|"Your pulse is very, very weak!"|
I met Jim Unger only once, at the 1989 National Cartoonist Society convention in Toronto. I had been making the rounds of the city for the last two days in search of a new publisher for Portfoolio: The Year in Canadian Caricature. It was Saturday May 20th, the eve of my 40th birthday, and I was ready to pack it in. I perked up somewhat at the Reuben Awards banquet when I found myself seated next to Sergio Aragones who turned out to speak fluent French and got the band to play "Happy Birthday" at midnight! I then met Jim Unger who introduced me to Doug Brown, his editor at Macmillan of Canada. Doug gave me his card and told me to call him on Monday. Portfoolio would then find a home with Macmillan for the next 11 years. I never got around to thank Jim.