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."