Monday, July 16, 2007


Upon my return to the Normal World yesterday, I was saddened to hear of the death last Tuesday morning of Doug Marlette, Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist and creator of the syndicated comic strip “Kudzu.” Marlette was killed in an automobile accident on a rain-slick Mississippi highway.

“Kudzu” was especially meaningful to me because the strip was started in 1981, the same year SWMBO and I moved to the Atlanta area for the first time. For us newly-arrived Georgians absorbing the culture of the Southeast, Marlette’s strip was especially resonant, with characters that were clearly drawn from Real Life (if a bit exaggerated).

Doug, we hardly knew ye. You will be missed.

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