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1. Nolan Bushnell – Nolan Kay Bushnell is an American electrical engineer and businessman. He established Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheeses Pizza Time Theatre chain, Bushnell has started more than twenty companies and is one of the founding fathers of the video game industry. Nolan, who is co-founder and chairman of Brainrush, believes that Brainrush will be his biggest success, Nolan is credited with Bushnells Law, an aphorism about games easy to learn and difficult to master being rewarding. He was one of computer science students of the 1960s who played the historic Spacewar. The University of Utah was heavily involved in computer graphics research, Bushnell worked at Lagoon Amusement Park for many years in high school and college while living in his hometown of Ogden, Utah. He was particularly interested in the arcade games, where theme park customers would have to use skill and luck to ultimately achieve the goal. He liked the concept of getting people curious about the game and he would use his love for games and theme parks to help launch both Atari and Chuck E. Cheeses Pizza-Time Theaters. Bushnells first marriage was to Paula Rochelle Nielson with whom he has 2 children, Bushnells oldest child, Alissa, worked with him at uWink. His second marriage was to Nancy with whom he has 6 children, Bushnell was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but is no longer an active member. A1999 Time article described him as a lapsed Mormon and described him smoking a pipe, the Bushnells now live in Southern California. In June 2008 it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio would portray Bushnell in the film Atari, Bushnell was featured in the documentary film Something Ventured as well as Atari, Game Over. In 1969, Bushnell and colleague Ted Dabney formed Syzygy with the intention of producing a Spacewar clone known as Computer Space, in order to keep the company alive while the machine was being prototyped, the two took on a route servicing broken pinball machines. Dabney built the prototype and Bushnell shopped it around, looking for a manufacturer and they made an agreement with Nutting Associates, a maker of coin-op trivia and shooting games, who produced a fiberglass cabinet for the unit that included a coin-slot mechanism. Computer Space was a failure, though sales exceeded $3 million. Bushnell felt that Nutting Associates had not marketed the game well and they instead incorporated under the name Atari, a reference to a check-like position in the game Go. They rented their first office on Scott Boulevard in Sunnyvale, California, contracted with Bally Manufacturing to create a driving game, Bushnell later bought out Dabney, who was forced out after Nolan told him he would transfer all the assets to another corporation and leave Ted with nothing. After Bushnell attended a Burlingame, California demonstration of the Magnavox Odyssey, Alcorn incorporated many of his own improvements into the game design, such as scoring and sound, and Pong was born. Pong proved to be popular, Atari released a large number of Pong-based arcade games over the next few years as the mainstay of the company
2. John Harvey Kellogg – John Harvey Kellogg, M. D. was an American medical doctor in Battle Creek, Michigan, who ran a sanitarium using holistic methods, with a particular focus on nutrition, enemas, and exercise. Kellogg was an advocate of vegetarianism for health and is best known for the invention of the breakfast cereal known as corn flakes with his brother and he led in the establishment of the American Medical Missionary College. The College, founded in 1895, operated until 1910 when it merged with Illinois State University, Kellogg was born in Tyrone, Michigan, to John Preston Kellogg and Ann Janette Stanley. John was born in Hadley, Massachusetts and his mother was born in Livingston County, Kelloggs ancestry can be traced back to the founding of Hadley, Massachusetts where a great grandfather operated a ferry. Kellogg lived with two sisters during childhood, by 1860, the family had moved to Battle Creek, Michigan, where his father established a broom factory. John later worked as a devil in a Battle Creek publishing house. Kellogg attended the Battle Creek public schools, then attended the Michigan State Normal School and he graduated in 1875 with a medical degree. He married Ella Ervilla Eaton of Alfred Center, New York and they did not have any biological children, but were foster parents to 42 children, legally adopting eight of them, before Ella died in 1920. The adopted children include Agnes Grace, Elizabeth, John William, Ivaline Maud, Paul Alfred, Robert Mofatt, Newell Carey, in 1937, he received an honorary degree in Doctor of Public Service from Oglethorpe University. Kellogg died on December 