My First Subscriber
The Sanders County Ledger
Thompson Falls, Montana
Having coffee with Doc Eggensperger (left),
the first publisher to subscribe to my then-new
editorial cartoon service.
Twenty years ago when I began my career as a smalltown cartoonist, little
did I know what extraordinary adventures lay ahead.
Little did I know that I'd be cartooning from four continents for more than 1500 newspapers. Or that I'd be visiting hundreds of schools to teach kids
Or that I'd be inspiring a Nashville television special, ramroddin'
America's biggest cattle drive in 100 years, joining a government trade mission to Asia, coaching a softball team along the Yukon River, breaking wild horses in New Mexico, inciting a revolution in Tasmania, or be launching from an aircraft carrier off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Whew!
It's like I've been a poster child for Helen Keller's dictum: "Life is either an exciting adventure or nothing at all."
But that's how it's gone. And I'm forever grateful for that chilly
Monday morning just before Thanksgiving, 1978, when I wandered
into the Ledger office in Thompson Falls, had a cup of coffee
with ol' Doc Eggensperger, signed him up, and launched "Barry's
Cartoons" as my life's work.
Who knows what the next twenty years will bring. But I assure
you I'll be doing my best to give your readers cartoons the kind
of cartoons they'll really enjoy — and you'll be proud to run.
Happy Turkey Day,