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Cartoon Caption Contest Trivia

About five years ago, shortly after I started this Archive/Blog, I was contacted by the Editor of The Gayco Tablet, a newsletter dedicated to "improving the health of residents in long-term health care facilities". He asked for permission to use reprints of my cartoons in the newsletter.

I looked over the issue he sent me and found that it was chock full of helpful information on Alzheimer's, dementia and other eldercare quality-of-life issues. I decided that it was worthy of "pro bono" treatment and told the Editor that he could pick and choose any of my cartoons from the site and that there would be no fee involved.

The newsletter has been irregularly reprinting my cartoons since that time, and the Editors even created a panel called "AS NEEDED FOR LAUGHTER" to showcase the cartoons.

The latest issue of the newsletter arrived this week, and this was the panel I saw:

I gave it a quick glance and was about to move on to other business when I did a classic double-take. "Wait a minute," I said to my wife, "I never did that cartoon!" After a few minutes of recollection and investigation, I realized what had happened. True, I had never sold that drawing with the completely different caption that I originally wrote for it, but I had used the drawing for "Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 37". The caption that The Gayco Tablet printed was Cary Antebi's winning entry. You can see it all right here.

So . . . congratulations are in order once again, Cary Antebi. The Editors liked your caption more than my original caption (no, I'm not at all insulted). As I keep saying, you are indeed one of the funniest people around!

Happy New Year

Wow, it's 2013 already!

I started this archive/blog in June 2006. I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you who have stood by me all these years a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.


Contest deadline extended due to Hurricane Sandy

Yes, last Monday we lost electric power due to Hurricane Sandy -- and of course lost the ability to use computers, phones, cell phones, etc. Personally, we had no other damage -- no flooding or fires or trees falling on our house or car. So we have definitely been lucky. Right now, my wife and I are staying with our son, about a half-hour's drive from our home. He has power, and all the other conveniences. It may be many more days before our own power is restored.

As for the Caption Contest, out of necessity I am extending it for another week, so the deadline for entries will now be midnight Tuesday, November 6th. Hopefully, by then, we will have power and can resume our normal activities at home.

Cartoonist Al Ross -- October 19, 1911 - March 22, 2012

I'm sad to report that legendary cartoonist Al Ross has passed away. He was 100 years old.

I received these two brief messages from Al Ross's son, Arlen:

-- My father, Al Ross, passed away today at the age of 100 years young! He was simply the greatest, and will always live on through his art, and his thousands of fans and his offspring! The world was a far better place with him, and now is still the better for it! Love you Dad!

-- My father Al Ross, passed away today at the age of 100. He was even a greater painter and fine artist than he was a cartoonist, if that can be possible! Gone is the greatest there ever was!!! Long live my Dad, Al Ross!

Al Ross was one of four cartooning Roth brothers. The other three brothers, all deceased, published cartoons under the names Ben Roth, Salo and Irv Roir. In his heyday, Al Ross's gag cartoons appeared extensively in The New Yorker and in just about every other national or international cartoon-oriented publication.

In the past few years I've written several pieces here about Al and the other cartooning Roth brothers, and I even have several photos up, some of them pretty old. You can find all the material by clicking on "Eli's Corner" in the right-hand column. Al was also featured in my "We All Have to Start Somewhere Department" (No. 16). And in addition, you can find several very heart-warming "comments" under some of the postings, notes that came in over the years from the Roth family, friends and neighbors.

Rest in peace, Al Ross.

Al Ross at his 100th Birthday Party.

Back in Business . . . Almost

Sorry for the long interruption, but what should have been just a software correction turned into a major rebuilding of the site on a completely new platform.

I haven't been ill or anything like that, but the site was definitely not too healthy. Hopefully I'll be resuming business as usual . . . or better than usual . . . very soon.

By the way, the site is being rebuilt by my son the computer whiz -- so for the price I'm paying him (zilch), I can't really push him to speed things up.

If you notice anything missing in the archive, or see anything obviously out of kilter, please let me know and I will try to get it corrected. And since the site will be on a new platform, there should be some interesting new features, too.

And yes, the Cartoon Caption Contest will resume as soon as I can manage it . . . hopefully by next week.


"Comments" working again

As a temporary band-aid, the "anti-spam word" device has been deactivated.

So now it is once again possible for you to submit comments and cartoon captions in the contest. Just follow steps 1) click on "Comments", 2) type in your name and caption and 4) click on "Submit". Forget about step 3.

Hopefully we'll get back to normal soon.


I was informed by an anxious caption-writer that my anti-spam word is not functioning. So of course it's been impossible for anyone to comment or submit captions for the current contest. Sorry about that -- I really don't know how long that's been going on, and I'm trying to have the glitch repaired.

"Al Jaffee's Mad Life"

Mary-Lou Weisman is the author of "Al Jaffee's Mad Life", a recently-published biography of cartoonist Al Jaffee. I wrote an online review of the book on Litkicks, and you can read it here.

Back again

O.K., I'm back, and lots of new captions have been posted. Contest No. 7 isn't over until midnight Tuesday, June 8th, so there's still plenty of time to come up with innovative stuff.

What a shame that I can't win this contest myself -- while I was away I came up with two great captions, both on topics that haven't yet been covered by anyone else. I'll tell them to you when I declare the winner.

Caption Contest Deadline Extension

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not have access to a computer for about a week.

So the deadline for captions for Contest No. 7 is extended to midnight Tuesday, June 8th.


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