Evolution of The Hemel Hempstead Movie Makers information facilities has been going, as far as I am aware, since around 1960/61.
At first, as a magazine, which was then issued annually as a year book. Every-so often, it stopped, and was revived as a magazine or a news letter. The year book has never been revived. Today, the magazine is in the form of a website.
However, during one of its revivals, I started to submit cartoons. Not the animated motion picture kind, but the still
newspaper joke kind.
I did read and heard that art work should be produced in Indian ink. Lines should not be too close together. This may have had an affect on my artwork.
About this time, during the 1970's, two major news stories had hit the headlines.
One was the Watergate affair, in which President Richard Nixon, was accused of instigating secret reel-to-reel tape recording of the rival Democrats' Party's conference.
The other concerned the strike by some Kodak workers. This, over a period of time, caused a huge back-log of both still photographs and movie cine film.
Both the subject of sound recording and making films, obviously was of interest to our club.
Therefore, I could not resist submitting two joke cartoons to our magazine at the start of a club meeting.
John Baldwin, the then editor, accepted the one which depicted President Richard Nixon visiting our club. The caption was that of a member saying something like, "Look who has come to give us a talk on trick tape recording?"
However, he declined to publish the cartoon regarding the Kodak industrial dispute. I had better explain that at the time the Kodak processing laboratory was here in Hemel Hempstead. Nearby was my then workplace. And also a newspapercalled The Evening Echo & Post. Undeterred by my rejection, I took the cartoon, and left it with the reception
of the newspaper. Not hearing anything at first, I thought that I would see if I was rejected or not,
and either way, collect my cartoon. So, I popped round to them. I explained the situation, and they were going to comeback to me.
I later received a telephone call. They had located my cartoon. They enquired if I wanted payment for this?! If so, there would be a problem. Any joke/cartoon that they published, was dealt with via a syndicate. The syndicate might not like them paying for it. They suggested that they could publish the item in the readers' letters portion of their journal. This, they did. It dealt with Kodak not wishing to recognise a union. Irrespective of who was in the right or wrong,
I reflected on three points of view.
An executive was on the roof. He held a banner saying, I WANT NON - RECOGNITION.
Two people in the street each held their banners. I WANT RECOGNITION. And I WANT MY FILM.
My favourite contribution was a letter from someone who submitted a letter suggesting a song for Kodak.
The song was SOMEDAY MY PRINTS WILL COME. This joke, I heard at a later date, by Jim Dale on television.
The county film competition, HACCA, modified its rules and regulations that year, allowing entries that were not
Kodak processing laboratory in Hemel Hempstead is no more. I can't remember what the outcome of the union
dispute was. The newsletter, as previously mentioned, is now a website.
And as for me, I am still in this club!!