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.