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SIM-33: The Aaron Bacall Collection

Identifier: SIM-33


  • Record Keeping: 1960 - 2018


Biographical / Historical

Aaron Bacal (1939-2015)

American Cartoonist and Humorous Writer:

Bacall was employed as a Staten Island Advance(newspaper) humor columnist and cartoonist, chemistry teacher, website designer, curriculum adviser, gag writer, author of books on laughter and teacher in several programs at the College of Staten Island.

Mr. Bacal earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from City College of New York, Manhattan, and later earned two masters' degrees from New York University, Manhattan, one in chemistry and the other in business administration.

Early in his career he was a research chemist at Hoffman-LaRoche in Nutley, N.J., then taught chemistry at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn for 27 years. He served as a curriculum coordinator for the former city Board of Education, developing science programs in health-related professions. At CSI-CUNY, he developed online programs for people who could not attend college classes in person.

His cartoons appeared extensively in The Staten Island Advance for 30 years, where he was widely appreciated for his whimsical cartoon art captioned with humorous, often ironic copy. From 1980 to 1984, he also wrote a weekly humor column for the paper, called "Another View."

In addition to his long assoiciation with the Staten Island Advance, his cartoons were also published in the United States in The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, many other nationally circulated publications, and numerous corporate and organizational publications, as well as internationally in Germany, Portugal, Italy and Japan.

Sage Publishing - Corwin Division published a series of his books entitled The Lighter Side of… Educational Leadership (02/2002), Teaching (03/2003), Technology in Education (03/2003), Staff Development (12/2004), and Classroom Management (10/2006).

Born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY, he was a long-time resident of Staten Island, NY, where he lived with his wife Linda (Gold) Bacall and their children.


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