Millard Lampell

Millard Lampell was a true multi-threat artist -- a singer, songwriter, and author who survived the blacklist to become a successful playwright and an award-winning screenwriter in movies and television. Lampell was born in Paterson, NJ, and earned a football scholarship to the University of West Virginia. His horizons quickly moved beyond sports, however -- while in West Virginia, he became fascinated by the rural folk music that he heard. and his social conscience evolved as well in the mid-'30s, especially after he visited the home of a college roommate and discovered the conditions under which coal miners worked and lived; he also saw first-hand the battles waged between the United Mine Workers and the mine owners.