Born: January 26, 1918.
In 1953 Philip Jose Farmer took home one of the first Hugos as Best New SF Author. He won another Hugo for his story “Riders of the Purple Wage,” published in Dangerous Visions, in 1968, and a third in 1972 for the opening novel of his epic Riverworld series, To Your Scattered Bodies Go. He passed away in 2009.
I lived in Peoria — where Phil Farmer lived — during the 80s and 90s, and had the pleasure of interviewing him a few times for public radio. I always think of his work as the height of follow-your-bliss inventiveness.