are we having history yet?

Here’s a fun thing to know:

Bill Griffith, who draws “Zippy the Pinhead,” turns out to be the great-grandson of William Henry Jackson, the Civil War -era photographer. And Jackson, in turn, was the great-great-nephew of Samuel Wilson – the man after whom “Uncle Sam” was named.

This, of course, makes Zippy himself the great-great-great-great-nephew-in-fiction-twice-removed of Uncle Sam himself.

This somehow explains a lot about America.

(Also: take a look at that image of Jackson…and then look at this shot of his great-grandson: definitely a family resemblance.)


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