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  1. Josh Radnor

    Josh Radnor


    Joshua Thomas "Josh" Radnor (born July 29, 1974) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for portraying Ted Mosby on the popular Emmy Award-winning CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. He made his writing and directorial debut with the 2010 comedy drama film Happythankyoumoreplease, for which he won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. In 2012, he wrote, directed and starred in his second film, Liberal Arts, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In 2014 he starred as Isaac in the Broadway play Disgraced, which earned a Tony Award for Best Play nomination. Radnor is now working on a show called Mercy Street PBS, which he is currently filming.

  2. Paul Newman

    Paul Newman


    Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver and team owner; he was also an environmentalist, activist, and philanthropist. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his performance in the 1986 film The Color of Money, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. Despite being colorblind, he won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing.

  3. Allison Janney

    Allison Janney


    Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress. A seven-time Primetime Emmy Award winner for her television work, her first four Emmy wins were for her role as C.J. Cregg on the NBC drama The West Wing (1999–2006). In 2014, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Margaret Scully on the Showtime series Masters of Sex. In 2014 and 2015, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Bonnie Plunkett on the CBS sitcom Mom.

  4. Jonathan Winters

    Jonathan Winters


    Jonathan Harshman Winters III (November 11, 1925 – April 11, 2013) was an American comedian, actor, author, and artist. Beginning in 1960, Winters recorded many classic comedy albums for the Verve Records label. He also had records released every decade for over 50 years, receiving 11 nominations for Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album during his career and winning a Grammy Award for Best Album for Children for his contribution to an adaptation of The Little Prince in 1975 and the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album for Crank(y) Calls in 1996.

  5. Frank Dicopoulos

    Frank Dicopoulos


    Frank Dicopoulos (born January 3, 1957) is an American actor. He is the oldest of three children. Dicopoulos played the role of Frank Achilles Cooper Jr. on Guiding Light, a character he has played since 1987, until the show's cancellation on September 18, 2009.

  6. John Sharian

    John Sharian


    John Sharian is an American actor whose film credits include The Machinist and Saving Private Ryan and whose television credits include CSI: Miami and Spooks.

  7. Nick Bakay

    Nick Bakay


    Nicholas "Nick" Bakay (/bəˈk/ bə-KY; born October 8, 1959) is an American writer, actor, voice actor, comedian and sportscaster. He is known as the voice of Salem Saberhagen on ABC/The WB's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Sabrina: The Animated Series, and Norbert Beaver on The Angry Beavers. He played Karl on the Fox series 'Til Death as well as serving as a producer of the show until it was canceled by Fox.

  8. Bill Veeck

    Bill Veeck


    William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr. (/ˈvɛk/; February 9, 1914 – January 2, 1986), also known as "Sport Shirt Bill", was a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a franchise owner and promoter in Major League Baseball. Veeck was at various times the owner of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox. As owner and team president of the Indians in 1947, Veeck signed Larry Doby and thus successfully integrated the American League. Veeck was the last owner to purchase a baseball franchise without an independent fortune, and is responsible for many innovations and contributions to baseball.

  9. Rutherford B. Hayes

    Rutherford B. Hayes


    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (October 4, 1822 – January 17, 1893) was the 19th President of the United States (1877–1881). As president, he oversaw the end of Reconstruction, began the efforts that led to civil service reform, and attempted to reconcile the divisions left over from the Civil War and Reconstruction.

  10. Jay Cocks

    Jay Cocks


    Jay Cocks (born John C. Cocks, Jr.; January 12, 1944) is an American film critic and motion picture screenwriter. He is a graduate of Kenyon College. He was a critic for Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other magazines, before shifting to screenplay writing. He is married to actress Verna Bloom.

  11. William H. Gass

    William H. Gass


    William Howard Gass (born July 30, 1924) is an American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and former philosophy professor. He has written three novels, three collections of short stories, a collection of novellas, and seven volumes of essays, three of which have won National Book Critics Circle Award prizes and one of which, A Temple of Texts (2006), won the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. His 1995 novel The Tunnel received the American Book Award. His 2013 novel Middle C won the 2015 William Dean Howells Medal.

  12. John Green

    John Green


    John Michael Green (born August 24, 1977) is an American author of young adult fiction, YouTube video blogger (vlogger) and creator of online educational videos. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and his sixth novel, The Fault in Our Stars, debuted at number 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in January 2012. The 2014 film adaptation opened at #1 at the box office. In 2014, Green was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Another film based on a Green novel, Paper Towns, was released on July 24, 2015.

  13. Geri Coleman Tucker

    Geri Coleman Tucker


    Geri Coleman Tucker is a prominent African American journalist who has held key editing and reporting roles at USA Today, Gannett News Service, the Detroit Free Press and the Akron Beacon Journal. A graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, she also writes Asperger Ascent, a blog for young adults on the autism spectrum. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she now resides in Springfield, Va. She is married to Michael A. Tucker and has one child.

