Famous Ohioans: Harlan Ellison

In our continuing series about famous Ohioans, this week we will explore Harlan Ellison.

Harlan Ellison was born on May 27th in Cleveland, Ohio. Ellison was somewhat a runaway and on his stays away from home took many odd jobs – according to Ellison “…tuna fisherman of the coast of Galveston, itinerant crop-picker down in New Orleans, hired gun for a wealthy neurotic, a nitroglycerin truck driver in North Carolina, short order cook, cab driver, lithographer, book salesman, floorwalker in a department store, door-to-door brush salesman, and as a youngster an actor in several productions at the Cleveland Play House.”

Harlan Ellison is widely regarded, via various awards throughout his career, as one of the United State’s most gifted Speculative Fiction writers – and like all of the best writers somewhere between his lines of fiction lies the a truth. Some of his most widely regarded works include this short story “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream” (an allegory for hell in which five humans are continually tortured by an omnipotent artificial intelligence) and his post-apocalyptic novel “A Boy and His Dog” starring Don Johnson, which was later turned in an excellent film that has gained quite a cult following.

Even if one isn’t a hardcore science fiction or speculative fiction fan one has probably seen Ellison’s work on television. He has sold scripts to many television shows including The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Outer Limits, Star Trek, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

Ellison briefly attended the Ohio State University, but was expelled after striking a professor who insulted his writing. Ellison’s life would filled with many such encounters. Including a supposed scuffle with Frank Sinatra over a billiards game and being fired his first day on the job as a writer at Disney when Roy O Disney overheard him make some crude comments about some of the Disney characters.

Despite his harsh personalty, Ellison would go on to have career marked by success and praise. Winning most of the of important science fiction awards (the Nebula and Hugo awards). He was the editor for two highly regarded science fiction anthologies Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions.

Like many science fiction and speculative fiction writers Ellison spent most of his career somewhat unknown to a truly wide audience – only the initiated knowing him by name, though the nation new him by his works.

Jody Victor

It Happened Today

Jody Victor: Here’s what happened on this day, September 6, in history.

1620 Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth England to the New World
1628 Puritans land at Salem, from Mass Bay Colony, witches soon to settle
1839 Great fire in NY
1848 National Black Convention meets (Cleveland)
1853 Women’s Rights Convention met (NYC)
1862 Stonewall Jackson occupies Fredrick, Maryland
1863 After 59 day siege, confederates evacuate Ft Wagner, SC
1869 First westbound train arrives in SF
1869 Mine fire kills 179 at Avondale Pennsylvania
1873 Regular Cable Car service begins on Clay Street
1876 Race riot in Charleston SC
1876 Southern Pacific line from LA to SF completed
1883 Cub’s Burns (extra bases), Williamson & Pfeiffer get 3 hits in 1 inn
1899 Carnation processes its 1st can of evaporated milk
1903 Start of Sherlock Holmes “The Adventure of The Creeping Man” (BG)
1905 Atlanta Life Insurance Company established
1905 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith no-hits Detroit Tigers, 15-0
1909 Word received, Adm Peary discovers North Pole 5 months earlier
1910 Saskatchewan (then Regina) Roughriders football club formed
1912 NY Giant Jeff Tesreau no-hits Phila, 3-0
1913 First aircraft to loop the loop (Adolphe P‚goud-France)
1914 Battle of the Marne; Germans prevented from occupying Paris
1920 First radio broadcast of a prizefight
1924 Charles Paddock captures 100 & 200 yd AAU national senior outdoor track & field championships
1930 Brooklyn Dodgers beat Phillies 22-8
1941 All Jews over age 6 in German territories ordered to wear a star
1941 Jews of Vilna Poland are confined to a ghetto
1943 “Congressional Limited” train derails near Frankfort Pa, kills 79
1946 All-American Football Conference plays 1st game (Clev 44, Miami 0)
1948 Juliana becomes queen of the Netherlands
1949 Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in 12 minutes
1954 Yankees use a record 10 pinch hitters
1963 Major league baseballs 100,000th game
1966 “Star Trek” premiers on NBC TV
1966 Race riot in Atlanta Georgia
1968 Swaziland gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1972 John & Yoko appear on Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
1973 NY Times reports almost all Superfectas run at Yonkers, Roosevelt & Monticello from Jan-Mar of 1973 were fixed
1975 6.8 quake along Anatolian Fault kills over 2,000 in Lice Turkey
1976 Russian pilot defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet
1978 Begin & Sadat meet at Camp David to discuss peace
1980 Chantal Langlace sets women’s record for fastest 100K run (7h27m22s)
1980 College football longest losing streak of 50 games ends for Macalaster U of St Paul, Minn beating Mount Senario 17-14
1981 Bob Lemon named Yankee manager
1982 Paul McCartney releases “Tug of War”
1982 Polish dissidents seize the Polish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland
1983 USSR admits to shooting down KAL 007 on 9/2
1984 Today Show begins live remote telecasts from Moscow
1986 Barbra Streisand’s 1st live concert in 20 years
1986 USSR charges correspondent Nicholas Daniloff with spying
1987 Saskatchewan’s Dave Ridgway kicks a CFL-record 60-yard field goal
1988 Crippled soviet Soyuz TM-5 lands safely with 2 cosmonauts aboard
1989 Amateur Atheletic Fed strips Ben Johnson of all track records
1991 USSR recognizes independence of the 3 baltic republics

Jody Victor

Once Upon A Time

Jody Victor: History is not just a story, it is fact. So let’s see what happened on this day, April 5, in history.

