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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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David Seth Kotkin was born in Metuchen, New Jersey back in 1956 to Hyman and Rebecca.  He graduated from Metuchen High School in 1974.  During his childhood he attended Camp Harmony, a day camp in nearby Warren, New Jersey.  One of the exercises was to find a guide who’d been kidnapped by Indians. Of course, it was just a game but he was living it.He began practicing magic as a child and was the youngest person admitted to the Society of American Magicians at the age of 12.  By the time he was 16, he was teaching a course in magic at New York University.He enrolled in Fordham University but left after three weeks to play the lead role in the musical The Magic Man, it was the longest-running musical in Chicago’s history.  He had his own TV specials on CBS between 1978-2001. While you may...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Henry Charles Fleeming Jenkin was born earn Dungeness, Kent, England back in 1833 to Charles and Henrietta.  He studied at Jedburgh, Borders then he attended the Edinburgh Academy.  When his father retired in 1847, the family moved to Frankfurt.  Just a year later the family moved to Paris.Later he attended the University of Genoa.  He graduated from there with a M.A. with first-class honors.  In 1856, he was working at Penn’s engineering work in Greenwich as a draughtsman. The following year he was an engineer at R.S. Newall and Company in Gateshead.  In 1861, he left Newall & Company and entered into a partnership with H.C. Forde.  In 1866, he was appointed as professor of engineering at University College, London.  He died in 1885, he was 52.What you may not know about Henry is that ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Katharine Jefferts was born in Pensacola, Florida back in 1954 to Keith and Elaine.  She attended school in New Jersey.  He attended Stanford University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, a Master of Science degree in oceanography and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1983 from the Oregon State University.   Being raised in the Catholic Church, in 1963, her parents took her to the Episcopal Church in New Providence, New Jersey.  In 1979, she married Richard Schori.  In 1994, she earned her Master of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.  What you may not know about Katharine Schori is that she was the first woman elected as a primate in the Anglican Communion. In 2006, she was elected to servea nine-year term as Presiding Bishop another first for women.She retir...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Frederick Grinnell was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts back in 1836.  I have no clue as to his parents, or much of anything until he graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1855.  After graduation, he worked as a draftsman, construction engineer and manager for several railroad companies.In 1881, he patented a device that is still in use to this day.  in 1892, he started his own company the General Fire Extinguisher Co., in Providence, R.I.  that company has been sold to several others companies throughout the years. During his lifetime, he secured 40 patents on the improvement of the first automatic sprinkler system by using a glass disc. Almost all of the automatic sprinkler systems bears his name.  the company is owned now by Simplex.Your day is worthwhile when you ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Emma Sarah Etine Edwards was born in what I can gather in New York.  Where exactly I could not find out to Richard and Emma back in 1856.  She was an American painter and designer.  In 1890, on her way to visit friends she stopped in Boise, Idaho never to leave. In 1891, she started teaching art classes.  That same year she was invited to a competition by then Governor N.B. Willey.  She won the competition and was awarded $100.00 for her entry.Now, you may be asking yourself what did she design that brought her the windfall?  Well I can tell you, for you see she is the only woman to design a state seal for both of which is used not only as the state seal but also used on the Flag of Idaho.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a smile today  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Samuel Glenn Fuqua was born in Laddonia, Missouri back in 1899. He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1919. After graduation, he served on the destroyer USS Macdonough and the battleship USS Mississippi. From shore duty at San Francisco, California he was the commanding officer of the minesweeper USS Bittern in the Asiatic Fleet from 1937-39. From 1942 he served on the cruiser USS Tuscaloosa being promoted to commander. In 1943, he was assigned to duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba later attending the Naval War College. He retired from service in 1953, retiring to Decatur, Georgia where he died in 1987. What you may not know about Rear Admiral Samuel Glenn Fuqua is that he was aboard the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941. When the Japanese attacked he was knocked unconscious by a bomb f...