1 Apr

Despite a truly demanding schedule owing to his unanimously elected position as the long celebrated intellectual voice of Neptune City-Saturn Town, local poetical personality Foxy Friendly Foxwell (popularly christened “The Beatnik Fox” by his regionally placed contemporaries) was recently able to spare a few slight morsels of time from his usually absolute immersion within the varied nuances of beatnikology (which often includes such artistically sensitive pursuits as making wishes upon freshly gathered dandelions; rolling down a neighboring hill for sport and/or profit; fashionable squirrel barbering; street corner revivaling; loyal patronage of root beer and pizza at the hep Lotsamoney Café; art and literature based pamphleteering; romantic ballad composition; and cloud formation interpretation) to grant loyal readers of his continuing adventures the briefest taste of an interview.

Brian Blackmon: Your wife Holly O. seems to be the love of your life, and a true inspiration. How did you both first meet up?

Foxy Foxwell: It seems like ages ago [laughs]. It was actually at the library. I was trying to find a copy of Bob Kane’s autobiography BATMAN AND ME. I’ve always been a big fan of his work.

Turns out Chick was looking for the same exact book! And that’s when we first spotted each other. In the art section, looking for the library’s only copy of Bob Kane.

We were both way too shy to say anything then, but I couldn’t get her out of my mind, and of course I found out later the feeling was mutual. Unfortunately at the time, we were both waiting for the other one to make the first move.

Blackmon: What happened?

Foxwell: Eventually the library was closing and the librarian made us leave.

Blackmon: You had been standing there staring at each other the whole time.

Foxwell: Yep. For about six hours.

Blackmon: So Bob Kane brought you together?

Foxwell: Yeah. You bet.

Blackmon: So what happened?

Foxwell: Well, it turned out she was the niece of my good friend Simon Lotsamoney, the proprietor of the Lotsamoney Café and most of the other classiest places in Neptune City-Saturn Town. Chick and I started dating, and the rest is history. We saw ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES and DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE at her uncle’s theater for our very first date. It was magical.

And you say about Bob Kane. Well, the night I proposed to Chick was right after we saw a rerelease of BATMAN AND ROBIN. So yeah, Bob Kane has played a significant part in our relationship. Our daughter Vixeny has become a fan now too. So yeah. Thank you, Bob Kane.  

Blackmon:  James Fenimore Cooper, in his 1841 novel THE DEERSLAYER, says that “On the human imagination events produce the effects of time. Thus, he who has traveled far and seen much is apt to fancy that he has lived long; and the history that most abounds in important incidents soonest assumes the aspect of antiquity. In no other way can we account for the venerable air that is already gathering around American annals. When the mind reverts to the earliest days of colonial history, the period seems remote and obscure, the thousand changes that thicken along the links of recollections, throwing back the origin of the nation to a day so distant as seemingly to reach the mists of time; and yet four lives of ordinary duration would suffice to transmit, from mouth to mouth, in the form of tradition, all that civilized man has achieved within the limits of the republic.” Would you agree?

Foxwell: Sounds about right. I like Washington Irving better though.

Blackmon: Well, I’ve been reading Cooper…

Foxwell: Forget about Cooper. Read TALES OF THE TRAVELER by Irving. Wonderful book. Simply beautiful work. A masterpiece. Lots of heart.

Blackmon: Maybe I will. Well, thank you for taking this time to do the interview.

Foxwell: Sure. Thank you. Have a wonderful April 1st.

Blackmon: Definitely. You too.  


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