1959-60 — North Georgia College, Dalonagha, GA
William Anderson “Bill” Branch was my roommate at North Georgia College during our freshman year, 1959-60. Bill was always full of good humor, enthusiasm and enjoyed life to the fullest. Bill was a great artist using pencil and paper to produce very detailed and comical drawings depicting our military life from the perspective of the rat. His caricatures of various classmates and situations at NGC were well known throughout the campus and I have to believe there are some of those sketches still around in the archives of some of his classmates.
Bill did a series of drawings on the back of envelopes I used when sending letters to my girlfriend, now wife. There were approximately 40 sketches in the series depicting him appearing from behind a fence (the flap of the envelope), climbing over the fence, introducing him, leering and making some comments about having seen her picture on the chest of drawers and that he really, really thought she was hot. At that point a big, hairy arm reached over the fence, grabbed him by the neck and pulled him back over the fence and then there followed the cartoon depiction of a big commotion unseen behind the fence. My wife said that all her girlfriends at Wesleyan College always wanted to see the latest installment of the story at each mail call. She kept the collection for many years until the entire collection was destroyed by fire.
Bill did many sketches for various classmates and hope someone reading this may remember they have one.
Submitted by Jim Newborn, Colonel, US Army Retired, South Boston, VA.