On Strips: Tracy via LaGuardia

By | Friday, April 14, 2017 2 comments
In the summer of 1945, New York City's newspaper delivery drivers went on strike and refused to deliver any newspapers. The strike lasted a little over two weeks and while many people could still turn to the radio for news and entertainment, the particularly visual nature of the newspaper meant that some favorites -- most notably, the comics -- fell by the wayside in people's day-to-day media intake.

As part of his weekly radio address Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia at one point suggested listeners gather their kids and he would read them some of the day's funnies. He then proceeded to read Dick Tracy. It's not that hard to find a clip of LaGuardia reading the paper, but I thought today that I would pair that reading with the actual strip in question from July 1, 1945...

I think that describing a published comic verbally is incredibly difficult to do well. How do you think LaGuardia did?
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Karen said...

Dirty money never brings any luck!

Bless his heart. He'd never get elected today, with our media circus.

Sean, one little typo: he wanted listeners to Gather their kids, no?

Yeah, it has a bit of naivete to it, doesn't it? :)

Good catch on that typo! Thanks! It should be fixed now.