  14. Adam Davidson

    Adam Davidson


    Adam Davidson (born August 13, 1964) is an American actor and television director from Los Angeles, California. Davidson has appeared in the following films, The Day Trippers, A Match Made in Heaven, Návrat ztraceného ráje (aka Return to Paradise Lost), Way Past Cool, Nature Boy and Pop Life. In addition to acting, Davidson has also directed for several television programs which include: Community, Lost, Deadwood, Grey's Anatomy, Six Feet Under and Fringe. He is the son of acclaimed American theatre producer and director Gordon Davidson.

  15. Laura Hillenbrand

    Laura Hillenbrand


    Laura Hillenbrand (born May 15, 1967) is an American author of books and magazine articles.

  16. Bill Watterson

    Bill Watterson


    William Boyd "Bill" Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) is an American cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. Watterson stopped drawing Calvin and Hobbes at the end of 1995 with a short statement to newspaper editors and his readers that he felt he had achieved all he could in the medium. Watterson is known for his negative views on licensing and comic syndication and his move back into private life after he was done drawing Calvin and Hobbes. Watterson was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, whose suburban Midwestern United States setting was part of the inspiration for Calvin and Hobbes.

  17. Olof Palme

    Olof Palme


    Sven Olof Joachim Palme (Swedish: Olof Palme; 30 January 1927 – 28 February 1986) was a Swedish Social Democratic politician, statesman and prime minister. A longtime protégé of Prime Minister Tage Erlander, Palme led the Swedish Social Democratic Party SAP from 1969 until his assassination in 1986, and was a two-term Prime Minister of Sweden, heading a Privy Council Government from 1969 to 1976 and a cabinet government from 1982 until his death. Electoral defeats in 1976 and 1979 marked the end of Social Democratic hegemony in Swedish politics, which had seen 40 years of unbroken rule by the party. While leader of opposition, he parted domestic and international interests and served as special mediator of the United Nations in the Iran–Iraq War, but returned to power as Prime Minister after electoral victories in 1982 and 1985.

  18. Justin Roberts (musician)

    Justin Roberts (musician)


    Justin Roberts is a Chicago-based American singer-songwriter of children’s music. He performs with the Not Ready for Naptime Players. His album Jungle Gym was nominated in the "Best Musical Album for Children" category at the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011.

  19. Karl Edward Wagner

    Karl Edward Wagner


    Karl Edward Wagner (12 December 1945 – 14 October 1994) was an American writer, poet, editor and publisher of horror, science fiction, and heroic fantasy, who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and originally trained as a psychiatrist. He wrote numerous dark fantasy and horror stories. As an editor, he created a three-volume set of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian fiction restored to its original form as written, and edited the long-running and genre-defining Year's Best Horror and Fantasy series. His Carcosa publishing house issued four volumes of the best stories by some of the major figures of the Golden Age pulps. He is possibly best known for his creation of the long-running series of stories featuring Kane, the Mystic Swordsman.

  20. Caleb Carr

    Caleb Carr


    Caleb Carr (born August 2, 1955) is an American novelist and military historian.

  21. William Rehnquist

    William Rehnquist


    William Hubbs Rehnquist (October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American lawyer, jurist, and political figure who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and later as the 16th Chief Justice of the United States. Considered a conservative, Rehnquist favored a conception of federalism that emphasized the Tenth Amendment's reservation of powers to the states. Under this view of federalism, the Supreme Court of the United States, for the first time since the 1930s, struck down an Act of Congress as exceeding its power under the Commerce Clause.

  22. John Rinka

    John Rinka


    John Rinka (born October 4, 1948) is an American former college basketball player best known for his high–scoring offensive ability and accurate jump shot while at Kenyon College from 1966 to 1970. A 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) shooting guard, Rinka is in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) top ten in all–time scoring despite playing before the advent of the three–point line and the shot clock. He once scored 69 points in a single game, which is tied for the 21st–highest single game output in NCAA history; his 41.0 points per game average in 1969–70 as well as his 3,251 career points are also the eighth–highest average and total, respectively, in NCAA history.

  23. John W. Snow

    John W. Snow


    John William Snow (born August 2, 1939) was the CEO of CSX Corporation, and served as the 73rd United States Secretary of the Treasury under U.S. President George W. Bush. He replaced Secretary Paul O'Neill on February 3, 2003 and was succeeded by Henry Paulson on July 3, 2006, in a move that had been anticipated. Snow submitted a letter of resignation on May 30, 2006, effective "after an orderly transition period for my successor." Snow announced on Thursday, June 29, 2006 that he had completed his last day on the job; Robert Kimmitt served as acting secretary until Paulson was sworn in.

  24. E.L. Doctorow

    E.L. Doctorow


    Edgar Lawrence "E. L." Doctorow (born January 6, 1931) is an American author. He is known internationally for his unique works of historical fiction.

  25. Carl Djerassi

    Carl Djerassi


    Carl Djerassi (October 29, 1923 – January 30, 2015) was an Austrian-born Bulgarian-American chemist, novelist, and playwright best known for his contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills.

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