And I still can’t tell Huey, Dewey, and Louie apart.
But obviously Barks knew them well enough to anticipate how kids would behave in front of a television—even back in 1948, when only a few American families had a set.
J. L. BELL is a writer and reader of fantasy literature for children. His favorite authors include L. Frank Baum, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper. He is an Assistant Regional Advisor in the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and was the editor of Oziana, creative magazine of the International Wizard of Oz Club, from 2004 to 2010.
Living in Massachusetts, Bell also writes about the American Revolution at Boston 1775.