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Gould, Chester

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Born: 1900 AD
Died: 1985 AD, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Cartoonists

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1980 - Born in Pawnee, Oklahoma on the 20th of November.

1919-1921 - His family moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma where he attended Oklahoma A & M and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

1923 - He graduated from Northwestern.

1924 - Gould quickly found work as a cartoonist and was hired by the William Randolph Hearst's Chicago Evening American newspaper for whom he produced his first comic strips "Fillum Fables" beginning and "The Radio Catts".

1927 - He also produced a topical strip about Chicago, "Why It's a Windy City." Gould married Edna Gauger in 1926 and their daughter, Jean, was born.

1931 - Gould was hired as a cartoonist with the Chicago Tribune and introduced the Dick Tracy cartoon. He drew the comic strip for the next 46 years from his home in Woodstock, Illinois.

1953 - His work on the strip won him the Reuben Award.

1977 - Gould retired on the 25th of December.

1980 - He was also given a Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

1985 - Died on the 11th of May of congestive heart failure. His life and creations are memorialized in the Chester Gould-Dick Tracy Museum in Woodstock, Illinois.


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