Kevin Kallaugher (aka KAL) is the man behind the insightful and often acerbic political cartoons that have appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide, among which is our own Baltimore Sun. His work epitomizes the age-old adage that the "pen is mightier than the sword." In one fell swoop, KAL can tie the tongue of President Obama, plaster a peace sign on the balding head of then Russian President Gorbachev, part the Red Sea with a dragon wearing a Star of David, reconfigure the politically precious Iowa campaign grounds into a snowball battle, along with poking fun at himself with a caricature of all the bizarre images that roam around in his head before they make their way onto paper.
Born March 23, 1955, in Norwalk, Conn., Kallaugher graduated from Harvard College with honors in Visual and Environmental Studies in 1977. He then took off on a bicycle tour of the British Isles, after which he joined the Brighton Bears Basketball Club, playing semi-pro with them. When the club ran into financial difficulties, Kallaugher found himself hanging out in Trafalgar Square and on Brighton Pier drawing caricatures of the tourists there.
It was in March of 1978 that The Economist recruited Kallaugher to become what would be their first resident cartoonist in its then 135-year-old history. The Economist is an anomaly referring to itself as a newspaper, but publishing more in the format of a news magazine.
Kallaugher returned to the United States in 1988 to join the Baltimore Sun as its cartoonist, while maintaining his working relationship with the Economist. In order to do so, he employed the use the Internet, then in its infancy, and he claims he was the first to do so.
This "marriage" of now 35 years is the impetus behind KAL's latest literary endeavor: "Daggers Drawn: 35 Years of KAL Cartoons at The Economist."
KAL will be appearing at the Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on Monday, April 29 for a Special Program and Book Signing from 1 to 2 p.m., sponsored by Friends of the Pikesville Library. A dessert reception follows at 2 p.m., sponsored by the Pikesville Senior Center.
The Reisterstown Senior Center welcomes Sally Cavanaugh as its new Director. Sally comes to them from the Mt Carmel/Prettyboy Senior Center, located in Parkton, MD.
Philanthropist Haron 'Hal' Dahan passed away on Monday, March 11 at the age of 87 from heart failure at Sinai Hospital.
Born and raised in Tiberias, Israel, he was the owner of Caddie Homes No. 13 and Dahan Homes. He gave generously to the establishment of Beth Tfiloh's co-educational high school and was a major founder and benefactor of the Bar-Ilan University Medical School in Zefat, Israel. major founders and benefactors.
Services for Mr. Dahan were held on Wednesday, March 13 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation, in the sanctuary that is named in honor of him and his wife, Rachel, who died in 2008.
We note also the passing of Paul Umansky, who left us on Wednesday, March 27 at the age of 81at the Gilchrest Center, following a three-year battle with multiple myeloma. From 1974 until his retirement in 1997, Mr. Umansky was the head of Sinai Hospital's Public Affairs Office, becoming the hospital's "face" in the community.
Among his efforts following retirement were his public relations works on behalf of Temple Emanuel, as well as his continued association with Sinai. Though it was reputed that he "couldn't put two notes together", Mr. Umansky was a devotee of opera, and served as a supernumerary to the Baltimore Opera Company for many years.
My condolences on the passing of: Milton Gimbel, Cathaleen Cohen, Jerome "Jerry" Schimberg and Marlene Oshry,
Look for my next column on Thursday, May 9.