Mark Dean - Who is he?
Dean was born in 1957 in Tennessee. He received degrees from the University of Tennessee, Florida Atlantic University, and Stanford University (Ph.D in electrical engineering).
He is the first African American to become an IBM fellow. In 1997, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Currently he is the interim dean of the Tickle College of Engineering and is a professor at the University of Tennessee. He works for IBM Middle East and Africa and was an IBM VP overseeing research in San Jose, California.
He holds 3 of the 9 original patents from IBM and was part of the team that developed the interior architecture that allows multiple devices to be connected to computers. Currently he holds more than 20 patens.
Misty Copeland - who is she?
Misty was born in 1982 and is a ballet dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. She was born in Missouri, but raised in California. She was the first African American woman to be a principal dance for the ABT (they have a 75 year history).
She started ballet at the age of 13 (considered a quite late start in the dance world). In 1997, she won the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award as the best dancer in Southern California. She became a member of the ABT in 2000 (age 18) and joined the corps de ballet in 2001 and became a soloist in 2007.
She is also a public speaker, spokesperson, and stage performer. She’s written two books and narrated a documentary about her Career. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2015. She’s performed on Broadway, toured as a featured dancer, and appeared on TV.
As a teen she struggled with a custody battle between her dance teacher and her mother, an eating disorder, body image issues, and injury.
pardus per urbem currebat!
in India, pardus in urbem errabat. pardus timebat et per urbem currebat. homines pardum capere conabantur, sed non poterant. tandem homines, qui cum animalibus laborabant, pardum ceperunt.
ignis decem homines necavit
die Martis, in urbe Paridis, ignis erat. decem homines periverunt et multi homines vulnerabantur. homines ignem fugere conabantur et in tecto stabant et e fenestris exiebant. custodes publici putabant feminam, quae quadraginta annos nata est, ignem excitavisse.
captivi erant in carcere sine calefactione et laternis electronicis
in New York, captivi in carcere unam hebdomadem sine calefactione et laternis electronicis habitabant. tam frigida erat ut captivi pulsarent fenestras quod auxilium habere volebant. quoque, alii captivi sine medicinis erant.
Guion S Bluford - Who is he?
Guion S Bluford is an American aerospace engineer. He was a US Air Force Officer and fighter pilot and was the first African American in space. He participated in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992.
He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1964, got his Master degree from the US Air Force Institute of Technilogy in 1974, and received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from AFIT. In 1966, he got his pilot wings. He flew 144 combat missions in the Vietnam War, 65 of which were over North Vietnam. Over the years, he has over 5,200 hours of jet flight time and he has gotten his FAA commercial pilot license.
Bluford became a NASA astronaut in 1979. His first mission was in 1983 on the Challenger. It had a night launch and a night landing (of which it was the first of its kind). During this mission, they destroyed the Indian National Satellite and completed 98 orbits of Earth in 145 hours.
In 1985, Bluford served on a crew whose mission was to carry the largest crew to fly in space. this was under German direction and completed a number of experiments.
In 1992, Bluford was on a ship that completed a variety of Military-Man-in-Space experiments. It completed 115 orbits of Earth in 175 hours. Bluford has logged of 688 hours in space.
He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2010.
quid est amor?
hodie, fabula non est sed interrogatio. NPR, qui nuntia narrat, nobis rogat: "quid est amor?"
funus erat puero in Hispania
horribile dictu, erat funus puero duorum annorum in Hispania. cum mater cibum faceret, puer evanuit. quattuordecim dies familia puerum quaerebat. tandem puerum invenerunt in cavo. aliquis cavum fecit aquam petens. puer celatus erat humo.
Mary Fields - Who was she?
Mary Fields (aka Stagecoach Mary) was born in 1832. She was a slave in Tennessee and was freed when slavery was outlawed in 1865. After, Mary worked in the home of Judge Edmund Dunne and, when his wife passed, took their five children to be with their aunt. When their aunt fell ill, Mary came to be her nurse, staying after her recovery to tend the garden and livestock, and completing other projects - eventually becoming a forewoman.
After an incident one of her subordinates, Mary was ordered to leave the area. The children's aunt helped her open her own restaurant. Mary would serve anyone who needed food, whether or not they could pay.
At age 60, Mary was hired as a mail carrier because she was able to hitch a team of six horses the fastest. She was the second woman and the first African American woman to work for the US Postal Service. She drove her route with her horses and a mule she named Moses. She never missed a day, earning the name "Stagecoach". During the snowy season, Mary would often carry the mail herself.
Mary was well respected in her town and on her birthday, the town (as a whole) would celebrate. Mary died in 1914 of liver failure. Gary Cooper wrote about her, "Born a slave somewhere in Tennessee, Mary lived to become one of the freest souls ever to draw a breath, or a .38."