Robert St. John

Robert William St. John (March 9, 1902 - February 6, 2003) was an American author (23 books), broadcaster (NBC Radio) and journalist (AP, etc.). St. John was born in March 9, 1902, in Chicago. His mother Amy (Archer, before her marriage) was a nurse, and his father John, a pharmacist. He had one brother, two years younger, Archer. In 1910 his parents moved the family to the well-to-do suburban Oak Park, Illinois. There, St. John attended Oak Park River Forest High School, where he was in a writing class with Ernest Hemingway. According to an interview he gave The Washington Times in 1994, their teacher kept them both (St. John and Hemingway) after class one day, to tell them they had no future in writing - "Neither one of you will ever learn to write." St. John's father died from cancer in 1917, and the mother remarried (he had a half brother from his mother's second marriage), while St. John, at age 16, lied about his age to enlist in the Navy during World War I. On his return from France, St. John became the campus correspondent for the Hartford Courant while attending Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.


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