lucky, and happy to find that a lot of you folks out there, care enough
about ol' Will' O'Neill, (me), that you want to know something about my
Mostly got started in art, when my army engineer buddies sent my cartoons to the Pacific Stars and Stripes, (Occupied Japan, 1946)! This was the kick-off for a life of commercial illustration with leading magazines, newspapers, department stores, engineering, mining, construction companies, advertising agencies.., world-wide locations.., (handled mostly in Montana)!!
'Loved sports, (best at football)! Liked music, (best at band!) Most fun was in mixed-glee, 'til my voice changed. Was moved from the girl-section, to the men.., and the "Glee" was gone! Wherever there was fishin', huntin', (now with a camera, instead of a gun), drinkin', (now soda pop, instead of booze), hikin', gamblin' or ladies, I tried to not be too far away!! In the latter category, I really lucked out! 'Married Linda, (my best friend, and younger than my previously fathered children)! Another lady.., "Lady-Luck".., laughed last!! She blessed us with a son, followed by a harem, the youngest being one year older 'n' (our) great-grandaughter!!
I have some very sad
news that I have to tell you, and for those of you who knew Bill
personally, I am sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings.
As many of you are aware, Bill had been struggling over the years with a horrible neurological disease that we could barely pronounce. Sadly, the disease has won the battle and Bill lost.
I feel much the better person for having known Bill all of these years and I will always admire his bravery and unfailing courage with which he accepted his fate. He was my very best pal and I will miss him forever.
best tribute that I can give to Bill is to continue with the business
that we worked on so long together. Bill, thankfully, had the foresight
to have stockpiled enough original drawings, that I
will be able to release them periodically for some time to come. In fact,
you will probably run out of wall space before we run out of prints.
I am releasing a commemorative
issue of the last picture Bill was working on before he died. Of course,
the original isnt finished. However, as part of a memorial on the
print, I have included a small drawing in the form of a remarque. Bill
used to sign off on letters he wrote to me with this cartoon, (He didnt
call me Pard, but I believe this is the thought Bill would
like to leave you with.) Im sure its an appropriate good-bye
to you from him. Ive enclosed a picture of it at the end of this
letter. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
On Bills behalf, I would like to thank you very much for your years of business, support and friendship.