Linda Jones Clough

We Get Mail: The History of Animation with Linda Jones Clough


Chuck's daughter and Emmy Award-winning producer, Linda Jones Clough, was in New York this past weekend for the 25th anniversary performances of George Daugherty's "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony".While in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's information kiosk, she met an animation student, Gabe Schleifer. Gabe sent us this email this morning:

"Hello, this email is for Linda Jones. My name is Gabriel Schleifer, I'm a 3rd year animation student at The School of Visual Arts. She and I met at Lincoln Center a few days ago during the Bugs Bunny at the Symphony concert where she and her granddaughter were promoting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

"I just wanted to let you know that I had a great time chatting with you about your father and about the foundation, not to mention all of the talented artists who are already helping. It's wonderful to be able to speak to someone who is, in some way or another, a part of the history of this extraordinary art form and is making sure the revolutions of it's pioneers lives on.

"Here are a couple of photos taken from the event. I plan to stay in touch with this organization."

Thanks again! Gabe Schleifer

Chuck Jones's Letters to His Daughter, Linda #3

Wednesday…September 24, 1952Dearest Linda;

Another day, another letter and my damned typewriting doesn’t seem to improve. The two initial fingers of my right hand do all the work and others just go along for the ride.  The index finger of my left hand pushes the shift key.  I suppose it thinks it’s earning its keep.  It just pointed out to me by doing so that it also returns the carriage.  Big deal!!  Do you know I used a typewriter for about six years before I discovered what the tabular key is for?  I felt like I’d just invented it.

I’m on a diet.  I found to my horror Sunday morning that I weighed 194 pounds.  Pure flab.  So when Donn  came over I challenged him to a two-week diet: no sugars, sweets, starches, breads, potatoes, butter, milk, salad dressings or etcetera.  No beer!  We agreed on a $50.00 penalty if either broke it, so I think I’ll go through with it.  What a dreadful thing it is to have no will power.

I saw [two of your friends] last evening.  They came tripping past the house, giggling and gabbling.  They were in bathing suits, had just been swimming.  They want you to write to them.  Write to me instead, hm?

Has the Senator Nixon controversy struck the school?  I hope not.  It’s a hopeless sort of argument.  Had to do, as I suppose you know, as to whether he should gave accepted $18,000 as a sort of expense fund to help his income.  In my opinion he is, at best, naive, and dammit, I don’t want a naïve vice-president.  My advice to you, if you need it, is, while over there, to indulge in political controversies sparingly.  You’re probably in a nest of children from Republican families so you won’t win many converts to the Democratic Party.  

  ‘Bye for now.

Chuck Jones's Letters to His Daughter, Linda


IntroductionThroughout his life, Chuck Jones wrote letters to friends, family, heroes and fools.  Many of his letters were typed (with three or four fingers) on a manual typewriter, and a carbon copy stayed in his files. 

In the fall of 1952, at the age of 15, I departed for boarding school in Arizona and started receiving weekly letters from my father.

Sadly, letters from my mother did not survive the intervening years. Most of my letters home, saved by a doting mother, did survive and are, by and large, unnecessarily dramatic and adolescent.  Please forgive me, as I was, in fact, an adolescent.  Nevertheless, most of my letters are similar in tone and content to any teen-age girl’s rants, and few are important to record for posterity.

Chuck’s letters, however, as is true of so many of his writings, deserve a public outing, and I have decided to share passages here, for those who might wish to get a glimpse of the 40-year-old mind of the man who was, at the time, directing some of the most memorable cartoons ever made:  Feed the Kitty; Rabbit Seasoning;  Don’t Give Up the Sheep; Duck Amuck;  Much Ado About Nutting; Duck Dodgers in the 24 ½ Century; Bully for Bugs; Duck, Rabbit, Duck!; Claws for Alarm; From A to Z-Z-Z-Z; My Little Duckaroo; Beanstalk Bunny; Jumpin’ Jupiter; and One Froggy Evening… to name just a few.

Below, we’ll start with September 19, 1952…the day I left home.

