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Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 9, 2008 - 03:04am PT
Somebuddy on one of the threads suggested this. So here ittiz:

The Great Sheridan Anderson ( 1936 - 1984 ) Appreciation Thread.

Royal Robbins writes in Joe Kelsey's book "The Climbing Cartoons of Sheridan Anderson" , High Peaks Press, 1989
.....(and good fekkin' luck findin' a copy o dat !! Doubt even ol' Chessler hasz any)

" There was, in fact, in Sheridan's nature an ineffable touch of grace, a certain primal innocence, and even gentleness, behind that rough exterior. Like most of us, he was caught in the mud and yearned for the sky. Hence his aspirations for the peaks and his association with those who climb them. Indeed the cynicism shown in his caricatures of climbers may have been fueled by his learning that climbers themselves were, on the whole, not as elevated as their goals."

Sheridan Anderson's cartoons were an inspriation for me when I started my own attempts at cartoons about climbers in 1981. To this day they continue to be an inspiration for me to throw rocks at the windows of the Church of Climbing. I daresay they always will.

Here I also wish to acknowledge the passing of another iconoclastic climber-cartoonist, Paul Dedi, of Vancouver, Canada. Paul's inspired work appeared in Alpinist Mag and there is a tribute to Paul & his work on the Alpinist website in case you are unfamiliar with what he did. (btw thissiz not shameless self-promotion even tho' I did write it )

Cheers, Tami Knight





Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:07am PT
His were the greatest! Big Al has a signed original at his house in Josh...
Mimi

climber
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:07am PT
Cheers to Sheridan!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:08am PT
Anderson's Acme pinch grips gave rise to the term for a perfect jug;

"acmes"!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:11am PT
How about the Summit calender (with the months alphabetically "for your convenience") with the Herman Ghoul ad for Pervitin.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:14am PT
I am fortunate to have a copy of the Climbing Cartoons of Sheridan Anderson, and of Baron von Mabel's Backpacking. I'll try to find time to scan and post a few.

Might one or two of Paul's things be scanned and posted?
Shack

Big Wall climber
Reno NV
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:14am PT
Tami, any good places to see collections of your work?


I have Sheridans Curtis Creek Manifesto!
nick d

Trad climber
nm
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:19am PT




Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 9, 2008 - 03:20am PT
Shack - U can find collections of my stuff on pottyroom walls
hahaaa....
All my books are outta print now & I have the remaining copies. Drop me an email if yer interested.
Cheers, Tami
Mimi

climber
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:20am PT
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:20am PT
I, too, have the "Abominable Mountaineering" calendar. Not only did it arrange the months in alphabetical order, but it had an autographed picture of Mr. McKinley. Unfortunately, my technology is failing me or I would post my favorite Sheridan cartoon from Summit: "Dammit, Schlief, I thought you brought the hardware!"
Delhi Dog

Trad climber
Good Question...
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:22am PT
"I have Sheridan's Curtis Creek Manifesto!"
Me too, which in its own way directed my ethics towards our watery brothers and sisters.

Love that book!

Tami, to add, I sure have enjoyed your work over the years-thank you!!

Cheers,
DD
Mimi

climber
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:22am PT
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:26am PT
Then there's his fine diagrams in Advanced Rockcraft..
Shack

Big Wall climber
Reno NV
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:28am PT
" Shack - U can find collections of my stuff on pottyroom walls"

Would that be original artwork? Hrrrk hrrk!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:29am PT
For a number of years in Zion bivy permits were to be had at an office on the right at the end of a hall. On the wall at the end where one turned was a copy of the full page cartoon from the back of Vulgarian Digest with an enormous bear-like ranger straddling a tiny sapling and motioning two climbers AWAY!

He is pointing to the right.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Mar 9, 2008 - 05:23am PT
NIIIIIICE!!!!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 9, 2008 - 12:38pm PT
I posted these on various other threads, but I'll put them all here...











Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 9, 2008 - 12:44pm PT
Joe Kelsey's book "The Climbing Cartoons of Sheridan Anderson" has a lot of the cartoons, but the format is rather small...
..has Kelsey, or anyone else, thought of putting out a larger format, higher print quality book? I'm sure there is a rather limited market for it... also, the originals are probably in a state of deterioration at this point and in need of preservation (see Roger's post).

These would be great in the Yosemite Climbing Museum!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 9, 2008 - 12:49pm PT
from the Andy's Inferno summit register (Ken, you should go get that and preserve it before it dusts away!)

Mimi

climber
Mar 9, 2008 - 01:03pm PT
Ed, that register is hilarious. Thanks for posting.

Here's a good one of Royal and Liz.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Mar 9, 2008 - 01:04pm PT
From Basic Rock Craft, La Siesta Press



Mimi

climber
Mar 9, 2008 - 01:06pm PT


bachar

Gym climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Mar 9, 2008 - 01:19pm PT
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 9, 2008 - 01:32pm PT
I can't think of anyone that brought more humor and joy into what can be a rather dreadful and serious sport than Sheridan Anderson. Forever grateful for all the laughs EL wherever you are. My favorite portrait of the man in splendid company from Ascent 74.

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 9, 2008 - 01:35pm PT
Tami is right up there too!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 9, 2008 - 02:03pm PT
Tami, remember the illustrations you did for the "This ain't the Cascades, Jack" article in the CAJ? That'd be a hundred years ago or so, but they were pretty good.

If I could find that issue, I'd scan em and post em, if only my scanner wasn't broken.

XOXOXOX

D
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 9, 2008 - 02:17pm PT
Ed and Tenzing glamming it up, platform shoes and all, busts me up every time.

Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 9, 2008 - 03:11pm PT
David I have a very vague memory of those drawings for This Ain't The Cascades Jack. I spoze that hunk of brain memory circuitry has blown. Hey I smell smoke ; urgghhh it's comin' from my ears. I've lost quite a few of the originals thatteye did. Urgggh encore........

Thanks Ed for the vote o' confidence. Not only did I manage to be a diffrin't generation then Sheridan, I'm also a different gender and nationality too ;-D

There really is a dearth of cartoonists in the climbing community tho' and Steve G is rite about climbin' being "dreadful & serious". Editors are not willing to take chances on publishing cartoons or so I"ve been told.

They want the glorious drama of death.

It's only been through the kindness of guys like David - who posts here as Ghost - who put my stuff out there. Twenty years ago David put together my first two comic books. In '94 Michael Kennedy asked me to be in Climbing Mag. Then, just as I was getting the boot from that ( yes I was fired ), Christian Beckwith started Alpinist & he asked me to send him stuff. The books I've drawn or illustrated have all been because somebody called me - never because an editor responded to my query.

I bet it was the same with Sheridan. Folks who knew his work helped him gettit published. But his circle of influence was small & sadly never extended beyond The First Circle.

So the zap to this is why the f*#k are climbers so funny, goofy, hilarious, silly and yet only one magazine ( Alpinist ) will publish humour?

Oy, vey
xTami

Raydog

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Mar 9, 2008 - 03:30pm PT
great thread.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 9, 2008 - 05:47pm PT
I've lost quite a few of the originals thatteye did. Urgggh encore........

Well, I've got a big map case in the basement, full of art from all kinds of jobs. Dunno if your CAJ illustrations are in it or not, but I'll look. If I find them I'll sell them back to you for a thousand dollars each. Canadian dollars, that is, not the funny-munny they use down here.

D
Nick

climber
portland, Oregon
Mar 10, 2008 - 09:47pm PT
One of my favorites. Summit July 1970
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Mar 25, 2008 - 11:14pm PT
Awesome, Greg! Thanks for sharing that timeless classic.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Mar 26, 2008 - 12:49am PT
Awesome run there with that calendar Steelmonkey!
Thanks for the heads up on the time sensitive post.
I got them all now.
mark miller

Social climber
Reno
Mar 26, 2008 - 01:07am PT
SHERIDANS work is what we bit our teeth on , thank God someone still remembers his mastery of capturing the sport and the times. His work speaks 100x more then words..... He'd have more insightful work since his passing then ever imaginable. So few in our sport are actually pushing it forward nowadays.....
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 26, 2008 - 01:35am PT
Viva E. Lovejoy Wolfinger III.


I remember stumbling across his article about Grandstaff in a local Vegas mag. Then Sheridan was gone.
Then Randy.


So glad to see his stuff live on.
We need to do one for Randall too.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 26, 2008 - 01:50am PT
And more than a half a lifetime later that one still gets me; "the heartbreak of monsoon malaise". LOL
Phantom Fugitive

Trad climber
Misery
Mar 26, 2008 - 08:59am PT
steelmnky-

thank you for scanning the calendar. I had heard of it but never seen it. GREAT stuff!

jer
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Mar 26, 2008 - 09:24am PT
Hey Phantom Fugitive, would you be Jeremy Collins by any chance?
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
Mar 26, 2008 - 12:49pm PT
My favorite was "Did you free the Stovelegs"
Ain't no flatlander

climber
Mar 26, 2008 - 01:45pm PT
Lest we knott forget, the whitewater and mountain bike world's had their own equivalent to the great Sheridan...William Nealy. "Kayaks to Hell" and "Whitewater Tales of Terror" are classics!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 1, 2008 - 05:32pm PT
Mimi just scored me a rare copy of The Climbing Cartoons of Sheridan Anderson by Dumais and Kelsey, 1989. It has a glass binding but I had to scan this one that I had never seen before.



The man was some kind of prolific!
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2008 - 01:46am PT
Resurrection of this thread time : IF any of you know who owns the rights to Anderson's work, can U please email me? I already have the Kelsey book & there's precious little info other then names. If anyone knows the whereabouts of any of these folks : Joe Kelsey ( who compiled Anderson's work ) , Richard DuMais ( who wrote a fwd to the book ),or possibly Michael Anderson ( Sheridan's brother ) can U please let me know via email ( I don't check the forum very often ) . Apologies if any of these good folks have now left these four dimensions. The Kelsey book was published in '89.

Thanks also to Ain't No Flatlander for the mention of the brilliant William Nealy, a lovely friend and colleague who tragically passed away back in '01.

Cheers, Tami
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
May 1, 2008 - 01:49am PT
ISBN# for that book?
Never mind, the title works on google, currently unavailible @ Amazon...
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
May 1, 2008 - 02:26am PT
Baron von Mabel's Backpacking: ISBN 0-89620-082-5

The Climbing Cartoons of Sheridan Anderson: No ISBN. Copyright 1989, Richard DuMais and Joe Kelsey, High Peaks Press.

Royal Robbins wrote a memorial for Sheridan Anderson in Mountain 101.
Anguish

Mountain climber
Jackson Hole Wyo.
May 1, 2008 - 05:48pm PT
Chuck Schaap of Teton Mountaineering has a collection of Anderson originals framed in the stairwell of the shop.
He also would know the location of Mr. Dumais, who, I believe, is now at Crane Creek Ranch near Wilson. Dick still deals outdoor books.
Mr. Kelsey should be returning to the Hole within the next month as the snow around his cabin begins to melt (hasn't started yet..)
Knight now carries the torch. All hail Tami.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 26, 2008 - 06:45pm PT
I think that Sheridan liked drawing Royal more than anyone else. As you work through your memoirs RR, this one's for you!

Anastasia

climber
Not there
Jul 26, 2008 - 07:48pm PT
Bump!
Larry

Trad climber
Bisbee
Jul 26, 2008 - 10:39pm PT

Millis
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 20, 2008 - 11:42am PT
Cartoon bump!

Who is Millis?
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Sep 20, 2008 - 01:00pm PT
SHERIDAN ANDERSON – A TRIBUTE
By Royal Robbins
Mountain #101 – January/February 1985


This cartoon was used to illustrate an extended review of a
Michael Tobias book by Mike Thompson and highlights Sheridan's
amazing ability to come up with the right cartoon for the right
moment.




