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AIR & SPACE Smithsonian magazine, one of the finest aviation and space journals available, regularly places cartoons in its "Letters" from readers section. Even though my talent for drawing is about on par with my talent for cooking fine French cuisine, I thought I would take a stab at drawing a cartoon and submitting it to their magazine. Not surprisingly, I received a rejection letter a few weeks later that stated, "Dear Cartoonist: I'm afraid the enclosed submission did not make through our Cartoon Committee." Yes, it was disappointing, ... most disappointing. But alas, I have been comforted and compensated for I now have knowledge that there are some places in the world where people go to work and regularly receive a memo that says, "The Cartoon Committee will be meeting this week to review the latest submissions. Please bring your funny-bone!" What a great part of the job that must be, reviewing cartoons with the cartoon committee. I think I'd always schedule that meeting for a Friday afternoon, kind of a guaranteed way to get the weekend off to a good start. Studies must show that people who regularly serve on cartoon committees have lower blood pressure and generally live longer than the rest of us. Maybe not, but I certainly hope that when the cartoon committee meets, somebody brings donuts.



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