14,1943 in Battle Creek, Michigan and he was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Among others buried there are his parents, his brother W. K, Kellogg, his brothers wife, James White, Ellen G. White, C. W. Post, Uriah Smith, and Sojourner Truth. A member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kellogg frequently held a prominent role as a speaker at church meetings and he promoted a practical, common sense religion. Over time, Kellogg began to express ideas and some members of the church objected to what he said. This resolution was adopted, after which the Conference adjourned to the call of the chair. At the start of the 20th century, his views of indwelling divinity seemed like panentheism to many other Adventist leaders, as an example of these controversial ideas, at the 1901 General Conference he said, Take the sunflower, for example. It looks straight at the sun and it is God in the sunflower that makes it do this… Some of you have watched a flower winding up a string, a morning glory winding around a string. Perhaps you have seen a vine climbing up a lattice, and you have watched the end coming out, how does the vine know what to do. There is an intelligence that is present in the plant, in all vegetation… The heart is a muscle and my arm will contract and cause the fist to beat, but it beats only when my will commands
3. Panda Express – Panda Express is a fast casual restaurant chain which serves American Chinese cuisine. It is the largest Asian segment restaurant chain in the United States, where it was founded and is mainly located. Panda Express has over 1,900 restaurants, located in 50 U. S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Canada, Mexico, Korea, the company does not offer franchising, all units are company-owned and operated. The chain offers a variety of Chinese-cuisine-inspired dishes, combo meals are served with customers choice of either fried rice, steamed rice, chow mein, or mixed vegetables. No MSG is added to any of the items at Panda Express after it has delivered to the restaurant. Panda Express is headquartered in Rosemead, California, the Panda Express brand is a casual, fast-food variation of corporate sibling and predecessor Panda Inn. The Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express, Andrew Cherng and his father are from the Yangzhou region of Chinas Jiangsu province, while Peggy was born in Burma and raised in Hong Kong. Both Andrew and Peggy Cherng are alumni of Baker University in Baldwin City, Andrew Cherng also received his M. S. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri. In 1973, when Andrews parents moved to the United States, Andrew went into business with his father and opened their first Panda Inn restaurant in Pasadena, California. At the beginning, business was lacking to the degree that Andrew had to offer special deals, in 1982, Peggy joined Andrew in the restaurant business. While operating Panda Inn, Andrew became acquainted with then-UCLA head football coach Terry Donahue, as well as Terrys brother Dan, a second location was opened two years later at the Westside Pavilion in 1985. The chain has expanded across the United States since then. At first, Panda Express restaurants were found solely in food courts in shopping malls. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Cherngs began experimenting with supermarket-based branches, through a deal with Vons, in 1997, the company opened its first stand-alone, drive-through restaurant, in Hesperia, California. Today less than 2% of its restaurants are in malls, because Peggy had worked for several years as a software designer & engineer for defense contractors like McDonnell Douglas, Panda Express computerized its operations early on. Peggy also brought a systems perspective to the business and worked through the logistics. In 2000, they launched Panda Cares to give back to the community and they provide funding, food and volunteer services to children in need and disaster relief efforts. In 2008, the Cherngs were the recipients of the City of Angels Award, given by the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, on November 23,2009, it was announced that Panda Express had selected Trusonic to provide Asian themed background music to its store locations
