By Stilson Greene
For 38 years, I have written and drawn a weekly editorial cartoon for a Loudoun newspaper. First the Loudoun Times-Mirror, then Leesburg Today and finally Loudoun Now. It’s over 1,950 cartoons and miles of political ink. The time has come for me to put down my pen. Over the years I have worked with major publishers including George Barton, Brett Phillips and Norman Styer; not once did they censor or edit my work. They allowed my voice to speak from this panel and I am grateful to them.
During these 38 years, I have warned against the dangers and effects of bad development, praised the design of good planned development, praised the work and also reprimanded the work of the officials of Loudoun. I tried to do this with good humor and respect, because I have deep respect for anyone who enters this very public arena.
I have seen so many changes at Loudoun, some for the better and some for the worse.
I am not retiring; I will continue to run my graphic design and illustration business as I have for 42 years. I’m just closing the lid on the bottle of political ink.
Thank you Loudo. Thank you, Loudouners.
Editor’s Note: If you have been entertained, informed, agitated, or caricatured by an editorial cartoon of Stilson Greene over the past four decades, please join us for a reception honoring this public service on Thursday, April 14 from 5 p.m. to 19h. at the lookout behind the Laurel Brigade, 20 W. Market St. in Leesburg.