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Hank Ketcham
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    (March 14, 1920-June 1, 2001)
    Created the cartoon strip 'Dennis the Menace' based on the antics of his 4-year-old son
    Debuted on March 12, 1951 in 16 newspapers and became an instant hit
    Won the Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society as 'Cartoonist of the Year' (1952)
    Strip inspired a TV show (1959-63), a musical and a 1993 movie
    Retired from cartooning in 1994 to concentrate on oil and watercolor painting
    Died of heart disease and cancer at age 81
    He dropped out of the University of Washington after one year.
    He was thrice married.
    He moved to Switzerland in 1960 because he felt overwhelmed by the U.S. and remained there for 17 years.
    He kept up with the way America looked by studying Sears & Roebuck catalogues.
    He became estranged from his son and the inspiration for his strip.
    He did cartooning for both Walter Lantz and Walt Disney studios.
    He served in the U.S. Navy drawing cartoons for Naval posters and training manuals.
    He named a girl in the strip Gina, a friend of Dennis, in honor of actress Gina Lollobrigida.
    He lived to see 'Dennis the Menace' reach its 50 year anniversary, appearing in over 1,000 newspapers in 48 countries and in 19 languages.
    Fame didn't make him pompous. He stated of his creation, 'I'm not in it for posterity. People look at it for 30 seconds ... then it gets used to wrap fish.'

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