TOLEDO, Ohio — Dan Robbins, an artist who created the first paint-by-numbers pictures and helped turn the kits into an American sensation during the 1950s, has died. He was 93.
Source: Artist who created first paint-by-numbers pictures dies – The Washington Post
There are two things I love about Dan Robbins’ story…
His work was initially dismissed by most critics and then
celebrated by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (The Washington Post). In other words, he was ahead of his time and ignored the critics.
While most are content to idle at comfortable RPMs in their work, Dan Robbins found a way to elevate his Daly work and inspire something unique that has helped create slices of Americana that are still collected and are found framed in homes across the nation. Palmer still sells at least two kits: one remembering the Sept. 11 attacks and the other depicting the Last Supper (The Washington Post).
One more interesting note…
Sales quickly took off and peaked at 20 million in 1955. Not bad.
So, I have a question for you, and I’ve asked myself the same one after reading Don Robbins’ story.
Which 20 million dollar idea are you working on right now? An idea that, like this one, is likely something old school and proven, yet somehow forgotten.
Click here for the full obituary for Tanya Mallet.
Dan Jenkin Dies and his daughter speaks to his legacy…
In addition to the New York Times OBIT linked to below, I read another great article in The Washington Post about Dan written by his daughter. I especially love her statement about fatherhood…
“So here’s the deal if you want a recipe for father worship, if you want kids who, when you are dying in the hospital, will race at 60 mph across town in search of the grape Popsicle you requested, just to please you one more time. Take your little girl or boy everywhere with you, even into bars. Do small, harmless things with them you shouldn’t, let them off easy and end every conversation with a laugh. But give them your God’s honest truth about what matters, and let them see you work.”
Click here for the story in The Washington Post
…as reported in The New York Times
Dan Jenkins, a sportswriter whose rollicking irreverence enlivened Sports Illustrated’s pages for nearly 25 years and animated several novels, including “Semi-Tough,” a sendup of the steroidal appetites, attitudes and hype in pro football that became a classic of sports lit, died on Thursday in Fort Worth. He was 90.
Source: Dan Jenkins, 90, Chronicler of Sports in Raucous Prose, Dies – The New York Times
Edward C. Nixon, the youngest and last surviving brother of former President Richard M. Nixon and a faithful guardian of his White House legacy, died on Wednesday in Bothell, Wash., near Seattle. He was 88.
Source: Edward Nixon, President’s Brother and Champion, Is Dead at 88 – The New York Times
Don Newcombe, the major leagues’ first outstanding black pitcher and a star for the Brooklyn Dodgers in their glory years, the 1950s, died on Tuesday. He was 92.
Source: Don Newcombe Dies at 92; Dodger Pitcher Helped Break Racial Barrier – The New York Times