The dr bob annual xmas card [xmas = "christmas" in abbreviated American english] officially begin with almost mass distribution in 1978, missing only 1991 due to our wedding thank you note conflict. Starting with a small distribution in the early years and growing, it was not until the late 80's that the distribution list surpassed the 400 mark, thanks to TeX computer label generation and the expansion of the production team to include ms_ani.
This annual junk mailing serves the purpose of maintaining some link to many people around the world who have entered our lives in one way or another.
As the card has evolved, the humorous theme of each annual card often reflects some issue or aspect of the year preceding the holiday season, typically concerning an underlying social, political, or environmental topic and often involving some subtle or not so subtle satirical/ironical humor that is frequently not understood by the diverse target audience throughout the world. Still the sincerely felt message of caring, testified to by the enormous work involved in production and distribution, and transmitted through the whimsical characters who spring from the imagination to carry this message, seems to get delivered. Or at the very least a few smiles. One thing this world could use more of.
|1982||Escape to Rio||pale blue|
|1983||Strike at North Pole||white|
|1984||Search for Imagination||yellow|
|1988||Big Bang Deficit||green|
|1990||War Toys||fluor. pink|
|1991||[Wedding Thankyou Notes]||fluor. red/pink|
|1994||Curse of the drbobmobile||white [mistake]|
|1995||Mouse||fluor. lime yellow|
|2001||no fly||fluor. green|
|2004||low carb christmas||blue|
|2007||on trial||ultra lemon|
|2012||Bad Santa, Worse Santa||electric fuschia|
|2014||unwanted visitors?||canary yellow|
|2016||the return of bad santa||canary yellow|
All cards are designed for double-sided USA size paper [8.5x11inch] photocopies, folded in a "Z-fold" into thirds, with the top third folded over the lower two thirds so that when the card is closed, one sees first the opening salvo (the top third of the first side), then opens the card to see the lower two thirds of the first page. [The web versions don't print out page by page because of margins, screen-versus-paper graphic resolution conflicts, etc., while PDF versions are for USA paper letter size dimensions: 8.5"x11".]