Class of 1949
Bill Sanders graduated from Pompano Beach High School in 1949. He played quarterback on the Beanpicker football team and guard on the Basketball team. He was named to the Florida All State Basketball team in1948. He attended Western Kentucky University on a football scholarship where he set an NCAA passing record and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.
He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and was discharged in Tokyo Japan, where he worked as a general assignment reporter and feature writer for Pacific Stares and Stripes. Upon his return the U.S. he worked as a political cartoonist for the Greensboro Daily News, the Kansas City Star and the Milwaukee Journal.
Sanders cartoons were distributed to over 100 newspapers during his active career. He has been listed in Whoâ€™s Who In America and Whoâ€™s Who In American Graphic Arts. He was recently inducted into the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame and the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame at Western Kentucky University.
Newsweek Magazine, in a feature article on Sanders, referred to him as the â€œJournalâ€™s ornery and unorthodox house cartoonist who stinging bite rivals that of Herblockâ€, the legendary Washington Post cartoonist.
James Fixx, writing in Norman Cousinâ€™s Saturday Review said Sanders cartoons â€œcould make the opposition gag on their morning breakfast.â€
Presidents John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Harry Truman have collected his cartoons as well as museums including The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. His cartoons have graced the walls of the White House and offices of Americaâ€™s leading Congressmen, Senators and Ambassadors.
He has been featured on CBS, NBC and National Public Radio and Television. During a trip to England, Sanders was featured on the BBC National Television program 24 Hours. He and his wife were honored at a reception by Princess Margaret.
Recently two of his cartoons were auctioned at a charity event at the National Press Club for $1,500. He has written and drawn seven books of political essays and cartoons, including Run For The Oval Room , They Canâ€™t Corner Us There (President Nixon), Adventures In Whopperland (President Bush) and Whopperland Two, The Final Chapter. His current website is Sanders Cartoon-Commentary. He and his wife Joyce are retired and living in Ft.Myers, Florida, where he is writing his memoirs for New South Books.
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