Rob and Susan (Hinrichs) Anderson brought a sample of Ed & Art Hinrichs’ “Week’s Roundup” editorial cartoons to our February 2010 history club meeting. I knew the style looked familiar–a Hinrichs cartoon appeared in An East Side Album, featuring Gene “Ham” Kaltenberg, submitted by Joan Steffen. Rob and Susan have a collection of the Hinrichs brothers’ cartoons and we hope they share more with us.
The twin brothers worked together at the Capital Times for decades. According to their obituaries, Art Hinrichs joined the sports staff of The Capital Times in January 1951. In 1958, Art started writing a weekly sports column, “Pinch Hitting.” In February 1959, he started drawing “The Week’s Roundup.” The idea originated with publisher William T. Evjue, who brought the idea to Art and asked him to do it. The family recalls Art saying that he was happy in the sports department and couldn’t handle both jobs, so he told Mr. Evjue that he had a brother who drew, too. Thus, Ed was hired in 1959 to “help” Art with the Roundup, but it turned out that Ed did most of it himself.
“The Week’s Roundup” became a Madison tradition for the next 12 years.
In addition, Art contributed more light-hearted cartoons once or twice a week. Besides the weekly Roundup on the front page of the Monday editorial section, Ed and Art contributed occasional cartoons or caricatures for the sports page or front section of the paper. Newspaper staffers confused by the identical twins came up with the saying “Ed is the artist, Art is the editor,” to help remember which was which.
As a member of the sports staff, Art covered local high school football, basketball, baseball, bowling, industrial and Home Talent League baseball. He became The Capital Times sports editor in June 1973. Meanwhile Ed was the editorial cartoonist/staff artist of The Capital Times for more than 30 years. The twin brothers retired in 1990 at age 67.
World War II veterans, Art and Ed served in Italy together. Both brothers were talented amateur baseball and softball players in the industrial and city leagues. In 1949, Art even had a tryout with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Ed managed the Bowman Dairy team in the Industrial League; he later played in the Home Talent League and then played softball until age 50 with Madison Newspapers.
Ed Hinrichs, died March 28, 2001, at the age of 77. Art Hinrichs died on Sept. 30, 2004, at the age of 81.
Susan Anderson says, “We are so delighted that Ed and Art’s career work can be shared with others. They not only were gifted artists and ball players, but were extraordinarily kind and giving gentleman to their friends and family.” Like so many Madisonians.