It’s a grand episode of “This is your Life”. In my case it’s sifting through boxes of Rocko stuff, Lazlo stuff, wedding albums of my first wife who died. Files of divorce papers, old contracts, failed pitches, cartoons from high school. Many victories but twice as many failures. (Remember the big disaster of “Kaboing TV?)
I found an old letter from my grandfather who died in 1989 which brought a tear to my eye. We were very close. We worked on newspapers together and he was the first one who ever bought one of my cartoons ( for 2 dollars!) I also have a file of every rejection letter I ever received from a syndicate or newspaper when I was trying to be a comic strip artist or a political cartoonist. ( It’s quite thick). Every drawing from my first film “The Chore” which went on to win a student Academy Award.
How do I ship Emmys? Do I insure them? What do I leave behind? What do I put on a ship.
Drawings my kids did ( I saved all of them) who are now college aged, alongside drawings from the 6 and 3 year old. Old photos of my parents ( both gone).
And of course I shipped my file cabinet which was a Christmas gift from my parents when I was 12 ( Yes, what kind of child asks for a file cabinet for Christmas?), but it was also the cabinet which housed my rejection letters, my cartoons and where my cat Dick had her kittens in the bottom drawer.
And what about Dick’s ashes? Yes I snuck them into the stuff going to Belgium.
It’s been a ride alright. Don’t know if this means the end of my stint in entertainment. Let’s Go Luna is a good show to go out on. And Belgium is a good place to retire.
We will see.