Category: Central

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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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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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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Thurber, James Grover

Columbus Born: December 8, 1894 Ohio connection: Birth James Grover Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Charles Leander Thurber and Mary Agnes Fisher.  Thurber’s early career was at The New Yorker where he started in 1927 and remained a prominent contributor for many years. With sardonic humor he examined the follies of men and women, revealing …

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Taylor, Debbie A.

Columbus Born: September 9, 1955 Ohio connection: Birth Debbie Taylor was born in Columbus, Ohio. She grew up in a large family and was educated in Columbus Public Schools. She graduated from Ohio Dominican College with a two-year degree, earned a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and eventually received her M.A from Cleveland State University. Her …

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Stine, R. L.

Columbus Born: October 8, 1943 Ohio connection: Birth Entered into the Guinness World Records 2000: Millennium Edition as author of the world’s top-selling children’s stories, Robert Laurence Stine was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 8, 1943. When he was 9 years old, he began writing short stories, jokes, and comic books for his friends. He attended Ohio State …

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Stewart, Donald Ogden

Columbus Born: November 3, 1894 Died: August 2, 1980 Ohio connection: Birth Donald Ogden Stewart was born in 1894 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Gilbert Holland Stewart, a prominent judge, and Clara (Landon) Stewart. He received an A.B. degree from Yale University in 1916. After graduation, he attempted a career in business, working for American Telephone …

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