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Winchell, Walter

Thomas C. Leonard

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Winchell, Walter (07 April 1897–20 February 1972), journalist, was born in the Harlem section of New York City, the first son of Jacob Winschel, a salesman, and Jennie Bakst, recent Jewish immigrants from Russia. The s in the family name was dropped when he was a boy. This was a troubled marriage; Walter and a younger brother were raised by relatives. He was a poor student and left school in the sixth grade. His most important classrooms were his neighborhood, where he was a newsboy and worked odd jobs, and the vaudeville circuit, which he joined before he was thirteen. In the Newsboy Sextette he sang with ...

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Subjects: Radio ; Journalism

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