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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:: Twilight Zone music ::

I have been thinking about that image of Stevenson and his soles all week. I don't know why. I'm not even old enough to remember it, but I absorbed it as a child from various political cartoons and photographs in books lying around the house.

It's likely your occasional evocations of Stevenson lately had something to do with it, too.

His words remind me of others from that election, from the other end of the cycle. These words could bookend those. I wrote about them (here) and had hoped to repost them a week from now, but I don't have a place to do that now. They would be utterly out of place in the place where I work.

Ruth Anne

Two Illinois eggheads, two Harvard Law degrees. The key difference? Stevenson, living in Bloomington, couldn't quite get to Normal.

Ruth Anne

Correction: Stevenson attended Harvard Law but took his degree from Northwestern.

Perhaps McCain can stand in for Eisenhower this time.


Wise words from Stevenson, and Acheson.

They could apply to the hordes of people being downsized right now: Go through a fallow period without shame, learn something, learn how to use losing.

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