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From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. Two graphs are on a wall, and Paul Volcker is on top of them doing a balancing act. One foot is standing on top of a graph labeled, "Pull recovery up," and his hand has hold of the trend line, trying to raise it. His other foot is on the trend line of the graph labeled, " Hold inflation down," and his weight is applying downward pressure. A man nearby is labeled "Senate renomination hearings." The man's eyes are shut, and he is crying as he says, "Good luck Paul, you poor devil."

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. A man wearing old-fashioned clothing and a bowler hat holds a large lottery ticket in his hand. The man's bowler hat has a playing card stuck into the brim. The ticket is labeled, "Louisiana legislature state lottery ticket...No. 1983." [Note: Archaic dress, bowler hat, and moustache style may refer to the 1868-1893 Louisiana lottery. The current Louisiana lottery began in 1991, later than artist Pletcher created cartoons for The Times-Picayune).]

1983

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, wearing a jogging suit, runs next to a large spider labeled, "Edwards pension." Both are running behind a wall labeled, "Campaign '83." Edwards says, "I was hoping you'd keep a lower profile."

1983

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. A U.S. military jet plane flies in a sky labeled "International air space" as missiles from below labeled, "Libya" and "Korea" fly past. Around the jet are shapes of explosion. The cartoon caption reads, "Tne not-so-friendly skies."

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. The cartoon is an explosion with the word "Iran" in the center. The cartoon caption reads, "...From within."

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. Philip Habib stands on top of a large stone labeled "Mideast," and he is trying in vain to remove a sword labeled, "War threat." A military jet flies overhead with the jet stream labeled, "Israeli attack on Iraqi n-reactor." ["Lebanon" can be seen faintly below "Mideast" on the stone.]

June 1981

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. Louisiana governor Dave Treen is dressed as a railroad conductor, and he is holding a large stopwatch labeled, "Capital outlay timetable." He is thinking about a train engine connected to a coal car labeled, "Regular session," which is falling off the end of a railroad trestle toward the area below labeled, "Special session." The cartoon caption reads, "Running on last year's schedule?"

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. Two men labeled, "Congressional Democrats" run over Jimmy Carter as they are saying, "Overtake Ronnie Reagan." Carter is on the ground covered in footprints. He holds a sign that reads, "Go slow on tax cuts."

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. Louisiana governor Dave Treen and a man labeled, "Legislature," appear as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. They stand at the top of a knoll (levee, wall?) with stairsteps down to where a piano rests at the bottom. The piano is labeled, "Capital outlay bill...Special session salvage operation." Two dotted lines curve away from the piano (one with an ending mark that resembles a mark on a treasure map). Treen (as Laurel) says, "A fine mess we've made, Ollie!"

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. A man labeled, "City Council," is inside a pressure cooker labeled, "Awarding of cable TV franchise." The cooker is plugged in and turned on. He is holding up the lid, and drops of sweat pour from his face. The cartoon caption reads, "Pressure cooker."

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan stand before a large graph on the wall that is labeled, "U.S.-Soviet relations." Both men look dismayed. The graph line trends up at first, then decidedly down. A bear carrying a rifle and dressed in a Soviet military uniform is sitting on the downward line, which is labeled, "Camping on the Polish border." The cartoon caption reads, "Bear market."

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. A man dressed as a professor labeled, "Times-Picayune poll," uses a pointer to indicate the words on a chalkboard, which are, "Top concerns in the election...Energy...Economy...Education." The cartoon caption reads, "The three E's."

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Dave Treen, wearing an elephant button, looks at a shape that represents people fighting. It is labeled with names: "Fitzmorris...Hardy...Henry...Lambert...Mouton." A campaign button with a donkey is nearby. Above Treen's head is: "News item: Political experts predict Treen will make the runoffs." The cartoon caption reads, "I'd be more than happy to hold your coats."

11 August 1979

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. The cartoon is divided into two panels. On the left side, Jimmy Carter has been kicked down a flight of stairs that form a downward trend line on a large graph that is labeled, "Carter popularity." On the right side, Carter, appearing dazed, sees Ted Kennedy sitting on the stairs. Lines on either side of Kennedy indicate he has descended from above to sit on the stairs. Carter says, "He wasn't there again today...oh, how I wish he'd go away!"

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. Second term Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Edwin Edwards, dressed in swimming trunks, surfs on a wave labeled, "2nd term popularity." A buoy in the water nearby points toward "The finish." A group of men in swim trunks stand on the shore next to a sign that points toward "The race." One says, "Unprecedented, to say the least."

1983

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. New Orleans mayor Ernest Morial and a woman labeled, "Council," are arguing with each other. Nearby is a dinner table with dishes and a platter. On the platter is a small amount of food, and the platter is labeled, "Budget lean...No fat."

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. A family stands in front of a large graph with "Credit crunch" at the bottom and a "Dream house" at the top of the upward trend line. The trend line is labeled, "Interest rates," and the house has a price tag labeled, "Inflated price." The cartoon caption reads, "Really more like a nightmare."

From the AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection. Cartoon by Eldon Pletcher. New Orleans mayor Ernest Morial is in City Hall, and he is shown cutting his eyes out a large window at a souped-up drag racer below him on the street. The car is labeled, "Hit-the-road-use-tax" and is being driven by a man who is wearing head gear labeled, "Giarrusso." Mr. Giarusso is revving the motor, "Var-r-ro-o-m-m-m," and the car is emitting exhaust. Morial is saying, "Something's gotta be done about those damn dragsters!"

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