Gary Paulsen is born.
May 17, 1939
Gary Paulsen at the age of 14, Ran away from home and traveled with a carnival.
Joined the army and attained rank of sergeant
1958 - 1962
Worked as teacher, actor, director, rancher, singer
1962 - 1965
Realized he wanted to be a full-time writer
His first book was published, The Special War
Attended the University of Colorado
Competed in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, In Nome, Alaska
Competed again in Iditarod Sled Dog Race
Won a Newbery Honor Award for Dogsong
Gary Paulsen wrote Hatchet
Won another Newbery HonorAward for Hatchet
Suffered a heart attack, forcing him to retire from sled dog racing.
Won a Newbery Honor for the Winter Room
Lives in New Mexico with his wife, Ruth who illustrated several of his books
1997 - 2004