by John Rose
xxx Jerry Talbot with his 80th birthday cake!  Snuffy Smith is saying "Eighty Is Great-y!" Jerry Talbot is a bodacious fan of the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip!  He has read and loved the comic strip his entire life.  I first heard from Jerry (and his son, also Jerry) about five years ago when they wanted permission to put a Snuffy Smith image I had drawn in an earlier comic strip on Jerry's 75th birthday cake.  I put them in touch with King Features and Jerry was, of course, given permission to put Snuffy on his birthday cake.  Then last year, I had the great privilege of being asked to do a Snuffy Smith Chalk Talk in beautiful Mount Airy, NC.  Both Jerry and his son, Jerry, drove an hour to come and meet me in person, hear me speak, watch me draw and show me pictures of the 75th birthday cake from a few years earlier!  What an honor it was to meet them both and see the photos! Well, Jerry just celebrated his 80th birthday a few days ago and once again asked for permission (and of course got it!) to put another Snuffy Smith image I had drawn in an earlier strip on his 80th birthday cake!  Thank you, Jerry, for being such a great fan of our comic strip!  You are one Snuffy Smith fan that truly takes th' cake!  I hope you had th' Happiest Hootin' Holler Birthday Ever!  I can't wait to see your next birthday cake! xxx Another photo of Jerry with his 80th birthday cake.  Photos provided by Jerry Talbot.  

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