Yes, I’m an opera fan. My college roommate was Louie Capone. And, yes, his grandfather was Al Capone’s cousin. He introduced me to opera. He had a fantastic collection of old 78’s. And he got me into collecting them. Back in the 60’s you could find the old acoustic disks in junk stors for fifty cents or so. When he went away to the University of Florida  for graduate schoool in physics I gave him my collection. He was a remarkable person.. He only had about 5% vision in one eye. Legally blind, and yet he earned a PhD.

I’ve had some late requests for original strips. I hope to get everything taken care of by Thursday. I have to go to Tallahassee today to visit old friends and colleagues whom I haven’t seen in many years.

Stephano asked to see this series some time ago. The beginning of this story was about some nut who thought he was the Norse God, Thor. We pick it up at the end of the story.



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5 Responses to Opera

  1. Hi Bud! Just wanted you to know that I love you strips. I’m from Sweden, Stockholm but I live down here in Venezuela, and that’s a mess, but your sense of humor just makes the day a little brighter!

    • budgra5_wp says:

      First I wish you the best in Venezuela. It must be awful down there. The rest of us shouldn’t take our good fortune for granted. Thanks for your comment, and good luck.

  2. Lasse Åhman says:

    I in the seventies had carrying roles at the Royal Stockholm Opera.
    I also could have killed the Swedish king.

    I carried the king in Aida, a half of a cow, and helped Rolf Björling (the son of Jussi Björling) down half meter high steps back stage in Carmen.
    The old king Gustav VI Adolf, at his nintieth birthday saw me nearly naked in the scen with the king in Aida.
    The cloth were made to fit a woman of 5 feet and 100 lb. I am 6 feet and weighed 210 lb.
    And I stood closest on stage to the Swedish kings loge.
    He survived, but he could have laughed himself to death.

    Lasse Åhman.

    • budgra5_wp says:

      The only thing I would rather do than draw cartoons is to be a big fat opera tenor. No kidding. Can you imagine?! What an ego trip that must be. Years ago when I was in Värmland, Erland Hagegård sang for us. I had a nice conversation with him. What a voice and a fine gentleman as well. I regard Caruso, Björling and Pavarotti to be the best dramatic tenors of the 20th century.

      • Lasse Åhman says:

        My ex wife also had a long talk with Hagegård, untill she recognized him, then “the cat got her tongue”.
        She also said that he is very nice person.

        I was an extra, but it was fun work. Seeing the balett in Aida from back stage was nice.

        Why don’t you get a job at an opera?

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