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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Leonard Digges was born c. 1515 in Barham, Kent, England to James and Philippe. Sorry but I do not have any information as to his early childhood or his education. What I can tell you is apparently he was highly educated, which you’ll find out why soon enough.He worked as a surveyor. In 1542, he visited the castle of Guines where he impressed his host through debate and demonstration of his skills in geometry, navigation, measurement and artillery. He also published A General Prognostication in 1533, as it contained a perpetual calendar, collections of weather lore and astronomical material. There are also some claims he invented the reflecting telescope or the refracting telescope as part of the need to see accurately over long distances. While his death date is unknown it is widely he...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Stanley Aaron Dashew was born in Harlem, New York back in 1916. When he was eight he collected soda pop bottles to redeem them at the local redemption center. At twelve he went door-to-door selling peaches. At fifteen he became a Hires Root Beer reseller where he sold the soda at a roadway stand.He worked for the Addressograph-Multiraph Company in sales, he didn’t like the wording on his business card so he changed it to read “Special Representative”. In 1942, he was promoted and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. He later worked for the Bank of America, it was there that his fortune changed. In 2000, Chancellor Albert Carnesale presented him with the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor. What you may not know about Stanley is that he invented something that I carry everywhere and I...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Paul Franklin Crouch was born in St. Joseph, Missouri back in 1934 to Andrew and Sara. After the death of his father when he was seven he was raised by his mother. He graduated from the Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri with a degree in theology in 1955. After graduation, he was an announcer at KRSD in Rapid City, South Dakota.From 1965 to 1970 he was the general manager of KREL radio in Corona, California. After he left in 1970 he served as general manager for KHOF-FM in San Bernardino, California. He died in Orange, California in 2013, he was 79.What you may not know about Paul is that in 1973 he and his wife Jan founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). TBN is viewed globally on 70 satellites and over 18,000 TV and cable affiliates. The broadcast is seen globally, ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Syms Covington was born in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England back in 1816 to Simon and Elizabeth. When he was fifteen you could find him working as a “fiddler and boy on a ship that left England in 1831 under the command of captain Robert FitzRoy. During the voyage, he kept a journal landing at Bahia Blanca in South America.In 1833, he and another passenger was left ashore at Maldonado, Uruguay for a 12-day excursion into the mainland. The ship returned in 1836 where he worked for that passenger until 1839. He moved to Sydney, Australia in 1840 where he married Eliza. In 1854, he became Postmaster of Pambula and managed the Forest Oak Inn. He died 1861.What you may not know about Syms is that the ship he sailed on was the HMS Beagle and the other passenger was Charles Darwin. He kept a lar...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Burwell Colbert was born in Albemarle County, Virginia back in 1783. I’m sorry but I don’t have a lot of information about his childhood. However as always what I can tell you is the rest of the story. He worked as a butler, personal valet, glazier and painter. He was paid the astounding sum of $20.00 per year. That $20.00 today has grown to 2,164.22% higher due to inflation.After his boss died he worked as a glazier and painter at the University of Virginia until his death in 1850. Short but sweet don’t you think?What you may not know about Burwell is that he was born into slavery at Monticello, the plantation of President Thomas Jefferson. He was the son of Betty Brown the second child of Elizabeth Hemings. On Jefferson’s death bed Burwell was there on his bedside.Your day is worthwhi...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
David Ira Cleland was born back in 1926. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburg in 1954, his MBA in 1958 and his PhD. From Ohio State University. After graduation, he worked at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1967. Not long after his retirement he started his academic career, teach for 35 years at the Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburg. He died in 2018, he was 92.What you may not know about Dr. David I. Cleland is that he was the author or editor of 41 books on project management. He was the most published author on project management textbooks in the world. He was recognized at the “Father of Project Management”. Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Hales Çambel was born in Berlin, German Empire back in 1916 to Hasan and Remziye. She graduated from the Arnavutkoy American High School for girls. She completed her education in archaeology at Sorbonne University in Paris. In 1944, she received her doctorate. For two years she was a visiting scholar at the university of Saarbrucken in Germany. In 1960, she was appointed professor where she founded the Institute of Prehistory. In 2004, she received the Prince Claus Award in the Netherlands. She also founded a chair of Prehistoric archaeology at Istanbul University. She was married to Nail for 70 years before his passing in 2008. Sadly, she died in 2014, she was only 97.What you may not know is that Hales was the first Muslim woman to compete in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games. She was inv...