Student Work – Mario Cuomo and Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman

Mario Cuomo by Michelle Daniels


Mario Cuomo – Image from Wikipedia. Click for source

















Mario Cuomo was the 52nd governor of New York City and an attorney by profession, but to many he became much more.  Born to Italian immigrant parents he knew the struggles of everyday hard working people and became a voice for those who were less fortunate.

In his early beginnings he tried his hand at a baseball career but due to an injury he could no longer play the sport.  What then became his chosen career path was working as an attorney. He showed great promise early on as an attorney.

In an eminent domain dispute case he helped save 69 families who lived in Queens and were facing eviction from their homes by the city. In order to make way for a school.  He was able to work on behalf of the families and save 55 of the 69 families facing eviction.  Working as an attorney eventually lead Mr. Cuomo to pursue a career in politics.

In his three terms as governor he continued to be star for those who were the less fortunate.  He is best known for his speech given on the night of July 16, 1984 which to some may be known as the “tale of two cities speech” which was given at the Democratic Convention. In his speech he gave voice to those less fortunate and showed the world he was a man of compassion and kindness and he never forgot that he was the product of hard working parents.  His speech spoke to poverty in America and shined light on President Regan and what he was neglecting to see with his own eyes which was an unequal and unfair divide between those who had money and those who were struggling to make ends meet.

Mario Cuomo died on January 1, 2015 in his home due to a medical condition.  Mr. Cuomo is survived by his wife Matilda Cuomo and five children Andrew Cuomo, Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo, Maria Cuomo Cole, Madeline Cuomo O’ Donohue and Christopher Cuomo and 14 grandchildren.


John Cassidy, What is Mario Cuomo’s Legacy? , The New Yorker (Jan. 5, 2015),

Adam Nagourney, Mario Cuomo, Ex-New York Governor and Liberal Beacon, Dies at 82, The New York Times, (Jan. 1, 2015),


Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman by Tashi Haskin

R.K. Laxman. Image from India City blog. Click for source.











Tashi Haskin

Tashi Haskin



On January 26, beloved Indian cartoonist Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer (‘R.K.’) Laxman passed away in Pune, India. Internationally known for his satirical cartoons, his career spanned more than 5 decades.  Doctors confirmed that his death was due to multiple organ failure. He was 93.

Mr. Laxman, born on October 24 1921, was the youngest of 7 children. His mother was a homemaker, while his father was a school headmaster. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mysore, he began his career in the city of Mumbai, working for The Free Press Journal. He also provided illustrations for novels by his brother, R.K. Narayan, who became one of India’s most famous writers.

In 1951, while working for the Times of India, Laxman created the cartoon that would bring him worldwide acclaim. Known as “You Said It”, it featured The Common Man, a character who represented everyday people. The Common Man never spoke- he simply observed the goings on. “You Said It” was an almost daily fixture in the lives of Indians and focused primarily on political and societal issues.

The Common Man became so embedded in Indian culture that a television sitcom based on the character was produced. Entitled Ki Duniya, it ran for over a decade.  The character has also been featured on a postage stamp.

In addition to cartoons, Laxman also authored essays, short stories and his autobiography, “The Tunnel of Time” which was published in 1998.

Laxman was the recipient of the 2005 Padma Vibhushan award, which is the second-highest honor that a citizen may be given. There is also a statue of The Common Man in his hometown of Pune.

He is survived by his second wife, children’s book writer Kamala Laxman, and his son Srinivas.



The New York Times

Pandya, H. “R.K. Laxman, Cartoonist Who Amused India for Decades, Dies at 93.” The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2015 from

George, N. “Acclaimed Indian Cartoonist Dies at 94.”

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