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Hyman C. "Hy" Rosen (February 10, 1923 - February 24, 2011). Born in Albany, on February 10, 1923, Hy was the son of the late Myer and Ray Bellin Rosen of Albany. Hy was a graduate of Albany Public Schools, including Philip Schuyler High School in 1940. He went on to study at the Chicago Art Institute, and the New York Art Students League. In 1942, he enlisted in the US Army and served in the 604th Engineers Camouflage Battalion in Ardennes, Normandy and northern France during World War II.

In 1945, Hy began his long career at the Albany Times Union. With a career spanning 45 years, Hy was the longtime editorial cartoonist for the Albany Times Union. He began working as a political cartoonist for the Times Union in 1945, a position he held until his retirement in 1989. For years, residents of the Capital District awoke to find his sharp wit and humor appearing in political cartoons on the editorial page under the heading "As Hy Rosen Sees It."

During a job interview with George O. Williams, art murals done during Hy's wartime service captured the newspaper publisher's attention and Mr. Rosen was offered work as an illustrator. His initial work included small illustrations for The Beaver Street Benny column which referred to the where the Times Union offices were located in downtown Albany. At the newspaper, Hy progressed to doing weekly drawings of local sport celebrities. Beginning in the 1950s and through the 1980s he was offered the opportunity to provide illustrated opinions on all manner of local, state, national and world news of the day on the editorial pages.

During his early years of professional development, he was encouraged and supported by Times Union publisher Gene Robb and managing editor Dan Button. Throughout Hy's work as a cartoonist, he achieved national recognition. In 1950, 1955 and 1960, Mr. Rosen was invited to Valley Forge, Penn., to receive Freedoms Foundation's highest award.

He began working as a comic book artist in the late 1940s, doing 'Bonnie' for National/DC and romance stories for St. John Publishing (Hollywood Confessions). Up until the mid-1950s, he worked mainly for Timely/Atlas, drawing both funny and realistic features. He was one of the regulars on the 'Georgie' and 'Homer Hooper' comic books and did art on may romance, war and horror titles. From 1954 to 1962, he worked for Dell Publishing on 'I Love Lucy'. He then worked as a designer for a TV ad agency, doing among others White Tornado commercials. In the early 1990s he briefly returned to comics when he drew 'New Kids On The Block' and 'Saved By The Bell' for Harvey Comics.Homer Hooper #3

Following his retirement from the Times Union in 1989, Hy expanded on a new interest: sculpting. Many of his sculptures have become an integral part of the City of Albany.

Most recently, Hy entered the area of publication. He co-authored, with Peter Slocum, and illustrated a work in 1998 entitled "From Rocky to Pataki," which reviewed tumultuous state politics from the 1960s through the 1990s.

His paintings have appeared at the Albany Center Gallery and the Canajoharie Art Museum.

From Lambiek Comiclopedia and Legacy.com

Hy Rosen, noted Times Union cartoonist, dies at 88.

Loudonville. Times Union cartoonist Hy Rosen, a junk man's son who rose from a hardscrabble South End upbringing to mingle with governors and presidents, whom he skewered with caricatures and a withering wit, died Thursday at home after fighting cancer. He was 88.

Rosen was the first political cartoonist hired at the Times Union, as well as the longest-tenured and most prolific. He produced more than 10,000 cartoons for the paper from 1945 until his retirement in 1989. He began as an illustrator in the art department for $25 a week, but his ambition and talent soon made him the paper's biggest draw.

"Through many decades, Hy's cartoons shaped the perspective of the citizens of the Capital Region and beyond, and his sculptures dot the landscape throughout the city of Albany," said publisher George R. Hearst III. "He served with distinction, and we'll certainly miss his fine wit and sense of decency."

Rosen's strength as a visual commentator melded dramatic pen-and-ink images, coupled with spot-on representational facial features of his subjects and a working-class perspective that fumed at corruption and pomposity in the commentary captured in his cartoon balloons. His trademark became a tiny self-portrait in a bottom corner of his cartoons, holding a paint brush in the manner of a spear and voicing a parting shot.

"He was a truth-teller with a mighty pen," said editor Rex Smith.

Rosen was a maestro as a cartoonist. He let his ideas stew in his mind throughout the day, rolled into the office at mid-afternoon and perched at a stool over his drafting table, bottles of black India and a white porcelain bowl of water to rinse his brushes.

He composed the first draft of history on a relentless deadline. An hour or two after he arrived, after wolfing down a deli sandwich and showing indecipherable, scratchy pen-and-ink drafts to colleagues for feedback, he walked his finished cartoon to the composing room.

"It was wonderful to watch his artistic process," said opinion pages editor Joann Crupi.

Rosen learned how to work fast during his stint in the Army during World War II. He served in the 604th Engineers Camouflage Battalion and hastily painted large murals that mocked Hitler across the walls of buildings in France as Allied forces advanced.

Trained at the Chicago Art Institute and the New York Art Students League, he was a founding member and a president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He also completed several major life-sized bronze sculpture commissions across the region and beyond, including the city seal and the late Mayor Thomas M. Whalen III in front of the former Union Station on Broadway.

Rosen worked through the golden era of mid-20th century newspapering and plied his craft at all three of the Times Union's locales in its 161 years of publication: from the days of eye shades and spittoons at Beaver Street, to the hard-drinking era on Sheridan Avenue to the quieter atmosphere at the suburban plant in Colonie.Hy Rosen

"He had an exceptional ability to capture in a stunning way the major players on both the local and national scene," said columnist Fred LeBrun. "His talent was larger and more recognized than the rest of the paper. When he put the sting on someone, they felt it."

Rosen frequently battled with Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, but outside the political arena the two men were friendly, despite the fact that Rosen drew Cuomo with exaggerated bags under his eyes. Rosen later collected his cartoons into a book of the governors he lampooned in print, "From Rocky to Pataki," co-authored with Peter Slocum.

"There's no question he was the best-known person on the staff and instantly recognized," said editor-at-large Harry Rosenfeld.

Readers occasionally mistook their two names and Rosenfeld found himself being congratulated for cartoons. "That made me feel good," Rosenfeld said.

"Working with Hy was one of the most gratifying experiences I ever had in newspaper work," said former managing editor and columnist Dan Lynch. "I had great regard for his talent and great admiration for the man."

Hyman Joseph Rosen was born on Feb. 10, 1923 and raised in Albany's South End, the city's ethnic melting pot. Rosen recalled as a boy riding alongside his father, Myer, who fled Russia's pogroms, as his horse clip-clopped down cobbled back alleys as his dad filled a wagon with salvaged rags and cast-off newspapers from downtown businesses.

Rosen's artistic ability and work ethic allowed him to move uptown, but his street-tough style never softened. He employed salty language and a fierceness that belied his small stature. He seemed to live his neighborhood's feisty motto: "South End against the world."

Rosen liked to pepper his stories with Yiddish phrases. Last week, as he lay dying, he weakly made a fist and whispered, "kishka." It's a Jewish recipe with matzo meal stuffed into the intestine of a cow. He liked the image of what it meant to be a political cartoonist when newspapers were king.

"Guts," he rasped.

Rosen is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elaine, and his three children who live locally -- Ed, Eve and Ben -- and three grandchildren.

Ffrom the Albany Times Union newspaper.

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