Patrick Layton "Pat" Paulsen, 1927 - 1997

portrait of Pat Paulsen
Talking to Robert F. Kennedy (1968)

Born: 6 July 1927, South Bend, Washington
Died: 24 April 1997, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Paulsen's family moved to Mill Valley, California when Pat was ten. He graduated from Tamalpais High School and immediately joined the Marine Corps during World War II. After the war he worked as a clerk, truck driver, hod carrier, gypsum miner, and a Fuller Brush Man. He was a photostat operator for several years before attending San Francisco City College. He joined an acting group called "The Ric-y-tic Players" and began his comic career. He appeared as a comedic guitarist in clubs in California and New York City before meeting the Smothers brothers, Dick and Tommy. The brothers put him on the air in 1967, originally as an editorial commentator with a deadpan delivery. In 1968 he staged a campaign for president on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, part of what earned him an Emmy that year. After that show, he continued to "run" for president most of the time (1972, 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996) and actually came in second in at least two state primaries, along with his normal appearances at nightclubs and conventions. He died of cancer of the brain and colon.

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