Ernest Hemingway wasn't from St. Louis, but St. Louis changed his life. Most of his greatest experiences stemmed from the St. Louisans he married and befriended: the expatriate years in Paris, the house in Key West, his first African safari, fishing expeditions in the Gulf Stream, his Cuban estate, and so much more. His life was a raucous, creative, adventurous, and sometimes vicious series of events. Here are the five Saint Louis families that shaped the life that shaped the stories. Author Andrew J. Theising, Ph.D., is professor of political science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is an urbanist and focuses on the industrial legacy of American cities. His research is grounded in the historical record, with the belief that we cannot understand the problems of today without understanding how those problems evolved over time. He is an authority on the socio-economic institutions of the St. Louis/East St. Louis metropolitan area. Theising is obsessed with collecting old paper, autographs, and books. Ernest Hemingway is a particular favorite. He lives with his family in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves.