Titled “Persons in the Various Fields of Human Endeavor Whom I Especially and Particularly Admire”, this document is dated from January 4, 1936. It includes a list of nine individuals, five of which include their signatures. The story behind this document is that the individual, believed to have the initials K.R.W., who drafted this list had the intention of meeting all nine dignitaries, in various fields, at an event but was only able to make it five of them of which include: C.H. Mayo, W.J. Mayo, Fred Astaire, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and Lowell Thomas.
Noted American doctors and specialists of Rochester, Minnesota Charles Horace (C.H.) Mayo and William James (W.J.) Mayo are the founding fathers of the prestigious Mayo Clinic which is the first and largest integrated nonprofit medical group practice in the world. The clinic specializes in treating especially difficult medical cases and is the hub of research innovation.
Fred Astaire was an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor- known as the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute, best known as the dancing partner and on-screen love interest of Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals which transformed the genre. Astaire’s prominence was vouched for by another innovator in filmed dance Gene Kelly who stated, “the history of dance on film begins with Astaire”. The musical “The Gay Divorcee” catapulted Fred Astaire’s career and was the entry way for a new era in filmed dance.
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker was an American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor Recipient. He was America’s most successful fighter ace in the world.
Lowell Thomas was an American writer, broadcaster, traveler and best known as the man who made “Lawrence of Arabia” famous. “Lawrence of Arabia” was one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinemas that touched upon the emotional struggle with violence inherent in war.
The first half of the roster is left unsigned and they include Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Charles Evan Hughes who declared the N.R.A. void, Former President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt who campaigned for the cause of American liberty, Robert Falcon Scott who made extensive explorations and discoveries at the South Pole and Francis Townsend who founded and fostered the Townsend Old Age Pension Plan. This is a unique piece of American history, very rare. The four handwritten names with tape were done solely for the purpose of giving additional information to the viewer.
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