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  • William Saroyan---AKA his pen name, Sirak Garoyan

    Born: August 31, 1908, Fresno, CA
    Died: May 18, 1981, Fresno, CA, age 72

    Literary author;

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    William Saroyan (pronounced /səˈrɔɪ.ən/; Armenian: Վիլյամ Սարոյան; 31 August 1908 - 18 May 1981) was an Armenian-American dramatist and author. The setting of many of his stories and plays is the center of Armenian-American life in California in his native Fresno.

    Saroyan was born in Fresno, California to Armenian immigrants from Bitlis in the Ottoman Empire (now Turkey). At the age of three, after his father's death, Saroyan was placed in the orphanage in Oakland, California, together with his brother and sister, an experience he later described in his writing. Five years later, the family reunited in Fresno, where his mother, Takoohi, secured work at a cannery. He continued his education on his own, supporting himself by taking odd jobs, such as working as an office manager for the San Francisco Telegraph Company.

    Saroyan decided to become a writer after his mother showed him some of his father's writings. A few of his early short articles were published in Overland Monthly. His first stories appeared in the 1930s. Among these was "The Broken Wheel", written under the name Sirak Goryan and published in the Armenian journal Hairenik in 1933. Many of Saroyan's stories were based on his childhood experiences among the Armenian-American fruit growers of the San Joaquin Valley, or dealt with the rootlessness of the immigrant. The short story collection My Name is Aram (1940), an international bestseller, was about a young boy and the colorful characters of his immigrant family. It has been translated into many languages.

    As a writer Saroyan made his breakthrough in Story magazine with The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934), the title taken from the nineteenth century song of the same title. The protagonist is a young, starving writer who tries to survive in a Depression-ridden society.

    Saroyan served in the US Army during World War II. He was stationed in Astoria, Queens, spending much of his time at the Lombardy Hotel in Manhattan, far from Army personnel. In 1942, he was posted to London as part of a film unit. He narrowly avoided a court martial when his novel, The Adventures of Wesley Jackson, was seen as advocating pacifism.

    Saroyan worked rapidly, hardly editing his text, and drinking and gambling away much of his earnings. From 1958 on, he mainly resided in a Paris apartment.

    Saroyan published essays and memoirs, in which he depicted the people he had met on travels in the Soviet Union and Europe, such as the playwright George Bernard Shaw, the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, and Charlie Chaplin. In 1952, Saroyan published The Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills, the first of several volumes of memoirs.

    Saroyan's stories celebrated optimism in the midst of the trials and tribulations of the Depression. Several of Saroyan's works were drawn from his own experiences, although his approach to autobiographical fact contained a fair bit of poetic license.

    His advice to a young writer was: "Try to learn to breathe deeply; really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell." Saroyan endeavored to create a prose style full of zest for life and seemingly impressionistic, that came to be called "Saroyanesque".

    In some respects, Saroyan's characters resemble the penniless writer in Knut Hamsun's 1890 novel Hunger, but lack the anger and nihilism of Hamsun's narrator. The story was republished in a collection whose royalties enabled Saroyan to travel to Europe and Armenia, where he learned to love the taste of Russian cigarettes, once observing, "you may tend to get cancer from the thing that makes you want to smoke so much, not from the smoking itself." (from Not Dying, 1963)

    Saroyan's plays were drawn from deeply personal sources, and often disregarded the convention that conflict is essential to drama. My Heart's in the Highlands (1939), his first play, was a comedy about a young boy and his Armenian family. It was produced at the Guild Theatre in New York.

    Saroyan is probably best remembered for his play The Time of Your Life (1939), set in a waterfront saloon in San Francisco. It won a Pulitzer Prize, which Saroyan refused on the grounds that commerce should not judge the arts; he did accept the New York Drama Critics' Circle award. The play was adapted into a 1948 film starring James Cagney.

    Before the war, Saroyan worked on the screenplay of Golden Boy (1939), based on Clifford Odets's play, but he never had much success in Hollywood and after his disappointment with the Human Comedy film project, he never permitted any Hollywood screen adaptation of any of his novels regardless of his financial straits.

    The Human Comedy (1943) is set in the fictional California town of Ithaca in the San Joaquin Valley (based on Saroyan's memories of Fresno, California), where young telegraph messenger Homer bears witness to the sorrows and joys of life during World War II.

    “ "Mrs. Sandoval," Homer said swiftly, "your son is dead. Maybe it's a mistake. Maybe it wasn't your son. Maybe it was somebody else. The telegram says it was Juan Domingo. But maybe the telegram is wrong... (from The Human Comedy) ”

    Saroyan's tomb in Komitas Pantheon, YerevanSaroyan was hired to write the screenplay for and direct the film for MGM. When Louis B. Mayer balked at its length, Saroyan would not compromise and was removed from the project. He then turned the script into a novel, publishing it just prior to the film's release. This novel is often credited as the source for the movie when in fact the reverse is true. The novel is the basis for a 1983 musical of the same name.

    Interest in Saroyan's novels declined after the war, when he was criticized for sentimentality. Freedom, brotherly love, and universal benevolence were for him basic values, but his idealism was considered out of step with the times. He still wrote prolifically, so that one of his readers could ask "How could you write so much good stuff and still write such bad stuff?"

    In the novellas The Assyrian and other stories (1950) and in The Laughing Matter (1953) Saroyan mixed allegorical elements within a realistic novel. The plays Sam Ego's House (1949) and The Slaughter of the Innocents (1958) were not as successful as his prewar plays. Many of Saroyan's later plays, such as The Paris Comedy (1960), The London Comedy (1960), and Settled Out of Court (1969), premiered in Europe. Manuscripts of a number of unperformed plays are now at Stanford University with his other papers.

    When Ernest Hemingway learned that Saroyan had made fun of the controversial non-fiction work Death in the Afternoon, Hemingway responded: "We've seen them come and go. Good ones too. Better ones than you, Mr. Saroyan."

    In the late 1960s and the 1970s, Saroyan earned more money and finally got out of debt.