September 19, 1952 (part 1)

[My mother and father saw me off on the train from Los Angeles to Phoenix (where I was to be met by someone I didn’t know) on the morning of September 19, 1952.  I had just turned 15 and in a daze of mixed emotions, expectations, and fears, I set off on my new adventure…boarding school.  This letter arrived a few days after I arrived]

Dear Linda;

As you read this I presume you are pulling out of Los Angeles station on your way to Phoenix and what will be a happy and exciting year for you.  (and for me too, for this is the sort of thing that I so dreamed of when I was your age and I am going to enjoy every minute of it with you, just as if I at long last had this wonderful opportunity)  “Opportunity” is one of those words I always have to look up in the dictionary, to see if it has one or two “p”s.

I’m afraid that I’m going to be unable to write the kind of a letter I’m supposed to write as a father to a daughter going away for the first time, full of “don’t’s” and “watch out fors” and “avoids” and “promise me’s”.  I seem to just be full of love for you and delight for you and confidence in you.  I find little room in my mind for in my heart for doubts about your ability to cope with any situation, critical or otherwise.  There will be crises, some you will meet with wisdom and instant dispatch, some will take thought and some you will doubtless fumble…like other human beings, as different from machines.

Carl Stallings is in the next room writing the music for the next Pepé picture, the one set at the Paris World’s Fair of 1900.  He runs the sound track on his Moviola and I keep hearing Pepé singing, over and over again, to the tune of “Billie Boy” (“Billy”?): “Can you kees a preety girl, Pepé Boy, Pepé Boy?  Can you kees a preety girl, charmeeng Pepé??  I can kees a preety girl, ‘fore she can shake a preety curl, I’m a yong theeng and cannot leave my mo-thair” … I think it will be very cute.

[more of this letter next time…]

Red Dot Auction Photographs Now Online!


What a fabulous night it was this past Friday, May 9th, as the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity hosted its Red Dot Auction! Over 350 people flowed into the Center's main gallery space where it was hung with 193 twelve inch square canvases donated by over 175 artists from all levels of experience, from the world-famous to the yet-to-be-discovered. Bidding was robust as the five sections closed throughout the three hours of the event. Tens of thousands of dollars were raised to help support the educational programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Special thanks goes out to our Artist Tribute Sponsors, many of whom could not make it that evening, but feel strongly about the success and future of the Center. To view a selection of photographs from the event, click here.

Exploring the Chuck Jones Side of the Brain, Part 2


Post Script: On November 24th after the lecture delivered by Marian Jones, Linda Jones Clough, and Craig Kausen (the family of Chuck Jones), the attendees gathered in the hall for an interactive workshop. The theme was "conveyances" and they had 30 minutes to construct. As you can see the results were spectacular. Why, you'd think adults were creative too!The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana presents "The Art of Healthy Aging" Lecture Series Fall 2013. You won't want to miss this season's final lecture, "Exploring the Chuck Jones Side of the Brain" in this engaging education series presented in collaboration with Hoag Neurosciences Institutes's Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program (OCVBAP). Interactive workshop included! 

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM, ending at 3:30 PM in the Norma Kershaw Auditorium. 

Cost: individual lecture: Member $7/Non-member $10

Where: Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

With: Dr. William R. Shankle, The Judy and Richard Voltmer Chair, Memory & Cognitive Disorders Program, Hoag Neurosciences Institute; Director, Orange County Vital Aging Program

Presenters: Marian Jones, Craig Kausen, Linda Jones Clough

What: A glimpse into the genius mind of Chuck Jones, presented by the family. A hands-on workshop follows this presentation. 

For tickets and advance reservations contact the Bowers Museum Education Department at 714-567-3677 or You can also visit

Artist John Ramirez to Lead Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Workshops at Dayton Art Institute


Artist, animator, art director, and designer, John Ramirez, will be leading two workshops at the Dayton Art Institue, Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19. Ramirez, who was mentored by and worked alongside Chuck Jones, will be at the Dayton Art Institute as part of their Super Hero Summer where he will offer two classes devoted to encouraging thinking beyond the obvious and growing beyond expectations all the while developing important skill sets in drawing. For details about the workshops and to enroll your budding young artists, visit Dayton Art Institute.