Sandy Sleighfoot (as Les Aventures de Célestin in Quebec newspaper Le Soleil, 1963)
Jim Unwin was an American illustrator and comic artist. Together with June Unwin, he created the children's book 'Sandy Sleighfoot', inspired by and in memory of their late friend Lt. George W. Crane IV, in 1957. The intention of the book was to learn young and old alike that God has made each of us for a good purpose.'Little Sandy Sleighfoot' started as a seasonal newspaper strip in 1958, that ran annually in late November through Christmas until 1961. It became daily comic strip under the title 'Sandy Sleighfoot's Adventures' in January 1962, and was syndicated by Hopkins Syndicate until 1989, although at the end presumably only reprints.
The artist was born James A. Unwin in Chicago, Illinois, and eventually settled in Saugatuck. Unwin was also a professional golfer, who worked at Sunny Brook near Grand Rapids, Clear Brook, West Shore, Winding Creek in western Michigan and at a golf course near Sarasota, Florida, for many winters. He was a commercial artist and designed ads for many local businesses. He also worked as a maintenance man at St. Peter Parish in Allegan County for about 10 years. James Unwin passed away in Douglas in March 2013, at the age of 83.