    Personal life
    In 1943, Saroyan was married to actress Carol Marcus (1924–2003) with whom he had two children, Aram and Lucy. Aram went on to become an author, and published a book about his father, and Lucy was an actress.[1] By the late 1940s, Saroyan's drinking and gambling took a toll on his marriage, and he filed for divorce upon returning from an extended European trip in 1949. They were remarried briefly in 1951 and divorced again in 1952 with Marcus later claiming in her autobiography, Among the Porcupines: A Memoir,[2][3] that Saroyan was abusive. Carol was subsequently married to actor Walter Matthau.

    Saroyan died in Fresno, of prostate cancer at age 72. Half of his ashes were buried in California, and the remainder in Armenia at the Pantheon near film director Sergei Parajanov.

    Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a short story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. His contribution was 'The Fifty Yard Dash'.

    'Don't Go Away Mad', 1949.

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    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-17-2011, 11:22 AM.


    • Philip Gordon Wylie

      Born: May 12, 1902, Beverly, MA
      Died: October 25, 1971, Rushford, NY, age 69

      Literaty author;

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Philip Gordon Wylie (May 12, 1902 – October 25, 1971) was an American author.

      Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, he was the son of Presbyterian minister Edmund Melville Wylie and the former Edna Edwards, a novelist, who died when Philip was five years old. His family moved to Montclair, New Jersey and he later attended Princeton University from 1920–1923. He married Sally Ondek, and had one child, Karen, an author who became the inventor of animal "clicker" training; she was the wife of Taylor Alderdyce Pryor, a Marine helicopter pilot who became a Hawaii state senator and a co-founder of Sea Life Park and Oceanic Institute in Hawaii, of which his wife served as director. After a divorcing his first wife, Philip Wylie married Frederica Ballard who was born and raised in Rushford, New York; they are both buried in Rushford.

      A writer of fiction and nonfiction, his output included hundreds of short stories, articles, serials, syndicated newspaper columns, novels, and works of social criticism. He also wrote screenplays while in Hollywood, was an editor for Farrar & Rinehart, served on the Dade County, Florida Defense Council, was a director of the Lerner Marine Laboratory, and at one time was an adviser to the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee for Atomic Energy which led to the creation of the Atomic Energy Commission. Most of his major writings contain critical, though often philosophical, views on man and society as a result of his studies and interest in psychology, biology, ethnology, and physics. Over nine movies were made from novels or stories by Wylie. He sold the rights for two others that were never produced.

      His wide range of interests defies easy classification but his earliest books exercised great influence in twentieth-century science fiction pulp magazines and comic books.

      Writing as he did when less potent technology was available, he applied engineering principles and the scientific method quite broadly in his work. His novel The Disappearance (1951) is about what happens when everyone wakes up one day and finds that all members of the opposite sex are missing (all the men have to get along without women, and vice versa). The book delves into the double standards between men and women that existed prior the woman's movement of the 1970s, exploring the nature of the relationship between men and women and the issues of women's rights and homosexuality. Many people at the time considered it as relevant to science fiction as his Experiment in Crime.

      The story The Paradise Crater (1945) was cause for his house arrest by the federal government; it describes a post-WWII 1965 Nazi attempt to rule the world with atomic power.

      His nonfiction book of essays, Generation of Vipers (1942), was a best-seller during the 1940s and inspired the term "Momism". Some people have accused Generation of Vipers of being misogynistic. The Disappearance shows his thinking on the subject is very complex. (His only child, Karen Wylie Pryor, is the author of a classic book for breastfeeding mothers, Nursing Your Baby, and has commented that her father was far from being a misogynist.) His novel of manners Finnley Wren was also highly regarded in its time.

      He wrote 69 "Crunch and Des" stories, most of which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post,[2] about the adventures of Captain Crunch Adams, master of the charter boat Poseidon, which was the basis of a brief television series. His "Crunch and Des" stories were an apparent influence on John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee books. In 1941 Wylie became Vice-President of the International Game Fish Association and for many years was responsible for writing IGFA rules and reviewing world record claims.

      An article Wylie written in 1951 in The Saturday Evening Post entitled 'Anyone Can Raise Orchids' led to the popularization of this hobby — not just the rich, but gardeners of every economic level began experimenting with orchids.

      In August 1963, his niece Janice Wylie was murdered, along with her roommate Emily Hoffert, in New York City. The crime, which became known as the "Career Girls Murder Case," led to the — at that time — most expensive criminal investigation in New York's history. The case provided the inspiration for the television movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders, which led to the television series Kojak.

      Philip Wylie died from a heart attack on October 25, 1971. Some of his papers, writings, and other possessions are in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University Library.

      Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a short story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. His contribution was 'The Way of All Fish."
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-14-2013, 04:58 PM.


      • Nelson Slade Bond

        Born: November 23, 1908, Scranton, PA
        Died: November 4, 2006, Roanoke, VA, age 97

        Literary author;

        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

        Nelson Slade Bond (November 23, 1908, Scranton, Pennsylvania - November 4, 2006, Roanoke, Virginia) was an American author who wrote extensively for books, magazines, radio, television and the stage.

        The 1998 recipient of the Nebula Author Emeritus award for lifetime achievement, Bond was a pioneer in early science fiction and fantasy. His published fiction is mainly short stories, most of which appeared in pulp magazines in the 1930s and 1940s. Many were published in Blue Book magazine. He is noted for his "Lancelot Biggs" series of stories and for his "Meg the Priestess" tales, which introduced one of the first powerful female characters in science fiction.

        Bond's parents were from Nova Scotia, but moved to Scranton shortly before his birth. The family later relocated to Philadelphia after World War I. In high school, Bond reviewed plays for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He attended Marshall College in Huntington, West Virginia from 1932 to 1934. While at Marshall, he contributed to the Huntington Herald Advertiser and edited the college newspaper, The Parthenon. He met his future wife, Betty Gough Folsom, while at Marshall, and they married in 1934.

        Bond worked briefly as a public relations agent for the province of Nova Scotia before beginning his writing career in 1935 with non-fiction for various periodicals. He only wrote occasional non-fiction once he was established as an author of fiction. His first science fiction story was "Down the Dimensions" in the April 1937 issue of Astounding,

        He has also published articles on philately and served on the Board of Governors / Board of Directors of the British North America Philatelic Society.

