Extra Credit Jon George Mrs. Dvorak College Success December 1st 2011 Babe Ruth – The homerun king for ages was Babe Ruth. He played for the New York Yankees. In his earlier years he was a right handed pitcher in the MLB but switched to a hitter. He is now 3rd on the all time homerun list behind Hank Aaron who is second and Barry Bonds. Babe Ruth was born in Pigtown, Baltimore. Michael Jordan – In the eyes of many people Michael Jordan was the best basketball player in the world. He played for the Chicago bulls winning 7 NBA titles.
He played in minor leagues of the MLB trying to follow in his father’s foot steps. He returned to basketball shortly after trying out his baseball career. Michael Jordan was born in the rough streets of Brooklyn New York. Lance Armstrong – Tour de France first overall finalist is know other then Lance Armstrong. Lance is a very out standing individual who has battled cancer and continually fought against it and returned to Bicycling after is recovery. Lance is a remarkable human being he is looked up to by lots of people in world for his heroic accomplishments.
Lance was born in the southern sector of Dallas, Texas. Walt Disney – was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist, well-known for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. Along with his brother Roy O. Disney, he was co-founder of Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois. Mark McGwire – For his career, McGwire averaged a home run once every 10. 1 at bats, the lowest at bats per home run ratio in baseball history. In 1987, he broke the single-season home run record for rookies, with 49. In 1998, McGwire achieved national fame for their home run-hitting prowess in pursuit of Roger Maris’ single season home run record; McGwire broke the record and hit 70 home runs that year. McGwire was born in Pomona, California. Carl Louis – is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals including 9 gold, and 10 World Championships medals, of which 8 were gold.
His career spanned from 1979 when he first achieved a world ranking to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired. Lewis became an actor and has appeared in a number of films. Lewis was born in Walnut, Kansas. Jerry Seinfield – is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and television and film producer, known for playing a semi-fictional version of himself in the sit com Seinfield (1989–1998), which he co-created and co-wrote with Larry David, and, in the show’s final two seasons, co-executive-produced. He is considered, by many stand-up comedians, to be one of the best of all time.
Jerrin was born in Brooklyn, New York. Elvis Presley – (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King”. Elvis was born in Tuelpo, Mississippi. Lucille Ball – (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedian, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film and television executive, and star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life With Lucy.
One of the most popular and influential stars in the United States during her lifetime, with one of Hollywood’s longest careers, especially on television, Ball began acting in the 1930s. Lucy was born in Jamestown, New York. Robin Williams – is an American actor and comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork and Mindy, and later stand-up comedy work, Williams has performed in many feature films since 1980. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting.
He has also won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards. Robin was born in Mississippi. Charles Darwain – (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection. Charles was born in Shrewsberry Shropshire into a wealthy and well connected family.
Henry Ford – (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with “Fordism”: mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Henry Ford was born in Green field Township near Detroit.
Isaac Newton – (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1727 [ 4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727] was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian, who has been considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived. He was born in England. Pablo Picasso – (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. He is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.
Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. He was born in Malaga Spain. Giacomo Puccini -22 December 1858 – 29 November 1924) was an Italian composer whose operas, including La boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot, are among the most frequently performed in the standard repertoire. Some of his arias, such as “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi, “Che gelida manina” from La boheme, and “Nessun dorma” from Turandot, have become part of popular culture.
He was born in Corte San Lorenz. Leonardo da Vinci – (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519, Old Style) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. He was born in Italy. Spike Lee – (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres ; A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.
Lee’s movies have examined race relations, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Lee has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award. He has also received two Academy Award nominations. Spike Lee was born in Atlanta, GA. Richard Nelson Bolles – is a former Episcopal clergyman, and the author of the best-selling job-hunting book, What Color is Your Parachute?. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Alan Page – Is a justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1963, received his B. A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967, and received his J. D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. He was born in Canton, Ohio. Joe Paterno – is a former college football coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for 46 years from 1966 through 2011. Paterno, nicknamed “JoePa,” holds the record for the most victories by an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football coach with 409 and is the only FBS coach to reach 400 victories.
He was born in Brookyln, New York. Oscar Hammerstein – (July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was an American librettist, theatrical producer, and theatre director of musicals for almost forty years. Hammerstein won eight Tony Awards and was twice awarded an Academy Award for “Best Original Song”. Many of his songs are standard repertoire for singers and jazz musicians. He co-wrote 850 songs. Hammerstein was the lyricist and playwright in his partnerships; his collaborators wrote the music. Oscar was born in Stettin, Prussia.
Jamie Escalante – (December 31, 1930 — March 30, 2010) was a Bolivian educator well-known for teaching students calculus from 1974 to 1991 at Garfield High School, East Los Angeles, California. Escalante was the subject of the 1988 film Stand and Deliver, in which he is portrayed by Edward James Olmos. Jamie was born in La Paz, Bolivia. Edwin Land – (May 7, 1909 – March 1, 1991) was an American scientist and inventor, best known as the co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. Among other things, he invented inexpensive filters for polarizing light, a practical system of in-camera instant photography, and his retinex theory of color vision.
His Polaroid instant camera, which went on sale in late 1948, made it possible for a picture to be taken and developed in 60 seconds or less. Edwin was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Igor Stravinsky – He is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and influential composers of 20th century music. He was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the century. He became a naturalized French citizen in 1934 and a naturalized US citizen in 1945. In addition to the recognition he received for his compositions, he achieved fame as a pianist and a conductor, often at the premieres of his works.
Igor was born in Russia. Albert Einstein – (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics and one of the most prolific intellects in human history. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”. The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory within physics. Mr. Einstein was born in Germany.