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An artist (he graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1955), Wilson started his career doing newspaper advertising layouts. In 1955, he started working for American Greetings as a designer, rising to Creative Director in 1957 and vice-president of creative development in 1978. But he’ll be best remembered as a cartoonist: he created “Ziggy” in 1971, and grew it to syndication in 500 newspapers worldwide. He drew the panel until 1987, when it was taken over by his son, Tom Jr. The senior Wilson died September 16 after fighting lung cancer. He was 80.
From This is True for 18 September 2011
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