Link Piazzo and Lew Hymers – an epilogue

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A popular feature of the Nevada State Journal in the 1930s and ’40s was Seen About Town, a collection of caricatures of local movers-and-shakers, drawn rapidly in the lunch counters and legislative halls and wherever they appeared. One such was Jack Streeter – Jack’s seen in the bottom row of this montage, second from the right.

Hymers was a local treasure; some of his work apart from caricatures that’s best-remembered are the cartons of Chism Ice Cream, and the black-and-white striped sign with the likeness of Chet and Link Piazzo, from the Sportsman sporting goods store (he drew a few women also, mostly in State government, one of Mamie Towles, arguably Reno’s first lady school principal, and one of Dr. Mary Fulstone from Yerington.)

And here, I’ll stick my neck out and say that Link Piazzo is Hymers’ last living subject – I narrowed it to four in an article five years ago, and heard no argument:¬†Piazzo and Streeter, plus Jack Horgan and Louie Capurro. With the passing of the latter three, Link’s it. (If there are others, please let me know)

[Epilogue: Link passed away on Nov. 12, 2014…]

A change in direction?


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