News of Yore: Tad’s Four-Flushing Friends

A Pinochle Game That Ended on a Handball Court
By T. A. (Tad) Dorgan (Circulation, April 1923)

Back in 1910, when Jim Jeffries was training for his fight with Jack Johnson, the scene of battle was changed from San Francisco to Reno, Nevada, and the mob of boxers, trainers, war corres­pondents and others had to grab the rattlers for a long ride from Frisco.

It happened that I was in Jeff’s car, and with him were Jim Corbett, Sam Berger, Joe Choynski, Eddie Leonard, the minstrel, Walter Kelly, the Virginia Judge, and a host of others.

Among the “others” was Billy Jacobs, who was writing stuff for a Frisco paper. I had known Bill in high school. He had been in my class and was noted as an athlete.

After our baggage was stored away, and we got on the caps and had lit the pills, Mr. Corbett suggested a four-handed game of pinochle. He said he and Walter Kelly would challenge any other pair in the car.

I accepted immediately, and knowing that Jacobs was a pip at the game, took him as my partner.

Corbett and Kelly got quite a lead on us in the first few hours, and, as the dough piled up in their favor, Jim would have the scorekeeper announce loudly just what we owed.

There was much laughter and razz as the train rattled along, and, try as we would, Jacobs and I could not break our run of bad luck.

“What do they owe us now, Sam?” Corbett would yell over to Sam Berger, who kept the score.

“Fourteen bucks apiece now, sir,” Sam would pipe back, and Jeff and the mob would roar with glee.

Bill and I, of course, felt like a couple of hicks, but we took the abuse and kept on with the game.

Some time later our luck changed and we got even with them.

Berger then announced that the score was even and that we didn’t owe the Kelly-Corbett team a cent.

This announcement was greeted with absolute silence. Corbett appeared as though he hadn’t even heard it. He was extremely busy lamping his hand.

A bit later Bill and I got the jump on them and were in the lead. We had good hands. We made them and soon had the score so that it was in our favor to the extent of $8.00 apiece.

Eddie Leonard, who was looking on, yelled across to Berger: “Sam, how does the score stand now?” And Sam with a smile said; ” Why, right now Corbett and Kelly owe Tad and Jacobs ten bucks apiece.” Instead of cheers, there were just smiles around, and Corbett, looking over at Berger, said: “DON’T BE HOLLERING OUT THAT SCORE, Sam. We can’t play cards if you fellows are all talking.”

We played in silence after that, except when Kelly and Corbett would get to crab­bing about the cards.

The game broke up later on with Kelly and Corbett owing Bill and myself $12.50 each.

As the jack was not forthcoming imme­diately I said to Mr. Corbett: ” Well, kid, how about settling up?”

Corbett raised his bushy eyebrows and, in the most innocent way, chirped: “Say, you didn’t think we were REALLY PLAY­ING for MONEY, did you?”

Well, you could have knocked me for a goal with a corset lace.

Bill and I both howled and yelled, but it did no good.

Corbett finally made a proposition. It was this:

He said that he’d beat any man I men­tioned in a game of handball next day or pay me double in cash on the spot.

I knew that Jacobs was a curly wolf at that game and I accepted. When I told Corbett he was on I noticed that both he and Jacobs pulled a sneak on us and stayed away half an hour or so.

Everyone on the train heard about the big game, and next morning at 10 o’clock in Jeffries’ handball court the game was played. It was the most exciting for me, I’m sure of that.

It was a see-saw game from start to finish, with hair-raising plays, wonderful stops, and a finish that none but P. T. Barnum could have thought out. Corbett won the game by one point, amid the cheers of the mob.

He shook hands with Jacobs, and then, after kidding with the mob, went over to Walter Kelly’s cabin to clean up.

Half an hour later I went over to the cabin to tell Jim that I thought he had earned the $12.50. I wasn’t a hard loser. A fellow hardly could be after seeing that thrilling game.

When I got near the cabin I heard voices and laughter. Then more laughter.

I walked inside, and there on a lounge were Corbett and Kelly as red as lobsters from laughing. Kelly was about to have a fit he had laughed so hard.

“Sit down,” piped Corbett, as he stopped howling for a moment. “I’ve gotta tell you the joke, now that it’s over.”