Sheridan Anderson died the evening of March 31, 1984 of an acute attack of emphysema, a chronic illness from which he had long suffered. His death came as a sad surprise to his friends because he had recently over the telephone sounded stronger and healthier than he had seemed for some time. An added poignancy is that Sheridan, his age somewhere in his late forties, was living at the time with his grandmother, whom he had often described as "indestructible". She survives her grandson.

Sheridan's personal life was not such that one could recommend it to youth as a path to longevity. He ate a lot and drank a lot, and he wasn't too keen on exercise, health foods, or abstinence. His habits doubtless helped do him in, but his answer to that would have been, "A short life, and a merry one".

Although Sheridan was never a serious climber, he was intimate with the climbing scene for over 20 years. In fact, he was one of the chief chroniclers of the foibles, vanities and pretensions of many of the stars of the period. Sheridan had a double talent: the ability to read character, and the skill to render it with precise, satirical strokes. He was also a gifted cartoonist, and his drawings lightened the pages and enlightened the readers of many a climbing magazine and journal.
Sheridan's precision of pictorial rendering found valuable expression in four books: my two rockclimbing texts, and two of his own works, "Baron Von Mabel's Backpacking", and "Curtis Creek Manifesto", a fly-fishing primer. In these books, each considered outstanding in its genera, Sheridan mixed whimsey, earthy humour, and outrageous imagination, with clarity of presentation and accuracy of detail in a unique and original way. His backpacking book, for example, was done entirely in cartoons.

Sheridan took pleasure in cultivating an image of rogue and debauchee. Often it seemed to fit. Less obvious was another side of his nature, an aspect shown by his love for the mountains, his delight in the peace and communion of fly-fishing, his abiding loyalty to his friends, his appreciation of literature, and, rather unexpected for a satirist, his fondness for heroes. He once gave me a book he highly prized, about the life of Wyatt Earp. There was, in fact, in Sheridan's nature an ineffable touch of grace, a certain primal innocence, and even gentleness, behind that rough exterior. Like most of us, he was caught in the mud and yearned for the sky. Hence his aspirations for the peaks and his association with those who climb them. Indeed, the cynicism shown in his caricatures of climbers may have been fueled by his learning that climbers themselves were, on the whole, not as elevated as their goals. There seems little in Baron Von Mabel's make-up but an amusing cynicism. But the yearning showed through, as in Sheridan's poetic "Song of the Sierras".

Sheridan will be mourned by many friends, but will ever be part of them. What we will miss mostly are his sense of humour; his chuckles rising into guffaws and erupting finally into rich rolling laughter; his keen lively, artist's eye; and the vividness of his presence. His ashes were sprinkled over a part of the southern Sierra he loved. I am sure Sheridan would have been happy to think his friends would all quaff a few to commemmorate his passing. Here's to you Sherry.

A Note on Sheridan's Cartoons
by Ken Wilson

Royal Robbins' tribute pinpoints Sheridan's character and work with eloquence, love and respect. However it might be valuable to list the scope of his work as an annexe to his obituary. Although many of his more timeless cartoons are collected in the books 'The Games Climbers Play', 'The Winding Trail' and 'Mirrors in the Cliffs', a fuller appreciation of his work over the past 20 years is only gained by scanning the pages of the magazines.

In Summit he was particularly preoccupied by the activities of the leading climbers of the mid-sixties, notably Robbins and Harding - the former cast as a shining Superman, the latter as a mischievous Mephistopholes.

Ascent was graced with a more cultured 'New-Yorker' style of wit - Fakir's using jumars for Indian Rope Tricks, mileage meters used by mountain rescuers etc. For Vulgarian Digest he supplied a rich selection of irreverent sketches underpinned by the sexual innuendo and bacchanalia, which was that magazine's core philosophy.

Mountain commissioned him to illustrate lan McNaught's Davis's satirical articles. Despite the problem of long-distance communication in explaining the intricacies of the affairs of another country, the bite of his illustrations was unaffected. He produced a ridiculous series of farcical character studies that uncannily sent up the victims: Sir Jack Long-Gland groaning under his mountain-safety insignia. Sir Donald 'Sup-up' Williams with his beer flower, the avaricious leer of Lord Bonehead as he makes off with the loot, Nero Mystri, Joe Beige and Godzilla, Dr. Colin Knoblock, Hamish McPiton in the embrace of the dreaded Bullshitmaster snake, and Sir Isaac Hoont presiding over the Audleygate enquiry, his sage head nodding with boundless patrician wisdom.

Readers of the now defunct Mountain Gazette were regularly entertained by Sheridan's strip-cartoon hero. Baron von Mabel, a thinly veiled image of himself. Von Mabel took part in a series of zany adventures assisted by Hives, his incompetent Harpo Marx-like butler. The Robbins instruction books were greatly strengthened by. amusing but unambiguous technical illustrations. In the last few years as Sheridan's contacts with the climbing world grew more tenuous he concentrated oil fishing and mountain travel and produced two admirable books on those subjects.

His cartoons repay repeated study. Well disguised by self-mockery, whimsy, farce and sexuality, all delivered with a frenetic energy and highly competent draughtsmanship, it is easy to overlook more profound qualities. In truth he was an astute and affectionate observer of the world of climbing, celebrating the rich procession of personalities and events that it displays. He was also deeply wedded to the historic western tradition of the backwoods (epitomised by Ansel Adams, the
Sierra Club) while at the same time finding its pomposity continuously amusing. He might have chosen as a legacy his drawing of Von Mabel, doubling as Moses, bestriding some Oregan Sinai clutching a tablet inscribed with the memorable aphorism "Thou Shalt Not Wreck the Place". A bronze of that would not look out of place in •the headquarters of the American Alpine Club, a memorial that would doubtless cause Sheridan endless mirth.



Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 20, 2008 - 01:28pm PT
Cool stuff. That first pic of the Summit cover has a kinda R. Crumb feel to it. S. A. sounds like one of those guys I would of liked to have met.
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Sep 20, 2008 - 01:32pm PT
I put this up an another thread and then killed my web space sometime after that, so this is just to repost over here where the celebration is going on. I think he would have been a great guy to sit down and have many beers with.





































Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 21, 2008 - 01:46am PT
steelmnky - ZILLIONS OF THANKS for your massive effort to post the calendar. It was inspirin'. It reminds me of what Sheridan had to offer us from 25 years ago. I believe his humour is ( imho ) lost from climbing and it's attendant media in more recent years.
Anderson provided savagely brilliant commentary rippin' on The Day and The History. I really like his cut & pastes of steel engravings with his own brushes&strokes.

Again HUGE thanks for your post. A diamond amidst some real corn chunks.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 21, 2008 - 11:56am PT
Ditto that Steel! Thanks for the spread.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 21, 2008 - 09:25pm PT
Wow, and, yikes, I'm embarrassed to say I don't think I have the calendar in the archives (aka "man cave").

Couple more covers that I didn't see already posted:

Was this his first Summit cover? I think Roper alludes to it in "Camp 4". October 1964:



June 1968:



October 1972:



Sorry for the poor scans (er, point and shoot digi photos).

Cheers!

-Brian in SLC
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 4, 2008 - 01:04am PT
Early Galen Rowell survey from Mountain 25 January '73.







Mike.

climber
Dec 4, 2008 - 02:05pm PT
What an archive!

Thanks to all who labored to get this stuff up. Great effort. A very nice tribute to a super talented guy.

I'd missed this thread earlier, so thanks for the bump.
Captain Aubergine

Social climber
Blighty
Dec 13, 2008 - 05:49pm PT
Howdy folks,

I have been trying to replace my copy of "Climbing Cartoons of SA" for years, ever since some $%^&$"$£% nicked my car. If anyone knows where one might obtain a copy, I have a Grandmother to sell.

Tami - 2 questions: Firstly, have you made any progress with the reprint thingy??? Secondly, you seem to have been quite quiet this side of the pond for a while - wots wrong, nothing bad left to say about ice climbers???
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Dec 13, 2008 - 08:36pm PT
Need Batso statues?







Go to Blitzo's thread.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Dec 13, 2008 - 10:20pm PT
In case no one has posted it, here's Kelsey's email address:
joekelsey1@aol.com
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 13, 2008 - 10:33pm PT
Lauria...

'think we can get a story from him about the Pratt Kelsey on Higher Cathedral Rock?

Maybe you could loosen him up a little bit???

MH2

climber
Dec 13, 2008 - 11:40pm PT

appreeshiatin



Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2008 - 11:49pm PT
Cpt. Eggplant -
BIG GRIN
Whut reprint thing ? Dideye shoot my mouth off sayin' ther'd be a reprint........of Sheridan's work ?
Joe Kelsey would be yer man to write. Don Lauria graciously ( or foolishly ;-D ) printed his email up-post a bit.
Some of Sheridan's work was in Alpinist 25. The last one. Dang.

I've not been so much quiet but considering my options. Remember no news can be good news. In my case, I"m about to turn 49 and wondering wtf to do with the NEXT 25 big years. SNICKER TEE HEE
Assumin' I got that many.

I just heard that one of my most fave cartoonists has done a 10 yr retrospective of his work & I am inspired by that.
I'm also not presently published in the climbing media c'os Alpinist died. I dunno what might phoenix from the ashes.....I tend to look at clouds and think of silver linings.
OTOH rite now I need to Feed My Family ( will have 2 kids in college as of next year ) and wonder what is a good way to scam the ducats best-like. Legally I mean.
So I'm workin' on that.
In the meantime, I'm still alive and still able to draw and, as long as I do draw breath, will be thinkin' of Evil Ways To Depict Climbers.........ice or no.

Lastly, you write like you know me. I am obvious 'cos I use my first name as a poster........but, you, Rt Hon Eggplantishness, have we raised a glass togther ( or worse ? ;-D ) Or are you the most fine person who , circa 1997, sent me a most wonderful old picture book of the Rockies enclosed in an envelope with Diana stamps and a...........salutation on the envelope?

I still dno't know who that mysterious person was.
It was a VERY generous gift.

Cheers & Best
Tami

edit
MH2 BRILLIANT POST

Captain Aubergine

Social climber
Blighty
Dec 20, 2008 - 05:36pm PT
Tami,

I would loooooove to take credit for the Princess of Hearts memorial keepsake, however I cannot admit to being your stalker (in this case). Unfortunately, I also cannot recall ever having the pleasure of sharing a drink - more's the pity.

The honest answer is that your books have always shared a honoured place on zee bookshelf, next to my William Nealy paddlin' ones (also gone but not forgotten). Soooo when I woz doin my bi-annual google to see if anyone had a spare copy of the Sheridan book, I found this thread, with your name at the top.... I had no choice but to sign up and leave a plea!

Anyway, enough about us - or else this will end up being a personal love fest. More strength to the elbow of all those posting the fantastic Sheridan stuff, it is awesome to see so much stuff I have never seen before. My fave is the calander (which I might have to doctor for 2009....).

Cheers and Merry Crimbo

Captine Aubergine (Eggplant is my brother's name)

p.s. Tami - if you are looking to raise some cash, why not sign some of your old lurid spandex and put it on ebay. I can start the stalking proper then...
p.p.s. bring it on with that retrospective!
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 25, 2009 - 03:52pm PT
Pretty much on everybody's top 100 list.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 30, 2009 - 02:25pm PT
MH- Do you have the rest of Joe's piece and where did it originally appear?

Tami- We are all your secret admirers...Blink...Blink...Right down to the lowly garden vegetables!
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 30, 2009 - 02:31pm PT
Big Pumpkin Grin ( tho' NO pumpkin for Ghost ) - it was pumpkin goo that wiped him out off his bike some years back.

Lowly garden veggies indeed :-)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 1, 2009 - 09:23pm PT
Bananna peels are over-rated...
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2009 - 01:20pm PT
Here' the thread for Doug R to post his Sheridan Anderson tales.


