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    (September 2, 1917-October 14, 1998)
    Born in Nahant, Massachusetts
    Author and animal rights advocate
    Wrote 'The Proper Bostonians (1947),' 'The Last Resorts (1952),' 'Who Killed Society? (1960),' 'Man Kind? Our Incredible War on Wildlife (1974),' 'The Cat Who Came for Christmas (1987),' 'The Cat and the Curmudgeon (1991)' and 'The Best Cat Ever (1993)'
    Member of the board of directors of the U.S. Humane Society (1962-70)
    Founded 'Fund for Animals,' an organization promoting the protection and care of wildlife (1967)
    Established the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, an animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas (1979)
    Senior contributing editor of Parade magazine (1980-98)
    Died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm in Manhattan at age 81
    Subject of a 2006 biography, 'Making Burros Fly,' by Julie Hoffman Marshall
    He was twice divorced.
    At one point he was a critic for TV Guide.
    He named the cat he saved on Christmas Eve 1977 (that started his animals rights crusade) Polar Bear.
    He had a dry wit, quoting 'A good family, it seems, is one that used to be better,' 'The facts of life are very stubborn things,' and 'I can't take a well-tanned person seriously.'
    He's buried on the grounds of his ranch next to his cats.
    He served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army during World War II.
    He became the youngest ever editor of the Saturday Evening Post.
    Dedicating his life to animals, among his efforts were saving the burros of the Grand Canyon and the goats of San Clemente Island.
    For his campaign against fur clothing, he secured the services of stars Mary Tyler Moore, Angie Dickinson and great friend Doris Day.
    He bought the first boat used by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder Paul Watson, used to thwart Japanese whaling fleets.
    His sanctuary takes in all kinds of abused and neglected animals - from cats and dogs to elephants and chimpanzees.
    His favorite cat quote was 'anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human mind.'

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