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Weigl, Bruce

Oberlin Born: January 27, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Bruce Weigl was born January 27, 1949, in Lorain, OH; son of Albert Louis (a foundry worker) and Zora (Grasa) (a packing plant worker.  Weigl has published numerous books of poetry, including Like a Sack Full of Old Quarrels (1976), What Saves Us (1992), and Sweet Lorain (1996). In 2000, he published The Circle of Hanh, …

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Weems, Mary E.

Cleveland Born: August 22, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth The eldest daughter of four children, Mary Elise Weems was born August 22, 1954, in Cleveland where her mother, Elaine B. Lacy, a lifelong resident, raised her. Weems started writing poems at the age of thirteen and found her vocation. Her creative spirit-eye has turned more and more outward …

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Watterson, Bill

Chagrin Falls Born: July 5, 1958 Ohio connection: Resident Bill Watterson, creator of the beloved comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes,” was born on July 5, 1958, in Washington D.C., and moved with his family to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, when he was six years old. Watterson preferred to spend his time alone drawing–a talent he lent to his …

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Ward, Geoffrey

Newark Born: November 30, 1940 Ohio connection: Birth Geoffrey Champion Ward, son of Frederick Champion and Duira Rachel (Baldinger) Ward, was born in 1940 in Newark, Ohio. He received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1962. That same year, he was married to Diane Raines Keim, and they had two children, Nathan and Kelly. They were later …

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Wahl, Jan

Columbus Born: April 1, 1933 Ohio connection: Birth Jan Wahl, son of Russell Rothenberger and Nina Marie (Boyer) Wahl, was born in 1933 in Columbus, Ohio. He began writing while living with his grandparents in northwest Ohio during the Depression. His first effort was an attempt to rewrite “Jack and the Beanstalk,” which he felt could be …

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Wagoner, David Russell

Massillon Born: June 5, 1926 Ohio connection: Birth A native of Massillon, David Russell Wagoner was born on June 5, 1926. At the age of seven, his family relocated to Whiting, a city outside Gary, Indiana. Enlisting at age eighteen in the United States Navy, he served from 1944 to 1946. Educated at Pennsylvania State University, he …

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Vogel, Ezra

Delaware Born: July 11, 1930 Ohio connection: Birth Ezra F. Vogel the son of Joseph H. and Edith (Nachman) Vogel was born July 11, 1930, in Delaware, Ohio.  He received his B.A. at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1950 and his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard in 1958.  He is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social …

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Vaughan, Brian K.

Cleveland Born: 1976 Ohio connection: Birth Brian K. Vaughan was born in 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating high school Vaughan moved to New York City to attend New York University, hoping to pursue a career in filmmaking. While there Vaughan attended a comic book scripting session with two editors from Marvel Comics. Vaughan submitted a few ideas to …

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Valin, Jonathan Louis

Cincinnati Born: November 23, 1948 Ohio connection: Birth Jonathan Louis Valin, son of Sigmund and Marcella (Fink) Valin, was born in 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Valin married Katherine Brockhaus in 1971 and did his undergraduate work at the University of Cincinnati; he received an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1974; and did doctoral study at Washington …

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Umrigar, Thrity

Cleveland Born: September 17, 1961 Ohio connection: Resident “Bracingly honest…a perceptive and often piercing writer” is how The New York Times describes Thrity Umrigar, an Indian émigré who now calls Ohio home. Born in Bombay, Thrity left India for Ohio at the age of 21 in part because she felt she “would never be totally independent and would never …

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