Born: May 3, 1907
Ohio connection: Birth
Harvey Earl Wilson, son of Arthur Earl and Cloe (Huffman) Wilson, was born in 1907 in Rockford, Ohio. A budding career as a news reporter began while he was in high school, when he worked as a sportswriter for a local weekly. He went on to attend Heidelberg College and Ohio State University, receiving a B.S. from Ohio State in 1931. In 1935, he was the first to report the news that an anti-polio vaccine was in the works. In 1936, he married Rosemary Lyons, and the couple would have one child, Earl, Jr. Wilson’s most famous newspaper work was his syndicated column “It Happened Last Night”, which reported show business news. The column started in the New York Post in the 1940s, and was eventually published by approximately three hundred newspapers. His columns were known for their humorous human interest stories of show business people. He was also the author of a number of books: I Am Gazing into My Eight-Ball; Pike’s Peak or Bust; Let ‘Em Eat Cheesecake; Look Who’s Abroad Now; NBC Book of Stars; Earl Wilson’s New York; The Show Business Nobody Knows; Show Business Laid Bare; and Sinatra. He also wrote for magazines, including Esquire, Liberty, and the Saturday Evening Post. Earl Wilson died January 16, 1987, in Yonkers, New York.