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Biggers, Earl Derr

Born: August 26, 1884 Died:  April 5, 1933 Ohio connection: Birth Warren Earl Derr Biggers was born and raised in Warren, Ohio, the son of Robert J. Biggers and Emma Derr Biggers. He received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1907. He was a columnist and drama critic for the Traveler newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1908 until …

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Berger, Thomas Louis

Born: July 20, 1924 Died: July 13, 2014 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Thomas Louis Berger, deemed “one of the 20th century’s most important writers in the English-speaking world” by the Times Literary Supplement, was born on July 20, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio. This satiric and darkly funny novelist is revered by writers and critics everywhere who, …

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Benson, Mildred Wirt

Born: July 10, 1905 Died: May 28, 2008 Ohio connection: Former Resident Toledo Mildred Wirt Benson, famously known as “Nancy Drew” mystery series author Carolyn Keene, was born July 10, 1905, in Ladora, Iowa, where, even as a child, she knew she would be a writer. While studying for her Master’s degree in journalism–the first woman at the University of …

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Bendis, Brian Michael

Born: August 18, 1967 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Brian Michael Bendis, born August 18, 1967 in Cleveland, Ohio, is a prolific comic book artist and writer. Raised in a Jewish-American family, Bendis would go on to study journalism, though he always aspired to make comic books. He attended classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art for five …

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Bellamy, Joe David

Born: December 29, 1941 Died: August 5, 2014 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Born on December 29, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Joe David Bellamy was the son of Orin Ross and Beulah Pearl (Zutavern) Bellamy.  He attended Duke University, 1959-1961; he received a BA in Literature from Antioch College in 1964 and received an MFA in English and Creative Writing from …

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McKenney, Ruth

Akron Born: November 18, 1911 Died: July 27, 1972 Ohio connection: Former Resident Ruth McKenney, an award winning journalist for the Akron Beacon Journal, was born on November 18, 1911, in Michawaka, Indiana, and was raised in East Cleveland, Ohio. While attending Shaw High School, McKenney worked as a printer’s apprentice and joined the International Typographical Union, widely …

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