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July 24, 2006

Bob McCausland, 1916-2006

Bob McCausland, a cartoonist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the artist behind Seattle's popular Hairbreadth Husky sports cartoon, died Friday evening, apparently while attending a performance of Garrison Keillor's in Woodinville. Hairbreadth Husky ran from 1959 to 1981 and as a throwback to that era where sports teams -- in this case the University of Washington's -- and comics in the newspaper more naturally served as rallying points for a community. It's hard to imagine a modern audience laughing at the Harry cartoons, but as the bearer of a positive, humorous message on something for which local audience had great enthusiasm, it proved to be a popular and much-beloved feature. A book collecting some of the best samples came out in 1982. The artist worked for the Post-Intelligencer from 1945 until his retirement. He is survived by a wife of 65 years and two sons.
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