Biography of David Saltzman
 


"The best we can do is live life, enjoy it and know it is meant to be enjoyed - know
how important and special every time ... moment ... person is.
"And at the end of the day, say, 'I have enjoyed it, I have really lived the moment.'
"That is all.
"All is that. Is. Is is such a powerful word. It's not was or will be. It is IS: Is is alive."©
--From David Saltzman's Journal, 1988

 

AUTHOR-ARTISTS--David with Where the Wild Things Are creator Maurice Sendak at Yale in 1986.

Sendak praises The Jester:
"David was a natural craftsman and storyteller. His passionate picture book is issued out of a passionate heart. David's Jester soars with life."

Read More about David's meeting with Maurice Sendak

Before attending Yale, David went to Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Peninsula in California. It was there that he began his career as a cartoonist with a comic strip called "The Chadwick Chronicles" in which he regularly parodied student life for the school newspaper. He also drew editorial cartoons on local, national and international issues for a Los Angeles Times publication distributed to Southern California high schools. He also was editor of the yearbook and a recipient of the Citizenship Award and Drama Award.  

At Yale, he adapted his character "Pops" into a weekly cartoon strip that chronicled the life of a fictitious Yale professor. He also spun off "Pops" into a series of Yale Academic Calendars and drew weekly editorial cartoons for the Yale Daily News and the Yale Herald.   During his senior year at Yale, David was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. For the next year-and-a-half, he kept a comprehensive journal of his thoughts and feelings while completing The Jester Has Lost His Jingle and other stories. Academy Award-winning animator Faith Hubley, a senior critic in the Yale School of Art and one of David's teachers, says about David's creations, "The Jester and Pharley are extraordinary characters, at once poignant and humorous."   In his journal, David wrote, "The best we can do is live life, enjoy it and know it is meant to be enjoyed - know how important and special every time. . .moment. . . person is. And at the end of the day, say, 'I have enjoyed it, I have really lived the moment.' That is all. All is that. Is. Is is such a powerful word. It's not was or will be. It is IS: Is is alive."

David died on March 2, 1990, 11 days before his 23rd birthday.





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