I grabbed an old chair, took a load off my feet and listened to the story:

“You know, after you fellows won that money from us last night, I took your part­ner Jacobs aside and made a proposition to him. I said: “Bill, look here, I’ve got a good joke to play on Tad, and if you’re with me I’ll see that Kelly pays you the money he owes you.

“Now, you let me win that handball game, so that we’ll skin Tad out of his money; then I’ll get Walter to pay you, and we’ll all give Tad the razz. Get me? Jacobs fell like a load of brick. He let me win that game and he double-crossed you. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!”

“Jacobs was in here a few moments ago looking for his money,” continued Jim.

“I said to him: ‘Billy, we fixed Tad up good, didn’t we?’ He laughed at me and said: ‘ Yes, it was a great joke, but where’s my jack?’

“I said: ‘YOUR JACK? Why, you didn’t think I MEANT TO DOUBLE CROSS my partner Walter, did you?’

“‘Why, no, Bill, I was only KIDDING.


Now I play my pinochle SINGLE HANDED.

Obscurity of the Day: The Kerry Patch Triplets

As awful as The Kerry Patch Triplets is, it’s got a pedigree. This is the very first continuing strip in the World Color Printing Sunday section, back when (as far as we know) it was not even syndicated but was produced for and only appeared in the St. Louis Star. The strip was by Melville, of whom I know nothing, and ran from November 12 1899 to April 8 1900. From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow.

Thanks very much to Cole Johnson who provided these rare samples of the strip.

News of Yore: Murphy Tells Tales on his Fellow ‘Comickers’

Some Inside Dope on a Few of My Fellow “Comickers”

By Jimmy Murphy (Circulation, April 1923)

You all know Billy DeBeck, the guy who draws “Barney Google” and his race horse Spark Plug.

Not long ago Billy breezed down to New Orleans to take in the races. The New Orleans paper that runs the Barney Google Strip played it up big, and Spark Plug was the talk of the town.

One evening while seated in a cafe with some friends, DeBeck was approached by some guy, who introduced himself as an owner of race horses. “I’ve heard a lot about your Spark Plug,” pipes the stranger, “and I’m keen on taking a look at him.”

“Sure,” said DeBeck, it dawning on him that this bimbo imagined Spark Plug to be a real flesh and blood horse, “glad to let you see Sparky any time.”

“Where do you keep your horse?” in­quired the stranger.

“Up at my hotel,” answered DeBeck, naming the swellest joint in town.

“A horse in a hotel!” exclaimed the stranger, “surely you’re joking.”

“On the level,” said Billy, “you come up to the hotel tomorrow and see for your­self.”

Early the next morning DeBeck was awakened by a knock at the door. It was the stranger. “Well, I’m here to take a look at your horse,” he said. “I asked the clerks at the desk and they said you really had a horse up here.” DeBeck had put the clerks wise.

Billy and his visitor sat down and chatted a couple of minutes. Then DeBeck excused himself and went into an adjoin­ing room, where he backed himself up against the door and proceeded to kick the panels for all he was worth, yelling “Whoa! Whoa.” He pulled a perfect imitation of a horse kick­ing against a barn door.

“I’m sorry,” said DeBeck on re­turning into the room, where he had left his visitor, “but Sparky’s kind of nervous this morning and can’t receive callers.”

Then Billy broke the news that Spark Plug is only a horse he draws in comic strips. The stranger admitting that he never looked at comics, swished out of the room and slammed the door after him. Billy, feeling ashamed of himself for letting the joke go so far, called the man back, treated him to a little “tea,” and squared himself.

In 1904 Goldberg talked the San Francisco Chronicle into giving him a position as sport cartoonist. Being his first job, naturally, it was with considerable pride that Rube took his place in the art room alongside of about fifteen other artists.

The first two months, although he drew a cartoon every day, not one was printed.

One day there was a football game on across the Bay, and the City Editor, a guy named Ernest Simpson, commissioned Goldberg to cover the game and make car­toons of it. The City Editor was particu­larly interested in this game because his son was among the players.

It was Rube’s golden opportunity. The Chronicle being a morning paper, he knew he had to have the cartoon in the engrav­ing room by 6 P.M. He figured the game wouldn’t be over until 3:30 o’clock, and knew it would take at least thirty minutes to get back to the office. This left him the close margin of two hours or less to make his cartoon.

He carefully laid out his drawing mate­rial on his desk so as not to have to waste a single precious minute looking for things on his return from the game. He laid out pens, pencils, ink, erasers, and drawing paper, besides considerable scrap, that is photos and clippings of foot­ball players in various poses, from which he could copy action, uniforms, etc.

