie Unitis Story, A Bob Barnes story and a few others - - - at the appropriate time they'll be coming - - - Just keep your computer marked with
on your favories list - - -

or, as Greta Van Susteren told me, " Just keep watchin'. "

I was in Washington D.C.. back in the '90's when I had my sign business in the area and I was leaving the underground parking lot at an office building on Vermont Street, near 15th Street and K Street downtown.  My appointment had been in that building and it was the National Association of Facial Reconstructive Surgery or something like that . . it was to discuss about designing and producing and installing graphics on their interior glass door, I think they were on the fifth floor.

After getting into my car in the basement parking lot, which I walked to from the elevator there, I wheeled around to exit up the ramp and just then, I ended up driving just by where the people had exited the elevator lobby and I see what I thought looked exactly like Greta Van Susteren standing there waiting for her car . . .  . . she was about 15 feet from my driver's window.  I slowed down and I hollared like a moron,  " Greta ! " - - -  and she answered  " Yes. "   . . . and then I replied ,
" I watch you every day ! "

And she relied politely, " Keep on Watchin' ! "

I mumbled to myself, some day I can talk like Larry King !

At that time, Greta used to come on at noon on CNN and I used to catch her at a lunch watering hole in Woodbridge, Virginia near my sign shop . . . those were the days . . .

I coulda been somebody  . . . instead of a bum which is what I am . . . Let's face it . . .   It was your fault, Charlie . . it was you . . . Remember that night in the Garden?  You came to my dressing room and you said, This ain't your night, boy , we're going for the price on Wilson . . . This ain't my night ? ! . . .  I coulda taken Wilson apart ! . . . It was YOU Charlie . . .  It was you . . .

I sometimes get carried away . . .



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