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Editorial cartoonists had a memorable 1988 encounter with singer Robert Plant, whose many Led Zeppelin credits include The Song Remains the Same.

That incident will be described later in this story, but the Zeppelin song (and film) title has some relevance to the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists as it nears its 50th-anniversary convention July 4-7 in Washington, D.C. -- where the AAEC held its first meeting in 1957.

There also was that aforementioned 1988 encounter with former Zeppelin frontman Plant, who happened to be staying at the same Milwaukee hotel as AAEC conventioneers. Several cartoonists (including Rob Rogers) were having drinks with the singer when J.D. Crowe - then of The San Diego Tribune - decided to play a joke on the rock legend. Crowe made believe he thought Plant was singer David Coverdale of Whitesnake, a band considered somewhat derivative of Led Zeppelin. An enraged Plant proceeded to head-butt Crowe.

Plant didn't have a "Whole Lotta Love" for Crowe at that point, but the two ended up burying the hatchet and posing with Rob Rogers for a photo. "Just as the picture was being snapped, Plant, who's a good two or three inches shorter than Rob and I, hoisted himself up to appear taller," recalled Crowe, who's now with the Press-Register in Mobile, AL. [more]
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