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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Francis Laux Jr. was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma back in 1897. He was heavily involved in sports. He won 16 letters in baseball, basketball and football in Oklahoma City and the Bristow schools before entering Oklahoma City College.  during World War I he served in the United States Army Air Service.  After the war he took odd jobs managing a semi-pro baseball team in Guthrie, also he worked as an insurance and real estate broker in Bristow, refereeing college football games.  In 1927, he began broadcasting Oklahoma and Oklahoma A&M football games. He was the first to introduce Gene Autry on the radio.  He was so good he called the World Series for CBS from 1933 to 1938.  He turned down offers to broadcast for the Yankees and Giants in New York.He retired from broadcasting and died in 19...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Yau Leong Fong was born in Honolulu on this island of Oahu.  He graduated from the McKinley High School in 1924.  In 1930, he obtained a degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Continuing his education, he went to Harvard Law School where he received his law degree in 1935.After graduation, he returned to Honolulu working at the Prosecuting Attorney Office in Honolulu.  In 1938, he founded the law firm of Fong, Miho, Choy and Robinson.  In 1942, he changed his name to Hiram.  During WWII he served as a major in the United States Army Air Forces and as a Judge Advocate.  Later he retired from the United States Air Force Reserve as a colonel.  He died in 2004, he was 97.What you may not know about Hiram is that he was the first Asian-American United States Senator serving from 195...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Semyon Nikolaevich Korsakov was born in Kherson, Ukraine (what was part of the Russina Empire) back in 1787.  I don’t anything about his early childhood, but wait for the ending on this one.  Anyway, from 1812-14 he took part in the Napoleonic Wars with the Russian Army.  He later served as an official in the statistics department of the Russian Police Ministry in St. Petersburg.  He received the Order of St. Anna and the Order of St. Vladimir.  Although not trained as a doctor he treater several thousand patients using conventional medicine before switching to homeopathy in 1829.  He died in 1853, he was 65.What you may not know about Semyon is that he was also an inventor.  He invented the “linear homeoscope with movable parts” and other variations of the device in 1832. It was the fi...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Kong Tai Heong was bornin Waichow, Guangdong, Qing China back in 1875.  She was abandoned as an infant on the steps of the Berlin Foundling House in Hong Kong.  The orphanage was run by German nuns.  They helped her apply to the Canton Medical School to study western medicine.She met and married Li, over her parent’s objections, the following day they boarded a ship for Honolulu.  The trip lasted 30 arriving in the Republic of Hawaii on July 4th 1896.  They were unable to work as physicians living in abject poverty working in a tobacco warehouse.  She died in 1951, she was 76.What you may not know about Kong is that after arriving in Hawaii with the blessing of Sanford B. Dole she was allowed to meet with the Board of Medical Examiners, both were given a comprehensive oral examination e...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Robert Knight was born in Old Warwick, Rhode Island back in 1826 to Stephen and Weltham.  The family moved to Cranston, Rhode Island where his father put him to work in the Cranston Print Works at the tender age of eight.  In 1845 he studied for a year and a half at Pawcatuck Academy in Westerly.  Afterwards, he taught school in Exeter for four months.In 1846, you could find him working for John Hopkins Clarke as a clerk in his factory store in Pontiac.  Clarke was elected to the U.S. Senate; Robert and a partner purchased the business becoming owners of the Pontiac Mills.  In 1852 Robert and his brother Benjamin formed the B.B. and R. Knight manufacturing and grain firm.  The brothers purchased numerous manufacturing operation in New England.  The Knights built employee housing, mill v...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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James Patrick Kinnon was born in Paisley, Scotland back in 1911.  The family moved to American in 1923.  The family settled in Philadelphia where he attended a Catholic seminary in Germantown.  He wanted to be a priest but he started used alcohol and pills and never continued his education.He worked as a roofer and painter, before moving to California in the early 1940’s.  in 1950, he stopped using all mood and mind-altering substances attending Alcoholics Anonymous.  He died in 1985 from tuberculosis, he had been clean for thirty-five years.What you may not know about James is that he was the primary founder of Narcotics Anonymous in 1953 in Sun Valley, California.  Most of the literature was written by James and is still used worldwide today in over 70.000 NA meeting.  He was also a w...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Carl Donald Keith was born in Stewart Creek, West Virginia back in 1920 to Howard and Mary.  After graduating high school, he attended Salem College in North Carolina earning his bachelor’s degree in 1943.  He continued his education earning. Master’s degree in chemistry from Indiana University in 1945 and a doctorate from DePaul University in 1947.After graduation, he worked at Sinclair Oil from 1943-1957.   He was later hired by Engelhard Industries.  