Friday, February 29, 2008

Koopersmith's DAY WITHOUT PAPER rocks & recycles Leap Year Day: Friday, February 29, 2008


DAY WITHOUT PAPER after its Premier on February 14TH on Friday, February 29TH – on Leap Year’s Day. This Symbolization is psychologically designed for those Folks who cannot bear to GO PAPERLESS, but know it is a vitally important Cleansing Process and are SMART ENOUGH to partake in it, at least, One Time every Four Years.

Slated for: February 29, 2008 - Leap Year Day

Created and Promoted by:
Founder of:
Cartoonists Against Crime ©1991 &
Cartoonists Against Terrorism ©2001
Studio 1437


Chicago, IL USA: The Challenge. It’s all yours and up to you!
There’s none better, more deserving or timelier than this one fine Occasion, Folks.

As the Founder of Cartoonists Against Crime ©1991,* Day Without Crime ©1993** and Cartoonists Against Terrorism ©2001 that initially launched me into ‘The Global Creative Spotlight,’ I often think of Scenarios involving “LIFE WITHOUT…” different Elements that definitely put ‘The POP into our Culture’ and the Glories and Light-Bulb Moments into our Days. That way, We can honestly say We do have a Pop Culture that ‘snaps, crackles and pops’ like the famous Cereal Commercial conveys. But, at what Cost? Underlying the Glory, the ‘Gore’ must be resolved.


However, when We look around (and We do not have to ‘go far’ as there are Homeless and Needy People in our very Mists), there are others who share The Planet with us who do not have what We have or even ‘The Basics.’ We all have Stuff (Materialistic Possessions and Issues, of course) that are unique to our own Selves. However, some Conditions are shared by The Masses as a vital Link common to Humanity. The leading Headliner that I see as problematic and disturbing these Days is GLOBAL WARMING and The Repercussions it triggers as strange Weather Patterns and Phenomenon that subsequently cause Homelessness, Displacement, Loss of Life, Property and Livelihood which can ignite an entirely new and devastating Set of Circumstances.

Today, ‘brutal and brittle’ are the most descriptive Terms that can be applied to Chicago’s Weather Forecast, the place where I live, work and have comfortably resided since May of 1974. As one of my Associates asks:

“Where’s Global Warming when you need it?”

Of course, he is pondering that in jest, but with Temperatures rising, suddenly falling and acting as erratic as ever, We must stop and see how We can each individually do something positive to improve our Environment (even if it’s just to rearrange the Desk in front of us, for Starters).

Then, as I comfortably sat here in The Warmth of my Studio with a bright azure-blue Sky overhead and not a Cloud to be found, I pulled a File of Papers that needed to be typed, sorted through and/or thrown away. I really did not know where to begin. I was nearly overwhelmed by The File bursting at its Seams. What promptly popped into my Mind was The Phrase:

Only 3 Words that would steadily build itself into this monumental 3,274-Word Info-Packed Document, destined to ‘change’ Attitudes for the Better(ment of Man).

“Wouldn’t it be glorious to DO WITHOUT PAPER for a Day?” I silently muttered to myself.

In 1998 after being bombarded with years of theories on how We (as a Societal Whole) were ultimately going to be(come) a Paperless Society (due to The Proliferation of The Personal Computer and Electronic Filing), I wrote a darling Booklet (only 20 Pages of Text, Lists and Graphics called ‘Paging Through The Paperless Society ©1998) that poked Fun and spoofed at how Civilization and Culture were built on The Power of Paper. Don’t forget Paper has a long, illustriously stunning History, stemming all the way back to King Tut himself and The Papyrus that he used to make all those Paper Airplanes that he propelled around The Great Pyramids in The Days of The Pharoahs.

THAT’s EVOLUTION: Since then, as Industrialization grew, an unending and staggering Assortment of Take-Offs, Spin-offs and Businesses were generated by Paper itself namely: The Paper Clip, White-Out, Staplers ‘n Staples and Envelopes as well as other Items and Articles We cannot seem to wean ourselves from that partially include:

Bandages to treat Paper Cuts,
Board Games,
Brown Bags for Lunches,
Business, Index & Playing Cards,
Candy & Gum Wrappers,
Cardboard (Boxes),
Cigarette Packs & Cartons,
Coffee Filters,
Construction Paper,
Cups & Plates,
Dollar Bills,
Facial Tissue,
File Folders,
Filing Cabinets,
Folding Machines,
Glue, Glue Sticks, Paste & Tape,
Greeting Cards,
Invisible & Masking Tape Adhesives,
Note Cards,
Paper Cutter,
Paper Dresses,
Paper Towels & Napkins,
Paper Trail(s),
Papier Mache,
Pencils and Pens,
Poster Board,
Printers, Copiers & Fax Machines,
Rolling Papers,
Scrapbooking (The Art & Craft of),
Shredding Machines,
Steno Pads,
Three-Hole Punches,
Tissue Paper,
Toilet Paper,
Trash Bags,
Waste Baskets &
Wrapping Paper.