Promptly at 4 o’clock, Goldberg dashed back into the office from the game. No one was in the office – the boys all being out to lunch.

He raced to his desk and to his surprise the drawing material he had laid out had disappeared. His first impression was that someone had put everything inside his desk, but when he tried to pull the drawers out he nearly fainted. Every drawer was nailed up tight.

He frantically tried to pry them open, but without success. Finally, after he had managed to borrow a hammer, remove the nails and get to his drawing material, it was too late to finish his cartoon for the morning paper.

He felt he was ruined. He wanted re­venge. He got hold of a bag of nails and one by one he securely nailed up every drawer in every desk in the art room.

That night when he returned to the office he fully expected to be fired on the spot.

To his surprise, however, when he walked into the art room, al­though every man was at work, no one spoke or even looked up. He sat down at his desk, and just to be doing something, started mak­ing the cartoon of the game in which he included a drawing of the City Editor’s son. When Goldbcrg finished the drawing he laid it on the City Editor’s desk.

The following day, the cartoon appeared in the Chronicle, and from then on his work was printed every day.

And the gang in the art room left him alone from then on.

I could write many little yarns about Cliff Sterrett whose “Polly and Her Pals” is loved by comic fans the country over.

I might tell about his musical family – how his wife, his son Paul, his brother, big Paul, and himself all play different instru­ments and form a little family orchestra for their own amusement.

I could spring little wheezes about Cliff’s funny little Minnesota line of lingo, or jabber about how his friends are always on pins and needles expecting any time to see his trousers drop, which, owing to the loose suspenders he wears, always seem to dangle at the danger point.

I didn’t want any libel suit on my hands by springing some story about him on my own initiative, and not having seen Cliff’s smiling face about the office in the last week I mailed him the following note:

Dear Cliff:- Don’t forget to slip me data for a little story about yourself for pub­lication in Circulation, will you?

Jimmy Murphy

The following is the reply Sterrett sent me:

Garden City, N. Y.

Dear Jim:- The less people know about me the better they’ll like me. I’d be a chump to let the flappers who write me know that I’m fat and forty, can’t dance, tennis, or bridge; play a rotten game of golf, and swim like an old woman.

I have to stand on a chair to tie my son’s dress tie, and my wife bosses me something terrible; but do not think I’d let the public know it? Not on your life. If you want snappy copy write something about some young squirt like Geo. Herriman. He’s the Rodolph Valentine of the “Comickers.”

“Folks don’t care a hang if I was born in 1883, was graduated from kindergarten ten years later, and darn near got into high school in my eighteenth year.

You know that I’ve worked at every trade there is (including the Scandinavian) until Mr. Hearst took pity on me, but don’t you dare breathe it to a soul, James Murphy.

If you must tell them something, tell ’em that I’ve got a kind heart, despise every known brand of cereal, wear no jewelry except suspenders, and never had a manicure in my life.

Yours truly,
Cliff Sterrett

Thomas Aloysius Dorgan is the full moniker of the gent whose drawings are signed TAD. There isn’t anybody who hasn’t enjoyed many laughs out of his “Indoor Sports ” and other cartoons.

Tad’s a guy who can paint pictures with a pen. Herriman said so. Tad’s as much at home with boxing gloves on as he is with a pen in his hand. He swings a wicked right. Herriman said so, and he knows! Tad’s a great spendthrift – throws his money away almost as recklessly as Harry Lauder – Herriman said so!

Anyway one day several years ago Damon Runyon borrowed sixty-five dollars cold cash from Tad, which he promised to repay the next day.

Early the next morning Runyon breezed into the office and immediately started out to find Tad to repay the sixty-five bucks. But Tad hadn’t shown up yet.

Ten o’clock drew around and no Tad in sight. Eleven o’clock, and still Tad failed to put in an appearance. Twelve o’clock came and Tad hadn’t arrived, and when the clock struck one, well it was too much for Runyon. He picked up the phone and put in a call for Tad’s home at Great Neck.

Mrs. Dorgan answered the telephone. “Hello, Mrs. Dorgan,” says Runyon, “this is Damon talking. I want to extend my sincere condolences on the sudden demise of your husband.”

“What ails you! Why, there’s nothing the matter with my husband,” was Mrs. Dorgan’s reply, “he’s right here in this room, drawing a cartoon!”

