Bill Yates

Floyd Buford Yates (July 5, 1921 – March 26, 2001), better known as Bill Yates, was a cartoonist who drew gag cartoons and comic strips before assuming the position of comic strip editor for King Features Syndicate in 1978.

Bill Yates
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BornJuly 5, 1921
Samson, Alabama, U.S.
DiedMarch 26, 2001 (aged 79)
Norwalk, Connecticut
Area(s)Cartoonist, Editor
Notable works
Spouse(s)Jessie Jean ("Skippy") Hardy


Born in Samson, Alabama, Yates learned to cartoon by taking the W. L. Evans Correspondence Course, and his first sale was a five dollar first prize in The Open Road for Boys cartoon contest. He served as an aviator in the United States Navy during World War II, training fighter pilots in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he married Jessie Jean ("Skippy") Hardy. As a journalism student at the University of Texas, he edited the campus humor magazine, The Texas Ranger.[1]


Moving to New York in 1950, he edited Dell Publishing's cartoon magazines (1000 Jokes, Ballyhoo, For Laughing Out Loud) and Dell's paperback cartoon collections, such as Forever Funny (1956). His comic strip about an absent-minded professor, Professor Phumble, was carried by King Features from 1960 to 1978. (In Brazil during the early 1960s, Professor Phumble was published as Zé Fiasco in the Correio da Manhã newspaper. But his more famous Brazilian nickname is the one used by the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, Professor Tantã.)

In addition to work on Jimmy Hatlo's Little Iodine, Yates also did the strip Benjy with Jim Berry from 1973 to 1975. In addition to work in advertising and twice-weekly editorial cartoons for the Westport News in Connecticut, Yates also illustrated books and comic books, such as Charlton's Ronald McDonald (1970–71).

When Sylvan Byck retired from King Features Syndicate in 1978, Yates took over the position of comics editor. In 1986, he began collaborating with Morrie Brickman on the political strip, the small society (written lower-case as a satiric nod toward Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society"). The strip carried the signatures of both Brickman and Yates until 1989. It then became a solo effort by Yates, who continued it until 1989. When Gordon Bess, the writer of Redeye (with art by Mel Casson) became ill in May 1988, Yates took over the scripting of that strip about Chief Redeye and his lunatic Chickiepan Indian tribe.

At the end of 1988, Yates left his editorial position at King Features in order to spend full-time cartooning. He continued to write Redeye and do both scripting and art on the small society, but increasing ill health forced his retirement from the strips in 1999. Casson continued to write and draw Redeye for King Features.[2]

Personal life and death

Yates lived in Westport, Connecticut, for 50 years. In 2001, 3 months after the death of his wife, he died in Norwalk, Connecticut, of complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer's. He was survived by his daughter, Georgia Y. Rojas of Trumbull, Connecticut; his sister, Ralphine Lee of Powder Springs, Georgia; and two grandchildren, Matthew Rojas and Emma Rojas.


  1. ^ "The Texas Ranger". Archived from the original on 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
  2. ^ Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Redeye

External links

1000 Jokes

1000 Jokes was a humor magazine launched by Dell Publishing in 1937. With a later title change to 1000 Jokes Magazine, it was published quarterly over three decades. During the 1950s, it was edited by Bill Yates with associate editor John Norment.

The format featured brief humorous essays, short satires, cartoons and light verse. Pantomime cartoons were grouped into a section titled "Too Funny for Words". "Louder and Funnier" featured one-liners, such as, "Then there is the rich Texan who has a different dentist for every tooth."

Bill Yates (footballer)

William "Bill" Yates (20 March 1903 – 13 October 1978) was an English footballer and cricketer.

Born in Little Lever, a village near Bolton, Lancashire, Yates played professional football as a goalkeeper for Bolton Wanderers and Watford in the Football League, and also represented non-league side Northfleet United. As a cricketer, he was a leg break bowler and wicket-keeper who played Minor counties cricket for Buckinghamshire. He died in Slough at the age of 75.


Laff-a-Day is a daily gag cartoon panel distributed to newspapers by King Features Syndicate from 1936 to 1998. The cartoonists included Frank Beaven, Henry Boltinoff, Dave Breger, Bo Brown, Orlando Busino, George Gately, Martin Giuffre, Al Kaufman, Reamer Keller, Harry Mace, Jack Markow, Don Orehek, Charles Skiles, Eli Stein, Jack Tippit and Bill Yates.

The editor of the series was cartoonist Bob Schroeter.

List of Country Gentlemen members

This article represents a list of all past members of the bluegrass group Country Gentlemen.

Redeye (comics)

Redeye was a comic strip created by cartoonist Gordon Bess that was syndicated by King Features Syndicate to more than 100 newspapers. The strip debuted on September 11, 1967.


Remembrances may refer to:

Remembrances (David Murray album), 1991

Remembrances (The Lucy Show album), 2011

The Award Winning Country Gentlemen

The Award Winning Country Gentlemen is an album by the progressive bluegrass band Country Gentlemen, recorded in 1972. This album features the 2nd classic lineunp of the band with Charlie Waller, Doyle Lawson, Bill Emerson and Bill Yates on bass.

The Country Gentlemen

The Country Gentlemen were a bluegrass band that originated during the 1950s in the area of Washington, D.C., United States, and recorded and toured with various members until the death in 2004 of Charlie Waller, one of the group's founders who in its later years served as the group's leader.The classic line-up from 1960–64 consisted of co-founders Charlie Waller on guitar and John Duffey on mandolin, with Eddie Adcock on banjo and Tom Gray on bass. They were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1996.

William Yates

William, Bill, or Billy Yates may refer to:

William Yates (died 1558/9) (1505–1558/1559), Member of Parliament for Lincoln

William Yates (college president) (1720–1764), College of William & Mary's fifth president (1761–1764)

William Yates (missionary) (1792–1845), Baptist missionary to India

William Yates (athlete) (1880–1967), British Olympic racewalker

William Yates (footballer) (1883–?), English footballer

William Yates (politician) (1921–2010), British and Australian politician

William H. Yates, American abolitionist and writer

Bill Yates (footballer) (1903–1978), English footballer and cricketer

Bill Yates (1921–2001), American cartoonist

Billy Yates (American football) (born 1980), professional offensive lineman

Billy Yates (singer) (born 1963), American country singer

William Yates (politician)

William Yates (15 September 1921 – 18 April 2010) was a British Conservative politician and later an Australian Liberal politician. He was one of several to have served in both the UK and Australian parliaments.

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