It was a dog gone good day in Brocton and Portland on Monday.
Officials and community members celebrated one of their most famous residents this week when Brad Anderson, creator of the cartoon dog Marmaduke, made a trip back to his hometown. The 1942 Brocton school graduate learned of plans for a bronze statue to celebrate the famous cartoonist and his dog.
"I don't care what you want to do, if you stay with it, develop knowledge and don't give up, you can't help but be successful," Anderson, 88, said. "The biggest thing you need to do if you want to make money is develop a market somehow or other."
Marmaduke is published in more than 600 newspapers, including the OBSERVER. Readers here often note the references to Brocton in the strip, including Cave's Meat Market.
"We all love Marmaduke. Thank you Brad for giving us all this amazing gift of laughter and love," said state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell.
And thank you, Portland and Brocton committee members, for making this day happen.