The Daily Progress reports that a mighty interesting fellow by the name of Thomas Rogers died at his home, here in Charlottesville, on June 24. Rogers was born in 1918 and worked at a speakeasy as a kid — he ended up working in advertising for the bulk of his adult life, in which time he invented Charlie the Tuna, the Keebler Elves, and Morris the Cat. He just moved to Charlottesville in 1997, but his obituary says that he became “a fixture on the downtown mall,” working out at ACAC, eating at Sal’s, and buying books at Read It Again, Sam.
We sure have some interesting characters here.
July 5 Update: Kate Andrews has a full-on story in today’s Progress.