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This Gallery panel is unusual in that 5 of the 21 programs are recycled cover art. Two are warm-up sketches that I did to prepare for the original 1975 program series for Clone The Word, Inc.; One is actually recycled art from that series, and two date back to my college days when I first learned about Rapidographs from an interesting denizen of G-Lobby (Stony Brook University) by name of Phil Orenstein.
G-Lobby was notorious among those who were awake and those who disliked those who were awake. I was neither but, suffice it to say that my crew cut and pocket protector differentiated me from them, their clothing, and a pungent smoke that was entirely new to me. But I liked their music—which is what awakened me from a deep sleep in my dormitory room: “For What It's Worth”.
I followed my sleepy soul to that lobby where all those beautifully freaky looking people were hanging around, listening to music, and watching—What? It was Phil, drawing strange things with a funny looking technical fountain pen. Nobody seemed to mind my presence, so everybody continued about their business and pleasure.
At one point, Phil gently turned around—he was seated on the floor while I was standing, looking over his shoulder from directly behind him—looked up at me and handed me his yellow capped pen: “It’s a Rapidograph;” he said, adding ”It’s magic”. He got up and walked away, leaving me his magic pen.
And that is the moment when the person you know, either personally or through my work, was born. —Moyssi