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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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August Uno Lamm was born in Gothenbury, Sweden back in 1904 to Fredrik and Aino.  He obtained his master’s degree at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 1927.  He had a short time in compulsory military service, he joined the General Swedish Electrical Limited Company.In 1929, he was made manager of the project to develop a high-voltage mercury arc valve.  In 1943 he obtained his Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology.  It took twenty years of development work to produce a valve with then necessary rating for HVDC (high-voltage direct current).  He died in1989, he was 85.What you may not know about August is that he is considered “The Father of High Voltage Direct Current” power transmission.  In 1955, he was made head of the General Swedish Electrical Limited Co...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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K'ung Te-ch'eng was born in Oufu, Shandong back in 1920 to Kong and Wang.  Shortly after his birth he was appointed Duke Yansheng by President Xu Shichang in accordance to tradition.  He was the last man to be granted the title when the title was abolished by the Nationalist Government in 1935.When the Japanese invasion of China took place, he fled to Hankou.  The Japanese offered him the ruler of China, however he denied that statement.  He was a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of China from 1946 to 1991.  He helped draft the 1947 Constitution of the Republic of China.  He was a senior adviser to the Preside of the Republic of China from 1948 to 2000.  He died in 2008, he was 88.What you may not know about K'ung, is that he was the 77th generational descendant of Confuc...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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John Henry Knight was born in Farnham, Surrey, England back in 1847 to John and Mary.  His father died when he was nine, but bequeathed him “The Anchor Inn, in Normandy when he was twenty-one.  In 1851, he was training as an engineer, where he developed an enthusiasm for steam powered transportation.He opened up his own engineering works on West Street Farnham.  In 1895, he was issued a citation by the Superintendent of Police for using a locomotive without a license.  He was fined half a crown in a hearing later that month.  His invention is currently on display at the National Motor Museum.If you haven’t figured out by now John invented Britain’s first gasoline-powered motor vehicle.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
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Gregory Dimitri Gadson was born in Chesapeake, Virginia back in 1966. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York graduating in 1989. He hold a master’s degree from Webster University and another master’s degree from Georgetown University. You can tell he is way beyond me. Anyway, he is also a graduate from the Command and General Staff College and the Advanced Field Artillery Officers Course. He was deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was Chief of Operations for North, Bosnia-Herzegovina. In May 2007, while returning from a memorial service for two soldiers from his brigade, he was injured by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, losing both of his legs and his right arm. What you may not know about Gregory is that he was also in the movie Battleship and the amp...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Evaristo Conrado Engelberg was born in Piracicaba, San Paulo, Empire of Brazil back in 1853 to German immigrants. In 1885, he was constructing a water wheel when he noticed something that changed his life forever. He patented his invention with his partner Earl Siciliano opening up for business in Piracicaba.In 1890, he was appointed a member of the Parisian Academy of Inventors and awarded a gold medal for his invention. In 1888, he opened up his first manufacturing plant in the United States, that company is still in operation today. His invention with improvements of course is still in demand throughout the world.Now you may be asking yourself what did Evaristo invent, well he invented the huller. It is a machine used to remove the chaff (the outer husks) of rice and coffee beans. It...
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Henry Talmage “Hammerin’ Hank” Elrod was born in Turner County, Georgia back in 1905. He attended the University of Georgia and Yale before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1927. He spent a year at the Marine Corps Basic School in Philadelphia as a student aviator. In 1935, he earned his wings and was transferred to the Marine Corps Base Quantico serving until 1938 as the squadron’s school personnel and welfare officer.On December 4, 1941, he flew to Wake Island. Just 8 days later he became the first man to sink a warship, the Japanese destroyer Kisaragi. After the destruction of all the U.S. on Wake Island he organized the remaining troops into a beach defense unit which repulsed repeated Japanese attacks. He was killed in action on December 23, 1941 while protecting his men w...
