Category: Northeast

Shuster, Joe

Cleveland Born: July 10, 1914 Died: July 30, 1992 Ohio connection: Former resident Joe Shuster was born July 10, 1914, in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Cleveland with his family at the age of ten. From an early age Joe Shuster demonstrated a penchant for drawing, scrounging paper from various sources as his family was not wealthy. Shuster, …

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Scibona, Salvatore

Parma  Born: June 2, 1975 Ohio connection: Birth Writer Salvatore Scibona was born June 2, 1975, in Parma, Ohio, to an ethnic Italian-Polish family.  In 1997 he graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in 1999 he earned an M.F.A. from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.  In 2000 …

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Schwarz, Ted

Cleveland Born: October 12, 1945 Ohio connection: Birth Ted Schwarz was born Theodore R. Schwarz on October 12, 1945, in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is the son of Theodore R. and Ruth Dorothy.  Ted Schwarz attended Case Western Reserve University, 1964-66, 1971; New York Institute of Photography, 1965; and The University of the South School of Theology, 1992-1995. …

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Schwartz, Shelia

Cleveland Born: Died: November 8, 2008 Ohio connection: Former Resident A Philadelphia native, Sheila Miriam Schwartz was born to Philip and Ruth (Motiloff) Schwartz.  She graduated from Temple University with a BA in English in 1974 and earned her Master of Arts from the State University of New York, Binghamton in 1981.  Schwartz taught award-winning author …

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Schultz, Connie

Cleveland Born: July 21, 1957 Ohio connection: Birth Connie Schultz was raised in Ashtabula by working class parents and received a journalism degree from Kent State University in 1979.  In addition to her biweekly column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer/Creators Syndicate she has written two books (Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths and … And His Lovely Wife: A Campaign Memoir …

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Schaefer, Jack

Cleveland Born: November 19, 1907 Died: January 24, 1991 Ohio connection: Birth Jack Schaefer was born on Cleveland’s East Side in 1907. Growing up in a house of voracious readers, Schaefer read everything from the exotic “Tarzan” stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs, to the thrilling western fiction of Zane Grey. In 1910, Schaefer’s family moved to Lakewood, …

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Salinger, Michael

Mentor Born: March 2, 1962 Ohio connection: Birth & Resident Michael G. Salinger was born March 2, 1962, near Cleveland. A poet, performer, and educator, he is one of the earliest participants in the National Poetry Slam, former board member of Poetry Slam Inc., and current director of the organization’s summer writing and performance conference. Salinger is …

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Russell, Mary Doria

South Euclid Born: August 19, 1950 Ohio connection: Resident Mary Doria Russell was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, to military parents. A religious transformation was one of the defining experiences of her life. Raised a Catholic, she converted to Judaism in middle age with decades of atheism in between. Religious aspects made their way into …

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Richter, Conrad

Cleveland Born: October 13, 1890 Died: October 30, 1968 Ohio connection: Former Resident Conrad Michael Richter was born October 13, 1890, in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a series of tiny coal mining towns with his parents, John Absalom, a Lutheran minister, and Charlotte Esther (Henry) Richter. Richter’s formal schooling ended when he graduated from high school at …

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Renner, James

Cleveland Born: March 30, 1978 Ohio connection: Birth James Renner was born March 30, 1978, in Franklin Mills, Ohio.  A novelist, freelance journalist, film producer and former newspaper editor, Renner graduated from Kent State University in 2000 with a degree in English. He has also taught creative writing. Renner’s nonfiction books focus on unsolved crimes and strange stories from Ohio. While working …

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