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Albert J. Grega

Al is a graduate of Cooper Union's Art Program in New York City and was a World War II veteran serving proudly in the Coast Guard. His long career covered the entire spectrum of the art world. After his graduation he was an apprentice to comic strip artist Walter Berndt creator of Smitty. After he married he changed jobs and became the Art Director at Foilcraft, a Commercial Art and Advertising company in Manhattan.

In 1973 he left New York City and moved his wife and two sons to the country in Marathon, New York and created all the advertising artwork for the Marathon Independent, a local town newspaper. Later he changed jobs and became the Art Director at Pageprint, a Graphic art shop in Greene, NY and created much of the artwork found inside the IBM computers manufactured in Endicott New York. He retired from Pageprint and spent the last 11 years of his career working as a greeter at Wal-Mart in Cortland, New York where he drew pictures for thousands of visiting customers.

Over his 35 years in Central New York he generously volunteered his time creating artwork for the town's annual Maple Festival, he created the famous "Marathon Olympian's" team logo on the High School Gymnasium wall and he could always be found up at Cortland Hospital during any Holiday drawing for the kids in the pediatric ward. Al is now retired in Orlando Florida and still carries a pad and pen ready to draw for any child that passes by.

Pages 18-19 in the book demonstrate his style.