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Kate Milligan Evans was born in Abingdon, Berkshire. England back in 1857. In 1862, her family moved from England to New Zealand. She attended the Auckland College and Grammar School. She continued her education at the University of New Zealand graduating in 1877 with a Bachelor of Arts.She was the founding principal for the Nelson College for Girls in 1883. She married in 1890 and resigned shortly afterward. What you may not know about Kate Evans Edger is that she was the first woman in New Zealand to get a university degree. She died in 1935. In 2017, she was chosen as one of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s “150 Women in 150 Words” project.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
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Richard E. Davis was born in Joplin, Missouri back in 1926. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1944. He was a piano child prodigy composing many jazz and blues numbers.   After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and was discharged after the war ended. He attended Washburn University, Columbia University and Colorado College. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1954.He was a Board-Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist. He served as the Board Examiner in Psychiatry and Neurology from 1972-1986. In a publication in the American Journal of Psychiatry he identified Manic-Depressive (Bi-polar) syndrome in childhood and its treatment. In 1977, he moved to Kansas City to pursue his other interest in the culinary. He combined several ingredients selling over 3,...
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Frank Benjamin Colton was born in Poland back in 1923, he immigrated to the United States in 1934. He attended Northwestern University graduating with a B.S. and M.S in 1945 and 1946 respectively. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1950. He was a research fellow at the Mayo Foundation from 1949 to 1951. In 1951, he joined Searle as a senior research chemist. It was just a short year later the synthesized an isomer and combined it with another chemical. His findings were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1956, and as they say the rest is history. He retired from Searle in 1986, being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1988. He died in 2003.What you may not know about Frank is that he synthesized the first oral contraceptive marketed...
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Anne Hill Carter was born in Charles City, Virginia back in 1773 to Charles and Anne. Her family was wealthy and she lived as a Southern Belle. In 1793, she married Henry moving to northern Virginia. Six children were born to this marriage. Due to bad investments Henry was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1809.Henry was forced to leave his wife and family moving to the Caribbean he attempted to recuperate however he died in 1818 leaving Anne a middle-class widow. She was left to raise the children for the next eleven years before she passed.So, Anne married Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee. Her fourth son Robert Edward Lee, Confederate General married Mary Anna Randolph Custis, the great-granddaughter of Martha Washington. Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Thomas Bladen Capel was born in London, England back in 1776 to William and Harriet. At the tender age of 5 years 7 months old he served on the HMS Phaeton, which was common in those days. This insured him the possibility to rise rapidly through the ranks before actually going to sea.I’m not going to write about all the ships he served upon, but I can tell you he joined the flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson in 1798. For his action during the Battle of the Nile, he was presented the sword of the senior, surviving French admiral. Later on, that same year he was promoted to Captain. In 1847, he was promoted to full admiral, he died at his home in 1853.What you may not know about Thomas is that he served in the Royal Navy for 70 years, he distinguished himself in service during th...
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James Francis was born in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1920. He was attending Oberlin College before receiving an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated in 1942, completing the Academy in three years due to an accelerated wartime curriculum.He was assigned to the Naval Submarine School in New London.He served on the USS Jack for three years. For his service, he was awarded two Silver Stars and two Bronze Star Medals. After the war, he served at the Submarine School as an instructor. In 1952, he was assigned as the executive officer aboard the USS Harder. Later he became the commanding officer of the USS Trigger.Later on, he was given command of the USS Skate, the third nuclear powered submarine. He rose through the ranks to vice admiral given the command as superintende...
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Charles Brunier was born in Paris back in 1901. I do not have any information on Charles until 1918 when he was wounded in action while serving in Syria. He received the Croix de Guerre for saving a lieutenant’s life during WWI. In 1923, he was convicted of murder and armed robbery sent to a penal colony off the coast of French Guiana. He escaped to Mexico when WWII started where he joined the Free French Forces serving as a fighter pilot. He saw action in the Battle of the Caribbean for two years before transferring to the infantry. He served under Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque and Charles de Gaulle who personally decorated him. What you may not know about Charles is that after the war he was imprisoned again but released due in recognition of his service to his country. He moved in...
