Thumbs up to Stamford resident Ray Billingsley, who won the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society. Billingsley, creator of the “Curtis” comic book, won the industry’s highest honor on Oct. 16, joining a group of former winners such as longtime Stamford colleague Mort Walker (“Beetle Bailey”) , Alex Raymond (“Flash Gordon”) and Ernie Bushmiller (“Nancy”) as well as other legends such as Charles Shulz (“Peanuts”), Walt Kelly (“Pogo”) and Bill Watterson (“Calvin and Hobbes”) . “It was a huge step for me,” Billingsley said. “And also a monumental milestone for the NCS, as I am the first black person to win the prestigious Reuben Award, and for that I am so grateful.”
Thumbs up in football from the University of Connecticut. The team didn’t make it easy, and the opponent wasn’t exactly a world beater, but UConn’s beleaguered football team earned its first victory in two years last weekend with a victory over Yale. This is a team with no permanent coach, no conference, or little interest in the state lately, which happens when you’re in the middle of a decade-long drought. But the players deserved a day to celebrate, and after coming close twice in recent weeks, they finally held on for a well-deserved notch in the win column. Next up is Middle Tennessee on Friday.