4. Samuel Northrup Castle – Samuel Northrup Castle was a businessman and politician in the Kingdom of Hawaii. Samuel Northrup Castle was born August 12,1808 in Cazenovia and his middle name is sometimes spelled Northrop. His father was Samuel Castle whose mother was Eunice Northrup, and he became a bank teller in Cleveland, Ohio. On December 14,1836 the Castles sailed from Boston on the Mary Frazier, juliette Montague and Amos Starr Cooke were on the same ship, the eighth company of missionaries from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions which arrived on April 9,1837. Castle was a layman who managed the affairs of the mission. The Castles were assigned a house built for Reverend Ephriam Weston Clark near Kawaiahaʻo Church. He lived there the rest of his life, some of the houses in this complex have been restored and became the Mission Houses Museum. His first wife Angeline died March 5,1841 after having one daughter Mary Tenney Castle, born May 9,1838 who married Edward Griffin Hitchcock April 11,1862. Hitchcock was son of missionaries Harvey Rexford Hitchcock and Rebecca Howard, born in Lahaina on Maui in 1837, served as Marshal of the Republic of Hawaii and their grandson was all-American football player Harvey Rexford Hitchcock, Jr. Castle returned to the United States and married Mary Tenney, the sister of his first wife, on November 13,1842 in West Exeter and they were both daughters of Levi Tenney who served in the War of 1812 and Mary Ann Kingsbury. The Castles returned to Hawaii in March 1843 and he was a member of the board of trustees of Punahou School when it was incorporated on June 6,1849. He served as treasurer for forty years and he was the only original trustee alive for the 50th anniversary celebration in 1891. In 1851 he resigned from the mission and founded the firm Castle & Cooke with Cooke, the partnership papers were signed June 2,1851. Initially they ran a store in Honolulu, and continued to help the missions with financial matters through the Hawaiian Evangelical Association. Agents were hired in New York and San Francisco, joseph Ballard Atherton joined as clerk in 1858 and rose to become partner by 1865. During the 1860s Castle & Cooke expanded into the business of selling sugar from the number of sugarcane plantations in Hawaii. One of the first was Haʻikū Sugar Company on Maui, Haʻikū was later managed by children of missionaries Henry Perrine Baldwin and Samuel T. Alexander who formed their own partnership Alexander & Baldwin. These were two of the known as the Big Five who dominated the economy of the Territory of Hawaii through the 20th centtury
5. James Dole – James Drummond Dole, also known as the Pineapple King, was an American industrialist who developed the pineapple industry in Hawaii and established the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. Hawaiian Pineapple Company, or HAPCO, was reorganized to become the Dole Food Company. Dole was a cousin of Sanford B, Dole, President of the Republic of Hawaii. James Dole was born on September 27,1877, in Jamaica Plain and his father was Unitarian minister Charles Fletcher Dole and his mother was Frances Drummond. His paternal great-grandfather was Wigglesworth Dole and his maternal grandfather was also a clergyman, James Drummond. Growing up, Dole attended Roxbury Latin School in Roxbury, Massachusetts from which he graduated, in 1899, Dole obtained his bachelors degree in agriculture from the Bussey Institute of Harvard University. After receiving USD $50 as a gift, Dole began saving money for a future business, after growing his savings to $16,240, Dole moved to Honolulu, Hawaii at the age of 22, arriving on November 16,1899. He purchased a 64-acre government homestead in the plains of the island of Oahu at 21°30′30″N 158°0′22″W. After experimenting with a number of crops, he settled on planting pineapple and his farm grew, and Dole constructed a cannery and packing plant in the town of Wahiawa. Soon, yields and popularity of his product proved greater than he expected and Dole built a new cannery and that same year,1907, Dole purchased magazine advertisements to promote his canned pineapples. He developed the first nationwide consumer ad campaign in the United States and was successful, demand for Hawaiian pineapple grew even more. In 1913, Dole invested in a new machine invented by Henry G. Ginaca, the Ginaca machine could peel and core thirty-five pineapples every minute. Before the invention, Dole had to contend with the pace of having hundreds of workers peel. With a fully mechanized outfit, Doles business boomed once more, rival pineapple companies slowly began to adopt the Ginaca machine, seeing how much Dole improved his business with the introduction of new technologies. During this period, the Hawaiian pineapple sector was at its most profitable as various companies operating on comparatively modern small land made middling income for the operators. It became the largest plantation in the world with over 20,000 acres devoted exclusively to growing pineapple, Dole also purchased land on the island of Maui. In 1927, inspired by Charles A and those prizes were won by the only two airplanes to survive the flight. Ten other people died in their attempts, however, the race opened up the air-travel business to Hawaii and Dole quickly developed the contacts necessary to put a stranglehold on that commercial sector
