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Spencer Ackerman
Journalist/Blogger Camp Kinderland, Massachusetts

Ackerman is an American national security reporter and blogger. He began his career at The New Republic and wrote for Wired magazine’s national security blog, Danger Room. He is now the national security editor for the Guardian US

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Margaret Atwood
Writer/Poet Camp White

Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award several times, winning twice

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Michael Ian Black
Actor/Comedian/Writer Stagedoor Manor, New York

Black is an American comedian, actor, writer, and director. He has starred in several TV comedy series, including The StateEdViva VarietyStella, and Michael & Michael Have Issues. He is also a poker player, appearing on Celebrity Poker Showdown several times.

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Chesa Boudin
Lawyer/Writer/Lecturer Camp Kinderland, Massachusetts

Boudin is an American lawyer, writer, and lecturer specializing in the U.S. criminal justice system and Latin American policy.

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Andy Breckman
Screenwriter/Radio Personality URJ Camp Harlam, Pennsylvania

Breckman is an American television and film writer and a radio personality on WFMU. He is the co-creator (with David Hoberman) and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning television series Monk on the USA Network, and is co-host of WFMU radio’s long-running conceptual comedy program Seven Second Delay.

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David Brooks

Brooks is a political and cultural commentator who writes for the New York Times and wrote the best-selling book Bobos in Paradise.

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Lawrence Bush
Writer/Magazine Editor Camp Kinderland, Massachusetts

Bush is the author of several books of Jewish fiction and non-fiction, including Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist and Bessie: A Novel of Love and Revolution. He edits edits Jewish Currents, an independent, progressive magazine founded in 1946.

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Paddy Chayesfky
Playwright/Screenwriter/Novelist Camp Kee-Wah, New York

Chayefsky was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for Best Screenplay (the other three-time winners, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, have all shared their awards with co-writers).

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Ethan Coen
Film Director/Producer/Screenwriter Herzl Camp, Wisconsin

Ethan his brother Joel, known as the Coen Brothers, are Academy Award-winning American film directors, screenwriters, producers, and editors. Their films include Blood SimpleFargoThe Big LebowskiO Brother, Where Art Thou?No Country for Old MenBurn After ReadingTrue Grit, and Inside Llewyn Davis.

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Joel Coen
Film Director/Producer/Screenwriter Herzl Camp, Wisconsin

Joel and his brother Ethan, known as the Coen Brothers, are Academy Award winning American film directors, screenwriters, producers, and editors. Their films include Blood SimpleFargoThe Big LebowskiO Brother, Where Art Thou?No Country for Old MenBurn After ReadingTrue Grit, and Inside Llewyn Davis.

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James Cramer
Television Personality/Author Camp Paradox, New York

Cramer is an American television personality, a former hedge fund manager, and a best-selling author. Cramer is the host of CNBC’s Mad Money and a co-founder and chairman of TheStreet.com, Inc.

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Larry David
Writer/Actor/Comedian/Producer All-America Camp, New York

David is an American actor, writer, comedian, and television producer. He was the co-creator, with Jerry Seinfeld, of the television series Seinfeld, and was its head writer and executive producer from 1989 to 1998. David has subsequently gained further recognition for the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, also created by David, in which he stars as a semi-fictionalized version of himself. David first met comedian Richard Lewis at All-America Camp in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York.

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Seth Davis
Sportswriter/Sportscaster Camp Equinunk, Pennsylvania

Davis is a writer for Sports Illustrated magazine and an in-studio analyst for CBS’ NCAA men’s college basketball coverage with Greg Anthony, Doug Gottlieb, and host Greg Gumbel.

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Leonard Dick

Dick is a television writer and producer who writes for The Good Wife.

