Norris, Len

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Norris, Len

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1913-1997

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Len (Leonard Matheson) Norris was born December 1, 1913 in London, England and came to Canada in 1926. Before becoming a cartoonist for the Vancouver Sun in 1950, Norris worked at several other jobs including weighing coal, operating a switchboard, and soldiering in the Canadian army during World War II. Pierre Berton, a nationally renowned historian and then-owner of Maclean's magazine credited Norris with "single-handedly changing newspaper cartooning in Canada," and introduced Len Norris into newspaper cartooning for the Vancouver Sun. He drew for the Sun in the editorial section for 38 years before drawing his last cartoon for the paper on December 24, 1988, and officially retiring at the age of 75. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, the News Hall of Fame in Toronto, and the Order of the British Empire. He was also given an honourary degree from Simon Fraser University. He died in 1997 at the age of 83.

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