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Jan Eliot Remembers Selby Kelly

Jan Eliot remembers when she met Selby Kelly.

There was a cocktail party on the conference’s opening night, and I walked there to save money. But at the evening’s end, I felt uncomfortable about walking home alone.

Someone pointed toward an older woman in a trench coat who was tidying up.

“Ask Selby,” this person said. “She lives near where you’re staying.”

As we settled into seats on the bus, I asked what Selby did for the cartoonist guild. I assumed she was a secretary.

“I’m vice president,” she replied.

My eyes widened.

“Then you must be a cartoonist!” I said.

Entire essay: When Jan Met Selby, or at Think It Positive (scroll down to “Animated’).


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