MEMORIAL DAY WEEK
We don’t forget our young men and women who died in wars they didn’t start. Best tribute would be to find ways to end wars in the future. We could actually do that. True, quieting the aggressive male nature may take some time/generations. Maybe distracting us with video games would work, but no drone and hacking attacks please.
I was a lucky guy. My four Air Force years were easy and fruitful for me in DC. I remember well my brothers and sisters in uniform during those Vietnam years.
THE 67TH RUBEN AWARDS.
I enjoyed being back in Pittsburgh after 60 (yikes) years. Rege Cordic is gone.
The William Penn Hotel was a good choice, elegant but fairly reasonable prices and great grand style facilities. The Tom Richmond footprint is showing on the NCS: a good diversity of speakers and seminars (Mo Willems was especially good) and best of all, a notably better show up for category winners. My personal preference, pal Brian Crane (Pickles) shared the top prize, a tie with Rick Kirkman (Baby Blues.) Stephan Pastis, the third nominee, didn’t show – was he tipped? Either way, IMO, he should have been there. Our new SEC president also unable to attend.
The Reuben Awards weekend is a very special event for me and especially at last, I have a partner that “gets” the cartoonist in me. We spent three days with colleagues that I greatly enjoy and real heroes whose work I so admire. Over the years, the connections and insights have been invaluable to me. Pictured: SAM and Brian and the real deal.
Three nonagenarians were there: Roy Doty (and Nancy) my old pal, still working, Larry Kazman (and Claudia) and Brad Anderson. Roy and Larry were at my table along with Chuck and Mary Lou Smith from my old DC chapter, and Drew and Lisa Aquilina from AZ.
VISITING FRANK LlOYD WRIGHT’S BUILDINGS.
His personal story is almost as well known as the innovative buildings he designed. SAM and I have always been anxious to see his work – which is both contemporary and classic – still. It was a short drive down from Pittsburgh, SE to Ohiopyle, PA where we visited Falling Water and Kentuck Knob, two FLlW designed homes. Also nearby was George Washington’s Fort Necessity.
Falling Water is an architectural landmark: one of the most beautifully designed and innovative homes I’ve ever seen. It certainly deserves it’s reputation and I loved the visit/tour, but I don’t think I’d like to live there. Better to have been a frequent guest of the Kaufmanns.
Kentuck Knob was a more livable yet spectacular home. I especially enjoyed the layout with the porch facing south with the eastern sunrise exposure for the bedrooms and the western sunsets for evenings on the deck. My favorite so far.
HOW GEORGE WASHINGTON FITS INTO ALL THIS.
In his early twenties our first president, traveled from Virginia to southwestern Pennsylvania numerous times. He played a large part in starting and fighting the French and Indian wars. The stories are that he was a brave and effective leader (but failed to win any battles.) He did keep excellent journals. The Potomac river runs north toward the Pa. border and the eastern continental divide before returning southwest into Virginia. Just over the mountains the rivers run west and the tributaries of the Monongahela head NW to Pittsburgh, the same route we traveled. Visiting Fort Necessity refreshed this bit of history for me, and now you (my faithful five readers.)