Born Frank Morrison Spillane in Brooklyn, New York. Nicknamed “Mickey” by his father, an Irish-American Bartender. Spillane was best known for his Mike Hammer series of detective novels. He became one of the highest selling authors of his era beginning with his first novel – I, The Jury.
Long Before “Bono” or “Madonna” there was a star known simply by his first name: Michelangelo, so known by his first name only – answering a question in a quiz about his last name would sure to stump most people. Answers: Michealangelo Buonarroti, Paul David Hewson and Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, now South Africa, to Arthur and Mabel Tolkien. The Tolkiens were English by nationality but had recently moved to the region as Arthur, a bank employee, pursued a lucrative career opportunity. In any event, the African climate was hard on Mabel Tolkien, […]
William Haines was Hollywood’s first openly gay leading man. In many ways he was well ahead of curent cultural norms by being in a well known “Marriage” with his partner of 50 years Jimmie Shields. A leading man, he came into stardom in 1926’s “Tell it to the Marines” with Lon Chaney and also opposite […]
Bobby Fischer was America’s first World Chess Champion. A prodigy and an American champion since the age of 13, Fischer’s Championship years were highlighted by the largest gaps in scoring ever. Essentially there were no other players even within his league. Sadly Fischer declined his status and virtually disappeared as he continued a growing hatred of both his Country – America and his own Jewish ethicity. It seemed his brilliance in Game Theory was so great that it left some gaping voids within his basic social abilities.
Leroy Gordon Cooper was one of the original seven astronauts in Project Mercury. Born in Oklahoma, one can not forget the raucus portrayal of him by Dennis Quaid in the movie “the right stuff” written by Tom Wolfe. Cooper served in the Marines in 1945-46 prior to joining the space program. Forever known in UFO chronicles as one of the few astronauts brave enough to publicly mention his several encounters with “saucer-type” craft. Gordon Cooper passed away from heart problems and complications from Parkinsons.