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Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist Paul Conrad dies at 86


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Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist Paul Conrad dies at 86

Paul Conrad, 86, a political cartoonist who won three Pulitzer Prizes by turning his outrage into journalistic art but who was even more proud of being named to the Nixon administration's enemies list during the Watergate era, died Sept. 4 at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. His family did not provide a cause of death.

Mr. Conrad spent most of his career at the Los Angeles Times, where he demanded and received the freedom to draw cartoons about any subjects he chose. Two of his favorite subjects were Californians who moved east to take up residence in the White House: Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

Mr, Conrad was a friend of the family and lived about 5 minutes away from me. He knew my father very well and I had the opportunity to meet him several times. A very outspoken individual--he was brilliant and he knew it.

Artists of that caliber are... complicated individuals. He was an American original; during the golden age of political cartoons, he was one of the giants.


.... One great cartoonist dies and yet we can't seem to get rid of our own local trolling wannabe.
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