Fun Facts Friday: Irvin S. Cobb

June 23, 2017

Irvin S. Cobb (23 June, 1876 – 11 March, 1944) was a prolific American humorist, columnist and author.

Fun Facts Friday: Irvin S. Cobb
Books by Irvin S. Cobb*

1)      Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Mr. Cobb moved to New York when he was 28 years old.

2)      At one time, Mr. Cobb was the highest paid staff reporter in the United States.

3)      Mr. Cobb’s bibliography includes more than 60 books and 300 short stories.

4)      In the 1930s two of his stories were adapted into movies directed by John Ford.

5)      Mr. Cobb’s grandfather, a doctor named Reuben Saunders, is credited with a discovery that stopped cholera in 1873.

6)      Many of the author’s stories revolve around his childhood town of Paducah, KY. His nickname was “Duke of Paducah”.

7)      At 19 years of age, Mr. Cobb became American’s youngest managing news editor at the Paducah Daily.

8)      As a staff writer in 1911, Mr. Cobb covered World War I for The Saturday Evening Post.

9)      Between 1932 and 1938 Mr. Cobb appeared in ten movies and was the host of the 7th Academy Awards (1935).

10)   Mr. Cobb married Laura Spencer Baker, their daughter is Elizabeth Cobb, an author. Buff Cobb, the author’s granddaughter was a TV actress and wife of journalist Mike Wallace.

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