Melvin Edward Lowe was born on June 18th, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio to Melvin A. and Mary R. Lowe. Mel’s dad volunteered with the Navy during WWII. Mel graduated from St. Stephen School, attended St. Edward High School for two years, and graduated in 1959 from West Technical High School. While in high school, Mel worked summers for the City of Cleveland Division of Recreation as a Red Cross Lifeguard. The Cleveland Press did a story on Mel, at 16, being the youngest Lifeguard in the city. He attended Ohio State University for two years.