Friday, November 17, 2006

Interesting People #2

Here are some interesting people you may have never heard of before..

Roger Williams: Roger was a theologian and proponent of religious liberty. He is noted for being the co-founder of Rhode Island and the founder of Providence, RI. He treated natives with respect and insisted that land settled by Europeans should be purchased fairly. He was briefly a member of the first Baptist church in America.

Bill "Spaceman" Lee: Bill is a former major league baseball pitcher, who threw for the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos from 1969 to 1982. He was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox in the last game of the 1975 World Series. Bill was outspoken in many different ways, and is likely one of the few ballplayers to have called his manager a "designated gerbil" and threat to bite off the ear of an umpire. He was socially liberal, advocating drug use. However, when it came to baseball he was a traditionalist, speaking out against innovations such as the designated hitter, AstroTurf and polyester uniforms.

Theodor Geisel: Better known by his pen-name "Dr. Seuss", Theodor authored well over 40 childrens books with a unique and compelling style. Rumor has it that Theodor's famous work "Green Eggs and Ham" is the result of a bet that Dr. Seuss made about whether he could write an entire book using only fifty words. The lumber industry in Laytonville, California attempted to have one of his books titled"The Lorax" banned from some school libraries. When World War II began, Theodor started producing what would eventually become a mass of over 400 political cartoons.


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