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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What you all are, is amazing.

Lucky us.


I've often thought I'd like to meet you and your siblings. That's still true, but--and take this, I beg of you, in the very best sense--I'd most like to meet your parents.


I mean, just for starters, how'd they do it?


There's still time!


Truly an accomplished family that makes mine look like a bunch of hillbillies by comparison.

But I know what you mean about feeling like a kid playing dress-up. In fact, it makes you realize that even the president is just somebody's dorky brother. Oooh wait...bad comparison.


Hey, they TOLD me not to look at the camera. Being interviewed on TV was easy. What terrified me was the talk-radio interview, where they tried to bait me into saying no one should be taught in Spanish ever, under any circumstances. Being on the other side of the journalism game for a day really showed me how debased our discourse has become.


Should've gotten a haircut. You looked like you just tried to spiff yourself up after a Loggins & Messina reunion concert.

Ruth Anne

I think he looked dapper and sounded Gottlieb-intelligent [that's the higher standard, btw].

Glad to hear that the vast majority of the Spanish-speaking parents wanted English immersion for their children.


When I was a kid in the Bronx, a quarter of the class was Hispanic. The teacher taught everything in English, and the Spanish kids taught the Anglos how to curse in Spanish. It was an arrangement that seemed to satisfy everybody.

Ally, that's interesting about the talk radio interview. It's about what I'd suspected.


I can't believe how much he looks like David. (Are they both going to kill me now?) And I think it would have been creepy if he'd been looking at the camera, they always look off to the side to the fake interviewer. The Gottliebs always come off as super intelligent. I'm waiting for the secret videos to make it to YouTube--I seem to recall something about David in college appearing nearly nude for a Shakespeare play??

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