Thompson loved to write and draw about events at county fairs.
One of my very favorites was his blue ribbon prize for "Worst Entertainment," awarded to Squinto:
I don't know what kind of mind invents "Squinto the wandering astigmatic stiltwalker and his flaming yo-yos," but I feel certain that if the Department of Homeland Security were aware of it, Richard Thompson would not be a free man today.
The fact is, I lobbied to name the entire book Squinto the Wandering Astigmatic Stiltwalker and His Flaming Yo-yos but my co-authors thought The Art of Richard Thompson made more sense. Just one of the ways in which their lack of vision held me back.