        Bond wrote for such radio programs as Dr. Christian, Hot Copy (1941-44) and The Sheriff (1944-51), a continuation of Death Valley Days. Bond also scripted for numerous television anthology programs, such as Lux Video Theatre, Studio One, General Motors Theatre and Tales of Tomorrow. "Mr. Mergenthwirker's Lobblies" was adapted to radio at least a half-dozen times and also ran as a 1938 radio series. After Bond scripted the story as a teleplay, it became the first full-length play presented on network television. It was televised three times - on Broadway Previews (1946), The Philco Television Playhouse (1949) and the Kraft Television Theatre (1953).

        Bond worked in public relations before and after his writing career, opening his own agency in 1959. He later became a noted antiquarian bookseller. Bond retired from writing in the late 1950s. After encouragement from fans and professionals, notably Harlan Ellison, he published a new story in 1995.

        Bond had an extensive correspondence with James Branch Cabell and after Cabell's death was his literary executor for a while.

        In 1998 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America made Bond an Author Emeritus. In 2002 Bond donated his personal papers to the Marshall University library, which created a replica of his home office. Bond died of complications from heart problems on November 6, 2006, seventeen days before his 98th birthday.

        Nelson and Betty Bond had two sons, Kit and Lynn. Betty Bond had her own career in Virginia television, interviewing local notables for her Betty Bond Show on Roanoke's WSLS-TV.

        Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. His contribution was 'Steady Like A Rock'.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-08-2010, 10:16 PM.


        • Hector Hugh Munro---AKA his pen name, Saki

          Born: December 18, 1870, Akyab, Burma
          Died: November 13, 1916, near Beaumont-Hamel, France, age 45,---d. in a WWI battle.

          Literary author;

          From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
          Hector Hugh Munro (December 18, 1870 – November 13, 1916), better known by the pen name Saki, was a British writer, whose witty and sometimes macabre stories satirised Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. His tales feature delicately drawn characters and finely judged narratives. "The Open Window" may be his most famous, with a closing line ("Romance at short notice was her speciality") that has entered the lexicon.

          In addition to his short stories (which were first published in newspapers, as was the custom of the time, and then collected into several volumes) he also wrote a full-length play, The Watched Pot, in collaboration with Charles Maude; two one-act plays; a historical study, The Rise of the Russian Empire, the only book published under his own name; a short novel, The Unbearable Bassington; the episodic The Westminster Alice (a Parliamentary parody of Alice in Wonderland), and When William Came, subtitled A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns, a fantasy about a future German invasion of Britain. He was influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, and Kipling, and himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward, and P. G. Wodehouse.

          Hector Hugh Munro was born in Akyab, Burma (now known as Sittwe, Myanmar), the son of Charles Augustus Munro and Mary Frances Mercer. His father was an inspector-general for the Burmese police when that country was still part of the British Empire. In 1872, his mother, who had gone home on a visit to England, was charged by a cow; the shock caused her to miscarry. She never recovered and soon died[4]. Charles Munro sent his children, including two-year-old Saki, to England, where they were brought up by their grandmother and aunts in a strict, straitlaced household.

          Munro was educated at Pencarwick School in Exmouth and at Bedford Grammar School. When his father retired to England, he travelled on a few occasions with his sister and father, between fashionable European spas and tourist resorts. In 1893, he followed in his father's footsteps by joining the Indian Imperial Police, where he was posted to Burma (as was another acerbic and pseudonymous writer a generation later: George Orwell). Two years later, failing health from malaria forced his resignation and return to England, where he started his career as a journalist, writing for newspapers such as the Westminster Gazette, Daily Express, Bystander, Morning Post, and Outlook.

          In 1900, Munro's first book appeared: The Rise of the Russian Empire, a historical study modelled upon Edward Gibbon's magnum opus The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

          From 1902 to 1908, Munro worked as a foreign correspondent for The Morning Post in the Balkans, Warsaw, Russia (where he witnessed Bloody Sunday), and Paris; he then gave that up and settled in London. Many of the stories from this period feature the elegant and effete Reginald and Clovis, young men-about-town who take heartlessly cruel delight in the discomfort or downfall of their conventional, pretentious elders. In addition to his well-known short stories, Saki also turned his talents for fiction into novels. Shortly before the Great War, with the genre of invasion literature selling well, he published a "what-if" novel, When William Came, subtitled "A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns", imagining the eponymous German emperor conquering Britain.

          At the start of World War I, although 43 and officially over age, Munro joined the Royal Fusiliers regiment of the British Army as an ordinary soldier, refusing a commission. More than once he returned to the battlefield when officially still too sick or injured to fight. He was sheltering in a shell crater near Beaumont-Hamel, France in November 1916 when he was killed by a German sniper. His last words, according to several sources, were "Put that bloody cigarette out!" After his death, his sister Ethel destroyed most of his papers and wrote her own account of their childhood.

          Munro never married. His biographer A. J. Langguth cites evidence for the hypothesis that Munro was homosexual. At that time in the UK sexual activity between men was a crime, and the Cleveland Street scandal in 1889, followed by the downfall and disgrace of Oscar Wilde (who was convicted in 1895 after cause celebre trials) meant that "that side of [Munro's] life had to be secret".

          In recognition of his contribution to literature, a blue plaque has been affixed to a building in which Munro once lived on Mortimer Street in central London.

          Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. His contribution was 'Mrs. Packletide's Tiger'.
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-14-2013, 05:02 PM.


          • Joseph Quincy Mitchell

            Born: July 27, 1908, Fairmont, NC
            Died: May 24, 1996, New York City, New York, age 87,---d. cancer

            Literary author;
            Attended University of North Carolina,

            Joseph Mitchell was on the staff of The New Yorker magazine for nearly 60 years, from 1938 until his death in 1996. He specialized in plainspoken essays about gypsies, oystermen, bartenders and other colorful New York characters. His best-known subject was Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village derelict who claimed to be writing a magnum opus titled "An Oral History of Our Times." (Mitchell first profiled Gould in the 1942 essay "Professor Sea Gull"; in 1964 he wrote a follow-up piece, "Joe Gould's Secret," revealing that Gould's book had been a sham.) Collections of Mitchell's essays include McSorley's Wonderful Saloon (1943), The Bottom of the Harbor (1960) and Up In the Old Hotel, a 1992 retrospective which renewed interest in Mitchell's work.

