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Brewer's: Cum Grano Salis

With its grain of salt; there is a grain of wheat in the bushel of chaff, and we must make the proper abatement. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Cum Hoc, Pro…

Robert E. Lee

Name at birth: Robert Edward LeeRobert E. Lee was the Confederacy's most famous general in the American Civil War. Robert E. Lee was first a soldier in the U.S. Army: He attended West Point (graduatin…

Alfred E. Neuman

Alfred E. Neuman is the gap-toothed, goofy-grinned icon of MAD magazine, the humor and satire comics magazine founded by William M. Gaines in 1952. The genesis of the image itself is a mystery, but t…

Ming E. Chang Biography

Ming E. Changbusiness leader, rear admiral (retired) Chang served in the U.S. Navy for 34 years before retiring in 1990. He became the first Asian American naval officer to reach flag rank. He…

Thomas E. Selfridge

First Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge of the United States Army was a pioneer in the development of air travel and the first air crash fatality. A graduate of the West Point military academy, Selfridg…

E. L. Konigsburg Biography

E. L. KonigsburgChildren's book authorBorn: Feb. 10, 1930Birthplace: New York, N.Y. Born in New York City, Elaine Lobl grew up in small towns in Pennsylvania. She was the first member of her …

Paul E. Tsongas Biography

Paul E. TsongasAge: 55 former Massachusetts Senator. Only presidential candidate in 1992 Democratic campaign to offer painful but realistic solutions to economic problems. Died: Jan. 18, 1997.…

Daniel E. Provost Biography

Daniel E. ProvostAge: 78 tobacco executive who led Liggett & Myers campaign against allegations that smoking is harmful. Died: Oct. 13, 1997.V. S. Pritchett1997 DeathsArthur Prysock …

Rose E. Bird Biography

Rose E. BirdAge: 63 liberal California judge who became the first woman chief justice of the state's supreme court. Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her chief justice in 1977, but California voters …

Harold E. Edgerton

Harold E. Edgerton Born: 1903Birthplace: Fremont, Neb. Stroboscope—Edgerton's research in the fields of stroboscopy and ultra-high speed photography led to the modern electronic speed flash. He …