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- Before his first space flight, John Glenn had already made his mark
on history. In 1945, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps. In World
War II and in Korea, he flew 149 missions and was hit by enemy fire 11
times. In 1957, Glenn set the transcontinental speed record.
On February 20, 1962, John Glenn was again registered as an an
American Hero when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.
Though his list of accomplishments goes far beyond that momentous event,
Glenn recaptured American hearts on October 29, 1998 when he returned to
space as payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery.
After leaving NASA, he was promoted to Marine Corps Colonel in 1964.
On Nov 5, 1974, retired Colonel John Glenn was elected Ohio Senator John
Glenn. He would go on to become Ohio's first senator to serve four terms.
Without argument, John Glenn has led an exciting life with many
- Dr. Greenspan took office on June 20, 1996, as Chairman of the Board of
Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a third four-year term
ending June 20, 2000. Dr. Greenspan also serves as Chairman of the Federal
Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body.
Dr. Greenspan has also served as a member of President Reagan's Economic
Policy Advisory Board, a member of Time magazine's Board of Economists, a
senior adviser to the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity, and a
consultant to the Congressional Budget Office. |
Jesse Louis Jackson, President of the National Rainbow Coalition, is one of
America's foremost political figures. Over the past three decades he has played
a major role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights,
gender equality, and economic and social justice. Reverend Jackson has been
called the "conscience of the nation" and "the great unifier," challenging
America to establish just and humane priorities, and bringing people together on
common ground across lines of race, class, gender, and belief.
Years before they were common positions, Reverend Jackson was advocating
national health care, a war on drugs, dialogue with the Soviet Union, and
negotiations in the Middle East. His strong stand against apartheid in South
Africa in 1984 mad it an issue on the national conscience. Jesse Jackson's two
presidential campaigns broke new ground in U.S. politics.
In 1990, in an impressive victory, Jesse Jackson was elected to the post of U.S.
Senator from Washington, D.C., a position also known as "Statehood Shadow
Senator." The office was created to advocate for statehood for Washington, D.C.
The District of Columbia, with a population higher than five states, has no
voting representation in Congress. A hallmark of Reverend Jackson's work has
been his commitment to the youth. He has visited thousands of high schools,
colleges, and universities, encouraging excellence, and challenging your people
to stay in school and away from drugs. Jesse Jackson has also been a major force
in the American labor movement. He has worked with unions to organize workers,
mediated labor disputes and he has probably walked more picket lines and spoken
at more labor rallies than any other national leader.
Cut from his high school varsity team as a sophomore, Michael Jordan rebounded
from the setback to become the greatest basketball player the world has ever
seen. He was an instant star at the University of North Carolina, sinking a
last-minute, game-winning shot as a freshman in the 1982 N.C.A.A. championship
game. In 1984, he was named College Player of the Year, and then outdid himself
by leading the United States to Olympic gold that same year.
Jordan was drafted by the N.B.A.'s Chicago Bulls after his junior year in
college, and immediately proved that he belonged with Magic Johnson and
Larry Bird on the league's short list of superstars. The newcomer's
athleticism, acrobatic shots, and pure hang-time earned him the nickname "Air,"
as well as millions of imitators around the globe. These same attributes,
coupled with his charisma, made him a marketer's fantasy: over the course of
his career, he almost single-handedly boosted two organizations--Nike and the
N.B.A.--into positions of almost frightening international ubiquity.
- Herb Kelleher, the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Texas-based Southwest Airlines, is rated one of the most respected business leaders in the country. He and a friend first conceived the idea of the airline in 1966, but Kelleher, a lawyer, faced a legal battle to get his company off the ground during this pre-airline deregulation era. Southwest's first flight took off in 1971 and the company has since become one of the largest airlines in the US. Much of its success has been attributed to Kelleher's unique approach to management, which focuses on keeping his employees happy and maintaining a sense of humor.|
- After publishing Sometimes A Great Notion in 1964, his second successful
novel in as many years (the first being One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) Ken
Kesey and a band of friends who called themselves The Merry Pranksters
boarded a 1939 International Harvester school bus, perhaps the first such
bus to have a psychedelic paint job, and took off on a cross country road
trip. Their destination? FURTHUR. The events which grew out of this
rollercoaster ride into America's heartland were chronicled in Tom Wolfe's
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and in the songs of a Prankster band called
the Grateful Dead.
The bus trip bridged the gap between the Beat Generation '50's and the
emerging psychedelic scene that became California in the 1960's. Kesey had
proven to the literary establishment that he was a master writer with
Cuckoo's Nest and then proved that he could "best" himself with Great Notion.
