Category: Literature

W. M. Kiplinger

Born: January 8, 1891Died: August 6, 1967 Ohio connection: Birth Bellefontaine Born Willard Monroe Kiplinger in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to Clarence and Cora (Miller) Kiplinger, Kiplinger developed an early interest in journalism. Serving as the editor of his high school newspaper, he later became one of the first two students to enroll in the School of …

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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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Terry Anderson

Born: 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Lorain Terry Anderson is a retired journalist and former foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He served as Chief Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press and has worked as a newspaper editor, television and radio reporter, and documentary producer. Anderson is the author of the best-selling memoir, …

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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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Lee K. Abbott

Born: October 17, 1947Died: April 29, 2019 Ohio connection: Resident Columbus Lee Kittredge Abbott, writer and educator, was a professor of English for more than three decades, teaching at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio for twelve years before transferring to Ohio State University (OSU) in 1989 where he taught until his retirement in 2012. …

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