OCTOBER 5, 1924 - AUGUST 1, 2006
husband and father had a full and wonderful life
and he loved cartooning. He introduced
to us as an idea for an idea for a comic strip
during a family dinner many years ago. Bob at
a drawing board had been part of our family life
before this as he had drawn magazine cartoons
in addition to his work as an industrial psychologist.
While other husbands and fathers golfed or gardened,
ours drew. So, we welcomed
from the very beginning and they have been the
source of many wonderful moments for our family.
On Bob's' behalf there are a number of people
we would like to acknowledge. First and foremost,
are the readers of .
Bob respected you and he did his best to have
that respect reflected in his work. He wasn't
advocating a point of view or targeting a specific
demographic - he just wanted the strip to be funny.
Thank you for supporting this. Of course, there
have been a lot of people at NEA and United Media
who have worked hard on behalf of
and Bob had no doubt that the editors, salespeople
and business people were partners in the success
We would like to make a special acknowledgement
to the late Tom Peoples, from NEA, who was willing
to take a chance on a single panel strip when
nobody else would because it had never been done
Thaves has collaborated with Bob on the production
since 1997. In recent years Bob had transitioned
into a semi-retirement and now Tom will continue
to lead a team effort to produce the strip.
Bob was never a big joiner of groups - but by
virtue of his work, he was part of a special group,
cartoonists. He had immense respect for the work
of other cartoonists and did his best to encourage
and support others. Thank you for the friendship
and respect you showed him. Lastly, there are
a number of people whose contributions literally
These include many writers and Don Dougherty and
Sam Hurt who provide key assistance with the artwork.
We look forward to continuing to work with you
in the future.
As we write, we recall a cartoon Bob did a few
years back. Thank you for the consideration and
Katie Thaves, Bob's wife
Sara Thaves, Bob's daughter
Tom Thaves, Bob's son