Category: Drama

Eckstein, Gustav

Born: October 26, 1890 Died: September 23, 1981 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Gustav Eckstein, son of Gustav and Emma (Imig) Eckstein, was born in 1890 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a D.D.S. from the Cincinnati College of Dental Surgery in 1911 and a M.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1924. He practiced dentistry from 1911 until 1918 and …

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Eager, Edward McMaken

Born: June 20, 1911 Died: October 23, 1964 Ohio connection: Birth Toledo Edward McMaken Eager was born in 1911 in Toledo, Ohio. He was raised in Toledo, but spent most of the summers of his childhood and youth in rural Indiana, where he developed a love of nature, gardening, and bird-watching. These interests stayed with him the rest …

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Ellison, Harlan Jay

Born: May 27, 1934 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Harlan Ellison, science fiction writer, novelist, editor, and critic, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  The son of Louis Laverne and Serita (Rosenthal) Ellison. He was raised in Painesville, Ohio.  In 1949 his father died and Ellison and his mother returned to Cleveland, where he graduated from East High School. …

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Yocum, Robin

Born: 1955 Ohio Connection: Born Steubenville Robin Yocum got his first job in the newspaper business as a young child delivering for the Wheeling Intelligencer in the town of Brilliant, Ohio. Growing up the son of a steelworker, he wanted to be a fireman or the second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went on …

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White, Edmund

Cincinnati Born: January 13, 1940 Ohio connection: Birth Born in Cincinnati, son of Edmund Valentine II (an engineer) and Delilah Teddlie (a psychologist). Edmund Valentine III White has been regarded as the unofficial spokesman of the social, cultural, and political aspirations of the gay community. A novelist at age five, White has since authored several critically acclaimed …

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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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Budbill, David

Born: June 13, 1940 Died: September 25, 2016 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland David Budbill was born in Cleveland in 1940 to a streetcar driver and a minister’s daughter. He is the author of seven books of poems, eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories, a picture book for children, dozens of essays, introductions, …

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Powell, Dawn

Mount Gilead Born: August 24, 1896 Died:  November 15, 1965. Ohio connection: Birth Dawn Powell, daughter of Roy K. and Hattie B. (Sherman) Powell, was born in 1896 (or 1897 as Powell would oftentimes say) in Mount Gilead, Ohio. Because her father was a traveling salesman and her mother died when Dawn was six years old, she was raised …

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