Sam Shepard Rogers III, nicknamed Steve Rogers, was born 5 November 1943, in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. The son of Jane Elaine Shook Rogers, a teacher, and an army pilot, he spent his early childhood moving from one military base to the next. Around 1949, the family settled in rural Duarte, Southern California, where Shepard received his formal education, including three semesters as an agricultural science major at Mount San Antonio Junior College. As a student he acted in college productions, amongst others of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, and had a play of his own, Mildew, derivative of Tennessee Williams, published in the campus literary magazine, MoSaiC. It was Beckett's Waiting for Godot

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Callens, Johan. "Sam Shepard". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 January 2010
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