As Ron McGeary reminds us, it was 20 years ago today that the great Jeff MacNelly left us.
Jeff is acclaimed as one of the finest editorial cartoonists of all time. Praise proven by his winning three Pulitzer Prizes in the years from 1972 to 1985; and winning two Reuben Awards during those years. (For 1978 Jeff won The Pulitzer Prize, the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year, and the inaugural Thomas Nast Prize; all three honoring his editorial cartooning.)
There is very good reason why Jeff was considered the best in his field during his time.
Here are some tributes to Jeff at the time of his death in June 2000.
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The Chicago Tribune obituary (via The Charlotte Observer):
Kevin Kalluagher and Neil A. Grauer from The Baltimore Sun:
Gary Varvel in The Indianapolis Star:
Tony Auth from The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Jim Morin of The Miami Herald:
Jim Shumaker interview:
Dave Barry’s tribute:
Jeff MacNelly is rightfully in The Pantheon of Cartooning.
Hat tip to Susie MacNelly, Gary Brookins, and Ron McGeary.
On a personal note, Jeff’s cartoons were my inspiration to become an editorial cartoonist, and I had the good-fortune of landing a job in 1979 as the editorial cartoonist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, working right around the corner from Jeff who was at the afternoon Richmond News Leader. Jeff was not only an inspiration, but my mentor and friend. I still miss him 20 years later.