"Chester Commodore (August 22, 1914 – April 10, 2004) was an African Americancartoonist, both of political cartoons and comic strips. Born in Racine,Wisconsin,
Commodore was always interested in drawing. His parents and sisters
moved to Chicago in 1923, but Chester and his older brother stayed in
Racine with his maternal grandmother in her boarding house until he
moved to Chicago in 1927.
"While still in high school, he tried to get a job with the Chicago Defender, one of the country's most notable African American newspapers,
but its publisher, Robert Abbott, told him to finish his education
first. Following school, he worked as a chauffeur and a mechanic, and
got a job with the Pullman Company. He was always drawing, and posted his drawings on company bulletin boards. He was recommended for a staff position with the Minneapolis Star in 1938, but when he showed up for the interview, he was told that there was no such job.
"Finally, in 1948 he went to work for the Defender, doing layout, but soon started drawing cartooons for the paper. His first strip, in 1948, was called The Sparks . He took over Jay Jackson's strip Bungleton Green in the early 1950s and contributed to the cartoon features The Ravings of Professor Doodle and So What?.
When Jay Jackson died in 1954, Commodore took over his role drawing
editorial cartoons for the paper. From 1974 he drew a weekly full-page
caricature for the cover of the Defender's weekly arts supplement, Accent. The series lasted for more than five years.
"Commodore and his wife retired to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1981, but from 1992 he resumed work for the Defender, contributing a weekly cartoon until his death in 2004."
Yesterday in Tucson, we had a rare snow. First time since I moved there I had seen snow actively falling where I was (not counting snow on mountain tops where I wasn't of course...it snowed once in 2007 but I was out of town that weekend). Here are a few shots from the day.
I took a few early in the evening.
About 11 at night, we got another round of snow so I went out to Saguaro National Park East to take some pics. It was kind of creepy. It was close to freezing so there was the constant noise of melting snow dripping off the cactus.
We kind of freak out over minor snowfalls. Don't judge us!
"To This Day Project is a project based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan called 'To This Day,' to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual." Read more: http://tothisdayproject.com/
Hello, my frosty friends!How are you?I’m not feeling so
well and that’s why this blog is late. This winter has been hellacious to my
health and well being. I’m going to keep this short so I can go back to bed.
I received an email this week from Mr. (Mrs?) andromodo77.The email was
entitled World Domination:
My dearest Madame Zoltar:
Imagine a world free of the petty bickering by the
uneducated, the spoiled, the jealous, the greedy.
Imagine a nation free of politics and religion.
Imagine a nation free of debt, free of enemies, free of
Imagine a nation that is energy self sufficient
Imagine a world who would listen to your wisdom,
your experiences and your vision of the future.
Can you imagine with me?
Can you imagine the power of the great and wise Madame Zoltar
working with the Andromdoians to bring the world back into harmony?
Dear andromodo77, you post a pretty
picture of our world if only all the idiots and criminals would disappear.I’m with you.
I’m not very familiar with the Andromdoians. Do you have
some sort of power for world domination? Are there Andromdoian psychics?What do they charge?
Thank you everyone for reading my abbreviated blog this
week.I’m still here and I still love
A widespread and conspicuous small finch from the coniferous forests of Canada and Alaska that invades Wisconsin's forests and feeders during the winter months. The Pine Siskin makes irregular and variable journeys to our parts, depending on the food supply of seeds. Often seen in large flocks mixed with Common Redpolls, American Goldfinches and American Tree Sparrows.
Identifying them is rather easy, especially if you know what you're looking for. Pine Siskins are are smaller than the goldfinches. Brown they are, with a heavily streaked belly and two white wing bars. The most identifiable characteristic are the yellow tips of their wings
The top picture was taken at the feeder behind the visitor center at Richard Bong State Recreational Area where I have seen dozens at a time feeding there. I like this picture because it shows the yellow wing tips quite well. The pictures below was taken by Tender Heart at my folk's place up in Pickeral recently. I really like how she captured the essence of the birds with the snow on their beaks.
Every Wednesday, Madame Zoltar responds to your queries and comments in her blog, Dear Madame Zoltar. Are the stars in your favor? What to do with that 401K? Find out by sending your questions and thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The famed Bald Eagles from Decorah, Iowa are back on their nest and ready to start a new family! World famous and live streamed via the internet by the Raptor Resource Center, anyone can view the parents raise their eaglets from egg to fledglings from the comfort of their homes. Using infrared cameras and microphones, the eagles can be seen around the clock during the nesting season, which starts in January or February and runs till June."
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