October 17, 2020

Today a dozen or so got together at Triad Park in Kernersville to thank Tim Rickard for the 13 years of "The Joke's On You" feature that would run in the Greensboro News & Record. It was a great chance to meet some of the other captioning All-Stars and talk about cartoons and writing captions for the entire two hours. Tim Tribbett asked me to write a poem for the occasion, which I read before the group too. The pictures I took and the poem are under the links to the left. It was an absolute joy to meet Tim Rickard, but it was quite sad to have to do it under such circumstances. 

Thanks, Tim Rickard, for your dedication to this feature and bringing joy to so many people and giving us a chance to spread our comedic caption writing wings.

September 19, 2020

Yesterday the News & Record had this little notice in the spot where the weekly "Joke's On You" feature would normally be located. The Joke's On You is apparently another casualty of the disaster called 2020.  

This is a feature that I have been a part of since January 2009, and it held many memories for me: 

  • Making the newspaper with my very first submission.
  • My 15 wins, the last one being as recently as last month.
  • My back-to-back wins in just the third and fourth weeks of submitting captions, 
  • The excitement over when I won Roger Ebert's Limerick Contest in 2010, 
  • My limerick feature in January 2011, which took up almost the entire page of the paper
  • My inclusion in the Joke's On You Hall of Fame,  
  • The week that the artist Tim Rickard noted in the JOY blog that "...your limericks kick a**!!", which has been on my title bar for the site ever since, , and the occasional correspondence with Tim himself.
  • Being asked to compose a poem to be published in the paper marking the tenth anniversary of the JOY.

I emailed him that Friday morning expressing my surprise and shock at the sudden end to JOY. I was able to send him a couple zip files with all the cartoons contained on this site for the JOY to assist in his job hunt, since when he was let go, his access to the newpaper's archives of his work was gone. I am happy that I was able to help Tim in that way.

It has been a fun ride submitting captions for the Joke's On You, I wish Tim Rickard the best of luck in his job search. Don't forget, as the piece on the left says, you can still catch his work in his Brewster Rockit: Space Guy comic strip. 

August 28, 2020

Six months to the day - Win #15!!!

February 28, 2020

WOWZERS! Win #14!!!!