The one thing I've gotten from my grandfather over the years, besides a problematic and huge self-centeredness, is a book by Bill Mauldin; Mr. Mauldin did comics during WWII for Stars and Stripes, in the field; and his cartoons were from the point of view of the dogfaces, not the upper brass.
He's also won the Pulitzer prize twice, once for his war work at age *23*, and once for his later work. He also was, as I believe off the top of my head, quite reviled by Nixon and on his Enemies' List. He also worked for a very, very long time: he visited and drew cartoons during the Gulf War as well.
In essence, this guy is the tops in cartooning & as a human. And he's sick.
A couple of years ago, he got burned in a household accident. He's living in a nursing home, alone. And he needs your help.
It's been asked if any WWII vetrans can send him letters of well wishes; I'm asking that anyone who can write do so as well.
This is being coordinated by a columnist, Gordon Dillow, at the Orange County Register. If you want to send a card, the address is:
Bill Mauldin C/O Gordon Dillow
Orange County Register
625 N. Grand Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92701.
Gordon Dillow's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted by Ted Stevko at December 17, 2002 06:06 AM