Gary Jenkins & Old Man Jenkins
Gary Jenkins (left – expressing the thrill of another challenging chore)
Gary Jenkins is an only child and has been Eddie’s beleaguered best pal since childhood. Destined to hang out with Eddie and earn a few bucks by helping him with odd jobs, Gary remains in Clinton’s Ditch for a different reason. He’s a prisoner. No, not in the legal sense — his “warden” is much meaner and craftier than any Hollywood prison movie stereotype. Read on.
Old Man Jenkins (right – as if you needed clarification)
Gary’s father is the oldest guy in town. Everybody knows one of these curmudgeons. It’s hard to believe that he was once young man Jenkins, but nobody in Clinton’s Ditch remembers. General belief is that he was born cantankerous and nasty to the core. Gary was surely placed on this earth to spare the rest of the town from the old man’s venomous and pseudo-biblical preachy outbursts such as, ” Oh, ye of little faith!” … ” Forsooth!” … ” E pluribus clean the cat box!”