            After completing "Joe Gould's Secret" Mitchell suffered a legendary case of writer's block: he continued to go to his New Yorker office until his death, but never completed another article for the magazine... Actor Stanley Tucci played Mitchell in the 2000 movie Joe Gould's Secret, with actor Ian Holm as Gould.

            Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. His contribution was 'Some Bum Might Mistook Me for a Wrestler'.

            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-08-2010, 09:48 PM.


            • Katharine Ingham Brush

              Born: August 15, 1902, Middletown, CT
              Died: June 10, 1952, New York City, New York, age 49

              Literary author;
              Boston Traveler, movie columnist, 1918 - ?

              Katharine's 2 biggest-selling hit books were 'Young Man of Manhattan', 1930 and 'Red-Headed Woman', 1931. Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. Her contribution was 'Football Girl'.

              From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
              Katharine Brush (August 15, 1902 – June 10, 1952) was a United States author. Her short story Birthday Party appeared on the 2005 Advanced Placement English Literature Exam; the story was originally published in The New Yorker's Fiction section in 1946. Brush's Connecticut home was featured on an episode of HGTV's "If Walls could Talk".

              According to her autobiographical collection of works, This Is On Me (1940) OCLC 26043754, Katharine Brush was born Katharine Ingham in Middletown, Connecticut. Ms. Brush did not attend college, but instead began working as a columnist for the Boston Traveler. During her career she published multiple short stories in serial magazines like College Humor and Cosmopolitan; the best known of these were collected in a book titled Night Club (1929). Brush's works are characterized by her involving narrative style and wit.

              Brush was born Katharine Ingham in Middletown, Connecticut on August 15, 1902. She first attracted attention in the 1920s with her short stories published under her married name, Katherine Brush. Her story "Him and Her" (published in Collier's Weekly March 16, 1929) was an O. Henry Award winner named "Best Short Short" of 1929. She also received honorable mentions for her short stories in 1927 ("Night Club" Harper's Magazine September 1927), 1931 ("Good Wednesday", Harpers), and 1932 ("Football Girl", College Humor, October 1931). Her short short story "The Birthday Party" is frequently taught in literature classes.

              Brush's novel Young Man of Manhattan was named the 9th best-selling novel of 1930 by Publishers Weekly and later that year was made into a film starring Claudette Colbert, Norman Foster, and Ginger Rogers. Brush, however, is probably best known today for her subsequent novel Red-Headed Woman, which was made into a film in 1932 starring Jean Harlow which remains a pre-code classic for its racy humor.

              Twice married and the mother of one child, Brush died in New York City a few months before what would have been her 50th birthday.

              Her son, Thomas S. Brush, gave a new library in her name to the Loomis Chaffee School of Windsor, CT, in 1968. The building, designed by architect Hideo Sasaki, is still in use today at the school.


              Glitter (1926)
              Little Sins (1927)
              "Night Club (1929)
              Young Man of Manhattan (1930)
              Red Headed Woman, (1931), which was made into a movie starring Jean Harlow
              Other Women (1933)
              Don't Ever Leave Me (1935)
              This Is On Me (1940) (a mostly non-fiction autobiography with unconventional structure)
              You Go Your Way (1941)
              The Boy From Maine (1942)
              Out of My Mind (1943)
              This Man and This Woman (1944)
              When She Was Bad (1948) (reprinting of 'You Go Your Way')

              New York Times' obituary, June 11, 1952, pp. 29.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-18-2011, 03:47 PM.


              • Arthur Cheney Train

                Born: September 6, 1875, Boston, MA
                Died: December 22, 1945, New York City, New York, age 70

                Literary author;
                Graduated Harvard University (Boston, MA), 1896, (BA);
                Harvard Law School, (Boston, MA), 1899, (LLB),
                New York District Attorney office, assistant, January, 1901
                Private general law practice, NYC, 1908
                Charles Albert Perkins Law Firm, (private practice lawyer)

                Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. His contribution was 'Mr. Tutt Collects a Bet'.

                From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                Arthur Cheney Train (6 September 1875 - 22 December 1945) was an American lawyer and legal thriller writer, particularly known for his novels of courtroom intrigue and the creation of the fictional lawyer Mr. Ephraim Tutt.

                Train was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His father was politician and lawyer Charles Russell Train and his mother, Sara Maria Cheney. Train graduated BA from Harvard University in 1896 and LLB from Harvard Law School in 1899.

                In 1897, Train married Ethel Kissam and they had four children. Ethel died in 1923 and Train married Helen Coster Gerard with whom he had one child, John Train.

                In January 1901, Train became assistant in the office of the New York District Attorney and in 1904 he started his literary career with the publication of the short story "The Maximilian Diamond" in Leslie's Monthly. He ran the two careers in parallel until 1908 when he left the District Attorney's office to open a general law practice in the Mutual Life Building at 34 Nassau Street in New York City.

                From 1915 to 1922, Train was in private practice as a lawyer with Charles Albert Perkins while continuing to write, not just novels but advertising copy, vaudeville sketch comedy, poetry and journalism. In 1919, he created the popular character of Mr. Ephraim Tutt, a wily old lawyer who supported the common man and always had a trick up his sleeve to right the law's injustices. He also coauthored two science fiction novels with eminent physicist Robert W. Wood. After 1922, Train devoted himself to writing. He eventually produced over 250 short stories and novels.

                Chicago Daily Tribune obituary, December 23, 1945, pp. 10.
                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-18-2011, 03:32 PM.


                • Robert Louis Fontaine

                  Born: January 19, 1908, Marlboro, MA
                  Died: May 13, 1965, Springfield, MA, age 57,---d. Springfield Hospital. Buried: Hillcrest Park Cemetery.

                  Literary author;
                  Living in Marlboro, MA, 2 year old, (April 26, 1910 census)
                  Brought to Ottawa, Canada, 1919, age 11
                  Returned to US, 1923, age 15
                  Was 22, living in Manhattan, NY as book-keeper in bank, (April 28, 1930 census)
                  Resided in Springfield, MA from around 1941 to his death, 1965.

