Author: Mikey Haverman

Whitlock, Brand

Urbana Born: March 4, 1869 Ohio connection: Birth Brand Whitlock was born in 1869 in Urbana, Ohio, to the Rev. Elias and Molly Lavinia (Brand) Whitlock. He was raised in the Methodist Church and was greatly influenced by the church and his father. He was first educated at home and later at a public high school in …

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Wilhelm, Kate

Toledo Born: June 28, 1928 Ohio connection: Birth Kate Wilhelm was born Katie Gertrude Meredith, daughter of Jesse and Ann Meredith, in Toledo, Ohio, in 1928. After graduating from high school in Louisville, Kentucky, she worked as a model, telephone operator, sales clerk, switchboard operator, and underwriter for an insurance company. She married Joseph Wilhelm in 1947, …

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Willis, Sarah

Cleveland Heights Born: April 10, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Sarah Willis, daughter of actor/director Kirk Willis, was born in 1954 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Her father died when she was twelve, and she began writing poetry partly as a way of dealing with his death. She dropped out of high school at age sixteen, and later attended …

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Winegardner, Mark

Bryan Born: November 24, 1961 Ohio connection: Birth Mark Winegardner, chosen by Random House from among three dozen candidates to continue the Godfather saga created by Mario Puzo, was born and raised in Bryan, Ohio. Named one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America” by author Norman Crampton, Bryan, situated in Ohio’s northwestern corner near the …

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Young, David

Oberlin Born: December 14, 1936 Ohio connection: Resident Born in Davenport, Iowa, David Young earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College in 1958.  Later Young earned an M.A. and a doctorate degree from Yale University.  Until his retirement in 2003, David Young was Longman Professor of English at Oberlin College, where he continues to work as the …

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Zelazny, Roger

Cleveland Born: May 13, 1937 Ohio connection: Birth Roger Joseph Zelazny was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid. He was educated at Western Reserve University (B.A., 1959) and Columbia University (M.A., 1962). He worked as a claims representative and specialist for the Social Security Administration from 1962 until 1969, when he …

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