Tony, I was a big fan of your art, wit and intellect before Iever came to Philadelphia, and will be one wherever yourpen rests. May you long continue to enliven and enlightenour civic conversations.
Good luck, Tony: In my opinion, you epitomize journalisticexcellence. Your cartoons — from Watergate to policeviolence in the days of Frank Rizzo to the MOVE bombing,Vince Fumo’s corruption trial and the great Phillies andFlyers teams — will always symbolize the history of ournation and our city. I wish you good health, happiness andfulfillment in the next chapter of your life and career. Allthe best. (One footnote: My office, here in Arizona, has atleast five of your cartoons — framed to preserve them —spanning the years of your work at The Inquirer. They beginin the Rizzo era and end with the corruption trial of VinceFumo. Thanks very much for the delight and insight you’veprovided to thousands of readers. I know you’ll continue todo so in your new job.)
It was a privilege to be one of Tony’s“unindicted co-conspirators” for 10years on the Editorial Board. Manypeople don’t realize Tony’s vitalcontribution beyond cartooning.His questions, indignation, outrage,humor, sadness, admirationresonate through the editorials andcommentary written by his colleagues.There were disagreements, sure, butin the end, Tony always made usthink. Thank you, my friend.
Cynthia Holm Henry
Tony, I will miss you in the newsroom, but you arecontemplating a great new gig. And I know we will see yourwork elsewhere! I first met you when you shared a housewith Don Drake and Pat McBroom. Yikes!
True story: In early 1990s, I traveled to Bermuda for a bikerace. The race organizers arranged for us to stay in localhomes. Lisa and I were taken in by a local attorney and hiswife. We were put in the bedroom of a son who had grownand moved on. It turned out the son was an aficionadoof editorial cartoons. Imagine our surprise to discover anextensive collection of Tony’s work, given pride of place.It made it clear, if it wasn’t already, that Tony was a starwell beyond our region. What a delight to have worked withyou, Tony. What a pleasure to be able to tell others we werecolleagues.
Tony, congrats on a great career. The Inquirer won’t be thesame without you.
Benjamin Yerby Lowe
Like the rest of Philadelphia, I’ll miss Tony in the Inky. But,apparently, like a lot of other Philly journos — I fortunatelyhave a piece of Tony on my office wall at home … Anamazing cartoon he did that ran with a series I wrote aboutthe takeover of Camden. His drawing said it more sharplythan my thousands of words ever could have.