Mark Fiore wasn’t the only cartoonist that took home a Pulitzer Prize this week. Matt Richtel, who pens the Rudy Park comic strip under the name Theron Heir took home a Pulitzer Prize this week for the New York Times for a series of articles on distracted driving.
The series generated the biggest impact of anything The Times published in 2009. By the end of the year, state legislators had proposed more than 200 bills variously barring drivers from texting or phoning or requiring hands-free headsets. In an abrupt turnabout, cellphone companies and auto makers said they would support new curbs, and cellphone companies hurriedly mounted campaigns warning customers about the practice.
Apologies to Matt for not catching this on Monday with the other announcements were made. It wasn’t until I was reading an unrelated article about winners when his name caught my eye. Congratulations.