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Student meets teacher for the first time in 40 years!

by on Dec.16, 2017, under Buddies, Friends, What's New?

This is me and, my art teacher from Robert E. Lee Junior High School, Mr. Seaman ( as I still only think of him as). He’s known more today as Del Seaman.

Mr. Seaman has an art gallery in Oviedo, Florida, The Artistic Hand Gallery & Studio. We had a great chat and heard a small bit of his Florida experiences since 1953.

As with Gina Taylor yesterday, I leaned Mr. Seaman’s mother skied at Cypress Gardens but, instead of using the Dick Pope skis, used hand crafted skis by a relative. I plans to interview Mr. Seaman in January, too! 🙂

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Busy Day in Orlando! – June 21st, 2017

by on Jun.22, 2017, under Buddies, Cartooning, Florida History!, Friends

Wednesday was a day in Orlando that didn’t go as planned. Missed a meeting of my favorite group, Orlando Remembered, a couple of my oldest friends, and more. However, I did have a powerful day with other meetings!

Great getting with pal Charles Treadwell at Hot Dog Heaven talking cartooning! Next we meet, we’re gonna motivate ourselves and get some cartooning done! Anyone want to join us?

Getting with Shirley Cannon about a mapping project and seeing her great success of developing the new Pine Castle Historical Society‘s ‘Pine Castle Historical Museum’! I’m going to help her get her museum library logged in and organized.

Next getting with the wonderful Bettielee Sansone to receive some incredible items passed to me by a great lady Dianne Sarchet. Dianne wants me to take care of some of, her late husband, Corb Sarchet’s books and a few other items. Including an amazing spear, hand made by Corb. Sadly Corb died in 2015. Colonel Corb Sarchet was a true American patriot who well served our country in the military, chronicled our military & western American history and juggernaut of Downtown Orlando’s success in the last half of the last century. I am honored to receive these items and will be sure all will be in a good home.

Finally my last meeting to talk politics with Robert Bauerle, Huge thanks to Robert, who recognized I had become overheated in the Florida 100 degree heat and needed to stop and get better hydrated and have a good meal before the two hour drive home! I admit to making the mistake Wednesday of overdoing too much…again!

Now on to getting a whole bunch of artwork done!


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Saying Goodbye to a Friend – May 23rd, 2017

by on May.24, 2017, under Buddies, Friends, Swampy's Florida

I’m temporarily grounded as my brakes in the car have decided not to operate as they should. This meant on Tuesday I needed a ride to a memorial service for a friend. Maxine Thomas was kind to give me that ride out to Dunnellon to say goodbye to our mutual friend Penny Fleeger. The service was held at a favorite spot of Penny’s, Rainbow Springs State Park (Photo above).

Penny was born and raised in the same city my mother and aunt were born and raised, Coral Gables, Florida. It was one evening Penny and I were talking about Coral Gables and high school. Suddenly we found that Penny went to elementary, junior high, high school AND the same college with my Aunt, though they didn’t really know each other.

Penny moved on from Coral Gables to other places, married and ended up in Dunnellon, Florida. Widowed and wanting to help the community, she was voted in as a Dunnellon City Council member. She also got involved with the local historical museum, the Chamber of Commerce and helping preserve the Rainbow River, which she lived along.

I met her several years ago and we were very good friends until the her health took her. Penny loved everything that drove my Swampy’s Florida efforts. It was Penny’s efforts that produced the ‘Swampy’s Florida: Dunnellon’ book.

Penny’s gone now. In a place she can rest from the maddening crowd – One of her favorite places – the Rainbow River.


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On the road in Orlando with many friends! – May 17th, 2017

by on May.18, 2017, under Buddies, Friends

Started the day with an early morning run to the monthly Orlando Remembered meeting at the Orange County Regional History Center.

From there I slipped over to Beefy King and got together with a crew of friends. I was showing friend and Apopka native Melanie King my Apopka illustration I had done. Her friend Joe was there and took the photograph.

I hadn’t seen most of this lot in a few years. Standing is Pam Treadwell. Seated are Charles Treadwell, Marvin Bennett and Kim Cullars, who was celebrating his birthday.

I told Pam she looks like a member of a FBI task force who has caught three fugitives.

Marvin has just published an ace of a book, ‘Trutles, Tortoises and People’, full of information, art and Marvin’s scientifically accurate paintings of slews of turtles. This book is not widely available. Let me know if you’d like one and I’ll help you get one.

After Beefy King I had a rather long business meeting about a project and then just had to stop. I was pooped!!! I guess my age slowing me down.

I got back on my horse and rode out to the Winter Park Library to sit and hear my friend Susan Trewick and her group pick guitars. While heading in, I noticed the library book store sign still out and went in to see if they would like me to bring it in. Oops! I spotted a Florida history book I needed. Then found another and another! I got back to Susan’s group half hour later stayed too short a time and ran on to meet with pals Robert Bauerle and Ken Culotta, below, to write a set of political cartoons.



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Friend & Hero Bill Partington dies – October 22nd, 2016

by on Oct.22, 2016, under Buddies

I just learned that Bill Partington died. He was a hero to anyone trying to save #Florida from those wanting to exploit it selfishly. My friend, Jeff Parker wrote it far better than I could:

“Bill Partington, has passed away.