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Harvey Fierstein
Actor/Playwright Camp Orinsekwa, New York

Fierstein is an American actor and playwright, noted for two Tony Awards distinctions. He has won Tony awards as Best Leading Actor in both a play and a musical. He also won an award for writing the play for which he won best actor. He is now a champion for gay civil rights.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. He attended the long defunct Camp Chatham in Orillia, Ontario, for a month in the summer of 1907.

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James Frey

Frey is an American writer and the Founder and CEO of Full Fathom Five, a transmedia production company responsible for the New York Times–bestselling young adult series “The Lorien Legacies“, the first book of which I Am Number Four (2010) was made into a feature film by DreamWorks Studios. His books A Million Little Pieces (2003) and My Friend Leonard (2005), as well as Bright Shiny Morning(2008), were worldwide bestsellers and he has been published in 31 languages.

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Thomas Friedman
Journalist/Columnist/Author Herzl Camp, Wisconsin
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Tavi Gevinson
Writer/Magazine Editor

Gevinson is an American writer, magazine editor, actress and singer. Raised in Oak Park, Illinois, Gevinson came to public attention at the age of twelve because of her fashion blog Style Rookie. By the age of fifteen, she had shifted her focus to pop culture and feminist discussion. Gevinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online Rookie Magazine, aimed primarily at teenage girls.

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Seth Godin
Blogger/Speaker Camp Arowhon, Ontario

Godin is an American author, blogger, entrepreneur, marketer and public speaker.

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Ethan Hawke
Actor, Writer and Director YMCA Camp Carter, Texas

Hawke  is an American actor, writer and director. He has been nominated for the Academy Awards both as an actor and a writer. He also received a Tony Award nomination for his theater work.

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Joseph Heller

Heller was an American satirical novelist, short story writer, and playwright. The title of one of his works, Catch-22, entered the English lexicon to refer to a vicious circle wherein an absurd, no-win choice, particularly in situations in which the desired outcome of the choice is an impossibility, and regardless of choice, a same negative outcome is a certainty.

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Molly Jong-Fast

Jong-Fast is an American author. She wrote about her wild life as a girl in 1990s New York. She is the daughter of Erica Jong and Jonathan Fast and the granddaughter of Howard Fast. She is the author of a novel, Normal Girl, a memoir, Girl [Maladjusted], and The Social Climber’s Handbook.

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Foster Kamer

Kamer is an American writer and editor. He is a Senior Editor at Complex Magazine and has written for Blackbook Magazine as an assistant editorGawker as a weekend editor, and The Village Voice.

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Marta Kauffman
TV Producer Camp Ramah, Poconos

Kauffman is an American writer and TV producer, best known as the co-creator of the popular sitcom Friends, alongside David Crane.

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Garrison Keillor
Radio Host/Writer YMCA Camp Warren, Minnesota

Keillor is an American author, storyteller, humorist, and radio personality. He is known as host of the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion. He worked as a dishwasher at Camp Warren.

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Julie Klausner
Comedian/Writer/Podcaster Camp Scatico, New York

Klausner is a New York City-based author, podcaster, and comedy writer-performer. She appeared in the Camp MTV special filmed at Camp Scatico.

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Jeffrey Kluger
Writer/Author Camp Comet, Pennsylvania

Kluger is a senior writer at TIME Magazine and author of several books on science topics, such as Simplexity (2008); Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio (2005); Journey Beyond Selene (1999); and Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (1994), which was the basis for Ron Howard‘s film Apollo 13 (1995).

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Julian Koenig

Koenig is an award winning copywriter and widely considered one of the greatest in the history of advertising. He was inducted into The One Club Creative Hall of Fame in 1966.

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Tony Kornheiser
Sportswriter/Radio Host/Television Host Camp Keeyumah, Pennsylvania

Kornheiser is an American sportswriter and former columnist for The Washington Post, as well as a radio and television talk show host. Kornheiser has hosted The Tony Kornheiser Show on radio in various forms since 1992, co-hosts Pardon the Interruption on ESPN since 2001 with Michael Wilbon, and served as an analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football from 2006-2008.

