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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I'm interested in the above "per se." More comments on that?

Did you grow up (as I did) with a steady diet of how we Jews were in the same struggle with "the blacks" and how bonded we were (even though the only blacks we ever knew growing up were my grandparents' maids)? My family members worshipped Martin Luther King, Jr. but locked all the car doors whenever they saw African-American people on the street. Oy.

For a different take on the relationship between blacks and Jews, check out this post from "Citizen of the Month." The answer for any remaining tension is clear: BARBRA!


All the "per se" means is that I don't like aggressively promiscuous, publicly sexual gays any more than I like their straight counterparts. I'm for people doing it deeper rather than wider.

On the relationship between blacks and Jews: there was a cartoon in the New Yorker once that showed two Gucci-clad princesses walking along on the Upper East Side, and one said to the other, "After all, 'Yo' is only 'Oy' backwards!"


By the way, I'm pretty sure the picture of Barbra as a hooker on that post is from "The Owl and the Pussycat." Jacques, my mate, was in that movie -- it was before I even knew him. He played Rapzinsky, the Polish super who threw Streisand and George Segal out on the street when they made too much noise in the middle of the night.


Oh my God, it is from "The Owl and the Pussycat" and I forgot that Jacques was in that (I remember his part quite well and he was superb!). You people have so many hidden talents!

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