My friend Tom Sawyer has graciously agreed to share another excerpt from his memoirs.
Tom mentioned a group of cartoonist friends who all worked and laughed together in those days. He wrote, “Through Leonard [Starr], John [Augustin] and Tex [Blaisdell], I began to meet and socialize with other artists, some who’d drop by the studio, several of whom would become close friends, meaningful players in my life for years to come, Stan Drake, Warren King, John Prentice and Howard Post, to name a few.”
I asked Tom to elaborate on Warren King, whom he only mentioned in passing in that memoir excerpt, but of whom he clearly had a lot of fond memories.
Tom wrote back, “About Warren King, he had for years been Rube Goldberg’s assistant (during Rube’s long career as an editorial cartoonist). And when Rube retired (and took up sculpture in his late 70’s or early 80’s, Warren became the editorial cartoonist for the NY Daily News.”
“Rube, BTW was a lovely, witty man, whose most memorable quote in my presence was: “Tits never hurt anybody.” And speaking of quotes, one of Warren’s that I particularly remember was his description of dogs. He referred to them as “hairy shit-machines.”
Tom concluded, “Warren was a very entertaining guy with a singular, distinctive laugh – so particular that even in a roomful of people laughing, his stood out. And we did a lot of laughing in those days.”
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