George Havens was born in 1924 in Cleveland and grew up in East Cleveland. He graduated from Case College, served in World War II and eventually ended up in the advertising business. The University Circle area was integral to his life, which in the 1930s and 1940s was referred to as the 105th Street area. He frequently ate at Wade Park Manor, attended programs at Severance Hall, and even took a dip in Wade Lagoon. The 105th Street area was very active and Havens shares multiple stories of his experience in the area, including attending jazz clubs and concerts at the local venues and bars.
Havens, George (interviewee)
Gibans, Nina (interviewer)
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"George Havens interview, 12 August 2011" (2011). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 913003.