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09-29-2016, 08:51 PM   #841
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Albert Sidney Johnston served as a general in three different armies - the Texian (Republic of Texas) Army, the US Army, and the Confederate States Army. He saw extensive combat during his military career, fighting in the Texas War of Independence, the Mexican-American War, the Utah War, and the American Civil War. He was the highest-ranking officer killed during the entire Civil War.


Willie Wells, nicknamed "The Devil", was an American baseball player. He was a shortstop and played from 1924-48 for various teams in the Negro leagues and in Latin America. He is a member of the baseball halls of fame in the United States, Cuba and Mexico. He was also the first player to use a batting helmet after being hit and getting a concussion while playing with the Newark Eagles. His first helmet was a construction helmet. Stats include .319 career batting average, .510 slugging percentage, 98 HRs, 644 runs scored, 399 RBIs, and 756 games played.


Walter Prescott Webb was a historian noted for his groundbreaking work on the American West. As president of the Texas State Historical Association, he launched the project that produced the Handbook of Texas. He is also noted for his early criticism of the water usage patterns in the region.



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Lela and husband Nolie owned Murray's Ranch, sometimes called the Overall Wearing Dude Ranch, in Apple Valley, California. The ranch was open to anyone, though it catered primarily to an African-American clientele. Guests included Lena Horne, Kate Smith, Joe Louis, Hedda Hopper, Freddie Bartholomew, Hattie McDaniel, Clark Gable and Louise Beavers. It also served as the set for a number of "all-black cast" western movies. Eventually, it was burned down in a fire department training exercise in 1988.


Cameron E. Thom came from Virginia to California in the gold rush, then was a lawyer, legislator, Confederate officer in the Civil War, and the 16th mayor of Los Angeles, from 1882-84. He helped found the city of Glendale with other landholders, including his 728 acres.


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The Pacific Coast Showmen's Association was established in 1922 to help out-of-work and retired carnival employees, even after they died.

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David Packard was an electrical engineer and co-founder, with William Hewlett, of Hewlett-Packard, where he served as president, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. He was US Deputy Secretary of Defense 1969-71 during the Nixon administration. Packard was President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) from 1976-81, and was chairman of the Board of Regents from 1973-82. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988.


Shirley Temple was the number 1 child actress in the 1930s and 40s, including roles in Little Miss Marker, Curly Top, Heidi, The Blue Bird, and The Story of Sea Biscuit. 1934's Bright Eyes was her first movie with her name above the title, and contained the famous "On the Good Ship, Lollipop" song. At age 5, she presented the best actress oscar to Claudette Colbert. She married 24 year old actor John Agar when she was 17, and much later, businessman Charles Black. She later ran for Congress, then became the US Ambassador to Ghana and also to Czechoslovakia.
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Tad Lucas began her career as a cowgirl in 1922, and won countless trophies for trick riding. Although women's contests were dropped from the major rodeo circuit during WW II, she remained active as performer and official. She is the only person in all three rodeo halls of fame: the National Rodeo HoF (the first woman elected), the National Cowgirl HoF, and the Pro Rodeo HoF. Her will established the Tad Lucas Memorial Award to honor women who excel in any field related to Western heritage.


Western Heights, Dallas.
Outlaw Clyde Barrow and his partner, Bonnie Parker, robbed banks and store owners during the Depression and were believed to be responsible for at least 13 murders. Bonnie and Clyde were killed in a police ambush. Marvin was the older brother of Clyde. He and his wife Blanche were wounded in a gun battle with police four months after they joined up with Bonnie and Clyde. Marvin died of his wounds.


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Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson Fogelson was an actress as Greer Garson. She was one of America's top-ten box office draws from 1942 to 1946. She received seven oscar nominations, including a record five consecutively, winning the Best Actress award for Mrs. Miniver (1942). Other nominations were for Blossoms in the Dust, Madame Curie, Mrs. Parkington, and The Valley of Decision. Hers was the longest acceptance speech at 5-1/2 minutes, after which the academy imposed a time limit.



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Hal Roach Jr, was a producer and director, known for The Stu Erwin Show, Racket Squad, My Little Margie, and Public Defender (1954). He roomed with actor Tim Holt at the Culver Military Academy. Son of famous director Hal Roach Sr.


As Peggy O'Neill, she acted in All American Co-Ed, Song of the Open Road, It's a Pleasure, and The Hoodlum Saint. Though married, she had boyfriend troubles and committed suicide at age 21.