“You must be mistaken,” said Runyon.

“Most certainly I’m not,” retorted Mrs. Dorgan, “I’ll let Tad talk to you.”

“Oh, never mind,” chirped Runyon. “You see I borrowed sixty-five dollars from Tad yesterday. I told him I’d pay him back today. I expected he’d be at the office at 5 A. M. to collect it, and when noon came and he hadn’t shown up yet, naturally I thought he’d been in a railroad accident or something, and I feared for the worst. Goodbye.”

[note: Circulation was a marketing magazine distributed by Hearst to newspaper editors. It was filled with articles praising the Hearst syndicated features but also featured interesting insider articles like the one above. Copies of this magazine are ridiculously rare, but comics fan and historian Rob Stolzer has managed to amass photostats of a number of issues and he was nice enough to make copies for me to share with you folks on the blog. We’ll be featuring articles from Circulation on a semi-regular basis for awhile. Thanks Rob!]

Obscurity of the Day: Annie Oakley

In the horse opera mania of the 1950s surprisingly few of the ‘classic’ wild West characters were revived on the comics pages. The cowboy stars of the silver screen and tube generally seemed more marketable I suppose. One of the exceptions was the LA Mirror syndicate’s Annie Oakley entry.

To be fair the Mirror took on the famed distaff sharpshooter only as sloppy seconds. Their Hopalong Cassidy strip, started in 1949, had switched over to King Features and they needed a replacement. I guess they were fresh out of celluloid cowboys at the moment so Annie got the nod, starting on April 2 1951. Doris Schroeder provided the story and Bill Ziegler handled the art chores on the strip. Unlike Hopalong, the replacement strip was only a daily.

Annie Oakley seemed to have a lot going for it. With the whole nation watching westerns in these early days of TV women were probably just as western-centric as their male counterparts, so this strip would seem to have been a welcome counterpoint to all the male-dominated westerns then being offered. The story, at least what I’ve been able to read of it, is well-handled, and Ziegler’s angular and shadowy art lends a lot of atmosphere to the proceedings (although I have to wonder why the syndicate didn’t choose an artist who could draw women with a little sex-appeal).

On the other hand I can see newspaper editors looking at their many western strip choices and making safer choices — Hopalong, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry all had devoted kid audiences presumably ready to devour strips starring their heroes. Annie, on the other hand, wouldn’t get the TV treatment until 1954.

Too bad for the strip that it was canceled before the TV show got on the air. It might have breathed a little life into its circulation. Unfortunately it sputtered out well before that. The strip is quite rare throughout its run and I’ve been able to trace it to at least April 1953. Since it was not listed in the 1953 E&P Syndicate Directory I’m assuming that the official end date was probably in or before August of that year. Can anyone supply a definite end date?

Herriman Saturday

Our first cartoon this Herriman Saturday is from April 3 1907. The Shriners Circus (or Sircus as they insist on spelling it here) originated in 1906 in Detroit and this may be the first year that they took the show on the road. The associated article describes dozens of acts, but the standout has to be Oscar Morgan who, it is claimed, commands a troupe of trained seafood. “The great Morgan presents a school of trained fish and lobsters with sand dab clowns. Mr. Morgan has this finny menagerie under perfect control and the work of the sand dab quartet is marvelous in its intricacy.” Wow! Sand dabs, by the way, are a flounder-like flatfish.

On the 4th and 5th Herriman pens cartoons about a long-simmering scandal in which Teddy Roosevelt supposedly requested a large campaign war-chest contribution from E.H. Harriman to help the Republicans in the 1904 elections. A letter had just come to light in 1907 in which Harriman made pointed claims about Roosevelt’s involvement. You can read an excellent summation of the situation in this 1911 New York Times article. The microfilmed newspaper had a badly discolored patch through the lower half of the April 4 cartoon — I started in to restore it but then got on my high horse about the anti-Roosevelt stance. TR is as close to a political hero as I’ve ever had, so I decided to heck with it — leave it as muddy as the thinking behind it.

Obscurity of the Day: Of All Things

The Sunday version of Grin and Bear It, which I think is the first successful syndicated color page featuring an undesigned grouping of unrelated gag cartoons, might not seem like the likely progenitor of a whole genre. Such features, though, did have something going for them that made them very attractive to newspaper editors. These pages could easily be chopped down to any size or oddball format needed to share page space with an ad, even an oddly configured one. All the editor had to do was drop, resize or rearrange any of the cartoons and voila, a feature configured to wrap around any hair tonic or cigarette ad that needed a home.

