Category: Central

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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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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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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Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M.

Columbus Born: October 15, 1917 Died: February 28, 2007 Ohio connection: Birth Historian and writer Arthur Bancroft Schlesinger was born in Columbus, Ohio, October 15, 1917, the oldest son of prominent historian, Arthur Meier Schlesinger, and Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger.  As a teenager he changed his name to Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr.  His father was professor of American …

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Rosen, Michael J.

Columbus Born: September 20, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Michael Rosen was born September 20, 1954, in Columbus, Ohio, the eldest son of Marvin and Nona Rosen. His childhood home was in a new development situated amid a former pasture. It was there he explored construction sites and fields, collected cocoons, milkweed pods and chrysalises, gathered buckeyes, fed roadside horses, and …

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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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