Growing Up is the 1983 Pulitzer Prize winning autobiography of Russell Baker, born in 1925 in rural Virginia. When Russell was 5 years old his father passed away due to untreated diabetes, thrusting his mother into poverty to the point that she put his infant sister up for adoption and moved the family to New Jersey so that they could live with her brother and sister-in-law. While in elementary school, Baker had his first taste of literary success with an essay on wheat. His teacher loved it so much that she read the essay to the entire class, which was not nearly as impressed as his teacher. After living with his uncle and aunt for 6 years, his mother moved the family to Baltimore where Baker got a job as a part-time newspaper deliverer to help his family out. He went on to receive a scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, serve in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and land a job writing the nationally syndicated "Observer" column for the New York Times, which he wrote from 1962 until 1998. In 1993 he replaced Alistair Cook as the regular host of the PBS television series, Masterpiece Theater, a job which he held until stepping down in 2004.
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