Doug !??! Hellloooooo !!!?! Post up !!! :-)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 16, 2009 - 09:42pm PT
Anderson Fairy Tales Bump!
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Nov 16, 2009 - 11:44pm PT
New Standard Revised Edition
The
Curtis Creek Manifesto
Being A Basic Guide To The Art Of Fly Fishing On Moving Water...
written,conceived,and illustrated by SHERIDAN ANDERSON

The Author,
Sheridan Andreas Mullholland Anderson
-angler,artist,wander,eternal
foe of the work ethic.
Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Nov 17, 2009 - 07:49pm PT
Thanks to Tami for starting this great thread, and all those that posted cartoons or comments. Special thanks to steel mnkey for two pieces I had not seen: the Obit by Robbins, and the Calendar.

Does anyone still have old Mountain Gazettes, that they can scan & post: "Mabel of the Mountains," another great series of Sheridan's cartoons?

Here is my all time favorite from Sheridan Anderson.
From "Games Climbers Play".
From "Games Climbers Play".
Credit: Fritz
Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Nov 17, 2009 - 08:26pm PT
Hobo Dan asked for this. Shows up in Mountain Magazine in 1973 and then in "Games Climbers Play."

Credit: Fritz
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Nov 17, 2009 - 08:35pm PT
Sheridan is the Bomb Diggety.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 17, 2009 - 08:46pm PT
An absolute classic diabolical Batso from Mountain.

Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Nov 17, 2009 - 11:04pm PT
A little bit of me in this one.
from "Games Climbers Play"
from "Games Climbers Play"
Credit: Fritz
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Nov 17, 2009 - 11:11pm PT
This thread brought back so many wonderful memories! I had the good fortune to spend five months in Camp 4 in 1965 with a handful of climbers and Sheridan Anderson. Since I had a broken arm, Sheridan and I hung out a lot together during the day while others were out climbing. That summer, the tradition was for everyone to report back to him at the end of their day as to how their climb went. The following day Sheridan would be drawing cartoons based on what he had been told.

I have no idea what happened to these dozens if not hundreds of personalized cartoons he drew over the years which were never published. Very stupidly, I also never asked him for those he did of myself and Frank. I wonder if they were passed along in his family?

Certainly the social highlight of Camp 4 in 1965 was the celebration organized by Sheridan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. He had drawn a very large, detailed, and colorful cartoon postcard (10 x24 ") which he later mailed to the mayor of Zermatt. That evening however, we all gathered at his campsite to party and make toast after toast to Whymper and the boys.

As we got progressively drunker, the toasts grew louder and louder. Finally around midnight we were yelling out hip hip hooray for each reknowned climber or ascent that had ever been done anywhere in the world. Of course someone called the rangers, who seemed quite flattered and amused to be asked to sign the large cartoon postcard as well, being assured that their names would be forever memorialized in Zermatt. They also suggested that our party should continue down in the meadow where Curry Company employees were also partying out of earshot of the camp grounds, which we did.
Jim Herrington

Mountain climber
New York, NY
Nov 18, 2009 - 12:37am PT

So when's the giant Sheridan Anderson coffee table book coming out? And who's working on it...?

Needs to be done, the complete SA...
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 18, 2009 - 01:33am PT
What about the learing one with the sheep?
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2009 - 01:38am PT
Jim - why don't you do the book !?

:-)
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Nov 18, 2009 - 10:40pm PT
Here's the Product Description for the Baron Von Mabel's Backpacking Book. Hrk hrk! They have used copies on Amazon for under $4.00, new for over $80.00.

"Baron Von Mabel's Backpacking is a good book for people who like this kind of book. This reader finds it sparkling with wit, music and oracle. It might even be a reliable guide to the out-of-doors, for all I know, and if it encourages more people to get out there and get lost forever, so much the better." LOL!


http://catalog.ebay.com/Baron-Von-Mabels-Backpacking-Sheridan-Anderson-1993-Paperback-/353643?_fifpts=1&_pcatid=4&_refkw=Baron+Von+Mabel%27s+Backpacking&_trksid=p3286.c0.m504

Fuzzywuzzy

climber
suspendedhappynation
Nov 20, 2009 - 12:11pm PT
Last time I saw Sheridan was at DR's in Round Valley - much too much wine was consumed.

Anybody have the, "The Little ape shall lead them" cartoon? Prophecy - you you believe in that stuff?

Sheridan claimed to have taught Pratt to climb. Anybody confirm that?

SG - Millis is Dennis Miller. See photos of him at the Waterskiing Tenaya thread.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2009 - 01:17pm PT
Can't answer the above post c'os I never met Sheridan but the post above THAT cracks me up c'os when you click on the link , it told me the "other books" I might be interested in were , among one on flyfishing, two books on HOW TO WRITE CANADIAN ENGLISH.


LIke, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, eh ? !!!!!
Tea

Trad climber
Behind the Zion Curtain
Nov 20, 2009 - 01:23pm PT
Awesome tribute to the master! Great posts!
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 20, 2009 - 03:26pm PT
Mr. Meander here...got into this story on another thread. Thanks, Tami, for pointedly suggesting I copy it over here:

I have an audio tape he made just a few days before he died. Sheridan knew he was going to die, though I was far too deep in denial to hear him at the time. We went out for supplies, which besides a blank cassette included a fifth of Jack Daniels and a case of beer. This was in Vegas right after one of the winter trade shows when the outdoor industry used to pigyback on the Ski Industries of America at the Convention Center.

Sheridan was living with his granny in a walkup apartment up on Charleston, to "take care of her." She was pushing a hundred, but it was an open question who was taking care of whom. He pulled his boom box out onto the formica kitchen table, uncapped the Jack, pressed record and got down to business. Granny was watching wrestling in the next room. He knew I would be worthless at remembering accurately what he had to say, but I was the only friend who showed up so he was taking no chances. I did not do my share of the talking or the drinking that night, but I still have the tape and one of these days we can transcribe it and get a really rip-roaring Sheridan thread going.

I have plenty of other Sheridan artwork -- original and unpublished -- to share too. Some of it a unique form of "comic chess" played by passing the drawing board back and forth with other artists at his flat on Potrero Hill.

I never got to accompany Sheridan to what seemed to be his main social outlet those final years living with his granny -- a strip club. He kept suggesting it, and I guess I was too broke and too prudish to loosen up and see that it would have been a rare chance to watch him work a pretty interesting venue. Think Toulouse-Lautrec at the Follies Bergere, only scaled up to Sheridan's frame, ported out to six-four and well-over-300-pounds. He would regularly take his sketch pad into a bar and use it to introduce himself to the whole room. And not just the Mountain Room in the Valley, either. In the Sixties I trailed him around SF, watched Sheridan stride into many a North Beach hang, and the Blarney Stone in Cow Hollow that had killer fish-n-chips right out back. And when I returned, to work at the startup of Outside Magazine in '77, Sheridan was still there and came up to the office and dragged the whole staff, Will Hearst included, either across Third Street or to his then favorite Irish Pub out on California Street in the early Avenues. It changed the entire evening for everyone present. Can you say raconteur?
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Nov 20, 2009 - 03:31pm PT
Thanks Doug, that's what I come to the TacoStand to read...

Found this...don't know if it's been here before, but sort of a look back 20 years after.

http://www.midcurrent.com/articles/books/anderson_profile.aspx

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 20, 2009 - 03:37pm PT
I would really like to har that tape/read the transcript!

Did he meet the undeground cartoonist S Clay Wilson while hanging in the city? Is that how Von Mabel met the Checker demon?
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Nov 20, 2009 - 04:05pm PT
scuffy b

climber
Whuttiz that Monstrosicos Inferno?
Nov 20, 2009 - 04:54pm PT
hanks for the link, Monkey.

That's a good profile.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 20, 2009 - 05:38pm PT
Back cover of the book. I like Sheridan's self-deprecating bio:

Credit: DR
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C. Small wall climber.
Nov 20, 2009 - 10:27pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#135532
Note the happy sheep, gambolling along.

photo not found
Missing photo ID#135533
And the back cover has a ringing endorsement.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2009 - 11:19pm PT
Doug thanks for posting & Anders thanks also too.

Not caring if I sound like a broken record or, updated to a skippppippppipppppippppiin' cd I wanna say again that Sheridan Anderson had a big influence on my cartoons. He was a climber that cartooned & that was enough for me to put pen to paper about climbers & climbing in 1981.

Tho' I should perhaps post this next note in Baba's "weird coincidences" thread - I'll say that the first time I received money for a cartoon I had drawn was the month & year that Sheridan Anderson passed away.

I also want to write that Gord Smaill's brother ( of the washes & strokes made between trips to Oblivion, Saskatchewan ) in his Climbers Guide to Squamish also made a big impression.

Back in those days I felt surrounded by great climbing cartoonists !!!!


Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 21, 2009 - 12:24am PT
A classic collaboration with Joe Kelsey from Ascent 1974.









Randisi

Boulder climber
PA
Nov 21, 2009 - 07:50am PT
There is one semi-climbing cartoon - one of my favorites - not included in Kelsey's collection. The caption ran something like:

Madman offering himself up to the brink of disaster

and showed someone (resembling Sheridan) at the top of a cliff leaning absurdly - nay, perpendicularly - over the drop.

I think it may have been 'published' in the Chouinard catalog from the early '70s. Does anyone remember this one? Or even better, able to post it?
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 21, 2009 - 02:43pm PT
The drawing. From the '75 Great Pacific Iron Works (Chouinard Equipment) Catalog:

Credit: DR

It was by Richard Stine:

Credit: DR

The Story: Malinda Chouinard and I went up to Ojai one Saturday for open studios. She was a high school art teacher then. The only studio I remember was Richard Stine's. We talked with him and Malinda bought that drawing. It's always been a favorite of mine too. I bought his book.

Credit: DR
Credit: DR

That drawing isn't in the book, but a lot of other Madman drawings are.

Credit: DR

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Credit: DR
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Credit: DR

Credit: DR
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 21, 2009 - 03:20pm PT
Nice artwork, Doug! Thanks for posting it.


For Tami, a sample of Mr. Smaill's artwork from Gordon's classic Squamish guide.
Randisi

Boulder climber
PA
Nov 21, 2009 - 04:31pm PT
Richard Stine. No wonder it wasn't in the book!

Funny, I remember his arms being outstretched, as though offering a welcoming embrace. Memory is a most uncertain faculty.

Many thanks, Doug.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2009 - 11:21pm PT
DOUG - I haven't thought of or seen Smile in a mad dog's i since at least thirty years. I remember that from when - hell........BEFORE.......... I was in art skool. And I started that in '79. I just googled the title & it was first published in '77

No wonder Malinda has enjoyed my work. She has beena most generous patron. She has a soft spot for lunatic cartoonists. Yey !

I don't really want to deconstruct cartoons into academic components buttif I think about what I like in their drawings it is true that guys like Klein and BKliban were instructive to me inasmuch as they drew "humour" - meaning - I was laffin' at it.

Books like The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy & Other Stories by Tim Burton ( Weisbach/ Morrow 1997 ) were also instrumental in reminding me that while I might not make money at doing "cartoons", there was DEFINITELY an audience out there in the ethers & lurking in the phlogiston who might..........just...........laff.........at the same.......insanity.........that I was laffin' at.

Thanks, Doug, for the post about Mad Dog.

And Thanks to SteveG too.........I LOVE that yer copy was four bux from MEC. HAHAHA!!!! My much-annotated copy lost the price tag prolly just after it left the store. And I did pay for it........or at least my mum did . Tee hee.
Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Nov 22, 2009 - 12:44am PT
So, Tami, was Anders the Nordic model for Gordie?
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2009 - 01:00am PT
BIG GRIN!!!

I doubt it. Anders never played the Norsk card here much -esp back when he was, you know, a teenager at Squish. A looooooooooooooooooooooong time ago hahaha.

Not sure WHO provided inspiration for the Steadmanesque illoz in that book. I might have a few guesses as to WHAT ........

Wooo wooo wooo hoo hooooo
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 22, 2009 - 01:05am PT
I had met Gordie in 1975, but was probably only barely on his radar, as a friend of Eric's, and one of the annoying youngsters around. As of then, the date of his guidebook, only one FA/FFA that I'd been on was in it - the FFA (we thought) of Papoose One, with Eric. Gordie attributed it to Eric and Dave V.

