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I’ve been doodling Kilroy for as long as I can remember. I don’t know where I saw him first or why I drew him but he’s been a subject of my scribbling repertoire for a really long time.
The other day I was listening to the radio when Mr. Roboto by
Styx came into the mix. If you’re familiar with the lyrics of the
song Mr. Roboto’s human name was Kilroy.
Anyhoo . . . I started to wonder who is this Kilroy and why is he here and there and everywhere.
But I digress . . . the Kilroy I am so curious about . . .
There are many different theories as to who this hairless fellow with a prominent proboscis is. He first appeared on the battle fronts of WWII but he was also spotted later in the Korean and
The prevailing line of thought is that Kilroy was a shipyard worker from
. During the war, his job was a rivet
inspector. Once he had counted a block
of 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 covered up with paint. But, because of the raging war, ships were leaving shipyards so fast that there wasn't time to paint them. As a result, Kilroy's inspection "trademark" was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships.
Those troops headed off to war didn’t know who this Kilroy person was, but what they did know is that he had "been there first."
Servicemen picked it up and soon the “Kilroy was here” (along with the drawing of the fellow with the long nose peering over the fence) message could be found on every front of the war . . . from
to . As a joke, Tokyo servicemen began placing the
graffiti everywhere they landed, claiming it was already there when they
The little fellow that was there before anyone else had such an 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 commemorate
the . . . er, man . . . who had inspired
so 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.
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