Paul Conrad is dead at age 86 of natural causes. Known simply as "Conrad" on the thousands of political cartoons he authored over the years, Paul Conrad was a giant in his field. Rather than try to write about this great man, I refer you to the extremely well written tribute to him in this morning's Los Angeles Times: Paul Conrad dies: Former L.A. Times political cartoonist Conrad dies - latimes.com Some excerpts from the article . . . And this: Noting that Conrad's style inspired other cartoonists to speak truth to power, the writer tells us: Based in Los Angeles. although nationally syndicated, it was only natural that his two most favorite victims were Nixon and Reagan. Both were easy to draw but, more importantly, their political exploits offered even easier targets for Conrad's pen. One of Conrad's most prized achievements was making Nixon's Enemies List. I personally read his work every morning in the L.A. Times for decades. When he retired, I was angry. At his passing, I am sad. He was a great man.