Life And Legend Of Howard Hughes - 1,970 words
The Life and Legend of Howard Hughes Throughout the 20th century, it has been the media's job to pinpoint what events and people would prove to be an effective story. This was certainly the case for Howard R. Hughes. Son to the wealthy Howard Hughes Sr., Howard became the interest of the American people and newspapers for most of his life. Being deemed one of the most famous men of the mid-20th century was greatly attributed to Hughes's skills as an industrialist, aviator, and motion-picture producer combined with his enormous wealth, intellect, and achievement. The media thrived on Howard's unusual and sometimes scandalous life, especially in his later years when newspapers would frequently ...
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Dorothy - 593 words
Dorothy Jean Dandridge was born on November 9,1922, in Cleveland, Ohio. Her parents (Cyril and Ruby Dandridge) had a troubled marriage, which eventually lead to them going their separate ways. Ruby met the new "love" of her life, a woman, later was much despised by Dottie. She was very domineering and abusive toward Ruby's two children, especially Dottie. Early in their youth Ruby and her friend trained them for performing onstage. Between the ages 4-6 depending on who you ask, was about the time Dorothy and Vivian began performing publicly in Baptist churches, and they toured the country as the gospel singing act, the "Wonder Children "Around the 1930's Dottie &Vivian joined a third girl (E ...
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To Kill A Mockinbird - 990 words
One of the major masterpieces of American literature, To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee originally as a love story, was published in 1960 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961. It also won an Academy Award when it was later made into a film starring Gregory Peck. The story is set in imaginary Maycomb County in southern Alabama. The time frame for the story is the early 1930's during the great depression. Poverty was common and times were extremely tough. This book is loaded with interesting characters. Here is an outline and description of some of the most important characters. The story revolves around the Finch family, led by Atticus Finch, a lawyer. Atticus has two children: Jem, sh ...
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Ray Bradbury - 1,502 words
"Ray Bradbury is one of the immortals among us, whose classic works of science fiction, fantasy and horror will be read a thousand years from now by our descendents and the relatives alike of the planets of a thousand distant stars." ( Dragon*con, website). Hes won many awards for his writings and lectures, and I have no doubt in my mind that his writings will live on forever. "It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and b ...
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Fahrenheit 451 - 1,149 words
It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed, begins Fahrenheit 451 (1). This opening of Bradburys novel immediately evokes the consequences of the careless use of new technology and modern-mans refusal to recognize these consequences (de Koster 44). The book Fahrenheit 451 is one of only two novels that Ray Bradbury has written, the other being Something Wicked This Way Comes. (Many believe that Dandelion Wine and The Martian Chronicles are novels when in fact they are just collections of different stories put together by connected themes.) The idea for the story comes from a story called the The Fireman published in Galaxy. T ...
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Oskar Shindler - 385 words
Schindler, Oskar (1908-74), German businessman whose fame rests on his remarkable rescue of more than 1,000 Jews during the Nazi Holocaust. Oskar Schindler was born in the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. He moved to Poland in 1930 and made a fortune in Krakw. He saved 1,200 Polish Jews from the Nazi death camps by employing them at a munitions factory he opened using Jewish labor. The factory had been a bankrupt manufacturer of enamelware when Schindler bought it and used it to fill military contracts. In 1944, Schindler moved the factory and all of the workers to Moravia when the Red Army was closing in on Krakw. The story of Schindler's achievement was told in a 1982 book, 'Schindler's Ark', ...
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James Dickey - 755 words
James Dickey launched his career as a poet surprisingly late in life. His first collection, Into the Stone and Other Poems, was published when he was thirty-seven years old. Dickeys experience in the military, academic, and advertising worlds before his emergence as a writer provided subjects and training for his art. Born on February 2, 1923 in Buckhead, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb, to lawyer Eugene Dickey and his wife Maibelle Swift Dickey, James graduated from North Fulton High School. In 1941 he entered Clemson A & M College, where he played wingback on the football team. The following year he joined the Army Air Corps and as a member of the 418th Night Fighter Squadron was involved in mo ...
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Walt Disney - 699 words
Walt Disney, one of Americas most famous producers of all time, admired by people of all races and ages, from children to great grandpas and grandmas, Walt Disney was definitely a popular man. I really admire him for his productions, his animations, and his accomplishments. He shows his leadership by the goals in which he set and achieved. Also by the people he directed and assisted. Walt Disney Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. He left school at the age of sixteen. Later he was educated at art schools in Chicago and Kansas City. In 1923 he began producing animated motion pictures in Hollywood in partnership with his brother Roy O. Disney. Walts first cartoon ser ...
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To The Stars - 547 words
Ray Bradbury was a great writer on many levels. He could write novels, short stories, essays, plays, screenplays, and poetry. An active imagination and a fascination with outer space combine in many of Ray Bradburys stories. Ray Bradbury surpassed an unstable childhood to become a world renowned science fiction author. Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. He was the third child of Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and Esther Marie Moberg Bradbury. In the fall of 1926, the Bradburys moved to Tucson, Arizona, only to return to Waukegan in May of 1927. By 1931, he had begun to write his own short stories on pieces of butcher paper. When his father was laid off in 1932, the ...
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Dawn Powell - 1,045 words
The story The Happy Island has a very interesting author who led a very interesting life, Dawn Powell. The story took place in the 1930s which was an extremely important decade and it had a lot to do with advances in history. In order to gain a better understanding of the book, information about the author, the time period and about the actual book, must be talked about. The Happy Island depicted the 1930s quite well, and the story compared a little with the authors life. Dawn Powell led a very dramatic and almost story-like life. She was born in 1896, in Mount Gilead, Ohio; she was a middle child of three girls. When she was seven her mother died having an abortion. Her father was an alcoho ...
