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Randy Jones
Long Island Railroad Cellphone rage
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    I recently illustrated a New York Newsday article by Claudia Gryvatz Copuin about a LLIR commuter , and who went berserk about loud cell-phones . " He's gotten into scuffles, shouting matches, and even poured coffee on someone for what he considered rude rail behaviour. As a result, this 59 year -old so-called train terrorist from Long Beach has been rightly issued summonses or arrested by MTA police many times, for his boorish behaviour."
     She identified him as John Clifford and all he wants is a "Quiet Car"-- one designated area where cell-phone and IPods would be forbidden.
    I'm not a commuter, nor do I hate cell-phones, but, this is all I needed to take from the article. I Googled the interior and exterior of the trains and I came up with this image.
 After publication, I was reminded of another train drawing published in the New York Times , Week In Review section many years ago. It illustrates David Gunn, then president of the MTA , snake charming a subway train, to illustrate that he was cleaning up graffiti in the subways. It won a humour award at the Society of Illustrators.
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