A simple good wish and an even simpler pencil drawing of a globe-spanning dinner table (what?!?), were the ingredients in my first ever Christmas Card, created in 2002.
In honor of consecutive stellar performances by Notre Dame to open the 2014 season, we’re dipping back into the archives to share the drawing below. It was done back when I was merely a Tweedlet in Mrs. Davis’s 6th grade art class, and only years later, autographed by the subject, Jerome Bettis. Long before he was nicknamed “The Bus” during his NFL career, Bettis was a bulldozing fullback in South Bend — though even his physical style might have met its match in the Irish defense on display the last two weeks. Sure, the now departed Bob Diaco may have resembled Don Draper, but so far his defenses were mere impostors compared with Brian Van Gorder’s Van Goghs. The first year Irish Defensive Coordinator has a name like a Dutch Master but through two games his group is pure Cohiba.
Fireworks and chocolate ice cream don’t look alike, don’t sound alike. My best guess is they don’t taste the same. But for the way they both possess the ability to delight even on those rare occasions that they’re underwhelming, these smile-inspiring fraternal twins of summer simply must be made of some of the same stuff.
Among all the stunning pyrotechnic displays made in the American skies each 4th of July, there is none better than the show over the waters of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Give it a look some time, especially if you can do so from a boat anchored in the Chesapeake. For the full effect, pack your own Stars and Stripes to help set a mood like the one pictured below.
America’s Birthday, 2014 is now in the rear view, but here’s the best flag-centric reading this weekend had to offer: a story from The Atlantic on The O.S.S.B, aka, The Original Star Spangled Banner, and via FastCompanyDesign, an illustrated biography of the American flag.
Twelve years ago today, almost exactly to the moment this post goes up, my eyes gazed on this artwork for the first time. Varying in size, color, and composition — from small and flat under mattes and polished glass, to movie-theater-lobby-esque large format, to three-dimensional shadow boxes in frames custom made of reconstituted desk drawers — it comprised the then little known passion project of America’s “King of the Football Movies.” And like the montages he and his filmmaking brain trust popularized, the work resonated with my eyes and ears in such a way that I couldn’t help but imitate it — in part, in the poster below from 2003.
If you’re feeling generous call it flattery, and if you must, call it theft – but then only in consideration of that advice the King himself was known to impart, “If you’re going to steal, steal from Tiffany’s.” I don’t recall what I had for breakfast twelve years ago today ; I can barely remember what I had today. But June 3, 2002 — and how it changed the way I see the world — is a morning I won’t forget.
Just after 8am on the morning of Wednesday, April 4, 2012, I stood on the edge of the 14th tee box at Augusta National Golf Course, a trigger happy shutterbug. Getting in position early had afforded me a clear view of the hopeful pros making their way through the final practice round before the start of that week’s Masters. Ignorance of the etiquette for where and when I could snap photos gave me the nerve to capture several action sequences of guys teeing off. So I shot first and asked questions later, questions like, “Who was that guy with the pink driver?”
I now know that the 14th at Augusta is called “Chinese Fir”, and that the Man in White that morning was named Bubba Watson. He’d go on to win his first green jacket four days after I watched him practice ; his second two years and nine days later. Yes, I got shots of Tiger on the tee that morning, and I like them, too. But none more than these images of Bubba just before takeoff, lightning as accidentally bottled as it’s ever been.
(All Photos: PaC)
Vince Guaraldi’s piano stylings … Lucy pining for real estate … Charlie Brown dropping knowledge on the Peanuts, in spite of himself. Lots of “kids stuff” gets better and more meaningful with age, but none more so than “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, the inspiration for the very cut-and-pasted second card ever.
This portrait gallery illustrates
the stages of decay
through which the interminable winter
has plunged the pluck
of Perry the House Face …
The electoral collage “IRISH? BULLY!” was created circa 2005. Look closely for my favorite part, arguably TR’s most famous line, and CLICK HERE to read the money quote in full. Happy Oval Officemans Day.