Jerry Van Amerongen didn't began his professional life as a cartoonist, but rather in corporate sales. At the age of 40 he began cartooning, his ideas coming from random scribbles. From 1980 to 1990, he drew the one-panel comic "The Neighborhood." In its time, running alongside Gary Larson's "The Far Side," it helped to redefine the one-panel comic art form. In 1991, Jerry moved on from "The Neighborhood" to his new comic, "Ballard Street," which initially ran in a multi-panel form. Before long he resumed his single-panel style. The comic has won the Best Newspaper Cartoon Panel of the Year Award from the National Cartoonist Society twice -- once in 2004, and again in 2006.