Many features copied the Grin and Bear It formula, including this rarely seen one titled Of All Things. The feature was penned by Irving Roir, a successful magazine gag cartoonist and one of the famed Roth brothers, all four of whom were cartoonists of note. It was syndicated by the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate which seems to have only used it themselves in the New York Daily News section, and then not often. According to the Editor & Publisher annual syndicate directories it was offered from 1954 to 1956. The example above, from 1955, is the only one I’ve been able to find.

Obscurity of the Day: Doesn’t It Seem Strange

Clifford Leon Sherman, C.L. to his buds, knocked around the edges of the comic strip biz for many years. His first outing with a continuing series was at the Boston Globe where he created Doesn’t It Seem Strange and one other series. While the art was nothing memorable, Sherman certainly had a gift for layout, as you can see above. The series ran from July 26 1903 to December 25 1904. Although it was a Sunday feature it usually (perhaps always) ran on an inside page in black or some other single color.

In the teens Sherman did a connect-the-dots feature for newspapers and even had a few books published of his puzzles. It got me to wondering about the origin of such puzzles (I assume they predate the 1910s) but I couldn’t find any history online. Anyone know?

Please excuse the scan. This example, the only one in my collection, had a hunk missing from the corner. You can see’ additional examples of this feature over on Barnacle Press.

Obscurity of the Day: Thatch

In the seemingly unending quest to duplicate the success of Doonesbury, Creators Syndicate revived Thatch from college newspapers where it had been running 1988-91. Jeff Shesol’s strip was covering much the same ground as Doonesbury had, tracking the lives of a group of college students. The strip came out of Brown University but made claim to running in over 200 college papers.

The strip was a pretty slavish imitation of Trudeau’s early work. The characters were doppelgangers; Thatch was Mike Doonesbury, roomie Tripp Biscuit was B.D., Sumner Phillips was Zonker, Kate Stephens was a regendered Mark, even minor character Bernie had a clone in Reed James.

Thatch debuted in its Creators run on October 1 1994. With Doonesbury now going on hiatus on a regular basis newspaper editors, seldom ones to think too far out of the box, were willing to give Thatch a chance in the role of pseudo-Trudeau. Thatch, though, couldn’t seem to find its own voice and fittingly never ran in very many papers. It did have one pretty good hook in Politically Correct Person, an alter-ego of Thatch who wore superhero tights and sought to stamp out all he saw as anti-minority, anti-woman, pretty much anti-anything.

In a turnabout on the normal course of events Thatch made its biggest publicity splash when it ended on April 11 1998. In 1997 Shesol had published a book on the feud between Robert Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson titled Mutual Contempt. President Bill Clinton read the book, was impressed, and asked Shesol to come work for him as a speechwriter. Pundits of course had a field day with the idea that a cartoonist was going to write speeches for the president.

A reprint book of Shesol’s college strips, Thatch Featuring Politically Correct Person, was issued in 1991 but there were no reprint books of the syndicated strip. You can find more samples of the strip from throughout its run on this site.

News of Yore: Tom Hill Profiled

[Editor’s Note: I scanned this article thinking this was the Tom Hill who worked on Mark Trail for many years — turns out it isn’t. Can’t throw away a perfectly good article, though, so here it is. You can visit this site to see examples of this Tom Hill’s work.]

Tom Hill Is Traveling Artist for Chi. Tribune
By George A. Brandenburg (E&P, 1952)

Chicago — Travelin’ Tom Hill, six-foot, red-headed artist for the Chicago Tribune, is equally adept with his sketchbook in a GI fox­hole in Korea, or on the banks of the lazy Wabash in Indiana.

When Tom gets an assignment from A. M. (Mike) Kennedy, Sunday editor, he bundles up his sketchbooks, brushes and water colors, and he includes a notebook and pencils along with a small camera loaded with color film. He recently accompanied Wayne Thomis, Tribune aviation editor, to Japan and Korea, for a five-week tour, spending a week at the front with American GI’s.

