Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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it looked like an early read-through of an existentialist play about the Last Supper.

LOL. I can't believe you don't make more money. You need to learn more about whoring your writing talents from Monsieur Reynolds. ;)

I really feel bad about not going now. I was on the verge, but. . . .

I guess this is one of those classic social psychology situations where a crowd inhibits helping. They figure someone else has helped or will help so they don't help. In this case, only the truly noble and stalwart centrists showed. Kudos to you great amba who braved Chinese women and lumbering tyrants (J) to make it. This and all future generations will sing songs of your valor.


hee hee


I didn't realize until recently that Mike Reynolds was such a hulking presence. Nor did I realize that Joe Gandleman, in contrast, is relatively short, although is a towering figure in centrist bloggery. There's a handful of bloggers I'd love to meet in real life- Reynolds and Callamachus are certainly two of them. Glad you attended and thanks for the report, Amba.

Rick Heller

It was great meeting you, Annie!

For the record, Bill Swann created the Centrist Coalition web site. I was an early joiner, and created the Centerfield blog. Bill and I then filed the paperwork to incorporate the Centrist Coalition as a non-profit corporation.

I'll be posting an MP3 recording of the meeting. I expect to have it done in a week or so.


Great to meet you too! I look forward to the podcast.



It was a real pleasure meeting you in person. But if I am almost radiant, you are truly radiant--as much a force in person as on the page.


May we all shine on!

Jon Kay

Sounds pretty interesting. Wish I was there....
Thanks for writing it up, Amba.


Come next time!

Drake Danielson

Thank you for such a good explanation for what took place at the meeting.

It sounds like we are off on the right foot!

Geri Schwalb

Annie, I'm an old friend of jacques: perhaps my name rings a bell. I am wondering how he is - still alive, and if not, just to touch bases with you, so much a part of his life, after I left it. I guess I'm hoping you have some curiosity Re: me.

Beckie Ellens

Annie, I've been trying to reach you for a long time. I'd love to hear from you again.

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