Teacher, longtime Sawdust exhibitor and creator of PBS' "Dragon Tales" Ron Rodecker returns this summer to Laguna Beach.
Rodecker is the guest artist at the show where his Dragon's Castle was for decades one of the most popular booths on the Sawdust grounds.
He will make his first appearance at the show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. He expects to be at the show on alternate weekends throughout the summer, traveling from his woodsy Northern California home.
Rodecker, his wife, Katherine, and their two dogs moved from Laguna in 2004.
"It was time for a change," he said then.
Many felt he was looking at the wrong clock.
"It felt like I let the whole town down," Rodecker said Wednesday.
Rodecker was a fixture in Laguna Beach since he began teaching here in 1963.
Among his students were Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman's son, Nick; cartoonist John Lara; and a host of students at the now-closed Aliso and El Morro elementary schools and at Thurston Middle School, where he met his future wife.