Sunday, February 25, 2018

6word Portrait: George Harrison

Quiet Beatle with "Something" to say.


Born 75 years ago today (d. 2001)



Saturday, February 24, 2018

6word Portrait: Steve Jobs

Repeatedly reinvented technology for the iMasses.


Born this day in 1955 (d. 2011)


Friday, February 23, 2018

6word Portrait: W.E.B. Du Bois

Early civil rights advocate; prolific author.


Born 150 years ago today (d. 1963)



Thursday, February 22, 2018

6word Portrait: George Washington

First President of the United States.


Born this day in 1732 (d. 1799)


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

6word Portrait: Nina Simone

Stylistically diverse singer/pianist championed Civil Rights. 


Born 85 years ago today (d. 2003)

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Sidney Poitier

In heat of night, dignity personified. 


Born this day in 1927.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

6word Portrait: Smokey Robinson

His voice sounds like a Miracle. 


Born this day in 1940.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Toni Morrison

Beloved Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author.


Born this day in 1931.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

6word Portrait: Michael Jordan

"At guard, from North Carolina, #23..."


Born 55 years ago today.



Friday, February 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Edgar Bergen

Ventriloquist sounded like a dummy, Charlie. 


Born this day in 1903 (d. 1978)

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Galileo Galilei

Renaissance astronomer championed heliocentrism; called heretic.


Born this day in 1564 (d. 1642)


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Maceo Parker

Funky saxophonist accompanied James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic.


Born 75 years ago today.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Peter Gabriel

"Sledgehammer" hit "Big Time" after Genesis. 


Born this day in 1950

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Monday, February 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Abraham Lincoln

Honestly led the Union, ended slavery. 


Born this day in 1809 (d. 1865)

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Thomas Edison

Invented electric light, phonographs, film cameras.


Born this day in 1847 (d. 1931)

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Leontyne Price

Legendary African-American soprano long Met brilliance.


Born this day in 1927.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

6word Portrait: Joe Pesci

"I'm funny how? ... I amuse you?"


Born 75 years ago today.



Thursday, February 8, 2018

6word Portrait: James Dean

Rebel without cause gone too soon.


Born this day in 1931 (d. 1955)



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Charles Dickens

Wrote Great Expectations, Two Cities, Oliver


Born this day in 1812 (d. 1870)



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

6word Portrait: Bob Marley

Dreadlocked reggae icon wailed redemption songs.


Born this day in 1945 (d. 1981)

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Monday, February 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Hank Aaron

Home Run King in my book.

Born this day in 1934.



Sunday, February 4, 2018

6word Portrait: Rosa Parks

Refused to give up her seat.



Born this day in 1913 (d. 2005)




Saturday, February 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Nathan Lane

Producers' perfectly slimy, sleazy Max Bialystock.


Born this day in 1956.



Friday, February 2, 2018

6word Portrait: George Halas

Papa Bear central to NFL formation.


Born this day in 1895 (d. 1983)



Thursday, February 1, 2018

6word Portrait: Clark Gable

As Rhett, screen idol "frankly didn't..."


Born this day in 1901 (d. 1960)

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

6word Portrait: Ernie Banks

Forever Mr. Cub; "Let's play two!"


Born this day in 1931 (d. 2015)

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

6word Portrait: Harold Prince

Theatrically directed Cabaret, Phantom, much Sondheim.


Born 90 years ago today.




Monday, January 29, 2018

6word Portrait: Oprah Winfrey

Iconically changed daytime TV from Chicago.


Born this day in 1954.



Sunday, January 28, 2018

6word Portrait: Gregg Popovich

Champion coach Spurred to speak out.


Born this day in 1949



Saturday, January 27, 2018

6word Portrait: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Childhood prodigy became world's greatest composer.


Born this day in 1756 (d. 1791)

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Friday, January 26, 2018

6word Portrait: Paul Newman

Hustler, Hud, Luke, Butch, foodmaker, philanthropist. 


Born this day in 1925 (d. 2008)

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

6word Portrait: Etta James

Singer forever famed for "At Last."


Born 80 years ago today (d. 2012)



Wednesday, January 24, 2018

6word Portrait: Warren Zevon

Ah-ooooh, Werewolves of London; Excitable Boy


Born this day in 1947 (d. 2003)




Tuesday, January 23, 2018

6word Portrait: Chita Rivera

Broadway legend; original West Side Anita.


Born 85 years ago today.



Monday, January 22, 2018

6word Portrait: Sam Cooke

Singer's "Wonderful World" cut drastically short.


Born this day in 1931 (d. 1964)



Saturday, January 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Jack Nicklaus

Golden Bear won most-ever 18 majors. 


Born this day in 1940.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

6word Portrait: Federico Fellini

Director sumptuously exposed La Dolce Vita.


Born this day in 1920 (d. 1993)



6word Portrait: Dolly Parton

Workin' 9 to 5 at Dollywood.


Born this day in 1946.



Thursday, January 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Cary Grant

Debonair star ventured North by Northwest.


Born this day in 1904 (d. 1986)



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

6word Portrait: Muhammad Ali

Forever the greatest of all time.


Born this day in 1942 (d. 2016)



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Writer/composer/star of Hamilton, In the Heights.


Born this day in 1980.



Monday, January 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil Rights hero had a dream.



Born this day in 1929 (d. 1968)

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Dave Grohl

Hard-rocking Foo Fighter drummed in Nirvana.


Born this day in 1969.



Saturday, January 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Seinfeld's Elaine; Veep; 11 Emmy awards



Born this day in 1961.



Friday, January 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Howard Stern

Salacious “shock jock” turned insightful interviewer.


Born this day in 1954.



Thursday, January 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Alexander Hamilton

Ten-dollar founding father; first Treasury Secretary.


Born this day in 1755* (d. 1804)
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Pat Benatar

“Hit me with your best shot.”


Born 65 years ago today.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

6word Portrait: Jimmy Page

Legendary guitarist, producer for Led Zeppelin.


Born this day in 1944.



Monday, January 8, 2018

6word Portrait: David Bowie

Ziggy Stardust. Aladdin Sane. "Let's Dance."


Born this day in 1947 (d. 2016)



Sunday, January 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Katie Couric

Today host; newscaster; cancer prevention advocate.


Born this day in 1957.