It was a done deal, an inside
fix, all was in readiness and on December first 1978 the deed would
be done, quietly and with a stroke of an administrative pen. Certainly,
nothing could thwart this quiet scam. Then on November 22nd, just eight
days before the big fix, this cartoon appeared...
... and the scam evaporated.
Over the years that I authored Klyde Morris in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University’s student newspaper, I had been asked to pledge every fraternity
on campus, some even asked more than once. Probably, most of those doing
the asking simply wanted credit for having the popular cartoon character
on the roster, because as a non-drinker, I’m not that fun of a guy.
Each time I had to politely decline because I knew that the day must
come when I may be in possession of some information that would prove
damaging to the organization to which I had pledged my commitment. To
avoid that conflict, I simply refrained from committing to any fraternal
organization. This was a melancholy situation as many of my best friends
were in fraternities that I truly desired to be a part of, but I was
in a one person degree program, Ph.D.. in Cartoonist, and pledged to
Klyde Morris and page two of the Avion newspaper.