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October 26, 2010 | Dennis McLellan
Alexander Anderson Jr., a pioneer television cartoonist who created the landmark duo of Crusader Rabbit and Rags the Tiger and two of TV's most enduring characters, Rocky and Bullwinkle, has died. He was 90. Anderson, a longtime resident of Pebble Beach who had Alzheimer's disease, died Friday at a rest home in Carmel, said his son, Terry M. Anderson. The nephew of Paul Terry, whose Terrytoons cartoons included "Mighty Mouse" and "Heckle and Jeckle," the Berkeley-born Anderson had apprenticed at his uncle's studio in New Rochelle, N.Y., as a young man before serving in World War II and returned to work there after the war. With television beginning its domination over radio as the at-home entertainment medium of choice in the late 1940s, Anderson proposed that his uncle begin producing cartoons specifically for the newer medium.
October 27, 1985
In spite of all the hype about "The Golden Girls," we find the show to be mediocre. My friends and I watched it the first few times and then gave up. The women all represent personality extremes, and all are pretty ridiculous, especially the acid-tongued old crone. Why couldn't at least one of them be charming and normal? Must we look forward to being cartoon characters? The show strays far from its announced intention of depicting older women as attractive. Kathy Jennings, Santa Barbara
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