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Flingback Friday! Chuck Rooster in Oklahoma

Here is an article published in the Tulsa Tribune, starring yours truly. I was attending  the 50th American Puppetry Festival, Northeastern State University
, July 28 –   August 3, 1991
 Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The late Jim Malone was the Festival Director.

I am shown with one of my most beloved puppets,Chuck Rooster. He was made back in the days when I couldn’t sew, but I could design and pattern, so my doting late grandmother patiently did everything requiring a sewing machine while I drew patterns,gathered materials, showed Grandmother where this and that was attached,and placed the finishing touches on my puppets. Chuck was modeled after one of my favorite musicians, Tom Petty, and he performed a lip synch number to one of the rocker’s songs at a late-night do-anything performance known traditionally to puppetry festivals as “Potpourri Night”.


“Most Talented” and “Most Creative”

Well,I don’t know if I lived up to this or not, but it was pretty cool being chosen for this. This is me and my buddy Alex in the Senior Edition of our high school (Tucker High, Class of ’89)newspaper (we were actually part of its staff), chosen as “Most Talented” and “Most Creative”, but I’ve never really known who was who.:)

I’m holding one of my old puppets, Benmont, who is a cockatoo with a smart little bow tie.


Nogard Dragon.

Here’s another denizen of my high school sketchbooks and ditto-sheet drawings that made it into color, mainly because he became a bit of a cult figure amongst our class. My dear friend Alex( a talented artist and all-around funny guy) and I created a cartoon for our high school newspaper. The paper was called Tiger Tales and we were part of the staff, so naturally we teamed up on all the illustrations and cartoons. “Sir Charles and Nogard” featured a rather modern knight named Charles, who was a little short, bald guy, and his faithful dragon companion, Nogard. The duo traveled from planet to planet in a spaceship, righting wrongs, dealing with bad guys and having all sorts of crazy adventures.

Please be sure to check out my other high school dragons drawings, still being unearthed, at Puppatoons Tumblr!