|Flat Chad is based on the Flat Stanley children's book written
by Jeff Brown. Briefly, Stanley Lambchop (Lambchop?) is a small boy living
a perfectly normal life until one day a bulletin board falls on him and renders
him flat. Rather than lament his condition, he decides to take advantage
of it. For one thing, it's now easy for him to travel, because all he has
to do is put himself in an envelope (or have someone, such as his mother, put
him in an envelope) and have himself mailed to wherever he wants to go.
Nowadays, there are all sorts of Flat Stanley projects around
the country where groups of kids at schools and so forth create Flat Stanleys,
mail them around the country and world, and ask that photographs of Stanley in
various exotic locales be sent back to the kids. You can read all about it
at any number of websites, such as this one.
In our case, we brought with us a fellow patterned (literally
as well as figuratively!) after Flat Stanley, but ours is called Flat Chad.
Chad accompanied us on our trip to the southwest in 2003, and this page begins
the chronicle of his adventures.