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Interesting People

People Whom I Imagine Would be Interesting If I had Known Them, or Knew Them, and Who Don't Fit Into One of My Other Boards. Painters and writers are on other boards, except a few might have slipped in here.

Interesting People

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Alexandra David-Néel ° Famous for adventures in India, China and Tibet, and the books recording these, she is best known for her daring journey to Lhasa over the Trans-Himalayas in midwinter 1924. She was disguised as a beggar/pilgrim and eluded soldiers, brigands and officials of the British Empire. She became the first European woman to reach Tibet's forbidden capital, and she remains the most accurate, extensive source on the arcane Buddhist practices of a vanishing world.

Alexandra David-Néel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sir Nicholas Winton, 106 years old, May 2015. As a young British stockbroker, instead of taking a ski vacation, he organized the rescue 669 children from the Nazis in Prague. Click through to read Milena Grenfell-Baines' (rescued by him in 1939) story and tribute to him.

Milena Grenfell-Baines wishes her rescuer Sir Nicholas Winton a happy 106th birthday

Chris Matthews and Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey's Brilliant and Weirdly Effective Campaign to Win Over DC

Ingmar Bergman, 1936

Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955) was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Mary McLeod Bethune - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Naziha Dulaimi was an early pioneer of the #Iraqi #feminist movement. She was a cofounder and first president of the #Iraqi #Women's League, the first #woman minister in #Iraq’s modern #history, and the first woman cabinet minister in the #Arab world.

Groucho Marx - “Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.”

WILMA MANKILLER Cherokee Nation Female Chief- As the first female chief of the Cherokees, from 1985 to 1995, Mankiller led the tribe in tripling its enrollment, doubling employment and building new health centers and children's programs. #TEDxceWomen

WILMA MANKILLER Obituary Memorial Cherokee Nation Female Chief

Jon Stewart 1995--Getty Images

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Mirjam Waterman Pinkhof (1916-1999). Jewish Dutch Resistance worker whose resistance group saved roughly 300 Jewish youths during WWII. Her assignment was to gather infants whose parents were marked for deportation or had already been deported, and to deliver them to the train station in Amsterdam. She would arrive with a baby carriage and wait for the liaison who in turn delivered the children into hiding with families and in institutions.

Lucy Parsons was involved with the socialist and labor movement at the start of the 20th century, In 1905 she participated in the founding of the IWW, and began editing the Liberator, an anarchist newspaper. Lucy's focus shifted somewhat to class struggles around poverty and unemployment, and she organized the Chicago Hunger Demonstrations in January 1915.

Lucy Parsons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Buckminster Fuller working in his studio at Black Mountain College

tinkering in the studio (buckminster fuller) - Improvised Life

Dick Cavett: “I had the awful realization, I don’t know what I sound like. Eventually, mercifully, you learn, because you have to.”

Assorted Hijinks: An Interview with Dick Cavett

The usual cool suspects: Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney and David Goodman, 1963, photographed by Dennis Hopper.--Tumblr

The usual cool suspects: Andy Warhol, Henry... - artnet

"I don´t know why we are here but I'm pretty sure it´s not in order to enjoy ourselves." Ludwig Wittgenstein photo by Ben Richards

EDOZE GAUZA: Wittgenstein

In 1699, at the age of 52 years, Maria Merian and her daughter set sail for the Dutch colony of Surinam in South America. In those days such a voyage took three months. It was shocking for women, especially an old woman of 52, to undertake such a voyage. For two years the two women explored Surinam, painting insects and plants as they traveled. This is a self-portrait of Maria Sybilla Merian.

Michael Fassbender & Benedict Cumberbatch

Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to win a Fields Medal, the highest prize in math. Congratulations!

Iranian is first woman to nab highest prize in maths

"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” ― Arthur Ashe. photo uncredited


Jessie Tarbox Beals-female photo journalist,c. 1900's

Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr. - Harry Gordon Selfridge's claim to fame was his department store chain "Selfridges". He is also responsible for coining the phrase "The customer is always right."

"My mom... has strength, great stores of it, but she has refused to develop thick skin to protect herself... It is a difficult & sometimes painful choice. She wants to remain open - open eyes, open mind, open heart. It's cost her, but she has succeeded. There is no one I know who is so open to the new: new experiences, new opportunities, new love, even if it means loss. She truly believes the best is yet to come, that great adventures are out there..." - Anderson Cooper on Gloria Vanderbilt

froulala: Bookworm Weekend: The World of Gloria Vanderbilt

Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Kenya. Fostering orphaned elephants.

Feminist and revolutionary Qiu Jin was born in 1875 in China. She was vocal about women's rights and pressed for better access to education for women. At the time it was still customary for women to have their feet bound at the age of five, rendering women crippled and severely dependent on others. Qiu Jin encouraged women to resist oppression by their families and by the government, and to gain financial independence through education. She was beheaded by the authorities at the age of 31.