Dagwood Sandwich (n): a thick sandwich filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, dressings, and condiments.
His name was Chic Young.
I just wanted to see that in print—because as an author, I am fully aware that most of the things I write will be lost in obscurity or rendered meaningless.
Being a creative person is similar to manufacturing clouds. Brief vapor that they are, they soon will pass away and need to be replaced by new clouds.
Chic Young is the cartoonist who came up with the idea for Dagwood and Blondie. The strip began in 1930, when the assumption of the times was that men are lazy, always looking for a way of getting out of work and never doing what their wives wanted them to—and that women are interfering, nosy and a bit inept.
That particular line of reasoning is still alive in our entertainment today.
Yes—although it’s been ninety years, we persist in believing that men and women are destined to be at odds with one another, except when sexual arousal temporarily interrupts the warfare for a copulation treat.
I shall not comment further on that. You can probably tell by my emphasis that I find such thinking to be self-indulgent and counter-intuitive.
But back to Chic.
Let’s just take a moment and salute a fellow who came up with a character—Dagwood Bumstead—who loved to make huge sandwiches, usually with a sardine sticking out on the side—and because of that, to this day we name such concoctions and compilations Dagwoods.
How many of us can say that something we came up with led to having a sandwich named after it?
By the way, the name Dagwood is legitimate.
It actually comes from England and is translated as “shiny forest.” Although I do not know what a shiny forest would be, I assume it could only be viewed following the ingestion of some hallucinogenic drug.
So on this fine day, we want to thank you, Chic, for giving us Dagwood and Blondie.
And for all you writers, composers, thinkers, reasoners, poets and musers—keep going.
Someday something you concocted might be ordered at a Subway–with extra pickles.