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General Information

Name:  Asa Baber  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1936 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Baber was a life long Chicago resident.

Biographical and Professional Information

Asa Baber was a novelist, lecturer, and award wining columnist and journalist. He was a contributing editor for Playboy magazine for many years. In September 2001, Baber was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. (Coincidentally, Baber shared a birthday with his hero, Lou Gehrig.) Upon making an announcement on the 2002 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, Baber was elected to serve as national president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a post he held until his death.

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