Drawing Power: Knott, Ficklen, and McClanahan, Editorial by Bob Darden

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Old Man Texas stood for honesty in government, low taxes and property ownership. He was the typical Texanborn Southerner, bred Westerner. 36 Boyd received his share of fame from the happy meeting.  Boyd, The beloved Old Man Texas of Knott's cartoons Across a long plain he rides today Toward new horizons on the sunset's brim; The loved wind fingers through old mesquites Must have been beckoning, beckoning to him.  16] A story by Werner Renberg in Quill, headlined "Old Man Texas Stands Up to Uncle Sam," even referred to Knott's creation as a real person: Across our land Uncle Sam is the object of reverence and affection.

10]. 31 Less than two days after Pat Neff took the office, he sent a letter to Knott that expressed a similar sentiment: This is the first day I have been in my office since the passing of our dear good friend, Doctor Brooks. Before hooking-up with the duties of the office, I avail myself of this, my very first opportunity, to thank you for the touching and beautiful drawing of yours published in the Dallas News the morning after his passing. I do not know of anything connected in a public way with his going that is more touching, more appropriate, or more expressive than your picture.

I should be glad indeed to be present at the anniversary, and feel honored by your invitation. Though I do not know exactly what is expected of a recipient of an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature, I shall keep an eye on State Press [J. J. 28 Knott symbolically depicted the anniversary of the school the following week in a cartoon that was later reprinted in the Baylor Diamond Jubilee yearbook (fig. 9). 29 Mrs. Robb still has the cap and gown her father wore to receive the degree in 1920 and the letter of appreciation he wrote to Brooks with uncharacteristic promptness a few days later: Please permit the writer to express a few words of gratitude for the honor recently conferred by Baylor University.

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