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Roger Ebert’s moment of glory: He finally wins caption contest

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See Roger’s other caption contest entries (including the one that didn’t get past the censors) at

Roger Ebert's other caption contest entries

Victory is mine! I am this week’s winner of the New Yorker magazine’s Cartoon Caption Contest. I’ve been entering for years. In fact, I learn from the New Yorker’s cartoon editor, Robert Mankoff, that I’ve entered 107 times.

For my prize . . . huh! I don’t even know what the prize is. Glory, I suppose. The magazine reprints my winner in its next issue, and Mankoff published four of my other past entries, including one nixed by their censors, on his blog.

The magazine is known for its fact-checking. I find it even has a Bureau of Cartoon Caption Contest Statistics, which puts my 107 entries “in 569th place out of 502,416 unique entrants, who have submitted a total of 1,595,506 captions.”

So the competition was stiff. But I have not yet begun to fight. A Chicago man, Lawrence Wood, is the New Yorker cartoon contest’s world champion with four wins. I’m coming for you, Wood.

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