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April 7, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — John McPherson, a 1983 Bucknell graduate and "Close to Home" cartoonist whose work is featured in newspapers around the world, will be inducted into Bucknell University's Association for the Arts Academy of Artistic Achievement April 17.

On Saturday, April 17, McPherson will sign copies of his books in the Bucknell Bookstore from 2 to 3 p.m. and give the talk, "The Art of Cartooning," at 4 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center. Both these events are open to the public.

McPherson will be inducted into the Academy during the annual Association for the Arts dinner Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Refectory of the Elaine Langone Center. Reservations for the dinner are $30 per person; call 577-3144 by April 10 to reserve a seat.

After graduating from Bucknell with a degree in mechanical engineering, McPherson worked as a design engineer before beginning a career as a freelance cartoonist, regularly contributing to such publications as The Saturday Evening Post, Campus Life, Yankee, Christianity Today and 30 other national publications.

"Close to Home", which debuted in 50 papers in November 1992, continues to appear in nearly 700 newspapers around the world, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Japan Times, Vietnam News and the Cariboo Observer. He also has illustrated Chicken Soup for the Soul: Cartoons for Moms.

He has published numerous "Close to Home" collections with Andrews McMeel Publishing, as well as yearly page-a-day calendars, a children's book, a book of medical cartoons, a line of award-winning greeting cards and many other gift items.

For 25 years, through a variety of activities, the Bucknell Association for the Arts has stimulated, supported and celebrated endeavors in the arts on campus and in the larger community. In order to honor members of the Bucknell community who have devoted themselves to the arts as creators, performers, or supporters, the Association established the Association for the Arts Academy of Artistic Achievement.

McPherson joins 32 other creators, performers or supporters of the arts who have been honored since 1990, including Philip Roth, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Goodbye Columbus" and "The Human Stain"; Les Moonves, president of CBS Television; Bruce Lundvall, president of Blue Note Records; actor Ralph Waite, best known for his role as John Walton on the television series "The Waltons"; and Edward Herrmann, Emmy Award-winning television, film and stage actor.

Others who have been inducted into Bucknell's Academy of Artistic Achievement are: David Armstrong, Robert Lowry, Danny Buraczeski, Martha Dewing Woodward, William Challis, Bruce Mitchell, Paul Shearer Althouse, George Slavin, Richard Brown, Charles Henderson, Bruce Smith, Blanchard Gummo, Rudolph Palmer, D'anna Fortunato, Harvey Powers, Edward Lewis, John Wheatcroft, Allen Flock, W. David Hancock, William McRae Jr., Kenneth Baker, Susan Miller, Mark Morganelli, David Ackroyd and Danna Frangione.


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