‘Ziggy’ cartoonist Tom Wilson shares scenes from a heartbreaking life with Mr. Media

Zig-Zagging: Loving Madly, Losing Badly... How Ziggy Saved My Life by Tom Wilson Jr.
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When I was a teenager—back during the Ford Administration, if you must know—a time when Peanuts was the best thing going in daily comic strips and years before The Far Side shook up the quiet world of single-panel strips, there was Ziggy.
The roly-poly, philosophical mensch was widely quoted, appeared on a zillion greeting cards, had his wisdom collected in books, and came to stand for a certain type of post-Woodstock, pop philosophy.

'Ziggy' cartoonist Tom Wilson, Jr.
‘Ziggy’ cartoonist Tom Wilson, Jr.

To be honest, I lost track of my old friend Ziggy over the years; my local paper, the St. Petersburg Times, doesn’t carry the strip now and I can’t remember a time it did in the nearly 30 years I’ve been a reader.

So I was honestly surprised to learn that for almost that long, the strip has been produced by Tom Wilson, Jr., son of Ziggy’s creator. And I was saddened to learn of the heartbreaking trip Wilson has been on for the last two decades. The story begins first with his dad’s illness in the early ‘90s, forcing Tom Jr. to step in on the strip, then picking up steam with his beautiful wife Susan’s diagnosis of breast cancer and followed by seven years of ultimately futile treatment.

Wilson tells his story in a new book, Zig-Zagging: Loving Madly, Losing Badly… How Ziggy Saved My Life.

Tom Wilson WebsiteOrder Zig-Zagging: Loving Madly, Losing Badly… How Ziggy Saved My Life from Amazon.com

TOM WILSON Jr. podcast excerpt: “She was a preacher’s daughter. I felt, ‘How could somebody who loved God so much and who fought so hard and was such an angel–how he could take away this from us?’ More than a loss of faith, it was more an anger at God.” 

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Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).


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