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Partch, Virgil Franklin, IIlocked

(17 October 1916–10 August 1984)
  • Robert C. Harvey


Partch, Virgil Franklin, II (17 October 1916–10 August 1984), cartoonist, known as "VIP," was born on St. Paul Island, Alaska, the son of Paul Chester Partch, a petty officer electrician in the U.S. Navy, and Anna Pavaloff. The family moved often to a succession of naval radio stations in Alaska and along the West Coast until Paul Partch retired from the navy in 1929, when they settled in Tucson, Arizona. While enrolled in Roskruge Junior High School, Virgil developed, entirely by accident, his famous nom de plume. He signed his drawings with his initials, but as he explained, "my writing wasn't so hot and the initials looked like V-I-P to my classmates" (Goldstein, p. 54)....

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