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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom” – Roald Dahl Roald Dahl Biography Children of all ages from every point on the globe know at least one story by Roald Dahl. Over the course of three decades, he wrote 19 children’s books and earned a reputation as one of the greatest storytellers ...

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Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd

“I never fail to feel let down when I see myself on the screen” – Alan Ladd Alan Ladd Biography By 1964, Alan Ladd was an American institution. The definition of icy-cool stoicism packed into a slight 5’7” frame, Ladd personified the archetypal movie tough guy. Not bad for a malnourished kid from Arkansas. The only child of Ina Raleigh ...

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Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche

“I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself” – Ferdinand Porsche Ferdinand Porsche Biography Roads all over the world would look very different if not for an engineer from Germany. Ferdinand Porsche was a visionary in his time, with an active hand in developing the Mercedes compressor car, the first designs of the Volkswagen, ...

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Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano

“Why waltz with a guy for ten rounds if you can knock him out in one?” – Rocky Marciano Rocky Marciano Biography The eye of the tiger burned brighter in the body of the 190lb heavyweight prizefighter from Brockton, Massachusetts than almost any other fighter in history. Born on September 1, 1923, Rocky Marciano was thought to be too short ...

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H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft

“The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination.” – H. P. Lovecraft H. P. Lovecraft Biography Born on the 20th August 1890, H. P. Lovecraft was a poet and pulp fiction writer who lived and died in near-literary obscurity and poverty.  His life was brief, filled with physical and mental illness, personal ...

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Alexander Fleming

Alexander Fleming

“One sometimes finds what one is not looking for” – Alexander Fleming Alexander Fleming Biography If you’ve ever been prescribed penicillin for a cold or another virus, then you have Alexander Fleming to thank.  He is considered the father of modern antibiotics, even though his discovery was made almost completely by accident! Alexander Fleming, or Alec to his family, was ...

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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know” – Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong Biography Considered the most important improviser in jazz, Louis Armstrong taught the world to swing. Fondly known as “Satchmo” which was short for “Satchelmouth,” referring to the size of his mouth, or “Pops,” Armstrong was an unassuming jazz master whose sense of humor and ...

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