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Chess Champion Paul Morphy    Chess Champion Paul Morphy
[1837 - Paul Charles Morphy, world chess champion, born in New Orleans, Louisiana]

Scientist Julian Huxley
[1887 - Sir Julian Huxley, biologist, philosopher,
born in London]

Writer Erich Maria Remarque    Writer Erich Maria Remarque
[1898 - Erich Maria Remarque, novelist, born in Osnabruck, Germany]

Pitcher Carl Hubbell    Pitcher Carl Hubbell - The Meal Ticket    Hall of Fame Pitcher Carl Hubbell
[1903 - Carl (Owen) Hubbell, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born in Carthage, Missouri]

Writer Billy Wilder    Billy Wilder on the set
[1906 - Billy (Samuel) Wilder, writer, Academy Award-winning director, producer, born in Sucha, Galicia, Austria]

Producer Mike Todd    Producer Mike Todd
[1909 - Michael Todd (Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen), producer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota]

Produce Buddy Adler
[1909 - Buddy Adler, film producer, born in New York City]

Dancer & Choreographer Katherine Dunham
[1910 - Katherine Dunham, dancer, choreographer,
born in Joliet, Illinois]

Dancer Gower hampion    Choreographer Gower Champion
[1921 - Gower Champion, dancer, Tony Award-winning choreographer, born in Geneva, Illinois]

Producer Joe Papp    Producer Joe Papp    Producer Joseph Papp    Producer Joe Papp
[1921 - Joseph Papp (Papirofsky), Pulitzer and Tony Prize-winning producer, born in Brooklyn]

Fashion Designer Bill Blass    Fashion Designer Bill Blass
[1922 - Bill (William Ralph) Blass, fashion designer, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana]

Journalist Ed Bradley    Journalist Ed Bradley    Journalist Ed Bradley
[1941 - Ed Bradley, journalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

Writer Henry Miller    Henry Miller and Laurence Durell in court
[1964 - US Supreme Court rules Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer cannot be banned]

Twelve-step Programs

The twelve-step model is quite successful and has helped millions. Hardly anyone over the age of twelve doesn't have something that they are recovering from. Many of us are recovering from so many dead ends, blind alleys, and dry holes that we have lost count. Most of the twelve-step programs have in common a recognition of the need for change, and a commitment to change a certain behavior. Where these programs fail some folks is that they may not deal effectively with the inner cravings that are the first cause of the problem behavior. Just ask your friends in AA about the dried-out drunks they have known.

William, who has never been comfortable with higher math, tries to follow a one-step program. It is based on the premise that the only step that you have effective control over is the one you are taking. If you take care to put each foot down surely in an excellent direction, you may some day look back on the path you have followed with a degree of satisfaction.

William's Whimsical Words:

Those who look too far ahead are just as likely to stumble as those who are always looking over the shoulder.

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