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Happy Birthday To Greenwich’'s Ranan R. Lurie

Happy birthday to Ranan R. Lurie.
Happy birthday to Ranan R. Lurie. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Ranan R. Lurie!

Lurie, who has owned a home in Greenwich, turns 86 on Thursday. The political cartoonist and journalist was born May 26, 1932 in Greenwich.

Lurie was appointed member of Israel’s National Youth Handball Team in 1947. He was a member of the Israeli underground armed organization and later served in the IDF reserves as a major and senior company commander.

He shared parachute training with the U.S. 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky., the 16th independent Parachute Regiment of the British Forces in Aldershot, United Kingdon, and with the French Foreign Legion’s Paratroop Forces in Pau, France.

He was the political cartoonist for Yediot Aharonot of Israel (from 1957 to 1967) after which he was invited to become political cartoonist and cover artist for Life magazine (from 1968 to 1972).

Later, he was offered a full page for his work in Newsweek International (from 1973 to 1977), and also served as the senior analyst and political cartoonist for U.S. News & World Report in Washington, D.C. (from 1984 to 1986). He had his own full page in TIME International (from 1994 to 1997). Subsequently, he had a full page in Foreign Affairs magazine (from 2000 to 2004).

He was the in-house political cartoonist for The London Times, Die Welt in Germany and Asahi Shimbun in Japan and started the first political cartoon for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in Switzerland, one of the oldest newspapers in print.

His work was syndicated globally to more than 1,100 publications with a daily readership of 300 million. His work was handled by the New York Times Syndicate, King Features Syndicate and Universal Press Syndicate.

In 1985 he started his own Cartoonews International Syndicate.

The United Nations/Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards were created by former Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2000 and continued by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

He appears twice in the "Guinness Book of World Records," beginning in 1999 as "the most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world" and “as a member of the oldest traceable family in existence.”

He was nominated for the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize on March 14 2002.

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