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Cy Hungerford

Cartoon of Cy Hungerford drawn by himself.

Cyrus Cotton Hungerford was born in Manilla, Indiana. His family soon moved to Parkersburg, West Virginia. His first cartoon was "published Sept. 21, 1903 in the Parkersburg Sentinel."1 In the course of his newspaper career, Hungerford worked for the Wheeling Register; he joined the Pittsburgh Sun in 1912 and joined the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1927. He retired from the Post-Gazette in 1977 at the age of 89. He died May 25, 1983.

From 1915 to 1925 he did "a daily syndicated comic strip called 'Snoodles.'"2 In his cartoons, Hungerford good-naturedly chronicled Robert Garland's attempts to institute Daylight-Saving Time --an initiative which had its 20th century U.S. origins in Pittsburgh. During World War II Hungerford aided the war effort by drawing defense posters. Many of his cartoons of local, national and international figures were sought after by his subjects. Hungerford never attended college, but was the recipient of many awards and tributes. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Washington and Jefferson College. In 1966 he received a Golden Quill award. In 1970 he was a recipient of the Pennsylvania Awards of Excellence. His first wife Alice Meade, whom he married in 1942, died in 1964. He married his second wife Dorothy Goetz in 1966. She died in 1983.

Of his cartooning, Hungerford remarked: "The idea that comes quick is the true one."3 He was beloved for his gentle never rancorous style: "You can't preach. Bitterness and viciousness defeat their own purpose. Make people smile and think while they're smiling."4 --- blc

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Cy Hungerford: For Further Reading

"Cy Hungerford Dies, Famed P-G Cartoonist."
Bill Stieg.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 26 May 1983, 1, 4.
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"The Cy Hungerfords at Home."
Zora Unkovich.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2 November 1973, 11.

"Cy's Collection."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 9 April 1975, 7.

"Dorothy Hungerford, Teacher, Cartoonist's Wife."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 23 May 1983, 12.

"Gateway Gossip." [Cy Hungerford and President Lyndon B. Johnson.]
Vince Johnson.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 19 January 1968.

"Happy Birthday, Cy!"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 27 June 1980, 26.

"Historical Society Notes and Documents: The Hungerford Collection."
Annette Giovengo.
Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine (April 1983): 183-199.

[Hometown--Parkersburg, W. Va.--Hails Hungerford.]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1 April 1957, 6.

"Honor for Cy." [Exhibit.]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 19 April 1966.

"Hungerford's Best."
Greater Pittsburgh (November 1962): 22-24.

"Indelible Memories of a Fine Cartoonist."
Tim Menees.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10 August 1983, 19, 22.

"An Interview with Cy Hungerford."
Robert J. Gangewere.
Carnegie Magazine (May 1976): 200+.

"News of Books." [Special tribute to Cy Hungerford.]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 22 July 1978, 15.

"100,000 Pennsylvanians Name Notables:
Hungerford, 9 Others Get Excellence Awards:
Another Three with City Ties Honored."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 December 1970, 8.

"People Make a Newspaper:
Hungerford's Art Has Heart:
Cy Smiles While He Lampoons and Subjects Smile with Him."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8 February 1962.

"70-Year Career: Testimonial to Honor P-G's Hungerford."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 October 1973, 7.

"74 Years with the 'Dean': Cy Hungerford."
Alvin Rosensweet.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 25 August 1977, 23.
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"Time-Saving Effort Proved Time-Consuming."
[Robert Garland and Daylight-Saving Time.]
Judith A. Oliver.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5 April 1997, A1, A5.

"Total of 17 for Entire W. Pa. District:
Hungerford Wins Freedom Award:
10 Pittsburghers among Honored; Americanism Week Acclaimed."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 23 February 1954.

[Tributes from U.S. Cartoonists.]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2 November 1973, 27.
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[Washington Honor Medal--Freedom Foundation--1963 for a Cartoon.]
The Pittsburgh Press, 22 February 1964, 8.

"World Events Covered by Noted Cartoonist:
Cy Hungerford's Work Popular with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Readers for 39 Years."

Pennsylvania Internal Affairs Bulletin (July 1966): 16-17.