Help Gahan Wilson find his way

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Help with cartoonist Gahan Wilson's memory care


My name is Paul Winters. I am Gahan Wilson's step son

With this campaign, I am raising money for Gahan's memory care.

Randy Winters, Gahan Wilson, Paul Winters

Cartoonist Gahan Wilson

For years, cartoonist Gahan Wilson has delighted viewers of his cartoons with a unique look on the world we all inhabit. He has a way of pointing out new facets of everyday things you thought you already knew everything about.


In a funny way, he kept us all in check. His cartoons were published for over fifty years in PLAYBOY. He was also a contributor to THE NEW YORKER, The National Lampoon, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many other publications.

Gahan Wilson is suffering from Dementia

Gahan is suffering from severe dementia. We have helped him through the stages of the disease and he is currently not doing very well.

His wife, Nancy Winters, just passed away

My mother, and his wife of fifty three years, Nancy Winters, passed away on March 2, 2019. She was his rock. His guide through the world. While we all helped with his care, it was my mother who grounded him. He is currently distraught and out of sorts with the world.

37429322_1551627769878067_r.jpegNancy Winters, Gahan Wilson, circa 1967

37429322_1551627830384044_r.jpegGahan Wilson, Nancy Winters, 2018

Memory care is needed immediately

Gahan and my mother had been residing in an assisted living facility in Arizona. With my mother's passing, he must move to a memory care unit.

There is a saying,

"How do you make God laugh?"

"Tell him your plans."

For many years, my mother and Gahan and I had  joked about what to do when they got older. Living on a ranch was the solution we all came up with. Back then, it was more a joke, since they were not of that age yet, but in the past year, I decided to get a ranch and make it happen.

My wife and I found a ranch in New Mexico. We were to all move there at the end of March, 2019. We had selected a ranch with lots of acres,  a beautiful home and a casita "guest house". The plan was to have my mother and Gahan get set up at an assisted living facility and  spend some time there and the rest with us at the ranch. 

We are still going to the ranch, where we will spread my mother's ashes. Gahan will be in our care at the casita, and we will also find him a memory care unit in Santa Fe since he also needs daily medical care.

Memory care is wildly expensive. More so than assisted living. If we could cover the cost ourselves, we would. We can't, and Gahan and my mother did not save for anything like this. We are asking his fans to help us, help Gahan.

That's what this is all about. Making the rest of Gahan's days as wonderful as they can be.

I know this is a sad story, but it is only the end of the story that is sad. My mother lived a wonderful, full, life. She was a published novelist, she wrote articles in too many magazines to mention. Gahan, of course, is one of the greatest cartoonists to have ever picked up a pen.

Thank you.

Paul Winters

37429322_155162865977563_r.jpegPaul Winters, at the New Mexico ranch, 2019
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Gahan was interviewed today for a newspaper piece that will probably go out nationwide. The people on the reporting team were very sweet and sensitive to Gahan.

Gahan was on his game...speaking about his life and other things.

Dealing with all of this sometimes seems surreal. Almost like it is not happening. Today, it was all solidified. As I was being interviewed, there was no denying that what is going on is, "going on".

We did the interview up at the house. We are all in boxes and getting ready to move to the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico).
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When I first met Gahan I was a really little kid. I remember he had this black Triumph sports car and he would take us all for rides. With my brother and I bundled up in the back jump seat, the four of us (my mother up front) would head off from Manhattan to windy country roads.

Years later, after a stint with a red Volkswagon beetle, Gahan was now driving a red Austin Healey Sprite. It was a another two seater with a rag top and a little jump seat in the back. It was 1968 and my brother and I came to stay; this time for good at my Mom and Gahan's Key West, Florida home.

As we all settled in to this new living arrangement, it was soon obvious that the four of us were having trouble navigating in the two seater Sprite. One day, Gahan went out and returned with a white, Volkswagon bus. I know it probably broke his heart to trade in the Austin Healy, but he did. That was how he was.

It being the late 1960's my stock went up when I first showed up at White Street Pier driving a VW bus. Good times.
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Over one thousand people have donated to this campaign. It seems Gahan has a very large family! Thank you, one and all.

Rainy day in Arizona. What do do?

I have a friend who's goats just had some little kids. So, we all went to visit the goats today.

That was the high point of the day.

Pretty good day!

Paul Winters
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What a great day!

I went over to see Gahan this morning and was going to take him out for a drive.

As I came in I asked one of the staff at the memory care ward how he was doing. She said, great.

Where is he?

He's eating.

I peeked around a corner and he looked good. I decided not to bother him and I used the time to talk with the nurse.

So, he's doing pretty good?

Oh, yeah, he's settling in really nicely.


He even drew me this drawing.

She opened an official looking binder on a cart and there was a beautiful, signed, Gahan Wilson cartoon of a very cheerful, mouse, dressed in clothes walking along.

They were all coloring, and I asked him to draw me a picture, and he drew this.

I smiled.

You know it's worth a lot of money, I told her.

I know, she said.

I slipped out without disturbing his flow on the day. I'm so happy he is adjusting to the memory care side of things.

They're treating him like a celebrity and they are getting him to draw cartoons. Sweet.
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