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Abel Buell was born in Killingworth, Connecticut back in 1742 to John and Abigail. He apprenticed with a goldsmith. At the young age of 19 he was financially secure, marrying his girlfriend Mary. He was also not the best egg in the basket. He was also a counterfeiter. He altered a five-pound note engraving plate into larger denomination plates. He was to be branded, the loss of a portion of his right ear and life in prison, plus the forfeiture of all his lands and estates. Because of his youth, he spent little time in prison, the portion of his right ear was sewed back on. In 1765, he received the first patent issued to a Connecticut resident for a lapidary machine. It was used to engrave and polish stones. He created a ring on that machine presenting it to the prosecuting attorney. His...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Marlin Oliver Briscoe was born in Omaha, Nebraska back in 1945. He played high school football at Omaha South High School and at the Omaha University. In 1968, under head coach Lou Saban with the Denver Broncos. With started Steve Tensi suffered a broken collarbone and the backup Joe DiVito didn’t do so well Lou called upon Marlin to play quarterback. On his first play, he completed a 22-yard completion. In 1969, he transferred to the Buffalo Bills never to play quarterback again in his career. He retired from football in 1976.What you may not know about Marlin is that he was the first starting African-American to play quarterback in the ALF. He established a Denver rookie record of 14 touchdown passes that is still a record to this day. He holds one of only three rookie records for 300...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thomas Brassey was born in Buerton, Cheshire, England back in 1805. He was educated at home until he was 12, after which he was sent to The King’s School in Chester. When he was 16 he apprenticed to a land surveyor. He helped survey the Shrewsbury to Holyhead road. It was while working on the construction of 4 miles of the New Chester Road at Bromborough that he had his first experience about civil engineering. One of his few disasters happened in 1846, he built a viaduct that was 100’ tall. The contract stipulated that he use local brick, why it collapsed is still not known but he rebuilt it using bricks he chose, the structure still stands to this day.  I could go on and on but my-self-imposed 200-word limit is almost here. What you may not know about Thomas is that he was also into b...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
August Karl Gustav Bier was born in Bad Arolsen, Principality of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Germany back in 1861.  He started his medical education in 1881, attending the Chartie- Universitatsmedzin University in Berlin.  He transferred to several universities before graduating from the University of Kiel in 1886.  After graduation, he worked as a general practitioner and a ship’s surgeon.  By 1888, he was appointed Chief Surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the Chartie-Universitatsmedzin.He is considered to be a pioneer in the field of sports medicine.  He organized the first lectures in sports medicine at the University of Berlin in 1919.  In 1936, he received the Eagle Shield of the German Reich.  In 1938, he became one of only nine people to ever receive the German National Prize for Art a...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Loammi Baldwin attended school in Woburn, Massachusetts. I do not have any information as to where he was born or who his parents were, so I’m going out on a limb and say he was born in America. He and his friend Benjamin Thompson walked to hear the lectures of Professor John Winthrop at Harvard College. He received his Master of Arts degree from Harvard in 1785.Before graduating from Harvard in 1774, he enlisted in a regiment where he saw action at the Battle of Lexington and Concord. In 1775, he was given command of New York City, taking part in the Battle of Pell’s Point.On the night of December 25-26, he crossed the Delaware to New Jersey with General George Washington and fought in the Battle of Trenton. In 1777, he resigned from the army due to ill health. He was elected to variou...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Anna Lee was born in Montrose, Colorado back in 1921. In 1939, she was in a horse race and she lost by a nose (their words not mine). After that she went on to win many races in both state and country fairs. Just a short six years later she had grown to 5’5” and weighed in at 118 pounds, that disqualified her to race horses.After her retirement, she went on to be a trick rider in rodeos. She was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas in 2004. She continued to ride until she broke her hip in 2001 at 80. She died five years later.What you may not know about Anna Lee Aldred is that she was first woman in the United States to receive a jockey’s license.Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Edward Kirk was born in Ludlow, Vermont to Waters and Caroline. His family come to the American from England back in 1635.  His great-grandfather fought in the American Revolution.  He was educated in the public schools before moving to Three Oaks, Michigan in 1858.  After reaching adulthood he worked in a sawmill.  