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Here’s another short film I did for Babelgum in which I recount my student cartooning days at Baylor University and the time when Playboy came to shoot Girls of the Southwest Conference.
Playboy coming to Baylor was big news for the student newspaper The Lariat where my friends and I all worked. We became embroiled in a test of wills over whether a student newspaper at a private college had the right to editorialize that adult women should be able to do adult things. It doesn’t.
Scholarships were yanked and we were told we would be happier elsewhere. Those of us not graduating packed up and headed to Austin and the University of Texas where we were hailed as conquering heroes.
For about a day and a half.
It was a important lesson in real politics at a young age. Baylor never cared about Playboy or bare breasted Baptists. By shutting down The Lariat and encouraging publicity from Newsweek to The Washington Post, they were sending a loud and clear message to Baptist fundamentalists who were threatening to take over the Board of Regents. The message was, “See, we have a handle on this place. We can get medieval on these sorry heathen student journalist asses. So, no need to worry about this place becoming Sodom and Gomorrah on the Brazos.”
For me, the whole thing was a clear sign from God that I become a cartoonist. And I always listen to God. Especially when he speaks to me through Lisa Welch, Miss September 1980. Her turn-ons include: sexy men, fireplaces, sunny days at the beach and cartoonist.*
*Lisa didn’t actually write that. But I could see it her eyes — eyes that looked directly and only at me.