Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde
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Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things
With apologies to the folks that are stopping in for a daily animation, but in addition to a full weekend working on Seafair stuff (more on that next week, perhaps) a Seattle icon died yesterday.
My son was almost apologetic when he brought me the news that Chris Wedes had succumed to the blood cancer that had plagued him for the last five or so years. Like many of my generation that grew up here, I had to sit down for a few moments and I will admit to tearing up again as I write this.
I wrote about J P Patches last year just after he retired from public appearances. During the 1960’s and 1970’s every kid I knew (including me, of course) watched JP’s show. We loved JP, and that’s not exaggeration.
Anyways, today I offer you a video of the clown’s last public appearance as well as one of Chris Wedes’ last interviews
Thanks, JP. It was our priviledge to have grown up with you, or rather, thanks for being a kid’s best friend whatever our ages.
We are children of the 50s & 60s when life was sweet and JP taught us to have fun and laugh at ourselves. I’m so with you…. what a loss to us all. Remember the good times!!!
He was also a great reason to not tarry in bed before school. Imagine many a parent appreciated him for that fact alone. 🙂