by Patricia Grandjean
Apr 13, 2012
11:28 AMBox Office
Gil Thorp Lives!
Was there ever a high school coach as wise, handsome, athletic and likably awkward with the babes as Gil Thorp? Probably not. Was there ever a coach who aged more slowly? Definitely not.
Certainly, my own coaches did not quite match up to the Gil Thorp I followed devotedly every day in the newspaper comic-strip pages. As a three-sport coach at the ficitonal Milford High, Thorp dispensed wisdom about sports and life in the locker room and from the sidelines, helped his charges out of teenage jams, avoided predatory females and enjoyed spending time with puppies and his own parents.
Those of us in the know realized the comic strip, which began in 1958, was penned in New Milford by Jack Berrill, allowing us to relate the plot lines even more closely to our own doings here in Connecticut.
And now, appropriately, Connecticut's Pomperaug Woods in Southbury (where Berrill's widow, Veronica Berrill, lives), is hosting a retrospective of Thorpana April 28-29 before the material is sent off to a museum in the midwest. You can find a complete summary of the exhibit and a bit about Berrill's life right here.
So take note, fans of fictional Milford High. It's time for one last thrill with Gil.Gil Thorp Lives!