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A moment with ‘Ding’

By Staff | May 19, 2020

While the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge recently postponed its ninth annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tourney until May 2021 due to the pandemic, it revisits a 1937 cartoon by its namesake, Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling titled “Evidently those little Washington fish don’t even give him a workout.” Having nothing to do with tarpon-fishing, the cartoon, in typical Darling style, used a wildlife creature as a metaphor for political transgressions. Here, he lampoons President Franklin Roosevelt. “57 Senate votes hooked, gaffed and on ice,” it reads, “for packing the Supreme Court before he started to fish.”