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Beetle Bailey's creator praised by military brass as he turns 90

Beetle Bailey's creator, Mort Walker, received birthday accolades from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as the governor of his home state, the mayor of New York, Dolly Parton, and even Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Mort Walker, the artist and author of the Beetle Bailey comic strip, speaks about his decades of work and experiences at his studio in Stamford, Conn, in this Aug. 16, 2010 file photo. Walker is getting accolades from top military brass and others as he celebrates his 90th birthday.

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Beetle Bailey was known to be a lazy Army private, but the creator of the popular comic strip is getting accolades from top military brass and others as he celebrates his 90th birthday.

Mort Walker is receiving well wishes from Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Dolly Parton and even Prince Albert II of Monaco. Walker turns 90 on Sept. 3.

"Your contributions to the nation and our military men and women through your comic strip Beetle Bailey are deeply appreciated," Dempsey wrote. "For more than 60 years you have given each of us something to smile about and a way to escape the everyday stresses of life."

 
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