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Paul Conrad passes away at age 86
Three time Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Conrad has passed away at the age of 86 surrounded by family MSNBC reports.
He was fierce in his liberalism and expressed it with a stark, unmistakable visual style. Southern California political junkies for decades would start their day either outraged or delighted at a Conrad drawing.
The Times said in a Saturday story that its longtime publisher came to expect that his breakfast would be interrupted by an angry phone call from then-governor Ronald Reagan or wife Nancy, peeved by a Conrad cartoon that made them look foolish.
Conrad’s favorite target was President Richard Nixon. At the time of the president’s resignation, Conrad drew Nixon’s helicopter leaving the White House with the caption: “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest.”
“He always said he was most proud of being on Nixon’s enemies list,” David Conrad said.
On a personal note, I met Paul one time back in 1998 at the AAEC convention in Las Vegas. He was amiable and approachable for someone of his legendary status. He wasn’t the type to beat around the bush either. He was quick to compliment the state of Utah from which I hail, but equally quick to voice his displeasure with our conservative Republican Senator Hatch. His status as one of the great US editorial cartoonists is secure in history.