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Aug
31
Don Hutson - One of Football's Greatest

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Don Hutson, the man with the hands that could catch any ball. The man was the flash in the blink of an eye as he passed opponents with his then newly developed pass routes. No one dared blink while Hutson was on the field, lest they lose the game. Hutson was the first to be consid-ered the modern wide receiver for his invention of modern pass routes that are still widely used today. And even though today Hutson is heralded to as a legendary player, in the beginning many NFL teams had their doubts about because of his size and thin appearance. He was 6-1 and weighed only 183 pounds. He looked fragile and didn’t give an intimidating aura, but those doubts would soon be crushed.


Don Huts...


Aug
24
Bob Pettit - One of Basketball's Greatest

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On December 12, 1932 in the midst of the greatest financial crisis in history, Bob Pettit entered this world. Pettit was reared in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a youth with a passion, he tried out for his high school’s basketball team as a freshman only to receive the disappointing news that he would not be joining the squad that year. Discouraged, he was forced to wait another year to get another shot at donning a Baton Rouge High jersey. As a sophomore, Pettit again showed up to the basketball tryouts. His second attempt at the basketball team reopened his wound as he was cut from the team once again.


After two years of rejection, Pettit’s father took it upon himself to encourage...


Aug
17
John Adams - President

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John Adams’s ancestors were Puritans, members of a religious group that fled England to have a chance to practice their own faith. They believed in being a “city on a hill,” or an example to people around them. John Adams, who was born as the oldest of three sons in the Massachusetts Bay colony in 1735, would inherit this legacy and serve as an example for many citizens of the United States.


John believed in the moral code handed down to him by his ancestors, a code of hard work and integrity. He felt an obligation to live up to that legacy. Though John’s family wasn’t especially rich, he recognized the value of education and worked hard to be accepted into Ha...


Aug
10
Batman - One of the Greatest Movies

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This film series is based on the DC Comics character, Batman. The storyline, written by David Goyer, drew its inspiration mostly from the comic books stories The Man Who Falls, Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Long Halloween. The films were directed by Christopher Nolan and starred Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne. Nolan ultimately chose Bale because, “He ha[d] exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for.” This was important as the actor conceptualized the part in four separate personalities. He wanted to portray the angry Batman persona, along with the shallow playboy, the young man seeking revenge, and the older, more complicated Bruce Wayne trying to fin...


Aug
03
The Grateful Dead - One of Rock's Greatest

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Success does not have to be measured with number one hits, or even numerous album releases (although they did manage to sell 35 million albums, worldwide). In the case of the Grateful Dead, the success came from the adoration of their fans, and the band’s unique sound. The fans named their community the Deadheads and in doing so, they brought a lot of different people together to celebrate music that they all enjoyed. The Grateful Dead stand out from any other band with their unique style of music, which combined what is known as psychedelic rock, with blues, country, reggae, jazz and folk music into a sound all their own.


The Grateful Dead had humble beginnings and started when five ...


Jul
27
A.T. Stewart - One of the Wealthiest

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When a baby is born, the baby will be surrounded by all of its family members full of smiles on their faces no matter what the baby does. It is a very pure beginning moment of a person’s life. Alexander Turney Stewart (A.T. Stewart) was born into a great caring family in Lisburn, Ireland on October 12, 1803. His Scottish Protestant parents were smiling at Stewart’s face. For A.T. Stewart, the smiling should have lasted on his face for a long time. However, Three weeks after his birth, Stewart’s father died of tuberculosis. One can only imagine how many different emotions his wife had to deal with at that the time with a new baby boy--unaware of the tragedy—that woul...


Jul
20
Walter Johnson - One of Baseball's Greatest

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Walter Perry Johnson, commonly referred to as “Big Train” for his large stature and fast pitches, was born as the second of six children to Frank and Minnie Johnson on November 6, 1887 in Humboldt, Kansas. His childhood years were spent in rural isolation on his family farm. He found that living in the country away from the hubbub of city life he was able to learn more about himself. He liked the solitude of country living so much that in between baseball seasons he and his wife Hazel would return to their own working farm in Coffeyville, Kansas.


While his roots were in Middle America, Walter did not develop his love and aptitude for baseball there. At the age of fourteen, Walter...


Jul
13
Sports - Hockey

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Games using a stick and a ball have been enjoyed by people for thousands of years. However, finding that sort of recreation in cold, icy climates can be difficult for anyone. Being limited by temperature, people began to play versions of field hockey in the fields of European countries. Later, when British soldiers settled in areas of Canada, they adapted their form of field hockey to be played on the ice and snow that was so prevalent in the colder areas of the country. Since the introduction of ice hockey, the sport’s popularity has thrived in North American countries (Particularly Canada and the United States), and is now a part of the winter Olympics. The following are 6 lessons ...


Jul
06
Claude Monet - One of the Greatest Artists

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Claude Monet was one of the most influential painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Paris in 1840, Monet studied art at an early age. He started creating caricatures of local figures and politicians and selling them when he was 10. He began taking private art lessons with Eugène Boudin, studying oil painting and plein air techniques. Monet spent a great deal of time on the beaches of Normandy, painting and experimenting with different techniques. It was here that he met and befriended fellow artists including Édouard Manet, who would go on to become an influential artist in his own right. Monet has often been credited with founding the Impressionist movem...


Jun
29
Audrey Hepburn - Movie Star

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We are all familiar with one of Hollywood’s most famous and beautiful smiles. Audrey Hepburn blessed us (yes, that’s the correct term) with her acting for decades, starring in some of the most influential films throughout history. Though she passed away back in 1993, it seems that we are still reminded of the power of her films on a daily basis. And not just her films, many people have her picture on the wall, they read about her life, and some even have magazines that featured her.


But what was it about her that made her so significant? As we stated earlier, it’s hard to think that a Hollywood star could teach us life and business lessons. But her influence reached well be...