Warren Allen Smith|
(27 October 1921 - living) U.S.A.
Encyclopedist and author
Warren Smith was born in Minburn, Iowa. His father, Harry Clark Smith, who played for and was a scout for the Chicago Cubs' Portland farm team, after service in France including the Battle of Verdun, (the greatest and lengthiest during World War I) was a grain dealer in Minburn and Rippey, Iowa. His mother, [Ruth Marion Miles (1891-1975), was the daughter of a pioneering homesteader, L. D. Miles, who came to the Dakota Territory from Michigan in 1882.
Drafted into the U.S. Army (1942-1946), he landed on Omaha Beach near St. Laurent Sur Mer (1944, the largest amphibian landing in history) and became Chief Clerk of the Adjutant General's Office in the Little Red Schoolhouse, Reims, France. In 1948, he received his B.A. (English, music) from the University of Northern Iowa and in 1949 his M.A. (American Literature Since 1870; advisor was Lionel Trilling from Columbia University.
He was a teacher for 37 years - a progressive school, Bentley in New York City (1950-1954); New Canaan High School in Connecticut (1954-1986); Teachers College, Columbia University (1961-1962).
He was one of the Stonewall Inn rioters and was committed in a love relationship with Fernando Vargas, that he met in 1948, while hitchhiking from Iowa to Columbia University. In 1961, they founded Variety Recording Studio (1961-1990), which became a major independent company on 42nd Street just off Broadway in Times Square, using the motto, "in the heart of showbiz." Vargas and Smith were lovers for 40 years, until Vargas's death from Kaposi's sarcoma in 1989. Concurrently, Gilbert Price was a partner from the early 1960s until his accidental asphyxiation in Austria in 1991.
Now Smith is working on his magnum opus: a Web site called Philosopedia, which he hopes will serve as a resource for philosophers as well as a comprehensive index of the world's most prominent atheists. A former English teacher and recording studio owner, he now spends about 10 hours a day working on the site.