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Panpa Bulletin : February 2006
Quick on the draw! A detailed caricature that Victo- rian cartoonist Bill 'Weg' Green produced at lightning speed of a man who allegedly broke into his home in the Melbourne residen- tial suburb of Heathmont helped police make an arrest fifteen min- utes later. Weg, who joined the Mel- bourne Herald in 1946 and was its cartoonist for 40 years, had con- fronted the robber in the carport of his home after hearing cursing and swearing. When challenged, the man brushed the 82-year-old car- toonist aside and, despite two flat tyres, fled on his grandson's red bicycle. "Being much bigger, I thought if I got into a fight, I'd lose my dressing gown and end up stark- ers", said Weg, who stood in front of the man for about 20 seconds. Police were initially hesitant when offered an instant sketch of the burglar. "We were mainly concerned with catching the offender, who was still in the area," said Senior Constable Aaran Roche of Ring- wood police. "I thought (the draw- ing) might be just a stick a figure or something like that" But within minutes, Weg who still works daily drawing private, AFL and other personalities, as well as running a gallery, provided a detailed sketch of the burglar's face -- a likeness the police said was "just fantastic" Fifteen minutes later, police picked up the burglar for an unre- lated crime. "After we had a look at this man in the back of the divvy van, we just couldn't believe how much of a likeness it was to the picture that Weg had drawn," Senior Constable Roche said. "If anyone ever says 'Can I draw the offender', I'll be handing them a pencil pretty quickly." Weg, who is renowned for his drawings of AFL Grand Final post- ers and for producing caricatures in two minutes against the US record time of five minutes, said that his ability to remember faces in detail helped. "I have an affinity for faces and I can remember them even hours after," he said. The burglar, who allegedly com- mitted criminal damage elsewhere before intruding on Weg's home, was arrested at a nearby shop. He has been charged on sum- mons with burglary theft, unlaw- ful assault and criminal damage. Cartoonist gets Gong TOM Scott, cartoonist for Wellington's The Dominion Post, was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year's Honours List. The award was for Scott's services as a writer, journalist and illustrator. Early in his career Scott was a witty political writer and cartoonist for The New Zealand Listener. He has also written plays for stage and television, the latest, a dramatisation of the crises facing then incoming Prime Minister David Lange, screened in January. February 2006 PANPA BULLETIN | 59 PEOPLE Bill 'Weg' Green and his burglar's face -- a likeness the police said was "just fantastic". Perrins new sales director DAVID Perrins has been ap- pointed to the position of advertising sales director for Advertiser Newspapers Pty Lim- ited. Perrins had most recently been deputy advertising sales director and prior to this was the advertising director of The Sunday Times in Perth, and the deputy advertising manager of The Sunday Mail (QLD). On arriving in Adelaide in March 2005, David has over- seen the recent merger of the advertising sales teams, led ANPL's national sales strategies and developed new publica- tions such as The Sunday Mail home magazine and the youth publication, # One. Managing director, Advertis- er Newspapers, Michael Miller, said the appointment reflects the fine work David has done in his role over the last eight months as part of the advertis- ing management team. "David is a talented execu- tive with a proven track record in dealing with major clients and agencies and leading our advertising sales teams in Bris- bane and Perth. He will now take full responsibility for dis- play and classified advertising in Adelaide," said Miller. Perrins greeted the new po- sition with enthusiasm, saying it was a tremendous opportu- nity. "I inherit a great team in great shape, and look forward to taking on this challenge of working with our local and na- tional clients and their agen- cies across all areas of our pa- pers. Over the past 12 months, both The Advertiser and the Sunday Mail have undergone significant editorial improve- ments and additions and we are about to enter an exciting phase of the growth of Ad- vertiser Newspapers. I'm en- thused to be a part of it."