Huge thanks to: Alessandra Lacorazza for the wonderful edit, Ronen Sberlo for the camera work, Ken Meyer for recording me, and Zoë Keating for the fantastic music. Most of all, thanks to Brenda for sharing her inspiring story.
Jeff Koons has the best spot of many artists displaying their Easter egg creations here. Eventually they will be auctioned off and the money donated to protect elephants. In addition, there are 260 eggs hidden around the city. You can "collect" them with this app. By doing so, you may win one of three Fabergé Eggs. Good luck!
Isabella took this shot of the Charlie Brown Macy's Thankgiving Parade balloon at MoCCA this weekend, where she shared a table with other cartoonists and sold a bunch of books. The Arts Fest is held at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue in NYC, which explains how the round-headed kid could fit.
Hey, how can you use your Buffalo Forge Grill without a side table? Well, Adam Gibson decided to make one using parts from an old Buffalo Forge air conditioner he found on eBay. Cool, Adam!
In Adam's own words:
"Here is my latest project involving the old parts off the air conditioner unit made by Buffalo Forge. I found some old baby stroller wheels from the 1950s and placed them on some old pallet wood which I then stained to give it that vintage look. I now have a moveable work station for when I am grilling on the forge. I still have to paint the wheels green to match the Buffalo Forge Grill but everything else is basically done. This cart Will also work well for a place to store my charcoal and any other tools used for grilling when not in use. Once I finish the wheels I will get some photos of the grill and this cart together side by side."
Screengrab from the National Cartoonist Society website.
Cool! Isabella was nominated for an award by the National Cartoonist Society. She's in great company—Terri Libenson and Mark Tatulli. The winner will be announced over Memorial Day at the 68th annual NCS Reuben Awards in San Diego. Way to go, Isabella!
Buffalo Forge Grill restorer Adam Gibson found this old blower online and plans to restore it. Adam writes:
Hey Jim I found this real gem on Craigslist and bought it from a guy in Elizabethon, Tennessee. I paid sixty dollars for it and he shipped it to me. I am not sure of its history but based on the rust it looks like it has been sitting in the mud outside for awhile. The handle does not turn and the fan is pretty gunked up but I am gonna try and save this beauty if I can.
If anybody can retore it, it's Adam. Also check out his handywork here. Former Buffalo Forge CEO Dave Newcomb tells me the blowers are pretty indestructible in this interview.
Adam, thanks for sending and keep us posted on how it goes!
If you're a Dick Proenneke fan, you'll really like this collection of his writings, wonderfully edited by John Branson, a Park Service historian. You can read it free on-line it here. It contains a detailed biographical sketch. I was interested to learn that he had a J-3 Piper Cub from 1975-1976. He and his brother Raymond used it to explore the Twin Lakes area. Proenneke eventually crashed it (iced carburator) but crawled out to a highway and survived. He was also considered a mechanical genius by those who knew him. You can buy the book on Amazon. Thanks again to Rob Hanson for evenfallstudio.com for pointing me to this in his October 22, 2010 post there.