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F. Lee Baily
Lawyer for O.J. Simpson
Born: June 10, 1933 Following service as a marine pilot, he was admitted to the bar in 1960.
James Addison Baker III
Secretary of State
James Addison Baker III Born in Houston, Texas on April 28, 1930
Married Susan Garrett in 1973
Graduated from Princeton University in 1952
Served in the United States Marine Corps, 1952-1954
Received a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin in 1957
Practiced law with the firm of Andrews and Kurth
1957-1975 Under secretary of Commerce
1975-76 Campaign manager for President Gerald Ford
1976 Chairman of George Bush for President Campaign
1979-1980 Senior Advisor to the Reagan/Bush general election campaign
1980 White House Chief of Staff for President Reagan
1981-1985 Secretary of the Treasury
Chairman of the President’s Economic Council
1985-1988 Secretary of State in President George H.W. Bush’s Cabinet from January 22, 1989 until August 23, 1992
Served as Senior Counselor and White House Chief of Staff for President Bush, 1992-1993.
James Lee Barret
Before becoming a screenwriter, James Lee Barret served in the Marines. His first screenplay for The D.I. (1957) was about a Marine drill instructor. Barret went on to write many assorted action films in genres ranging from westerns to war films to police dramas to chase movies. He also penned the 1965 biblical epic, The Greatest Story Ever Told. In addition to screenplays, Barret also wrote pilot episodes for TV series and screenplays for TV movies. Later he won a Tony Award for his libretto for Shenandoah, a musical adaptation of one of his westerns.
Art Buchwald was born in Mt. Vernon, New York. He was raised in Hollis in Queens, New York. He attended P.S. 35, Jamaica High School and Forest Hills High school. He never graduated. Instead, he ran away to join the Marines where he served honorably (so he claims) from 1942 to 1945 in the Pacific. Although he wasn’t a war hero he looked very good in uniform.
On his return to civilian life, Art Buchwald enrolled at the University of Southern California, even though he did not have a high school diploma. After three years he heard that he could go to Paris on the G.I. Bill of Rights, so he left USC and bought a one-way ticket to France.
While pretending to attend a French language school in Paris, Mr. Buchwald landed a job with VARIETY magazine. In January 1949 he took a trial column to the offices of the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune. Its title was “Paris After Dark.” Mr. Buchwald sold the Tribune on the fact that he was qualified to write about the restaurants and nightlife of Paris because of the food he had eaten in the Marine Corps. They never checked his credentials and in time he was considered the best-fed newspaperman in Europe.
source: Harry Walker Agency
The U.S. Marine Corps was so flattered that Bugs Bunny decides to become a marine in the Supper Rabbit film that they insisted that the character be officially inducted into the force as a private, which was done, complete with dogtags. The character was regularly promoted until Bugs was officially "discharged" at the end of World War II as a Master Sergeant.
Orville Richard Burrell
Shaggy was born Orville Richard Burrell on October 22, 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica, and was nicknamed after the Scooby-Doo character. At age 18, he joined his mother in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York, and soon began performing with the local Jamaican-style sound system Gibraltar Musik. A steady income proved to be a more pressing matter, however, and in 1988 Shaggy joined the Marines. Stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, he continued to pursue music in his free time, and often made the drive back to New York for recording sessions. He cut his first single, "Man a Mi Yard" b/w "Bullet Proof Buddy," at age 20 for producer Don One's own small label; for the follow-up, "Big Hood" b/w "Duppy or Uglyman," he worked with producer Lloyd "Spiderman" Campbell.
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