The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) is reporting that Bob “Dreb” Drebelbis, a long-time member and former Secretary Treasurer of the organization, has passed away at the age of 94. Dreb was the cartoonist for the Harrison Daily Times in Arkansas during the 70’s and 80’s.
The AAEC recounts that Dreb was famous for an encounter with Doug Marlette at the 1982 AAEC convention.
In fact, it was Drebelbis who famously -and literally – threw Doug Marlette out of the 1982 San Francisco convention for being behind on dues and trying to charge his room to the AAEC.
R.C. Harvey recalled “When he was confronted by [Dreb], who attempted to advise him of his error, Marlette brushed him off. The gentleman in question took umbrage at this and grabbed Marlette by the collar and marched him away; [Marlette] never came back…”