The late Johnny Hart, cartoonist and creator of the comic strip BC, is one of several nationally known people who grew up in the Triple Cities. Now, his grandson Mason Mastroianni (who took over the strip after Johnny Hart's death) and some other community members have launched an effort called the Hart of BC to help revitalize our community.
The dinosaur "Gronk" from the BC strip has been an icon here for years, decorating everything from our local mass transit buses (BC Transit) to the entrances of our parks. (Since our community is located in Broome County, NY, the association was a natural) Now, the Hart of BC proposes to erect up to 100 fiberglass sculptures of Gronk, as envisioned by area artists, throughout our area, targeted for 2010.
Tonight, I witnessed the launch of the Hart of BC website-complete with free champagne and popcorn. Mason Mastroianni and family were in the audience. After the events of the past few months, our area could use something this creative and light hearted. I wish them the best of luck.