Elzie Crisler

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Elzie Crisler was born in Chester, Illinois back in 1894. As a child he helped his father house painting and paper hanging. He was skilled at playing drums which he put to use providing musical accompaniment to films and vaudeville acts in the local theater.

When he turned 18 he took a correspondence course from W.L. Evans of Cleveland, Ohio after work he lit up the oil lamps around midnight and worked on that course until 3 AM. He moved to Chicago and worked for the Chicago Herald moving forward he went to work for King Features Syndicate and the New York Journal. He continued with King Features Syndicate until 1938 when he died from leukemia and liver disease. If you haven’t guess by now I’m writing about Elzie Crisler Segar. His most famous character’s first line was “Ja think I’m a cowboy?” of course that character was “Popeye the Sailor”. During his career he created several characters.

Of course the correspondence course was for cartooning. Not bad don’t you think for a correspondence course. Goes to show you what dedication and focus will do for you. Like in real estate not everyone is made to get a college degree to be successful.    

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love reading your posts each mornign - as there is so much that I didn't know - like Popeye's creator 

Oct 04, 2016 09:35 PM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This really surprised me. Good one and impressive too.

Oct 04, 2016 09:49 PM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I do remember the Sunday comics with Popeye, Olive Oyl and the dreaded cans of spinach on the stove for dinner!

Probably never paid attention to the author's name.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 04, 2016 10:00 PM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Fascinating James.  I had no clue he was responsible for Popeye.

Oct 04, 2016 10:26 PM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

James Dray Thanks for the revisit ot my childhood. I had no clue as to the real person behind the Popeye character. Thanks!

Oct 04, 2016 11:16 PM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The exception not the rule and I still had no clue! Enjoy your day!

Oct 04, 2016 11:38 PM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I remember watching Popeye as a kid, but I did not recall his name.  I am glad you gave us this information about him!

Oct 05, 2016 12:54 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love this story, and had no idea he created Popeye.  A

Oct 05, 2016 03:26 AM #8
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You last line is very true. I didn't know this story. Thanks for sharing. 

Oct 05, 2016 08:52 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I wonder if he liked spinach!

Oct 05, 2016 12:50 PM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I loved watching Popeye on the Saturday morning cartoons back in the 1950's. 

Oct 05, 2016 10:10 PM #11
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Awwww ~ 'Popeye the Sailor Man.'  What fun, James.

Oct 10, 2016 04:58 PM #12
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