The Greatness of Tom Tomorrow, Chapter 514

Back in 1998, in what now seems an unimaginable parallel universe, I was the editor of US News and World Report, which was then a weekly magazine. I dared hire "Tom Tomorrow" (aka Dan Perkins), who was and is a great, sophisticated cartoonist, to do an every-other-week feature for the magazine. That was after Tom Toles, another great and sophisticated cartoonist, had lost support at the Ownership Level of US News for seeming too lefty. (How to tell the two Tom T's apart: Tom Toles, based for years now at the Washington Post, usually does one-panel cartoons; Tom Tomorrow's specialty is the multi-panel faux-serious narrative. Yes, I know, there are many other differences in drawing style, type of humor, etc.)

Not long after that, I was gone from the magazine because of my own problems at the Ownership Level, and Tom Tomorrow was too, and life went on. But I remain a fan of both cartoonists and have to pay tribute to today's offering from Tom Tomorrow. I won't spoil the joke or hijack the clicks by reproducing the whole thing, which you'll find at Daily Kos. Here's part of it:

Good to see him (and Toles) still in form. Thanks to many readers who have written in.
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James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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