Author: Mikey Haverman

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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Turkle, Brinton

Alliance Born: August 15, 1915 Ohio connection: Birth Brinton Cassaday Turkle was born on August 15, 1915, in Alliance, Ohio where a family friend, Gertrude Alice Kay, a children’s author and illustrator, encouraged his creative interests. Turkle showed an early inclination toward the theater, and entered the drama department at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (1933-36). Deciding …

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Tully, Jim

St. Mary’s Born: June 3, 1886 Ohio connection: Birth Jim Tully was a vagabond, pugilist, and American writer. His critical and commercial success in the 1920s and 30s may qualify him as the greatest long shot in American literature. Born near St. Marys, Ohio to James Dennis and Bridget Marie Lawler Tully, an Irish immigrant ditch-digger and …

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Tourgee, Albion Winegar

Williamsfield Born: May 2, 1838 Ohio connection: Birth Albion Winegar Tourgee, son of Valentine and Louisa (Winegar) Tourgee, was born in 1838 in Williamsfield, Ohio. He spent his early years on a farm, where he developed the Republican values of Western Reserve reformism. After high school, Tourgee attended the University of Rochester for two years, after which …

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Torrence, Frederic Ridgely

Xenia Born: November 27, 1874 Ohio connection: Birth Frederick Ridgely Torrence, son of Findley David and Mary (Ridgely) Torrence, was born in 1874 in Xenia, Ohio. He attended Miami University of Ohio, 1893-95, and Princeton University, 1895-96. He worked as a librarian at the Astor Library and the Lenox Library, both in New York City, 1897-1903. He …

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