Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) - Essayist & Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries and began formulating and expressing the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, Nature. Following this groundbreaking work, he gave a speech entitled The American Scholar in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. considered to be America’s "Intellectual Declaration of Independence." His works not only inspired his contemporaries … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Todd Beamer (1968-2001) - Hero/Passenger on United Flight 93 on 9/11 Todd Beamer was part of the group of passengers on United Airlines flight 93 who took control of the plane from the 9/11 hijackers and prevented what would have become the fourth attack on September 11TH. The plane ultimately crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We honor Mr. Beamer and his fellow passengers for their courage in the face of certain death. They are clearly Legacy Champs for the many lives they … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Jim Valvano (1946-1993) - Basketball Coach Jim Valvano was an inspirational college basketball coach who showed the world that the little things in life are what matter. While the head basketball coach at North Carolina State University, he won the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament against all odds. Valvano is not only remembered for running up and down the court after winning that championship, seemingly in disbelief and looking for someone to hug, but also for his inspirational 1993 ESPY Awards … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Princess Diana (1961-1997) - Children’s Activist Diana Frances Spencer is a wonderful example of someone utilizing their wealth to create a lasting legacy. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Diana became known as the "Peoples Princess" due to her warmth and tireless work for a variety of charities. She represented the International Red Cross and has been praised for her support for battered women and the homeless. Among other causes, she was the voice for victims of AIDS and land mines. A prime … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Henry Heinz (1844-1919) - Founder H. J. Heinz Company In February 1876, Henry Heinz joined his brother John and cousin Frederick and launched the F. & J. Heinz Company. By 1888, Heinz had bought out his partners, renamed the company H.J. Heinz, established a relationship with retailers in England, and began construction of a factory on the Allegheny River. His benevolent management style made H.J. Heinz company a pioneer in labor relations. Workers were treated well and afforded comforts … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Orville (1871-1948) & Wilbur (1867-1912) Wright - First to Fly an Airplane The Wright brothers achieved the first flight on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with five (5) witnesses present. The flight lasted only 12 seconds. It was the first time in history that a machine carrying a man raised itself in full flight, sailed forward without reduction of speed, and, finally, landed at a point as high as that from which it started. The Smithsonian Institute initially discounted … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) - Physicist, Mathematician, Astronomer & Philosopher In 1609, Galileo invented the first telescope, which continues to influence how the world views science and how science views the world and the universe. Today’s telescopes have led to the discovery of at least 100 billion galaxies in the universe. Another great influence by Galileo is his published view concerning the Copernican and Ptolemaic systems - that the earth went around the sun and that the sun went … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?