Hale, Leon

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Hale, Leon Gender: M
Carol Leon Hale
born on 30 May 1921 at 22:50 (= 10:50 PM )
Place Stephenville, Texas, 32n13, 98w12
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 09°11' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 23°41 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 26°32'


American journalist and author who worked as a columnist for the Houston Chronicle from 1984 until his retirement in 2014. Before that, he had a column in the Houston Post for 32 years. He was also the author of eleven books. Hale retired in 2014 after 65 years of writing.

In childhood he suffered from polyostotic fibrous dysplasia that caused his face to be deformed.

An avid reader of the Horatio Hornblower novels, Hale attempted to join the US Navy and later the Marine Corps during World War II. However, he was rejected due to high blood pressure and the anomalous placement of his eye. He eventually enlisted into the US Army Air Corps. He subsequently fought as a combat gunner in the European theatre, where he flew 50 combat missions.

He also published his first novel, Bonney's Place, in 1972. It gained a cult following, and the film rights changed hands six times. Even though four screenplays were drafted, no movie was produced by the time of Hale's death.

He proceeded to author a memoir in the form of a story, Paper Hero (1986), in which he discussed how his personal life influenced his work.

Hale married twice. He died on 27 March 2021 at the age of 99.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file (no. 28743).


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Polyostotic fibrous dysplasia)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 99)
  • Vocation : Military : Combat
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (WWII)
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction