Archive for September, 2012

Autumn

September 28, 2012

 

 

Where there is wind and weather, and a clear reach of sky.

The trees will flock together, with leafy skirts held high.

Friendly guardians of the way, trees shed their grace on passers-by.

And from an autumn fountain spray, leaves that watched a summer die.

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President Eisenhower & the cartoonists

September 24, 2012

The people who visit the White House, aside from the occasional tourists, are mostly dignitaries and heads of State. In some cases a well known celebrity or an entertainer will be invited to perform for a special event. But cartoonists…?

In June, 1954, President Eisenhower met with members of the National Cartoonists Society in Washington. The Society, composed of men and women who are considered to be among the foremost exponents of the cartoonist’s art in the nation, wished to confer honorary membership upon one of the few Presidents since Thomas Jefferson who was evidenced and exercised any talents as an artist.

The occasion took the form of a breakfast. While the courses were being served and exchanges of talk were going on, artists had free hands with drawing paper, pencil or pen sketching the president.