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andy aliffe
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Anton LaVey
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Bob Keeshan
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Calvert DeForest
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David Crosby
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Gore Vidal
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Grigori Rasputin
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Howard Cosell
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Hugh Glass
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Joe Namath
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Julia Child
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Junior Samples
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Marcus Garvey
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Marv Albert
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Pig-Pen
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Stephen G. Raines
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Ted Kennedy
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Tommy Lasorda
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Truman Capote
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Vincent van Gogh
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William Buckley Jr.
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andy aliffe, submitted by andy aliffe on Mon Apr 10 2017

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I am the self proclaimed Emperor of High Wycombe - I have taken my inspiration from Norton 1st - My Uniform is almost a duplicate of the Emperors - I wear this outfit when I am doing charitable work with our local mayors. I\'d like to be associated with some organisation that recognises and celebrates a great and wonderful character and to spread the news of this important historical person who is unknown to many many people - \If you contact me direct I can send you a picture of me in Full Regalia - I also have my own money ! - The 1 5 10 and 20 EMPS ! - Kind regards Andy Aliffe - High Wycombe - Bucks - UK

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Anton LaVey, submitted by Phil Donahue on Mon May 22 2006

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Anton Szandor LaVey (1930-1997) was the founder and High Priest of the Church of Satan, and author of \'\'The Satanic Bible\'\'. He is often known as a "founder of Satanism". He claimed no supernatural inspiration for this religion, but rather synthesized his understanding of human nature and the insights of earlier philosophers who advocated materialism and individualism. LaVey viewed Satan not as a literal deity or entity, but as a historic literary figure symbolic of Earthly values. LaVey performed Satanic baptisms, Satanic funerals (including one for naval officer Edward Olsen, complete with a chrome-helmeted honor guard) and released a record album entitled \'\'The Satanic Mass” In the late 1960s and early 1970s LaVey melded philosophical influences from Ayn Rand, Nietzsche, Mencken, and Jack London with the philosophy and ritual practices of the Church. Due to his increasing visibility through his books, LaVey was the subject of numerous articles in the news media throughout the world, including popular magazines such as Look, McCall\'s, Newsweek, and TIME, magazines. He also appeared on talk shows such as Joe Pyne, Phil Donahue, and Johnny Carson, and in a feature length documentary called \'\'Satanis: The Devil\'s Mass\'\' in 1969.

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Bob Keeshan, submitted by Mr. Green Jeans on Wed May 24 2006

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Best known as "Captain Kangaroo", Bob Keeshan influenced a generation of children with his big pockets and bushy mustache. "The Captain" introduced rug rats to literature, science, and especially music. He also personally supervised which commercials could air on his program, such as Play-Dough and Etch-a-Sketch (U.S. Balzac proudly still has his), which he saw as facilitating creative play, while avoiding those he felt as purely exploitative. Mr. Keeshan work on "The Howdy Doody Show" as Clarabell the Clown and "Tinker\'s Workshop" before becoming "Captain Kangaroo". His show introduced such characters as Mr. Green Jeans, Grandfather Clock, Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, and Dancing Bear. When Bob was in the Marines during WWII, he was known as Sergeant Keeshan. At the now infamous battle of Iwo Jima, Sargeant Keeshan saved the life of Honorary Sons of EMPEROR NORTON member, Lee Marvin. Mr. Marvin has stated that "...Sargeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew.." Young Private U.S. Balzac was fortunate to see "The Captain" in person back in the 1960\'s.

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Calvert DeForest, submitted by David Letterman on Mon May 22 2006

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Calvert DeForest (born July 23, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York), is an American actor and comedian. A veteran stage actor, DeForest is best known for his work as "Larry \'Bud\' Melman" on \'\'Late Night with David Letterman\'\'. He appeared under his own name, but as essentially the same character, when David Letterman moved from NBC to CBS to do \'\'The Late Show with David Letterman\'\'. This was done because the character of "Larry \'Bud\' Melman" was considered the intellectual property of NBC. He continued to appear on Letterman\'s show until the early 2000\'s, when he decided to retire from acting.

