In the Arena

A Friend Remembered

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Kathleen Parker reminds me that five years ago our dear friend Doug Marlette was killed in an auto accident in Mississippi. Doug was a Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist, a writer and an all-world iconoclast. He had a dangerous, insidious, hilarious lovely mind. I can’t even begin to imagine the fun he’d be having with Barack Obama and, especially, Mitt Romney this year. My thoughts today are with Doug’s widow, Melinda, and his son Jackson–and with Kathleen and Pat Conroy and Doug’s other true friends.

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swissArmyBrainBETA
swissArmyBrainBETA

Sounds like a great guy.  However, the fact that a Pulitzer is given for cartoons... ugh.  At its absolute best, it's clever mockery, and gives me a brief chuckle.  No cartoon has never made really anyone think, or even feel anything beyond, "haha, nice one."  Pulitzer my a__.

formerlyjamesm
formerlyjamesm

There are over 20 categories of award, and editorial cartoon is one.   It doesn't take anything away from other literature, news, or arts categories.  The genius of some in that category is worthy of recognition.  They are very sophisticated bumper stickers, and after all, that is the extent of the information on which many people vote.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Kinda liked his strip "Kudzu" but he made Rev. Will B. Dunn the star of the show, of whom I kinda tired. 

BTW is Jackson the same as his son Andy or a different son?

http://www.tampabay.com/opinio...

formerlyjamesm
formerlyjamesm

Trusty Wikipedia...Andy is his nephew.  There were 10 eulogists at Marlette's funeral, including Joe Klein and Pat Conroy.

OT, but I am intrigued by the North Carolina connection of so many brilliant people. Recently, we lost Andy Griffin, theres Thomas Wolfe, and my favorite professor of english in college, just a few people I think about often.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

...and I'm sure you meant Griffith.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Thx for the clarification.

Thx for the memories, all.