“’Ding’ did not often note religious holidays, but on occasion he did use the opportunity for humor,” writes Christopher “Kip” D. Koss, the late grandson of Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, in a collection of his grandfather’s cartoon. “Here he takes a poke at both his own golf game and child psychology.” Published in 1933, this cartoon titled “Early training will tell” is one of hundreds of political cartoons that won Darling two Pulitzer Prizes. This year, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge celebrates its namesake and the 75th anniversary of the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge he created. Islanders petitioned to change the name after Darling’s death in 1962.
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