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This year saw showbiz lose Sydney Pollack, Paul Newman, Bettie Page, Cyd Charisse, Charlton Heston, Suzanne Pleshette, Harvey Korman, Van Johnson, Heath Ledger and the Bernies -- Brillstein and Mac -- among others. Cartoonists could be forgiven for waxing forlorn over news biz giants. Adam Zyglis signed off on hometown hero Tim Russert. Mike Keefe took a shot at talking radioheads as he lamented the loss of a true conservative. But in our hybrid haven of news and humor, comedy kings also rule. See ya, George Carlin, you brilliant %@#&*%$#@! And thanks for #@$%&*#@ everything!
-- Joel Pett
Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.