Jack was a dealer of tonics and snake oils when he first appeared in the Badlands.
Most of his homespun remedies often worked with miraculous results.
There were unfortunate side effects that occurred after patrons did not follow instructions.
When extra dosages were applied accidentally, people grew extra limbs and there were extreme cases of “Big Nose” and “Elephant Ear” .
Jack was chased out of many of the towns where he plied his trade. Eventually Jack settled in a mining town in North Dakota. He opened
up a proper pharmacy with a lunch counter and made the best chocolate egg creams in the territory.
I’m currently writing a history of this hair disease and will be making a a chronological family tree painting showing the lineage of the “bad hair”
Monsters on their day off
“Uncle Hershel and his Chocolate Egg Cream”
Hershel first appeared in Williamsburg in 1854. It was said that he was a distant relative of Cthulhu, one of the great water beings. During his time in Williamsburg, he established a commercial fishing company with a crew of 15 men. They all had unusual names that he could not remember, so he called everyone “Joe”. He picked that name because there was not one actual “Joseph in the bunch and he felt it did not show any kind of favoritism. Strangely, they all knew who he was referring to when he shouted “Joe!” He seemed to have at least 15 different ways of saying that name.
Hershel was easily distracted by the sight of day to day people in his neighborhood and it would often take him a few hours to walk the 2 blocks from his apartment to the coffee shop. It was the place where he sat and enjoyed his favorite drink; the Chocolate Egg Cream! There was always a spot reserved for him to sit outside rain or shine on his day off. It was the ideal vantage point for him to sip his drink and take in the “comings and goings” of his busy neighborhood. He would continue to spend his Sunday afternoons this way for most of his adult life in Brooklyn until 1957, when his beloved Dodgers moved to Los Angeles.
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