Derby Ulloa meets Bob Hope in 1977.
In 1977 Les Loggins
was president of the Duval County Young Republicans
and found out that Bob Hope was coming to Jacksonville, FL to meet
with Dr. Frances Kinney, who was then the president of Jacksonville
University. Les Loggins wanted to honor Bob Hope for his good work
as a Republican. Derby Ulloa was then an active member of the
Young Republicans and Les knew that Derby was an art professor at
FCCJ. Les decided to commission Derby (for a fee) to sculpt a
miniature statue of an elephant (the symbol of the Republican
Party). But Derby said he would do it for free if he would be
allowed to personally present the sculpture to Mr. Hope and have an
8 x 10 glossy photo presented to Derby showing him presenting the
sculpture to Mr. Hope. The photo (depicted below) shows Derby
presenting the sculpture to Mr. Hope, with Les Loggins in the
background. Mr. Hope kept this sculpture in his private collection
until he died in 2003. The sculpture is now maintained in the
Library of Congress, along with other art pieces from the Hope
Click here to see Derby's elephant sculpture at the Library of
Congress website. Click the back button on your browser when done.
Later Derby also did political cartoons for The Challenger,
the state Republican newspaper and also did illustrations and
cartoons for the Jacksonville Jelly Bean Bulletin during the
Ronald Reagan years.