                  Father: Louis Abner, born Massachusetts, April 16, 1875, died August 1, 1974; Mother: Elida Belle Greer, born New York, September 20, 1881, died Springfield, MA, October 20, 1977; Wife: Stelle R. Roscoe, born Springfield, MA, June 16, 1912, died Greenfield, MA, September 6, 1991; Sister: Harriet, born MA around 1909; Daughter: Brenda R. Miller, of Cambridge, MA, born January 24, 1940, died Montague MA, November 9, 2009; Daughter: Mrs. John R. Kris of Lincoln; Parents married around 1907. Father Louis was a musician. Violinist for theater orchestra;

                  Born in Marlboro, Mass., but grew up and attended public schools in Ottawa, Canada. Moved to Springfield, MA around 1941. For relaxation, he engaged in piano, music, composition, colour photography, painting in oils, walking. Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. His contribution was 'God Hit a Home Run'.

                  Robert wrote his first full-length book in 1945, 'The Happy Time'. It was based on his early years living in Ottawa, Canada. It described his oddly-comical, eccentric family members. It was later made into a 1950 hit Broadway play, by Samuel A. Taylor, and then a movie musical, with music by John Dander, lyrics by Fred Ebb. It was also made into a 1952 film version, and a Broadway musical in 1968, by Richard Nash.

                  He wrote its sequel in 1956, 'Hello To Springtime', where he continues about his family in Ottawa, Canada.

                  He worked for two insurance companies and one bank, was a radio editor, a sports reporter, a humorous columnist, and art editor and music critic. He also found time to paint in oils, play ice hockey and table tennis and to write and publish over 200 short stories and humorous articles. As a child he lived for several years in Ottawa, which is the setting of The Happy Time, his first full-length book.

                  The Happy Time, June 24, 1945, (his first full-length book.)
                  More Than Meets the Eye, 1945
                  Name of a Blue Cow,
                  Day of Gold and Darkness, 1948.
                  My Uncle Louis, 1953
                  Hello To Springtime, 1955. (Sequel to The Happy Time)
                  Young Awakening (A Teen-Age Boy & Four Girls), 1959
                  That's a Good Question, 1960
                  The Buttons Keep Coming Off, September 1, 1963,
                  Humorous Skits For Young People, 1965
                  Humorous Monologues for Teen-Agers; A Collection of Royalty-Free Dramatic Sketches for Young People, 1971

                  The Springfield Sunday Union and Republican article (Springfield, MA), February 18, 1945, pp. 4D.

                  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Author's and Writer's Who Who, 1949.

                  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Huntingdon Daily News (PA), book review, October 4, 1945, pp. 10.

                  The Springfield Union obituary, (Springfield, MA), Saturday, May 15, 1965, pp. 20.---Boston Globe obituary, May 16, 1965, pp. 87.


                  Corey Ford---AKA by his pen name, John Riddle

                  Born: April 29, 1902, NYC
                  Died: July 27, 1969, Hanover, NH, age 67,---d. Dartmouth College Infirmary, 5 weeks after a stroke.

                  Literary author;
                  Graduated Columbia University (NYC), 1923
                  Field and Stream, associate editor / columnist; his column was 'Lower 40'.

                  Mr. Ford authored 30 books, and over 500 articles. His early articles appeared in Vanity Fair, written under his pseudonym, John Riddell. Contributed regularly to Life magazine as well as New Yorker magazine.
                  among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. His contribution was 'Trout Widows'.

                  Corey Ford is perhaps best remembered for his monthly column, "The Lower Forty Hunting, Shooting and Inside Straight Club", which he wrote for Field & Stream for almost 20 years in the 1950s and 1960s. The column told about a fictional group of New England sportsman, detailing the club members' adventures in and around the town of Hardscrabble, Vermont. The primary characters in the column were Colonel Cobb, Judge Parker, Cousin Sid, Uncle Perk, Doc Hall, and Mister McNabb. The columns have been anthologized into several books such as Minutes of the Lower Forty, Uncle Perk's Jug, and The Corey Ford Sporting Treasury.

                  Corey Ford (April 29, 1902-July 27, 1969) was an American humorist, author, outdoorsman, and screenwriter. He was also friendly with several members of the Algonquin Round Table and occasionally ate lunch there.

                  Originally a member of the Class of 1923 at Columbia College of Columbia University, at which he wrote the Varsity Show "Half Moon Inn," he failed to graduate, instead proceeding into the career of a freelance writer and humorist. In the 1930s he was noted for satirical sketches of books and authors penned under the name "John Riddell". Richard Wright's "Black Boy" was lampooned as "Hollywood Boy" contrasting the author's celebrity with the raw story portrayed in the book. Theodore Dreiser was shown adopting the guise of a common workman building his newest and biggest novel from bricks and mortar. A forgotten book, "Dead Lovers are Good Lovers," was reviewed as "Dead Novelists are Good Novelists." Ford's series of "Impossible Interviews" for Vanity Fair magazine featured ill-assorted celebrities: Stalin vs John D. Rockefeller, Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes vs Al Capone, Sigmund Freud vs Jean Harlow, Sally Rand vs Martha Graham, Gertrude Stein vs Gracie Allen, Adolf Hitler vs Huey Long.

                  Born and raised in New York City, Ford had stories to tell of the literary scene in the twenties, of headhunters in Dutch Borneo, of U.S. airmen in combat during World War II and he was a great listener as well. He loved conversation and comradeship. A city boy, he fell in love with the outdoors generally and New Hampshire in particular, which led this world traveler to his rendezvous with Dartmouth College.

                  In 1952, Ford moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, home of Dartmouth College, where he became an adopted member of the Class of 1921. His connection with Dartmouth lay mainly in his relationships with students. He was an advisor to Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and to several student publications. In addition, he helped to organize the Dartmouth College Rugby Football Club (or DRFC) and opened a gym in his home near the campus for students interested in boxing. When he died in 1969, he left most of his estate, including his house, to the rugby club with instructions to use the money to build a clubhouse for the team. After many years of political and legal wrangling, the 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse was completed and dedicated in September, 2005.

