Post #23

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1952

Dearest Linda;

This may take a little time.  I’m drawing a picture with one hand and writing to you at the same time.  Well, not exactly, but I am going to interlace the drawing with your letter.  Paint a while, write a while.  The drawing is a large one for the barrack-room of Engine Company 17..the one I told you about.  It’s a view of Bugs in fireman’s outfit standing in front of an old-fashioned fire truck loaded with very messy gear.

Just finished the fire truck..Cripes, what a job, but it looks nice..what fun tempera is, thick and nice so you can push it around, but soluble enough to be used as a watercolor.  Very friendly.

We caught “Ivanhoe” last night.  (Is there an “e” on the end?)  A very good job, I would say, in the old swashbuckling corny approach.  Wonderful fights, magnificent color, camera work superlative, beauteous ladies, especially Elizabeth Taylor, row..r-row.  Robert Taylor didn’t do so bad either.  I think he’s had plastic surgery to erase that slack chin.  Looks pretty good for a slob, which is what I believe him to be.

Well, I guess that is that.  Looks as finished as it will ever look.  I think it’s about the best thing of its kind I’ve ever done.  Bugs looks real fine in his chief’s outfit, complete with helmet, trumpet, axe and carrot.  You know, I owe a lot to Bugs.  He has been so generous in posing for pictures to pay back my social debts.  Few people have such an amiable character around to do their social correspondence.

The political race waxes hot as the witching day approacheth.  I’m becoming more Stevensony every day.  He appears to me to be a man of great intelligence.  I acknowledge gladly that he is a far more erudite, brilliant and wise man than am I.  An acknowledgement I do not extend to everyone in public life.  To me it is a gratifying thing to find a man who will seek public office on an appeal to the intelligence of the voter.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could conduct our political campaigns on such a level, instead of this cry havoc, cry disaster, impugn character, slander one another method now employed?  I can find little to criticize in Eisenhower.  He seems to be a fine, upright respectable gentleman, whose honor cannot and should not be questioned, but who finds himself forced to embrace for political expediency some pretty seamy birds.  I am sorry for him, but I cannot vote for him.  I feel I could talk to Eisenhower as an equal.  With Stevenson I know I could learn, because he is brilliant, intelligent and courageous.  Our union can survive without him, but it would be fortunate indeed to have such a man as president.

You know what?  Your letters are nice and long, but I wish there were more of them.

Love and kisses from me to you….