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Ruth Krauss
Writer/Poet Camp Walden, Maine

Krauss was an American writer of children’s books, including The Carrot Seed, and of theatrical poems for adult readers.

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Arthur Laurents
Playwright/Screenwriter Camp Equinunk, Pennsylvania

Laurents, who worked as dramatic counselor at Equinunk in the late ’30s, was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. His body of work includes West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Hallelujah, Baby! (1967), and La Cage Aux Folles (1983), and directing some of his own shows and other Broadway productions.

His early film scripts include Rope (1948) for Alfred Hitchcock, followed by Anastasia (1956), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), The Way We Were (1973), and The Turning Point (1977).

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Jon Lucas
Screenwriter/Film Director Camp Becket, Massachusetts

Lucas is an American screenwriter and film director. He is most well known for his collaborative work with Scott Moore, which includes The Hangover and 21 & Over.

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John McPhee

McPhee is an American writer, widely considered one of the pioneers of creative nonfiction. He is a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the category General Nonfiction and he won that award on the fourth occasion in 1999 for Annals of the Former World (a collection of five books including two of his previous Pulitzer finalists). In 2008 he received the George Polk Career Award for his “indelible mark on American journalism during his nearly half-century career.”

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Lorne Michaels
TV Producer/Writer Camp Timberlane, Ontario

Michaels is a Canadian-American television producer and writer, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the various film and TV projects that have spun off from it.

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B.J. Novak
Actor/Comedian/Writer Camp Ramah

Novak is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and director known for being a writer and co-executive producer of The Office, in which he also played Ryan Howard, as well as appearing in Inglourious Basterds and Saving Mr. Banks.

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Michelle Obama

Obama is an American lawyer and writer, is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

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Zak Penn
Film Director/Screenwriter Camp Scatico, New York

Penn is an American screenwriter and director. Penn wrote and directed Incident at Loch NessThe Grand, and co-wrote the script for X-Men: The Last Stand. With Michael Karnow, Penn is the co-creator of the TV series Alphas on the Syfy network.

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Bob Peterson
Film Director/Screenwriter/Voice Actor

Peterson is an American animator, screenwriter, director and voice actor who works at Pixar Animation Studios. He made his directorial debut on Up, in which he also voiced the character Dug. He was hired by Roger Gould in 1994 and started as an animator for commercials. He then became an animator on Toy Story. He spent several summers working as a camp counselor in Ohio.

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Sylvia Plath

Plath attended three different summer camps in the 1940s: Camp Weetamoe in Center Ossipee, N.H., Camp Helen Storrow in Plymouth, MA, and the Vineyard Sailing Camp at Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, according to a paper written by Peter K. Steinberg, who maintains the website SylviaPlath.info.

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Chaim Potok
Author Camp Ramah

Potok was an American Jewish author and rabbi. Potok is most famous for his first book The Chosen, a 1967 novel which was listed on The New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and sold more than 3,400,000 copies.

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Josh Radnor
Actor, producer, director and screenwriter

Radnor is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for portraying Ted Mosby on the popular Emmy Award-winning CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. He made his writing and directorial debut with the 2010 comedy drama film Happythankyoumoreplease, for which he won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Radnor worked as a camp counselor at a day camp when he was in high school.

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Jim Rash

Rash is an American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for playing Dean Pelton on the NBC sitcom Community. In 2012, he received a Golden Globe nomination and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Descendants.

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Herman Raucher

Raucher is an American author who has written several screenplays, among them the popular Summer of ’42 and The Great Santini and several novels and plays. He was married to Broadway dancer Mary Kathryn Raucher from 1960 until her death in 2002; they had two daughters.

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Peter Sagal

Sagal is an American playwright, screenwriter, actor, and host of the National Public Radio game show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, and the PBS special Constitution USA with Peter Sagal.

