DELPHOS — Dan “Diesel” Schwinnen recently shared comics from the early 1960s, sections that he has read and reread since his childhood.
They were originally saved by Schwinnen’s grandmother.
“My grandmother, I think she was the start of the hoarding in our family,” he said with a laugh. “She had kept them at her house for years. After she passed away (in 1970), she lived right next door … and when she died, we took them and put them down in the basement.”
His parents kept those boxes in the basement for years, and he would go down and look at them from time to time.
“I know when I first started looking at them … I might have been probably just old enough to read,” he said, explaining he was born in 1958. “It was just kind of a unique deal.
“I know I’d kind of look at ‘Dick Tracy,’” he said. “There was some of them, I don’t know what they were, but they were more like soap operas. … The funny thing about them is when you fully open up the page, it’s like 6 feet wide. Compared to how the paper is now compared to how it was back then is hilarious.”
When his parents died, he brought the boxes of comics sections to his home and continued to enjoy them.
And Schwinnen still starts his day by reading the comics in The Lima News.
“I hate change, and any time they change them or drop somebody, it takes me about a month to get reacquainted,” he said.