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Gardner, Edlocked

(29 August 1901–17 August 1963)
  • Dennis Wepman

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Gardner, Ed (29 August 1901–17 August 1963), radio comic and producer, was born Edward Poggenberg, the son of Edward Poggenberg, an ornamental plasterer and semiprofessional baseball player, in Astoria, Queens, New York. His mother's given and maiden names are unknown. The year of his birth is sometimes reported as 1905 instead of 1901. He attended P.S. 4 and spent two years at Bryant High School in Astoria, but he left at sixteen to take a job playing the piano at O'Bryan's Café, a neighborhood saloon where he had performed after school when he was fourteen....

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