The real Jonathan Winters was born in Dayton, Ohio on November 11, 1925. After
attending public school in Springfield, he joined the Marine Corps at the age
of seventeen. After serving two-and-a-half years in the South Pacific, he returned
to Ohio and attended Kenyon College.
His interest in art led him to Dayton Art Institute where he studied for over
two years and met the girl who would become his wife, Eileen.
Eileen encouraged Jonathan to enter a local talent contest in Dayton, which
he did, and he won a wrist watch, but the performance led him to a job as an
early morning disc-jockey on radio station WING in Dayton (1946).