Dedini, Eldon Lawrence
- Robert C. Harvey
Dedini, Eldon Lawrence (29 June 1921–12 January 2006), cartoonist, was born in King City, California, the son of Grutli Stefano Dedini, a dairy farmer, bookkeeper, and cattle rancher, and Oleta Regina Loeber, an elementary school teacher. Young Eldon drew from an early age, copying newspaper comic strip characters and magazine cartoons, and by the time he was thirteen he was determined to become a cartoonist. He enrolled in Salinas Junior College (now Hartnell College), where he took art courses but majored in general studies. Acting on the advice of his art teacher, the noted watercolorist Leon Amyx, Dedini compensated for the cartooning gap in the art curriculum through practical experience, contributing cartoons gratis to the local newspaper, the ...