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Laid-off cartoonist will work for Ogden newspaper as a freelancer

Published January 15, 2014 10:00 am

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Fans of longtime Standard-Examiner political cartoonist Calvin Grondahl apparently will see his cartoons in print even though the Ogden-based newspaper laid him off Friday.

Grondahl Tuesday evening wrote this on Facebook:" I met with my editors at lunch today and told them I would do a Sat. Caption Cal Contest cartoon and a Sunday editorial cartoon on a local subject of their choosing. I will be going in on Thurs. to use the newspaper computer until I can get set up and up to speed at home."

Grondahl indicated the Standard-Examiner will pay him as a freelancer. He thanked those he'd heard from after the layoff for their support.

Andy Howell, Standard-Examiner executive editor, said in a Tuesday Salt Lake Tribune story that the Standard-Examiner was pursuing proposals to cotinue working with Grondahl, who was among up to 12 people laid off.

A number of cartoonists, including The Tribune's Pat Bagley, view Grondahl as a mentor.

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Steve Benson of The Arizona Republic wrote this comment on The Tribune story about Grondahl's layoff:

"Cal's a great guy. Have known and admired him, his wicked wit and whimsical style for years. He's one of the most perceptive and thoughtful practitioners of the art form, with a local following and finger on the pulse of his community that is memorable and unmatched.

It was great to see him at the annual national convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists held in SLC last summer. He looked so classy in his fedora, as he drew chalk dinosaurs for the kiddies on the sidewalk at the Natural History Museum of Utah. And I don't care what the bean counters say. Cal is no dinosaur.

Ogden has lost an irreplaceable gem. What were they thinking?"