The P-List doesn’t seem to end, does it? Paper comes from Trees and now current Technology can manufacture Paper from Recyclable Materials. However, the Paper Toll adds up to exorbitant annual Costs and Wastes that each of us bear without any overt Sign of Lessening or Shrinkage.

A REMINDER: Let’s not forget about all the LITTER (another Form of Paper Waste) that is continuously strewn across our once-beautiful Earth that needs to be:

1) tossed only in its proper Disposal; and/or

2) picked up and then properly disposed, canned or recycled.

And, of course, remember The Paper Airplane little Boys (of all ages, Past and Present) would play with while growing up. The Business of Paper surrounds us at every Turn and Corner much like the other Life-preserving Elements and Forces of Nature – Air/Wind, Earth, Water/Rain and Fire – do. Living without Paper does take Time, Effort and Strategy to accomplish. As case studies have shown, the Monopolization and a Paper Society can grow out-of-control and become a mind-boggling and crippling Mess, if it is allowed. Living without Paper (guilt-free) and putting Paper in its rightful Place is The Principle of my DAY WITHOUT PAPER ©2008.

“We have grown-up with Paper. The History of Paper is The Start of Civilization, run amok. Paper has gotten us to where We are Today: A Society literally choking in Paper.”

Quote of: ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Thursday, January 24, 2008 – 9:43 AM &
Friday, January 25, 2008 – 12:33 PM

Therefore, it may be the biggest Challenge to Mankind himself if he (as a Collective Whole) did without Paper.

“Living without Paper may be impossible and throw one’s day into mayhem, but living with much less Paper is highly possible given the Plethora of Modern Standards built into our work, personal, recreational and leisure-time Activities.”

Quote of: ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Thursday, January 31, 2008 – 10:42 AM

Anchors could only rely on their teleprompter;
Bakers would have to hand product to their customers (no boxes and no bags, please.)
Doctors could not write Prescriptions for their Patients.
The Postal System would be wiped out entirely as their Haul is based solely on Paperage.
No Paper Receipts (from any Industry) would be generated.

Consumers may want to bring along their own Tupperware and Plastic Boxes to carry their purchases home. For any Purchases whatsoever, the Customer or Client would have to tote his own Canvas Bag in lieu of free Paper and/or Plastic Bags that are clogging and destroying The Earth. The strategic Angles that each Person would need to undertake definitely would be a Mind-Expander because as We think of how Paper has expanded, infiltrated and taken over our Society, We realize that although, it is a Help, it is also a Hindrance and Detriment that is killing The Planet off, slowly, surely and silently, strangling Humans and our Fellow Creatures to an early and untimely Death…

Just take a look around and see The Evidence.

“Oh, I know this Humanity Effort is not 100% possible: To give up Paper. Your Paper. It’s as hard as asking a Drunk to give up his Booze or a Meth Junkie to give up his Drugs. However, that clever Group founded in 1935 called AA: Alcoholics Anonymous (which now has well over 150 different Branches across the World dependent on whatever your Choice of Addiction and Affliction is) does have a terrific Program. That is: You back-off, with-hold and DON’T DO IT FOR A DAY. Figure these Approximations accordingly:

1/3 of The Day is spent Sleeping.
1/3 of The Day is used for Working.
1/3 of The Day is Personal Time.

By keeping it simplified for this relatively miniscule Period, you’ll see that avoiding Paper is somewhat difficult but, nevertheless do-able.

After you’ve done this Procedure for a certain period of time, it gets easier.

After you’ve done this Procedure for a certain period of time, it gets ‘broken in.’

After you’ve done this Procedure for a certain period of time, it becomes routine.

After you’ve done this Procedure for a certain period of time, it becomes Second Nature.

After you’ve done this Procedure for a certain period of time, it is engrained as a positive Action, Habit and accepted Norm whose Consequences are far-far-reaching, even beyond your Wildest Dream!

America, are you up to The Challenge?

I can honestly say that when The World Trade Centers were collapsing on the Morning of Tuesday, September 11TH, 2001 and the thousands of Pieces of Paper floated from the two pancaking buildings, I went into shock-mode. This was the Essence of Man’s Spirit, Girth and Legacy being destroyed past recognition and tossed to the Follies of the Wind. As my Wake-Up Call, I then decided to sort, sift through and toss any added Paper that I really did not need. However, I didn’t get around to doing that self-promised Task of nearly 6.5 years ago. Granted, One Single Piece of Paper can contain a Million Dollar Idea, but when too much Paper is squeezing The Life out of The Planet (in all its Ways, Methods and Forms), We must cooperatively, universally and symbiotically STOP this Incident from happening, NOW.

