Rob and Nancy McCallum
mccallumrn at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 11 19:04:13 CEST 2000
The following is a message I sent to Mr. Barks about two months before his
death (courtesy of Michael Naiman).
Having just been informed of Mr. Barks health, I would greatly
appreciate it if you would forward the following to him. This section of an
autobiographical sketch was recently written as part of an adoption process.
Despite my love of sports (which I shared with my brother but not
my parents) I also loved to read anything science books, adventure
stories, science fiction, historical novels, biographies and comic books.
My mother was horrified at my love of comic books, but really couldnt
object because I was such a voracious reader of everything. My father
actually liked to read comic books as well. My favorites were not Superman
and Batman like most other kid. I found these comics infantile. I loved
Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge and I collect these comics to this day.
Perhaps my single fondest memory from childhood is when Grandma would visit
and dispense to my brother and I a neat little pile of change (always
exactly the same amount for each of us) carefully wrapped in tissue paper.
If I remember correctly the amount was about $1 to $2. I would take 15¢
down to the corner store buy a bottle of pop (soda) for a nickel, pay an
additional 2¢ deposit, and while drinking my pop, I would peruse the comic
book shelves always looking for a new Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge. If I
found one I would be in heaven. I would drink my soda, reclaim my 2¢
deposit and take the dime I now had and buy that comic. The only thing that
was better when there was two new Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge comics, I
would buy one immediately, rush home, beg my mother to allow me to spend
another dime of Grandmas money (she almost always said OK after 5 minutes
of unrelenting begging), and I would rush back to the store to get the
second comic. This was double heaven. Remember that in those days (about
1953) $2 would buy me 10 sodas and 15 comics!. . . . . My view of heaven is
basically a movie theater with a comic book store next door full of Disney
Of course the comics I am referring to are Mr. Barks. Thank you
Mr. Barks for providing me with among the happiest moments in my entire
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