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All the cool kids are writing about Duck Dynasty, so I suppose I ought to as well.

When I first heard the title of the show, I thought it was going to be about the Nine Old Men of Disney and was greatly disappointed to learn that it was about something else.  I've never really been into "Reality Shows" and I haven't seen this one.  So I suppose I have no right to comment on it.

But heck, this is the Internet.  I won't let that stop me.

The summer after I graduated from High School, I drew a weekly comic strip which ran in a small local paper.  The comic was titled "The Graite Outdoors" and was about a guy who decides he wants to Live Deliberately in the forest like Henry Thoreau and build a cabin in the woods.  Wackiness ensued, often involving the supporting cast of Friendly Woodland Creatures including a surly and overbearing bear who was probably the best character.  (I later was told that some of the readers knew the strip as "The One With the Bear").

The strip only ran for about a year and a half.  Once I started college, I found myself cut off from my inspiration for it, and I gave up on it.  I've sometimes wished I hadn't; it was a fun little comic strip.

But the reason I bring it up was because of one storyline I did in the strip.  You might remember that in the late '70s and early '80s there was an earlier boom in "Reality Programming" represented by shows like Real People and That's Incredible!  So I did a sequence in which a TV crew descends on Ralph's cabin to do a segment for a show called REAL KOOKS.

In one strip, Ralph is being interviewed for the show by a Perky TV Host.  As he tries to explain his philosophy of self-sufficiency, he is interrupted by the director.  "I'm sorry, this isn't working," the director says.  "He's not real enough."

The last panel shows Ralph with a moth-eaten coonskin cap over his head, half covering his eyes.  "Now THAT'S real!!!" the director says.

To be fair, though, the coonskin cap was a good look for Ralph and I let him keep it.

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