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Born to Russian/Polish immigrants, Joseph and Leah Shorten in New York, NY. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School and New York University in the early 30's, where he --nicknamed "Streaky" -- starred as a halfback for their football team. He graduated in 1937.
After a brief professional football career, he began a career in writing and publishing. His first published book was "How to Watch a Football Game," a guide for husbands to assist them in teaching their wives the finer points of sharing their interest.
In the early 1940's, as a freelancer, he created "There Oughta Be a Law," which attracted many fans, including lawmakers who offered ideas for items.
At M.L.J. Publications, Shorten also worked extensively on the comic-book character Archie, the bumbling high school student. The character eventually gave rise to a comic-book and cartoon empire of its own.
In the late 1950's, Shorten founded Tower Publications and produced comic books and television magazines. He retired in 1982 and moved from Rockville Centre, NY, to Pompano Beach, FL. In 1991, he died at the Vencor Catastrophic Illness Center in Fort Lauderdale due to complications of a stroke.
Date of Birth: 1914
Birthplace: New York, NY
Date of death: January 14, 1991
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