Category Archives: 1907-1924: Sioux City Kid

The Tornado Outbreak of 1913

People’s lives are shaped by the experiences they have as young children.  For Walt Disney, it was the fairy tales and old Americana he was introduced to as a struggling paperboy in Missouri.  For Art Babbitt, it began with a … Continue reading

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Arthur’s Bar Mitzvah

……………………….Mazel Tov!……………………….In case you’re not fluent in Yiddish: You are invited to the Bar Mitzvah Party [“party” spelled phonetically] Saturday the 9th and also Sunday the 10th of October, 1920 Mr. and Mrs. Babitsky                                 822 West 7th Street [Sioux City] … Continue reading

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Friends with the Jewish Mafia

In 1975, John Canemaker asked Art Babbitt what made him want to draw in the first place. When I was in the second grade in public school [circa 1915], there was a kid who sat across the aisle from me.  … Continue reading

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