From 1976 until his retirement in 1985 he was an executive vice president, president and finally chairman of the company. In 2001, he received the Walter Ahlstrom Prize in conjunction with the Finnish Academies of Technology.  His invention prevented 56 million tons of hydrocarbons and 118 million tons of nitrogen oxides and 464 billion ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Dean Lawrence Kamen was born in Long Island. New York.  In his teenage years he built light and sound systems, before he graduated from high school his income was around $60,000.00 a year.  After graduating from high school, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute but he dropped out in 1976.He currently holds over 1,000 patents, so let’s cut to the chase.  This one is going to be short.  He invented the Segway PT, manufactures and markets the first drug infusion pump.  He holds patents for the technology used in portable dialysis machine, an all-terrain electric wheelchair, a water purification system.  He is so-inventor of a compressed air device that would launch a human into the air to quickly launch SWAT teams or other emergency works to the roofs of tall buildings. A prosthetic...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Theodore Dehone Judah was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut back in 1826 to Henry and Mary.  The family moved to Troy, New York where the attended the Rensselaer Institute.  At 21 he married Anna Pierce, it was the first wedding performed at St. James Episcopal Church of Greenfield, Massachusetts.In 1853, he was elected a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, at that time there were fewer than 800 civil engineers in the United States.  The next year he was hired by the Sacramento valley Railroad, under his direction it became the first common carrier railroad built west of the Mississippi River.In 1859, he was sent to Washington D.C. to lobby for a transcontinental railway system.  On July 1, 1862, President Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Act into law.  Having accomplish...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Eliza McCardle was born in Telford, Tennessee back in 1810 to John and Sarah.  After her father’s death, she moved to Greenville, Tennessee with her mother.  She was attending Rhea Academy when she spotted Andrew.  The attraction was mutual.  They married in 1827, she was 16 and Andrew was 18.  She was educated and taught Andrew how to read and write, as he had never attended school.  Andrew was a tailor when they married but he had dreams of entering politics.  She supported him in that endeavor.  However, she had tuberculosis so she stayed out of the limelight as much as possible.  Her husband died in July of 1875, she passed in January of 1876.What you may not know about Eliza McCardle Johnson is that her husband was Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States.Your day is...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Pierre Jules César Janssen was born in Paris, France back in 1824 to Antoine and Pauline.  He studied mathematics and physics, at the University of Paris.  After graduation, he taught at Lycée Charlemagne.  His interests were in astronomy, so he devoted most of his life to observation of solar eclipses.He travelled to several locations to observe eclipses.  He was in Paris in 1870 during the Siege of Paris, he escaped in a balloon.  He died in Meudon, France in 1907, he was 83.What you may not know about Pierre is that he was noted for inventing the Revolver of Janssen which was the precursor of the motion picture industry.  He is also noted for discovering helium.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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George Fredrick Ives was born in Brighton, England back in 1881, he helped his father in his workshop until 1899.  In December of that year he joined the British Army fighting in the Boer War.  He saw action with the Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa.After the war, he moved to Canada in 1903 where he purchased 160 acres of land for the vast sum of ten dollars.  He tried to re-enlist during WWI, but was rejected due to a heart murmur.  In 1910, he married Kay Nelson, the couple had three sons and three daughters.  Not satisfied with farming he moved to White Rock, British Columbia.  He worked in a shipyard building wooden scow for another 15 years before retiring in 1956.What you may not know about George is that he was the last surviving veteran of the Boer Wars, he died in 1993, he was...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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William Michael Broad was born in Stanmore, Middlesex back in 1955.  When he was two years old the family moved to Patchogue, New York.  Four years later the family moved back to England settling in Dorking, Surrey.  The family moved several more times when he attended Worthing High School for Boys. In 1975, he attended the University of Sussex where he wanted to get a degree in English.  He only stayed one year.  Music was his calling and I can say he was right.  In 1981, he moved to New York City where he became a solo artist.  He has been nominated for the Grammy Award for three different songs, but has never won.While you may not recognize his given name, surely you know his stage name “Billy Idol”?Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a smile ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Zhang Heng was born in AD 78 in Xi’e, China.  He lived during the Han dynasty, educated in the capital cities of Luoyang and Chang’an.  He began his career as a minor civil servant in Nanyang.  