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Celebrate George Fisher’s 100th Birthday

Join the Friends of George, and the Central Arkansas Library System, on Saturday, April 8 from 1:30 to 3:30PM, to celebrate the Centennial of George Fisher’s birth. (Born 1923; Died, 2003)

  • Exhibit of George Fisher Political Cartoons and Caricatures.
  • Music by his beloved Rackensack Folk Society
  • Video Presentation
  • Birthday cake and refreshments

Come share in a journey through Arkansas’ colorful political history of the last half of the 20th century through the Legendary and award winning work of editorial cartoonist and caricaturist George Fisher. No one person better captured the era, and created indelible images of political and civic leaders that live on in history. And few people were more fun, colorful and talented than George. This event will be held in the Darragh Center at the Main Library, downtown.

CALS Press Release:

CALS, Friends to Commemorate Cartoonist George Fisher’s 100th birthday

(Little Rock, AR) — April 8 marks the 100th birthday of award-winning cartoonist George Fisher who from 1976 to 1991 was the chief editorial cartoonist for the Arkansas Gazette. He later produced cartoons for the Arkansas Times.

Fisher died in 2003 after drawing thousands of cartoons, including those featuring Orval Faubus and Bill Clinton among many other notable Arkansas political figures. Several books containing his cartoons–including those from the popular Old Guard Rest Home series–have been published. His work inspired the Farkleberry Follies (1967-1999), a theatrical show spoofing politicians and the Farkleberry Restaurant (1973-1988) in Little Rock’s Regions Bank Building which featured his cartoon portraits.

The Central Arkansas Library System and several of Fisher’s friends are planning a 100th birthday party in his memory on Saturday, April 8, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Darragh Center at the CALS Main Library, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock. Fisher’s cartoons and books will be displayed and stories about him will be shared. Special music will be provided by the Rackensack Folklore Society which was founded in Mountain View in 1963 to promote and preserve folk music. Fisher, who had a cabin at nearby Timbo, organized a Pulaski County chapter in the mid-1960’s and was a regular performer.

His first political cartoon was in 1937 during the US Senate special election between Governor Carl Bailey and Congressman John Miller following the death of Senator Joseph T. Robinson. His first published cartoon was of Governor Homer Adkins in 1944. One of his most notable cartoons was Governor Faubus addressing the legislature with everyone in the chamber, including legislators, statues, and even mice, looking like Faubus. Fisher was born in 1923 in Beebe and is buried there.

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