Jay Sandrich Comedy director

Born in Los Angeles, Sandrich was born into “Hollywood”: his father, Mark, was a long-time, well-regarded film director, and served a stint as president of the Director’s Guild. Sandrich “grew up surrounded by celebrities and didn’t give a second thought to having Jimmy Stewart and Jack Benny as neighbors or seeing Astaire or Irving Berlin … Read more

From This is True for 27 September 2021

Reuben Klamer Toy inventor

Born in Ohio, Klamer studied ancient and modern history at George Washington University, marketing at Ohio State University, and postgraduate work in engineering at the University of Michigan. After time out for service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he served in the South Pacific, he worked for an air cargo company, … Read more

From This is True for 19 September 2021

Warren Storm Swamp Pop pioneer

Born Warren Schexnider in Abbeville, Louisiana, Storm’s father was a Cajun musician, who taught the boy to play drums and guitar. “Played Cajun music,” he said. “Country music. Back then they called it hillbilly music.” By age 12, Storm was playing gigs, and a trip to New Orleans with fellow musician Bobby Charles Guidry brought … Read more

From This is True for 15 September 2021

Edmond Fischer Biochemist

A biochemist, Fischer remembered one day when he called his secretary at 5:00 a.m. to tell her that “Something happened that’s going to cause you lots of work.” Carmen Westwater sighed, “Don’t tell me, I know. You lost all your plane tickets. Again.” No, that wasn’t it: he and his University of Washington Colleague, Dr. … Read more

From This is True for 5 September 2021