Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
People in Magazines
Persons of the Year. This change was arguably long overdue, not least because some women had already featured as "Man of the Year".
2. Pope John XXIII was Man of the Year in 1962, and Pope John Paul II was Man of the Year in 1994.
Dwight D. Eiswenhower. His first time was in 1944, and his second time was in 1959.
Osama bin Laden. This is because the Man of the Year award is supposed to be given to the individual or group of individuals who have had the biggest effect on the year's news.
Hitler . Oh, what a blunder!
3. He received this honor in 1932, 1934, and 1941.
Charles Lindbergh. Charles Lindbergh made the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic.
|Can someone actually be 'born' to play a film role? Sometimes it looks that way and that was the case in 2004. The late singer and pianist Ray Charles seemed to spring back to life, thanks to this actor who played him so ably. Who was he?||Influential People - Class Of 2005
Jamie Foxx . Foxx got his start on TV with "In Living Color" (which turned out to be a breeding ground for talent as in Jim Carrey, the Wayans and even Paula Abdul) but Jamie Foxx really stole the whole 2004 movie season. Born in 1968 as Eric Bishop he bested not only veteran Clint Eastwood but also Leo DiCaprio at the 2005 Oscars for Best Actor. Jamie has assured a further place in posterity for the legendary Mr. Charles and himself.
A tip of the hat to 'Time' magazine [Vol. 165, No. 16] for some of the information and most of the ideas this quiz reflects.
|Marc Cherry, born in 1962, popped up from next to nowhere and did so in a big way. This guy created and eats, sleeps and drinks his TV show 24/7 and it shows. Seeing as there are so many things going on at once in the series it's good Mr. Cherry is so attentive. What show are we talking about - arguably one of the biggest hits to land for a while?||Influential People - Class Of 2005
Desperate Housewives. Even if you haven't seen the show almost everyone has heard of "Desperate Housewives" and Wysteria Lane by now. What a group of neighbors! The flighty divorcee, the stressed out wife/mother, the modern day Stepford wife, the cheating (with the high school aged landscaper, no less) wife, the wife who shot herself in the head and, of course, the local floozy. Throw in a little kinky sex, murder, mysterious men and you've got a most fascinating hour of television which has you laughing one minute and gasping the next.
|Ziyi Zhang gives a definite first impression when met: she appears as fragile as a China Doll. Don't bet on it, though. From playing a steely willed Princess in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (at the ripe old age of 20) to the renegade kung-fu heroine in "The House Of Flying Daggers" this young lady means business and it's time for her Hollywood spotlight. She won the plum role in "Memoirs Of A Geisha" [set for a December 2005 release]. Which non-Chinese director will she be working with?||Influential People - Class Of 2005
Rob Marshall. Marshall, who directed the winning "Chicago" in 2001, is heading up this project with Spielberg producing. The cast is almost entirely Japanese (Zhang isn't) but with American backing and promotion it will likely be a blockbuster. Unfortunately her success in America could have limits because of her obvious racial identity but we can only hope she does well. Either way, I'm sure she could return to Asia and be kept busy for decades.
|Singer Juanes, born in Colombia, will be a worldwide hit in no time flat if he isn't already in many circles. While there is a certain ethnicity to his work he presents a universal language with it. One of his award-winning tunes is called "A Dios Le Pido". What does that mean in English?||Influential People - Class Of 2005
I Ask God. Born in 1972 young Juanes usually sings in Spanish but the music has the dynamic rhythms of rock blended with Latin beats and the sounds of Columbian folklore. He can slide from love ballads to politically charged protest songs like a skater on velvet ice. His birth name is Juan Esteban Aristizabal and he started the guitar at age 10 and has won 5 Grammy Awards so far.
|Miuccia Prada made the list. She's an interesting fashion designer who, in her mid 50s, runs a very prestigious company. A rather no-nonsense sort her basic theme seems to be to counter the notion that sex - and only sex - sells. In the 2001/2002 season she launched a new line with a far from glamorous motif. What was that 'look' she had a hit with?||Influential People - Class Of 2005
The 'Frumpy 50s Housewife' look. THAT idea sure got the rest noticing and soon after all the fancy runways were being paraded by frumps! Prada is considered a Communist, iconoclast and an intellectual, not your typical fashion tycoon. When young she took over her Grandfather's dusty luggage company and turned it into a 2 billion dollar conglomerate. A very interesting woman.
|'Time' considered this actor/actress influential and it was a worthy choice. Not even 35 years of age yet, who was selected in 2005? *Not quite identified with being a 'sex symbol' or fictional superhero...so far*||Influential People - Class Of 2005
Hilary Swank. Nominated for Best Lead Actress twice (for "Boys Don't Cry"  and "Million Dollar Baby" ) Swank won both times. She's been knocking around Hollywood since she was a teenager - making a decent living, too, early on - but her stairway to the heights came with playing a girl-pretending-to-be-a-boy and then a boxer. Hilary doesn't study her roles as much as she just becomes them (for "Baby" her workout regimen and diet were daunting, for example). Her husband is TV actor and producer Chad Lowe.
|Jason Jones, Marcus Lehto and Charlie Gough are what might be called 'very wealthy nerds' these days. They developed an awesomely popular cyber game logging 91 million man-hours playing it in its first 10 weeks of release (and that's just the online figure). What game is this?||Influential People - Class Of 2005
Halo. 'Time' magazine says that to indulge in "Halo" is to take part in what feels like a sci-fi Wagnerian opera, a ballet of bullets, lasers and orchestral music. Consider this: the amount of time this game has been played amounts to 10,000 years in the virtual world. People seem to love an adventure where a plague lurks around every corner hoping to turn them into a zombie.