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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John Fowler was born in Melksham, Wiltshire, England back in 1826. When he left school, he worked for a local corn merchant. However, in 1847 he joined an engineering firm in Middlesbrough where he was working with steam locomotives and winding machines. In 1849, on a business trip to Ireland during the potato famine he noticed something that he worked on for the remainder of his short life. He demonstrated his invention at the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 1854, and as they say the rest is history. In 1856, he received a patent for his invention. His work took a toll on his health. He was advised to take some time off and he retired to Ackworth, England to recuperate. While on a hunting trip he fell sustaining a compound fracture to his arm. As a result, he developed tetanus...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Sylvia Olga Fedoruk was born in Canora, Saskatchewan back in 1927 to Theodore and Annie. Her father was a school teacher, she attended the one room schoolhouse in Wroxton. She attended the University of Saskatchewan receiving a Bachelor of Arts in physics and her M.A. in 1951.She was the chief medical physicist at the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic. She also was a professor of oncology and associate member in physics at the University of Saskatchewan. She was a past president of the Canadian Ladies Curling Association. In 1986, she was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. In 2009, she was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.What you may not know about Sylvia is that she was the first woman member of the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada. She was also involved in the...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Theodore Thaddeus Ellis was born in St. Louis, Missouri back in 1867 to John and Mary. As a teen, he worked as an apprentice becoming a pressman in 1886. He joined the United States Navy serving three years before being discharged. He worked for the Brockton Enterprise in Massachusetts and the Boston Herald.He saw a need to improve the printing process, he started working on a project, his employer at the time the Worcester Telegram give him the ultimatum, either work or resign. After his resignation he developed several inventions, but the most notable one was the “press blanket”, what we now call offset printing. It is still in use to this day. With his earnings, he bought The Worcester Evening Gazette. With Frank Knox, he bought joint control of the Chicago Daily News. He died in Lon...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Andrew W. Houston was born in Acton, Massachusetts back in 1983. He graduated from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in the 1990’s. He continued his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduating with a degree in Computer Science. After graduation, he worked for Bit9, a cybersecurity company Accolade and HubSpot.In 2007, he co-founded a small company you may have heard of Dropbox. He owns 24.4 percent of the voting power in Dropbox, his current worth is $2.2 billion. I wonder if he would like to buy some property in NW Arkansas? Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a smile today
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Robert Digges Wimberly Connor was born in Wilson, North Carolina back in 1878 to Henry and Kate. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1899. In 1907, he was placed in charge of the North Carolina Historical Commission. He lobbied the North Carolina General Assembly for a building and funding for what would later become the State Archives of North Carolina. He served as the first state archivist of North Carl=olina from 1907 to 1921.In 1921, he was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a position he held until 1934. He died in 1950, he was 71.What you may not know about Robert is that in 1934 President Franklin Roosevelt appointed him to head the National Archives of the United States, making him the first American historian, a pos...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Emily Winifred Dickson was born in Tyone, Ireland back in 1866 to Thomas and Elizabeth. Her mother was sick for most of her childhood so she nursed her for over a year after school. She was educated at the Mrs. Byers’ Ladies Collegiate school in Belfast. At the time women were not allowed to attend Trinity College, Dublin however in 1887 she was accepted to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.By 1891, she had achieved her license with a Bachelor of Medicine with honors. After graduation, she was awarded a travelling scholarship by the Royal University of Ireland spending six months in Vienna and Berlin. She practiced gynecology for the Richmond, Whitworth and Hardwick Hospital in Dublin from 1895 to 1898. She married Robert Martin in 1899, thus ending her practice of medicine until...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Maria Dalle was born just outside Bologna, Italy back in 1778 to a peasant family. She was raised and educated by one of her uncles (his name is lost to history). She studied medicine at the University of Bologna. In 1800, she published three scientific papers, on anatomy, physiology and midwifery.In 1832, she became Director of the Department of Midwifery at the University of Bologna. She died in 1842, she was 54.What you may not know about Maria Dalle Donne is that she was the first female doctor in Italy and the second woman to become a member of the Ordine dei Benedettini Accademici Pensionati (Order of Retired Academic Benedictines). I know this one is short but that’s all the information I could find about her.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gi...