Anyone who has used Google today (and I would imagine that would be a considerable number of people) knows that it is the anniversary of Charles Addams 100th birthday. Had the fine folks at Google not alerted me to the fact, I most likely would have gone about my day oblivious. Thankfully I did venture onto Google. Message received. Since I was having another one of my sleepless nights, I saw the Addams Family modeled lettering that gave one the news (if only they moved their cursor over it) in the wee-est of wee hours. It was extremely close to the witching hour...no more than a half-hour past. Since seeing the familiar Family artwork molded into the Google letters, I have been simmering on it. Thinking fondly of the Addams Family I grew up with, in its various forms...Television show, Saturday morning cartoon, and of course the films. I spent the majority of my simmer on the original form. The artfully drawn cartoons that appeared for years in the New Yorker magazine. The cartoons and the man that created them, Charles Addams.
Although a fan of his artwork on the whole (he did draw pieces that did not include the Addams Family), Gomez, Morticia, and family have always been my favorite. (note: For the next time you play Trivial Pursuit, the family didn't have names...the names were created when the television show came around.) Oddly enough I have been a fan of Mr. Addams work for years, but know very little about him. Considering what day this is, I figured the time was ripe for reading a bio or two.
|(AP Photo / Ron Frehm)|
I selected some of my favorites of the (Addams) Family to finish things off. I have always thought they seemed like such lovely people. Really. I remember when I was a child, I wished that I could live in a house with the Addams Family living on one side, and the Munsters living on the other. No way that life would be boring...
Happy posthumous birthday...Chill...
(The ones with captions are a tad hard to read, so I will include them below the panel where needed.)
|"It's the children, darling - back from camp."|
|"Just the kind of day that makes you feel good to be alive."|
(My favorite because I know just how he feels.)