“Life is like a movie-since there aren’t any commercial breaks, you have to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of it.”
Garry Trudeau was born in New York City on this day in 1948. He is 64 years old.
He grew up near Saranac Lake in upstate New York. He went to Yale where he earned a BA and MFA in Graphic Design in 1973. (YEAH Graphic Design.) He drew a comic strip, Bull Tales, for Yale Daily News. He later became the editor and chief of the school newspaper.
His most famous work Doonesbury was syndicated in 1970. Today over 1400 outlets, both in print and online carry the strip. In 1975 Doonesbury won a Pulitzer, the first comic strip to do so.
The Doonesbury was made into a short film that was nominated for an Oscar, an animated TV special and a Broadway musical (Trudeau wrote the book and lyrics, Elizabeth Swados composed the music). Rap Master Ronnie brought Trudeau and Swados together again, this time in 1984 to satirize the Reagan White House years. The show was filmed and broadcast on Cinemax in 1988. That same year Trudeau worked with Robert Altman to satirize the election campaign with Tanner ’88 for HBO. Tanner ’88 won an Emmy Award.
He established The Sandbox, a …
forum for service members currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan (and serving elsewhere in the GWOT), returned vets, spouses and caregivers. …The unclassified details of deployment — the everyday, the extraordinary, the wonderful, the messed-up, the absurd.
In 2005 B.D. one of his main characters in Doonesbury was seriously injured in the Battle for Fallujah the Pentagon invited Trudeau to Walter Reed Medical Center to visit the troops. Trudeau accepted and has been working with the wounded warriors since. His book “The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time” chronicles B.D.’s slow convalescence.
Trudeau lives with his wife Jane Pauley in New York City.