A moment with ‘Ding’
“‘Ding’ Darling never let a holiday pass without reminding his readers of the reason for that holiday,” wrote Christopher “Kip” Koss, Darling’s late grandson. Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling’s archives at the University of Iowa (digital.lib.uiowa.edu/ding) contain a number of jolly cartoons that, predating today’s holiday political correctness, celebrated Santa Claus and the merry sentiment of the holiday. This one published on Dec. 25, 1920. Darling saw to the creation of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which celebrates 75 years in 2020. Stop in to see the newly reimagined exhibit about Darling and his cartooning in the refuge’s Visitor & Education Center as part of the 75th celebration.