April 16, the birth of the Dagwood!
So, this one summer not too, too long ago, there was a spear fishing tournament in the Gulf of Mexico. The fabulous bf, unknown to me then, reporter for the St. Pete Evening Independent, was assigned to cover the tournament. A fisherman himself, the high speed boat trip 20 miles off shore suited him. That was his bag, no doubt.
Come to find out, Chic Young (Blondie’s creator) was aboard.
This is what I got from Mr. Walston. Myself, I know nothing at all about fishing.
In those days gps did not exist and a good guy could look at coordinates on a map, use a compass, or both. Either way, there was a lot of luck involved. Way out there, the water tends to be 30-40 feet deep, and the men were free diving, in other words, without tanks. Deep water fish. Snapper and grouper.
So yeah, the man hung out with Chic Young. On a boat. “I took it that either he was a fishing enthusiast or a diving enthusiast or both,” reports Mr. Walston.
Did Mr. Young catch anything? Was it purple as he drew it? Did he put it between bread? Only Chic knows.