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Milt Priggee, (Milt Priggee / The Spokesman-Review)
Milt Priggee, (Milt Priggee / The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

I fondly remember Milt Priggee from the days when he was employed by the Spokesman-Review; one of the first things I read in the paper in those wonderful days was the political cartoon, to see who or what Milt had set firmly as his targets. He never was particularly shy about whom he chose as targets for his illustrious pen, either.

Given the relative successes we have enjoyed with David Horsey's excellent political cartoons as of late, last week I sat down and wrote a note in e-mail to Milt Priggee asking for permission to post his cartoons in Community Comment as well, more or less dreading the response I might get because he once was fired from the Spokesman. I was in for a surprise when he agreed. No let's make that ecstatic when Milt said yes, responding quizzically, “Care to share what has changed?” to which I responded with the entire history of Community Comment beginning with former Editor Steve Smith up to and including the present, making haste to point out that neither Jeanie nor I are members of the Spokesman staff.

However, if you are unfamiliar with Priggee's incredible talent, his sense of humor and sometimes dry wit, you should visit his home page, and view the entire scope of what Milt has drawn from the beginning. Some of his drawings and cartoons are classics in journalism, but that isn't to say he hasn't stepped on some toes while he was at it. After all, isn't that one of the objectives of drawing cartoons for a living?

In addition to occasionally ruffling feathers that needed ruffling, Milt has been an award winner in the Associated Press Society of Ohio, Mencken Awards, National Newspaper Association, Overseas Press Club, the Small Business Foundation of America, Inc., Pacific Northwest Journalists, the Fischetti Editorial Cartoon, and The First Iran Internet Cartoon contests.

So, I am proud to include Milt Priggee in our little piece of space and look forward to seeing his humor rippling up from the Community Comment ballroom each day.


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