As a little kid, I couldn’t wait to open up the Courier-Journal and draw Hugh Haynie’s political cartoon. I dreamed of growing up and making a living doing social commentary just like the late Hugh Haynie did.
On September 30, 2013, I finally got a chance to peek into the long-vacated political cartoonist office on the Courier-Journal’s 3rd floor. Mr. Haynie was succeeded by Nick Anderson, who went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for his cartooning. Anderson now works for the Houston Chronicle.
Standing in this little office today, I imagined the swirling creative pressure that bore down on both Haynie and Anderson as deadlines approached.
The Frazier History Museum is featuring a Hugh Haynie cartoon exhibit through January 2014. The collection consists of 100 of Mr. Haynie’s best works as selected by his son, Jefferson County Family Court Judge Smith Haynie.
The Courier-Journal invited my TV co-host Rachel Platt and me to record a video piece about books that changed our lives, part of a CJ campaign to encourage school kids to read more books. We recorded our video in a room I’d visited 28 years earlier.