Monday, March 04, 2013

Cartoon by Bob Eckstein and a Lot More

On Friday March 1, 2013 I had a day that started out not very well at all. However, once I got past noon things started to improve, so that by time I got home from work I was happily posting on FaceBook about how well the day had turned out.

 Then around 9 pm I received an email message from our night manager, Andy Seidel, regarding a guest who was in Nathaniel's and was asking for me because he wanted to give me something. Andy did his due diligence, and then emailed me with the following information:

We have a guest staying here tonight named Bob Eckstein. He is here with his wife in Room 520. I approached their table in Nathaniel’s tonight and chatted with them a bit – they are very nice.

As it turns out, he was really hoping to meet you. He is a cartoonist from the New Yorker and has a cartoon that he drew about The Scarlet Letter that he would like to give to you as a gift. I told him that was amazing and very nice of him, and that I would be sure to let you know. He reiterated that he really wanted to speak with you about it and meet you. Both he and his wife are very happy to be staying here. 

Something that very few people really know about me is how much I enjoy a good cartoon, and in fact, how much I have always loved the cartoons in the New Yorker.  I practically flew back to the hotel to meet Bob Eckstein and his wife. Having Bob in the Hotel was for me somewhat like having a rock star, or superstar sports figure would be to someone else.

It turned out that we really hit it off, and I feel like I have two wonderful new friends.  Not only is Bob a lovely person, but his wife, Tamar Stone is also extremely nice.  It turns out that the reason they were in Salem was because she was attending a show of her own work which is part of an exhibit at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, MA.  The exhibit is called "Down to Sleep" and it sounds so interesting that I feel a trip to Lawrence in the near future.

Here is some information about that.

March 1 - April 12, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, March 1, 5-7 p.m.

"Down to Sleep"
Curated by Joetta Maue
Visit for posts about the exhibition, artists and to purchasing the catalogue.

Participating artists: Bren Ahearn, Caroline Kirton, Hagar Vardimon, Jenne Giles, Jen Pettus, Jody Oesterreicher, Julia Elsas, Karri A Dieken, Karri Dieken, Kristin La Flamme, Laura Bisagna, Laura Mongiovi, Marissa Fisher, Marissa Lehner, Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne, Maureen E Patrick, Micha Michelle Melancon, Michelle Urbanek, Paula Chung, Rebecca Fricke, Sabina Hahn, Sherry Aliberti, Eunkyung Lee, Susan Lenz, Susan Moss, Tamar Stone, Tom Whitton.

The bed is a powerful locale in our daily life - with most of us beginning and ending our day here. We experience our most intimate moments of vulnerability, love, passion, sadness, and weakness here, most of us begin and end our life in this place that is piled with soft sheets and pillows. As a metaphor we can experience all the most significant emotions of human life in this one simple place of our daily life. This exhibit is work that explores this liminal space with contemporary fiber practices.

So back to THE Cartoon.  Here are some photos of Bob Eckstein presenting me with the original cartoon he drew of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter, along with a scan of the cartoon.

That is not all!  In addition to being a well-known cartoonist, and illustrator, I also learned that Bob is an author, and that he has written a very interesting and mostly serious book called "The History of the Snowman", and in fact his business card simply says "Snowman Expert" with his website, which is -- and he not only gave me the cartoon but also a copy of his book, which if the opening chapter is any indication, I already know I will really enjoy.

Here is a link to more information about his book:  The History of the Snowman

Phew!  This is a lot of information for one of my blog posts, which are generally pretty brief and usually filled with more photos than anything.  But there is so much information worth sharing that I felt like I really needed to write more.

I hope you enjoy knowing all of this.  And as always, I hope to see you here.


1 comment:

  1. How very cool! Definitely worth making the short run back over to the hotel and then some!