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Wallace H. Coulter was born in Little Rock, Arkansas back in 1913. He graduated from high school in McGehee, Arkansas going to Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, then onto the Georgia Institute of Technology. From the time, he graduated until he received his U.S. patent #2,656,508 in 1953, I don’t have any information about him.Wallace and his bother incorporated Coulter Corporation in 1958 relocating operations to Hialeah, Florida in 1961. That corporation was bought out by Beckman Instruments, Inc., now known as Beckman Coulter, Inc. He died in 1998.What you may not know about Wallace is that he held 85 patents that first one was for the Coulter principle. That principle is still used to this day, it provides a method for counting and sizing microscopic particles suspended in fl...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Aeneas Coffey was born circa 1780 in Dublin or Wicklow, Ireland. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. From 1799-1800 he worked as a gauger (one who inspects dutiable bulk goods). By 1813, he was appointed sub-commissioner of Inland Excise and Taxes for the district of Drogheda. By 1818, he was Acting Inspector General of Excise for the whole of Ireland, two years later he was promoted to Inspector General of Excise in Dublin, Ireland. In 1823, he was asked by the government to help them with drafting the Excise Act. The Excise Act of 1823 was approved, it sanctioned the distilling of whiskey in return for a license of £ 10 and a set payment per gallon of whiskey.He retired from service in 1824.What you may not know about Aeneas is that he was also an inventor. He patented his own...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Sorry no post, except for this one blimp today.  Mother Nature, in her fury came a calling yesterday, right in the pathway to keep me from getting home.I did make it to Chicago from Cary NC.  Our flight was delayed then delayed again.  Of course that caused a ripple effect which caused my connecting flight home to be delayed.  Trouble was the ship to fly me home came in around midnight with an exhausted crew.The airport provides cots for just that sort of thing.  I found me one and was out in 2 minutes if that.  Three hours later the clean up crew came a calling.  Today, is going to be a very long day.I'll great it as I do every day, with a smile on my face.  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Thaddeus Cahill was born somewhere in Iowa (exact location unknown) back in 1867. I don’t have a lot of information (none) about his parents or early upbringing.  What I can tell you about his is that he studied physics of music at Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio.  He worked as a clerk for Congress in Washington, D.C. to pay for his college studies.   In 1889, he graduated from Columbian Law School.After graduation, he established a laboratory at Holyoke with his brother Arthur.  It was there that he invented something that is still in use to this day (more on that in a moment).    His invention weighed in at a hefty 7 tones with a price tag of @200,000.00 which is equivalent to $5,514,000.00 today.  With the price tag only three were built, thus his vision was never fully impleme...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Jill Elaine Brown as born in Baltimore, Maryland back in 1950. By the age of 11 she was driving a forklift at her father’s construction business and at 17 started taking flying lessons. Graduating from Arundel High School she enrolled at the University of Maryland studying economics. Afterwards she worked as a teacher, but that was not to be. She joined the US Navy in 1974 for flight training.The US Military was not to her liking either so she was honorably discharged after only six months. By her own admission she stated that she couldn’t “keep her mouth shut”, making some major mistakes. What you may not know about Jill is that she was the first African-American woman to become a pilot for a major American passenger airline. In 1978, she joined the Texas International Airlines. She le...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Louis Brennan was born in Castlebar, Ireland back in 1852. The family moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1861. His career started out as a watchmaker, serving as a sergeant in the Victorian Engineers. It was during that time that he invented something that will forever place him in the history books (more on that in a moment).He took his invention to England in 1880 to the War Office. The War Office bought his patent for 100,000.00 pounds (equal to 9,987,200.00) in today’s money. He also worked on a monorail locomotive that was kept upright by a gyrostat. The system was never put into use because of the fear the gyrostat would fail. He also spent a great amount of time working on the invention of a helicopter but could never figure it out.He married Anna in 1892. What you may not know abo...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Bessie Blount Griffin was born in Hickory, Virginia back in 1914. She attended Diggs Chapel Elementary School. After graduation, she attended Community Kennedy Memorial Hospital’s nursing program in Newark, New Jersey where she obtained her Nursing Degree. She continued her education at Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene in East Orange, New Jersey and became a physical therapist.She worked at the Bronx hospital in New York. While there she invented several things that assisted in the veteran’s returning home from WWII. Her first invention was an electric self-feeding apparatus to help amputees feed themselves. All the amputee would need to do is to bite on a tube, the food would dispense to the mouthpiece one bite of food. The United States was not interested in it so she ...

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