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Claude J. Anderson

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According tto Claude Anderson, he began drawing since the first day he could hold a pencil. Having been blessed with "limited artistic ability", he drew cartoons throughout grammar, high school and college. While serving in the U.S. Air force during the Korean War he had several cartoons printed in the Stars & Stripes newspaper.

After joining the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, he continued with cartoons appearing on locker and briefing room walls. In 1972 he was asked to submit a cartoon for a new monthly law enforcement bulletin. "The Star & Shield" (Professional Peace Officer Association) After the first issued appeared, he was asked to keep drawing until he submitted a cartoon that was funny. Here we are, over 35 years later and he's still drawing. (Still nothing funny) His cartoons have also hit the locker rooms of the San Francisco PD and the Texas Highway Patrol.


He was assigned to Firestone Sheriff Station where he worked for 12 years. Seven of those years he was a training officer.  Claude Anderson is the author of Radiocartoons:  The Training Officer.


According to the forward of the book, "If you were to join the military, police or sheriff departments you will encounter individuals known as training officers or drill instructions. These individuals are formed out of a single mold. First of all, to qualify they must be hard of hearing. They go through the day yelling... " I CAN'T HEAR YOU!"... You stand at attention and keep raising your voice until your throat is raw and your tonsils change sides..... "YES SIR, NO SIR, NO EXCUSE SIR!" Additional qualifications include being very near sighted. As the instructors stand one quarter inch from your nose and yell things your own mother wouldn't think of saying. Your brain freezes and your speech is inaudible."

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