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David Crosby, submitted by Neil Young on Sun Jun 18 2006

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David Van Cortland Crosby (born on August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is most well known for being a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young). His influence has all too often been overshadowed by that of The Beatles, but Mr. Crosby was, stylistically, one of the most influential singers in the 1960s. In The Byrds, Mr. Crosby was responsible for the soaring harmonies and often unusual phrasing on their songs. While in CSN, he wrote many important songs, including "Almost Cut My Hair" and "Long Time Gone". In 1985, after years of advanced freebase cocaine and heroin addiction, he served a year in jail in Texas after having been convicted for a illegal drug-related offense a few years earlier. Later, he was the recipient of a highly publicized liver transplant. On March 6, 2004 he was arrested again for drug possession and weapons offenses in New York City. Mr. Crosby was charged with illegal possession of a hunting knife, illegal possession of a handgun and ammunition, and possession of marijuana. He donated sperm to fellow musician Melissa Etheridge so that she could have two babies.

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Gore Vidal, submitted by William Buckley Jr. on Sat Jun 17 2006

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Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (born October 3, 1925), known simply as Gore Vidal, is a well-known American writer of novels, stage plays, and essays and has been a public figure for over fifty years. Mr. Vidal is a member of the advisory board of the "World Can\'t Wait" organization, which is part of the movement to charge George W. Bush with treason. Vidal is strongly critical of the Bush administration, as he has been of previous U.S. administrations that he considers to have either an explicit or implicit expansionist agenda. He has frequently made the point in interviews, essays, and in a recent book that Americans "are now governed by a junta of oil-Pentagon men ... both Bushes, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and so on.". Specifically regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks, Vidal writes how such an attack politically justified the plans that the administration already had in August 2001 for invading Afghanistan the following October. This, concludes Vidal, opens the possibility that the administration in fact let the attack happen.

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Grigori Rasputin, submitted by Vladimir Lenin on Fri May 19 2006

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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (1869-1916) was a Russian mystic with an influence in the later days of Russia\'s Romanov dynasty. Rasputin played an important role in the lives of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II , his wife the Tsarina Alexandra of Hesse, and their only son the Tsarevich Alexei of Russia. Alexei, who suffered from hemophilia was oftened "cured" by Rasputin, winning him favor with Tsarina Alexandra. The Tsar and Tsarina considered him to be a man of God and a religious prophet, and Alexandra believed God spoke to her through Rasputin. Some believed him to be a psychic and faith healer and considered him to be a religious pilgrim although he was frequently seen picking up prostitutes, and drinking himself into a stupor and not arriving home until early in the morning. He was unsavory, ill-mannered, bathed infrequently, and often exhibited outrageous behavior in public. He can be considered one of the more controversial characters in 20th century history, although Rasputin is viewed by most historians today as a scapegoat. He played a small but spectacular role in the downfall of the Romanov dynasty. Mr. Rasputin was murdered in 1916.

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Howard Cosell, submitted by "Dandy" Don Meridith on Fri May 19 2006

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Howard William Cosell (1918-1995) was one of the most famous sports broadcasters ever in the history of American television. His abrasive personality and tendency to speak his mind, often in erudite terms unusual for a sportscaster, made him, according to one poll, both the most-liked and most-hated broadcaster in the country. Cosell earned his greatest enmity from the public when he backed Ali after the boxer\'s championship title was stripped from him for refusing military service during the Vietnam War. Cosell found vindication several years later when he was the one able to inform Ali that the Supreme Court of the United States had unanimously ruled in favor of Ali. Perhaps his most famous call took place in the fight between Joe Frazier and George Foreman in Kingston, Jamaica. When Foreman knocked Frazier to the mat, Cosell yelled out "Down Goes Frazier, Down Goes Frazier, Down Goes Frazier\'\'. This became one of the most famous lines in sports history. In the 1970 NFL season, Cosell was hired by ABC as a commentator for \'\'Monday Night Football\', the first time that football was broadcast in prime time. Cosell was accompanied by ex-football players Frank Gifford and "Dandy" Don Meredith, putting MNF on the televison map. At 11:30 p.m. on December 8, 1980, during a game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots, Cosell stunned millions by announcing the murder of 40-year old former Beatles member John Lennon live while performing his regular commentating duties on \'\'Monday Night Football\'\'. Cosell denounced professional boxing in 1982 after a brutal, one-sided fight between Larry Holmes and Randall "Tex" Cobb.

