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What are some facts about Mitch Albom's childhood?

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Author Mitch Albom was born on May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey. Before becoming a writer, Albom cultivated an interest in music during his adolescence, playing in a band called The Lucky Tiger Grease Stick Band.

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Albom is a best-selling author as of 2015, having sold 35 million copies of his books throughout the world. He is also a journalist, radio broadcaster and screenwriter. He first gained national attention after his book "Tuesdays with Morrie" was published in 1997, garnering subsequent fame with the novels "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and "Have a Little Faith." He also continues to perform and write music.

Mitch Albom is the second child of Rhoda and Ira Albom. His family eventually settled in Oaklyn, New Jersey after moving to Buffalo, New York for a short time after Albom's birth. He initially pursued cartoon drawing, but later developed a love for music, subsequently teaching himself to play the piano. Albom played in bands throughout high school, which he finished in three years. He used his musical abilities as a means to financially support himself until he became a professional writer. After becoming interested in journalism, Albom began working at a weekly paper, eventually earning fame as a sports writer.

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