There are many sides to Ollie's character, as anyone knows atter
watching the show for more than 30 seconds. There is Ollie the
Actor, Ollie the Baritone, the Impetuous Ollie, Ollie the Printer, and
the Shy Ollie. Here we find two diverse sides of this great
personality: Ollie, the Reporter, interviewing Ollie, the Man--or
Dragon. This may seem quite a trick to you, but if you think it can't
be done, you don't know our boy.
Question (by Ollie): Mr.
Dragon, what is your basic position with the Kuklapolitan Players?
Answer (by Ollie): I'm
glad you asked that. I handle most of the dramatic roles and all
major singing parts. I serve as counsellor for the Troupe, and
arrange business affairs. I advise Fran and Mme. Ooglepuss on their
clothes, and supervise Doloras' feeding. Cecil Bill depends on me
for guidance in staging. I also am treasurer of the
organization. Which reminds me, would you care for a chocolate
A.--Don't mind if I do.
We can continue our interview over the ice cream.
(27 GUZZLING MINUTES ELAPSE)
Q.--That was delicious.
Do you always eat three chocolate sodas at one sitting?
A.--I once ate seven.
Q.--Is that what put out your
A.--(Ollie glares indignantly
and draws self up to full stature. He weighs each word
carefully). My branch of the dragon family breathed the hottest
fires known to dragondom. My family's fire was extinguished when my
great great great great grandfather Leander J. Dragon was swimming tile
Hellespont. The column of steam that went up was so huge it was seen 83
miles in the Turkish mainland. I wouldn't mention chocolate sodas
in the same breath with the Hellespont.
Q.--What are some or the most
famous roles you have played?
A.--Julius Caesar, Julius
Glockenspeil, Santa Claus, the Spirit of the West, John Silver, Peter
Pan, Moby Dick, Dink Stover, Abraham Lincoln, Casey Jones, Hamlet, and
the Voice of the Turtle. I might aim to add at this point that I
have one entire side of a record in the excellent album, "Happy Mother
Goose." I am aided in the rest of the album by my regular
assistants, Kukla and Fran.