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Hugh Glass, submitted by Jeremiah Johnson on Thu May 18 2006

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Hugh Glass (1780-1833) was an American fur trapper and frontiersman noted for his exploits in the American West during the first third of 19th century. A sailor, a reluctant pirate, an honorary Pawnee, and an explorer of the watershed of the Upper Missouri River in present day South Dakota and Montana, Glass was famed most of all for his legendary cross-country trek after being mauled by a grizzly bear. A 1971 movie entitled \'\'Man in the Wilderness\'\', starring Richard Harris and John Huston, was loosely based on this story.

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Joe Namath, submitted by Howard Cosell on Sat May 20 2006

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Joseph William Namath (born May 3, 1943), is a former football quarterback for the American Football League’s New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s and 1970s. He is known for guaranteeing his team\'s upset victory in the third football AFL-NFL World Championship Game, over the Baltimore . Upon entering the University of Alabama, Namath played under the legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant from 1962-64. The apex of his career was his stellar performance in the Jet\'s January 1969 win over the Colts in the World Championship Game , now referred to as Super Bowl III. The Colts, at the time, were touted as "the greatest football team in history". Much of the hype surrounding the game was related to how it would either prove or disprove the proposition that the AFL teams were truly worthy of being allowed to AFL-NFL merge with the NFL; the first two such games had resulted in blowout victories for the previous NFL champions. Three days before the game, Namath responded to a heckler with the now-famous line: "The Jets will win on Sunday, I guarantee it." His words made headlines across the country but were dismissed as mere bravado by most observers. In the game, however, Namath backed up his boast by becoming the game\'s Super Bowl MVP, completing eight passes to George Sauer alone, for 133 yards. Namath acquired legendary status for American Football League fans as the symbol of their league\'s legitimacy. Not long after this, "Broadway Joe" Namath grew a Fu Manchu mustache which contrasted him even more with his clean-shaven peers. In probably the most touted act in the history of shaving, Namath shaved his mustache off in a television commercial for Remington electric shavers, for a fee of $15,000.

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Julia Child, submitted by Fats Domino on Thu May 18 2006

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Julia Child (1912-2004) was a famous American gourmet cook author, and television personality who introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American mainstream through her many cookbooks and television programs. Her most famous works are the 1961 cookbook \'\'Mastering the Art of French Cooking\'\' and the television series \'\'The French Chef\'\', which premiered in 1963. She received the French Legion of Honor in 1991 and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003. Child has also received honorary doctorates from Harvard University, her alma mater Smith College, and several other universities.

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Junior Samples, submitted by Buck Owens on Mon May 22 2006

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Junior Samples (real name Alvin Samples, Jr.) (1926-1983) was an American comedian best known for his 14-year run as a cast member of the TV show “Hee Haw”. Samples was a stock car racing driver who went on the radio at the age of 40, and told a story about catching the largest fish ever seen in his hometown. The story was a humorous tall tale, and the recording of this radio story became a best-selling novelty record. He was asked to become part of the 1969 cast of \'\'Hee Haw\'\', and created a bumbling personality -- he often slurred his way through delivery, messing up jokes and forgetting lines. The gigantic Samples, whose weight sometimes neared 400 pounds, was on \'\'Hee Haw\'\' for 14 years, until he died of a heart attack at the age of 57 in 1983. He was nominated for two Comedian of the Year Awards from the Country Music Awards in 1969 and 1970, and released a number of other comedy albums. Fat Bastids Rule!

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Marcus Garvey, submitted by Haile Selassie on Sat Jun 17 2006

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Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887-1940) Born in Jamaica, Mr. Garvey was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, crusader for black nationalism, and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). Garvey is best remembered as an important proponent of the "Back-To-Africa" Rastafari movement, which encouraged people of African ancestry to return to their ancestral homelands. Rastafarians consider Garvey to be a religious prophet, and sometimes even the reincarnation of John the Baptist. This is partly due to Garvey\'s statement in the 1920s in which he said, "Look to Africa, for there a Monarch will be crowned." They took this as a prophecy about the crowning of Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. As his beliefs have greatly influenced Rastafari, he has been a popular theme in reggae music. Garvey himself never identified with the Rastafari movement, however, and was harshly critical of Haile Selassie in the wake of the invasion of Ethiopia before World War II.

