Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen is born.

May 17, 1939

Gary Paulsen at the age of 14, Ran away from home and traveled with a carnival.

1953

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

1965

His first book was published, The Special War

1966

Attended the University of Colorado

1976

Competed in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, In Nome, Alaska

1983

Competed again in Iditarod Sled Dog Race

1985

Won a Newbery Honor Award for Dogsong

1986

Gary Paulsen wrote Hatchet

1987

Won another Newbery HonorAward for Hatchet

1988

Won a Newbery Honor for the Winter Room

1990

Suffered a heart attack, forcing him to retire from sled dog racing.

1990

Moved to New Mexico

1993

Lives in New Mexico with his wife, Ruth who illustrated several of his books

1997 - 2004