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Sun, 03.04.1962

Robb Armstrong, Cartoonist born

Robb Armstrong

*Robb Armstrong was on this date in 1962.  He is a Black artist and cartoonist.   

Armstrong was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; his mother, Dorothy, was a seamstress. He has four siblings.  He started drawing sketches of Charlie Brown at age five and lists Charles M. Schulz as one of his influences and heroes.  Armstrong graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Schulz gave his Franklin, the Peanuts strip's Black character, the surname Armstrong, after Robb Armstrong.

He is best known for creating Jump Start, as well as for some of his motivational speeches.  Jump Start is syndicated in over 300 newspapers throughout the United States, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, and the Boston Globe.  In 2012, Robb Armstrong received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris causa degree from Holy Family University in Pennsylvania. Armstrong has two children and is married to Crystal D. Armstrong, an events planner.  They live in Los Angeles, California.  

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