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Marv Albert, submitted by Howard Cosell on Fri May 19 2006

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Marvin Philip Aufrichtig (Born on June 12, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York) is a television and radio sportscaster, honored for his work as a member in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Albert became the focus of a media frenzy in 1997, when he went on trial for felony charges of forcible sodomy, which involved the alleged repeated biting of a female sex partner. At the time, a 42 year-old woman (who had known Albert for 10 years) accused Albert of throwing her on a bed in a Virginia hotel, biting her on the back 15 times, sodomizing her, and then enjoining her to the performance of oral sex on himself. After DNA tests proved that the bite marks were his, he pled guilty to misdemeanor assault charges. Mr. Albert\'s catchphrase is an emphatic, "\'\'Yes!\'\'"

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Pig-Pen, submitted by Charlie Brown on Thu May 25 2006

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\'\'Pig-Pen\'\' is a character in the comic strip \'\'Peanuts\'\' by Charles M. Schulz. Pig-Pen\'s gimmick is that he is always dirty. He is best-known for the cloud of dirt and dust that follows him wherever he goes. At one point, Pig-Pen decided it was important to have clean hands, but one day while trying to wash his hands realized that the dirt would not come off and he had "reached a point of no return". Pig-Pen first appeared in the \'\'Peanuts\'\' comic strip on July 13, 1954. Schulz admitted that he came to regret Pig-Pen\'s popularity, given his essentially one-joke nature; he utilized the character very rarely in the later years of the strip\'s run. Pig-Pen plays on Charlie Brown\'s baseball team, usually at third base. He is known for kicking up an even bigger cloud of dirt while running on the basepaths and sliding into bases. For a while in 1950s, Pig-Pen even had a real name, Franklin (hence being called "Pig-Pen" Franklin), but that did not last long. Like most of Schulz\'s characters, Pig-Pen appeared in several of the animated \'\'Peanuts\'\' television specials beginning in the 1960s.

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Stephen G. Raines, submitted by Stephen G. Raines on Fri Jun 29 2007

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Born in Oakland, I\'m the son of a native San Franciscan. Neither of us have ever gotten over our interest in The Emperor.

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Ted Kennedy, submitted by Bill O'Rielly on Wed May 24 2006

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Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy\' is the senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, being the most prominent surviving member of the legendary Kennedy clan and one helluv a Fat Bastid. He entered Harvard College in 1950, but was forced to withdraw from Harvard after he was caught cheating. He eventually graduated form Harvard in June 1956. In 1964, he was involved in a plane crash and spent weeks in a hospital recovering. On 1969, after attending a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha\'s Vineyard, Kennedy made a wrong turn onto an unlit bridge and drove over it\'s side. The car plunged into tide and came to rest upside down underwater. Kennedy was able to swim free of the vehicle, but his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, did not. Kennedy claims he tried several times to rescue her, before returning to Lawrence Cottage, where the party occurred. Kennedy discussed the accident with several people, before he contacted the police 10 hours after the accident. The incident quickly blossomed into a national scandal. This scandel, along with continuing allegations of heavy drinking, have hampered his political career through the decades since it transpired.

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Tommy Lasorda, submitted by Vin Scully on Fri May 19 2006

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Thomas Charles Lasorda (Born September, 22, 1927 in Norristown, Pennsylvania), was both a Major League Baseball pitcher and manager. In 1999 he marked his 50th year of involvement, in one capacity or another, with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the longest tenure of any individual in the Dodgers baseball organization. Lasorda was equally famous for his colorful personality and outspoken opinions regarding players and other personnel associated with baseball. He had a number of obscenity filled tirades, some of which were taped and became underground classics. The most famous of these is his "Dave Kingman" tirade: "What\'s my opinion of Kingman\'s performance!? What the fuck do you think is my opinion of it? I think it was FUCKING HORSESHIT. Put that in, I don\'t fucking care. Opinion of his performance!!? Jesus Christ, he beat us with three fucking home runs! What the fuck do you mean, \'What is my opinion of his performance?\' How could you ask me a question like that, \'What is my opinion of his performance?\' Shit, he hit three home runs! Fuck. I\'m fucking pissed off to lose the fucking game. And you ask me my opinion of his performance! Shit".

