Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Remembering Editor and Cartoonist Bill Dunn

Bill Dunn, newspaper editor and cartoonist, died on January 18, 2013. He was 62 years old. He was being treated for esophageal cancer. The World-Herald news service has his obituary here.

Don Smith, Grand Island Independent Publisher:
"'Bill was one of those rare people who possessed great intelligence and wisdom, and yet had a wonderfully gifted creative genius and sharp sense of humor. 
"'Bill worked hard to give the newspaper a strong, fair voice and develop the page of opinion into a vibrant public forum,” Smith said. 'Bill’s editorial cartoons and Louie Longshot illustrations were popular staples of the Independent that really elevated Bill to celebrity status in the region.'"

Jeff Koterba remembers Grand Island Independent editor and cartoonist Bill Dunn in a prose piece titled Editor's voice will be missed. That's Jeff's editorial cartoon above.

"Bill’s imagination never rested. If he wasn’t creating, he was thinking about ideas that would make people think, understand, laugh and sometimes get steamed. Bill could rarely go out in public without being approached by his growing legion of fans. You would be hard pressed to find a more genial or accessible editor than Bill.

"The Independent was truly blessed to have had a world-class editorial cartoonist, newspaper leader, and genuinely great human being on staff for these past 13 years."

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