Hopefully sometime Tami will see fit to lampoon me in cartoon form, to Tamiflu me. It would be an honour.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 22, 2009 - 01:07am PT
Squished versus Ouched! LOL

Or perhaps T-Knighted...
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2009 - 01:15am PT
...............how do you know you haven't already been ( Lampooooned)


or harpooned by me?


BIG GRIN!!!

Lets get back to appreshiatin Sheridan Anderson!!!
MH2

climber
Nov 22, 2009 - 01:21am PT
am on it
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 22, 2009 - 10:50am PT
Tami --

My Stine book is copyright 1974, but then it's pretty much handmade, no typesetting anywhere, and held together looselelaf on two of those round steel snap loops, like a binder. Edition of 4000 it says. Printed on fine drawing paper, like pages just pulled out of his notebook.

Interesting that Malinda collects your toons -- good taste. When I was working on the Ice book with Yvon, I modeled for Sheridan to draw a bunch of technique illustrations. Not really cartoons, but like the rock climbing illustrations he did for Robbins' books where besides getting the technique you'd smile that Bridwell was demoing it. Hell, I even got profiled, liebacking. But Yvon wouldn't have anything to do with them. Something about cartoons being not the right tone for the book he had in mind. Wish I knew where those drawings went...

there was DEFINITELY an audience out there in the ethers & lurking in the phlogiston

Over on the Pratt thread, someone with a counter on his photos noticed hundreds of views in between any of our bumps, and thousands overall. This iceberg is mostly silent eyes, it seems. Intriguing, because just the ones above the waterline are more vocal than I've been used to hearing, for decades, giving feedback on my work. One of the reasons I like it here. Besides hangin' with you, of course.

OK, now back to Sheridan. Well, just one more Stine...ok two

Credit: DR

Credit: DR
Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Nov 27, 2009 - 12:52pm PT
In looking through my collection of old "Off Belay" magazines I found a boring article on "The Pyschology of Climbing" in the Feb. 1973 issue.

However! Sheridan illustrated the article. Here is the best cartoon.
Credit: Fritz
oldguy

climber
Bronx, NY
Nov 27, 2009 - 02:19pm PT
In response to the claim that Sheridan taught Pratt how to climb (or was it the other way around?), Sheridan didn't come on the scene until a long time after Pratt. The real story is that Sheridan exchanged climbing lessons for fishing lessons with Lloyd Price, and as a result both benefited greatly. To go fishing with Sheridan was exactly what one would expect from reading The Curtis Creek Manifesto. Sheridan used to drop by my house on his way to Las Vegas, mostly to show me the large format books on famous artists he had recently acquired and to have a nip or two from the bottle that was a too constant companion. If you ever had the good luck of meeting Sheridan, you might wonder why there wasn't more laughter in people's lives.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 27, 2009 - 06:28pm PT
This drawing of Norman Clyde from the Rockcraft books is one of my favorites.

Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 27, 2009 - 10:25pm PT
Fritz - That cartoon of what is "normal" is achingly hilarious. And as current today as when it was drawn.

That's another thing about Anderson's work. It's STILL VERY CURRENT........even if he's been passed for 25 yrs. I'd compare him with Terry Gilliam, the American animator/film maker who famously did the animations for Monty Python.

BRILLIANT stuff....
Pate

Trad climber
The Lost Highway
Nov 27, 2009 - 10:27pm PT
I don't know of a single picture he's that fat in- but the expression is dead on.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 27, 2009 - 10:32pm PT
I think the cartoon in post #77 is also Norman.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 28, 2009 - 01:07am PT
I didn't know that drawing from Basic Rockcraft was of Norman Clyde - fascinating! Hopefully Clyde approved.

Anderson of course liked to caricature Robbins and Harding. Is there anyone else that he identifiably drew?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 28, 2009 - 01:23am PT
Anders- Check out the totem pole in the Rock Gods on the previous page.

RR,YC, Pratt and I think Batso are in that one!

He seemed to like Royal and Pratt the best.
Dave Sessions

climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 28, 2009 - 09:39pm PT
Besides his infamous humor, SA was a highly regarded fisherman. I had the good fortune to have him take me out to some of his secret spots along Cathedral Creek when I was around 10 or 11yrs old. The two of us whisked along in the vanishing light of a Tuolumne summer evening and I struggled to keep up as he hauled really good size trout out of one 'toilet-bowl' size pool after another.....
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 28, 2009 - 11:47pm PT
Do you happen to recall the patterns that liked best?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 30, 2009 - 02:16am PT
Here is a cute cartoon by John Svenson, from Ascent 1972.
Apparently monkees were to be found in Camp 4 even then.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 1, 2010 - 11:33pm PT
Roper's 1970 guide says that Anderson participated in two first ascents in Yosemite Valley.

Andy's Inferno (1964, 'and others')

Aunt Fanny's Pantry (1965; Leo Le Bon)
"For some reason this route is very popular."
Randisi

Boulder climber
PA
Jan 2, 2010 - 11:12am PT
I love the little wildflower in Clyde's hat.

Is that in keeping with Clyde's personality, or is it just a bit of prankishness on Sheridan's part?


DR, why do you suppose Stine wrote "new" twice and crossed out the second one in the second drawing you posted just above?
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 2, 2010 - 12:24pm PT
Randishi, you noticed some telling details.

The easy (easier) one first: Stine's captions are full of crossed out words. It feels like he left 'em (hold the whiteout) as a sort of zen gesture to the moment. Not perfect; why pretend? Lapse of attention, worthy of a passing smile. Plus, he seems to be calling out the whole notion of new. What's new, really?

A flower for Clyde: it was the Sixties, after all. But that's not the answer. Sheridan is prankish, sure, but there's always something behind it.

I just finished reading the Clyde chapters in Daniel Arnold's Early Days in the Range of Light. What a cool book! And his portrait of Clyde now seems to me the best ever written. "When I think of Clyde in the Sierra he is a surprisingly physical presence; he is there in the holds he touched, the stones he slept on, the waterfalls and birds and flowers he admired."

Here he is repeating Clyde's 1930 FA of what became Norman Clyde Peak, and noticing the most alpine of Sierra flowers: "Clyde was particularly fond of polemonium -- they were his most reliable companions on the high peaks. And the flowers seem to like Clyde, too. Right next door, Middle Palisade hosts healthy bouquets of polemonium here and there, but in high summer Clyde's mountain grows them so thickly the air stiffens with their scent."

The scent is not subtle. Polemonium are related to violets; their scent is ultra-violet. Arnold tunes up to a full rave:

"The skeletons of last years polemonium carpeted the stone, hooking their roots into the most unlikely-looking chinks. Many had a few green fronds growing close to the rock below the dried husks of their other limbs, a first sign of the sun waking them from their winter sleep. Each plant must represent a stroke of luck. I saw one flower perched right on the edge of a cliff and another growing horizontally out of a seam in a block and it was hard to imagine how their seeds found their way in the first place. In a month there would be hanging fields of polemonium on Clyde's mountain..."

The chapter ends with Clyde's ashes being scattered from his summit. Smoke Blanchard carried them up there, accompanied by his son Bob, Nort Benner and Jules Eichorn. I got invited, but was too impatient to go climb something steeper. Daniel Arnold comes back to Clyde's flower:

"If a polemonium seed on the wind can find a thumbnail crack in a block of granite at fourteen thousand feet, I have to think that Clyde's ashes could do the same. To me this means that at least a few of the flowers on Clyde's mountain have little specks of him in their stems and fronds and purple petals. I think this small notion of physical immortality would give Clyde pleasure. His idea of a summit celebration was rolling crumbs to the finches who came to greet him; now his body nourishes the flowers that kept him company on the high peaks."
Randisi

Boulder climber
PA
Jan 2, 2010 - 07:13pm PT
I was always fond of the sky pilot (Polemonium viscosum) too. I remember seeing my first one on a hike up Mount Dana as a child.

I just purchased a second-hand copy of Stine's Smile in a Mad Dog's i for a penny on amazon! There was at least one other at that price.

(Fortunately I picked up a copy of Kelsey's Sheridan collection when it first came out. It probably wouldn't go for a penny right now!)
cliffhanger

Trad climber
California
Jan 2, 2010 - 07:33pm PT
I had the good fortune to meet Sheridan in the west end of camp 4 in Sept 1980. He had just returned from a back packing trip decked out with brand new Coleman gear; back pack, peak-1 stove, sleeping bag, everything all new Coleman. He explained that his new job was gear tester for Coleman and that he was favorably impressed. He did some hilarious antics with the Peak 1 stove as the lunar lander.
Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Jan 26, 2010 - 10:58pm PT
I can't resist.

I have more!
Sheridan Anderson's: Baron Von Mabel's packsheep "Bob."
Sheridan Anderson's: Baron Von Mabel's packsheep "Bob."
Credit: sheridan anderson
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 12, 2010 - 10:47am PT
Another classic from the back of Summit December 1968.

Chief

climber
Jun 12, 2010 - 08:52pm PT
Bump for a great thread.
I had been well acquainted with SA's work long before I gave up climbing and started trying to fly fish. I had never heard of The Curtis Creek Manifesto but it was very soon presented as "The Primer" for the serious trout hunter. His treatise and illustrations on the importance of stealth when fishing are priceless and have me howling every time I look at them. The great thing is that he's absolutely right. Thank you Sheridan, RIP.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2010 - 09:38pm PT
Doug R sent me a bunch of Sheridan ORIGINALS to babysit and coo over for a while. I'm hoping to reach out and psyckickly....erm.....sykikcly.........ahhh, cyclingkey..........errrrr........

shiz.

FEEL THE VIBES !!!! :-D

THANK YOU DOUG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 12, 2010 - 11:12pm PT

We Kneed another TAMI 'preciation here, folks.

Yes sirree. no more in the car for Tami, KNOTT by me, anyway.
YAY Tami!!!!!
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
Jun 12, 2010 - 11:44pm PT
Sheridan gave me his original of "The White Tower" being read by the climber sporting the afro hairdo, but I didn't find it when I opened my climbing literature boxes after hauling them around for 30+ years. But I still have hopes it'll turn up in another box along with some other archives that I thought I had. :-(
Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Jun 12, 2010 - 11:51pm PT
A little more Sheridan: from Baron Von Mabel.

Credit: Sheridan Anderson
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 13, 2010 - 03:06pm PT
Who among us hasn't been here a few times!?!

Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Jun 13, 2010 - 11:22pm PT
Sheridan again: from Baron Von Mabel. A great intro to backpacking!

No! I am not working for the new publisher!

Credit: Sheridan Anderson
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2010 - 11:55pm PT
I love how thirty years later Sheridan's stuff is still fabulously relevent. Relevant ? Don't care howwit's spelled.


Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 14, 2010 - 10:13am PT
I'm moving for the first time in two decades, unearthing all manner of detritus and keeping the recycling bin humming.

So the other day I open this mailing tube and out pops a fly rod Sheridan gave me. Also one of those cute little metal boxes containing flies he tied.

Another bigger tube revealed a fetching fly-fishing Amazon.

Photos eventually, but for now they're already buried in the storage locker.



Tami -- If you want to copy and post any of the Sheridan stuff you're babysitting, I'm all for it.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 10, 2010 - 09:58pm PT
Another Sheridan cartoon from Summit May 1970.

BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
Jul 11, 2010 - 02:24pm PT
I just KNEW I had the "White Tower" original somewhere. It finally turned up in a file. I took a photo of it, and one can see that the years have not been kind to it. The margins are a bit ratty and there are other flaws in it. Is it worth some restoration work. I realize that I missed the YCA art auction, but certainly there will be another. Or perhaps it should reside in the climbing museum. What do others recommend for its future? The tropics are not where it should reside IMHO.

