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“From the Acme Catalog” a Sunday Crossword by Merl Reagle

In the Sunday, October 21, 2012 issue of "The Washington Post Magazine" they published a crossword puzzle by the indomitable Merl Reagle titled "From the Acme Catalog". It features clues from eight different Chuck Jones cartoons and one from Robert McKimson's "Boston Quackie" of 1957 that involve products ordered by Wile E. Coyote (except for McKimson's "Boston Quackie" when it is ordered by Daffy Duck). Results (and laughs) guaranteed! 

Many thanks to long-time collector of Chuck Jones artwork, Bill, for sharing this puzzle with all of us. Enjoy! (Click on the puzzle for a larger, printable version.)

From the Acme Catalog Merl Reagle crossword

 

Jones Family Gathering, the Past

The Jones Family Gathering is scheduled for September 21 through September 23 at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. This “by invitation only” event is now in its 17th year and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the original collectors who attended the very first one at our gallery in Chuck’s home town of Corona del Mar in 1995 along with the more recent additions to the Family. This year’s event is going to be a spectacular spectacular! 

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At our first Jones Family Gathering, Chuck took the opportunity to embellish a tablecloth with a drawing that grew out of a spilled coffee stain and signed it L. da Vinci! He also created another drawing on one of the stable doors of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. It was amazing! He’d drawn a line, maybe two or three inches long and then turn to the assembled and comment about drawing or coyotes or road runners, or making cartoons, and then he turned back to the door and add another little line here and one there until the image was completed.

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Here’s a photo with the back of collector Carol Erickson’s head. She’s stuck around so long she now works for us here in Costa Mesa! You’ll want to get the inside scoop from her when you’re here for JFG. 

The next year we held the Jones Family Gathering in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We hosted a Chuck Jones Film Festival at the Lensic Theater, and the Family got together for lunches, dinners, and lots & lots of laughs. Noted American sculptor, Paul Moore, even created a special award for Chuck, called the “Chucky” (see below) which delighted Chuck no end and all of us too. (Thank heavens for the discreetly placed sword!)

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And on the last day of the weekend, we all got together for another group photo.

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If you look close enough you’ll see some faces that, albeit a little older and a little grayer, are still here to welcome you to this year’s Jones Family Gathering. 

Remember, if you get in on Thursday the 19th, please stop by the gallery from 7 to 9 PM for a glass of wine (or a beer) and say hello. Otherwise we’ll see your smiling faces Friday morning at 10 AM sharp!

Craig Kausen Leads Tour of “Chuck Jones: An Animator’s Life From A to Z-z-z-z”

On Saturday, June 19, Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones led a tour of the exhibition "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.  A group of about 40 Chuck Jones art collectors, fans and aficianados gathered to hear Craig wax nostalgic about growing up with Chuck Jones and discuss the impact Jones has made on the art of the animated film. 

CK as docent
Craig spoke about the manner in which Chuck Jones constructed his films, his editing process (during the creation of the short film) and his attention to detail.

Johnnie Diem and Garrett Landry
Johnnie Diem and her grandson, Garrett, were among those who enjoyed the afternoon excursion and tour.  Garrett is currently interested in stop-motion animation and has been making his own films using legos.

Tom Myak and Oscar
Of course, everyone loves to get close to the magic of Oscar and collector Tom Myak is no exception.  

CK and Diane Eberly at AMPAs
As with all things Chuck Jones, there is always much love to be shared.  Craig and Diane Norwine give each other a hug in greeting and excitement at the prospect of sharing this incredible exhibition together.  

The exhibition runs through August 22nd at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, California.  For more information, including hours, please their website by clicking here.