Friday, August 2, 2002


How the Mosquito got its cartoons

I remember in the beginning days, I used to draw cartoons on the margins of my law school notebooks. You get pretty bored in some of these lectures. One day I came home and all my notebooks were out and all the margins were gone. I asked Janice, "Where did these go?" She said, "Well, Ellen Huber stopped by. She's going to publish them in the mimeograph [The Mosquito]." Althea Kern then called me and said, "Would you draw cartoons for the Gazette?" And I had already told her I would, so naturally you couldn't publish it in the mimeograph and Althea says, "I'll pay you $5.00 a cartoon." I said, "Terrific. Give me the first check." And that was it. I didn't want anything more to do with them. I never cashed that first check. I've even got it sitting in a drawer somewhere.

But it was very interesting, I thought, when the Gazette came along it sort of forced the paper [The Mosquito] to go to a slicker, more presentable format than the mimeograph. The mimeograph was nice and there was a certain aura to it, but I don't think it was really a newspaper yet. Then when the two papers merged together, I think it was just terrific, but that was the start of, as Martha Stewart would say, something good.


2002 The Carlisle Mosquito