Owen F asked me about the last commie. He appeared in 1992.He was based on a real character, a friend of mine whose name was Jim Zarichney. His mother and father, to my understanding, were communists. Jim , himself, evidently followed in their footsteps. When he was young he pursued two cases to the Supreme Court. I don’t know how far he got with them, although I do know that neither case was decided in his favor. I found this on the web regarding one of his cases. Most of you weren’t around for the communist witch hunt that was led by senator Joe McCarthy in the early 1950’s. There was a law that said that if you were a communist you had to register as an agent of the Soviet Union. McCarthy and his right hand man, Richard Nixon, ruined quite a few lives. Incidentally, Walt Kelly, in Pogo lampooned both McCarthy and Richard Nixon. I remember the last strip where Nixon is worried about his future, and McCarthy tells him”Don’t worry, people forget.”
Here’s his first strip:
Here is Jim Zarichney. It was taken in my house in Tallahassee around 1979.
Robert R sent me this link. It’s Coral Gables, Florida in, I believe if the Chevy is any indication, 1952. Florida has changed a lot over the years.