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Truman Capote, submitted by Gore Vidal on Sun May 21 2006

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Truman Garcia Capote (1924-1984) was an American writer whose nonfiction, stories, novels and plays are recognized literary classics. He is best known for \'\'In Cold Blood\'\' (1966) and the novella \'\'Breakfast at Tiffany\'s\'\' (1958). Capote was a lifelong friend of his Monroeville, Alabama neighbor Harper Lee, and he served as the inspiration for Dill Harris in her 1960 bestseller \'\'To Kill a Mockingbird.\'\' Copote’s book," In Cold Blood\'\', was inspired New York Times article describing the unexplained murder of the Clutter family in rural Holcomb, Kansas on November 16, 1959. Fascinated by this brief news item, Capote traveled with Harper Lee to Holcomb and visited the scene of the massacre. Over the course of the next few years, they both became acquainted with everyone involved in the investigation and most of the residents of the small town. Rather than taking notes during interviews, Capote committed conversations to memory. His memory retention for verbatim conversations was tested at 94%. Truman was as well known for his high-pitched, lisping voice, offbeat manner of dress and fabrications about acquaintances as he was for his literary output. He often claimed to know intimately people he had in fact never met; among them, Greta Garbo and Errol Flynn. He traveled in eclectic circles, hobnobbing with authors, literary critics, business tycoons, philanthropists, Hollywood stars, theatrical celebrities, royalty and members of high society. A short story published in Esquire in the 1970s, part of his never completed work \'\'Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel”, alienated most of his celebrity acquaintances, who recognized thinly disguised versions of themselves in the story. In later life, Capote became fairly reclusive, most likely as a reaction against the rejection of his former friends. On those occasions when he was seen in public, he frequently exhibited wildly eccentric behavior, due to his alcoholism and drug addiction. Substance abuse caused him to have hallucinations in his final years, and often required hospitalization. He died, according to the coroner\'s report, of "liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication at the age of 59 on August 25, 1984, in the home of his old friend Joanne Carson, ex-wife of late-night TV host Johnny Carson, on whose program Capote was a frequent guest.

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Vincent van Gogh, submitted by Theo van Gogh on Sat May 20 2006

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Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) was a Dutch painter, classified as a Post-Impressionist, and is generally considered one of the greatest painters in the history of European art. He is popularly known as much for his embodiment of the myth of the tortured romantic artist as for his work, which is seen as the visual expression of his life. Three of the most widespread myths about him are that he cut off his ear (it was only the lobe), that he killed himself because no one recognized his talent (in the last six months of his life he received generous accolades which he found very disturbing), and that he painted as he did because he was mad (he painted during his lucid periods). He was afflicted with increasingly recurrent periods of mental illness, spending time in a sanatorium. His state of mind was not helped by overwork, bad dietary habits, and dependence on tobacco, coffee, and alcohol. His career was cut short too early for him to reap success during his lifetime; his fame then grew slowly. Some experts have theorized that he may have suffered from one of the following ailments: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, syphilis, poisoning from swallowed paints, and temporal lobe epilepsy. Any of these could have been the culprit and been aggravated by malnutrition, overwork, a fondness for the alcoholic beverage absinthe, and insomnia. Some people have argued, in the case of temporal lobe epilepsy, that the disease may have led to his prolific body of work. Another recently proposed illness is lead poisoning. The paints used at the time were lead-based, and one of the symptoms of lead poisoning is a swelling of the retinas which would caused the halo effect seen in many of Van Gogh\'s works.

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William Buckley Jr., submitted by Pat Buchanan on Mon May 22 2006

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William Frank Buckley Jr., is an American author, journalist and conservative commentator based in New York City. He founded the influential conservative political magazine “National Review” in 1955 and the award-winning television show \'\'Firing Line\'\' in 1966. In 1951, Buckley was recruited into the CIA where he served for less than one year. Buckley is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist whose work appears in more than 300 newspapers, and has authored numerous books both fiction and non-fiction. His writing style is characterized by his strict adherence to correct grammar, strong opinion and use of uncommon words. He also has written several books on communicating, writing, history, political thought and sailing. For many viewers of public television, Buckely\'s erudite style on his weekly show \'\'Firing Line\'\' was their primary exposure to Buckley. Buckley displayed a scholarly, non-confrontational and humorous approach to his conservatism and was known for his facial expressions and gestures when asking particularly probing intellectual questions of his guests. Some critics regard Buckley as arrogant and believe his clipped Mid-Atlantic English accent to be pretentious. Few know, however, that Buckley came late to the English language, not learning it until he was 7 (his first language was Spanish, learned in Mexico, and his second French, learned in Paris). Buckley also is criticized for perceived snobbery, evoking his wealthy New England background to seem glamorous. Buckley also plays the Harpsichord very well and did so once on Late Night With Conan O\'Brian.

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