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Alicia
26-01-05, 17:01
I was pleasantly suprised to find out that Jean Auel who wrote a series of book, the first one, Clan of the Cave Bear has
Finnish roots. Her father was Neal/Niel Untinen. I think he may be the son of Carl Untinen and they lived in Oregon according to the 1930 census. Carl was born in Finland.

http://www.geocities.com/auelpage/JeanAuel.htm
Here is where I found some information.
Alicia

Hasse
26-01-05, 20:06
Jean Marie Auel was born in Chicago, Illinois, as the second of five children. Her father was a housepainter. After high school she married Ray Bernard Auel in 1954; they had five children. In 1965-66 she worked as a clerk in Beaverton, Oregon, then as a circuit board designer (1966-1973), technical writer (1973-74), and a credit manager (1974-1976). Auel studied at Portland State University, Oregon and University of Portland, receiving her M.B.A. in 1976, at the age of forty. In the same year she got the idea for a story about a girl, Ayla, living amongst people who are different from her. She left her work in a Portland electronics plant and devoted herself entirely to writing.

The only link about her in the SFHS link collection is this link (
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/auel.htm)