1907 Robert Anson Heinlein born to Bam Lyle and Rex Ivar Heinlein on July
7 in Butler, Missouri as third of seven children.
In 1907 the Heinlein family lived in Butler, Nates County, Missouri. Robert Anson Heinlein was born on July 7, being the third son of Rex Ivar Heinlein and Bam Lyle Heinlein.There were six more siblings, his elder brothers Rex and Lawrence, his younger brother Jesse, and three younger sisters, Louise, Rose, and Mary.
1924 Graduation from Central High School in Kansas City.
He graduated from Central High School in Kansas City in 1924 and attended one year of college at Kansas City Community College. His brother Rex had gone to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and Heinlein wanted the same future for himself. He therefore collected letters of recommendation to be sent to his senator, James A. Reed. Thus it happened Reed receiving one hundred letters requesting appointments to Annapolis, nearly half of them in favor of Robert A. Heinlein.
1932 Marries Leslyn MacDonald.
Little is known about his first wife. There are but a few brief citings in various autobiographies by some of Heinlein's contemporaries.
1934-1939 Recuperating in California and Colorado. Attends UCLA graduate
school (Advanced Engineering and Mathematics and Architecture), sells real
estate, runs for political office and dabbles in silver mining.
In 1938 Heinlein was working as a staff writer for Upton Sinclair's EPIC News, the organ of the EPIC (End Poverty In California) campaign. Thus Heinlein ran for the 59th District California State Assembly seat in the November 1938 election. Running unopposed as a Democrat, he was narrowly defeated in the primary by the Republican incumbent, Charles W. Lyons, who 'cross-filed' his name on the other party's ticket, which was legal at that time. Fatally, Heinlein did not do the reverse.
In late 1938 the science fiction magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories announced a story contest that led to the writing of his first story, when he was broke, more or less. Heinlein decided to send the story he had written to John W. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction instead.
1947 Green Hills of Earth released in the February 7 issue of the
Saturday Evening Post. Rocket Ship Galileo is the first of his
novels for young people, later known as his juvenile novels.
Divorces Leslyn in late 1947.
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