Cartoonist Clyde Peterson Leaves ‘Houston Chron’ as Nick Anderson Joins

By: E&P Staff

Editorial cartoonist Clyde Peterson is leaving the Houston Chronicle after 41 years and more than 12,000 drawings, according to an article in Saturday’s Chronicle.

His previously announced successor is 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Anderson, the Washington Post Writers Group-syndicated creator who’s leaving The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky.

Peterson — also known as C.P. Houston — joined the Chronicle in 1965 after stints as a U.S. Army sergeant, advertising copywriter, saloon caricaturist, and bouncer.

He “arrived at the Chronicle without an appointment and unannounced, never having published an editorial cartoon in his life,” wrote James Howard Gibbons, editor of the Chronicle’s opinion pages, in the paper’s Saturday story. “He boldly gave his portfolio to the receptionist, saying, ‘Show this to the editor. I’ll be back in three hours.’ When Peterson returned he found, against all odds, the Chronicle’s editor, Everett Collier, and a team of senior subordinates waiting for him. Intrigued with Peterson’s work, Collier offered him a 90-day trial. …”

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