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            Biography - Thursday, October 12, 2006 
       "Real stories and fascinating details behind the 
         most intriguing people who have ever lived." 

Greetings Biography Buff, 

It was on this day in 1870 that General Robert Edward Lee 
died. Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern 
Virginia, died peacefully at his home. He was 63. He earned 
a reputation as one of the greatest military leaders in 
history for his use of brilliant tactics and battlefield 

When his military career ended, he accepted the presidency 
of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. Under his 
leadership, the struggling institution's enrollment 
increased from a few dozen to more than 300 students. The 
school changed its name to Washington and Lee College soon 
after he died.

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--WHO AM I? 

--1. I was born January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan.

--2. During the 1970s I supported myself as a model.

--3. In 1979, I was cast on CBS's detective series Magnum, 

--4. In 1987, I appeared in the hugely popular Three Men and 
     a Baby. 

--5. I have also appeared in the films In and Out and The 
     Love Letter.

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****Some famous people born during this week in history: 

-- Chevy Chase - October 8, 1943
Actor, comedian. After graduating from Bard College with a 
B.A. in English, Chase went on to work odd jobs while 
pursuing a career in comedy. His first stint as a performer
was with the New York comedy video workshop Channel One, 
which got him noticed by producer Lorne Michaels, who hired 
Chase for the first season of Saturday Night Live in 1975. 
He soon became the anchor of the show's Weekend Update 
segment, attracting viewers with his opening "Good evening, 
I'm Chevy Chase and you're not." He left after only one 
season to pursue film opportunities, but it wasn't until 
Caddyshack in 1980 that he struck gold. In 1983, Chase 
starred in National Lampoon's Vacation, the first of four 
popular films chronicling the comic misadventures of the 
Griswold family. In recent years, Chase has chosen to work 
in family films, such as Man of the House and Snow Day.

-- Joan Cusack - October 11, 1962
Actress. Cusack grew up in a family of actors, most notably 
her youngest brother John. Cusack began making films in her 
teens, and soon became known for her hilarious, and often 
touching, supporting characters in such films as My 
Bodyguard and Sixteen Candles. Her film breakthrough was in 
Working Girl, where she played Melanie Griffith's street-
smart best friend. She earned a Best Supporting Actress 
Oscar nomination for the role. In the early 1990s, she left 
Hollywood to spend more time with her family, returning to 
rave reviews in 1997 for her role in In & Out. She also 
gave a number of strong supporting performances in Grosse 
Point Blank, Arlington Road, Runaway Bride, and Cradle 
Will Rock.

-- Lenny Bruce - October 13, 1925
Comedian. He joined the navy at age 16 and served during 
World War 2 until 1946. He held various jobs while studying 
acting in New York. An appearance on the Arthur Godfrey 
television show brought him national attention. A stand-up 
nightclub entertainer, his scatalogical language and 
outrageous, sardonic humour was alternately called obscene 
or 'radically relevant'. Denounced for blasphemy in 
Australia and banned from performing in England, he was 
arrested for obscenity after a Greenwich Village show in 
1964. Increasingly paranoid, he died of a drug overdose. 
His autobiography, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People, 
was published in 1965. A play Lenny was devoted to him, and 
he is regarded as having 'liberated' a whole new generation 
of comedians. 

****Some famous people who have died during this week 
    in history: 

-- Christopher Reeve - October 10, 2004
Born Sep. 25, 1952
Actor. Although Reeve is most well known for his role as 
Superman, he starred in many other movies, such as Deathtrap, 
Village of the Damned, and The Remains of the Day. He also 
made his Broadway debut in A Matter of Gravity. In May of 
1995, he was competing in an equestrian competition in 
Culpepper, Virginia, when he was thrown from his horse. He 
fractured the top two vertebrae in his neck and damaged his 
spinal cord. After undergoing many months of therapy, he 
was able to breathe without a respirator, and move his 
index finger, as well as regaining sensation in other parts
of his body. He became a major advocate for stem cell 

-- Redd Foxx - October 11, 1991
Born Dec. 9, 1922
Memorable comedian and television actor, best known for his 
role as junkman Fred G. Sanford in the popular 1970's comedy 
Sanford and Son, notorious for his frank, tell-it-like-it-is 
style and joking about everything from sex to color barriers, 
he brought taboo issues in the open. During his career Redd 
Foxx broke new ground for minorities and comedians alike. 
After Foxx left the show in 1977, he moved to Las Vegas, 
blowing most of his earnings on a expensive lifestyle, which 
would later catch up with him. In the late 1980s the IRS 
seized most of what he owned because of back taxes. 
Desperately looking for work he was cast by actor Eddie 
Murphy with his long-time friend Della Reese in "Harlem 
Nights" in 1989. In 1991 Foxx and Reese were offered a 
series on CBS, which Murphy produced entitled The Royal 
Family. He suffered a heart attack on the set and was 
pronounced dead later that evening.

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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week

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Question of the Week


--Answer to "WHO AM I?" 

Tom Selleck. The actor and producer started out by support-
ing himself as a model. This led to small parts in film and 
television during the 1970s. In 1979, he was cast in the 
starring role of CBS's detective series Magnum, PI, in which 
he played an easy-going private investigator. He continued 
with the role for eight years. In 1987, he appeared in the 
hugely popular Three Men and a Baby alongside Ted Danson 
and Steve Guttenberg. He has also made appearances in 1997's 
In and Out and 1999's The Love Letter. Selleck has tried his 
hand at producing and enjoyed a successful run as a recurring 
guest on the hit sitcom Friends. 


--Answers to "DEAD OR ALIVE:" 

--1. Rita Mae Brown - ALIVE - 11/28/1944   Age 61

--2. Scott Turow - ALIVE - 04/12/1949   Age 57

--3. Shirley Jackson - DEAD - 12/14/1916 - 08/08/1965 
     Cause of Death: Heart attack

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