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Eric Shansby success story

The Hartford Courant has a great article on Eric Shansby, who at age 17 was asked to illustrate Washington Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten’s Below the Beltway column. It’s been two years and Shansby is now at Yale and still working with Weingarten.

Weingarten tells it differently.”After I talked to his high school journalism class, Shansby shuffled up to me, staring at the floor, handed me a sheaf of papers and mumbled something about how he drew pictures, and would I like to take a look? I remember him delivering this line with an infantile lisp: `Mithter Weingarten,’ which probably speaks to the stammering, obsequious attitude with which he approached me,” Weingarten wrote in an e-mail message. “I tucked his papers under my arm and said something noncommittal.

“It wasn’t until I got home that I opened it up and saw this breathtaking stuff. Then I had to figure out how to find him, because, as I recall, he hadn’t remembered to include, like, his name or phone number.”

Link tip from Darrin Bell on Toon Talk.

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