Barbara Hall Puzzler

She only learned later in life that she was born a triplet; her two brothers didn’t survive. “My mother understood that being a girl was a disadvantage back then,” Hall said in 2019. “She did her absolute best to ensure that I achieved whatever they would have done. I attended elocution lessons, did piano and … Read more

From This is True for 25 April 2022

Art Rupe Rock producer

Growing up in small town Pennsylvania, Rupe’s father was a factory worker, and their home was modest. Rupe, who was white, was captivated by the music coming from a local black Baptist church. After his education — and working in shipbuilding in Los Angeles during World War II — Rupe decided to get into the … Read more

From This is True for 18 April 2022

Jerry Uelsmann Photographic surrealist

As a boy growing up in Detroit, Mich., Uelsmann got interested in photography, and made it his lifelong profession. But he didn’t just shoot pictures, he specialized in manipulating them in a way that the era of Photoshop makes easy. By stacking negatives and using advanced darkroom techniques (such as using as many as a … Read more

From This is True for 10 April 2022

Bill Fries “C.W. McCall”

Growing up in Iowa, Fries listened to country music, and in 1950 moved to Omaha, Neb., taking a job at a local TV station as a commercial artist. He made $35 a week, and won an award from the Omaha Artists and Art Directors Club. That got the attention of an Omaha advertising agency, which … Read more

From This is True for 3 April 2022