"The White Tower" cartoon original given to Ken Boche by Sheridan.
"The White Tower" cartoon original given to Ken Boche by Sheridan.
Credit: BooDawg
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2010 - 02:48pm PT
boodawg you should get 2 pieces of acid-free "mounting cardboard" ( not HUMPING cardboard ....but the stuff used by picture framers ) . Make sure the pieces are larger then the 'toon .

Store the original between the pieces of acid free 'board & it should help protect the work from further degeneration. Depending on what type of paper the original was done on, there might not be a lot you can do about it falling apart.

If I were you I'd hang onto it until you can get it into the hands of either someone who wants it for a book, a museum or other collection you think is worthy.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jul 11, 2010 - 05:29pm PT
A worthy topic for a BUMP!! Thanks, as I have really enjoyed reliving those great days of the 60s and 70s well chronicled by the GREAT Sheridan Anderson!!!!!!

Rodger
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
Jul 11, 2010 - 06:08pm PT
Thanks, Tami. If I can find some Acid-Free cardboard on this rock, I'll do as you suggest.

BTW, what do you do with HUMPING cardboard? Or should I just use my imagination???

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 12, 2010 - 11:53am PT
Makin' sweet music on the B-flute!?! LOL
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 12, 2010 - 12:06pm PT
Boo - I was riffin' on "mounting" cardboard and, uhhh, went there. NOt sure what rock yer perched upon & I had considered that getting something acid free might be as easy as, say, finding acid-free in Haight-Ashbury 32 years ago.
:-)

If there's nothing resembling an art store ( you could be on Kiribati! ) you could use clean fabric until you do get something more museum quality. Store it in a dry ( yah, I know "Tami, you moron, thissis the tropics! You want DRY? Try the ATACAMA!!!!" ) or as-dry-as-you-can place . If there is a bit of air circulation that might help. IT's the mold that will get to it - I"ve trashed quite a few nice pieces of art - some my own , some from friends when I was young - by storing them variously under my bed or in poor conditions. Vancouver is very humid too.......

Gotta keep it dry & cool. ANd, yah, yer on a freakin' hunk o' rock protruding from the PO fer crissake.

It's worth whatever you can do fer a Sheridan !
Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Jul 12, 2010 - 08:11pm PT
BooDawg: I bounced your question off my wife “Heidi” who has a Fine Arts degree and currently specializes in conservation & restoration of-----------antique purses and compacts.

She agreed with Tammy in every detail and added some other hints.

1. Seek out a reputable art gallery on Oahu? (as I recall) that does framing, and work them for advice for your climate.

2. If you buy acid-free board, be sure it is smooth-surface and not a textured or pebble finish, which might affect a piece done on paper.

I have bought acid-free plastic storage sleeves for my old climbing magazines. They preserve great in this nice dry climate, but in hot & sometimes humid island marine climate------that could be risky too.

The acid-free storage sleeves are most easily found on E-Bay in different size.

I would love to see this piece go back to Yosemite!

Hopefully you can work out an agreement with the museum there.

I am a little hazy on contact details.

Cool to have been given that by Sheridan!

Dude!
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
Jul 13, 2010 - 04:27am PT
I posted these on the Norman Clyde thread, but Sheridan deserves to have more photos of him posted here as well.

Sheridan Anderson at the Sierra Club campground near Parson's Lodge, T...
Sheridan Anderson at the Sierra Club campground near Parson's Lodge, Tuolumne Meadows, 1969
Credit: BooDawg

Sheridan Anderson and Norman Clyde eating dinner at the Sierra Club ca...
Sheridan Anderson and Norman Clyde eating dinner at the Sierra Club campground near Parson's Lodge, Tuolumne Meadows, 1969
Credit: BooDawg
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
Jul 13, 2010 - 12:07pm PT
Thanks, Fritz, for taking the time to pursue my questions about how to best prevent further deterioration of Sheridan's work and what to do with the piece for posterity.

I was re-reading the entire thread, and since Doug R. has turned some of Sheridan's work over to Tami, it'd be great to see what she has in her possession as well as what Doug may still have.

I'm also wondering what became of Sheridan's unpublished sketch books, etc. Many folks here have recalled how he'd just spontaneously produce REALLY GOOD cartoons and especially characture drawings of while groups or individuals would be reminiscing, joking around, and/or drinking. We appreciate what great charactures he did of Robbins, especially, but other climbers as well. I remember him doing one of me while I visited him in Bishop, but I wonder where such sketchbooks and other drawings might be.
Doug? Tami? Anyone else know or could speculate?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 13, 2010 - 10:31pm PT
Another classic spoof from Mountain #31.





Chief

climber
Jul 14, 2010 - 12:06am PT
Bump for Sheridan and a great thread!
Still working on the stealth technique whilst stalking

The Eleven Commandments from the Curtis Creek Manifesto**

1) Thou shalt know thy knots well and rig thy gear in an artful manner.

2) Thou shalt cast with precision and thy fly shalt like a cobweb alight.

3) Thou shalt fish upstream.

4) Thou shalt know thy waters and be wise about those things upon which thy prey doth feed.

5) Thou shalt cunningly plan thy strategy in advance of each hole, pocket and riffle.

6) Let not thy shadow or that of thy rod fall upon the waters.

7) Thou shalt move with stealth and keep thyself low and in deepest shadow and ever secret thyself behind tree, rock, hummock and shrub.

8) Thou shalt keep thy rod behind thee and thy line in readiness until thou art ready to cast.

9) Thou shalt avoid fly drag like the plague and watch thy lure like a hawk.

10) Thou shalt strike quickly but gently and thou shalt hopefully release thy quarry to fight another day.

11) Thou shalt love the waters and all things that nourish therefrom; and thou shalt cherish and protect them as thine own~For all nature is thy home and all living things are thy kin.

So just as I'm about to get all maudlin and start tearing up over Ten and Eleven, I flip the page to see the all too autobiographical piscean perspective offered by Sheridan's trout.

Vigilant, Cagey, Careful, Cautious, Alert, Wary, Guarded, Watchful

I definitely don't know anybody like that!

Edit; Something strange happened to the quote mark rig and it went huge and italicized so I had to bail back to a simpler version.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2010 - 12:12am PT
^^^^^ I do :-D ^^^^^^





Yes, it's true, DR posted me some fine SA originals. I"m caring for them as he moves around with gusto, verve, panache and probably saying "Whee!"

As Sheridan Anderson moves from beatification to sainthood I'm sure the energy will coalesce towards Where His Stuff Oughtta Be Preserved.

And then this thread Be Revived !!!!!


Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Jul 14, 2010 - 12:28am PT


Tami!!

Are you telling the "bad boys" to stop??

End of the movie? Schools out for summer?

Not Likely!

Sheridan Lives!

From Baron Von Mabels Backpacking.
From Baron Von Mabels Backpacking.
Credit: Sheridan Anderson
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2010 - 12:34am PT
Boo - Oh, dear me , no. I'm distracted by terrorizing some goofs over on another thread. My apoplogies :-)

I'm merrily thinking that, should this thread sink fer a while ( which it tends to do ) that someone will resurrect it & know I have some of those fine originals, safely cached in a place where my cats won't puke on them.

I wish I had met Sheridan Anderson, I really do. I've met Jer Collins. He's a super coolio climber/illustrator but not quite the wild man that SA was :-)

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 14, 2010 - 03:00am PT
This is marvellous!

May I suggest that those in possession of Sheridan Anderson originals also consider scanning the drawings, front and back, in as high resolution as is possible? Peter H seems to know about such things. A scan isn't an original, but at least contains as much of the information from the original as is possible in such a format. Another thing, of course, is security and insurance. A thief robbing a house may simply take it, not knowing anything more than that it's hanging on the wall in the study, maybe in a nice frame.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Jul 14, 2010 - 09:16am PT
I posted this on another Sheridan thread a couple years ago. A scan from my original copy of his classic, "Curtis Creek Manifesto" still in print and available in fly fishing shops. The best fly fishing guide, ever. My Yosemite sport shop receipt is still taped to the page.
Eternal Foe of the Work Ethic
Eternal Foe of the Work Ethic
Credit: Timid TopRope
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 14, 2010 - 10:40am PT
Eternal Foe of the Work Ethic!!! Right Freakin' On!!!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 21, 2010 - 11:34am PT
An unusual one from the back cover of Summit May/June 1965.

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2010 - 11:47am PT
"Eternal Foe of the Work Ethic".

Fabulous.
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
Jul 21, 2010 - 01:36pm PT
“Eternal Foe of the Work Ethic” YEAH! That really WAS Sheridan!

I can still hear him ranting on and on about how Utah’s nickname was/is “The Beehive State!” The tone of complete disdain in Sheridan’s voice as he spoke about everyone working together to make honey/money is still SO VIVID in my memory. I wonder if he ever did a drawing reflecting those sentiments…

So WHERE are his sketchbooks??? DR-Any thoughts?

Thanks, Steve, for the Grandma one. On the inside back cover of that same issue are these:

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Cragman: The “longer runners” one is not in “Basic Rockcraft.”
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 21, 2010 - 10:13pm PT
I can't recall another silhouette cartoon like the Grandma one by Sheridan.
BooDawg

Social climber
Polynesian Paradise
Oct 31, 2010 - 06:18pm PT
I was lookin' to see if I'd posted this one of Sheridan on this thread since it is a classic "Hero" shot. An artist himself, Sheridan was a fan of the early western artist Frederic Remington. He posed for this hero shot while joking about the heroics portrayed in Remington's paintings.

Sheridan Anderson posing as a hero.
Sheridan Anderson posing as a hero.
Credit: BooDawg
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 31, 2010 - 08:40pm PT
Nice shot Ken!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 31, 2010 - 09:18pm PT
Did he ever do any acting, or similar things?
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Nov 1, 2010 - 04:13pm PT
Sheridan was always acting.
BooDawg

Social climber
Polynesian Paradise
Nov 1, 2010 - 04:39pm PT
Actually, I think Sheridan was more like a continuous stand-up comedian. Humor seemed to flow out of him like, well..., honey from a slightly open container, enhancing the flavors of ourselves as well our perspectives of his favored subjects, like RR, especially.

I think the only two climbers whom I ever met who had such a natural gift for humor were Roy Coates (from L.A. in the late 50's/early 60's) and, of course, TM Herbert. Someone once commented that Roy's humor came even more naturally than TM's. But all three of them had the ability to keep one in a nearly constant state of laughter.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2010 - 05:34pm PT
Sigh. I wish I had met him. I still think it odd the first paid cartoon gig I had happened the month he died.

THanks fer the previous page pic.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 15, 2010 - 11:30pm PT
He would have had plenty to laugh at had he stuck around...
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 16, 2010 - 12:18am PT
Or not. I also wonder how the late great fabulously brilliant William Nealy, kayaking cartoonist extraordinaire would have managed his way thru 911 ( he died that July ) , BushII, The Bailouts, et'c.

I think those guys are prolly enjoying it more where they are now.

Or not. I didn't know Sheridan but I knew William & I think 911 would have killed him...........it was just soooooo shocking ( whether you believe in the gov't version or the 'truther' version......... )

BooDawg

Social climber
Polynesian Paradise
Dec 16, 2010 - 03:43pm PT
Tami: I don't know of William Nealy or his cartoon works, but if they are about kayaking, I would like to see some of his works. Could you please post up a few here or some links? It'd be interesting to see if he and Sheridan addressed similar themes in their respective sports. Thanks.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 16, 2010 - 04:13pm PT
I'll start a new thread about William.......he needs his own !
BooDawg

Social climber
Polynesian Paradise
Dec 16, 2010 - 06:33pm PT
Thanks so much, Tami! And could you please post a link to your new thread on this thread? My REAL life has been intruding is such ways (good, tho, intense ways!) that I haven't even been a decent lurker here in the past couple of months, so I might miss a new thread if you don't. Again, thank you.

