|I was constantly
bullied as a child. Much like was depicted in
comic depicting the famous Skippy® cartoon
character. This was in part due to my different
outlook about many things. It is not unusual for
a group of kids to pick on anyone who is not part
of the crowd. Once you are an adult there are not
as many bullies, at least in one on one
things which adults fight over are often driven by money or
status. And just as the biggest kids may use their
size to bully other kids, big businesses often
bully smaller businesses or even individual
I mentioned the famous Skippy®
cartoon character because the man who created the
character often wrote about bullies in the comics
he created around the little boy name Skippy®.
The cartoon character Skippy® was always dressed
in funny looking clothes, which led to no end of
problems for him.
Skippy® was different because
of how he dressed and also because he was a
The Skippy® cartoons made fun
of many uppity people of the times, and many of
those people really disliked the creator, Percy
L. Crosby. I mention Mr. Crosby because those who
didn't like what he wrote and those who wanted to
steal his Skippy® creation for their own profit
really bullied him. In the end they destroyed
him. Read about it at www.InventorEd.org/k-12/skippy.html .
The inventing business is a
business full of bullies. In many ways being an
inventor is like living in the wild west, where
the winner is the person who can hire the fastest
gun. If you are going to become an inventor you
need to understand the history of how and why
other inventors or creative people have been
bullied by some businesses who are not so honest.
"Why is Bestfoods bullying the little
Skippy® once again?"
Image from Order 9-7-99,
This picture was censored but
it is back. But in a desperate attempt to quell
public discussion of this topic CPC/Bestfoods got
the judge to sign an Order on 9-7-99 making Mrs.
Tibbetts withdraw permission to use the picture.
But they did include the image in a public
document. Click here to
see the picture that scares a company I believe
is a bully, CPC/Bestfoods.