Wednesday, February 28, 2018

6word Portrait: Frank Gehry

Postmodern abstract architect begat Bilbao effect. 

Born this day in 1929



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

6word Portrait: Elizabeth Taylor

Ingenue, superstar, goddess, oft-married tabloid fodder.

Born this day in 1932 (d. 2011)

Monday, February 26, 2018

6word Portrait: Johnny Cash

The Man in Black; been everywhere. 

Born this day in 1932 (d. 2003)



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)



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Sidney Poitier

In heat of night, dignity personified. 

Born this day in 1927.



Monday, February 19, 2018

6word Portrait: Smokey Robinson

His voice sounds like a Miracle. 

Born this day in 1940.



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)



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.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Peter Gabriel

"Sledgehammer" hit "Big Time" after Genesis. 

Born this day in 1950



Monday, February 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Abraham Lincoln

Honestly led the Union, ended slavery. 

Born this day in 1809 (d. 1865)


The Emancipation Proclamation

Sunday, February 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Thomas Edison

Invented electric light, phonographs, film cameras.

Born this day in 1847 (d. 1931)


Saturday, February 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Leontyne Price

Legendary African-American soprano long Met brilliance.

Born this day in 1927.



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)



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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