By examining The Compilation of the Top 70 Uses of Paper that I have alphabetized above, this should empower you (as a Conscientious GREEN STEWART OF PLANET EARTH) to prioritize and re-examine your Resolution List of THINGS TO ACTIVELY AND CONSISTENTLY DO FOR 2008.

MY EARNED CREDENTIALS: Therefore, having received The Titles of:

‘America’s Premier Eventologist’
by Gene Koprowski of Insight Magazine, Washington, DC – August, 1997


‘The Premier Eventologist in The History of The World’
by Eric Zorn of The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL – January, 2001,

I have taken The Liberty (once again) to proclaim Thursday, February 14TH, 2008 as the Debut and official Launch of:


“I personally am not sure how I’m going to ‘depaperize’ it since my Dependence on Paper has actually grown greater with The Advent of the Personal Computer and via The Spread of my grandiose Creative Writings, but I do have a few BluePrints (renamed ‘GreenPrints’) that I am formulating. You can, too. It’s a real Challenge. It’s a Mind-Set. It is an Action that must be undertaken before it gets any later or any worse. ‘It’s an Exercise to exorcise Paper from your Day.’ And, above all else, IT CAN BE DONE by every Man, Woman and Child who sees the urgent and pressing Need to lighten the Paper Dragon’s Load.”

Quote of: ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Thursday, January 24, 2008 – 12:43 PM CST

Scattered around our Planet, there are Societies that I have noticed (even as a young lady thumbing through the slick Pages of National Geographic) that romp around their Homeland without any Sort of Paper (Product) in hand or in sight. Moreover, there is not a single Billboard in Sight! This raises the Questions a Person’s Mind:

“Who evolved and who didn’t? And, at what Price?”

To activate my DAY WITHOUT PAPER Plan, I’ll explore their Methods and see how those can be applied to my Style of ‘Communicating’ and Living. I honestly would miss paging through a Book; shuffling through all my really cool Notes and Ideas that are scrawled, printed or typed on an Assortment of pretty colored Notes and Post-ems. I highly favor those adjustable, colored Paper Clips that come in various Sizes and Shapes. I delight in stacking my Pages of Paper. My Eyes ecstatically ‘light-up’ when I see a wire-stand chockfull of Journals with empty Pages, wondering what I and other Writers, Authors, Poets and Biographers will write in them that shall be immortalized for that particular Day. But in the long-run, I’d miss THE EARTH moreso, if I didn’t stop – at least for a Day – (every so often) and DO WITHOUT PAPER ©2008. The Guilt would be too much to bear.

“The Deed of ‘doing without Paper’ would far surpass any Sacrifice any of us need to make to ‘SAVE THE PLANET.’”

Quote of: ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Thursday, January 31, 2008 – 10:59 AM CST

I may have to start slowly and call THE PLAN: HOUR WITHOUT PAPER…instead. The Start of such an Endeavor itself is what’s at Stake first and foremost. After the First Step is taken, others are easier to grip and grasp.

NOW: Wouldn’t it be beneficial to operate without Paper for an Hour? That equates to 60 Minutes (3,600 total Seconds) when Paper does not enter your Domain. If the Notion to GO PAPERLESS excels for another Day or Date, I will be hosting:

DAY WITHOUT PAPER after its Premier on February 14TH on Friday, February 29TH – on Leap Year’s Day. This Symbolization is psychologically designed for those Folks who cannot bear to GO PAPERLESS, but know it is a vitally important Cleansing Process and are SMART ENOUGH to partake in it, at least, One Time every Four Years.

DAY WITHOUT PAPER ©2008 will again ‘GO NATIONAL’ during Earth Day Month, April…in time for Income Tax Day Filings, yet another huge Paper-Trap.

Stay tuned by eMail (only) for more DWP: DAY WITHOUT PAPER ©2008 Events.

Q: Is a Paper Hoarder’s Anonymous Club far behind? After all, Support Groups do aid in solving and getting through Problems and all the ‘Paperwork’ I could say.

“Will your favorite Newspaper, the biggest Paper Mills, the loftiest Book Publishers and dazzling Greeting Card Companies cease Production for The Day or for an hour (at least)? Your favorite Newspaper (most likely) may be read online. Many Books are available Online. Electronic Greeting Cards are downloaded daily. The Balance between making Money and saving The Earth is on opposing Sides of The Capitalistic Spectrum, especially so when a Recession is looming. However, it will be a very depressing State for all of us if Paper is not ‘redefined’ in our Lives.”

