If you are young and you drink a great deal it will spoil your health, slow your mind, make you fat – in other words, turn you into an adult. P. J. O’Rourke
Patrick Jake O’Rourke (born November 14, 1947), known as P.J. O’Rourke, is an American political satirist and journalist. O’Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio‘s game show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!. Since 2011, he has been a columnist at The Daily Beast.
In the UK, he is known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the 1990s. He is the author of 20 books, the best known of which are Holidays in Hell, a compilation of O’Rourke’s articles as a free-lance foreign correspondent, All the Trouble in the World, an examination of current political concerns such as global warming and famine from a libertarian perspective.
If you can’t stand a little sacrifice and you can’t stand a trip across the desert with limited water, we’re never going to straighten this country out. Ross Perot
Henry Ross Perot (born June 27, 1930) is an American business magnate and former politician. As the founder of Electronic Data Systems, he became a billionaire. He ran an independent presidential campaign in 1992 and a third party campaign in 1996, establishing the Reform Party in the latter election. Both campaigns were among the strongest presidential showings by a third party or independent candidate in U.S. history.
It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to. W. C. Fields
William Claude Dukenfield was the eldest of five children born to Cockney immigrant James Dukenfield and Philadelphia native Kate Felton. He went to school for four years, then quit to work with his father selling vegetables from a horse cart. At eleven, after many fights with his alcoholic father (who hit him on the head with a shovel), he ran away from home. For a while he lived in a hole in the ground, depending on stolen food and clothing. He was often beaten and spent nights in jail. His first regular job was delivering ice. By age thirteen he was a skilled pool player and juggler. It was then, at an amusement park in Norristown PA, that he was first hired as an entertainer. There he developed the technique of pretending to lose the things he was juggling. In 1893 he was employed as a juggler at Fortescue’s Pier, Atlantic City. When business was slow he pretended to drown in the ocean (management thought his fake rescue would draw customers). By nineteen he was billed as “The Distinguished Comedian” and began opening bank accounts in every city he played. At age twenty-three he opened at the Palace in London and played with Sarah Bernhardt at Buckingham Palace. He starred at the Folies-Bergere (young Charles Chaplin and Maurice Chevalier were on the program).
He was in each of the Ziegfeld Follies from 1915 through 1921. He played for a year in the highly praised musical “Poppy” which opened in New York in 1923. In 1925 D.W. Griffithmade a movie of the play, renamed Sally of the Sawdust (1925), starring Fields. Pool Sharks (1915), Fields’ first movie, was made when he was thirty-five. He settled into a mansion near Burbank, California and made most of his thirty-seven movies for Paramount. He appeared in mostly spontaneous dialogs on Charlie McCarthy‘s radio shows. In 1939 he switched to Universal where he made films written mainly by and for himself. He died after several serious illnesses, including bouts of pneumonia.
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest. Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 to April 17, 1790) was a Founding Father and a polymath, inventor, scientist, printer, politician, freemason and diplomat. Franklin helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and he negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War. His scientific pursuits included investigations into electricity, mathematics and mapmaking. A writer known for his wit and wisdom, Franklin also published Poor Richard’s Almanack, invented bifocal glasses and organized the first successful American lending library.
When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. Walt Disney
Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Hermosa, Illinois. He and his brother Roy co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world. Disney was an innovative animator and created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse. He won 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime, and was the founder of theme parks Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
This is a quote from Walt Disney that I have never heard before.
An interview with the cartoonist Gavin Aung Than who is from Australia so one of my standard questions about a groundhog went over poorly. I have been a big fan of Zen Pencils for a couple of years. I absolutely fell in love with the concept from the moment I discovered it, quotes tied with cartoons. I have collected quotes for years and if you even do a nominal look at aaforringer.com you will notice that about 95% of the site is quotes.
I have bought his poster, Make Good Art, for my friend Ken and My Spirit is a Roaring Sea on canvas for my daughter and for myself two of his four books.
French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..? What condiment(s) on them?
Curly – ketchup, but not too much
How long have you been creating and why?
Since I can remember, always drawing. as a full time cartoonist – 6 years
What odor to you is the most pleasant?
That new baby smell my daughter had.
Favorite things to read? What genre?
Comics and novels. crime fiction – Elmore Leonard, James Ellroy
A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?
I sat by and did nothing while the hole got bigger … and bigger.
What is the best thing about creating?
Having created something out of nothing, something that didn’t exist until i imagined it and then took action to complete it. it’s like being a god!
How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?
What is the worst thing about being a creative personality?
Getting asked to do random interviews when I should be creating 🙂
If you could force one famous person to consume your comic who would you force, and how much would you force them to consume?
Zen Pencils could change Trump couldn’t it …. nah you’re right, nothing can.
How far do you hope your creating takes you?
Being able to support my family is all I ask.
Eventually I will be buying some more of his posters and I will eventually be buying Creative Struggles. And if Gavin ever makes it to the East Coast of the U.S. I will drive long hours, if possible, to meet him and get him to sign his merchandise.