Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Remembering Ben Bradlee

Tributes have been made and articles written in honor of this great newspaper man who died earlier this week, so my eulogizing him here couldn't possibly add any value. But, I did want to share about the time I met him during a trip to the Washington Post, along with other editorial cartoonists. I managed to have a very brief one-on-one conversation with him, mostly swapping stories about Herblock. I know it's rather corny, but I asked him to sign my name tag ( told you it was corny). He chuckled, readily complied —then said something that warmed my heart. "Oh yes,"  while looking at the tag. "I know your work." Smiling broadly, he added, "good work." and shook my hand. I floated out of the building.

Wish I could find an editor like that now. 





Recent Cartoons (click on Images for larger view)


  "All We Have to Fear"
"Dubya Duty"

"Titan Lights"
In 1962, houses were demolished to make way for Alexandria public school, T.C. Williams (made famous in the movie, Remember the Titans). As a concession to residents in the surrounding neighborhood, a promise was made resulting in restrictions mandated by the City Council. The school's large athletic field would never have lights and no nighttime athletic events would be scheduled. The promise was reiterated in 2006 when the original school was demolished and a a super complex took its place. Last week, the Alexandria City Council caved in to athletic boosters who've advocated night events for decades. Restrictions were lifted. Lights would now be allowed and nighttime athletic events would be allowed.


    
"Obama Tanked"


Reading: 'How to Tank at War' by W.