Interesting Times with Low Waters - Duane Bryers

Duane Bryers story is written in watercolor and oil and a bit of daredevil in the backwoods of Minnesota. Bryers was a trapeze performer in his own circus but Duane Bryers wanted to be an artist and as a kid, was never without his sketchbook.

Bryers 1937 mural of Minnesota mining history won him his first big payday: three thousand dollars and a ticket out.

"When I was a tiny kid, I wanted to be a cartoonist when I grew up," said Bryers.

And so he was -- creating Cokey while in the service. A nationally syndicated cartoon strip in the 40's but he wanted more. In the 50's as a struggling commercial artist in New York - he had a vision.

Bryers said, "I got the idea of creating a little plump girl for a calendar." Hilda became a sensation - a pin-up that even women adore. "You know why,” asked Bryers? ”They say, well finally someone is taking a glamorous attitude toward us plump women." Bryer's, 250-cockle-warming, Hilda calendar episodes - lasted 36-years.

When bryers came to Arizona in the late 50's, he launched another career. Bryer's western art has won him national recognition and acclaim. He's one of the best there ever was.

His latest work is behind schedule. The world slowed down two years ago when his wife, Dee passed on but Bryers is starting over at 92 and may even have something going on down at the luncheonette. He says, ”One of the new waitresses came up to me as I was leaving. She're cute!”

Talented and cute. His youngest daughter, patty says dad thinks he's 65 and acts like he's 30.

Duane Bryers. A Tucson treasure - who told me repeatedly: “What a wonderful life I’ve had.”