As I sat in the radiology waiting room at the local Veterans Administration Hospital a few days ago, listening to a fellow patient whom I got to know only as Bill, I found myself wishing that my Facebook friends could hear some of the stories we vets swap. While the grim front line stuff is rarely if ever mentioned, the yarns we share should circulate more widely. Our Americans know very little about our everyday routines while serving, which is too bad. So much of what we carry with us into our old age is woven into the American fabric. Without that knowledge among non-serving fellow Americans, our full identity as a nation is overlooked. After all, the country has undergone seemingly endless wars and campaigns spanning the twentieth century.
MILITARY HUMOR, HISTORY, AND HARDSHIP FEATURED IN “G.I. JOKES” EXHIBIT IN ABQ SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARYPosted: October 25, 2016
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MILITARY HUMOR, HISTORY, AND HARDSHIP FEATURED IN “G.I. JOKES” EXHIBIT IN ABQ SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY
The Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) exhibit, “G.I. Jokes,” a (somewhat) lighthearted look at military life, opens with a public reception at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 in the Bott Auditorium of the Albuquerque Special Collections Library, Edith at Central NE, and continues through December 2.
Humor has always been part of military life, and “G.I. Jokes” shows just how anyone who has been through military basic training or really tough duty or combat has always found a mate or two who recognized something funny in their midst. The exhibit, however, is more than jokes – it deals with the irony, the controversies, and unique challenges of military experiences through a collection of cartoons, anecdotes, and reflections of some of the artists who contributed to the show.
Created by historian and Army veteran Ron Panebouef and Marine wife Stacy Marinaro and curated by MAMF founder and director Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, the display includes works by more than a dozen prominent writers and artists. Panel art was designed by Dominic Ruiz.
Visitors, besides enjoying a smile or a chuckle or a nostalgic memory and perhaps shedding a tear, will also learn the origin of some of our most popular daily expressions and colorful military phrases.
“G.I. Jokes” is free to the public and fun for the whole family. The Albuquerque Special Collections Library is at 423 Central Avenue NE, Tel: (505) 848-1376. It is open every day except Sunday and Monday from 10 – 6, Thursdays from 11– 7. It is sponsored by Kaufman’s West, Comic Warehouse, Rio Grande Credit Union, and TLC Books.