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Everything you always wanted to know about that aviatin' ant Klyde Morris (but were afraid to ask).

Klyde Morris was created by author Wes Oleszewski on February, 13, 1978. At that time Wes was a freshman at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and two days later the very first Klyde Morris cartoon strip appeared in the campus newspaper, the Avion. Fortunately for the readers of Klyde Morris, but unfortunately for Wes, he was compelled to “work his way through school” and so while he was in and out of school over a number of years the cartoon never left page two of the Avion. For a full decade, which was the time that it took Wes to earn his degree and pilot’s certificates, Klyde Morris ran an editorial spear through the self-important blow-hards of the university. In that time more than 1,200 Klyde Morris cartoons were read by those who picked up the newspaper. The “no-holds-barred” and edgy satire of Klyde Morris brought down its share of administrators and shed light on every university evil do’er until Wes finished school in the spring of 1988.

The cartoon itself centered on a cynical little ant who, through administrative stupidity and greed for admission deposits, finds himself enrolled in the university before anyone discovers that he is actually an ant.

Klyde's first appearance
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Klyde’s point of view normally cuts through the rose-colored glass through which the self-important blow-hards would have us see the world and sheds light on things that some would rather not have over looked. No person is too powerful to escape being twisted into Klyde’s world, and no subject is immune. For example, in his college days, author Wes Oleszewski created a giant statue of the university president in a fictitious amusement park called Jack Hunt World. That way ordinary folks could climb into President Hunt’s head and, see the world through his eyes — “...sorta above everyone else...” right through the giant aviator sunglasses. He also put one of the university’s check airmen on a chain, buried the provost in a mountain of campus parking tickets and wrote hundreds of other cartoons, any one of which should have gotten him expelled from school. Often, enraged subjects of Klyde Morris stormed into the newspaper office demanding the cartoonist’s head on a pike, yet over the entire run of Klyde Morris, Wes never had to write one single retraction for any of his cartoons.


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When Wes graduated from college, Klyde Morris was retired as the cartoonist went about pursuing a career as a professional pilot. Requests from Klyde Morris’ fans for the return of the cartoon, however, were constant. At length, in the spring of 1999, Wes discovered a terrific vehicle for bringing back the cartoon. Purchasing an Internet Web site, Wes began klydemorris.com, and once again Klyde Morris came to life. The satire was cranked up, as the cartoon focused on the aviation industry. Writing from his own experience on the inside of the aviation business, Wes picked up right where he left off, no-holds-barred and shooting from the hip with laser beam accuracy.


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In early 2000, the folks at AVweb took notice of this aviation cartoon, and soon Klyde Morris and AVweb came together. It is a perfect match, with the most popular aviation news and information site hosting aviation’s most edgy cartoon strip. Now, twice a week, the readers of AVweb can log on and see the world from the perspective of the only ant in aviation — Klyde Morris.


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Klyde Morris is copyright © 2000, by Wes Oleszewski. All rights reserved.

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