Canadian editorial cartoonist Yardley Jones joins the Senior Strippers club
by celebrating his 90th birthday with friends on May 2, 2020.
NIck Lees celebrating in The Edmonton Journal:
Yardley, who had sold a cartoon to the Liverpool Echo in his teens, continued to draw and became The Edmonton’s Journal’s first editorial cartoonist in 1962.
He later worked as a cartoonist for both the Toronto Telegram and the Montreal Star, winning a National Newspaper award in 1971.
“Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was to present the awards and I didn’t attend the dinner,” says Yardley. “I thought he had screwed Alberta over resources.”
When he returned to the Journal in 1984, Yardley and I really gelled.
The mayoral candidates ride in on their horses. From left to right: Margaret Campbell, Stephen Clarkson (riding atop Keith Davey), and William Dennison. Cartoon by John Yardley-Jones. Source: The Telegram, November 29, 1969. (via The Torontoist)
Yardley’s entry at Canadian Animation, Cartooning and Illustration:
Born 1930, in Liverpool, England, he grew up in Wales.
He became a boxer at age 14 years and fought 150 professional fights over nine years. Over this time he
studied to be a draftsman and freelanced cartoons to various English publications.
Happy Birthday Yardley!