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U2 has been a highly successful group throughout their history, with more than twelve studio albums and over one hundred and fifty million records sold worldwide. They have also won twenty two Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This did not happen overnight, however, and the band has had many troubles along the way. With a dream in mind and instruments in hand, U2 created a legacy that people will never forget.

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Andrew Carnegie, is considered by many to be one of the men who built America, not only figuratively but in one way quite literally. He was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, November 25th, 1835. He fit the iconic image of the ‘American Dream’ quite well. Having come from a very humble background only to beat the odds and rise to the heights of fortune and success. Carnegie made a name for himself as an elite businessman, tycoon and philanthropist.

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Willie Mays, born William Howard Mays, Junior on May 6, 1931 in Westfield, Alabama, was named baseball's second-best player of the century, in step only behind Babe Ruth. He was awarded 12 golden glove awards, two MVP awards, Rookie of the year, and holds the record of most hits in the All-Star games with 23, having played in 24 games. But how does a man who starts in such humble beginnings become one of baseball's greatest players of all-time? Hard work, determination, and a great love of the game.

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Baseball is known as America’s pastime. It is a game of both recreation and intense competition, for youthful faces as well as seasoned hands. Baseball is a game riddled with statistical scrutiny and beliefs in curses and jinxes. In this chapter we will examine Baseball’s legendary beginnings, the sport’s growth and expansion in the United States, and some of the unique aspects of the game.

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Francois Auguste Rene Rodin, known as Auguste Rodin was born November 12, 1840 in Paris to a working class family. He began drawing when he was about 10 years old. He was mostly self-educated. When he was 14, he entered the Petite Ecole, a school for artists and mathematicians. He attended this school until he was 17. During his time at the school, he studied under Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran. This teacher had a unique perspective in teaching. He believed in developing his student’s personality so that the student observed the world with their own eyes and drew from their memories. Even later in his life, Rodin was appreciative of this teacher’s approach.

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Arguably one of the greatest lawmen to ever ride across the plains--and the silver screen--Clint Eastwood is a name that every person knows. He is one of the greatest actors of the past 50 years and has shown us what it means to be a man, both through his characters and his life.

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Albert Schweitzer was known for his work in education, music, philosophy, religion, and other fields. He was raised in a family very devoted to religion, art and education. His father was a protestant minister, and many of his relatives were academics. Schweitzer was born in Germany on January 14, 1875, but he later obtained a French citizenship. He was raised speaking an Alsatian dialect. He is probably best known for earning a Nobel Prize in 1952 in philosophy for his essay entitled “Reverence for Life.”

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Certainly among the first things to come to a person’s mind when he or she contemplates cheetahs are the fastest land mammals on earth and possibly cheesy corn-puff snacks. The name “cheetah” comes from Hindi, and more formerly from Sanskrit and means “variegated” which seems like an understated way to differentiate this particular big cat from other cats. If you are hoping to read more about cheesy corn-puff snacks, perhaps it’s time for a trip to the grocery store.

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Who first comes to mind when you think of the Lakers? Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, or Kobe Bryant? How about George Mikan? Few people remember or even know this name. He is listed among the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and became a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959. George is considered the pioneer not only for the center position but also in an emerging basketball league.

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Within the Cleveland Brown franchise, one player towers above the rest. A running back that faced opposition head-on and at full force. Opposition did not stand a chance against the juggernaut Jim Brown, whom John Mackey, former tight end with the Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers, once recalled as saying, “Make sure when anyone tackles you he remembers how much it hurts.” Brown’s physical prowess was the picture of perfection. Over six feet and 232 pounds of pure violence contained when in repose, which was not often, exploded onto the field as the stoic warrior reacted to every blow he was dealt with a greater and opposite force. Powering through one defensive lineman, then two, and three, it took multiple men piling on to bring him down. After which Brown, like a behemoth resurrected, would rise as though he were pushing the earth down and with each determined step toward the huddle, further demoralize his rivals, who were exhausting themselves only to slow down an inevitable force.

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