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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RW Rogers

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I remember him quite well. I found him fierce and yet encouraging, in his own way, about my theatrical aspirations.

He's the second great man of the theatre I've known who's died, largely overlooked, in the past two years.

Me sorry, me sister.


Who was the other one?


Even with the blessing of the fortunate recent visit, it's still difficult when life replaces the person with just the memory for us...and what care and support can be sent through this rivulet of the internet I send upstream to you, Amba and J.


I'm so sorry, amba. Loss hurts like a word i'd like to type, but which is not appropriate.

OTOH- did God try to soften the cut of the axe w/an new life on the way?


It was good timing.

I think I've gone into denial mode now -- one takes a breather from grief by simply ceasing to believe it for a while.


The other one was Anthony Cornish, with whom I worked at Cornell, and who plucked me out of retirement and cast me in As You Like It at the Pearl Theatre -- which turned out to be my happy farewell to the professional theatre -- in 1992.


oops. Screwed up the link. Sorry.


Look again. (The magic of HTML . . . You need to write live links into the comments, if you know how; otherwise they get cut off . . . it's stupid. TypePad's software should simply convert them.)

Ruth Anne

He was credited everywhere..."and a Kass of thousands!"

Hugs to you and J as you grieve.


Condolences. Glad you got to see him one more time.

michael Reynolds

A great face. I'm wary of reading too much into an image, but you see some pain there, some wariness, some compassion and a lot of humor. I don't know if that's what the guy was like in reality, but it's how he looks to me.


Right on the nose, Michael.

Also something else -- dignity or self-possession or -- a kind of pride not vanity; he knew who he was.

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