Edit: I see you've put up the new thread! Thanks! Here is the link to it:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1348638/William-Nealy-and-his-brilliant-cartoons
midori

climber
fujisawa japan
Feb 8, 2011 - 10:54pm PT
I found Sherian's name on your page.
He was my best friend 30years ago.
He and I lived in Chiroquin Oregon at that time.
I still keep the letters from him after I came back to Japan.
I wish to share his sripit with someone who likes him.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 8, 2011 - 11:26pm PT
Hi Midori,

I visited Sheridan's home in Chiloquin many times. Perhaps we met there, but my memory is terrible. Welcome to our little group here. Sometimes silly, sometimes crazy, but we all loved Sheridan and still treasure our memories of him.

Join on in. Tell us about some times you shared. We would love to hear from you. Maybe you would like to share some of your letters with us. Or just pieces of them. I have letters from Sheridan with great drawings on the envelopes. I can't find them right now, but when I do I'll bring them here for us all to enjoy.
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Feb 9, 2011 - 12:30am PT
Climbing Bump
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 30, 2011 - 01:04am PT
Midori- Please share any memories of Sheridan that you would care to. We would love to hear your stories.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 15, 2011 - 12:55pm PT
Midori wrote me about her time with Sheridan and recalled this moment...

He said before he died.
Do not forget to look up at the sky.
I will become a star and makes a wink.



Shine on you crazy diamond...
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 15, 2011 - 12:57pm PT
looks like Tami with a smoke and a week old growth
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 12:59pm PT
Take mor'na week fer me to sprout whiskers THERE, my friend :-)
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 15, 2011 - 01:21pm PT
how would you know? its us that looks at you

Sigh. I wish I had met him. I still think it odd the first paid cartoon gig I had happened the month he died.


freaky weird. you dont suppose.......?
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 15, 2011 - 01:24pm PT
KD Lang is sure that she's the reincarnation of Patsey Kline eh?
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
May 15, 2011 - 01:28pm PT
It's interesting that Sheridan's and Chuck Ostin's thread surface again at the same time.
I smile each time I think of them. Two of the most memorable characters from Camp 4 in 1965.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 15, 2011 - 01:36pm PT
Absolutely indelible characters!

Gotta love climbing for that...
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 26, 2011 - 03:57pm PT
Here is an email that Midori sent to me on 4/30/11.


Hi, Ken
Thank you very much for your mail.
I am very glad to know many people love Sheridan and I want to let them know how great he was.
It is hard for me to write in English but I will try.
I first met him in 1979 or 80.
The year before that my former husband Toshio visited him.
His book was published in Japan. We lived in L.A. USA at that time.
He gave me a letter when Toshio visited him.
He said he liked me very much and wanted see me.
I was very surprised because it was the first time somebody likes me even though we have never seen.
Then Toshio and I visited Chiloquin to see him.
And we became very close and Toshio and I moved to Chiloquin in 1981.
We had a great time but Toshio passed away from the bubonic plague 5 months after we moved.
Then I came back Japan alone.
When I have time I will write stories I spent with Sheridan.

Midori Sasaya


5/20/11

Hi Ken
Thank you for your reply.
The CD I sent is Sheridan's letters.
I would like to share with Supertopo or someone who likes him if you think it is O.K. with Sheridan.
Please let me know after you read his letters.
You don't need to send it back to me.
I want to let people know how great he was. That is my goal.

I am writing the story about the days I spent with him but it will take time.
Another man Steve (Grossman?) gave me a mail and he said I can write it in Japanese because it is too hard for me writing in English.
I will let you know when I finish it.

Thanks you, Midori


5/25/11

Hi Midori,
Today the CD that you sent to me arrived at my home in Hawaii, and I was very excited to see it. I have looked at all the letters and the drawings that he created and sent to you. If he wrote you more than a hundred letters, he must have liked you very much. I am sorry that you have lost so many of them; it would be wonderful if we could add more of his words and drawings to his legacy. But what you have sent me gives to his friends in the climbing community another side of his drawings that his climbing cartoons don’t display. And his own, personal written words are not generally available or known at all, outside of his cartoon books on fly-fishing or back-packing.

Knowing Sheridan as I did, I am sure that he would have been proud, both of the drawings that he did and the words that he wrote to you. He could find both humor and Truth in nearly everything around him, especially himself.

I think Sheridan’s memory & legacy is best served by letting the climbing community see for themselves what you have offered as his own drawings and written words. I may be able to clarify some questions that others may have, and certainly others will have their own insights into his complex personality and life.

In your email to me on April 30th of this year, you said that when you had time, you would write stories about the experiences that you had with Sheridan. I know that I, and many others who knew him, would very much like to hear your stories. I understand that writing in English may seem difficult, but what you have written to the me and the climbing community so far tells me that your English writing is fine for telling your personal stories about the times that you spent with Sheridan. So please make the time if you can, and share your memories of our friend with us.
With much gratitude, Ken Boche (BooDawg)

Here is the first of the letters that are on the CD. I am in the midst of moving out of my house here in Hawaii and will be in the Yosemite area within a week, so as you imagine my life is in some disarray, so the letters will have to dribble out to The Taco as I can make the time for posting them. So sorry!

The CD was accompanied by a personal note to me which reads:

Dear Ken

Very happy to know you.

This is CD of Sheridan’s letters I still have.

I am so sorry I have lost a hundred of his letters. But I still memorize what he said.

You can share this CD on the Super Topo Forum, if you think it is O.K. with Sheridan.

Midori

(If there is anyone who knew Sheridan and who thinks he might object to these postings, please post your objections here or P.M. me.)

Also on the CD is a photo of Sheridan with some good-sized trout!

Sheridan & Trout. Photographer unknown.
Sheridan & Trout. Photographer unknown.
Credit: BooDawg

This first one is labeled “Airmail01” so I’m just going to take the letters in order and hope Midori put them in chronological order.

Scan of letter to Midori. Postmarked Oct. 8, 1982.
Scan of letter to Midori. Postmarked Oct. 8, 1982.
Credit: BooDawg

The Body of the letter starts here. Looks like he did the drawing, then typed over/around it. I suppose the drawing is a fantasy portrait of Midori.

Scan of letter to Midori.
Scan of letter to Midori.
Credit: BooDawg

I made a copy of the outside of the letter then cropped and inverted the bottom portion of the original, so that it’s easier for all here on the Taco to read.

Scan of letter to Midori.
Scan of letter to Midori.
Credit: BooDawg

There are several gems in the letter; my favorite is, “Got a phone… Helps me hang on to whatever sanity is left.”

The letter also reveals that the book of Sheridan's that Midori refers to in her letter to me as being published in Japan was his Backpacking book.

Truly, Sheridan's letters are works of art!

Any comments or insights?
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 26, 2011 - 10:47pm PT
BooDawg!

Wow!

Many thanks to you and,

many more thanks to Midori.




More please.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
May 26, 2011 - 11:01pm PT
Indeed!

We'll be looking forward to seeing the rest when you get settled down again, Boo Dawg.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - May 27, 2011 - 03:01am PT
but Toshio passed away from the bubonic plague

I didn't think anybody had done that since the Middle Ages. Sheesh!!!!
Ghastly!!!!

Thanks for the post. Interesting stuff !
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 27, 2011 - 08:11am PT
Bubonic plague is as close as the friendly chipmunk and its fleas in the campground.

From Center For Disease Control Website:
human plague in the United States has occurred as mostly scattered cases in rural areas (an average of 10 to 15 persons each year). Globally, the World Health Organization reports 1,000 to 3,000 cases of plague every year. In North America, plague is found in certain animals and their fleas from the Pacific Coast to the Great Plains, and from southwestern Canada to Mexico. Most human cases in the United States occur in two regions: 1) northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, and southern Colorado; and 2) California, southern Oregon, and far western Nevada.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/plague/
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
May 27, 2011 - 12:54pm PT
Boo

Can't wait to see the rest of the letters.

see yah soon.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 27, 2011 - 01:34pm PT
These next two appear together on the CD in their own separate folder, so I'm assuming that they are flip-sides of the same letter. However the postmark on the letter says May 27, 1982 while the date that Sheridan begins his letter with is May 26, '81, like he'd lost track of what year it was...

Postmark: 5-27-82
Postmark: 5-27-82
Credit: BooDawg

I like the way he personalized the address.

Here's the letter:

Letter dated May 26th/81.
Letter dated May 26th/81.
Credit: BooDawg

I'm projecting here when I think that the wolf that he drew as the background for the letter is really a self-portrait who was drooling over Midori. Look at that sparkle in the wolf's eyes and the tongue!

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - May 27, 2011 - 02:40pm PT
Chimpmunks are now deadmunks if I come across 'em. Okay so I actually knew that plague is endemic; duzzin't make it any easier to read someone perished of the horrid disease in recent times.

I hope Midori posts here again!

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
May 27, 2011 - 03:22pm PT
Nice posts - thanks!

Tami, you may want to read "Plagues and Peoples" (W.H. McNeill) or "Rats, Lice and History" (Hans Zinsser). They're full of interesting stuff about the importance of disease in human history, including how the plague bacillus came to be endemic in western North America. Essentially, there are several reservoirs of plague in Eurasia and Africa, including Mongolia. Largely confined to rodents, but occasionally erupting into humans. There was an outbreak in Mongolia and Manchura - essentially, northern China - in the late 19th century. By then, there was regular maritime contact between China and San Francisco. One theory is that it was transmitted by passengers on those vessels, either human or rodents.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 27, 2011 - 04:00pm PT
Mighty,
You do Tami a disservice by not mentioning the proven prophylaxis practiced
by the Flagellants during the Black Death. It got to be pretty popular so
she might wanna try it ifn she goes camping in an infected area.
midori

climber
fujisawa japan
May 28, 2011 - 03:56am PT
In the case of Toshio, the plague was transmitted by a flea. A flea jumped to a squirrel or a mouse from a wild animal.It is guessed. He is infected with the plague in Chiloquin Oregon. There is a latency period between one week from 3rd.
He visited LA during a latency period.
He became sick there with high heat continues.
He was admitted to the UCLA hospital in LA, but a name of disease was not discovered. The plague was found by an autopsy after he died.
He should have recovered with an antibiotic if they knew it was the plague.
They gave several kinds of antibiotics but it didnot work.
Only a specific antibiotic works for the plague. It is medicine called Chloromycetin in the Japanese name.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 28, 2011 - 06:05am PT
Greetings, Midori,

It’s so kind of you to join us here and to help us understand the full meanings of these letters and his artwork in the context of Sheridan’s personal life. I have a few of questions for you, but I’ll ask them in the context of another letter.

The next four scans are all in the same folder on the CD, so again, I’m assuming that they are all parts of the same letter, but as one can see, they all hold together as a unit. It is interesting that neither the envelope nor the letter have dates on them although it does appear that the stamps were cancelled (very lightly!).

Date unknown.
Date unknown.
Credit: BooDawg

Since it is addressed to you, Midori, alone in Chiloquin, would it be correct that this letter was written and sent after your husband died? What would you guess is the date this letter was written?

Significance of this photo?
Significance of this photo?
Credit: BooDawg

Midori, can you tell us anything about the picture that is pasted onto the outside of the envelope? Is there a story to tell about it?

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

I have two favorite parts: “the men in and around the Chiloquin area, most are shiftless louts who couldn’t tell love from indigestion.”

The other is the Lord Byron Poem at the end.

Midori, do you think his drawings of the woman in these letters are supposed to represent you?
midori

climber
fujisawa japan
May 28, 2011 - 07:36am PT
Toshio died Nov.22 '81
At that time Sheridan was in Vegas.
Because the winter climate in Ore.is not good for his asthma
sO he moved to Las Vegas before winter.
And I came back Japan the end of December.
I lived alone by the Sprague river in Chiloquin about a month.
He worried about me very much.

The picture is Spurague river raft race.
Yes,the woman he drew is me.

