Doris Day (1922- ) - Actress, Singer & Animal Rights Activist Doris Day is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist. Day began her career in 1939 as a big band singer. Her popularity began to rise after her first hit recording in 1945, "Sentimental Journey." After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown to try a solo career, she started her long-lasting partnership with Columbia Records, which would remain her only recording label. The contract lasted from 1947 to 1967, … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
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Robert H. Brooks (1937-2006) - Businessman Robert H. Brooks was an American businessman who, in 1967, founded Naturally Fresh Foods, a condiment and salad dressing manufacturer in the Atlanta area. But, he is most notably remembered for his other business venture, Hooters of America, Inc. In 1984, Brooks bought the expansion and franchise rights for Hooters from Lynn D. Stewart and his five minority partners. Brooks founded Hooters of America, Inc., along with a group of investors. He … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Milton C. Shedd (1922-2002) - Businessman & Philanthropist In a life that spanned almost 80 years, Milton Shedd spent more than 3,500 days on the ocean and extracted untold numbers of striped marlin and white sea bass. But he put back far more than the fish or the profits he took out as an experienced angler and manufacturer of fishing tackle. Shedd is one of the four UCLA fraternity brothers who founded Sea World and the creator of its research institute. Their joint interest in helping … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
William Lewis Moody, Jr. (`865-1954) - Entrepreneur & Philanthropist William Lewis Moody was an American financier and entrepreneur from Galveston, Texas. In 1889, Moody persuaded his father to open a bank. Later, the family acquired the National Bank of Texas, which became the W.L. Moody Bank. In 1907, Moody opened the City National Bank, which later became Moody National Bank. Moody had entered the insurance business in 1905 by helping to organize the American National Insurance Company. … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Stephen LaTreal McNair (1973-200) - NFL Football Player Steve McNair was an American football quarterback who spent the majority of his National Football League (NFL) career with the Tennessee Titans. McNair played college football at Alcorn State in Lorman, Mississippi, where he won the 1994 Walter Payton Award as the top player in NCAA Division I-AA. He was drafted third overall by the NFL’s Houston Oilers in 1995, becoming the Oilers’ regular starting quarterback in 1997, their first season … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Selena Quintanilla-Perez (1971-1995) - Singer, Songwriter & Dancer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, known as Selena, was an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. At the age of twelve she released her first record with her Selena y Los Dinos band. At the 1987 Tejano Music Awards, Selena won Female Vocalist of the Year. She won the award eight consecutive times after that starting in 1989. Selena landed her first major recording contract with EMI Latin in 1989 and released … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
David Packard (1912-1996) - Engineer & Businessman David Packard was a cofounder, with William Hewlett, of Hewlett-Packard, established in 1939 with an initial capital investment of $538. Packard mentions in his book The HP Way that the name Hewlett-Packard was determined by the flip of a coin: HP, rather than PH. Their first product was a sound oscillator sold to Walt Disney Studios for use on the soundtrack of Fantasia. The HP Way describes HP’s management philosophy, which encourages … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Kenneth Arnold Chesney (1968- ) - Singer & Songwriter Kenneth "Kenny" Chesney is an American country music singer/songwriter. Chesney has recorded 15 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He has also recorded more than 30 Top Ten singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 22 of which climbed to the top of the charts. Chesney produced and co-directed a film for ESPN, The Boys Of Fall. Chesney has received … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
John Seward Johnson, Sr. (1895-1983) - Businessman John Seward Johnson, also known as Seward Johnson, was one of the sons of Robert Wood Johnson, Sr. (co-founder of Johnson & Johnson). He founded the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI). Johnson was married three times, and he had six children. While he was married to Esther Underwood, his second wife of 32 years, he engaged in extramarital affairs with his chambermaid, Barbara Piasecka. In 1971, they married and none of Johnson’s … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960-1999) - Lawyer & Magazine Publisher John F. Kennedy, Jr. was an American socialite, magazine publisher, and lawyer. He was the only surviving son of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy. Several times Kennedy was asked publicly if he was interested in following in his father’s footsteps and choosing politics as a career. He would always decline for the time being, but he would not rule it out for the future. In 1995, Kennedy … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?