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- June 18, 2001
- Vol. 55
- No. 24
Inspired by the Mischief of His 4-Year-Old Son, Hank Ketcham Gave the World the Irrepressible Dennis
For Ketcham, who died June 1 of heart disease and cancer at age 81 in his Pebble Beach, Calif., home, Dennis—also the basis for numerous TV shows, movies and videos—was more than just a job. The Seattle-born son of a businessman and a writer, he told the Associated Press in March that drawing the Mitchell cartoon family was "a joyful pursuit... trying to ease the pain of front-page news."
But the Mitchells' troubles paled by comparison to those of the Ketchams. Alice died of a drug overdose at 40. Their only child, Dennis, attended boarding school in Connecticut while Ketcham lived in Switzerland with his second wife, Jo Anne Stevens. (He returned to the U.S. in 1977 and settled in California with his third wife, Rolande Praeport, and their children, Scott, now 24, and Dania, 28.)
After a tour in Vietnam with the Marines, the real Dennis, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, became increasingly estranged from his father. Hank's relationship with his son, Ketcham told the AP, "was just a chapter that...closed, which unfortunately happens in some families."
But never to the cartoon Mitchells. "Hank's work," says Lazarus, "never changed. He never acknowledged there was danger in the world."
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