Writes His Own Captions
Tom’s black and white sketches, illustrating Wayne’s articles, ap­peared in the daily issues of the Tribune. Tom’s impressions of Korea and Japan in water colors have since been published in the Sunday Tribune’s “Grafic” maga­zine section. He writes his own “captions” for his illustrations.
Young Hill’s doubletruck in color dealt in sketchbook style with American GI’s in Korea. “These are things our boys are seeing every day” wrote Hill. Then followed his illustrations of Kore­an women washing clothes in a stream, the re-fueling of an Amer­ican jet fighter plane, a Korean farm scene, and American soldiers in an observation post “up front.”

His impressions of Japan fol­lowed the next Sunday in the Grafic section in another color doubletruck. The busy street scenes in Tokyo were to Tom’s liking. “I prefer to paint the life around me, places and people as I see them rather than any specific sub­ject,” he explained. “I’d rather do a street than a house, and the men, women and children walking, working and playing in that street than any individual.”

Served in Navy
Tom Hill, born 30 years ago in Texas, has been a Tribune artist for the past five years. Prior to coming to Chicago he had lived in California and Hawaii. During World War II the big redhead finally got in the Navy, although assigned to limited service because of ear trouble developed in boy­hood. He served as a Naval visual aid artist in Honolulu, where he held his first one-man show at the Academy of Arts. He has since held seven one-man shows of his work and has exhibited in the Chicago Art Institute, the Nation­al Galleries in New York and other places. His latest one-man show, devoted to his Korean and Japanese paintings, opened at the Chicago Artist Guild’s club rooms in late August.

Hill told E & P that he has been drawing and painting since before he can remember. He was going to art school in Los Angeles when the war started. When the Navy first turned him down, he went to work for an aircraft factory, draw­ing illustrative material showing how to assemble aircraft parts. Upon returning from service after the war, he served as assistant art director of the Universal-Interna­tional Art Studios in Hollywood.

A Chicago art broker put the Tribune on Tom’s trail. Through a combination arrangement, young Hill was assigned to the Tribune’s Sunday staff, but “available” to the Tribune’s advertising art depart­ment. Fred Shafer, head of the ad­vertising art department, met Hill when he came to Chicago and as­signed him his modest studio. “Have fun,” said Shafer, “and try to come up with something.”

Likes Travel Assignments
During the past five years, Tom Hill has not only been having fun, but has “come up” with plenty of good illustrative material. He liked the travel assignments given him by the Sunday editor. These first included New Salem, Dubuque, Southern Indiana and the Ohio River Valley.

He works almost entirely in water color. He explained, how­ever, that while at the scene he often makes quick sketches and uses his color camera “as a tool” to capture the color and detail. When he gets back to the Tribune, Tom functions much like a report­er; he finds out what space the editor has planned and then selects and paints his illustrations to fit the space assigned.

Tom is perfectly aware of the “competition” of the color camera in modern illustrative work. He feels, however, there’s no need for illustrations and photographs to be competitive. “The two are entirely different mediums,” he pointed out, “and they serve entirely different purposes.”

Paintings Can Interpret
“Painted illustrations interpret,” he said. “Color photography is a literal translation. An artist can give the illustration a little more interpretation and imagination. While I paint realistically, I don’t try to copy like the camera would.

“The camera is impartial. The artist can be selective. His paint­ings can be very interpretive and individualistic in their presenta­tions of scenes and people.”

In addition to his art work for the Grafic section, Mr. Hill also does illustrations for the Tribune’s travel sections in color. In fact, he likes being an “artist correspondent,” going to the scene and com­ing up with “feature stuff that is of news interest.”
Doubles in Water Colors
Scheduled for an October issue of the Grafic is Tom Hill’s double-truck painting of how Chicago’s new Outer Drive extension is go­ing to look. He continues to “double in water colors,” dividing his talents between editorial and advertising art. He also does black and white advertising illustrations.

Sixteen of his water colors, de­picting scenes from Guatemala, Canada and the Hawaiian Islands, hang in the Well of the Sea dining room at the Sherman Hotel. His wife, Wanda, is a well known tex­tile designer.

Their baby son, Tom says, has kept them from traveling to “far away places” in recent years. That’s why the Northwest Air­lines “press flight” via the Great Circle route to Japan early this spring appealed to Tom Hill, who became an accredited war corre­spondent (shots and all) so that he could accompany Wayne Thomis on a “side trip” to the Korean front. They call him, “Travelin’ Tom,” at the Tribune.

Hill is also well known for his oil portraits of Chicago Press Club presidents, whose pictures hang in the club’s quarters in the Sheraton Hotel.