Grandma’s Nicknames

September 12, 2005

VintageBroJo

Our Grandma Grantham was a nicknamer and to the best of my recollection my little sister, (Marsha), was the only one to escape one of her nicknames.

My older sisters, (Mary and Margie), were tagged with Mitsy and Bitsy. I’m still not real sure where those names came from.

(Margie had another nickname the nurses at the hospital gave her, but I am keeping that one disclosed for now since she is my fellow middle sibling).

My older brother, (Doug), was knighted Casey, as in Casey Jones.

Little Donny used to tease Grandma by calling her Granny, so she got even with him by nicknaming him Tubby.

She nicknamed me Speedy after the little Alka-Seltzer animated guy on TV at the time because I was born so fast Mom didn’t have a chance to make it to the hospital. (I was born at home with a little help from Dad and the neighbor lady).

So here is a vintage 1960’s photo commemorating the Brothers Jones of yesteryear… Casey, Speedy, and Tubby.

The Comments

Don Jones

Woah!!! This makes me laugh. I remember Doug’s Chucka boots. Boy, did they ever stink! Dennis you are so European by holding your Swisher Sweet like that. I always loved wearing fake dickies… just like Illya Kuryakin from Man from U.N.C.L.E. Also, nice fuzzy photoshop job Den.

Dennis Jones

…pipe down there, Tubby…

Doug Jones

hey.. what’s that stuff growing on top of our heads? Weird!

Dennis Jones

…well… it used to be the rest of the family… but not any more in this picture…

Dennis Jones

oh… I just got it… you’re not talking about my bad Photoshopping job… you’re talking about hair…

Dennis Jones

…Casey…

Doug Jones

Grandma’s house was also where Don got his coffee habit. After a meal, he would go around the table and drink whatever coffee was left over in the cups.

Uncle Roy

Your mom said Bernice King did some of the naming also. Mitsy, Bitsy, Casey were all named by aunt Bernince. Tubby and Speedy were named by Grandma G. (Your mom is here now and so this is a fact)!!!!!

Don Jones

It was the precursor to iced coffee drinks. I was simply ahead of my time.

Don Jones

Sure would like to know Margie’s nickname. My curiosity is killin’ me. Help us out here Mom.

Dennis Jones

…well, Uncle Roy… I did (at the least) get a small portion of the nickname story right… and for me, getting a small portion of anything right is pretty groundbreaking…

Uncle Roy

Mom said “I ain’t gona tell you”!

Don Jones

As curator of the Brother Jones archives it is my duty to seek out and obtain this highly confidential Marjorie nickname in some other manner. Maybe a phone tap is in order?

Doug Jones

I’m so glad to see that BrotherJones is distributing false information… just like the rest of the internet. We are on the cutting edge here in disbursing false information. To quote the president… “Denny, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

Dennis Jones

Thank you Mr. President!

Dennis Jones

…in my next journal article I will recount my fascinating recollections of serving as Ambassador to Guatemala…

Doug Jones

I thought you were head of our embassy in Nixa

TubMan

I thought you stepped down from that position and took up the Brother Jones FEMA chapter for Northern Indiana.

Doug Jones

I’d start evacuating Indiana right now…

Doug Jones

If I didn’t know better… I would think from this photo that you and Tubby are sharing a joint.

Don Jones

There’s just something about Dennis’ SPOCK-like doo that just cracks me up. I remember wanting those goofy looking glasses because of some comedian on the Laugh-In show.

Roberto

forgive me for intruding into this most fascinating family conversation, but this picture looks like the precursor to the famed Hanson Bros. rock band – which one of you guys played the drums? Is that Mickey Dolenz in the middle? -Roberto aka Onion Head (a nickname my uncle Dave gave me)

Dennis Jones

…thats not a Spock hair-do!… its Dads rendition of a Beatles haircut!… kind of a compromise sort of thing… “you can have the bangs in the front, but its not going to cover your ears”…

Don Jones

Hey Onion Head, This ain’t no precursor to the Hanson band… it’s the original thug brothers from Mountain Grove known as the Jonesy Clan.

Dennis Jones

…yes, we certainly looked like a tough group here, didnt we Don?…

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Porkopolis

October 31, 2005

Porkopolis

Karen and I spent the weekend in Cincinnati, or Porkopolis as we discovered it was nicknamed. We saw pictures, sculptures and t-shirts of flying pigs everywhere. They were even on top of the smokestacks downtown. It made us very curious as to what this was all about.

During dinner I asked our waitress (a lifelong Cincinnati resident) what the deal with the flying pigs was about. She said “I think it has something to do with pigs”. I said, “Oh… how interesting”…

It all reminded me of a wonderful song by Trout Fishing In America called Prom Night In Pig Town. If you have not heard it you might want to check it out.

