In The Moment ... Remembering Ed McGaa

Aug 28, 2017

In The Moment ... August 28, 2017 Show 165 Hour 2

Vietnam veteran Ed McGaa addressed the crowd at Crazy Horse Mountain this summer during one of SDPB's special screenings of "The Vietnam War," a new documentary series by Ken Burns that premieres next month on SDPB-TV.  On Friday, McGaa died at his home in Hill City at the age of 81.  A United States Marine, McGaa served in the Korean War as well as flying 110 combat missions in Vietnam.  He launched his writing career with the 1990 classic "Mother Earth Spirituality."  McGaa was also a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.  At the Custer screening of "The Vietnam War," Ed McGaa took time to visit with SDPB's Andrew Bork and Josh Kappler.  We present that conversation again today as we remember Ed McGaa.

Today would be Jack Kirby's 100th birthday.  Jack Kirby was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor, widely regarded as one of the medium's major innovators and one of its most prolific and influential creators.  Kirby grew up in New York City, and learned to draw cartoon figures by tracing characters from comic strips and editorial cartoons.  In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1940s, Kirby, regularly teamed with Simon, created numerous characters for that company and for National Comics Publications, later to become DC Comics.  Ultimately, Kirby found himself at Timely's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, which in the next decade became Marvel.  There, in the 1960s, Kirby and writer-editor Stan Lee co-created many of the company's major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk.

SDPB's Steve Thum is joined by Fredd Gorham and Jason Folkerts as they discuss Kirby's importance to the world of comic book characters, artistry and writing.

Fredd Gorham is a comic book and games illustrator who has worked for a wide variety of companies.  His work has appeared in publications from Marvel, DC Comics, Steve Jackson Games, Caliber Press, White Wolf, Hero Games, Silver Gryphon, Viceroy Cards, Breygent and Albino Dragon Games to name a few.  He has worked on the licenses for Red Sonja, Vampirella, Witchblade, Cry For Dawn, John Carter, Deadworld, and Star Wars.

Jason Folkerts is the Director of the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls.  Folkerts' art business specializes in murals, workshops and comic art.  He is a leader in creative art education for schools across the nation.  Jason is a writer of six musicals and illustrator of six children's books, two of which are national award winners.  He's the author of Cartoonists in the Classroom.

Recreation in South Dakota is bountiful. Many things in this state catch our attention and allow us the freedom to explore its vastness. One of those things that we speak of is the various bike trails across the state. Larry Rohrer is the Director of Content for South Dakota Public Broadcasting and joins us today with another segment in this series. Larry, welcome back to In The Moment.