2348 -BC- Noah’s ark grounded, Mount Ararat (calculated date)
0823 Pope Peschalis I crowns Lotharius I, co-emperor of France
1058 Bishop John “Minchio”, [domkop] elected as Pope Benedictus X
1242 Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights
1242 Battle on the More of Pskov Estonia
1566 200 Brussel nobles offer Margaretha of Parma a petition
1585 Clemens Crabbeels becomes bishop of Hertogenbosch
1603 New English king James I departs Edinburgh for London
1614 2nd parliament of King James I begins session (no enactments)
1614 Indian princess Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe
1621 Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England
1648 Spanish troops/feudal barons strike down people’s uprising in Naples
1722 Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island
1739 French emperor Karel VI sign secret treaty
1751 Adolf Frederik of Holstein-Gottorp crowns himself king of Sweden
1753 British Museum forms (opens in 1759)
1762 British take Grenada, West Indies, from French
1768 First US Chamber of Commerce forms (New York NY)
1792 George Washington casts 1st presidential veto
1803 First performance of Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony in D
1806 Isaac Quintard patents apple cider
1812 British storm Badajoz fortress, held by French & Spanish
1814 Netherlands Bank issues it’s 1st banknotes
1815 Eruption of Tambora volcano (Sumbawa Java)
1861 Federals abandon Fort Quitman TX
1862 Siege of Yorktown VA
1865 Battle at Amelia Springs/Jetersville VA (Appomattox Campaign)
1874 Johann Strauss Sr’s opera “Die Fledermaus”, premieres in Vienna
1881 Transvaal regains independence under British suzerainty
1887 Anne Sullivan teaches “water” to Helen Keller
1889 Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of The Copper Beeches” (BG)
1893 Cleveland passes Park Act (forerunner of Metroparks)
1894 11 strikers killed in riot at Connellsville PA
1894 Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of the Empty House” (BG)
1895 Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of the 3 Students” (BG)
1895 Oscar Wilde loses libel case against Marquess of Queensberry, who accused him of homosexual practices
1896 First modern Olympic Games officially open in Athens
1900 Attempted assassination of Prince of Wales in Brussels, fails
1902 Maurice Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante defunte”, premieres in Paris France
1902 Soccer match riot between Scotland & England kills 25
1905 James Barrie’s “Alice-sit-by-the-fire”, premieres in London
1906 St Pius X encyclical “On the Mariavites or Mystic Priests of Poland”
1908 British premier Henry Campbell-Bannerman resigns
1911 Waldorf W Aster acquires the Daily Observer
1911 MCC tour match vs Jamaica finishes in a tie
1915 Jess Willard defeats Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title
1915 French begin Woëvre-offensive
1916 French troops occupy Bois de Caillette
1919 Eamon de Valera becomes president of Dail Eireann
1919 Polish Army executes 35 young Jews
1919 Heavyweight Jess Willard KOs Jack Johnson in Havana
1922 KOB-AM in Albuquerque NM begins radio transmissions
1922 WDZ-AM in Decatur IL begins radio transmissions
1923 Firestone Company puts their inflatable tires into production
1925 Belgian Workers Party wins parliamentary election
1925 Yankees whip Dodgers in exhibition 16-9 but Babe Ruth collapses in North Carolina due to an ulcer
1927 Johnny Weissmuller set records in the 100 & 200 meter freestyle
1929 Lithuania signs Litvinov-pact
1930 England out for 849 vs West Indies Kingston, Sandham out for 325
1932 Dutch textile strike broken by trade unions
1935 Croatian Farmers Party wins Yugoslavian election
1936 Tupelo MS virtually annihilated by a tornado, 216 die
1938 Anti-Jewish riots break out in Dabrowa Poland
1939 Membership in Hitler Youth becomes obligatory
1941 In San Francisco, Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
1943 Poon Lim found after being adrift 133 days
1943 Allies bomb Mortsel
1944 140 Lancasters bomb airplane manufacturer in Toulouse
1945 Kuniaki Koiso resigns as PM of Japan; replaced by Kantaro Suzuki
1945 Almelo Netherlands freed
1946 First performance of Charles Ives’ 3rd Symphony
1948 WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago IL (IND) begins broadcasting
1949 60 year old St Anthony’s Hospital burns, kills 77 (Effingham IL)
1950 Prague espionage trial against bishops & priests begins
1951 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death
1952 Henry Wittenberg wins his 8th AAU wrestling title
1953 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
1953 WEYI TV channel 25 in Saginaw MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Elvis Presley records his debut single, “That’s All Right”
1955 Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him
1959 Art Wall wins golf’s Masters
1959 23rd Golf Masters Championship Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284
1961 Barbra Streisand appears on “The Jack Paar Show”
1961 Dutch Governor Platteel installs New Guinea Council
1962 NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to an altitude of 54,600 meters
1962 Herb Gardner’s “Thousand Clowns”, premieres in NYC
1962 Manager J Daems appointed bishop of Antwerp
