“I am never alone when The Jester & Pharley are around.” A young cancer patient smiled as she told that to Barbara Saltzman, The Jester’s Mom, many years ago. We’re hearing that a lot nowadays.
April 2, 2019 ‒ The Jester Has Lost His Jingle author-artist David Saltzman loved April Fool’s Day. A phunster through and through, in high school he enjoyed putting together hand-made calendars that always poked fun at the day ‒ usually adding in April 31 to the silly calendar.
Giggles, laughs and smiles filled a waiting room at Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles, as a colorful Jester & Pharley Smile Care delivered Jester books and dolls into the hands of young patients.
Before my son David Saltzman returned to Yale for his senior year in September 1988, I noticed he had a dry cough. Since David had a history of bronchitis as a child, I didn’t think it was too serious, but urged him to see a doctor as soon as he could to have it checked out.
Author-artist David Saltzman’s Chadwick classmates found the perfect way to remember him for their 30th reunion.
Mother’s Day admittedly isn’t easy for Barbara Saltzman, or for any mother who knows the pain of losing a child. But this year, 25 since the passing of her son David to Hodgkin’s lymphoma and 20 since the publication of his award-winning children’s book, The Jester Has Lost His Jingle,” was different.