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When aspiring writer, Zora Neale Hurston, entered Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Restaurant on May 1, 1925, she found the air crackling with excitement. More than 300 well dressed women and men circulated through the room, exchanging gossip, laughing, and nervously sipping cocktails […] Read More


The last of the great statesmen, Winston Churchill, a man of multiple genius, will be fondly remembered as one of the most exasperating figures in history. Before moments of British crisis, he was so frequently right that his ability to foresee future events became a burden to his countrymen. His voice was the voice of […] Read More


“God Bless W.E.”, the note reads, on a piece of slightly crumpled stationery from Belton House. “W.E.” as in Wallis and Edward, soon to be together at last, trapped for all time in the long, sad aftermath of the century’s number one celebrity love affair […] Read More


Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925, in the Bronx, the son of Hungarian immigrants. As a young man he joined the Navy and after being wounded in Guam in World War II, took up acting in New York City. In the late 1940s, Universal Studios signed Curtis and launched him on […] Read More


Professional golfer, born Eldrick Woods on December 30, 1975, in Orlando, Florida. Early on, Tiger’s parents introduced their only child to the sport he has come to dominate, giving him a sawed-off putter to practice with as soon as he could stand up on his own. At the age of 8, he won the first […] Read More


Almost everyone is familiar with the screen characters of Moe, Larry and Curly, and most people know Shemp, Joe Besser and Curly Joe. These six men formed the world’s most loved comedy team, The Three Stooges.This is the other side of the story, the men behind the mayhem. Believe it or not, Moe was not […] Read More


One of our greatest Presidents of the past was born at the foot of the Blue Ridge, near Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1743. Thomas Jefferson set the real American standard of living when at only 33, he penned the Declaration of Independence. “I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of […] Read More


Shuffling about his laboratory at Menlo Park, New Jersey, a shock of hair over one side of his forehead, sharp blue eyes sparkling, stains and chemical burns on his wrinkled clothing, Thomas Edison never looked like a man whose inventions had revolutionized the world in less than a lifetime. Certainly, he never acted like it. […] Read More


Plucking at his mustache, his eyes glancing this way then that, the old lion slips inside the door of a faceless meeting room in an upscale downtown Atlanta hotel, the better to reconnoiter his latest field of battle, The chandelier-lit room brims with young people, male, female, black, white and brown. Almost all of them […] Read More


Steven Foster was perhaps the first American composer to support himself with his music. He wrote many songs for the minstrel shows that were popular at the time, especially the christy minstrels. Altogether, Steven Foster wrote over 200 songs including Oh Susannah, My Old Kentucky Home (the state song of Kentucky), Swanee River (the state […] Read More