1962 St Bernard Tunnel finished-Swiss/Italians workers shake hands
1963 Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)
1963 Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes chief of Western Samoa
1964 First driverless trains run on the London Underground
1964 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St Petersburg Women’s Golf Open
1965 37th Academy Awards – “My Fair Lady”, Rex Harrison & Julie Andrews win
1965 Lava Lamp Day celebrated
1965 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1966 WTVX TV channel 34 in Fort Pierce-Vero Beach FL (IND) 1st broadcast
1967 ATS II launched but fails to reach orbit
1967 Philadelphia ’76er Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds
1968 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
1968 US marine base Khe San Vietnam, appalled
1970 WSNS TV channel 44 in Chicago IL (IND) begins broadcasting
1971 Mount Etna erupts in Sicily Italy
1971 Fran Phipps is 1st woman to reach North Pole
1971 US Lieutenant Wiliam Calley (My Lai Massacre) sentenced to life
1971 WNJT TV Channel 52 in Trenton NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
1972 Baseball season is delayed due to a strike
1972 Mets trade Ken Singleton to Expos for Rusty Staub
1973 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie quarterbacks, 1-19)
1973 Pioneer 11 launched to Jupiter
1974 Then tallest building, World Trade Center opens in NYC (110 stories)
1974 Last day of Test cricket for Garry Sobers & Rohan Kanhai
1975 Soyuz 18A launch aborted short of orbit; cosmonauts return safely
1975 “Letter for Queen Victoria” closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 18 performances
1976 Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes PM of England
1976 Tom Stoppard’s “Dirty Linen”, premieres in London
1977 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1979 Pioneer 11 launched towards Jupiter
1979 Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper
1979 Ex-premier Pol Jar flees out of Cambodia
1981 Philadelphia Flyers amass a record 2,621 penalty minutes
1981 10th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Nancy Lopez
1982 Lord Carrington, British foreign secretary resigns due to Falkland Islands war
1982 St Louis Cardinals’ Jim Kaat pitches in record 24th consecutive season
1983 France throws out 47 Soviet diplomats
1983 New York Mets’ Tom Seaver’s sets record 14th National League Opening Day assignment
1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)
1984 “Human Comedy” opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances
1986 Record for a throw-and-return boomerang toss is set (121 meters)
1986 2 US soldiers & Turkish woman killed in West Berlin discotheque bombing
1987 Fox TV network premieres showing Married With Children & Tracey Ullman
1987 Wayne Gretzky wins 7th straight NHL scoring title
1987 16th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Betsy King
1989 David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo
1989 Orel Hershiser ends his 59 consecutive scoreless pitched inning streak
1989 Solidarity granted legal status in Poland
1990 John Stockton reaches 1000-assist mark for NBA record 3 years in a row
1990 New York Rangers beat New York Islanders 2-1 in 1st game of preliminaries
1990 Paul Newman wins a court victory over Julius Gold, to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity
1991 Joe Dumaars (Detroit) ends NBA free throw streak of 62 games
1991 Kitty Kelly publishes a book knocking Nancy Reagan
1991 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) launched
1991 US begins air drops to Kurdish refugees in Northern Iraq
1991 Southeast Airlines Embracer 120 crashes in Georgia, killing 23
1992 Comedian Sam Kinison marries live-in girlfriend Malika Souiri
1992 Game 2 of Mayor Challenge – New York Yankees sweep New York Mets 6-5 at Shea Stadium
1992 “Search & Destroy” closes at Circle in Square Theater NYC after 46 performances
1992 11th NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion Stanford beats Western Kentucky 78-62
1992 4th Seniors Golf Tradition Lee Trevino
1992 Dana Lofland wins Las Vegas LPGA Golf International
1992 Peru’s President Alberto Fujimori suspend constitution & dissolved Congress
1992 Thailand General Suchinda Kraprayoon installed as president
1992 Wrestlemania VIII, 62,167 at Hoosier Dome Randy “Macho Man” Savage beats Ric Flair for title, Hulk Hogan disqualifies Sid Justice
1993 55th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship North Carolina beats Michigan 77-71
1993 Colorado Rockies 1st game – lose to New York Mets 3-0
1993 Construction begins on Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
1993 Crowd of 73,293 watches New York Yankees beat Cleveland Indians 9-1
1993 Florida Marlins 1st game – beat Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3
1993 Republican Guard kills 64 in Chad
1994 “Jackie Mason Politically Incorrect” opens at Golden NYC for 347 performances
1994 Miami Heat beat New York Knicks ending 15 game NBA winning streak
1996 John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days
1996 Marlon Brando makes anti-semitic remarks about hollywood on Larry King
1997 Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 7)
2063 Earth’s 1st contact by extra-terrestrials (Vulcan); according to Star Trek

Jody Victor