I know that he passed away a few days ago, but I was sad to hear about Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey and stationed here at Camp Crowder in Neosho.

I know that he passed away a few days ago, but I was sad to hear about Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey and stationed here at Camp Crowder in Neosho.
Growing up, I enjoyed reading about Beetle Bailey and his time at "Camp Swampy" - which was renamed after Walker's time at Camp Crowder.
It is interesting how cartoons can capture any age group. Think about it, when we are young, cartoons such as Looney Toons, Batman, Superman, Peanuts, Beetle Bailey and even Dagwood, spark an interest, they almost mesmerize you. You get hooked on reading or watching the next episode.
Of course other cartoons or comic strips I enjoyed reading were, Dagwood, Superman and Batman. I remember how the ink on the comics looked so crisp and that every frame flowed just like a story. Now we subscribed to two newspapers when I grew up, the Neosho Daily News and the Joplin Globe.
But when we went to see my grandpa and grandma Higdon, they had the Tulsa World. For the longest time, the Tulsa World even had my all-time favorite comic strip, Star Wars and Spiderman. My grandparents would save them for Greg and I and we would just read and re-read them.
Later on, Dad would go to newsstands and bookstores such as in the mall or even here in Neosho on the Square and would always pick us up some comic books.
For one birthday, Greg surprised me and purchased the first three issues of Star Wars,  in very good condition, from the Book Barn in Joplin. To this day, I still have them in a safe and secure location.
Anyway, the comics took us to far off places, introduced us to superheroes and even taught us lessons of life, somewhat funny lessons at times.
For example, the Coyote in the Road Runner cartoon would always try to get the Road Runner and used every means possible for this. For example, he used a slingshot to try to speed up so that he would catch the Road Runner, but that backfired when the Coyote smashed into the rock wall. Funny stuff, but don’t try it at home.
Remember, comics and cartoons are a great learning tool and fun to read.
Getting back to Beetle Bailey comic strip, when I first started here at the Daily News, I asked Buzz Ball - then editor - if we would always carry Beetle Bailey. His response is that we would and to this day, I am glad that we do.


Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.