|(Courtesy Morning Journal)|
(Longtime readers of this blog remember that I'm a big fan of his Passing Scene cartoons and featured many of them in this space over the last few years, such as in this two-part series.)
Gene Patrick had a unique ability to sum up the week's local news events in simple cartoons that were funny, but never mean-spirited. His likenesses of local politicians and other officials were dead on, and added to the enjoyment of the strip.
Besides working for the Journal, he had several other careers. I'm sure many of you remember Gene's Hobby Hub, his small hobby shop that was located next to Yala's Pizza. And he had a career out in Hollywood as an extra in movies and TV shows.
I put out the call a few years ago to try and find out how he was doing, and had hoped that he would Google his name at some point, find his many mentions on this blog, and consequently drop me a line. I'm disappointed that it never happened.
"The Passing Scene" was one of my favorite Journal features.
In 1968 and 1969 when I was a Lorain Journal photojournalist, the photo staff (Norm Bergsma, Bob Smith and I) shared an office with Gene so we all became good friends. Some may not know Gene was a good photographer in his own right.
If you watch the old Mary Tyler Moore television show, you can see Gene in the background portraying the station's graphic artist. As far as I know, he never had any lines on camera.
In an interesting twist, I also act in movies and television shows. I also sometimes work as the Director of Photography, too.
Rest in peace, my old friend!
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