It has been 45 years that Mark and I were in Mr. Gus DeJonge's 7th grade Social Studies class at South Shores Junior High. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was cutting edge TV in 1969. Mark created a Valentine for me, which was a Laugh-In style parody of Mr. DeJonge's class. He drew the bodies of generic classmates and included a small packet containing friend's heads cut from school photos. By moving the heads around to the different cartooned bodies, our friends would say witty things. I still have this Valentine, although a couple of the heads have gone missing.
Mark's positive impact continues. His sense of humor was unparalleled. Unknown to Mark, I spoke about him often to my two children, both as a wonderful person and as an amazing artist. Perhaps it was my descriptions of his kinetic sculptures exhibited many years ago at the Muskegon Museum of Art's Regional that has in part influenced my daughter, a freshman at the Maryland Institute College of Art to consider declaring Sculpture as her major in the spring.
Thank you Mark, you will always be one of the brightest crayons out of the box.