|Collection||CITY, SAMCC Gifts to Share|
|Scope & Content||Original Newton Pratt cartoon from the Sacramento Bee|
|Dates of Creation||appeared in Sacramento Bee Monday ?|
|Title||The Easy Way|
From Sacramento History Journal v.IV no.I, 2004, "The Crusty & Critical Newton Pratt: Political Cartoonist," by James E. Henley:
Newton Pratt's long career evolved from a stint as an "office boy" to the position of '"copy boy" at the Sacramento Bee. He went on to become an "axe man," draftsman, head draftsman, and associate engineer at the California division of highways. Even though during the era of Arthur Buel and Harold J. Wahl (Bee political cartoonists) he had contributed a number of cartoons to the Bee on a freelance basis, Pratt stated that he was hired as the Bee's political cartoonist on February 1, 1937 and it became full-time by 1939. He would maintain that position until 1971. In those 34 years, he would produce about 7,500 cartoons. During this long and producative period, friends and colleagues remember him as a crusty and critical curmudgeon. A sort of stereotype emerged from a compilation of friends and associates opinions:
Quiet man of few words, barely 5'6" tall, opinionated, volatile, and early morning pacer with hands behind back, preoccupied, covered with rubber eraser waste, skilled craftsman, fiercely loyal and respected by peers.
Upon retirement, he committed himself to his passion for gardening, especially camellias and painting landscapes.
World War II