Having first been Treasurer for 9 years, he was president of the National Cartoonist's Society from 1957–1959 and won numerous awards for his cartoons. His father, Roger C. Pierotti, emigrated from Italy, and was a Professor of Oil Painting and his mother, of German descent, was a sculptor. He lived in Brooklyn for most of his life where he raised his three children Melba, John Jr., and Pamela with his wife Helen, née Mastrangelo.
- "Political, Sports Cartoonist John Pierotti Dead" The Comics Journal #116 (July 1987) p. 24
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