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Starbuck, George Edwin

Columbus Born: June 15, 1931 Died: August 15, 1996 Ohio connection: Birth George Edwin Starbuck, son of George W. and Margaret Beiswanger, was born in 1931 in Columbus, Ohio. His name was legally changed from Beiswanger to Starbuck. He attended the California Institute of Technology, 1947-49; the University of California, 1950-51; the University of Chicago, 1954-57; and …

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Springstubb, Tricia

Cleveland Heights Born: September 15, 1950 Ohio connection: Resident Tricia Springstubb has published over a dozen books for young readers. What Happened on Fox Street was published by HarperCollins in August 2010.  Her adult fiction and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Hunger Mountain, and Brain, Child, and she’s a frequent book critic for The Plain Dealer.  She …

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Spires, Elizabeth

Lancaster Born: May 28, 1952 Ohio connection: Birth Elizabeth Spires, daughter of Richard C. and Sue (Wagner) Spires, was born in 1952 in Lancaster, Ohio. She received a B.A. in English from Vassar College in 1974, and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1979. She married novelist Madison Smartt Bell in 1985, and they have a …

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Smith, Jeff

Columbus Born: February 27, 1960 Ohio connection: Resides Jeffrey Alan Smith was born February 27, 1960 to William Earl and Barbara Smith in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. He grew up near Columbus.  As a child, Smith read and was inspired by Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge, Peanuts, and adventure comics like Batman and Superman. Some of his favorite comics are George Herriman’s Krazy Kat and …

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Smart, Charles Allen

Cleveland Born: November 30, 1904 Died:  March 11, 1967 Ohio connection: Birth Charles Allen Smart, son of George and Lucy (Allen) Smart, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1904. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1926. He worked for Doubleday, Page & Co. and Doubleday Doran (publishers) as an editorial assistant from 1927 until …

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Skimin, Robert Elwayne

Belden Born: July 30, 1929 Died: May 9, 2011 Ohio connection: Birth Robert Elwayne Skimin, son of Ellwyn W. and Mildred L. (Summerton) Skimin, was born in 1929 in Belden, Ohio. He attended Monmouth Junior College, 1948-49; University of Georgia, 1957-58; South Dakota School of Technology, 1959-60; and Cornish School of Allied Arts, 1967-68. He served with …

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Sittenfeld, Curtis

Cincinnati Born: August 23, 1975 Ohio connection: Birth Curtis Sittenfeld was born August 23, 1975, in Cincinnati.  The second child of four, she is the daughter of Paul G. Sittenfeld (an investment banker) and Elizabeth Curtis (an art history teacher). She attended Seven Hills School in Cincinnati through 8th Grade and then moved to the Groton School, a …

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Siegel, Jerry

Cleveland Born: October 17, 1914 Died: January 28, 1996 Ohio connection: Birth Born in Cleveland to Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, Jerry Siegel, along with boyhood friend Joe Shuster, created Superman, one of the most recognizable fictional characters of the 20th century.  Siegel created the character of Superman, his background story and superpowers, while Joe Shuster worked as the artist, rendering Superman in his now familiar tights and …

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Shuster, Joe

Cleveland Born: July 10, 1914 Died: July 30, 1992 Ohio connection: Former resident Joe Shuster was born July 10, 1914, in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Cleveland with his family at the age of ten. From an early age Joe Shuster demonstrated a penchant for drawing, scrounging paper from various sources as his family was not wealthy. Shuster, …

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Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky

Dayton Born: May 2, 1950 Died: April 12, 2009 Ohio connection: Birth Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick was born May 2, 1950, in Dayton, Ohio, to Leon Kosofsky (an engineer) and Rita Goldstein Kosofsky (high school teacher). She had two siblings, a brother and a sister. During her childhood the family moved to Bethesda, Maryland when her father accepted a …

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