Born in Dallas in 1923 to Jewish immigrants, Aaron Spelling's childhood began with psychosomatic bilater leg paralysis due to trauma from bullying. He remained confined to bed for a year, then making a full recovery.
Spelling served in the United States Air Force during World War II. He was saved from a plane crash by coming down with the flu. The flight he was pulled off of by the flight surgeon crashed, leaving no survivors.
↑ "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/C434-S6Z : accessed 26 Oct 2014), D Spelling, Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0049, sheet 30A, family 333, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2316.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K47S-M4Y : accessed 26 Oct 2014), Dave Spelling, Tract 33, Dallas, Justice Precinct 1, Dallas, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 255-155, sheet 7B, family 161, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 4177.