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 www.plumlococomic.blogspot.com
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 . . .