John Coogan Sr. acted as Jackie Coogan in The Hayseed (1919), Back Stage (1919) and Daddy (1923). He was married to Lillian Coogan. Father of Jackie Coogan Jr - Uncle Fester from the Addams Family. He was killed in a car crash along with actors Robert J. Horner and Junior Durkin, and Coogan ranch foreman Charles Jones.

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12-06-2016, 11:09 AM   #846
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William Mortensen was a photographer, primarily known for his Hollywood portraits in the 1920s-1940s in the pictorialist style of manipulated photographs producing romanticist painting-like effects - leading to Ansel Adams referring to him as the "Devil" and "the anti-Christ.". After a year in the infantry, he studied illustration, and traveled around the Mediterranean to sketch. He eventually traveled to Hollywood, escorting his friend's sister, 14-year old Fay Wray. In 1931 he moved to the artist community of Laguna Beach where he opened a studio and the William Mortensen School of Photography. He wrote or contributed to 9 books on photo technique, and was awarded the Hood medal from the Royal Photographic Society in 1949.


William's wife, Myrdith, was a frequent subject.


Stanley Dunn was an actor in the early years, appearing in The Song and the Sergeant (1918), Lady Godiva (1911) and Fathers of Men (1916), among others. He became a a property manager for Columbia Pictures until his retirement.


Bob Nieman played baseball for several teams from 1951-1962, plus a final year in Japan. He was the first player to hit a homer in his first 2 MLB at-bats. Lifetime totals were .295 BA, with 180 doubles, 125 homers and 544 RBI's.
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Ruth Waterbury was a 50-year film critic and writer, best known for her work with Photoplay and Silver Screen magazines, and later, the Los Angeles Examiner, and The New York Daily News. She was president of the Hollywood Women's Press Club five times. In the 1960s she published separate biographies on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.


Franklin G. Wells was President of the Walt Disney Company from 1984 until his death in 1994. Previously at Warner Bros, he was VP of West Coast in 1969, President in 1973, and Vice Chairman 1977-1982. Wells was a mountain climber who scaled 6 of the 7 highest mountains, though he was forced off Everest by bad weather only 3,000 ft from the summit.


Mary Vesta Williams sang pop, jazz, adult contemporary and R&B. She had six Top 10 hits on the Billboard R&B chart from the mid–1980s to the early–1990s including Once Bitten, Twice Shy; Sweet Sweet Love; Special, and her 1989 R&B hit and signature song, Congratulations.


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Tom Powers was an actor, starting with Vitagraph at age 21, in 1911. In 1917, he focused his career on broadway, not returning to film until playing Barbara Stanwyck's doomed husband in 1944's Double Indemnity. His last film, The Go-Getter (1956), was released after his death.


Fred Kennedy was a stuntman/actor known for Rio Grande (1950), The Searchers (1956) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). He broke his neck during a stunt, which is included in some versions of Horse Soldiers.


Roger Imhof was an actor, noted for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), This Gun for Hire (1942) and Drums Along the Mohawk (1939). His marker is immediately above comedian Oliver Hardy's.

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William Phillips, as Tully Marshall, was a character actor with extensive theater experience before he made his first film appearance in 1914. In 1902's The City, he was the first actor to say "Goddamn" on Broadway. D. W. Griffith cast him as the High Priest of Bel in Intolerance (1916), and he appeared in Penrod (1922), Tom Sawyer (1930), Grand Hotel (1932), Scarface (1932), A Tale of Two Cities (1935), and Sergeant York (1941) as Uncle Lige.


Gertrude Norman was an actress born in 1848 or 1851, and known for Fidelity (1911), The Chief's Talisman (1911) and The Coward (1911) , and best-known as the mother in D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915). She made her first talking picture at the age of 81. Her last role, uncredited, was in The Plainsman (1936).


Eddie LeVeque was and actor, whose first role in a major film was in D. W. Griffith's ''Intolerance.'' (1914). He later was a Keystone Kops, and was the last of the original members. After serving in WWI, he appeared in ''The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse'' with Rudolph Valentino and ''The Black Pirate'' with Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

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Trixie Friganza (born Delia O’Callaghan) began her career with minor parts in operas, working her way from the chorus to starring in musical comedies to having her own feature act in vaudeville. During the height of her career, she used her fame to promote social, civic, and political issues. In later years she taught drama in a convent school and left her remaining fortune to the convent.


