WESTON, Conn. -- Robert McCloskey was living on Myrtle Street in Boston and each morning walked through Copley Square and up Huntington Avenue to his art class on St. Botolph Street. First, he had to walk across the Public Garden, which was a favorite place of his.
He did not yet have the idea for his small and famous book that is set there. Fifty years later, however, the story he wrote and the pictures he drew have become so well known that many Americans who have never heard of Oliver Twist know Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their offspring, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack.
DTC Mr. McCloskey is 77, tall and spare, aging with grace and able to remember much of the genesis of "Make Way For Ducklings," still popular after a half century.