Category: Northeast

Wagoner, David Russell

Massillon Born: June 5, 1926 Ohio connection: Birth A native of Massillon, David Russell Wagoner was born on June 5, 1926. At the age of seven, his family relocated to Whiting, a city outside Gary, Indiana. Enlisting at age eighteen in the United States Navy, he served from 1944 to 1946. Educated at Pennsylvania State University, he …

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Vaughan, Brian K.

Cleveland Born: 1976 Ohio connection: Birth Brian K. Vaughan was born in 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating high school Vaughan moved to New York City to attend New York University, hoping to pursue a career in filmmaking. While there Vaughan attended a comic book scripting session with two editors from Marvel Comics. Vaughan submitted a few ideas to …

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Umrigar, Thrity

Cleveland Born: September 17, 1961 Ohio connection: Resident “Bracingly honest…a perceptive and often piercing writer” is how The New York Times describes Thrity Umrigar, an Indian émigré who now calls Ohio home. Born in Bombay, Thrity left India for Ohio at the age of 21 in part because she felt she “would never be totally independent and would never …

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Turkle, Brinton

Alliance Born: August 15, 1915 Ohio connection: Birth Brinton Cassaday Turkle was born on August 15, 1915, in Alliance, Ohio where a family friend, Gertrude Alice Kay, a children’s author and illustrator, encouraged his creative interests. Turkle showed an early inclination toward the theater, and entered the drama department at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (1933-36). Deciding …

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Tourgee, Albion Winegar

Williamsfield Born: May 2, 1838 Ohio connection: Birth Albion Winegar Tourgee, son of Valentine and Louisa (Winegar) Tourgee, was born in 1838 in Williamsfield, Ohio. He spent his early years on a farm, where he developed the Republican values of Western Reserve reformism. After high school, Tourgee attended the University of Rochester for two years, after which …

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Tolan, Stephanie S.

Canton Born: October 25, 1942 Ohio connection: Birth Reading late at night with a flashlight under the covers, Stephanie Tolan discovered early on the magic of the written word. Born in Canton, Ohio, on October 25, 1942, and raised in Wisconsin, Tolan wrote her first story in fourth grade. Although she had received rejection slips by the …

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Thompson, Daniel

Cleveland Born: April 21, 1935 Ohio connection: Resident Daniel Thompson was born April 21, 1935, in Washington, D.C. The Thompson family moved to the west side of Cleveland, Ohio, shortly after Daniel’s birth. He spent much of his boyhood in Cleveland, but attended high school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and spent a short time at a seminary …

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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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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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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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