                  Ford was an established writer—he published thirty books and more than five hundred magazine articles, with a gregarious sense of humor, a love of dogs and "underdogs." The then nascent Rugby Club fell into the latter category. In an article entitled "Football for Fun," written in 1959, he explained the association:
                  "Perhaps you wonder how I came to take up rugby. Well, the fact is that rugby took up me. My home here in Hanover adjoins the college playing-fields; and so in the course of time it has been adopted as headquarters of the Dartmouth Rugby Club, an independent organization which has no home of its own. I am hailed as ‘Coach’ for want of a better title."

                  In her introduction to The Corey Ford Collection in Dartmouth's Rauner Library, Mildred C. Tunis writes:
                  "To countless Dartmouth men, the name of Corey Ford will bring back nostalgia for some of their most meaningful experiences as undergraduates when he was coach of boxing and rugby, a fellow Delta Kappa Epsilon, advisor on student publications, counselor, and friend."

                  Ford created the name Eustace Tilley for the dandyish, top-hatted symbol of The New Yorker magazine. According to Ford's memoir, The Time of Laughter, the last name came from a maiden aunt and he chose the first name "for euphony." However, it appears that he may also have taken "Eustace" from Eustace L. Taylor, a Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity brother from his alma mater, Columbia.

                  How To Guess Your Age, 1950
                  Every Dog Should Have A Man, 1952

                  Bruce Feild


                  Literary author of short stories;

                  He published some of his writings between 1942 and 1946.

                  Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. His contribution was 'How Abel Slew Cain'.
                  Forrest Wesley Beal

                  Born: May 12, 1905, Vancouver, BC, Canada
                  Died: October 5, 1964, Yakima County, WA,---Buried Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, WA

                  Wife: Lucile Beal, born 1905, died 1994;

                  Literary author of short stories;

                  He published some of his writings between 1934 and 1946. His regular work was as a carpenter.

                  House Divided (Wednesday, May 23, 1934)(Oakland Tribune, pp. 2M.)
                  Faded Flowers (Wednesday, September 18, 1934)(Portland Oregonian)
                  He Haunted a House (April, 1936)(Stage and Screen Stories)
                  Professional Lover (December 3, 1938)(Street & Smith's Love Story Magazine)
                  Bertie, the Uninvited (October 24, 1946)

                  Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. His contribution was 'Bertie, the Uninvited'.

                  Michael M. Oblinger


                  Literary author of short stories;

                  He published some of his writings between 1925 and 1960.

                  Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. His contribution was 'Jackpot vs. Yellowstrike'.
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                  • Ruth Marguerite McKenney

                    Born: November 18, 1911, Mishawaka, IN
                    Died: July 25, 1972, NYC, age 60

                    Literary Author;
                    Graduated Ohio State University
                    New York magazine, writer
                    Columbus Dispatch (Ohio),
                    Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio),
                    New York Post,

                    Husband: Richard Bransten, Ruth married him August 12, 1937;

                    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                    Ruth McKenney (November 18, 1911 - July 25, 1972) was an American author and journalist, best remembered for My Sister Eileen, a memoir of her experiences growing up in Ohio and moving to Greenwich Village with her sister Eileen McKenney. This was later adapted as the musical Wonderful Town by Leonard Bernstein.

                    McKenney was born in Mishawaka, Indiana. In 1919 her family moved to East Cleveland, Ohio, where she lived until adulthood. She attended East Cleveland Evangelical Church, though she was a young skeptic about such matters.

                    She attended East Cleveland and then Shaw High School, where she was two grades beyond her age. Among other subjects, she studied French. She was known as something of a tomboy and was the only girl to play on the East Cleveland boys baseball team (she played first base). She also joined the Northern Ohio Debating League. She described herself as "homely as a mud fence", especially compared to her sister Eileen, though she likely exaggerated for comic effect. She also stuttered. She attempted to commit suicide once during high school by hanging herself, but was rescued by Eileen.

                    At the age of 14, she ran away from home, worked as a printer's devil, and joined the International Typographical Union. At 16, she got a job as a waitress (along with Eileen) working in the Harvey Tea Room at the Cleveland Union Station.

                    She attended Ohio State University from 1928-1931, majoring in journalism. However, she did not graduate. Early in her college career she and her grandmother ran a small business writing homework papers for football players, wrestlers, and other students. She also wrote for the student newspaper, the Ohio State Lantern; and was the campus correspondent for the Columbus Dispatch.

                    While in college, McKenney worked part time for the Columbus Citizen. She also contributed to the International News Service. Following this, she became a full time reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal.

                    In 1934, McKenney moved to New Jersey, where she joined the staff of the Newark Ledger. From there, she and Eileen moved to New York City, specifically a moldy, one-room basement apartment above the Christopher Street subway station at 14 Gay Street in Greenwich Village for which she paid $45 a month. The apartment was burgled within the first week they lived there. They lived there for six months. This place would become the inspiration for a series of stories in The New Yorker, later republished in the book My Sister Eileen.

                    In 1939 McKenney published Industrial Valley, a then-controversial book about the Akron rubber strike from 1932-1936. She personally believed this was her best work.

                    In 1940, Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov adapted My Sister Eileen for Broadway, focusing mostly on the last two chapters of the book detailing Ruth and Eileen's experiences in New York City. (The book mostly concerns their childhood in East Cleveland.) It opened on December 26, 1940 and ran for 864 performances until January 16, 1943. In 1942, Alexander Hall directed a movie adaptation of this play that starred Rosalind Russell as Ruth Sherwood. In 1943 her blockbuster best selling novel, Jake Home, chronicled the struggles of some common Americans between 1900 and 1930.

                    In the early 1950s, Fields and Chodorov adapted their play into the musical Wonderful Town, with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Leonard Bernstein, and starring Rosalind Russell and Edie Adams. It opened on Broadway on February 25, 1953 and ran for 559 performances until July 3, 1954. It has been periodically revived, both on Broadway and off, since then. In 1955, Richard Quine directed a musical adaptation of the 1942 movie, again under the title My Sister Eileen. It starred Betty Garrett as Ruth, Janet Leigh as Eileen Sherwood and Jack Lemmon as Robert 'Bob' Baker. This musical had original song material; none of the Wonderful Town music was incorporated in this movie version.

