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Uncle Briggs and Cartoon EyesPosted Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 12:00 AM
Uncle Briggs puts on his Cartoon Eyes during an appearance at Homestead in East Cape Girardeau, Ill. on May 6, 1978.
Uncle Briggs autographs a picture for Scott Myers of Wolf Lake, Ill. at Homestead in East Cape Girardeau, Ill. on Saturday, May 6, 1978. (Fred Lynch photos)
According to wsilhistory.com, Briggs Gordon, a.k.a. Uncle Briggs, took over for Cactus Pete on the Funny Company broadcast on WSIL-TV channel 3 at Harrisburg, Ill. in the 1970s. Characters such as Bananaman and Safety Sally were featured every evening on the children's television show. The Three Stooges, Bugs Bunny and Deputy Dawg were popular with viewers.
In 1977, Uncle Briggs was the parade marshall for the Jackson Christmas Parade in Jackson, Mo.
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Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.