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

James Loewen Sociological historian

Born and raised in Decatur, Ill., Loewen attended Minnesota’s Carleton College, during which time he spent a semester in an exchange program at a college in Mississippi. There, he was struck by the difference in culture — and became suspicious about what he had learned in history classes. He went on to earn a Ph.D … Read more

From This is True for 29 August 2021

Joseph Galloway War Correspondent

Born in Texas, Galloway initially enrolled in community college after high school, but dropped out to join the Army. His mother convinced him to study journalism, and he did, but he mixed the two careers: he became a war correspondent with United Press International, and assigned to a “new” American war: Vietnam. His first battle … Read more

From This is True for 22 August 2021

Fred Ladd Anime producer

Born and raised in Ohio (as Fred Laderman), Ladd graduated from Ohio State University after studying speech and radio broadcasting. He was long interested in both: as a child, he did impersonations of movie and radio stars. After a year at a FM radio station in New York City, he took a job at an … Read more

From This is True for 15 August 2021

Guy Eby Airline pilot

A pilot, Eby received the Air Medal in 1946 for his services in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Like many military pilots, after discharge he became an airline pilot — in this case, for American Airlines in 1950. When the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 widebody tri-jet came out in 1970, Eby flew that plane … Read more

From This is True for 8 August 2021

Aaron Brody Food technologist

Born in Boston, Mass., Brody started at MIT at age 17. While still studying for a degree in Food Technology, he worked on the side at General Foods’ Birdseye Fisheries Lab, working on a team that was the first to successfully create frozen fish sticks. He stayed on at MIT through his Ph.D, and still … Read more

From This is True for 1 August 2021

Jerry Granelli Jazz drummer

Born in San Francisco, Calif., Granelli’s father and uncle were both jazz drummers, but he didn’t decide to become a drummer himself until he got to spend a day with the famous jazz drummer Gene Krupa; Granelli was 8 years old. He learned to play by sneaking out at night to San Francisco nightclubs. “I’d … Read more

From This is True for 25 July 2021

Harry Rosenfeld Editor

Born in Berlin, Germany, Rosenfeld’s family fled the Nazis and settled in New York City when he was 10, and young Harry learned to speak English without an accent, and excelled in his new language. After college and a stint in the U.S. Army, he was hired as a newspaper editor in New York. When … Read more

From This is True for 18 July 2021