Tuesday, July 10, 2007

In Memory: Doug Marlette

Today remains Tuesday, 10 July 2007.

Not to upstage “the lady”, but, bitter alas, The Museum of the Bourgeois must note the following, breaking news in the town where HH lives.

With great sorrow, The Museum of the Bourgeois notes the death this morning of Doug Marlette, as honoured an editorial cartoonist as one could find anywhere.

Details are scant at the moment, but Marlette had been in North Carolina to bury his father on Friday last, and was a passenger in a car on his way to visit friends in Oxford, Mississippi, when the car hydroplaned in heavy rain, and he perished.

Marlette was editorial cartoonist for The Tulsa World.

Who could fault an artist who titled one of his books, A Town So Backwards Even the Episcopalians Handle Snakes?

The Museum of the Bourgeois extends profound sorrow to the family and friends of Doug Marlette.

"Finding the ideas that punch my ticket means following the heat of passion through society’s totems and taboos,” he said in a 1988 Charlotte Observer interview. “A columnist or editorial writer can say the president is insensitive to the handicapped, but a cartoonist can draw him pushing somebody in a wheelchair down the stairs.”


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