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I've gotten some wonderful reactions from the Chuck Jones family and Walt & Selby Kelly family about DRAWING THE LINE. Reprinted with his kind permission is the note I just received-

Dear Tom,

Mega-thanks for the copy of Drawing the Line you sent my wife and me. My mother (Selby Kelly), father (Roger Daley) and step-father (Walt Kelly) would have loved it!

I just got back from several days out of town and, finding your book on the door step, literally haven't put it down for the last two hours. While my dirty laundry and other travel artifacts lie about the room I read with utter fascination details of the Disney Strike and other events of MAJOR importance to me in my life. I probably wouldn't have been born if my mother had stayed at Disney's and hadn't met my father who was very pro-union and working on the Chuck Jones crew. Going to Mexico City with my parents (due to the Blacklist keeping them out of Hollywood) when I was five years old was certainly a life changing event for me. Just reading in print the many names of family friends from so many years ago -- workers that I had begun to feel were long forgotten -- has certainly made my day.
Thanks for your support of the men and women who, like my folks, drew a line in the sand and refused to step over it.

The Best,
Scott Daley


This note verifies one of the main reasons I wrote Drawing the Line. After all, an animation labor history is not likely to outsell anything by Stephen King or Tom Clancy. So it wasn't to make big bucks. I wanted new people coming into animation to know that there were once heroes among us, and not just because they drew well or were funny. I feel priviledged to bring out this part of their story.
I'm sure some will disagree with what I wrote, or will feel some facts are wrong. They may or may not be right, but notes like this make me feel like a winner already. Thank you.

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Birthdays: Alexander the Great -356 BC, Upton Sinclair, Jelly Roll Morton, Red Auerbach, Guy Lafluer, Fernando Rey, Ann Meara, Rachel Roberts, Jonathan Hardy,Fran Drescher, Sophia Loren is 72

356BC- The Great Temple of Artemis of Ephesus was destroyed by fire. It was said to be the work of a lunatic arsonist from Hailicarnassus. The temple had been built as a gift to the goddess by Croesus the Lydian who was so had so much wealth the phrase “To be as rich as Croesus “ is still in use today. Why had the Goddess Artemis would allow her house to be consumed so cruelly? The priests explained that she was probably too busy overseeing the birth of Alexander the Great in Macedon to keep a watch on her house. The Ephesians rebuilt the huge temple and 400 year later Saint Paul was thrown out of it for preaching his weird new religion. The cult statue of Artemis or Diana had dozens of breasts, which some describe as maybe bull testicles. They are symbols of fertility.

1670- English poet John Milton published his last works “Paradise Regained” and “Samson Agonistes”. He was blind but dictated to a secretary who wrote down his poems. When he felt the inspiration he would call him by saying:” Come. I need to be milked.”

1803- Irish patriot Robert Emmett executed for leading an abortive uprising against the British. His final words became famous: “ Let no man write my epitaph. When my country takes her place among the nations of the Earth, then, and not till then, Let my epitaph be written.”

1814- A new poem by Georgetown lawyer Francis Scott Key was first published in the Baltimore Patriot. First called the Defense of Fort McHenry. Keys brother in law Judge Nicholson suggested it sounded good sung to the tune To Anacreon in Heaven’. Soon everyone was singing it as the Star Spangled Banner.

1839- The steamer British Queen first brought news of the invention of Photography and the Daguerreotype process to the U.S.. Soon everyone is happily snapping away.

1853- Elisha Otis revolutionized office building construction by demonstrating his elevator that didn’t fall when the cable was cut.

1944- Now that the Pacific War was winding down martial law was lifted on the Hawaiian Islands. It had been imposed since Pearl Harbor. One tragic result for the servicemen was that the first thing the restored chief of Honolulu police did was shut down the brothels of Waikiki. The area known as Hotel Street was ringed with houses of ill repute servicing servicemen for the duration. One sailor reminisced: I got stewed, screwed and tatooed, all in one night.” The quarters most famous hooker, Jean O’Hara said: “ I think I slept with the entire US Navy.”

1952- CBS premiered the Jackie Gleason Show- The Honeymooners".

1955- The Phil Silvers Show, originally entitled You’ll Never Get Rich” debuted on CBS. His character Sgt. Bilko was later the inspiration for the Hanna Berbera Show Top Cat.

1973- Musician Jim Croce (30) died in a charter plane crash near Natchitoches Louisiana.

1984- The Cosby Show premiered.


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