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Clyde Peterson, aka CP Houston

Clyde Peterson was born in 1942 in Covington, Tennessee. After graduating from high school in 1960, he enrolled in the United States Army and served in South Carolina, Kentucky and South Korea until 1963. For the next two years, Clyde held an assortment of temporary positions including advertising copy writer, free-lance caricaturist, as well as posts at the lumber yard and hospital.

Then one day in 1965, Clyde Peterson walked in to the Houston Chronicle, boldly handed his portfolio to the receptionist and said "Show this to the editor. I'll be back in three hours." He never had an appointment or even a published cartoon, but that didn't matter for Clyde Peterson.

He was hired and the rest is history. During his astonishing run of forty years as the editorial cartoonist at the Chronicle, CP Houston (Peterson's pen name) created over 12,000 drawings. His cartoons appeared five to seven days a week and covered local, national and international events. In addition to cartoons, Peterson also wrote articles, columns and editorials for the Houston Chronicle. The pieces ranged in subject from light, local issues to serious issues like terrorism and presidential campaigns.

For 15 years, Peterson's cartoons were nationally syndicated and appeared in as many as 90 newspapers a week. His cartoons have also appeared in Time, U.S. News, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, just to name a few. Peterson has also done work for ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's 60 Minutes, and C-Span.

As if that wasn't enough, Clyde Peterson also took a number of classes at Austin Peay State College, the University of Tennessee, Little Rock University, South Texas Junior College, and the University of Houston throughout his career. He was also on the Houston Chronicle's Editorial Board for more than forty years.

After his retirement in January 2006, he has remained active with the Chronicle doing presentations on using editorial cartoons in the classroom. He is also a certified instructor (in Texas) in gifted and talented teacher training and has served for numerous years as a PTA president for local schools.

The "always timely, always relevant" Clyde Peterson lives in Houston, Texas.


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