These cartoons date from the late 1980s, and some require a comment or two to explain what would have been quite clear twenty five years ago.
I like to try to give a bit of information on the cartoonist in my blogs. Unfortunately, biographical information for Calvin Grondahl seems to be scant, at least on the internet. So, we will let his cartoons do the talking.
And on his cartoons, the style makes us think that he dashes them off, with quick broad pencil strokes, until they convey a sense of coiled energy waiting to leap off the paper.
Well, he is from Utah, so let us look at some general Utah themed cartoons.
To be honest here, I was in Moab UT last summer, and noted a brewpub along with places serving booze. Maybe since Moab is a tourist mecca, the rest of Utah figure’s the tourist dollars pouring into that town make up for the alcohol being poured into the tourists. And speaking of tourists…
Well, on to general Utah cartoons.
Actually, I don’t know if this is typically Utah or not. Probably not. Onward.
And Jello® salad. We must not forget the Jello® salad.
The family is important in Utah, so let us look at a series of family oriented cartoons.
And so on. Well, one outcome would be,
While the other might be,
For many years (1868 to around 1999) the Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution,
(often referred to as ZCMI) was founded in 1868 by Brigham Young and was one of the earliest department stores in the United States. For many years it used the slogan, “America’s First Department Store”.
Above quote courtesy of Wikipedia. In any case, the LDS church played an important part of the store philosophy, which leads to the next cartoon.
Home teaching is important the the LDS church. So,
There was a movie ,” The Home Teachers”, aimed at the LDS audience. See the wikipedia article.
Mark Eaton was a big noise back in the day. Guess which sport he played.
The following cartoon intriqued me, so I searched for “Faith Watch.” But first, the cartoon.
An internet search using, “Faith Watch” returned the following,
In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 2 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org.
I guess someone did not like people looking up that term. Perhaps the faith watch is somewhat akin to the religious police in Muslim countries. Let us hope that if that is the case, that caning, stoning and other forms of re-education are not found in Utah.
As I mentioned earlier, I could not find much on the cartoonist. From the back cover we know he is, (was) and editorial cartoonist for the Ogden Standard Examiner, and has (had) a previous cartoon collection.
On his google circles page he uses the past tense for the Ogden Standard Examiner. He also has the following:
Greetings, I’m an editorial cartoonist that just beamed down from the star ship Enterprise. I’m from planet Facebook and do subspace tweets. What is this place?
There are some comments relating to facebook, but I do not find an actual fb page.
Oh, and there is a small photo of him.
I don’t know if he has retired, as the Standard-Examiner web site lists cartoons for him as of this month (February 2013).
Well, from print media to TV. Michelle King is a host(es) of “Mormon Times TV.”
Well, let us close with,
MTC stands for Missionary Training Center.
Until next time,
On a recent visit to Utah, I found this reference to Cal Grondahl at the Hill Aerospace Museum, near Ogden, UT. If you are in the area I highly recommend spending a day there. Actually, two days.