Category: Non-Fiction

Porrello, Rick

Cleveland Born: July 1, 1962 Ohio connection: Birth & Resident Rick Porrello is a veteran Cleveland-area police officer who grew up in a family with Mafia roots. His grandfather and three of his uncles were mob leaders who were killed during Prohibition-era violence. His popular book, The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia (1995), grew out of research …

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Peltier, Leslie Copus

Delphos Born: January 2, 1900 Died: May 10, 1980 Ohio connection: Birth Leslie Copus Peltier, son of Stanley William and Resa (Copus) Peltier, was born in 1900 in Delphos, Ohio. Growing up on a farm in the country, he quickly developed a great love for nature. His mother introduced him to the wonders of the night sky …

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Peale, Norman Vincent

Bowersville Born: May 31, 1898 Died: December 24, 1993 Ohio connection: Birth A staunch practitioner of positive thinking and prayer, Norman Vincent Peale utilized mass media to share with hundreds of people his message of faith and hope. A stirring, dynamic, and innovative speaker who increased church attendance at numerous congregations, Peale was born in Bowersville, Ohio, …

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Olmstead, Robert

Delaware Born: January 3, 1954 Ohio connection: Resident Accomplished writer and professor, Robert M. Olmstead is the son of James Paul (a factory worker) and Adeline Olmstead.  He was born January 3, 1954, and raised on a six generation dairy farm near Keene, New Hampshire not far from the banks of the Connecticut River. He has authored the …

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Mullen, Patrick B.

Columbus Born: August 22, 1941 Ohio connection: Resident Patrick B. Mullen was born August 22, 1941, in Beaumont, TX, the son of Borden Calvin Mullen and Lorraine Terry Mullen.  He earned a B.A. from Lamar State College in 1964; an M.A. from North Texas State University in 1965; and received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas …

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Brady, Philip

Born: August 15, 1955 Ohio connection: Resident Youngstown Poet, publisher, educator and writer Phillip Brady was born August 15, 1955 and raised in New York City.  Brady received a B.A. from Bucknell University, M.A.’s from the University of Delaware and San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Binghamton; he has been an …

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