Browsing: March 18

A Brief History Back on March 18, 2016, ran an article, “10 People (You Do not Know) Behind the Characters,” and today we take a look at 5 more characters and the persons or critters behind the character.  As always, feel free to illuminate us with more information about the character or person behind the character, or to nominate those characters you think should be on such a list. Question for Students (and others): What famous character do you believe has the most surprising person behind him/her? Digging Deeper 1. Lassie, television and movie star (dog). You may be surprised…

A Brief History On March 18, 1850, the future financial services giant American Express Company was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo, 2 years before those business partners founded Wells Fargo and Company. Famous today for their credit cards and travelers cheques, American Express rakes in revenues over $33 billion per year, placing them among the 30 companies that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market indicating group. Digging Deeper American Express started out as an express mail delivery company, a merger of companies owned by Wells, Fargo, and John Butterfield (who co-owned another company with Wells). Headquartered…

A Brief History On March 18, 1934, a photograph taken by astronomer par excellence Edwin Hubble showed that there were more galaxies of stars in the observable Universe than there were stars (100 billion!) in the Milky Way Galaxy. Digging Deeper The Milky Way Galaxy is a group of stars and associated planets and other material that the Earth and our Solar System are part of.  As late as the early part of the 20th Century astronomers believed the Milky Way Galaxy was the Universe, until Hubble proved that other galaxies were considerably farther away than the limits of the…

A Brief History On March 18, 1974, the so called Arab Oil Embargo came to an end, but any celebrations were certainly premature! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find two major factors involved in making this crisis as important as it was and still is. The first factor was that it had appeared US production of oil had peaked and the world believed that from about 1970 onward it would continue to decline more or less on a constant basis. The other issue at hand was and still is the Arab-Israeli conflict.  The US is pledged to guaranty the continuation…

A Brief History Americans celebrate Women’s History Month in March and frequently hold up the example of Rosie the Riveter as emblematic of great American women, but who was the real woman behind the propaganda poster? Over the years many characters in popular culture and our everyday life get to be so familiar they almost become part of the background.  Many of these people or characters or their real personae are nearly anonymous despite their fame, a contradiction addressed here.  What other characters would you put on this list? Digging Deeper 10. Thurl Ravenscroft. If this name does not ring…