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Old 07-16-2013, 01:16 AM
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In 1972 I was assigned to the Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. I met there one of the most interesting characters in my life: Don Stockton.

Don was the hospital illustrator. He was originally from Stockton, California. He had run away from home at 14 to become a hoofer in vaudeville. He loved to draw and came to the attention of an artist that did a "funnies" during the Depression. The cartoonist hired Don as his assistant artist. The strip was a "western". Don learned to draw all animals but was a master at horses. He could draw them doing anything off the top of his head.

I left Letterman for Landstuhl, Germany. Got a call there one day from the Duty Officer saying that Don, wife and our secretary would be in Paris the following weekend. I arranged a quick trip there, where we spent much of a day visiting the Impressionists at the Jeu de Palme Museum.

When Don got back to San Francisco, he drew me this ~14X10" postcard and had everyone in the Comptroller Division sign it. He sent it thru the mail as a postcard, no protection. He has some wear. I framed it under glass - forgive the glare. It was done in ink. It is my prize possession. Maybe, you will enjoy it was well.

I got a letter shortly saying that Don was losing his sight and had retired. We lost track of one another.

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That is really something, Gary. Anybody would treasure it. Tha ks for the great story.
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I remember having seen this man's work in the past. At one point in my life I really considered being a cartoonist but then realized you had to be able to think up funny things and then draw them so I gave up.
Neat story and I can see why this piece is such a prize to you.
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What a wonderful keepsake! Thanks for sharing!
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Gary - great story! And I love the piece. Glad you shared it.
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What a story, Gary, and what a drawing! You must have been so honored to have gotten this. I can see why you treasure it so much. It's wonderful! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Thanks everyone. Don was real joy to know. In his 70's he still worked on his tap dancing sound block and could wow an impromptu audience with his footwork. The army moves you a lot. You have to learn to let go of people. This was most painful for me in Don's case. Thanks again. Gary
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What a great story and postcard! Thanks for sharing it Gary
Did you ever try to find out what happened to Don?
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Pretty cool Gary. This guys work is really good.
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Thanks Peggy and Jim.

I lost contact with Don and do not know if his blindness developed. He would shape his brushes with his tongue after he painted. I wonder if the Cadmiums did it. I lost my Father at that time and got out of the army for about a year. By time I got back to visit Letterman, I knew no one.

Jim, I should add that he was a serious plein air painter as well as a cartoonist. He was a talented guy.

Thanks again. Gary
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Great piece and great backstory. Really enjoyed them both, thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for your comments, Ron. Gary
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Is this him?
http://www.askart.com/askart/s/herbe..._stockton.aspx
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Gary..I can well relate to your experience. One meets some wonderful characters during a lifetime and it so enriches our lives. It is always sad to let them go or lose track of them but that is life.

Thanks for sharing this work and also for sharing a memory of this fascinating guy.

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Thanks Peggy!!! This reference fits what I remember but then I last saw Don in ~1974. Lots of rust in my software. We was a member of the Stockton family of Stockton California. He lived south of SF in the Peninsula. He was apprenticed and drew "comics". I would guess this is him. He was a bit younger than I thought and lived quite a while after I last saw him. All good information. Thanks Again.

Thanks Max. It has been helpful to me as well.
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