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Posted: Thursday, August 07, 2008
Hayley Cox
hayley.cox@amarillo.com
Pat McCarthy, a champion boxer who turned to ink and paper as part of a long 
career with the Globe-News, has died. He was 76.
 
During a 30-year career in journalism and publishing, Lee Patrick McCarthy 
created editorial cartoons, book illustrations and greeting cards. A 
nationally syndicated cartoonist, his work appeared in newspapers 
across the country, including USA Today.

As a young man he was an avid boxer, winning the Golden Gloves boxing 
title twice in Texas and once in California in the early 1950s.
McCarthy, who died Tuesday, served as cartoonist and graphic artist 
for the Globe-News for several years in the 1970s and '80s. He created 
the popular "Bottom Up" panel starring the Weatherbird and a nameless 
worm that forecast each day's weather on the front page of the Amarillo 
Daily News.

McCarthy was an avid reader and studied issues from all sides, Center 
City Executive Director Beth Duke said Wednesday.
"His ability to communicate through those pen-and-ink drawings was 
masterful," said Duke, a former city editor for the Globe-News.
Duke, who worked with McCarthy off and on for 20 years, said he 
had a "wicked sense of humor."
"If you could see some of the cartoons that never ran," she said. 
"Some were not ready for prime time but they sure were funny."

He also had a fondness for practical jokes in the newsroom, Duke said.
McCarthy once kept a hair dryer to dry the ink on his cartoons, 
but had convinced reporters he ran a hair salon in his office 
after hours, she said.

McCarthy later did freelance work from a studio behind his Amarillo 
home and in September signed on with a weekly newspaper in Amarillo.
He also was a family man. He and his wife, Jodi, had one son, Tim, 
who reminisced Wednesday about a man he described as a "great father."
"We loved him and he will be missed," Tim McCarthy said.






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