6. Caleb Bradham – Caleb Davis Bradham was an American pharmacist and is best known for being the inventor of Pepsi. He was born in Chinquapin, North Carolina and he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of the Philanthropic Society, and attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Circa 1890, he dropped out of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and his assistant James Henry King was the first to taste the new drink. On December 24,1902, the Pepsi-Cola Company was incorporated in North Carolina, with Bradham as the president, also in 1903, he moved his Pepsi-Cola production out of his drug store and into a rented building nearby. In 1905, Bradham began selling Pepsi-Cola in six-ounce bottles, on January 4,1901, Bradham married Charity Credle in New Bern, North Carolina. He owned the Slover-Bradham House from 1908 to 1934, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In addition to running his store, he served as the president of the People’s Bank of New Bern. At one point he was suggested as a candidate for governor of North Carolina. He also served as an officer in the reserve for 25 years, he was named a lieutenant in the North Carolina Naval Militia, was promoted to commander in 1904. He retired as a rear admiral, additionally, in 1914 he was appointed by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to the General Naval Militia Board. At the peak of success, Bradham had authorized Pepsi-Cola franchises in over 24 states, however, on May 31,1923, Bradham, the assets of his company were sold to the Craven Holding Company for $35,000. After declaring bankruptcy, Bradham returned to operating his drug store, nicholas Sparks, a fiction author who lives in New Bern, mentioned Mr. Bradham in his book Bend in the Road. The Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola Caleb Bradham at Find a Grave New Bern Antique Postcard Slideshow Pepsi website
7. Ben Cohen (businessman) – Bennett Ben Cohen is an American businessman, activist, and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of the ice cream company Ben & Jerrys, in his senior year, Cohen found work as an ice cream man before heading off to attend Colgate University upstate. It was during his three years at the Highland Community School that he began experimenting with making his own ice cream, the pair conceived the idea in gym class at Merrick Avenue Middle School. Ben resigned as Chief Executive Officer in 1996, Ben has not been actively involved with the company since the Unilever acquisition in 2000, apart from his membership on the advisory board. Cohen has been described as a hippie or ex-hippie and he is also a noted fan of the Grateful Dead. The Foundation receives 7. 5% of all Ben & Jerrys pre-tax profits, Cohen also oversaw TrueMajority and Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities. He is also vocal in his support of Democratic candidates, including Dennis Kucinich for the U. S, Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and John Edwards followed by Barack Obama in 2008 and now Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Primaries and 2016 Presidential Election. Cohen debuted a special ice cream flavor called Bernies Yearning on January 25,2016 out of support for Sanders, Ben & Jerrys released a statement disavowing connection or support for the product, saying This was created by Ben as a citizen. On April 18,2016, Cohen was arrested, with Jerry Greenfield, while at a Democracy Awakening protest in Washington, Ben Cohen was honored by the New York Open Center in 2000 for his leadership in pioneering socially responsible business. Ben Cohen was a US Small Business Person of the Year in 1988
8. Amos Starr Cooke – Amos Starr Cooke was an American educator and businessman in the Kingdom of Hawaii. He was patriarch of a family that influenced Hawaii during the 20th century, amos Starr Cooke was born in Danbury, Connecticut, December 1,1810. His father was Joseph Platt Cooke and mother was Annis Starr and his grandfather Joseph Platt Cooke served in the American Revolutionary War. Juliette Montague was born in Sunderland, Massachusetts, March 10,1812 and her father was Caleb Montague and mother Martha Warner. They were married November 27,1836, and in less than a month in the 8th company from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to Hawaii and they sailed from Boston December 14,1836 on the Mary Frazier and reached Honolulu on April 9,1837. The Cookes were put in charge of the Chiefs Childrens School, king Kamehameha III selected as students those who would be eligible for the throne based on their family background. Instruction was in English, and all five of the ruling monarchs were students at the school. A complex of buildings was built to house the Cookes and students in 1840 as it became a boarding school, in 1846 it was renamed the Royal School, and