Bill was a founding member of the Florida Native Plant Society and instrumental in persuading President Nixon to stop the construction of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, which led to Bill creating the Florida Conservation Foundation and ENFO. He is recognized as one of the foremost movers behind establishing a wildlife corridor system throughout Florida, He also is known for his efforts to stop alligator poaching, and lobbied tirelessly to reclaim agriculture lands for Everglades preservation.

Bill was gifted with a tremendous sense of humor which inspired him to co-create the tongue-in-cheek anti-growth organization called the Florida League Against Progress, better known as, FLAP. Their motto? “Leaving Florida? Take a friend.”

Each year throughout the 80s and 90s, before “Florida Man” became famous, FLAP put out its notorious “Florida Calamity Calendar” which featured editorial cartoons poking fun at Florida’s environment and “culture.” Plus, each date sported a ripped-from-the-headlines weird Florida news item to demonstrate what a truly calamitous state we live in (and that maybe you shouldn’t move here after all).

Riding in a car Bill was driving always turned into a hair-raising adventure once you left the cityscape. He would get terrifyingly distracted by a Swallow-tailed Kite, a stand of ty-ty, wet prairies, dry prairies, cypress domes, sink holes, estuaries– even the bugs that struck his windshield. Bill was also a great lover of snakes, and was genius at finding and charming them.

His late wife Joan and he would throw lavish and memorable twelve-course dinner parties (typically accompanied by twelve cases of wine) for their huge circle of friends at the intimate hideaway home they shared in Winter Park. Following the third dessert, it wasn’t unusual for Bill to sit at the piano and play the best boogie woogie, honky tonk, and swing music this side of Jelly Roll Morton– he had worked his way through college in the 40s and 50s playing for juke joints and dives all over the Northeast.

We’re heartbroken by the news, but so heart happy to have known him. So long, Bill… ”

It was just this past May when i ran into Bill and, his wife, Eloise, at Beefy King in Orlando. He was so gracious to be our speaker in July at our Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology in Ocala. Below is the artwork I did for that event of Bill and a handful of his many, many accomplishments.


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My Travels: Another Stop at Steak ‘n Shake! – My 28th, 2016

by on May.28, 2016, under Buddies

So much of my life has passed through this Steak ‘n Shake in Winter Park, Florida…. Here’s my first Ocala pal Marguerite Cavenaugh to stop here after ‪#‎FPEA2016‬.

It was me, Marguerite & Randy Osborne manning our table at the Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA) convention the past few days. Busy week after 4 days at the International Trademark Association (INTA) convention !


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Peggy Peterson – April 30th, 2016

by on Apr.30, 2016, under Buddies


Was helping cartoonist buddy George Pieper with his cartooning class booth here in The Villages, Florida, and who comes by? One of the most efficient people ever to work at Orlando City Hall, my fellow former City Hall pal, Peggy Peterson!!!

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Pine Castle Pioneer days – February 27th, 2016

by on Feb.27, 2016, under Buddies


Fun with pals William Morgan, Tana Porter, me and Leigh Anne Morgan at Pine Castle Pioneer Days in south Orange County, Florida! — with William Morgan at Pine Castle- Pioneer Days Family Festival.

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December 23rd, 2014 – Christmas Dinner Artwork!

by on Dec.23, 2014, under Buddies, Cartooning, Friends


Had dinner last night with fellow cartoonist George Pieper and his wife Noreen at Sammy’s Italian Restaurant in Ocala, Florida. George nabbed a photo of me whipping up a painted ornament for them. Did you know the perfect paint for Santa’s suit is spaghetti sauce?


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July 28th, 2014 – Book: ‘Invasion U.S.A.’ by William Johnstone.

by on Jul.28, 2014, under Buddies

Invasion USA (Invasion USA, #1)Invasion USA by William W. Johnstone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first of a very short Johnstone Clan series of two books, this one and ‘Border War’. This one has in it what the Johnstone Clan does best: Creating a well developed series of characters the reader cares about. It amazes me the scores of characters I’ve read about in the many Johnstone Clan books and how very few are similar. Really quite extraordinary.

The bad guys, on the other hand, can tend to be similar in the books I’ve read. The bad guys in this one are similar to a number of others in previous books.

The story unfolds and takes a few directions i didn’t see coming. No twist in the story, but, as can happen in Johnstone Clan books, characters do things and things happen to them that really moves the story and makes it even more intriguing.

The ending is not all that unexpected, but still satisfying. I’m going to straight to book 2 of the series.

Bottom line: I recommend this book.

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September 23rd, 2013 – USO /NCS Florida tour

by on Sep.24, 2013, under Buddies, Caricatures, Friends, Other Travels


Our USO National Cartoonist tour continued from Tampa to Jacksonville in a very fancy bus provided by the USO. Gave a chance for done members to get a bit if rest. We stopped in Ocala for dinner in a place arranged by me. In the photo is the cartoonist gang, our USO team leader and Morrey Deen, who was a big help coordinating the spot in Ocala.

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