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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on his way to Arizona,

Oh, Annie.

(Caught it; got it.)

Randy (Internet Ronin)

As you say, a strong man. IIRC, a drunken fall similar to his was what killed William Holden - he bled to death.


At the time of my father's death at age 64, I thought it something of a blessing to him and others. Cancer's a horrible way to go, but it would have been just as bad or worse watching him get older and drunker and more isolated with time. It's amazing how several decades of bad behavior can leave a person isolated from those they should be closest to....


It was stunning to think that this guy was 76, and this must have been going on for decades. What a waste.

Ruth Anne

Did he thank Wayne Newton?

Danke Schoen, darling Danke Schoen.
Thank you for all the joy and pain...


Alcohol dependency is indeed a terrible waste -- for the drinker and for all who depend on the drinker.

"There is help, but you have to want it," I said, reciting the lessons of my AA friends. "But you know that."


I hope his ex-wife in Arizona knows that there is help for her as well. Those of us who live/have lived with alcoholism almost always ourselves need help getting free and finding peace. But we have to want freedom, peace and serenity more than we want the alcoholic.


Interesting article on Kudzu and binge-drinking:

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