His Cartoon Is So Famous It's Even on ... Thongs

It forms part of Bob Mankoff's legacy
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2017 12:41 PM CST
His Cartoon Is So Famous It's Even on ... Thongs
Bob Mankoff in 2015.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

"No, Thursday's out. How about never—is never good for you?" It's a line that appeared in the Yale Book of Quotations; the punchline has turned up on thong underwear. But it originates from Bob Mankoff's 1993 cartoon, which depicts a businessman on the phone and appeared in the New Yorker. Mankoff, who's leaving the magazine after 20 years as its cartoon editor to teach at Fordham University, tells the New York Times the cartoon is his "most famous." It's also what he'll be remembered for, he wrote at the New Yorker in 2014. And though he joked that "I'd like my legacy to be not dying," it's not hard to guess what he'll tell the grim reaper when he eventually comes knocking. (More cartoon stories.)

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