June 2010 Archives
Over the long weekend, Mason, Mick, Bobby and myself attended the National Cartoonists Society's Annual convention. We had a fantastic time! Laughter and story telling flowed like the drinks!
Bobby caught up with some of Johnny's old cronies, Arnold Roth, Mel Lazarus, Mort Walker, Bunny Hoest and the likes while Mason and Mick schmoozed with the next generation of legends to-be.
The Hyatt Regency on the shore of the Hudson was a wonderful venue! Watching the Manhattan skyline light up in the evening was a treat.
On Friday we ferried to Manhattan for a look at the construction of the new WTC building. We viewed pictures of the proposed memorial pools scheduled to open on 9/11/2011. We strolled Manhattan, people watched, ate pizza and shopped the street vendors. We visited St. Paul's Chapel, built in 1766. That this structure, in such close proximity to the World Trade Center, survived the collapse of the buildings, is nothing short of a miracle! Even the sycamore trees in the cemetary still stand tall. On Saturday, we ferried to Liberty Island to see the Statue. What a grand gal she is!
All in all, it was a weekend to remember! Everything, from the food to the seminars to the music to the award banquet entertainment to the employees of the Hyatt, even the weather, was top notch.
As we were departing on Monday, a bell hop asked me what group I was with. When I replied, "the cartoonists", he said he and all the other employees agree we were the best convention group they've ever had. "They are so friendly and always smiling", he said. I replied, "that's because they make their living doing what they love". He smiled and asked, "Will you be coming back next year?"