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1 In Scott ODells early life he had a inspirationinside of him that was not revealed until after heachieved success in his professional life During hiscollege years he always showed an interest in words Oneway he showed that interest was by becoming an editor forsome time then a director During this time all of hisideas were stored up in his head to then begin hiswritings He directed his first books towards adults In thelong run he found that more of his interest lie increating childrens writings Scott ODell wrote hisfirst book for children in 1960 It all began in Los Angeles California Scott ODellwas born on May 231898 to Bennett Mason an official ofthe Union Pacific Railroad and May Elizabeth Ordealwwwamazoncom Because his dad was a railroad man thefamily moved around a lot but never far from LosAngeles He always lived along the shore and watched thesailing ships go by About an Author vol60 pg ODell attended many different colleges includingOccidental College in 1919 and University of Wisconsin Then in 1920 he went to Stanford University Finally he transferred to the University of Rome in 1925 ODellended up moving to New York after college then back hometo Los Angeles In Los Angeles he worked as a technical director forParamount and as a cameraman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Hewas a rancher and taught a mail-order course in photo playwriting Then he became a book columnist for the LosAngeles Mirror and book editor for The Los Angeles DailyNews Something 119
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