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 is this, Santa's Chainsaw Massacre's? It would be like seeing Chevy Chase in the Saw movies, if it wasn't sadly true...


Killing your family, burning down your house, shooting yourself...Come for the catharsis, stay for the posthumous media attention!


Yeah, that's why it makes a much more satisfying fantasy. "Ho ho ho, m*therf*ckers" . . . just stop right there.

Horace Jeffery Hodges

Apparently, shooting himself was not the original plan.

He had a plane ticket for Canada and intended to escape, but as he was releasing a flammable aerosol mixture into the home where he had just killed an entire family, a pilot light ignited the substance prematurely, setting off an explosion that gave him third-degree burns and melted his plastic santa suit to his body.

He was, in the nearly literal sense, hoist by his own petard.

I can gain only a meagre, grim satisfaction in that unexpected comeuppance, for I cannot get past the evil act itself.

Jeffery Hodges

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In other uplifting news, some guy in South Philly got pissed off by a father and a son talking during a movie, so he finally pulled a gun and shot the dad in the arm. Fellow movie-goers fled the theatre, but the shooter calmly sat back down in his seat to watch the movie, making it easy, at least, for police to arrest him.

Violent AND stupid. Day-um.


Why in my day, reader, you'd at least use a silencer in a theater!

These kids today with their speed loaders and Twizzlers!


Down here in Florida we had true Christmas miracles: the good guys used guns to foil the bad guys. Also? Penis biting.

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