by Bob Francis

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In that case, I tried to “flatter” comedian George Carlin when I was twelve years old.

We had an assignment in English class: “Do a funny news story”. I think I changed the setting from New York City to Chicago (to keep it “topical”), but basically I borrowed a joke straight from one of his early HBO specials.

“Police in Chicago caught a man who shot his wife, his two kids, his dog, his cat, two neighbors, five joggers and an ice cream man. In his defense, the man said he was just cleaning his gun when it suddenly went off.”

Of course, I got in big trouble for saying this in school. Like I said, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Bob is one of six In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.

Abbie’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford.

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