October 13th, 2018
by Mort Walker
In the Sunday page above we had fun imagining what might happen if General Halftrack finally got a hole-in-one – something he has been waiting his entire life to do. Of course, if no one were there to see it, he would show off and make an even bigger deal out of it.
Mort Walker was an avid golfer. In his autobiography he remembered a time early in his career when he was having back problems from overworking. “I found that walking helped and I thought golf would add some interest to the walking. I talked my buddies John Cullen Murphy, who does Prince Valiant, and John Fischetti, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, into learning the game with me. We played every Friday and I was hooked from then on.”
There were a lot of cartoonists in Connecticut where Mort lived and soon there was a large group of golfers that wanted to play together. Mort would schedule the outings and sometimes had as many as four foursomes. Eventually they started an annual event, The Connecticut Cartoonist Invitational Tournament, which continued for over 50 years.
Next week we will feature our last Timeline installment from 2001, so be sure to check back.
– Brian Walker
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