Buy a ticket, get to listen to me talk. Mercifully, I’m limited to five minutes so the pain will be fleeting. Ear plugs available at extra cost. All the other talent on the bill will make it worth the five minutes of suffering.
Mell Lazarus, creator of the comic strips “Momma” and “Miss Peach,” Reuben award winner, former National Cartoonist Society President, novelist, playwright and great friend has passed away. Mell joined me for trips to the cartoon festivals in Rathdrum, Ireland and St. Just Le Martel in France. Mell, a born and bred New Yorker, took some light-hearted ribbing about staying at a B&B on a farm. A true professional, kind and full of humor, we’ll all miss him.
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We’re the Long Island Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. The Berndt Toast Gang started in 1966 when some L.I. cartoonists were working on an animation for Hanna Barbera. Named in honored of Walter Berndt, the creator of the long-running strip, “Smitty.” We’ve been raising a “Berndt Toast” to past members at every lunch since.
The Berndt Toast Gang’s 50th Anniversary exhibition is on display at the Society of Illustrators from January 5th through February 27th, 2016 in the MoCCA Gallery on the second floor. Many of the pieces have never before been displayed. Cartoonists from the Golden Age of comics through today are included. The show is dedicated to our late, great friend and colleague, Jeff Fisher.
Join us for the opening reception!
On Wednesday, January 20th, from 6-9 p.m. the Berndt Toast Gang will be at the Society of Illustrators for the opening reception of our 50th anniversary exhibition. It’s $25 and includes a buffet and live music supplied by our own, incomparable, Roberta Fabiano! There will be a cash bar available.
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$25 per person (if you are using a credit card with Paypal, please include an additional $1.06 for each ticket to cover their fees).
My alter ego is a classic car enthusiast. So much so that I have a number of cars in various states of disrepair. One, a 1967 Triumph TR4A, I use daily (until it snows) and have owned it for 40 years. I’m also fortunate enough to own a very rare Triumph Italia. This is a Triumph TR3 with a hand-made Italian body. You can read all about them at my site for the Italia: http://www.triumph-italia.com
Recently, I was invited to the 2015 meet of Triumph Italia owners in La Morra, Italy. One owner, Paul Harvey, has Italia #215 and also owns a TR4A. Paul graciously offered to let me drive his 4A from Norwich in England all the way to La Morra. I thought about it, for a second or two, and said, “Yes, please!” So, Patti and I were off to England just a day after returning from the annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards. All told, we put almost 2200 miles on the 48 year old Triumph. We shared the driving duties with Paul on the long section across France. Paul’s Triumph Italia, a very original example of which he is the second owner, was transported as far as Chambéry in France by another Italia owner, Graham Andrews. Graham’s Italia is undergoing one of the most extensive restorations I have ever seen and he used his Ford Ranger to transport Paul’s car for the meet. Once there, it was taken from the trailer and driven over the Alps along with a Guy Viel’s Italia #244 and the TR4A. Beautiful scenery, a classic car and a very special someone (just after our wedding anniversary) to share it with, it was an adventure of a lifetime.
We covered just about every mode of modern transportation, jet to the UK, car to Portsmouth, overnight ferry to St. Malo in France, across france and over the Alps to La Morra, Barolo and Turin. On the return we went under the Alps through the 8 mile long Fréjus Road Tunnel, among other shorter ones, and across France to Calais and the Chunnel train for our return to England.
My good friend and fellow Society of Illustrators/Berndt Toast Gang member, Jeff Fisher, passed away suddenly late last year. Gallery North in Setauket is hosting a posthumous one man show of his work. Come on out on Friday March 27th, from 5-7 p.m. for the opening reception. The show runs through April 17th.
Jeff’s work appeared in many books and publications. Here’s a chance to purchase an original of Jeff’s while supporting the gallery. Some of the funds raised will go towards naming the new printmaking facility in the Community Art center in honor of Jeff.
Members of the Berndt Toast Gang have also graciously donated original art for sale to help sponsor the new facility.
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Setauket, NY 11733
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My good friend and fellow Berndt Toast Gang member, Jeff Fisher passed away suddenly last month. Jeff was unforgettable, he had a presence that few could match. Not the least because he was 6′ 4.” He would still have been force to reckon with no matter how big or small he was. Jeff has left a legacy of students that both love and cherish their time with him. A big, frightening man with the kindest of hearts. His students have put together a touching tribute video: http://thedailyblu.com/video/art-fashion-tribute-to-jeffery-fisher