He often wrote about Tono,that was name of my dog.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 28, 2011 - 05:29pm PT
Midori, thank you for clarifying that the woman in these drawings is you. In the CD package that you sent me, and on the CD, is a picture that I believe was taken of you in Oregon during the time you lived there. However it is a very dark picture, so I am going to wait to brighten it up in the Photoshop program when I get back to California. However, I wonder if you would be so kind as to post one or more pictures of you taken recently?

The following letter is postmarked May 25, 1981.

Midori, did you and Toshio eventually buy the house for sale that is mentioned in the letter?

May 25, 1981.
May 25, 1981.
Credit: BooDawg

May 25, 1981.
May 25, 1981.
Credit: BooDawg
midori

climber
fujisawa japan
May 28, 2011 - 07:39pm PT
Toshio and I did not buy the house.
Though it was good to be very near to Sheridan's house in a town
Large-scale repair was necessary.
Thus I rent a house of the bank of the river in the mountain.
Randisi

Boulder climber
Soon to be in China
May 28, 2011 - 10:13pm PT
I have two favorite parts: “the men in and around the Chiloquin area, most are shiftless louts who couldn’t tell love from indigestion.”

That is a good one.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - May 28, 2011 - 11:23pm PT
He should have recovered with an antibiotic if they knew it was the plague.

A terrible thing to have happen. I'm so sorry for your loss, Midori.

Thanks so much for returning to this thread. You're drawing out some wonderful stories of Sheridan!
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 29, 2011 - 04:31am PT
This scan, like the previous two, has a Japanese label which I cannot read. There is no envelope, nor any letter or date associated with it. There is only this lovely drawing.

Undated drawing.
Undated drawing.
Credit: BooDawg

On the CD, the following 2 scans are labeled air-mail02. The "airmail"
series were sent to Midori after her return to Japan following the passing of her husband Toshio. The envelope is dated March 11, 1982.

Exterior of Aerogram sent to Midori on March 11, 1982.
Exterior of Aerogram sent to Midori on March 11, 1982.
Credit: BooDawg

Letter to Midori, March 11, 1982.
Letter to Midori, March 11, 1982.
Credit: BooDawg

Midori, do you think that this drawing is a self-portrait of Sheridan, a picture of himself?

With the Top-hat, the character takes on an Abe Lincoln - like personna.
midori

climber
fujisawa japan
May 29, 2011 - 06:14am PT
I think this man doesn't look like him.
But I recieved 2 or 3 times the picture of the man like this.
And the picture of an animal in an envelope painted yellow is Tono.
I beieve.
Because he drew it after I sent him a picture of Tono.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 29, 2011 - 01:56pm PT
Midori: Thank you again for sharing your letters and memories.

In the early 1980's I remember reading about a Boy Scout in Utah that died of Bubonic Plague. The doctors failed to diagnose the disease, until it was too late to save the boy.

It turned out that his troop had caught and skinned some rodent as part of a "Wilderness Survival" course. That was the best guess on how he caught the flea that bit and infected him.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 29, 2011 - 02:47pm PT
Midori and Ken,

Wonderful collection of illustrated letters!

Thanks for sharing these gems with us.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 29, 2011 - 04:31pm PT
This next one I could not make out the date on the postmark, and he didn't put much of his artistic talent into the address on the letter, But I LOVE his drawing of the crocodile/alligator going off to find some fish, possibly breakfast.

Date seems undicipherable...
Date seems undicipherable...
Credit: BooDawg

Reptilian Fishing Expedition...
Reptilian Fishing Expedition...
Credit: BooDawg

BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 30, 2011 - 04:49pm PT
Here is the last of the letters that Midori sent me. There is a folder on the CD for a 5th aerogram but there are no photos in there. So except for the two photos that require Photoshop which I will do in CA, I have no more content to post here at this time. One of those photos does show Sheridan carrying more weight than I ever saw on him in life, so the reference to fasting in this last letter is not surprising, except that, perhaps, he attained a level of self-discipline that I never knew him to possess.

July 28, 1982
July 28, 1982
Credit: BooDawg

July 28, 1982.
July 28, 1982.
Credit: BooDawg

Thank you, Midori, for sharing these letters with us. We are really looking forward to hearing your stories about the times that you spent with Sheridan. It is clear from these letters that he liked you very much! Do you have any of them completed yet?
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 31, 2011 - 10:34am PT
BooDawg: Thank you again for taking the time to post Sheridan's letters.

Midori: Thank you for sharing your very interesting past. I look forward to more memories of Sheridan from you.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
May 31, 2011 - 11:01am PT
That Cal map is priceless.

How did he label San Fran?
midori

climber
fujisawa japan
Jun 1, 2011 - 06:50am PT
Ken,

Thank you very much for posting the letters.
Without your help I couln't do it by myself.
I hope Sheridan smiles in the sky.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jun 11, 2011 - 12:04am PT
Teton Mountaineering in Jackson, Wyoming has a large glass-framed display of original Sheridan Anderson cartoons.

Sheridan Anderson cartoons at Teton Mountaineering.
Sheridan Anderson cartoons at Teton Mountaineering.
Credit: Fritz

On 6/9/2011 I discussed the history of those cartoons with long-term Teton Mountaineering owner Chuck Schaap.

Chuck remembers Sheridan trading cartoons for climbing gear during various trips to the Tetons.

I did not do a close inspection of the cartoons, but most appear to be original sketches. Others are cut and pasted sketches, on a background.
Since Chuck remembers trading for them: I am more than willing to believe they are all originals.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2011 - 12:47am PT
Chuck remembers Sheridan trading cartoons for climbing gear during various trips to the Tetons.

I bet Jer & Philo would agree with me; DANG BUT THATSA BRILL IDEA!!!!
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Jun 11, 2011 - 09:37pm PT
Tami, I do agree. I was just in Neptune's cracking up over your 'How to fit climbing shoes" cartoon. Lady, you are one phunny 'toonster.



It's original, so did you trade it for a heap o gear?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2011 - 11:09pm PT
I did that cartoon about 11 years ago exactly. The one in NapTime MountInEarring I mean.

The story sorta goes like this. I was there to do a slideshow. End of May'00. Gary had seen the cartoon like that in my book "Climbing Tales of Terror" and he said he liked it a lot & would I do one for the store.

I scored some felt pens & paper & drew Gary his own original of the piece. So it's a self-ripoff if that's possible.

BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Jun 12, 2011 - 02:20am PT
Thank you all for your kind words!

Ron: As nearly as I can make out, The City is labeled "San Fraweiseo."

Midori did send me another group of photo prints which I hope to scan and post ASAP. Thank you, Midori.

I'd like to see the collection in the Tetons!
Erron

Social climber
Memphis
Aug 16, 2011 - 08:15am PT
This thread is AWESOME!
Roperswife

Social climber
Norco, CA
Aug 19, 2011 - 11:05pm PT
I just found this thread. Pretty cool. I'm Sherry's niece. I remember him well even though I wasn't around him much. I wonder why? Actually I remember that he was REALLY allergic to cats and couldn't come to our house to visit. I remember the last time I saw him was when he came for my grandfather's funeral. I have seen some of the letters that he sent to my father (scantily clad amazonian women). He was definitely a great artist and QUITE a character.
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Aug 19, 2011 - 11:21pm PT
Looks like San Francisco to me, a little ornamentation on the "c" that
suggests "e" and I think just a bit of extra stroke that makes the "n"
look like "w"
Johnny K.

climber
Oct 12, 2011 - 07:58pm PT
:) up for Sheridan.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 18, 2011 - 02:02pm PT
FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!

After a year of research, digging and generally asking anyone who would stand still long enough I have just finished a wonderful conversation with Sheridan's brother, Michael. Tracking down this family connection was not easy but as soon as Michael's daughter posted on this thread it all came together!

Suffice to say Sheridan's whimsical, witty, poignant and utterly wonderful illustrations will soon be coming back to life on T-shirts and hoodies! While his climbing illustrations will play an important part of this revival we are also producing apparel with his fishing and backpacking artwork and eventually some of his more obscure but equally compelling cartooning.

This has been a long journey to get to this point but as Michael said,

"I think Sheridan would have thought this was cool."

So... which of Sheridan's classic drawings speaks to you as being the most iconic?
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Oct 18, 2011 - 02:17pm PT
Are there no worlds left to conquer?
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 18, 2011 - 03:19pm PT
How did it go at Elephant Rock?

scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Oct 18, 2011 - 04:05pm PT
One of the chimneying pictures from Basic Rockraft?
A little cleaner, might translate better to a T shirt
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2011 - 05:13pm PT
The pie-in-the-face toon.....
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 18, 2011 - 05:46pm PT
hrrk, hrrk

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2011 - 05:55pm PT
Thx Dr. Eddy. :-)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 18, 2011 - 06:06pm PT
Did you do the stove legs free?

White tower,

She left with Bridwell and my master card,

whimper couldn't climb 5.10, Mummery couldn't climb five ten...

of course the first one should should be the grinning guy with the Ewe
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 18, 2011 - 06:12pm PT
This has to be close to the top!

Credit: Ihateplastic
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 18, 2011 - 08:03pm PT
Some of the cartoons from Baron von Mabel's backpacking should also be considered. A more general audience.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Oct 18, 2011 - 08:04pm PT
I vote for:


She left with Bridwell and my master card,

whimper couldn't climb 5.10, Mummery couldn't climb five ten...
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 18, 2011 - 11:04pm PT
Anders... I completely agree that the chosen illustrations must have a broad appeal. Sure there will be some climbing-specific but there will also be fly-fishing specific and others that are just great illustrations/cartoons.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Oct 18, 2011 - 11:15pm PT
I suspect you will want to use my three most favorite Sheridan cartoons.


Credit: Fritz

Credit: Fritz

Credit: Fritz
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 18, 2011 - 11:27pm PT
Here's a point I need clarified by the group...

I am wondering if the cartoons NEED the caption or if they stand alone as artwork of interest.

Will people need the fine print on a shirt?
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Oct 19, 2011 - 12:46am PT
I think the captions go with the artwork, enhance it, give it the full meaning of Sheridan's incredible sense of humor. To leave the words out would diminish his artistry!
Johnny K.

climber
Oct 19, 2011 - 12:51am PT
I highly agree with BooDawg.

My favorite choice would be fred in the clouds, "Say Fred,I think you're off route", and second choice would be the cowboy/sheriff rapping off the snake on the desert tower.(both posted on page 1)
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 19, 2011 - 02:06am PT
Captioned cartoon art does not do well as teeshirt art. People want simple graphics. But wtf do I know ? Some of the wags here want real crazynesssssss.....
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 19, 2011 - 02:36am PT
I fully understand that these cartoons need the caption to make the most sense but as Tami points out it does not always make sense on apparel. I am leaning toward INCLUDING the captions just because that is (I feel) the way Sheridan would have wanted it.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Oct 19, 2011 - 05:12am PT
How about putting the cartoons on the back and having the caption on the placket?
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Oct 19, 2011 - 10:45am PT
Oops! I forgot about the climbers are normal cartoon. Include that one too.
And I vote for captions.
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Oct 19, 2011 - 11:15am PT
I saw one last night that I'd forgotten about.
A snake charmer in dhoti and turban jumaring up a rope which ascends from
a coil on the ground, with the end a few feet above the charmer.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 19, 2011 - 03:17pm PT
Scuffy...That is a cool one...I remember it too!
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Oct 19, 2011 - 03:22pm PT
Inside front cover of 69 Ascent, I think, so it may be in a thread from
Tarbuster from a couple years ago.

Found it:

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 19, 2011 - 04:10pm PT
^^^^Now THATS a teeshirt icon!!!! ^^^^^
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 19, 2011 - 05:01pm PT
So, uhh, Tami...I ran into Josh the other night at the climbing gym (of all places...ha ha). Told him I miss the Pika t-shirts. Said he still had the screens...

Hmmm...