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J.D. Salinger

Salinger was an American writer known for his novels The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zoey. His novella “Hapworth 16” is a long letter from seven-year-old Seymour Glass while at summer camp.

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Stephen Schneider

Schneider is an American actor and writer, known for Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship (2013), The Funniest Movie Ever… Just Kidding (2011) and 2012: Supernova (2009).

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Erich Segal
Author/Screenwriter/Educator Camp Onibar, Pennsylvania

Segal was an American author, screenwriter, and educator. He was best known for writing the novel Love Story (1970), a best-seller, and writing the motion picture of the same name, which was a major hit.

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Robert Sharenow
Producer/Writer/TV Executive Camps Kenwood & Evergreen, N.H.

Sharenow is an award-winning writer, television producer and TV executive.

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Allan Sherman
Comedy Writer/TV Producer Camp Ojibwa, Wisconsin

Sherman was an American comedy writer and television producer who became famous as a song parodist in the early 1960s. His first album, My Son, the Folk Singer (1962), became the fastest-selling record album up to that time. His biggest hit single was “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh”, a comic novelty in which a boy describes his summer camp experiences to the tune of Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours.

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David Shore
Producer/Writer Camp White Pine, Ontario

Shore is a Canadian writer, and former lawyer, best known for his work writing and producing in television. Shore became known for his work on Family LawNYPD Blue and Due South, also producing many episodes of the latter. He went on to create the critically acclaimed series, House.

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Gail Simmons
Culinary Expert/Food Writer/Television Host Camp Walden, Ontario

Simmons is a Canadian trained culinary expert, food writer and television personality, and is the Special Projects Director with Food & Wine magazine. In addition to her role with Food & Wine, she is a regular judge on the television show Top Chef and hosts its spin-off, Top Chef: Just Desserts.

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Neil Simon
Playwright/Screenwriter Surprise Lake Camp, New York

Simon is an American playwright and screenwriter. He has written over thirty plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, most adapted from his plays. He has received more Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.

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Robert Smigel
Actor/Humorist/Comedian Camp Modin, Maine

Smigel is an American actor, humorist, comedian and writer known for his Saturday Night Live “TV Funhouse” cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer and voice behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

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Eli Sussman
Chef/Food Writer Camp Tavor, Michigan

Max and Eli Sussman are superstars in the New York City food scene and authors of the recently released cookbook This Is A Cookbook: Recipes For Real Life, but long before they were grabbing headlines in the Big Apple the brothers were tearing up the Jewish summer camp kitchen of their youth at Camp Tavor in Three Rivers, Michigan.

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Max Sussman
Chef/Food Writer Camp Tavor, Michigan

Max and Eli Sussman are superstars in the New York City food scene and authors of the recently released cookbook This Is A Cookbook: Recipes For Real Life, but long before they were grabbing headlines in the Big Apple the brothers were tearing up the Jewish summer camp kitchen of their youth at Camp Tavor in Three Rivers, Michigan.

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Diana Trilling

Trilling was an American literary critic and author, one of the New York Intellectuals, a group of American writers and literary critics based in New York City in the mid-20th century. She wrote about her time at Camp Lenore in an article for The New Yorker in 1996.

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David Wain
Film Director/Writer/Comedian Camp Modin, Maine

Wain is an American comedian, writer, actor and director. He is most widely known for directing the feature films Role Models and Wet Hot American Summer, the sketch comedy series The State and for producing, directing and writing the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. Wain was a founding member of comedy group Stella, along with Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black.

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Evan Wolfson
Attorney/Gay Rights Advocate Camp Boiberik, New York

Wolfson is an American attorney and gay rights advocate. He is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a group favoring same-sex marriage in the United States. Wolfson, who many consider to be the father and leader of the same-sex marriage movement, authored the book Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry.

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Meg Wolitzer

Wolitzer is an American writer, best known for The Wife, The Ten-Year Nap, The Uncoupling, and The Interestings, which is about a group of friends who meet at a summer arts camp.