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Brewer's: Alans

Large dogs, of various species, used for hunting deer. “Skins of animals slain in the chase were stretched on the ground ... and upon a heap of these lay 3 alans, as they were calle…

Alan Turing

Name at birth: Alan Mathison TuringAlan Turing was the mathematician who in 1937 suggested a theoretical machine, since called a Turing Machine, that became the basis of modern computing. During World…

Alan Young

Name at birth: Angus YoungAlan Young was most famous for his role as Wilbur Post, the frazzled owner of a talking horse on the 1960s sitcom Mister Ed. The show's nutty premise was that Mister Ed would…

Alan Keyes

Alan Keyes is a political media host who ran unsuccessful campaigns for the United States presidency in 1996, 2000 and 2008. Keyes got his big start in American politics as one of the U.S. representa…

Alan Greenspan

Alan Greenspan was chairman of the Federal Reserve, and one of the most powerful financial men in America, from 1987 until his retirement in 2006. Alan Greenspan had a brief fling as a professional ja…

Alan Menken

New York's Alan Menken is one of the most celebrated composers in modern American musical theater, thanks in large part to his music for the crop of Disney animated "classics" of the 1990s, from The L…

Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd was in several B-grade movies early on in his career, then hit it big as the cold-blooded killer, Raven, in 1941's This Gun For Hire. During the 1940s Ladd, who was short, blonde and blue-e…

Alan Shepard

Alan Shepard was the first American ever to fly in space. A former Navy test pilot, Shepard was one of the original seven astronauts chosen by NASA for its Mercury program. He became the first America…

Alan MacDiarmid Biography

chemistBorn: April 14, 1927Birthplace: Masterson, New ZealandDied: Feb. 7, 2007 (Philadelphia) Chemistry professor at the University of Pennsylvania who sha…

Alan King

Alan King(Irwin Alan Kniberg)actor, comedian, producerBorn: 12/26/1927Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York King honed his material working in the Catskills and entertaining New Yorkers with his rout…