After 34 years of causing local residents to stop and think and sometimes laugh out loud at his editorial cartoons, Paul Ackley took a hiatus for a few months. The 1977 graduate of Greenville High School is returning to news print and The Early Bird is pleased to have him. Ackley has a unique way of shedding light on issues and is well known for taking satirical jabs at local politicians and news makers.
Ackley is well versed in the art of editorial cartooning. After high school, he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago and befriended Dick Locher, Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune. Ackley would submit his drawings and Locher would offer critiques. It was through those critiques that Ackley was able to continue to hone his skills.
Ackley started drawing for a local newspaper while he was in high school and has since earned four Associated Press Awards from the Ohio Associated Press. He also received a commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives recognizing his achievements as an artist. One of his most prized accomplishments is having one of his editorial cartoons being presented to Congressman John Boehner. The original drawing is currently displayed on the wall of Boehner’s office in Washington, DC.
Ackley is proud of his family and heritage. Both of his parents were artistic and encouraged him to pursue art. As a Native American, Ackley is a tribal enrolled member of the Northern Wisconsin Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Reservation. He noted that some of his family currently lives on the reservation.
The Early Bird has also heard the plea from many readers to again offer a crossword puzzle. The puzzle can be found every week on either page two or three. The answers for the current week’s puzzle will be published the following week.