Seventy-Three Years Ago This Month

Due to a boisterous night in town, followed by an industrial strength hangover, Private 3rd Class (Bulk Rate) Melvin Toole overslept and got on the wrong transport ship. In so doing, the hapless Toole missed the entire D-Day operation. Instead of landing on Omaha Beach, as planned, Toole ended up on a mail ship bound for Borneo. Fortunately, he was discovered loitering along the poop deck, and was returned to England before crossing the International Date Line. Toole spent the remainder of the war operating a USO London commissary, which specialized in chipped beef. His idle hours were engaged in babysitting beautiful British women whose boyfriends were away fighting the Japanese in Burma. In April of 1945 he was given a commendation by Queen Larry II for his Yorkshire pudding.

Fifty-Three Years Ago This Month

Western State Colorado University, in conjunction with Western Scholar’s Year, presents a one- man show by Colorado Division of Transportation artist, Melvin Toole, on Saturday, September 30, at Potter Hall. Toole is easily the most famous graphic artists ever employed by the state highway department. He is the creator of many classic signs and symbols, including the popular bold arrow series, the blinking amber warning light, an assortment of runaway railroad related graphics and the highly functional color coded signal light format that has  been adopted by over 30 failed nations worldwide. Admission is free and many of the works are for sale. See you there!

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