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Temptress, the wild transvestite heavy metal glam rock band that has become a fixture at the New York City Halloween parade, will be performing live Thursday on the lead float of this year's fete. This year's Halloween Parade theme is "Play."
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Cathy's World: Hey Arnold

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- When Nickelodeon execs speak soberly about "the kid community," what at first seems pretty silly actually makes perfect sense.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2002 with 319 to follow. The moon is waxing, moving toward its first quarter.
By United Press International

Cathy's World: Futurama

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- With its combination cel and flattened-out computer animation, "Futurama" has been visually spectacular since the moment its debut on Fox almost three years ago

Cathy's World: Family Guy

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Call me sick, call me twisted, but for me one antidote to the winter rerun doldrums are fresh episodes of Fox's "Family Guy," the animated comedy about a family
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Matt Groening
Creator and Executive Producer Matt Groening signs a poster at the unveiling of the new "The Simpsons" U.S. postage stamps in Los Angeles May 7, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening (pronounced /ˈɡreɪnɪŋ/ GRAY-ning; born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, and producer. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell as well as two successful television series, The Simpsons and Futurama.

Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of Life in Hell to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. The cartoon is still carried in 250 weekly newspapers. Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show. Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, The Simpsons, and named the members after his own parents and sisters — while Bart was an anagram of the word brat. The shorts would be spun off into their own series: The Simpsons, which has since aired over 450 episodes. In 1997, Groening, along with former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen, developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999. After four years on the air, the show was canceled by Fox in 2003, but Comedy Central commissioned 16 new episodes from four direct-to-DVD movies in 2008. Then, in June 2009, Comedy Central ordered 26 new episodes of Futurama, to be aired over two seasons.

Groening has won 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, ten for The Simpsons and one for Futurama as well as a British Comedy Award for "outstanding contribution to comedy" in 2004. In 2002, he won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for his work on Life in Hell.

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