Cheers!
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Oct 19, 2011 - 05:24pm PT
My personal take is that the words are as important as the graphics. Otherwise the artist wouldn't leet them be there. If you are going commercial with Sheridan's brilliant work you owe it to him to present the whole - wit of word and play of pen - 'toon. That said I confess that I do like the idea of the text on the placard.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 19, 2011 - 05:38pm PT
All I"m sayin' is that in terms of t-shirts, people buy ones that have fewer words........or words that can be read. Just my experience, YEah, we all want the words and the entire sense of the 'toon but better is to pick concepts - like the one above - which are not connected to a word-phrase for comprehension...........



Brian? Hmmmm...... we did a good bizz with those tees back in the day. But teeshirts are always a hard sell. Heavy $$$ on inventory and , if they don't sell then you got expensive rags. I'm not actually sure why Josh stopped making them. Josh does have a raging inner-squirrel you know :-D .

Simon is set up already with the teeshirt thing so the Sherry Anderson stuff is a good fit for him. ( hee hee , 'fit for him', hee hee )
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 19, 2011 - 06:29pm PT
I am now FIRMLY convinced the words belong. They will appear.

Printing on the placket always looks cool and might be an interesting compromise. Of course the "independent" designs like Batso and the jugging guru avoid this issue altogether!

Brian and Tami... let me know if I can be of assistance...
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 19, 2011 - 09:46pm PT
better to have fewer words and more equations!

e.g.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Oct 19, 2011 - 10:01pm PT
I fully understand that these cartoons need the caption to make the most sense but as Tami points out it does not always make sense on apparel. I am leaning toward INCLUDING the captions just because that is (I feel) the way Sheridan would have wanted it.

The best sheridan t-shirt would be this photo with the caption, ETERNAL FOE OF THE WORK ETHIC

credit, Frank Amato Publications photo Rick Grosse
credit, Frank Amato Publications photo Rick Grosse
Credit: Rick Grosse
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 22, 2011 - 07:53pm PT
What part of Fly Fishing didn't you understand?

Combining two of Sheridan's avid interests...
Combining two of Sheridan's avid interests...
Credit: Sheridan Anderson

This drawing is quite large:

Credit: Sheridan Anderson
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 22, 2011 - 08:53pm PT
That is pretty wild Doug!

Biggest nymph in his selection to be sure...and a major commitment of wall space!

Thanks for rolling it out to share.

Hillary and Tenzing rockin' out is a keeper! LOL
climber bob

Social climber
maine
Dec 9, 2011 - 08:40am PT
these are from another talented illustrator pearl jusem...anyone know her?..
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Randisi

Boulder climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Dec 9, 2011 - 08:57am PT
Looks like Sheridan and Dr. Seuss had a love child.

Pearl Jism, indeed.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2011 - 12:07pm PT
Are the illos from '56 or do they date from '73? They look to me like 1973 from the style & content......... and I have a sneakin' suspishin it's Sherry hisself who has penned these adorable brilliances.


"Pearl Jusum" hee hee hee.
climber bob

Social climber
maine
Dec 15, 2011 - 09:58am PT
found these in a june 1946 copy of appalachia magazine..i wonder if sheridan ever saw them..
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Credit: climber bob
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 15, 2011 - 10:17am PT
"Piton-
a leader's best friend!"
Grampa

Trad climber
Orange County
Dec 15, 2011 - 10:53am PT
I met Sherri once in TM, sometime around 75. He was a walking smile, happy to be alive, living life to the fullest. Don't remember much more than that because the TM store had just received a delivery of cold beer and.....
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 15, 2011 - 02:42pm PT
Both sets of illustrations are über cool! I am rather surprised to see those Pearl Jusem illustrations of the braless girl in a 1956 MIT publication! Very forward of them... Maybe the illustrations were added in the 70s edition?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 31, 2012 - 08:28pm PT
Sherry Bump...
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Mar 31, 2012 - 08:41pm PT
Those drawings are fantastic! They remind me of a french illustrator dude named Samivel...

Does anyone have anything to post from him? He produced some priceless drawings / water colors in the Gastley Rubberfat very french chamonix theme.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Mar 31, 2012 - 08:48pm PT
I tried to steal a picture but no cigar. Instead, check out this:

http://thefossilclub.blogspot.ca/2011/05/superb-book-summits-of-samivel.html


The fossil club... how appropriate no?
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Apr 1, 2012 - 12:33am PT
I actually went fly fishing with Sheridan Anderson in Tuolumne in 1974. He drove us up to where Gaylor Creek flows through some pipes under Tioga Road towards the Pass in his old truck with the camper shell. We followed the Creek uphill toward Gaylor Lakes and he showed me a technique called "dapping" or something like that? We got on our knees and advanced toward the edge of the creek through the grass and cast our flies into the edge of the creek from 20 feet away ('where the trout couldn't hear us', said Sheridan). And I'll be damned, we were pulling 20" Lake trout out of a little stream that's barely three feet wide. The big Rainbows evidently swim down from Gaylor Lakes and hang out in the tiny outlet stream to feed around sunset.

One thing for certain: Sheridan sure did know how to fly fish! I still have the same 1947 vintage bamboo fly rod downstairs that I used with Sheridan and want to put it to good use this summer up in the Sierra. Would love to hit Gaylor Creek again about sunset near the end of summer.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Apr 1, 2012 - 02:11am PT
Those drawings have me on the floor. Thank You!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 1, 2012 - 04:19pm PT
Nymph bump...
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jul 1, 2012 - 04:41pm PT
I found these in early 1970's Vulgarian Digests.

Credit: Sheridan

Credit: Fritz
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 2, 2012 - 01:05pm PT
Honorary Vulgarian Bump...
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Sep 18, 2012 - 12:00am PT
Sorry it's taken this long to get these prints scanned. Midori sent them to me with some others, 2 of which I've temporarily misplaced. But here are three that will appeal to most here:

Midori wrote, "Sheridan caught a big trout and brought it to me. I cooked it and made a box lunch and 3 of us went for a picnic. We had a great time. The pic of Toshio & me is taken by him. Toshio & Sheridan is for the first time they met."

Midori & Toshio Sasaya. Photo credit: Sheridan Anderson.
Midori & Toshio Sasaya. Photo credit: Sheridan Anderson.
Credit: BooDawg

There are no references to these next 2 pix.

I assume that this one is of Sheridan & Toshio, taken by Midori.

Sheridan Anderson & Toshio Sasaya. Photo Credit: Midori Sasaya.
Sheridan Anderson & Toshio Sasaya. Photo Credit: Midori Sasaya.
Credit: BooDawg

Sheridan and an unnamed fishing buddy. The boat has a CF registration.

Sheridan Anderson and friend.
Sheridan Anderson and friend.
Credit: BooDawg
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Sep 18, 2012 - 12:12am PT
BOO Dawg! Thank you for taking the time to post those photos and Sheridan history.

More please!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 18, 2012 - 09:53am PT
Did the Tee Shirt plan ever happen?
If so, where can you get one?
I'm in.
Tad
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 17, 2012 - 07:18pm PT
A couple of great cartoons from Richard Fisher.









Anyone familiar with Richard Fisher? I bought these from a seller in New Zealand so he may a southern hemisphere talent.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2012 - 09:48pm PT
NEver heard of Mr. Fisher. Has a hint of Samivel in his work. What era does he come from - my guess is 50+ yrs ago.........
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 18, 2012 - 12:23am PT
British?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 18, 2012 - 02:30pm PT
Where is the seller located for that auction?
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 18, 2012 - 03:29pm PT
Steve: This seller is in England. Hurry! Auction ends in 13 minutes.

Ebay item 380510791054
Ebay item 380510791054
Credit: Fritz
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 18, 2012 - 04:48pm PT
Fritz,

Did anyone win that auction?

If you still have the page listing or seller contact information please send it to me as the seller would be a good place to start tracking Mr. Fisher.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 18, 2012 - 05:05pm PT
Steve: The item sold. Here's the link. http://www.ebay.com/itm/380510791054?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_sacat%3D0%26_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3D380510791054%26_rdc%3D1

If that doesn't work, just paste the item # I show with the photo, into the EBay Search window.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 19, 2012 - 01:57pm PT
Query out so we'll see what comes of it.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 23, 2012 - 09:00pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Climbing, Sock-toe-ber 1987, not-too-hard, man; by L.C.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 23, 2012 - 09:22pm PT
Did the Tee Shirt plan ever happen?
If so, where can you get one?
I'm in.
Tad

Just been swamped but the shirts are printed and all is ready to go. Just need to launch the website in the next week or so.

Simon
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 31, 2012 - 06:08pm PT
A brimful glass of Sheri for everyone!

Happy New Year Folks!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 31, 2012 - 07:01pm PT
I'll drink to Sheridan, and all that post fun cartoons and Sheridan stories.

Sheridan:  Don't wreck it!
Sheridan: Don't wreck it!
Credit: Sheridan
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 31, 2012 - 07:29pm PT
Has a hint of Samivel in his work.

I love his work! But did not know he did cartoonz.
midori

climber
fujisawa japan
Jan 2, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
Happy New Year!
May this year be happy to everyone.

Much love from far east, Midori
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Jan 3, 2013 - 03:09am PT
Thank you, Midori, for your New Year's wishes! And also for sharing your letters and drawings from Sheridan with the rest of us!

Wishing you a most happy and prosperous New Year!

Ken
duncan

climber
London, UK
Jan 3, 2013 - 03:23am PT
As a small boy I remember Richard Fisher postcards on sale in Keswick (English Lake District) in the late 1960s.

Richard is the twin brother of George Fisher, of the famous Keswick climbing shop, and was a stalwart of the local Mountain Rescue team.










Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 3, 2013 - 11:15am PT
Thanks for that Duncan!

So it sounds like Mr Fisher is English and worked in the 1960s possibly a little earlier.

Happy New Year!

All the best to you in the coming year Midori. Share some more memories with us if you would.

Do you recall meeting Sheridan for the first time?

Cheers,
Steve
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
Jan 3, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
Sheridan did a wonderful voluptuous lady on my left arm cast resulting from an expanding flake error in 1964. I wish I had a photo, sorry.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
Eric - WE wish you had a picture of that cast !!!!!
midori

climber
fujisawa japan
Jan 3, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
Hi Steve.
How are you?

Yes,I never forget his first Impression when I met him for the first time.
Toshio and I visited him from L.A. without an appointment.It took 2days.
When Toshio parked the car in front of his house he came out roaring
"Don't park a car in front of my house."
And he noticed it was Toshio he was very glad.He looked very happy.

We stayed his house for 3days and had a great time.

Midori
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:25pm PT
Midori- I am doing very well!

Thanks for the introduction story. Any insight into Sheridan is welcome.
duncan

climber
London, UK
Feb 6, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
Halibut Hats
climber bob

Social climber
maine
Feb 6, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
http://midcurrent.com/books/master-of-the-manifesto/
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 24, 2013 - 07:05pm PT
Here is a little gem adorning a Ken Wilson editorial.



BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Apr 11, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
Sorry about waiting so long to scan these pix. Midori sent them as 3" X 5" prints, and the one which shows Midori is horribly underexposed, and I don't have the tools/skills to improve it much, but I'd be happy to pass the prints on to someone who can do a better job. Haanster? Ed? Anyone?

Sheridan in Oregon, a print from Midori.
Sheridan in Oregon, a print from Midori.
Credit: Midori

Midori. A print sent by Midori.
Midori. A print sent by Midori.
Credit: Midori
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Apr 12, 2013 - 12:01am PT
BooDawg. Thanks for taking the time to scan and post those photos.

Here is my quick attempt to improve the Midori scan, on my Photoshop.

It looks like someone with more Photoshop knowledge than me-----and some more time, could greatly improve this old photo.

Looks like someone is offering Midori a toke?
Looks like someone is offering Midori a toke?
Credit: Fritz

BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Apr 12, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
MUCH improved, Fritz. Thanks so much.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 16, 2013 - 07:13pm PT
Tis the Mudra of Offering...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 4, 2014 - 09:57pm PT
Especially in WA WA.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 29, 2014 - 11:17am PT
Bump for Michael Anderson...
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