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Patrick Oliphant

LATEST NEWS:  Born Patrick Bruce Oliphant in Adelaide, Australia, in 1935, he knew from a young age that he "wanted to get into the newspaper thing." At 19 he was working as a copy boy at a local paper, the News (which, he notes, had just been inherited by the young Rupert Murdoch ). "They paid three pounds a week, so I soon went to the competition, the Advertiser, which paid 12 pounds a week," he recalls. "After I had been at the Advertiser for a while, they noticed I had a certain propensity for drawing, and they made me a cartoonist." He put in 10 years, and then went as far away as he could, which turned out to be a job at the Denver Post. In 1975, he was hired away by the Washington Star, where he worked until that paper folded in 1981.

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Caricatures of past presidents, vice presidents and presidential hopefuls will be on display in "The Body Politic: Caricatures by Pat Oliphant," a new exhibit that opens in Sweet Briar College’s Benedict Gallery Thursday. The pieces come from Sweet Briar’s permanent collection, highlighting work created by the cartoonist during a series of lectures there in 1992 and 1993. Politicians featured in this exhibit include Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Al Gore, among others, and organizers say the exhibit sheds a humorous light on American politics. "It’s a sign of a healthy society to be able to make fun of its leaders without being thrown in jail," said Karol Lawson, director of the college’s galleries. Oliphant, an Australian who immigrated to the U.S. in 1964, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967 and has won the National Cartoonist Society Editorial Cartoon Award seven times. He has worked for The Denver Post and The Washington Star, and his syndicated cartoons are now published nationwide.
Patrick "Pat" Oliphant (b. July 24, 1935 in Adelaide, Australia) is the most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world, described by the New York Times as "the most influential cartoonist now working". His trademark is a small penguin character named Punk, who is often seen making a sarcastic comment about the subject of the panel. Oliphant's career, which spans over fifty years, began in 1952 as a copyboy with the "Adelaide News". The Washington Star Cartoonist (1975-81)

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