He worked his way up to become the Chief Astronomer, Prefect of the Majors for Official Carriages.He was appointed to the Palace Attendant at the imperial court in 112.  He died in139, he was 61.  I could write a novel about him, but you know me.  Let’s cut to the chase.What you may not know about Zhang is that he was also an inventor.  He invented the world’s first seismoscope which discerned the cardinal direction of an earthquake for 310 miles away.  He also made improvements to the clepsdra (a timekeeping device used then) by adding an additional water tank.However, his greatest invention was...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Shirley Ann Mount was born in Denver, Colorado back in 1925.  Her father worked in construction during the Great Depression.  In 1945, she graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.  She continued her education with a Bachelor of Laws in 1949 for Stanford Law School.She graduated at the top of the class but had difficulty in finding employment at the time which was dominated by males.  She eventually made her way to the Attorney General’s Office in California where she served as Special Legal Consultant to the Attorney General.  She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.  In 1969, she was appointed Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeals.  She died in 2016, she was 90.What you may not know about Shirley Ann Mount...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Patricia Louise Holte was born in Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Henry and Bertha back in 1944.  When she was twelve her parents divorced. She attended the Beulah Baptist Church where she sang in the choir.  While attending John Bartram High School she won a talent competition.As they say, the rest is history. She became a local hit and was invited to American Bandstand. By 1963, she had signed with King Records, where she stayed for two years.  In 1965, she signed with Atlantic Records in 1965, she was dropped by Atlantic records in 1970.From 1970 to currently she has signed with several different recording agencies. She participated on the 20th season of Dancing With the Stars.  She is still active and performs to sold out audiences. Have you figured out who I’m writing about...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Charles Hardin was born in Lubbock, Texas back in 1936 to Lawrence and Ella.  Due to the Great Depression, the family moved several times.  When he was eleven he started taking piano lessons switching just after nine months to take up the guitar. He graduated from Lubbock High School in 1955.  He decided to pursue a full-time career in music.His first live performance was the Grand Ole Opry as an opening act for Elvis Presley.  In 1956, he was signed by Decca Records.  He was not happy with the way he was treated at Decca, later signing with Brunswick Records in New York City, New York.  His first hit was in 1957, which shortly afterwards were followed by two more.  He died in 1959, he was twenty-two.Kathy Streib, I’m sure you’ve figured out who I’m writing about today, but for those of...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Hershel Woodrow Williams was born in Quiet Dell, West Virginia back in 1923.  His father died when he was 11.  He worked as a truck driver for the W.S. Harr Construction Company in Fairmont, West Virginia, and as a taxi driver. When Pearl Harbor was attacked he was in Montana working as a Civilian Conservation Corps enrollee.He was short 5’6” and tried to enlist in the Marines.  When the height regulation was changed he successfully enlisted in the Marine Corps reserve in Charleston, West Virginia in 1943.  After recruit training, he saw action at Guadalcanal, and the Battle of Guam.  His next and last campaign was at Iwo Jima.  It was there where the enemy pinned down tanks trying to open a lane for infantry.  Pinned down by enemy fire he and some other fought their way to the pillbox ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Marjory Ford was born in New York City, New York back in 1898 to Albert and Virginia.  She attended school in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York.  Still in her teens the family moved to Hartford Connecticut where she dropped out of school to pursue a career in acting.  Her debut on Broadway was in the play, Hell’s Bells, opposite Humphrey Bogart in 1925.What can I say, the rest is history?  From there she was the lead female in the comedy Three Men on a Horse from 1935-1937.  She had roles in The Philadelphia Story, My Sister Eileen and Tomorrow the World. She also was active in radio series Duffy’s Tavern.  She earned her first Tony Award for Goodbye, My Fancy, her second one for Come Back, Little Sheba, also receiving an Academy Award for the same movie.  In 1957, she won the Sarah Siddons ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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James Augustine Healy was born in Macon, Georgia back in 1839 to Michael and Eliza.  He attended school in Flushing, New York before attending the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He was valedictorian of the college’s first graduating class in 1849.  After graduation, he wanted to enter the priesthood. He continued at the Sulpician seminary in Montreal, in 1852 he transferred to Saint Sulpice Seminary in Paris.  In 1854, he was ordained at the Norte Dame Cathedral in Paris as a priest to serve in Boston, Massachusetts.When he returned to the United States he became an assistant pastor in Boston, leaving for Portland, Maine in 1875.  He served as Bishop there for 25 years.  He oversaw the establishment of 60 new churches, 68 missions, 18 convents and 18 schools.  J...

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