Quote of: ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Tuesday, January 24, 2008 – 10:56 AM


“Therefore, I am suggesting that my Fellow Americans spend (at least) a Portion of February 14TH doing without Paper. February 14TH is Valentine’s Day when thousands-upon-thousands of Tons of Paper are converted into zillions of Valentine’s and spread across The Planet. I am not a Scrooge Against Valentine’s Day, but better, healthier and wiser Ways of expressing (your) Love to each other that do not directly deal with Paper Valentine’s, Stamps and Envelopes should be enforced. Be creative! Discover and explore Alternatives on how you (your Family, Relatives, Neighbors, Pen-Ppals, Students, Congregation, Viewers, Readers and Fans) can do just that and ‘SHOW THE LOVE.’ That will leave a much better Impression on The Earth (100 years from Today, on Tuesday, January 24, 2108) than by filling up those Garbage Heaps and Landfills a few Days after February 14TH has passed into History. Now, that just might be The Best Valentine Earth ever received.”

Quote of: ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Thursday, January 24, 2008 – 10:01-10:04 AM

IN CLOSING: Update your Daily Planner

DAY WITHOUT PAPER ©2008 (a/k/a: DWP) is one of 13 Eco-Friendly HOLIDATES ® I have created since Wednesday, July 25, 1990. DWP’s Launch Date is:

February 14, 2008

followed by its First Quarter Dates of:

February 29, 2008
April 1-30, 2008 highlighted by Earth Day.

Summer, Autumn and Winter Dates (known as Quarter-Dates) for DAY WITHOUT PAPER ©2008 will be announced on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 12 Noon.

To interview me regarding this Eco-HOLIDATE ® and/or for more SPIQ: Strategies, Philosophies Info and Quotes about my DAY WITHOUT PAPER ©2008, just email me at:

On February 14TH at Midnight, I released my TOP TEN LIST OF PAPER REMOVAL STRATEGIES that can be used throughout The Day(s) known as DAY WITHOUT PAPER ©2008. Said P-Listing will appear in future GORF-Green Writings to be released during the Green Festival (happening in Chicago during May, 2008) at:

All Correspondence is answered electronically within 8 Hours of Receipt. Do notice that my Snail Mail Address is not published because I do not want to be bombarded with Inquiries that are penned ON PAPER. Understand? See, the (Elimination of Paper) Plans are working already…One Piece of Paper at a time that is the decisive Start of a viable Solution to an overwhelming Global Dilemma.

I am counting on and hopefully look forward to your Participation, Input & Feedback about this novel Green Event. Tell others. It’s a Success Story that happens because a Decision you wisely make.

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1. Cartoonists Against Crime ©1991
Created, invented, promoted and distributed by ASK.
Recognized for her astounding Efforts to curtail Crime through the ever-popular Medium of Comic and Cartoon Art, Richard M. Daley (Mayor of Chicago) signed a Proclamation making October 25TH Cartoonists Against Crime Day in Chicago in 1993.

2. Day Without Crime ©1993
Created, invented, promoted and distributed by ASK.
Recognized for her ongoing innovative Efforts to alleviate Crime, Governor Jim Edgar (State of Illinois) signed a Gubernatorial Proclamation recognizing December 3 as ‘Day Without Crime,’ supporting Adrienne’s efforts as a ‘Private Citizen’ in furthering the Cause and Safety of The People.

3. Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith is also the Promoter of GORF a/k/a The Grin Reaper ®, a 24.5” Plush Toy FROG with an infectious 11” Smile that she has designated as:

‘Chicago’s First Green Mascot’
‘Illinois’ Foremost Goodwill Toy Ambassador’
‘America’s Greenest Mascot’ &
‘Mankind’s Most Beloved Toy’

Renaming ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ as chicaGORF, Adrienne has penned over 2,000 Green Pages (highlighting his GORF-isms ®) and including an Array of photoGORFs on this Phenomena as well as his Partners-In-Green, Amber & Panzee, two playful Primates who are also (sadly) on the Endangered Species List. Watch for them ‘painting the Town GREEN’ from 2006-2016 scheduled as THE DECADE OF THE FROG with GORF officiating. GORF’s Third Birthday Celebration is on Monday, January 28, 2008.

4. More of Koopersmith’s Creative Writings may be found on her online Profile at:

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All HOLIDATES ® as DAY WITHOUT PAPER ©2008 (defined as ‘Intellectual Contexts and Contents’) are copyrighted, protected by Law and archived in Washington, D.C. since July 25, 1990 when EVENTOLOGY officially was launched. None of these Events can be used in any Form without notifying and gaining the Express Permission and making Payment of First Time Rights of its Creator and Author: ADRIENNE SIOUX KOOPERSMITH at:

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