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David Kaplan Westheimer

David Kaplan Westheimer, American novelist. Decorated Air medal, Distinguished Flying Cross; Recipient Texas Review Poetry prize, 2000.


  • Westheimer, David Kaplan was born on April 11, 1917 in Houston, Texas, United States. Son of Adolf and Esther (Kaplan) Westheimer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Rice Institute, Houston, 1937.


    • Successively assistant amusement editor, radio editor, magazine editor, television editor Houston Post, 1939-1941, 45-46, 50, 53-60, columnist, 1984-1988.


    • Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements
    • David Nasaw has written a sparkling social history of twentieth-century show business and of the new American public that assembled in the city's pleasure palaces, parks, theaters, nickelodeons, world's fair midways, and dance halls.
    • Over the Edge
    • Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Winter 1969: Matthew Green, a physically and spiritually scarred Vietnam vet, escapes to the mystic mountains of the Grand Tetons in a desperate attempt to heal and regain self-respect.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Served to captain United States Army Air Force, 1941-1945, European Theatre of Operations. Served to captain United States Air Force, 1950-1953. Lieutenant colonel United States Air Force.

    Retired; Member American Civil Liberties Union, Writer's Guild American West, Retired Officers Association, California Writers Club.





    • Married Doris Gertrude Rothstein, October 9, 1945. Children: Fred, Eric.
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    Born April 11, 1917
    Died November 8, 2005
    (aged 88)
    • 1937
      Rice Institute
    • 1939 - 1941
      Successively assistant, amusement editor
    • 1984 - 1988
      Successively assistant, amusement editor