I know I’ve been torturing you all week with my hints of an exciting discovery in panda history. To be truthful, it does not reveal any new information, but it DOES put me, my cute Bob self, in much closer proximity to the actual events!
Let me explain: when I first started on my journey to find my inner panda, I came across Vicki Constantine Croke’s book about Ruth Harkness just sitting on a display shelf in the library. Coincidence? I think not! Now let’s jump ahead five years to the present, and a phone call from my friend RH. He tells me that he found an old photo album that belonged to his late father. The album turned out to belong to very close friends of his parents, who in 1937, took a driving trip from Seattle, down to California, then heading east through Yellowstone, ( where they ..um…fed the bears) and finally to Chicago, where they took this picture:
In July of 1937, this could only be Su-Lin, America’s first panda. Now I know there is lot’s of controversy in the panda community of the “kidnap” of this panda baby, and I won’t get into that here. My point is, that the first panda in America was visited and photographed by family friends of MY friend, which puts me at two degrees of separation from the first panda in America (not to mention the first panda that rode in a taxi and went to parties.) Was it not destiny, that I began to draw pandas? That I founded the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire? Huzzah!
I was born to draw pandas and chronicle their adventures! Huzzah!
Be the Bear!
Bob T. (it’s my destiny) Panda
When Su Lin (not da cuzzin fwom Sandy Eggo) went to da big pannacave in da sky he wuz replaced by anudder panna named Mei Lan (not da cuzzin fwom Atlanta). Dose silly hoomins fought dat Mei Lan wuz a gurl panna, but he wuz found out to be a boy panna. Histowy wepeats itself wif da second Mei Lan (da cuzzin fwom Atlanta). I hope youse is not confoozed, as da Sooperpanna certainwy is!
Actually, both Su-Lin (the original) and Mei Lan (the original) were boys, though the silly hoomins thought they were girls. Must be the cuteness thing. also, we pandas are very private about um…private things. I am only a little confused, for obvious reasons.
We are often confused around here. 🙂
Dere was anudder panna too, His name fing was Mei Mei (Not to be confoozed wif my Mommy Monstur, Mei Xiang). Da plan was for him to have cubbies wif Su Lin (we know dat didn’t work for da reasons above.)
well, ‘xactly! Us pannas likes to keep our secret identities …um…secret!
Being a panda is VERY COMPLICATED!