God Bless The InternetSeptember 4, 2007
In addition to allowing me to wager on sports, the internet keeps putting me in touch with my favorite authors. Roger Bradfield is one of the icons of mid-century advertising, having worked on the design for the Trix rabbit & Mr Bubble, among others, but it’s through his work as a children’s author that I first heard of him. The Flying Hockey Stick was a favorite of mine, and my brothers before me, and now it’s a favorite of the LBC. I read it to her at least two or three times a day, at her insistence, and when I’m not around, she grabs it off the shelf and reads it to herself.
Note the growling for the lions, as well as the “eat!” exclamation. Also note that she has the main character say bye to his mommy. She’s really capturing the key details. So, I found Roger Bradfield’s website, and he’s still alive (having just turned 83). I took the opportunity to write him & thank him for the many hours of enjoyment I got first as a young child reading his books, and now as a parent sharing them with my own daughter, and he wrote back telling me I had made his day & that he was delighted that I wrote him, which put a huge smile on my face. It was like the 9 billionth time I paused to reflect on ways in which the internet has made stuff possible that just wouldn’t have happened when I was a kid.
P.S. unlike with the sports wagering, the missus was consulted & approval was granted for this rare video appearance of the LBC. Don’t get too used to it, legend has it if she sees her shadow online it’s six more weeks of winter.