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Last night, 9/9/18, I spoke at the very funny and very touching memorial for the author, playright, artist, teacher, and longtime MAD magazine editor Nick Meglin, at the SVA theater in New York on West 23rd St. The evening for Nick's family and friends to celebrate this much-loved Mensch was organized by Charlie Kochman and Nick's family members.
Nick Meglin by Mort
Speakers included Dick DeBartola, Sam Viviano, John Ficarra, Grant Geissman, John Reiner and Angelo Torres, as well as Nick's wife Linda Maloof and various members of Nick's family. I spoke about having Nick as a figure drawing instructer at the School of Visual Arts in the late seventies, and later doing work for him at MAD. The evening also included several of Nick's TV appearences, including the famous 60 Minutes MAD profile, as well as several songs Nick composed for the theatre that were performed.
The evening's program booklet was designed by Sam Viviano
program centerfold featuring portraits of Nick by MAD artists. My portrait of Nick as Whistler's mother was drawn as a gift for his MAD retirement party in 2003, inscribed: "To Nick, not the retiring type"
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