became funded by the government. In 1849 Cooke worked for Samuel Northrop Castle who had been a shipmate on the Mary Frazier as secular supply agent for the mission, as the American Board reduced funding for the Hawaii stations, he co-founded Castle & Cooke as a private company in June 1851. Edward Griffin Beckwith became the principal of the Royal School. The business started as a store, and continued as supply agents to the mission. Their store house is part of the Mission Houses Museum, Cooke made one trip to supply mission stations in the Marshall Islands and Gilbert Islands. In 1858 Cooke became a partner in the Haʻikū Sugar Company on the island of Maui, during the American Civil War in the 1860s, the company became an agent for selling sugar from the sugar plantations in Hawaii to the western United States. However, Cookes health declined and he turned over his duties to Joseph Ballard Atherton who had started as a clerk in 1859, Cooke died in Honolulu, March 20,1871. The company went on to be one of the Big Five corporations that dominated the economy of the Territory of Hawaii. Their 7 children were, Joseph Platt Cooke was born June 15,1838, married Harriet Emily Wilder, sister of Samuel Garner Wilder and their son also named Joseph Platt Cooke married Maud Mansfield Baldwin, daughter of Henry Perrine Baldwin, co-founder of Alexander & Baldwin. Martha Eliza Cooke was born November 21,1840, married Samuel Thomas Alexander, Juliette Montague Cooke was born August 21,1843, married Joseph Ballard Atherton in 1865 and died August 25,1921. Their daughter Mary Atherton Richards wrote several histories of the family, Mary Annis Cooke was born November 6,1846, married Charles Turner, and died in 1920
9. Henry J. Heinz – Henry John Heinz was an American entrepreneur who founded the H. J. Heinz Company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born in city, the son of German immigrants from the Palatinate who came independently to the United States in the early 1840s. Heinz developed his business into a company which made more than 60 food products. He was influential for introducing high sanitary standards for food manufacturing and he also exercised a paternal relationship with his workers, providing health benefits, recreation facilities, and cultural amenities. His descendants carried on the business until recently, selling their remaining holdings to the predecessor company of what is now Kraft Heinz. Heinz was the great-grandfather of former U. S, senator H. John Heinz III of Pennsylvania. His father immigrated to the United States at age 19 in 1840 and they were married December 4,1843 in Birmingham, Pennsylvania on the south side of Pittsburgh, where they first met. Anna Schmidt was the daughter of a Lutheran minister, John Heinz was also Lutheran, Heinz was raised and confirmed as a Lutheran. Later in life he also worshipped as a member of Methodist and Presbyterian churches, through his fathers family, Henry Heinz was a second cousin to Frederick Trump, who emigrated to the United States in 1885. He is the immigrant ancestor and paternal grandfather of Donald Trump of New York City, Henry John Heinz began packing foodstuffs on a small scale at Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1869. There he founded Heinz Noble & Company with a friend, L. Clarence Noble, the company went bankrupt in 1875. The following year Heinz founded another company, F & J Heinz, with his brother John Heinz, one of this companys first products was tomato ketchup. The company continued to grow, and in 1888 Heinz bought out his two partners and reorganized as the H. J. Heinz Company, the name carried to the present day. The companys slogan,57 varieties, was introduced by Heinz in 1896, Heinz said he chose 5 because it was his lucky number and the number 7 was his wifes lucky number. H. J. Heinz Company was incorporated in 1905, and Heinz served as its first president, under his tutelage, the company was noted for fair treatment of workers and for pioneering safe and sanitary food preparation. He provided his employees free medical care, recreation facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, and gardens, and educational opportunities such as libraries, free concerts. Heinz led a lobbying effort in favor of the Pure Food. During World War I, he worked with the Food Administration and he was a director in many financial institutions, and was chairman of a committee to devise ways of protecting Pittsburgh from floods
