“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.
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 !
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!!!
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?
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.
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.
Had a great, fun lunch today with long time friend Craig Zablo and his wife, Doralya, at Steve’s Famous Diner in Daytona Beach. We talked about Florida travel, education, Jack Davis, Jim Ivey, Sun Bank, etc., etc..
The food and company were excellent!
Thank you, Craig and Doralya!
The photo, above, is of Craig and I. Doralya had to beg off, something about witness protection or something like that. 😀
It was after this lunch and a caricature gig after that I realized how blasted out tired I was. I blew out the bulk of my energy prior to lunch taking a 1.2 mile hike in the heat in a park and literally running around the Downtown cities of Eustis and DeLand taking photos for Swampy’s Florida. Knew I was feeling a bit off during lunch and that was why! Ferget I’m adding the years on and that kind of activity is going to take a toll.
The photos taken should be showing up on the Swampy’s Florida website over the next months. I’ll be making a separate post about the caricature events in the next day or so.
My friend, Ann Archer, turns 90 and a big party is planned today. Here’s the birthday card I painted for this very patriotic woman. She has served in various political posts for decades in Dade and Marion Counties here in Florida. She still is active today despite mobility issues. She’s a great lady with a great sense of humor, something that seems to maintain a long life. Another friend, Lucile Fair, is 105 1/2 and loves to laugh and see the fun in life. We probably all need to smile more in life and Ann and Lucile are examples of that.
Got to meet up with old pal Jeff Parker this evening in Tallahassee during a brief stop there. It’s the first time I’ve seen Jeff in two years. Great catching up and we exchanged some goodies. Hope to see Jeff again before two years.
Got together with friends this evening at Stardust Video & Coffee. It was great fellowship with Neal Davies, Robert Baurle, Rich Scott and Cindy Mackey. Lots of drawing, talking about cookies, world events and Florida memories.
Before we gathered, I got a bunch of cartooning and illustration artwork done. Will post a composite soon.