Is James Michener, the author who died recently, related to Charles Michener, Kansas University distinguished professor emeritus of entomology?
Charles Michener said there is a relationship, although not a close one. He said the two appeared together in a book documenting the genealogy of the Michener family in America. Both were descended from the first Michener to arrive in the country, who was an associate of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania.
"In Philadelphia, there are a lot of Micheners in the phone book," he said. "It's sort of the center of Micheners."