In the eyes of the literary establishment, Ken Kesey proved he could "do
nothing" for close to thirty years. Though he wrote a number of other works
(Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, which includes "Tricker the Squirrel Meets
Big Double the Bear", The Further Inquiry, and Caverns, a collaboration with
his class at the University of Oregon) Kesey attracted attention primarily
as a counter-cultural folk hero.
Lee - Spike Lee has established himself as one of Hollywood's most important
and influential filmmakers in the past decade. Spike has now completed his ninth film Girl 6
released in Spring of 1996. The Jackie Robinson Saga is to come in 1997. These movies follow
his critically-acclaimed films Malcolm X and Clockers.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Spike returned South from Brooklyn to attended
Morehouse College. Spike coontinued his education at New York University's Tisch
School of the Arts, where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in film
production. Lee then founded 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks and Musicworks. In
addition. he has created two retail companies, Spike's Joint, based in the Fort
Greene section of Brooklyn, where he has resided since childhood, and Spike's
Joint West in Los Angeles.
In addition to his achievements in feature films, Lee has produced had directed
numerous music videos for such diverse artists as Miles Davis, Tracy Chapman,
Anita Baker, Public Enemy and Bruce Hornsby. His other music videos include work
for Phyliss Hyman, Naughty by Nature, and Arrested Development.
- Maya Lin is a renowned architect and artist, best known for her design for
the U.S. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Maya Lin was born on Oct. 10, 1959, in
Athens, Ohio. Maya Lin got her BA of Architecture from Yale College in 1981
and her Master's of Architecture from Yale in 1986. She also got honorary
doctorates from Yale, Williams, and Smith.
At the tender age of 21, in 1981, Lin won an open competition for the
design of the proposed Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Her idea, now realized in
the Washington Mall in D.C., was to incorporate two simple black granite
walls bearing the names of the 57,661 Americans who died in Vietnam.
Today, she runs her own design studio in New York. Click here for more on Maya Lin.
- The most acclaimed jazz musician and composer of his generation and a
distinguished classical performer, Wynton Marsalis has by force of personality, intelligence,
and achievement brought jazz back to center stage in American culture. Wynton Marsalis began
studying trumpet seriously at age 12 and at age 18 he moved to New York to
attend the Julliard School. Since his self-titled debut was released in
1982, Marsalis has recorded over 30 jazz and classical albums, has made
appearances on countless others and has taken his jazz groups to thirty
countries on six continents. Marsalis serves as Artistic Director for the
internationally recognized Jazz at Lincoln Center program, which he cofounded in
1987. Marsalis is the first jazz composer ever to earn a Pulitzer.
Education is a priority for Marsalis. One of the most successful aspects
of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program has been Marsalis' Saturday "Jazz
for Young People" series, which has become a favorite for New Yorkers.
In recognition of the many hours he has contributed to music education,
community organizations and charities, he has been given keys to cities
across the country, all types of community service awards, and a Congressional
citation. In 1996, Time Magazine named him among America's 25 Most Influential
- The first black woman to receive Nobel Prize in Literature, Toni Morrison
has earned a reputation as a gifted storyteller while her artistry has
attracted critical acclaim as well as commercial success. One of her most
famous works, Beloved was influenced by a published story about a slave,
Margaret Garner, who in 1851 escaped with her children to Ohio from her
master in Kentucky. When she was about to be re-captured, she tried to kill
her children rather than return them to life of slavery. Only one of her
children died and Margaret was imprisoned for her deed. She refused to show
remorse, saying she was "unwilling to have her children suffer as she had
done." Beloved was published in 1987 and was a bestseller. In 1988 it won
the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Morrison has been characterized as, " an important novelist who continues
to develop her talent. Part of her appeal, of course, lies in her
extraordinary ability to create beautiful language and striking characters.
However, Morrison's most important gift, the one which gives her a major
author's universality, is the insight with which she writes of problems all
humans face.... At the core of all her novels is a penetrating view of the
unyielding, heartbreaking dilemmas which torment people of all races" --
Elizabeth B. House (Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook). |
- A native Texan, Clarence James (C.J.) Peters (Wiess, 1962) is the chief of
special pathogens branch of the Centers for Disease Control. In this
position, he works to stop infectious diseases (such as the Ebola virus)
from expanding into lethal epidemics. The case Peters is best known for is
the 1989 outbreak of the Ebola Reston virus among laboratory monkeys near
Washington D.C. This crisis was the subject of Richard Preston's 1994
novel The Hot Zone. The novel inspired the movie Outbreak in which Peters
emerged as one of the heroes who kept the incident under control. Peters
recieved the Distinguished Alumni Award from Rice University in 1996.