                    In 1956, John Boruff adapted her novel The Loud Red Patrick for Broadway. It ran for 93 performances from October 3 to December 22 and soon became a favorite of regional theaters. In 1960-61, My Sister Eileen was adapted as a television series which ran for 26 episodes.

                    Private life
                    Eileen McKenney married novelist Nathanael West in 1939. Eileen was just 26 when she died in a California automobile accident on December 22, 1940, two years after My Sister Eileen was published and four days before its first stage version opened on Broadway. West died in the same accident.

                    In 1937 Ruth McKenney married fellow writer Richard Bransten (known by his pen name Bruce Minton). McKenney and Bransten were both one-time Communists, although they were purged from the party in 1946. They had one son, Paul, and then one daughter, Eileen. The latter was named after McKenney's then-deceased sister.

                    On November 18, 1955, McKenney's 44th birthday, her husband Richard committed suicide in London. After this, Ruth McKenney returned to New York City, but stopped writing. She died in New York City on July 25, 1972, aged 60.

                    Among many other writings, wrote many short stories. Contributed a short story to 'A Treasury of Sports Humor, edited by Dave Stanley, October 24, 1946. Her contribution was 'Guinea Pig'.

                    My Sister Eileen (1938, novel)
                    Industrial Valley (1939, nonfiction)
                    The McKenneys Carry On (1940, novel)
                    Jake Home (1943)
                    The Loud Red Patrick (1947)
                    Love Story (1950)
                    All About Eileen (1952)
                    Far, Far From Home (1954)
                    Mirage (1956)

                    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------American Women, the official Who's Who, 1935.
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                    • Henry Hardin Newman---AKA Zipp Newman

                      Born: May 24, 1894, Smith Mill, KY
                      Died: March 3, 1977, Birmingham, AL, age 82

                      Birmingham (Ala) sports editor;
                      Walnut Bottom, KY, 6-year old, (June 27, 1900 census)(listed Hardin)
                      Birmingham, AL, 15-year old, (April 23, 1910 census)(listed Harden)
                      Birmingham, AL, newspaper, editor, (January 16, 1920 census)(listed Hardin H.)
                      Birmingham, AL, newspaper, sports writer, (April 23, 1930 census)
                      Jefferson, AL, newspaper, sports editor, (April 20, 1940 census)(listed H. H.)
                      Birmingham News (AL), veteran sports editor, 1919 - 1973?

                      Father: Henry H., born Kentucky, September, 1856; Mother: Hettie B., born Kentucky, August, 1862; Wife: Frances McNeil, born Alabama, 1905?; Daughter: Meredith, born Alabama, 1934?; Daughter: Frances, born Alabama, 1938?;

                      Henry Hardin "Zipp" Newman was born at Smith Mill, Kentucky on May 24, 1894. In 1919 he became the South's youngest sports editor at the Birmingham News and was to become the dean of southern sports writers. For 44 years he was the official scorer for baseball's "AA" Southern League and was the author of a book The Impact of Southern Football. Zipp was one of the organizers of the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club, an organization that has raised millions for Crippled Children. He was the mainstay of promoting sports events that benefited the lame, the blind, the deaf and the tubercular. He was also the prime motivator behind the establishment of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

                      The House of Barons: Record of the Barons since 1900, (1948)
                      50 Years of Professional Baseball in Alabama, 1950
                      The Impact of Southern Football, 1969

                      -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------1947?: George Trautman, Zipp Newman, Happy Chandler

                      ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, March 19, 1977, pp. 46.
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                      • Fred Henry Young---AKA Brick Young

                        Born: September 21, 1891, Normal, IL
                        Died: November 29, 1980, Newark, DE, age 89

                        Bloomington (IL) sports editor;
                        Normal, IL, 8-year old, (June 9, 1900 census)
                        Normal, IL, 18-year old, (April 19, 1910 census)
                        Bloomington, IL, newspaper, sports editor, (January 6, 1920 census)
                        Bloomington, IL, newspaper, sports writer, (April 5, 1930 census)
                        Graduated Wesleyan College (Middletown, CT), 1915
                        Daily Bulletin, reporter, (Bloomington, Il) (WWI Civilian Draft Registration, June 5, 1917)
                        Bloomingham Daily Pantagraph (Bloomington-Normal, Illinois), veteran sports editor, May 15, 1922-1958.

                        Father: William H., born Illinois, October, 1866; Mother: Lora, born Illinois, July, 1867; Wife: Helen L. Morrison, born Illinois, 1892?;

                        A 1915 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, Fred Young served his alma mater in a number of ways: as an outstanding basketball, baeball and tennis player on some of its greatest teams; as a friend who helped hundreds of student-athletes obtain a college education; as a benefactor and a leader in alumni fundraising campaigns; and as a sportswriter, columnist and sports official whose actions reflected credit on Illinois Wesleyan.

                        Young played basketball and baseball for two years at Illinois State Normal University, and was captain of both teams in 1910. He then played four seasons at Illinois Wesleyan, where he received his law degree in 1915. He starred in basketball, baseball and tennis, earning all-state honors four years in basketball.
                        He was the No. 1 pitcher in baseball and, as a semi-pro following graduation, pitched a 1-0 no-hitter against Mackinaw, besting former Chicago Cubs pitcher Joe Cook.

                        He was also an outstanding basketball coach – at one time he coached five county high school teams and then refereed the county tournament in which all competed. When his teams played against each other, he impartially would spend half the intermission in each dressing room.

                        Best known as the sports editor of Bloomington’s Daily Pantagraph for 36 years (May 15, 1922 until 1958) and as the author of a daily column, “Young’s Yarns”, for more than 50 years, Young’s devotion to his college heightened the interest in Illinois Wesleyan of many non-alumni.

                        In 1939 Young arranged for the Illinois Wesleyan baseball team to represent the Midwest in the baseball centennial celebration in Cooperstown, N.Y. Cornell (East) and Virginia (South) and IWU all finished with 1-1 records in the event, which was connected with the dedication and opening of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. IWU and the tourney are featured in a plaque at the Hall.