10. Milton S. Hershey – Milton Snavely Hershey was an American confectioner and philanthropist. He founded the Hershey Chocolate Company and the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania. As he and his wife had no children, they turned to philanthropy and he was honored by the United States Postal Service with the issue on September 13,1995 of a 32¢ Great Americans series definitive postage stamp. Milton Hershey was born on September 13,1857 to Henry, born the son of a Christian father, his family were members of Pennsylvanias Mennonite community. His ancestors were Swiss and German and had settled in Pennsylvania in the early 1700s and he grew up speaking Pennsylvania Dutch. Like many rural people of the time, Milton was expected to help out on the family farm. Henry Hershey rarely stayed anywhere very long, and was prone to leaving his wife, because of this, Hershey had a very limited education with no schooling after 4th grade. In 1871, Milton Hershey left school for good and was apprenticed to a printer who published a German-English newspaper. He did not like that kind of work and he thought it was very boring, one day at work there, he accidentally dropped his hat in one of the machines. Because his boss was hot-tempered, he was fired shortly after and he was worried to see how his parents would react. His father asked Sam Ernst to take him back, and he did decide to give him a chance, but Mattie Snavely, his aunt. They wanted him to learn the trade of candy making instead, so, his mother arranged for the 14-year-old Hershey to be apprenticed to a confectioner named Joseph Royer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Over the next four years, Hershey learned the craft of creating confections, in 1876, he moved to Philadelphia to start his first confectionery business. Milton then traveled to Denver and, finding work at a local confectioners and he then went to New Orleans and Chicago looking for opportunities, before settling in New York City in 1883 and training at Huylers. He started his business which, while initially successful, lasted only three years, closing in 1886. Hershey returned to Lancaster in 1883 and he borrowed money from the bank to start the Lancaster Caramel Company, which quickly became an outstanding success. He used the recipe he had obtained during his previous travels to make candies. Also, from his previous travels, he learned that caramels sell better in bulk and this company soon became a success when a man from England visited Lancaster
11. Wally Amos – Wallace Wally Amos, Jr. is an American TV personality, entrepreneur and author from Tallahassee, Florida. He is the founder of the Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie brand and he also was the host of the adult reading program, Learn To Read. He currently resides in Kailua, Hawaii where he runs The Cookie Kahuna gourmet cookie brand, Wally Amos lived in Tallahassee, Florida, until he was twelve. When his parents divorced, he moved to Manhattan, New York with his aunt and he showed his interest in cooking at a very young age, and it was from his aunt, who would bake cookies for him, that Amos would develop his chocolate chip cookie recipe. Amos would improve on his aunts recipe, which was uncommon because it included several ingredients not generally associated with chocolate chip cookies. Shortly before graduation, Amos dropped out of school to join the United States Air Force. He earned his high school diploma before being honorably discharged from the military. Returning to New York City, Amos went to college to become a secretary, eventually, he became the agencys first African American talent agent. He signed Simon & Garfunkel and headed the rock n roll department. Amos attracted clients by sending them chocolate chip cookies along with an invitation to visit him and he represented superstars, such as Diana Ross & the Supremes, Sam Cooke, and Marvin Gaye. In 1975, a friend suggested to Amos that he set up a store to sell his cookies, and in March of that year and he started the business with the help of a $25,000 loan from Marvin Gaye and Helen Reddy. The new company began to expand, and, eventually, Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies could be found on supermarket shelves across the United States and he became a well enough known figure culturally that he appeared as himself in the Taxi episode Latkas Cookies in 1981. Thanks in part to the success of his company, he was hired to deliver speeches. He has written ten books, many of which have a theme, including The Cookie Never Crumbles. In 1994, the two partners and subsequently launched Uncle Noname Gourmet Muffins. The company focused on fat-free, nutritious muffins at that time, Uncle Noname ultimately became Uncle Wallys Muffin Company in 1999. The muffins are sold in more than 3,500 stores nationwide, in 1979, Amos long-time friend and publicist John Rosica introduced him to Literacy Volunteers of America. Since that time, Amos has advocated literacy and helped thousands of adults learn to read, in 1987, he also hosted a television series designed to teach others how to read, entitled Learn to Read, produced by Kentucky Educational Television and WXYZ-TV