Saturday, November 10, 2001

Celebrating 25 years of Borgman

Cartoon drips with flood memories

By Jim Knippenberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        First of a series         They're hanging around all over the place: Offices, bathrooms, family rooms, kitchens, behind desks, above computers, next to the grandkids pictures and college diplomas.

        Borgman originals. The Enquirer asked readers to tell us about their Borgman cartoon. You know, how they got it, why they got it, where they keep it, that sort of thing.

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        And so they did. More than 200 answered our call, each with a tale to tell. Today and for the next seven days, Tempo repeats some of those tales ...

        James and Judy Adams had just moved to Covington's Riverside neighborhood in 1997, the year of a major Ohio River flood. They watched nervously as the water creeped up, then breathed a sigh of relief when the muddy waters receded.

        A few days later, “We saw Jim Borgman's cartoon ... with Noah's Ark settling on a house that closely resembled our own ... we were delighted to be able to purchase the original — signed with a message from Jim. It said "glad you got lucky this year.' ”

        It now hangs “on a wall on our lower staircase near our kitchen where we can see and enjoy it every day.”

        Next: A wall full of Borgmans
See Jim Borgman's cartoons at

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