                        Young was also one of the nation's best-known athletic officials, working football and basketball games on a national level for nearly 25 years. He officiated the Army-Notre Dame football game in Yankee Stadium five times, and whistled the 1940 National Football League championship game as field judge when the Chicago Bears smothered the Washington Redskins, 73-0.
                        He also worked the championship game of the Illinois state high school basketball tournament 12 successive years, more than any other official.

                        He was a member of the National Association of intercollegaite Athletics Hall of Fame (1957), the Helms Football Foundation Hall of Fame, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (in both media and officiating categories), and was named one of Illinois’ 100 greatest living athletes in connection with the state’s sesquicentennial in 1968.

                        He was a founder and the first president of the Central Illinois Collegiate Baseball League and served as its commissioner for 17 years. He was a former member of the United States Olympic Committee.

                        Fred Young Fieldhouse was named for Young on March 2, 1962 in honor of his encouragement and lifelong friendship with Illinois Wesleyan and its academic and athletic programs. He was the Grand Marshal of the Homecoming parade in 1965 and again in 1979 and held the highest honors the Sigma Chi fraternity can bestow.

                        Mr. Young died on Nov. 29, 1980 at the age of 88.

                        Pantagraph sports editor Fred Young (left) and Bloomers secretary C. F. "Pop" Boyer pose for a July 24, 1939 photograph at Fans Field.
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                        • Jeane M. Hoffman (Maiden name)---AKA Mrs. Jeane McIntosh (married name)

                          Born: April 24, 1919, California
                          Died: September 29, 1966, Los Angeles, CA, age 47,---d. unexpectedly, at her home in West Los Angeles, of virus infection.

                          Los Angeles sports writer;
                          Los Angeles, CA, 8-months year old, (January 13, 1920 census)
                          Los Angeles, CA, new worker, (April 16, 1940 census)
                          Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, September 12, 1941
                          International News Service, April 1946
                          New York Journal-American, 1942 - 1949
                          Police Gazette editor, executive editor, October 12, 1949 - March 4, 1951?
                          Los Angeles Times, sports writer / cartoonist, September 16, 1951 - January 1, 1961?
                          Los Angeles Mirror,
                          King Features
                          Assistant to Los Angeles Dodgers' President, Walter O'Malley.

                          Father: Henry, born Illinois, 1960?; Mother: Ada, born Illiniois, 1879?; Husband: Allan McIntosh.

                          New York Times' obituary, October 1, 1966, pp. 31.---------------------Sporting News' obituary, October 15, 1966, pp. 32.

                          ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------October 12, 1949: Her new office at Police Gazette.
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                          • John B. McCormick---AKA Macon McCormick

                            Born: April, 1842, Cincinnati, OH
                            Died: September 4, 1903, Bath Beach (Brooklyn), NY, age 61,---d. Bright's Disease.

                            Cincinnati sports writer;
                            Cincinnati Enquirer sports writer for 20 years. Had much to do with the coming out of boxer John L. Sullivan.
                            Theatrical work.
                            Cincinnati, Oh, 7-year old, (October 2, 1850 census)
                            Allegheny, PA, labor, (June 11, 1880 census)
                            Brooklyn, NY, Journalist on newspaper, (June 9, 1900 census)(listed April, 1850 DOB)

                            Father: Christopher, born Ireland 1820? (moulder); Mother: Bridget, born Ireland 1820?; Wife: Annie G., born Pennsylvania, April, 1868, Son: Edward M., born Ohio, July, 1879; Son: James C., born Pennsylvania, February 1886; Son: George, died July 21, 1911, Saranac Lake, NY, of pulmonary cause. He was also a sports writer on New York newspapers. John married Annie around 1899.

                            John B. (Macon) McCormick (1850-1903) was a famous sporting and theatrical writer. He founded the sporting department in Cincinnati Enquirer and for about 20 years was the sporting editor/writer for that newspaper. He was responsible for bringing out John L. Durling later years he wrote for New York newspapers, his weekly newsletters were re-printed all around the US. For example, see St. Louis Republic, which printed it for several years on Sundays.

                            Philadelphia Inquirer obituary, September 5, 1903, pp. 6.
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                            • Edward Joseph Neil, Jr.

                              Born: January 17, 1900, Lawrence, MA
                              Died: January 2, 1938, Zaragoza, Spain, age 37,---died in Teruel civil war in Spain.

                              Associated Press sports writer;
                              Lawrence, MA, 8-year old, (April 19, 1910 census)
                              Methuen, MA, 15-year old, (January 19, 1920 census)
                              Bronx, NY, news company, sports writer, (April 22, 1930 census)
                              Associated Press, New York office, 1933, New York
                              Was war correspondent.

                              Father: Edward J., Sr., born Wales, 1879; Mother: Mabel Nuttall, born England, 1882?; Wife: Helen, born New York, 1903?;

                              Dallas Morning News' obituary, January 3, 1938, Section 1, pp. 1.
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                              • Henry Clay Carr---AKA Harry Carr

                                Born: March 27, 1877, Tipton, Iowa
                                Died: January 10, 1936, Los Angeles, CA, age 58,

                                Los Angeles sports writer / editor;
                                Tipton, IA, 3-year old, (June 2, 1880 census)
                                Los Angeles, CA, 23-year old, (June 11, 1900 census)
                                Los Angeles, CA, newspaper reporter, (April 25, 1910 census)
                                Los Angeles, CA, journalist, journalism(April 5, 1930 census)(listed Harry C.)
                                Los Angeles Times' sports writer / editor.

                                Father: Henry C., born Rhode Island, around 1841 (lawyer); Mother: Louise L., born New York, October, 1842; Wife: Alice C., born Michigan, around 1881; Son: Donald E., born California, around 1904; Daughter: Josephine E., born California, around 1908;

                                Joined the Times in 1898. Author, war correspondent, columnist. His column was 'The Lancer', started Nov. 18, 1924, until he died.

                                Los Angeles Times' obituary, January 11, 1936, pp. 1.------------------------------------------------------Los Angeles Times' obituary, January 11, 1936, pp. 2, by Jean Bosquet.
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