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Max Cleland


Joseph Max Cleland, born in 1942 served in the Georgia Senate from 1971-1975 and became
an advocate for veteran's issues. He was administrator of the United States Veterans
Administration under fellow Georgian Democrat Jimmy Carter's administration from 1977
to 1981. He then served as the Georgia Secretary of State for fourteen years until being
elected to the United States Senate in 1996. Cleland has been a vocal critic of the Bush
Administration's war in Iraq and was defeated while running for a second term. Voters may
have been influenced by his opponents ads which questioned Cleland's patriotism. Cleland
often appeared at campaign events when John Kerry ran for president, partly as a symbol of
the sacrifices made by soldiers for wars.  Cleland is the author of the books Strong At The
Broken Places
and Going for the Max!: 12 Principles for Living Life to the Fullest.
En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Cleland
Strong At The Broken Places
Going for the Max!: 12 Principles for Living Life to the Fullest


Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill (1874-1965), the son of a Lord and American mother became a  Conservative
Member of Parliament in 1900.  In 1940 he became the Bristih Prime Minister and Minister of
Defense.  Churchill received countless honors and decorations including honorary citizenship
of the United States which President Kennedy conferred on him in 1963.  Churchill had extensive
literary accomplishments and in 1953 won the Nobel Prize in literature for his many books on
English and world history.  Although some sources report that Churchill had a learning disability,
he was actually quite good at subjects he enjoyed. In his autobiography he focused on his low
grades at the Harrow School but this may have been exaggerated to show how much he had
to overcome.  Today the school offers an annual Churchill essay prize on a subject chosen by
the head of the English Department.  Churchill did suffer from a list and was unable to pronounce
the letter S.

En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill
Nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1953/churchill-bio.html
Winstonchurchill.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=433



Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a great American novelist, short story writer and journalist. 
He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea and the Nobel Prize in literature
in 1954.  Hemingway had adopted his father's interests of hunting and fishing, enjoying many
early adventures in nature which  instilled in him a passion for living in remote areas.  He led
a turbulent life and married four times.  Hemingway suffered from severe drinking problems,
high blood pressure and cholesterol, aortal inflammation and depression.  He attempted suicide
in the spring of 1961 and received electric shock treatment for the second time. But he killed
himself with a shotgun blast to his head on July 2, 1961.  His father, two siblings and later on a
granddaughter also committed suicide.

En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hemingway
Ernest.hemingway.com/


Albert Einstein


Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was an American, German born physicist who won the Nobel Prize
for Physics in 1921.  His role in formulating the theory of relativity is well-know and his name
is often used as a synonym for "genius".  He considered himself a pacifist and humanitarian.
Einstein fought against nuclear tests and bombs. He was much involved in the civil rights
movement and served as co-chair with close friend Paul Robeson of the American Crusade to
End Lynching
.   Einstein was co-founder of the liberal German Democratic Party, and  a member
of the AFL-CIO affiliated union and the American Federation of Teachers.  It has been reported
that Einstein might have suffered from learning disabilities, perhaps Attention Deficit Disorder
or Asperger's Syndrome. He did not speak until age 3, found searching for words to be laborious,
found school work, especially math difficult and was unable to express himself in written language. 
Einstein was thought to be unintelligent until it was realized what he was able to achieve by
visualizing rather than by use of language.

En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein
Nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1921/einstein-bio.html
Learningdisabilityforum.com/bbs-ld/621.html



Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott was born in Flint, Michigan in 1967 without a right hand. He went on to be an All-America
hurler and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees against Cleveland in 1993. He played for
10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his baseball career in 1999. Abbott wore a right hander's
fielder's glove at the end of his right arm. Then while completing a pitch he rapidly switched the
glove to his left hand. Abbott won more games as a rookie in 1989 than any other previous player
without Major League experience. Today Abbott is a pitching instructor for the Los Angeles Angels
and a motivational speaker, using sports stories of how he overcame adversity.

Jimabbott.info/


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