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Allan W. Eckert

Born: January 30, 1931Died: July 7, 2011 Ohio connection: Resident Bellefontaine Allan W. Eckert was born in Buffalo, New York, and was raised in and around Chicago, Illinois. Eckert was a child with an intense love of nature. “I remember crawling about in the gangways between buildings or in vacant lots, overturning boards and pieces of tin …

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Raoul Abdul

Born: November 7, 1929Died: January 15, 2010 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Author and classical singer, Raoul Abdul was once an editorial assistant to Langston Hughes. Abdul was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Hamid who was born in Calcutta, India and Beatrice (Shreve) Abdul.  Abdul attended John Hay High School and later earned a diploma from …

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James Flora

Born: January 25, 1914Died: July 9, 1998 Ohio connection: Birth Bellefontaine Mixing the pathos of surrealism with the impishness of cartoons, James Flora was the master of hand-drawn album cover art before the record industry’s switch to photographic covers in 1956. In the 1940s, Flora was one of the first artists to design and illustrate album covers, thereby …

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RE-OPENED: Library of Congress Seeking Applicants for Literacy Awards 2021

RE-OPENED: Library of Congress Seeking Applicants for Literacy Awards 2021

The Library of Congress has re-opened applications! See below for new deadline! The Library of Congress is seeking nominations of nonprofit organizations to be considered for the 2021 Literacy Awards. For full details and to apply, visit http://www.read.gov/literacyawards/index.html. Through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program honors nonprofit …

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