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Editorial cartoonist Merle (Ting) Tingley's most famous creation was a whimsical worm named Luke. In 1948, the jaunty, pipe-smoking invertebrate wriggled off the tip of Mr. Tingley's bored pen and into the middle of a highly technical drawing. Mr. Tingley neglected to erase the doodle, which appeared in the final blueprint. It was the end of his apprenticeship as a draftsman. ''Oh well, I didn't want to be a draftsman anyway,'' Mr. Tingley wrote in a piece called Wormography, a foreword to one of nine books of his cartoons.