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Stephen F. Austin    Texas Founder Stephen F. Austin
[1793 - Stephen Fuller Austin, Texas founder, born in Wythe County, Virginia]

Editor William Cullen Bryant    Poet William Cullen Bryant
[1794 - William Cullen Bryant, poet, editor, born in Cummington, Massachusetts]

Football Great Bronko Nagurski    Bronco Nagurski at work for Da Bears    Wrestling Champion Bronco Nagurski    Bronko Nagurski HoF bust
[1908 - Bronko (Bronislaw) Nagurski, Pro & College Football Hall of Famer, wrestling champion, born in Rainy River, Ontario, Canada]

Journalist Scotty Reston    Journalist Scotty Reston
[1909 - James Barrett Reston, journalist, columnist, born in Clydebank, Scotland]

Cleveland Pitcher Bob Feller    Hall of Fame Pitcher Bob Feller    Navy Chief Bob Feller    Hall of Fame Pitcher Bob Feller
[1918 - Bob (Robert William Andrew) 'Rapid Robert' Feller, Cleveland Indians Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born in Van Meter, Iowa]

Actor Charles Bronson    Actor Charles Bronson    Actor Charles Bronson    Actor Charles Bronson
[1922 - Charles (Dennis) Bronson (Buchinsky), actor, born in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania]

Actor Leonard Stone    Actor Leonard Stone    Actor Leonard Stone
[1923 - Leonard Stone, actor, born in Salem, Oregon]

Composer John Barry    Academy Award-winning Composer John Barry    BAFTA Award-winning Composer John Barry    Composer John Barry
[1933 - John Barry (Prendergast), Academy & BAFTA Award-winning composer, born in York, England]

USS Oklahoma (BB-37) as refloated at Pearl Harbor
[1943 - Battleship USS Oklahoma (BB-37), sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, is refloated]

You Don't Know Dick

I said to my children one night:

Don't even get to thinking that the World owes you a living.
The World doesn't owe you dick, shit.
What you get from this life is what you take from it with your own hands.

What I neglected to tell them is that you can take from this life whatever you would have. That is why heaven and hell are right here around you, not in some mythical after world. The trick is to figure out what is worth taking, and then go after it with purpose and commitment. No one can tell you what it is or how to get it.

William's Whimsical Words:

The life well lived is one in which you have seen your star and reached for it.

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