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I’ve been doodling Kilroy for as long as I canremember. I don’t know where I saw himfirst or why I drew him but he’s been a subject of my scribbling repertoire fora really long time.
The other day I was listening to the radio when Mr. Robotoby
Styx came into the mix. If you’re familiar with the lyrics of thesong Mr. Roboto’s human name was Kilroy.
Anyhoo . . . I started to wonder who is this Kilroy and whyis he here and there and everywhere.
First off, let me clarify that the Styx Kilroyisn’t the same bald-headed Kilroy that is depicted with his nose hanging over awall with the fingers of each hand on either side of his head. That Kilroy is a fictitious characterfeatured in the rock opera “Kilroy was Here”. The gist is that he, Kilroy, is afamous Rock Star who is sent to prison because of his music. The jailhouse guards are all robots and he escapesfrom the detention center inside a robot costume . . . becoming Mr. Roboto.
But I digress . . . the Kilroy I am so curious about . . .
There are many different theories as to who this hairlessfellow with a prominent proboscis is. Hefirst appeared on the battle fronts of WWII but he was also spotted later inthe Korean and
The prevailing line of thought is that Kilroy was a shipyardworker from
. During the war, his job was a rivetinspector. Once he had counted a blockof rivets he would put his check mark on each job he inspected, but he added"Kilroy Was Here" in king-size letters next to the check. Halifax, Massachusetts
Normally, the rivets and chalk marks would have been coveredup with paint. But, because of theraging war, ships were leaving shipyards so fast that there wasn't time topaint them. As a result, Kilroy's inspection "trademark" was seen bythousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships.
Those troops headed off to war didn’t know who this Kilroyperson was, but what they did know is that he had "been there first."
Servicemen picked it up and soon the “Kilroy was here” (alongwith the drawing of the fellow with the long nose peering over the fence)message could be found on every front of the war . . . from
Berlinto . As a joke, Tokyo servicemen began placing thegraffiti everywhere they landed, claiming it was already there when theyarrived. U.S.
The little fellow that was there before anyone else had suchan impact that he has been immortalized on the World War II memorial in
It’s not obvious and you have to look for it. It is tucked away in the background. I saw it when my husband and I visited our nation's capital. We both thought it was a very cool wau to commemoratethe . . . er, man . . . who had inspiredso many. Washington D.C.
Easy Tomato-Sausage Sauce
6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
4 Spicy Italian Sausages, Pierced Several Times with Toothpick
1 Large Onion, Finely Chopped
4 Large Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 1/2 28-Ounce Cans Crushed Tomatoes with Added Puree
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Italian Parsley
2 Teaspoons Dried Basil
2 Teaspoons Dried Oregano
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausages, onion, and garlic. Sauté until onion begins to color, about 10 minutes.
Add crushed tomatoes and herbs and bring sauce to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until flavors blend and sausages are cooked through, stirring often, about 30 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper. Slice sausages thinly, if desired.