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Public Sphere - 1,677 words
... to this analysis, and underlines that since 1961, a new component has been added to the military- industrial complex; communication, and gives the following example: "In 1986, the intersection between communication, industry and the military became most apparent when General Electric (GE), one of the worlds major defense contractors, bought RCA and with it NBC" (Roach, 17). Lee and Solomon give supporting evidence about the integration of the media and the military- industry: The boards of directors of the Big Three (CBS,ABC,NBC) are composed of executives, lawyers, financiers and former government officials who represent the biggest banks and corporations in the U.S., including military ...
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Deee - 1,124 words
... Jack Vincennes to help him just as Jack is going through some papers dealing with the Matt Reynolds case. This scene is perhaps the central one of the movie, We find out that, just as Exley has a side that is like Jack Vincennes, he also has a side that is like Bud White. He too is driven by a private demon. Commonly, when we make value judgements about people we speak as if there were a single norm towards which everyone ought to be growing. They're supposed to succeed in becoming perfect specimens. You can tell whether they do by seeing how well they perform according to a checklist of desired features. We also speak as if people have an outside and an inside, and that on the inside, ...
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The Little Drummer Girl - 841 words
John Le Carre's The Little Drummer Girl is one of the finest of all spy novels. The story concerns terrorism and anti-terrorism, focussing on the Israeli/Palestinian situation, and is full of convolutions and surprises. The book's multiple themes include the moral ambiguity of both sides, the coercive power of love, and the cost of violence to those who perform it. George Roy Hill's film version of the book manages to keep a surprising amount of both the plot and the themes in the film, but something has been lost. The film, while good, is not one of the great spy films. The problem is Hill. His direction is professional, but doesn't capture Le Carre's shadowy world of men and women willing ...
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Kane - 1,414 words
George Orson Welles, known more commonly as Orson Welles was a director, producer, writer, and actor. Mr. Welles was born on May 6, 1915, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His father was an inventor and manufacturer and his mother a talented pianist. Welles was regarded as an absolute genius from early childhood and his creative abilities were encouraged and nurtured. His early childhood was to a large extent, directed by his mother's physician and admirer, Dr. Maurice Bernstein. (Russell 9) He made a successful career for himself on stage and radio starting at an early age and when he was 19, made his Broadway debut as Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet." He worked together on several projects with director/ ...
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College Notebook - 2,641 words
In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens depicts men and women as existing within different social spaces. With the exception of Estella, who travels from Satis House to London, all of Dickens's female characters are contained within the home. Men, on the other hand, have a social existence which their female counterparts lack. Pip, for example, constantly moves between the private space of the home and the public space of London itself. Joe Gargery, though often confined to the forge, has a social existence at the Three Jolly Bargemen, the local tavern. Unlike Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning does not confine her female characters to the home in her novel-poem Aurora Leigh. Aurora is a wom ...
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Bradbury - 356 words
U.S. author, born in Waukegan, Ill., on Aug. 22, 1920. In his stories, Bradbury wove together the intrigue of changing technology with insightful social commentary. One of his best-known works was 'The Martian Chronicles; a collection of interrelated stories concerning colonization of the planet Mars those attracted readers both young and old. In it, Bradbury portrayed the strengths and weaknesses of human beings as they encountered a new world. Ray Bradbury grew up in Waukegan and in Los Angeles, where he founded a magazine called Futuria Fantasia while in high school. He sold his first short story when he was 21 years old. His early stories were published in pulp magazines, but Bradbury la ...
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Tom Hanks - 613 words
Thomas J. Hanks was born July 9th, 1956, in Concord, California. Tom and his elder siblings were raised by their father Amos Hanks, following the divorce of their parents. Because Amos Hanks was a chef, it forced his family to move every six months in pursuit of jobs. This unstable upbringing meant many schools for young Tom, who had to readjust to his new surroundings practically every semester. Initially a shy schoolboy, he dealt with these readjustments by becoming the class clown and taking on different personality -- almost considered practice for his career. He took these "characters" to the stage and he began participating in high school plays. While a student at Chabot Junior College ...
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Robert Redford For Wax Figure - 612 words
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is getting ready to open in New York soon (McShane B3). It consists of perfect replicas of all sorts of celebrities from Larry King to Meryl Streep. One celebrity that would be a good candidate for the museum is Robert Redford. Throughout the years, he has proven that he is successful in acting, in directing, and in community activism. These are the areas that make him a good candidate for the wax museum. For the past four decades, most people know Redford as one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood (Robert Redford: Credits). Redfords most famous role is Harry, the gunslinger, in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). This made Redford an instant star. ...
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Cultural Protectionism - 1,349 words
The fine line that used to separate human beings from animals was the phenomenon of speech and imagination. But the great divide between the two was human ability to define and build a culture. What really is a culture? Culture in many forms is defined by language and behavior as key elements. In the words of Stevenson (1994), "Human beings could create and invent and influence their environment as well as respond to it. The collected experience, stored in language, was a culture". Cultures, just like the evolution of species, keep on evolving. Evolving cultures follow the same pattern as defined by Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The strong and the fittest survive. There is a process ...
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The Real Man - 1,585 words
Walt Disney as a real man. Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois to his parents, Elias Disney an Irish Canadian and Flora Call Disney, a German American. Walt was one of four children. Walt and his brother Roy and sister Ruth grew up in Chicago, where they attended Benton Grammar School together. He worked hard throughout his schooling and helped support his family during difficult times. When Walt was 23 years old, he and his sweetheart, Lilly, were married in Lillys hometown in Idaho on July 13, 1925, even though they had very little money at this time in their lives. (Ford NP) Together they had two daughters, Diane Marie Disney and Sharon Mae Disney. (www. ...
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