Austin Cedric Gibbons was an art director and production designer for the film industry, and contributed to movie theater architecture in the 1930-1950s. He is credited as the designer of the Oscar statuette in 1928. He was nominated 38 times for an oscar and won 11 times, for The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Merry Widow, Pride and Prejudice, Blossoms in the Dust, Gaslight, The Yearling, Little Women, An American in Paris, The Bad and the Beautiful, Julius Caesar, and Somebody Up There Likes Me.


Stephen Clark Foster was an interpreter in the Mormon Battalion, served in the 1849 California state constitutional convention, and was elected to the State Senate. He was the first American mayor of Los Angeles under US military rule in 1856. He was later elected for four terms to the LA County Board of Supervisors.

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I just spent about 2 days changing the file name format on 3,400 shots, weeding out a few dupes, and generally tidying up the collection.

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Henry Kuttner and his wife, Catherine Lucille Moore, wrote Line to Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow, and others. Henry wrote six stories that were made into movies including The Twonky, The Twilight Zone/What You Need, The Eye and Trilogy of Terror II. He was named Best Sci-Fi Writer in the World by the 1940 World's Sci-Fiction Convention.


Mildred Frances Anne Hedrick acted as Frances Raeburn in five early 40s movies - Joe Smith, American; Seven Sweethearts; Calling Dr. Gillespie; The Canterville Ghost and Swing Out, Sister. Sister of actress Kathryn Grayson.


Merle Norman began sharing her skin-care products with family and friends, and with nephew JB Nethercutt, developed and manufactured the Merle Norman brand of cosmetics.
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Lu Ann Simms was a singer, and in 1952 at the age of 19 became a regular on the Arthur Godfrey TV show, attaining such celebrity that Lu Ann Simms dolls became best-sellers. In the movie How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, Simms was Annette Funicello's singing voice on If It's Gonna Happen. Later, she became a private crusader and participant in alcoholism recovery programs. She also was on a gay-oriented disco album entitled Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes, a compilation of novelty dance tunes.


Harry Lewis was an actor whose first role was a flagman in Dive Bomber (1941). He then was the butler in The Unsuspected (1947), Sheriff Clyde Boston in Gun Crazy, and Edward "Toots" Bass, one of Edward G. Robinson's henchmen in 1948's Key Largo. In 1950 he and his wife (then girlfriend) opened the first of a chain of Hamburger Hamlet restaurants.


Alexander MacKendrick started as a commercial illustrator for animated advertising films. He then shot live-action short documentaries, and wrote screenplays. He is known for directing The Man in the White Suit (1951), The Ladykillers (1955) , and The Sweet Smell of Success (1957) . He was Dean of the Film Dept of the California Institute of the Arts from 1969 until shortly before his death.

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Kinda hard to see the names, but this is Duane Allman and Berry Oakley in Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon Ga.

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Sam Nelson was an assistant director on 118 films including Some Like It Hot, All the King's Men, 3:10 to Yuma, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Wackiest Ship in the Army.


Eddy Waller worked in vaudeville and theater before he entered Hollywood, and appeared in more than 250 films between 1929 and 1963, including 116 westerns and six serials. He is best remembered as Nugget Clark, the sidekick in many films starring Allan 'Rocky' Lane between 1947 to 1953. On TV he was in multiple episodes of Lassie, Casey Jones, and Laramie.


Eve Miller worked as a shipyard welder during WWII, and then acted in The Big Trees (1952), Kansas Pacific (1953) and There's No Business Like Show Business (1954). She appeared on TV's Annie Oakley, Crossroads, Lassie, Perry Mason, The Lineup. and lastly on Coronado 9.
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Ron Walters was a makeup artist on TV's Family Matters and Police Squad!, and The Breakfast Club and Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country movies.


Peggy O'Day acted in 37 silent movies through 1928, including Fast and Furious, Thundering Hoofs, and The Fighting Skipper. She edited 5 films in the early 30's, and wrote the screenplay for The Four from Nowhere, and Whistling Jim, both 1925.


Cecil Love won 2 technical oscars on separate occasions "For the concept, engineering, and development of the Acme-Dunn Optical Printer for motion picture special effects". He contributed special effects to The Searching Eye, Melody Cruise, and Airport.
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