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Gould, Chester

Born: 1900 AD
Died: 1985 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Cartoonists

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.