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?
William Holden (1918-1981) - Actor William Holden was one of the most popular and well known movie stars of all time. His career took off in 1950 when Billy Wilder tapped him to star in Sunset Boulevard, for which Holden earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination. Following this breakthrough film, he starred in Stalag 17, which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. In 1974, he starred in the critically acclaimed disaster film The Towering Inferno, which was one of the highest grossing … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Ryan White (1971-1990) - Advocate for AIDS Research & Public Education Ryan White courageously fought AIDS-related discrimination when he was denied access to school after he was diagnosed with HIV contracted through a blood transfusion. He went on to become the national spokesman for AIDS research and public education. Congress passed AIDS legislation called the Ryan White Care Act, which sought funding to improve availability of care for low income, uninsured and under-insured victims … [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?
Gary Cooper (1901-1061) - Actor Gary Cooper was an American film actor renowned for his quiet, understated acting style. His stoic and at times intense screen persona was particularly well suited to the many Westerns he made. He also excelled in sophisticated, screwball romantic comedies. Cooper received five Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, winning twice for Sergeant York and High Noon. He also received an Honorary Award in 1961 from the Academy. Yet, despite his success as an … [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?
Sam Walton (1918-1992) - Businessman & Entrepreneur Sam Walton was the founder of the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Cub retail chains which are located throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, China, and Puerto Rico. Walton’s management style was popular with employees and some of his basic management concepts are still in use today. After taking the company public in 1970, Walton introduced his "profit-sharing plan," which was a plan for Wal-Mart employees to … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Sonny Bono (1935-1998) - Recording Artist/Record Producer/Politician Sonny Bono began his music career at Specialty Records where his song "Things You Do to Me" was recorded by Sam Cooke. He went on to work for the record producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s as a promotion man and percussionist. He received commercial success with his then-wife Cher, as part of the singing duo Sonny and Cher. Bono wrote, arranged, and produced a number of hit records with singles like "I Got You Babe" and … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
George Washington (1732-1799) - 1ST President of the United States (1789-1797) George Washington is known for his greatness as a general and as the nation’s first President. He was very disappointed when two different political parties were developing at the end of his first term. Much to the nation’s disappointment Washington did not run for a third term. In addition to serving as our first president, he was a successful leader in the fight for independence from Great Britain, the first person … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Rosa Parks (1913-2005) - Civil Rights Activist Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the U.S. to December 1, 1955. That was the day Rosa Parks, an unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance. Her single act of defiance inspired tens of thousands of working-class blacks, led by Martin Luther King, to boycott the local buses for more than a … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?