Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11th 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents, Kurt Vonnegut Sr. and Edith Leiber Vonnegut were hit particularly hard by the great depression and his family was financially unstable for most of his childhood. Vonnegut studied at Cornell University, where he double majored in chemistry and biology. Shortly after graduation, Vonnegut enlisted in the United States Army and was deployed to Germany once America entered World War II. Around this time, Vonnegut’s mother committed suicide.
Bill Graham’s original name was Wolfgang Grajonca and he was born on January 8th, 1931 in Berlin (“Who was…”). Graham was born to a Russian Jewish family who had moved to Germany in search of work and a better life. His father died two days after his birth due to an infection caused by an industrial accident leaving his mother to provide for him and his five older sisters. After November 8th, 1938 “The Night of Breaking Glass”, Graham’s mother placed him and his sister Tolla into a children’s home where they were then transferred to a chateau in France. After Paris fell in 1941, a worker from the International Red Cross led Graham and his sister along with sixty-two other children out of the country.
While it may be hard to believe, these pioneers of the rock n’ roll world were once as famous as you and I. John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, during a German air raid in World War II. When he was four years old, Lennon's parents separated and he ended up living with his Aunt Mimi. Lennon's mother, Julia, remarried, but visited him and his aunt Mimi regularly. She taught Lennon how to play the banjo, piano and purchased his first guitar. Julia Lennon passed away when she was fatally struck by a car driven by an off-duty police officer in July, 1958.
Her mother, grandmother, and grandfather all had a history of mental disorders and her great grandfather committed suicide by hanging himself, while her uncle left to run errands and never came back (Spoto, 1993, p. 31, 55). Her mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe Baker, married and divorced twice and left her two older children to their neighbors (Spoto, 1993, p. 8). Both Marilyn’s mother and grandmother were divorcees, but were dependent upon men (Spoto, 1993, p. 2). When Marilyn was only two weeks old, Gladys left her under the care of foster parents, Ida and Albert Bolender. Her early life was secure and infused with strict Christian morals.
In 1942, when Jackie was about to turn thirteen, her mother married a businessman named Hugh Auchincloss who had kids from a previous marriages. Besides her younger sister, Lee. Jackie now had a step sister named Nina, and two step brothers named Yusha and Tommy.”In June 1947, Jackie graduated from a boarding school in Connecticut ... ... middle of paper ... ...office for three years. Then he was assassinated. The day JFK died it was a sad day for everyone.
He then attended Cornell University where he majored in chemistry and biology. After being kicked out of Cornell he then Enlisted in the army. Soon after his enlistment his mother committed suicide and his father died roughly 13 years after. He had become a German prisoner of war in 1944 which was the inspration for his book Slaughterhouse Five. After returning home he began the start of many novels.
Wilkins was born on August 30, 1901, in St Louis, to William D. and Mayfield Edmondson Wilkins. The previous year his parents had relocated from Holly Springs, Mississippi. Although his father was a college graduate and a minister, the only work he could find was tending a brick kiln. Wilkins's mother died of tuberculosis when the boy was four. In his book, Standing Fast, written in collaboration with Tom Matthews, a Newsweek senior editor, Wilkins revealed that his mother, knowing she was terminally ill, had written to her sister in St. Paul, Minnesota, asking her to rear her children.
Ford had three more half-siblings, Marjorie King, Leslie Henry King, and Patricia Jane King, although he never met them. Ford was oblivious of his peculiar birth condition until the age of sevente... ... middle of paper ... ... and for our Nation, I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land." Ford was active after his presidency, and made appearances. In October 2001, Ford told the Republican party that gay and lesbian couples “[Should] be treated equally. Period."
On January 28, 1945, just a few weeks after the two were marched to Buchenwald and only months before the camp was liberated by the American Army on April 11. Sadly Wiesel's father suffered from dysentery, starvation, and exhaustion, and was later sent to the crematoria. The last word his father spoke was “Eliezer”, Elie's name. After the war, Elie was placed in a French orphanage, where he learned the French language and was soon reunited with his two older sisters, Hilda and Bea (Tzipora was murdered at the camps), who had also survived the war. In 1948, Elie began studying philosophy at the Sorbonne.
Her father, Vladislav, taught physics and math while her mother ran a boarding school for girls. However, once her mother gave birth to Marie, she retired. Her father eventually was fired from his job due to him promoting Pro Polish ways. At only eight years old, one of Marie’s sisters, Zofia, came down with typhus which killed her. Only three years later would her mother die of tuberculosis.