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William Strickland was born in Yorkshire, England date unknown. When he was a young man he sailed to the New World as one of Sebastian Cabot’s lieutenants. Apparently, he was an accomplished man as a coat of arms with certain insignias which of course is the rest of the story.He returned to Yorkshire in 1542, where he remained for the rest of his life. In 1558, he was elected to the Parliament of England as a Member of Parliament for Scarborough. He proved to be an able advocate of the Puritan cause as he earned such nicknames as “Strickland the Stinger. What you may not know about William is that he is credited with introducing the turkey into England. That coat of arms included a turkey-cock (male turkey) on it. Bet ya didn’t know that one, did you? Until tomorrow smile, it will make ...
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Christopher Miner was born in Manchester, Connecticut back in 1833. This one is going to be short compared to my usual history lessons. So, let’s get on to it. He worked for Samuel Colt at his factory where he learned all about the arms-making trade. He invented something around 1859 which of course will keep him in the history books.On august 18, `863 he walked into the White House, right pass the sentries and into Abraham Lincoln’s office. The next day he returned when Christopher, President Lincoln and Edwin Stanton walked outside near the Washington Monument where they engaged in target shooting. After that meeting the U.S. ordered 13,171 of his inventions.Christopher Miner Spencer invented the Spencer repeating rifle, one of the earliest models of the lever-action rifle. He also in...
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Sidney Howe was born in Columbus, Ohio back in 1858 to John and Elizabeth. He attended Columbus public schools then he went to work in his father’s manufacturing business during his teenage year. By the time he was 14 he was considered to be an expert telegraph operator. He attended Capital University before enrolling at Ohio State University, he was a professor’s assistant helping other students in the physics department.He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1880. After graduation, he taught electrical engineering for two years. He moved to the University of Denver where he taught for five years. He opened his own company in 1889, and as they say the rest is history.Sidney Howe Short founded the Short Electrical Railway Company in Ohio. He received over 500 patents dealing ...
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William Roedel was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania back in 1854. He attended Franklin & Marshall College graduating in 1873. In the early 1890’s you could find him in Colorado working as a successful businessman. Visiting Chicago shortly after 1893 where he was first introduced to the Christian Science Church. He remained in the church for the remainder of his life. Holding positions of editor, director and treasurer of The Mother Church. He also wrote for the Christian Science Journal and Christian Science Sentinel. One of his other jobs was to travel lecturing on Christian Science, teaching classes on the subject. He died in 1939.What you may not know about William Roedel Rathvon is that he is the only person who was a known eyewitness to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address of the 10...
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Mary Young was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1776 to William and Rebecca. Her father died when she was two years old. Her mother then moved the family to Baltimore, Maryland earning a living as a seamstress. In 1795, she married John and moved back to Philadelphia with her husband.They had four children however, only one made it to adulthood. Her husband worked for the United States Government traveling to London. He died in 1805 leaving Mary widowed at 29. She moved back to Baltimore with her daughter and lived with her mother. There she followed in her mother’s footsteps as a seamstress. She died in Baltimore, Maryland in 1857 at 81.What you may not know about Mary Young Pickersgill, is that she was a seamstress that specialized in flags. She was commissioned by Major Geo...
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Hymen Lipman was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He emigrated to the United States arriving in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1829. That’s about all I can tell you except for or course the rest of the story. Around 1840, he became the leading stationer in the Philadelphia area. In 1843, he opened the first U.S. envelope company in Philadelphia. He died in 1893 at 76. What you may not know about Hymen is that in 1858 he received a patent (U.S. Patent 19,783). That patent was for his invention of the first pencil with an attached eraser. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.
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Elizabeth Robinson was born in Riverdale, Illinois back in 1911. She attended the Thornton Township High School. In 1928, she did something no other woman had done (more on that in a moment). Anyway in 1931 she was involved in a plane crash, when her body was found she was thought to be dead. She was transported to a local undertaker where they found her to still be alive.Taken to the hospital she was in a coma for seven months, and it took another six months before she could get into a wheelchair. It took two years before she could walk again. She died in 1999 at 87. Are you ready? Well here we go.While you may not recognize Elizabeth Robinson maybe you know her as Elizabeth Swartz. What you may not know about her is that she was the first American athlete and winner of the first Olymp...

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