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R. Crumb, I wish I Had The Chance....

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Looking back on some older work I found this drawing among my pen and inks. The issue of cartooning always was a subject I enjoyed playing around with, a'la R. Crumb and Zap Comics...who's comicbooks were among my most favorite to read and reread. In absorbing R. Crumb's artwork among the pages of cheaply printed newsprint I found myself laughing out loud at some of his very detailed humorous drawings of the city. I didn't know it at the time but he was but a few miles away from me as he lived in Northeastern Philly while I was in West Philly during the 1970's. I would have liked to have met him, I would have liked to see what he thought of my artwork at the time when I was in the Penn Academy of the Fine Arts doing my own cartoons in oil paint. People actually didn't know what to make of my art. Half the faculty loved em and half hated em, so go figure...I guess I was doing something right. I believe in a mixed reaction even if it hurts some, at lea…

The Drummer 'n Fairmont Park

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As I get older I reminisce, mostly about my time with one of the most beautiful girlfriends I ever lived with....I know, one always wants to know just who that was but if you'll forgive me I will move on without revealing her identity...and during my time with her we moved to Philadelphia to live in Center City on Spruce Street. While we were setting up our place in our new diggs we awoke on a Sunday morning to an idea of heading out to Fairmont Park and watching the sun rise over the city. The park is on the western side of that city and it has some high hills that overlook Center City if one is to look eastward. I was not in the mood to get up let alone drive my car out to the Park that morning, I sighed "oh noooo" but then acquiesced and got up and dressed. I felt the heat of every ray of sun on my face that morning in the pain of my awakened state. But I did drive us out to the Park when the city slept. Once we got their we saw a man standing under the h…