Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Cartoonist Marlette Killed in Car Accident

Tulsa World political cartoonist Doug Marlette has been killed in an automobile accident in northwest Mississippi. He was 57.

Marlette, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his political cartoons, was a native of North Carolina. He came to the World as a cartoonist in 2006.

Although he was best known for his cartoons, Marlette was also an accomplished writer. His most recent novel, Magic Time, was published to good reviews and sparked interest in Hollywood.

We met Doug a couple of times and found him an amiable and engaging man. Just a couple of weeks ago, in fact, we had a pleasant talk with Doug, admiring his Southern accent and gentle manner.

Marlette's time in Tulsa was far too short. Rest in Peace, Doug Marlette. You will be missed.

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