We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Subtlety was Walt Kelly's trademark, so compared to that Ivy league Nancyboy who 'authors" Doonesberry, whose policization of his comic strip is so obvious many editors choose to run it on the Op/Ed pages.
Nonetheless, Pogo was highly political in nature, even if his characters were intractably whacky and humorous, when understandable.
Taped on one of my walls you will find a strip of Pogo and his pals singing "Deck us all with Boston Charlie." I wonder if the Boston Charlie that Walt Kelly wrote about was related to the Charlie who couldn't get off the Boston M.T.A, in the song made famous by the Kingston Trio. After all, Nora is freezing on the trolley, and Charlie is in Boston.
OK, who made it famous a half century ago, if not today.
You mean: And he never returned, no, he never returned and...he'll ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston...
We found a box of vinyls while searching for something this week. Guess what? Kingston Trio. Have to get a turntable. Any suggestions from the MF crew? Would like to throw them on a disc, too.
PS: Al Capp's Lil Abner was another family favorite. Mostly the Schmoos (Schmoon?) with us kids...if the dog didn't do it, they did. Mammy and Pappy Yokum were ripe for costume parties and gut-bucket reviews. Ah, the olden days!!!!!!
You can get a turntable that connects to your computer via USB and then with a free program like Audacity, digitize from the vinyl. If you're patient, you can even clean up the pops and clicks too.
The files can be saved to formats compatible with iTunes and thence burned to a disc.
"Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly. It is just unfortunate that in the clumsy hands of a cartoonist all traits become ridiculous, leading to a certain amount of self-conscious expostulation and the desire to join battle.
There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blast on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us." —Walt Kelly, June 1953