|Birth: ||Dec. 27, 1917|
|Death: ||Sep. 27, 1999|
CLIFFORD BALDOWSKI, 81, POLITICAL CARTOONIST: - September 29, 1999
Retired political cartoonist Clifford Baldowski, who spent more than three decades chronicling the characters who made up Georgia politics and the American landscape, died Monday of heart failure. He was 81.
Mr. Baldowski, known by his pen name ''Baldy,'' worked for The Atlanta Constitution from 1950 until his retirement in 1982. He also worked for The Augusta Chronicle and The Miami Herald.
''Dad always had a knack for art,'' Mr. Baldowski's son, Ken, said Tuesday. ''He often said that while the teacher was discussing geometry, he was sitting there sketching his classmates or sketching the teacher.''
The Augusta native attended The Citadel and the Arts Student League of New York. He received a Bronze Star during World War II and had retired as a colonel in the Air Force Reserve.
He got his start as a cartoonist at The Chronicle, where his father worked as an advertising executive. He also worked in Miami before joining The Constitution.
''He was very involved during the South's segregation period,'' Ken Baldowski said.
''Daddy's strong suit was Georgia politics. He knew the characters. He knew the follies and foibles of Georgia politics. He just had that knack of putting it in pen.''
Edward B. Skinner, former vice president for newspapers at Morris Communications Corp., the parent company of The Chronicle, said Mr. Baldowski was an excellent political cartoonist.
''He was The Chronicle's first cartoonist and stayed with us a number of years,'' he said. ''He was with us during some of the political changes in Augusta. He was an excellent cartoonist and did a lot of good for the newspapers he served.''
During a visit to then-Gov. Herman Talmadge's office as a young artist, Mr. Baldowski was honored to see his cartoons on the walls. He was surprised, however, to see that the ones Mr. Talmadge had chosen all portrayed the governor negatively.
When Mr. Baldowski asked about that, Mr. Talmadge responded, ''When you are in a political cartoon, you know you have arrived,'' Ken Baldowski said.
Many of the 15,000 cartoons Mr. Baldowski drew during his career will soon be featured at the University of Georgia's Richard B. Russell Library.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Christiansen Baldowski, East Point; three sons, Ken Baldowski and Clifford Baldowski Jr., both of East Point, and William J. Baldowski, Morrow; a daughter, Elizabeth Lynn Walker, Morrow; and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Union City.
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