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NO. 785
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RF CHAPTER FOUR of TEN
Meet "Monte" Monteverde

Don Monteverde was born Sunday, January 10, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. By the time he reached the ripe old age of 17, Don was 6' 3" tall, and a published cartoonist, having had work printed in The Los Angles Herald newspaper, and The Metropolitan magazine. Pictured below: Young Don with his pin-stripped 1940 Ford.

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When Don graduated from High School in 1943, World War II was raging, so he joined the Navy. He was soon shipped off to the Pacific Theater of Operations, with the 7th Fleet. While in the Navy, Don got married to his first wife, Maxine. Don tattooed her name on his left arm. The couple had a daughter, Linda Lee, but their marriage didn't last, and they divorced.

Returning home after the war ended, Don married his second wife, Doris, in 1947, when she was two months pregnant. Seven moths later, they had a son, Larry. Don became a full-time driver for United Parcel Service, and began earning extra money by doing art jobs and pinstriping on cars.

He soon landed a job as an "in-betweener" at Disney Studios, creating drawings that came "in-between" shots done by other animators. But the nature of this job stifled Don's wild, independent streak, and he quit after just two days! He went back to UPS, who paid him more anyway. Below, Don and his UPS truck.
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Word of Don's amazing pin-striping talent spread quickly, and soon Don was one of the hottest hot-rod artists in Southern California. He converted a room in his house into a small studio. In 1958, he began seling original designs as decals in local shops. Small packages with the header ORIGINAL DECALS by Monte sold for the princely sum of 39 cents.
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The decals caught on all over California, then spread across the country, and soon bicycle maker Schwinn was ordering 100,00 dozen! Monte had arrived. He quit UPS and devoted himself to art full time. Below: A gallery of ORIGINALS BY MONTE!
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BELOW: Display card stores used to sell ORIGINALS BY MONTE.
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BELOW: A MASSIVE COLLECTION OF MONTE'S WORK!
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In addition to wild decals, Monte also did a number of amazing stained glass windows. Below, his rendition of Christ's agony in the garden of Gethsemene.
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Don "Monte" Monteverde died of complications due to a stroke on November 23, 1993, at age 67. He remains one of the great unsung designers of the sensatinal Sixties! What was his role in the creation of Rat Fink? We'll find out next issue!

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RF CHAPTER FIVE
There's a MOUSE in the house!
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COMING VERY SOON!
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