In 1864, he worked for Henry Chamberlain at a local dry goods store. While working there he learned the females were complaining about something they wore.  Taking their issues to hear the invented something that will forever place him in the history books.  A patent was issued for his invention in 1883.  He started his own company producing that item, he held the position of President of that company until his death in 1902.  What you may not know about Edward Kirk Warren i...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Francis Edgar was born in Kingfield, Maine back in 1849. He and his brother Freelan learned to carve violins by their grandmother Liberty when they were only 10 years old. His brother moved to Lewiston, Maine and opened a photography studio in 1874. In a few year Francis joined him building the studio into one of the largest in New England. After several more years they were dissatisfied with photography so they sold the business to a man call George Eastman for 500,000.00. They set their sights on the emerging automobile industry where they built the Stanley Steamer. No, not the company that cleans water issues but an automobile manufacturer. Francis and Freelan Steamer built only 200 of their vehicles the first year. They operated of course via steam from 1902 to 1924. The vehicle set...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Leslie Alfred Skinner was born in San Francisco, California back in 1900. His father was an Army surgeon so the family moved frequently. He graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1918. He continued his education at West Point, commissioned into the Army Air Corps. He was sent to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1932, where he began working on an idea that will forever place him in the history books, more on that in a moment. In 1938, he was posted to Hawaii for two years, in 1940, he was sent to the Indian Head Rocket Laboratory in Maryland. He first demonstrated his invention in May of 1942. He affixed a sight made from a coat hanger which greatly improved his inventions accuracy, his invention was sent into battle during the North Africa Theater in October of 1942. In 1945, he was se...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
David Hammond was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin back in 1923. His father died when he was two and his mother when he was ten. He graduated from Cornell with a degree in electrical engineering in 1945. He continued his education at the University of Michigan graduating with a master’s degree in Mathematics in 1947.During WWII, he worked for the Armed Forces as a cryptanalysis, breaking the Japanese codes. After the war, he built something in his attic, more on that shortly. In 1952, he formed his own company to commercialize the invention. IBM licensed his creation, but it was never put into production. In 1964, he patented his invention and as they say the rest is history.What you may not know about David Hammond Shepard is that his invention was the optical character recognition device,...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
George Lewis Ruffin was born in Richmond, Virginia back in1834 to George W. and Nancy. The family moved to Boston in 1853, where he received his education. He married Josephine in 1858. To support his family, he became a barber while he studied law on the side. He was admitted to the Harvard Law School after saving enough money to enroll. Graduating in 1869, he opened his practice with great success in Boston. He was elected to the state legislature in 1870 as a Republican, serving one term. In 1875, he was elected to the Boston City Council serving two terms. He supported Benjamin Butler for governor. Butler won the election and appointed George as a judge of the Municipal Court, Charlestown district. What you may not know about George is that he was the first African American to gradu...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Hudson Stuck was born in Paddington, England back in 1865 to James and Jane. He attended King’s College in London. In 1885, he immigrated to Texas working as a cowboy near San Angelo and San Marcos. In 1889, he enrolled at the University of South Tennessee in Sewanee. By 1892, after completing his studies, he served as pastor in Cuero, Texas. In 1894, he moved to Dallas as the pastor of St. Matthew’s Cathedral. He founded a night school for millworker, a home for indigent women and in 1903, he gained passage in Texas of the first state law against child labor. In 1904, he moved to Alaska travelling by dogsled and boat preaching with Missionary Bishop Peter Rowe. He established the first church, mission and hospital in Fairbanks. On a yearly basis, he travelled between 1,550-2,000 miles ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Johnnie Bryan was born in Heber Springs, Arkansas back in 1927. He worked for his uncle in the sawmill business to support his family during the Great Depression. In the 1950’s he worked as a lumber salesman, auctioneer and truck driver. In 1961, he started his own business hauling rice hulls which turned out to be a failure.I can’t tell you what he did between 1961-1969, but what I can tell you is the rest of the story. In 1969, he returned to the trucking industry with 5 tractors and seven trailers. With that and determination he built one of the largest trucking firms in the United States. Johnnie Bryan Hunt founded J.B. Hunt Trucking Services, the third largest trucking firm in the U.S. His company is based in Lowell, Arkansas, about a 15-minute drive from my home. He retired in 199...
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