Winston Churchill. Churchill served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. In 2002, a BBC poll of the "100 Greatest Britons" proclaimed Churchill "The Greatest of Them All".
|The American Fighting Man/Woman has been chosen twice as the "Time" Magazine cover of the year. In 2003, how many men appeared on the front cover?||"Time" Magazine's Person of the Year
Three. G.I. Joe was chosen in 1950 and the American Soldier was named in 2003. In 1950, "Time" paid respect to the American soldier efforts in Korea and, in 2003, the editors noted their ability and dedication in war service, many miles from home.
|The cover page of Adolf Hitler as Man of the Year in 1938 is particularly artistic. The cover picture featured Hitler playing a hymn of hate while his victims dangled from what?||"Time" Magazine's Person of the Year
a St. Catherine Wheel. "Time" Magazine notes that the Person of the Year is not meant as an honour but rather in recognition of the most influential person of that year. In 1938, Hitler was a most significant figure on the world scene and following the Munich Agreement, war soon followed. Other controversial figures were Mrs. Wallis Simpson (1936), Generalissimo and Mme Chiang Kai-Shek (1937) and Mohammed Mossadegh (1951).
Meditating over a reading.. Gandhi was chosen in 1930; other non-Americans include Pierre Laval (1931), Haile Selassie (1935) and Konrad Adenauer (1953). Gandhi is commonly known in India and across the world as Mahatma (Great Soul) or Bapu (Father). He was named in 1930 as the pacifist who challenged Britain for Indian Independence.
|Franklin Roosevelt was nominated for a record third time in 1941. On the cover page is the portrait of Roosevelt and in the background, two great war leaders. Who are they?||"Time" Magazine's Person of the Year
Stalin and Churchill. "Time" Magazine designated Franklin Roosevelt as Man of the Year in 1932, 1934 and 1941. Franklin Roosevelt was nominated in 1932 as a President-elect taking on the task of combating an economic depression; in 1934 he was again named for continuing this same struggle and in 1941 for preparing America for war.
The Machine of the Year.. The computer, the first non-human, was chosen as the cover. "Time" Magazine foretold that the computer would change almost every aspect of American and global life. They concluded:" America will never be the same".
As a newspaper collage.. Although later disgraced by the Watergate scandal and resignation, "Time" Magazine remembered Nixon's achievements in 1971 for opening relations to China and putting down ant-war protests. He also shared nomination with Henry Kissinger in 1972.
white. Pope John XIII opened the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) but did not live to see it completed, dying on June 3 1963. Councils are rare as there have been only 20 in the nearly 2,000 years of Christian history. He was beatified (a process toward sainthood) in 2000.
As a young man.. "Time" began the nominations in 1927 and Charles Lindbergh was the first and the youngest person to receive the distinction. He was just 25 years old. Nicknamed "Lucky Lindy" or "the Lone Eagle", he captured the imagination of the public by flying across the Atlantic on a non-stop flight in "The Spirit of St. Louis".
Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Roosevelt became President at a low point in 1932 of the 1929 Depression. Through creative programs and fresh social and fiscal legislation, such as Social Security and Federal Deposit Insurance, the nation slowly made its way back to prosperity.
The computer. Who knew in 1982 the extent of the power of the computer to both bless and complicate our lives? In my workplace in 1982 management was struggling to find ways to utilizing computer technology.
General and Madame Chiang Kai-shek. The Chiang Kai-sheks were selected as they provided the best hope at the time to stem the spread of Communism in Asia.
Bill and Melinda Gates were selected in 2005, along with the Irish singer Bono, as 'good Samaritans'.
Coolidge, Hoover, and Ford. Coolidge was leaving office when the recognition began. Franklin Roosevelt was the first President selected in 1932. Gerald Ford was not 'elected' and was never chosen by "Time". Hoover was also bypassed.
Haile Selassie. Haile Selassie was the monarch of Ethiopia. When Italy under Mussolini invaded Ethiopia, Selassie unsuccessfully sought help from the League of Nations. This rejection along with the fact that the United States was not a member greatly weakened the League. Selassie was a reformer as ruler and dealt with many issues such as slavery.
Paul Robeson was an American actor, singer, athlete, and social and political activist; Nelson Mandela went from a political prisoner to President of South Africa; Idi Amen was called the 'Butcher of Uganda'.
Wallis Simpson. Edward VIII gave up the British throne marry twice-divorced Wallis Simpson, a decision that rocked the British government.
Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone with the Wind" (1936); Eleanor Roosevelt was the much admired wife of Franklin Roosevelt; Bette Davis was a film actress for several decades.
Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein, a German born mathematician, gave therotical base for much of the scientific knowledge of his century.
Ford is given credit for the invention of the assembly line which revolutionized manufacturing; Oppenheimer is called the father of the atomic bomb; Gates brought the personal computer to countless millions of people.
Charles Lindbergh. Charles Lindbergh, also known as 'Lucky Lindy' and the 'Lone Eagle', gained fame as a daredevil pilot who flew solo from the US to France. Later he became a political activist whose opinions were sometimes controversial. The kidnapping of his son has been called the 'crime of the century'.
Babe Ruth was an outstanding baseball player; Al Smith was a defeated democratic candidate for President; Leon Trotsky was a Communist leader who was assassinated in Mexico in 1940.