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King, Willy (William C.), 1911-1993



William C. King (1911-1993) was a cartoonist, journalist, and photographer for the Chattanooga Times from 1942-1992. King, born in Bronx, New York, was raised in Rome, Georgia where he was able to cultivate a love for sketching through taking a “corresponding course of cartooning” in college. In response to the Great Depression, King dropped out of college to pursue paid employment. He picked up a job at a factory that manufactured pants in Rome, and kept his eyes peeled for a job opening in the newspaper industry. King finally got his wish and was employed as a layout editor for the Chattanooga Evening Times, which closed soon thereafter due to war rationing. King was reassigned to the Chattanooga Times in 1942, where he remained until his retirement in 1992.

Kennedy, Mark. “Little Willy King.” The Chattanooga Times (Chattanooga, TN), Aug. 15, 1992.
“Longtime journalist, cartoonist ‘Little Willy’ King dies at 81.” The Chattanooga Times (Chattanooga, TN), Jan. 27, 1993.
“William Calvin ”Little Willy’ King.” The Chattanooga Times (Chattanoga, TN), Jan. 27, 1993.

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Willy King papers

Identifier: CHC-2000-029
Scope and Contents

This collection contains cartoons, photographs, and articles created by Willy King regarding political, scholastic, athletic, and environmental developments in Chattanooga, Tennessee and in the United States from 1942 to 1993.

Dates: 1928-1993; Majority of material found within 1942-1993