Born in Pittsburgh, PA.

Born Frederick August Kittel to Daisy Wilson, an African American whose parents came from North Carolina, and Frederick Kittel, a red-haired baker who emigrated from Bohemia, Germany at 10. Family lives in two rooms (later four rooms) at 1727 Bedford Ave. in the Hill District. The fourth child and oldest son of seven, his siblings are, in order of age, Freda Ellis, Linda Jean Denoya, Donna Conley, Barbara Jean Wilson, Edwin Kittel and Richard Kittel.