If I had more time in the A to Z challenge, I would profile the Americans below:
P is for Pat Morita, (1932-2005)
Mr. Miyagi, The Karate Kid (1984-1994)
1984 Academy-award nominee for Best Supporting Actor
Q is for Quvenzhané Wallis, (2003-still living!)
Hushpuppy, Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013 Academy-award nominee for Best Actress
(The youngest actress to receive this nomination)
R is for Rupert García, (1941-still living!)
Contemporary artist and art teacher recognized for his posters dealing with politics, race, and the Vietnam War. See his work here.
S is for Sandra Cisneros, (1954-still living!)
Former teacher, author of The House on Mango Street, and winner of the American Book Awards.
T is for Theodore Roethke, (1908-1963)
American poet, Pulitzer prize winner, National Book Award winner. Read more about him here.
U is for Ulysses Grant, (1822-1885)
Not a highly regarded former president, but as a general he was credited for bringing the Civil War to an end.
V is for Vivien Thomas, (1910-1985)
Instructor and Supervisor of Surgical Laboratories at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has an AMAZING story, read about him! And watch the movie.
W is for William Hung, (1983-still living!)
The popular American Idol third season contestant who obviously did not make the cut, but scored a record deal, television appearances, and thousands of fans. Some may think that he was exploited on television, but his life seemingly turned out great. He recently became a technical crime analyst for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and believes that “[w]hatever you believe in, if you keep trying, you can eventually succeed.”
X is for Xavier Becerra, (1958-still living!)
U.S. Congressman and the first one in his family to graduate from college. Read more about him here.
Y is for Dr. Yellapragada Subbarao, (1895-1948)
Yellapragada was an Indian biochemist. Though not an American, he graduated from and taught at Harvard Medical School. He sought American citizenship but was denied; still he remained in America to work until his death. Yellapragada was responsible for developing revolutionary research in the field of medicine, particularly in synthesizing folic acid and developing methods in cancer treatment. His work is still largely unsung.
Read more about him here.
Read more about him here.
Z is for Zelda Wynn Valdes, (1905-2001)
First black boutique owner on Broadway in NYC. Clientele included Mae West, Marian Anderson, Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt. She designed the first playboy bunny outfit. Read more about her here.
I really enjoyed the A to Z challenge!
Next time, I want to plan my theme and posts in advance.
How was the challenge for you?
Did you plan your theme and posts in advance?
What blogging tips do you have to share?