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Margaret Mead
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When Margaret Mead died in 1978, she was the most famous anthropologist in the world. Indeed, it was through her work that many people learned about anthropology and its holistic vision of the human species. Mead taught at a number of institutions, authored some twenty books and co-authored an equal number. She was much honored in her lifetime, serving as president of major scientific associations, including the American Anthropological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and she received 28 honorary doctorates. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom following her death in 1978. Mead testified before Congress in favor of the legalization of marijuana on October 27, 1969, and she told Newsweek in 1970 that… Read More
Larry Hagman
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Legal liquor nearly killed him but illegal LSD "took the fear of death from me." Pot and peyote buttons were therapeutic high points, too. Now he's surviving on a mandatory daily diet of 29 prescription pills. Meet Larry Hagman—all over again. The man who played J.R. Ewing has a revelatory new autobiography out titled "Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life." It duly talks about "Dallas" and "I Dream of Jeannie." Those are the easy parts. A life story is more than actors and their roles, though. He had a challenging relationship with his father, attorney Ben Hagman, described as a "two-fisted, drinking, good old Texas boy." And he loathed his stepfather, Richard Halliday, whom Hagman blames… Read More
Michael R. Bloomberg
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Michael R. Bloomberg is the 108th Mayor of the City of New York. He was born on February 14, 1942 to middle class parents in Medford, Massachusetts, where his father was the bookkeeper at a local dairy. Mayor Bloomberg's thirst for information and fascination with technology was evident at an early age, and led him to John Hopkins University, where he parked cars and took out loans to finance his education. After his college graduation, he gained an MBA from Harvard and in the summer of 1966, he was hired by Solomon Brothers to work on Wall Street. He quickly advanced through the ranks, and became a partner in 1972. Soon after, he was supervising all of Salomon's stock trading… Read More
Bob Marley
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Bob Marley was reggae's foremost practitioner and emissary, embodying its spirit and spreading its gospel to all corners of the globe. His extraordinary body of work embraces the stylistic spectrum of modern Jamaican music—from ska to rock steady to reggae—while carrying the music to another level as a social force with universal appeal. Marley cannot claim to have had even one hit single in America, but few others changed the musical and cultural landscape as profoundly as he. As Robert Palmer wrote in a tribute to Marley upon his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, "No one in rock and roll has left a musical legacy that matters more or one that matters in such fundamental ways."… Read More
George Harrison
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He was the diffident Beatle, a quiet and unassuming figure beside the towering egos of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. But, after his innate creativity was allowed to flourish, George Harrison made his own mark as a great songwriter, with works such as Here Comes The Sun, While My Guitar Gently Weeps holding their own beside those of his colleagues. And Something was hailed by Frank Sinatra as "the greatest love song ever written." The son of a bus driver, George Harrison was born in the Hunts Cross area of Liverpool on 25 February 1943. As A Teenager With John & Paul Although his childhood home was a back-to-back-terrace house with an outside toilet, a scholarship to the Liverpool Institute,… Read More
Ken Kesey
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Ken Kesey, the psychedelic pioneer who wrote the 1960s novels, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Sometimes a Great Notion," and who became famous as a counterculture figure leading his LSD-fueled Merry Pranksters on a cross-country bus ride, died Saturday following liver cancer surgery. Kesey died at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon, two weeks after surgery to remove 40 percent of his liver. Kesey, who was 66, "passed away peacefully in his sleep" with his family at his side, according to a nursing supervisor. His liver cancer had been complicated by diabetes and a minor stroke he suffered four years ago. "He's gone too soon and he will leave a big gap. Always the leader, now he… Read More
Elvy Musikka
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Elvy Musikka is a woman in her mid-forties who lives in Hollywood, Florida. This is her story: I am Elvy Musikka. I was born with congenital cataracts, so as a child I had several eye surgeries. Perhaps for this reason I developed glaucoma in my thirties. Within a year a doctor recommended medical marijuana. For over 25 years it has been the most efficient, reliable, and the safest part of my treatment. Unfortunately, fear of the law caused me to make irrational personal decisions, such as having too many surgeries in my right eye. The result? Permanent blindness in that eye. By this time, I was more determined than ever to maintain the limited but stable vision in my left… Read More
Gary Johnson
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Republican Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico has recently spoken out about his belief that the war on drugs has been a failure, and he has proposed the legalization of marijuana. His willingness to challenge the establishment, especially the leadership of his own political party, has stimulated a growing national debate on marijuana policy that was long overdue, and broken the myth of consensus—that all responsible elected officials support marijuana prohibition. Interestingly, when Governor Johnson was first a candidate for governor, he publicly acknowledged that he had smoked marijuana, and that he had also experimented with cocaine. The voters of New Mexico apparently felt his prior drug use was unimportant, as they elected him to two successive terms as their… Read More
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the top-scoring basketball player of all time. Born Lewis Alcindor on April 16, 1947, he grew up in New York City where he led Power Memorial High School's basketball team to a 95-6 record. He was a highly regarded prep and landed on the UCLA Bruins. Alcindor won three consecutive NCAA titles from 1967-1969, leading the Bruins to an 88-2 record. He was also named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player those 3 years, the first and only player to do that. He was also named College Player of the Year by all the major organizations (TSN, AP, UP, USBWA) from 1967-1969. His Collegiate Success, and reputation as perhaps the best College Player of All-Time, translated into… Read More
Anita Hoffman
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Dubbing her the "Queen of the Yippies," the UK's Economist (not exactly a radical publication) had this to say of Anita Hoffman and her husband Abbie: "Perhaps the most famous song of the 1960s was Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are A'Changin'', in which 'senators, congressmen' and others stuck in the past were warned of the 'battle outside raging.' No one fought the battle with more enthusiasm than the Hoffmans, Abbie and Anita." The Hoffmans became the symbols of an era of resistance against racism, capitalism and war. She was born Anita Kushner in New York, to middle-class Jewish parents. Abbie had a similar background. Both had taken courses in psychology. They met at a party and took to each… Read More
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