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Brewer's: Clear Grit

(The) The real thing, as “champagne is ... if it be but the clear grit” (Anglo-Saxon, gryt, bolted flour). A man of grit, or clear grit, is one of decision, from whom all d…

Bill Rassmussen

Bill RassmussenBorn: Oct. 15, 1932Radio-TV unemployed radio broadcaster who founded ESPN, the nation's first 24-hour all-sports cable-TV network, in 1978; bought out by Getty O…

Rupert Murdoch

Name at birth: Keith Rupert MurdochRupert Murdoch inherited a small Australian newspaper in 1952 and aggressively turned it into one of the biggest media corporations in the world: the…

Alec Baldwin

Name at birth: Alexander Rae Baldwin IIIAlec Baldwin played Jack Donaghy, the craven and yet strangely likable TV network exec, on the hit TV series 30 Rock. Alec Baldwin started his …

hominy

(Encyclopedia) hominy [Algonquian], hulled corn with the germ removed and served either ground or whole. The pioneers in North America prepared it by soaking the kernels in weak wood lye until the hulls float...

Rolph, John

(Encyclopedia) Rolph, John rŏlf [key], 1793–1870, Canadian physician and politician, b. England. He studied law and medicine in England and served in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada (1824–30, 1...

Gordon, Jeff

(Encyclopedia) Gordon, Jeff (Jeffery Michael Gordon). 1971–, American auto racer, b. Vallejo, Calif. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing's (NASCAR) Rookie of the Year in 1993, The Kid ...

Wayne, John

(Encyclopedia) Wayne, John, 1907–79, American movie actor, b. Winterset, Iowa, as Marion Michael Morrison. An enduringly popular movie star from his debut in 1930, Wayne combined the toughness necessary to ...

Campbell, Glen Travis

(Encyclopedia) Campbell, Glen Travis, 1936–2017, American country singer-songwriter, b. Billstown, Ark. A performing musician by age 14, he moved in 1960 to Los Angeles, where he worked in rock and roll ban...

Brown, George

(Encyclopedia) Brown, George, 1818–80, Canadian statesman and journalist, b. Scotland. In 1837 he emigrated to the United States, but after five years in New York City, he settled in Toronto, Ont. There he ...