The Comments

Don Jones

With personal experience as a waiter I know for a fact that your waitress was a rank novice. She broke unwritten rule #12 …If you don’t know the answer… make up stuff and bluff your way through. For example, back when I was waiting tables at Wicker Works restaurant I was asked how long the teriyaki steak was marinated I promptly answered “at least two or three minutes” The customer erupted in laughter and I still got a handsome tip. Little did he know that I was clueless to the meaning of “marinate.” (The correct answer was at least 12 hours.)

Doug Jones

I also like when you told people the seafood was flown in fresh daily. HA! Hey… this is a Great Pig! So why were you in Cincinnati? Business or Pleasure? Should have stopped in and said hi to Jim Borgman

Dennis Jones

…we went to Cincinnati because it was Karen’s birthday and I wanted to take her someplace she had never been to before… Karen has literally been all over the world, but she had never been to Porkopolis…

Don Jones

Where were you two “porkin’” out? Do you remember Mountain Grove’s Hickory Pig drive-in? Didn’t Mary work there or something?

Dennis Jones

…we ate at several different places including The CheeseCake Factory, Don Pablo’s and a place called the Blue Gibbon…

Doug Jones

I went to the web site and hit the Launch Trout Radio words and I am now listening to a bunch of their music… whole songs not just clips… “After You’re Gone” was the first one I heard and it is great! And then… who doesn’t like “My Hair had a Party Last Night?”

Don Jones

Trout Radio… YES! These guys have been in Springfield quite a few times… I need to get out more and catch a show.

Dennis Jones

…way back when I still lived in Texas I wandered into a Borders Bookstore one night and heard live music emanating from the back of the store. I headed toward the sound of the music and found these two guys doing a live set in front of maybe ten people… (at that time I think they were touring anywhere and everywhere)… I believe they became fairly popular soon after that… they have a real nice folk/rock kinda mix…

Dan Lietha

Next time you’re in the Porkopolis area, pop on down to the Answers in Genesis offices and museum in Northern Kentucky. I’d love to give you a tour. We’re still under construction, but it’s still worth the visit!

Dennis Jones

…interesting, Dan… seems the pigs are like brother Doug’s big guitars in Nashville… the cows in Chicago… and the bears in Berlin… I thought it was all very cool… we really enjoyed our weekend in Cinci and plan to go back sometime… I will have to give you a call when we do…

2009 Video Sketchbook

July 20, 2009

VidSketchbook09

The Brothers Jones got together in Mountain Grove over the 4th of July and while there, Doug was looking through my sketchbook and said, “you should put a video of this up on the internets for the peoples to see” and not being one to disregard my older brother’s advise… here it is.

As an experiment I loaded the video into my comment section below, and also onto YouTube, Blogger, and Vimeo to compare and contrast the quality. I think the best view is here on Vimeo.

The Comments

Dennis Jones

david

I loved the video, I would love to see some of those spreads in higher res to appreciate them more.

The Norm

Have you thought about putting a book together of all your sketches to sell? I’m more interested in how you came up with the ideas…

Jeff

I’m calling in a sighting of Indiana Bigfoot, Elvis and a Rooster that had WAY TOO MUCH STARBUCKS.

Don Jones

Good stuff… the production quality and editing worked really nice Clark.

Doug Jones

mega dittos… I like how you wrote backwards on some pages like Leonardo…

Dennis Jones

…Don, I was about to throw the new 2009 i-Movie out the window and reinstall the super easy to use ‘06 model, but this weekend I finally got the thing semi-figured out…

…Doug, I was going to put up single pages but the format was too wide, so I created two page spreads, but had to flip half of them to keep the spine in the center…

…Jeff, you have a good eye… you did see an Indiana Bigfoot in there, and most of the other pictures that eventually end up on this page…..David and Norm…thanks for the ideas… perhaps those things will show up here someday…

Joel Haase

You really should get a sketchbook printed up for us fans… You have some phenomenal work. You should contact Alberto Ruiz over at Brandstudio. He is a great guy, is beyond passionate toward art, and would be eager to help you out. Something to think about!!!!!

Dennis Jones

…thanks Joel… I saw Alberto’s digital work in a DRAWN magazine years ago and it was one of the things that inspired me to move on into the digital art world… he has really put together a great library of art books…

sidney meireles

Lindos trabalhos. Sou seu f.

Dennis Jones

…agradecimentos a voc, Sidney…

Jeff

I had no idea you were Bilateral..Kung Pow Man…

Dennis Jones

…I have no idea what I said up there… hope I didn’t accidentally insult someone’s mother……

Jeff

I think you were telling some dude named Sidney how to make a Mentos bomb with diet Coke..

Dennis Jones

…those are quite refreshing after a little spicy kung pow…

Doug Jones

I will be posting my sketchbook, but so far I only have 2 pictures colored. Can I borrow your orange crayon?

Jeff

My sketchbook is posted all around the nation on the side of freight trains. “spray paint” is getting expensive.

Dennis Jones

…I believe I saw some of your work roll by just the other day…