Profiles

Frederick Douglass: United States official and diplomat

May 8, 2020

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica have written a series of mini-biographies. Here is an excerpt from Editors’ profile of Frederick Douglass. To learn more about him and others, please click here. * * * Frederick Douglass, original name Frederick Augustus…

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Jim Henson: American Puppeteer

May 6, 2020

Henson, Jim: Kermit the FrogThe original Kermit the Frog (centre) puppet was among the Jim Henson creations donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2010.Mark Wilson—Getty Images/Thinkstock The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica have written a series of…

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Al Pacino: American actor

April 27, 2020

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica have written a series of mini-biographies. Here is an excerpt from the Editors’ profile of Al Pacino. To learn more about him and others, please click here. * * * Al Pacino, in full Alfredo…

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Galileo: A Profile

April 20, 2020

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica have written a series of mini-biographies. Here is an excerpt from Albert van Helden’s profile of Galileo Galilei. To learn more about him and others, please click here. * * * Galileo, in full Galileo…

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Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Fürst (prince) von Wahlstatt: A Profile

April 17, 2020

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica have written a series of mini-biographies. Here is an excerpt from Albert van Selden’s profile of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. Those who have seen Mel Brooks’s film Young Frankenstein should recognize the name and already…

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Pablo Picasso: A profile

April 16, 2020

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica have written a series of mini-biographies, many of those about whom I previously knew little, if anything. Here is an excerpt from Marilyn McCully’s profile of Pablo Picasso. To learn more about her/him and other…

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Bill Belichick: A Profile

April 13, 2020

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica have written a series of mini-biographies. Here is an excerpt from Adam Augustyn’s profile of Bill Belichick. To learn more about him and others, please click here. * * * Bill Belichick, by name of…

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Katherine Johnson: A Profile

April 10, 2020

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica have written a series of mini-biographies. Here is an excerpt from Editors’ profile of Katherine Johnson. To learn more about her, please click here. Note: She is the primary subject of a film, Hidden Figures…

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A Profile of Fred Rogers

March 30, 2020

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica have written a series of mini-biographies. Here is an excerpt from the profile of Fred Rogers. To learn more about him and other subejects, please click here. * * * Fred Rogers (born March 20,…

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Remembering Harold Bloom

February 5, 2020

Here is an excerpt from another profile of courage in The New York Times‘ series, “The Lives They LIved,” in this instance written by Sam Anderson.  To read the complete article as well as others in the series, please click…

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