IF: fashion

Born in the tiny town of Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada, pretty Hayley Marie Kohle was signed to a modeling contract by the prestigious international agency Panache Management. At eighteen years old, Hayley found herself modeling across the globe, walking the runways of New York, Athens, Istanbul, Milan,London. She graced the pages of fashion magazines worldwide. On …

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IF: fairy tale

In 1695, two years before he wrote Cendrillon (“Cinderella”), celebrated French author Charles Perrault wrote a tale called Peau d’Âne (“Donkey Skin”) that included elements of Cinderella. But Peau d’Âne was just a little strange. Once there was a wealthy king who got his riches from a donkey that he owned. The donkey was special, in that it …

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IF: electronic

Forced by his parents to take piano lessons, Robert Moog preferred tinkering around in his father’s workshop. Robert’s father was an engineer at Consolidated Edison and Robert became fascinated by the wires and tubes and other electronic accessories. Around this time, Robert discovered the theremin, an unusual musical instrument that makes otherworldly sounds created merely …

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IF: botanical

In his fifty-plus year career as a pioneer in agricultural science, Luther Burbank invented and developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants, including fruits, fruits, flowers, grains, grasses and vegetables. Among his creations are the Shasta daisy, the freestone peach, the fire poppy, the July Elberta peach, the Santa Rosa plum, the Flaming …

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IF: hero

After her parents’ divorce, nine-year-old Alice Childress moved to Harlem to live with her grandmother. Despite her own lack of formal education, Alice’s grandmother encouraged young Alice to pursue her natural love for reading and writing. However, Alice had to drop out of school after her grandmother’s death. While working several low-paying jobs, Alice became …

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