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 Biographies Challenge

"For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time"

-Louis L'Amour
      A biography is not simply a "report about some dead guy" as one student once put it. A biography is more like a tale- the sum total of a person's life and their impact

on humanity. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote "There is properly no history; only biography."
       If we do just that, view history as a combination of interconnected biographies rather than just studying, these lives become more relevant, or important. Observing history through the eyes of those who influenced it, gives us insight towards the forces that motivated them as well as their intent.
Below you'll find a list of people who have had a positive influence. Try researching one (or more) of these historical figures. Be sure to report your findings. Try using the form provided below to help you focus your search

Chuck Close            Maragaret Burbridge       Wendel Berry
Tim Berners-Lee        Maya Lin                  Ed Bearss
Renee Fleming          Jane Mt. Pleasant         Whynton Marsalls
Anne Leibowitz         Maya Angelou              Pete Aozelle
Pope John Paul II      Ulysses S. Grant          Vincent Van Gogh
John Muir              Alfred Nobel              Eleanor Roosevelt
Mahatma Ghandi         Emily Dickinson           Ernest Hemmingway
F. Scott Fitzgerald    Marie Curie               Mark Twain
Charles Dickens        Mel Blanc                 Martin Luther King Jr.
Colin Powell           John Steinbeck            Edgar Allen Poe
Langston Hughes        James Watson              Stephen Spielberg
Yo-Yo Ma               Mark Lehner               Bill Gates
Neil Armstrong         Pele                      Buzz Aldron
Henry Ford             Walt Disney               Carl Sandburg
Fats Waller            Julie Taymor              Sally Ride
James Watson           Robert Moses              Frank Gehry
John Dobson            Gordon Parks              Mark Plotkin
Teddy Roosevelt        Louis Armstrong           Lucille Ball
Nelson Mandela         Pablo Picasso             Ronald Reagan
Tony Hawk              T. S. Elliot              Bruce Campbell
Albert Einstein        Steve Jobs                George Romero

Click [HERE] for a Bio-Challenge form

Last Updated: 6/18/06
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