Jon Gnagy, known to millions as America's first television art teacher, was born near Pretty Prairie, Kansas in 1907. At eleven, Jon began drawing and painting without instruction, winning prizes at the Kansas State Fair. Attention each year at the Fair brought him an offer from Tulsa, Oklahoma where at seventeen, he accepted a position of art director with a public relations firm. Then Jon moved his young family to Wichita. There he wrote and illustrated advertising for aircraft companies. Determined to hit the "big time" or "bust" he left during the Depression for New York at age 24.