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George Pratt Schultz

Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 13, 1920. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. A professor of industrial relations, Shultz taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1946–57) and the University. of Chicago (1957–68). Under President Richard Nixon, he served as secretary of labor (1969–70), director of the Office of Management and Budget (1970–72), and secretary of the treasury (1972–74). After several years in private business, he served as secretary of state (1982–89) in President Ronald Reagan's administration. Known for his ability to effect compromises, he was criticized for failing to oppose more strongly the operations that led to the Iran-contra affair.
George C. Scott

He was an immensely talented actor: a star of screen, stage and television who was born in Virginia in 1927. At the age of 8 his mother died and his father, who was an executive at Buick, raised him.

In 1945 he joined the Marines and spent four years with them, no doubt an inspiration for portraying General Patton years later.
When Scott left the Marines he then enlisted in journalism at the University of Missouri, but it was while performing in a play there that the acting bug bit him. He has said it "clicked, just like tumblers in a safe". It was in the late 50's that he landed a role in 'Richard III' in New York City that became a hit and brought the young actor to the attention of critics.
Soon he began to get work on television, mostly in live broadcasts of plays, and then in 1959 he landed the part of crafty prosecutor in the awesome film 'Anatomy of a Murder'. It was this role that landed him his first Oscar nomination, for best supporting actor. However, George and Oscar wouldn't actually become the best of friends. In fact, he felt the whole process forced actors to become stars and that the ceremony was little more than a "meat market".

In 1962 he was nominated again for best supporting actor, this time opposite Paul Newman in 'The Hustler', but sent a message saying "No thanks" and basically refused the nomination. But whether the actor was being temperamental or simply stubborn in his opinion of awards, it didn't seem to stop him from being nominated in the future. 'Anatomy' and 'The Hustler' were followed by 1963's clever mystery 'The List of Adrian Messenger' in which he starred alongside Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum and some cameos by major stars of the time, including Burt Lancaster and Frank Sinatra.

The following year Scott starred as General 'Buck' Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick's comical anti-war film 'Dr. Strangelove'. It became one of his favorites and he often said that he felt guilty getting paid for it as he had so much fun making it. Another comedy, 'The Film Flam Man' followed in 1967 with Scott playing a smooth-talking con-man who takes on an apprentice that he soon finds has too many morals. Three years would follow, with some smaller TV movies, before he portrayed the dynamic general George S. Patton Jr. It was a war movie that came at the end of a decade where anti-war protests had rocked a nation and become a symbol of a youth dissatisfied with what was expected of them. Still, the actor's portrayal of this aggressive military icon actually drew sympathy for the controversial hero.

Tom Seaver
Born: November 17, 1944

Baseball Hall of Famer

He spent 6 years active duty in the Marine Corps Reserves. After his time in the Corps he enrolled in Fresno City College. He then went on to play Major League Baseball where he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

SEE:Orville Richard Burrell
Bernard Shaw
Born:  May 22, 1940

Served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Oahu, Hawaii, 1959-63.
As principal Washington anchor for the Cable News Network (CNN), Bernard Shaw has built a reputation for asking difficult questions and upholding unfaltering journalistic ethics. His style and professionalism have enabled him to land impressive interviews with world leaders. His most visible, sensational, and some would say, impressive moment as a journalist came in 1991. In Baghdad, Iraq to complete a follow-up interview with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Shaw was one of three CNN reporters who worked during a major attack by the Allied Forces. With his colleagues Shaw brought unprecedented, live coverage of the Allied Forces' bombing. On 16 January 1991, more than one billion homes watched Shaw and his colleagues deliver around-the-clock coverage of Operation Desert Storm.
Source: Museum of Broadcast Communications
Frederick Smith

Founder and CEO of Federal Express

Frederick Smith may be living the dream of every student. In 1965 as an undergraduate at Yale University, he submitted a paper in an economics class proposing the idea of a service that would guarantee overnight delivery. He received a "C" for the assignment. With self-effacing humor, Smith later told an interviewer, "to a ne'er do well student like myself, the grade was acceptable." The paper was the germ of Federal Express, a multibillion dollar company that spawned a new industry.

Following military service with the Marines during the Vietnam War, Smith embarked on creating Federal Express-so named because Smith had originally hoped to transport checks for the Federal Reserve System, a contract that never materialized. Smith's military training helped him understand the organization that would be required to centrally route and reroute packages. Using newly developed computer tracking systems and a combination of planes and trucks to deliver packages, Smith had everything sent through Memphis, Tennessee, selected for its favorable weather conditions. There he employed a largely part-time work force, active between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Outside of Memphis, the company took advantage of under serviced airports in remote locations. After a rocky beginning, during which Smith on one occasion met his payroll demands with gambling winnings, Federal Express convinced the American public of the importance of knowing important information could be sent and received overnight. As the Wall Street Journal reported in 1989, "Smith's entrepreneurial plan rested on a single concept-reliability."
John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6, 1854. His father was born in Spain of Portuguese parents and his mother was Bavarian. Sousa, known as the "March King," ranks among the most famous American composers and conductors. On December 25, 1896, he composed The Stars and Stripes Forever, the official march of the United States of America. Sousa was the inventor of the sousaphone. He died on March 6, 1932 in Reading, Pennsylvania and is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Sousa was the leader of the U.S. Marine Band from 1880 until 1892. After leaving the Marine Band, he formed his own band, which toured Europe several times and was the first American band to make a tour around the world. The band had its own baseball team.
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Leon Spinks

Born: July 11,1953
He became a United States Marine during the Vietnam years. Won heavyweight crown in split decision over Muhammad Ali in Feb. 1978; won gold medal in light heavyweight division at 1976 Olympics
Charles (Chuck) R. Swindoll

Born: October 18, 1934
El Campo, Texas
During his tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps, which included 16 months in Southeast Asia, he became convinced that the Lord's real direction for his life was Christian service as a pastor. President of Dallas Theological Seminary and chairman of Insight for Living, his radio Bible teaching ministry. It airs on more than 1900 radio stations worldwide in thirteen languages.





July 18, 2001