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1. Jeane Kirkpatrick – Jeane Duane Kirkpatrick was an American diplomat and political scientist. An ardent anticommunist, she was a longtime Democrat who became a Republican in 1985, after serving as Ronald Reagans foreign policy adviser in his 1980 campaign, she became the first woman to serve as US Ambassador to the United Nations. She was known for the Kirkpatrick Doctrine, which advocated supporting authoritarian regimes around the world if they went along with Washingtons aims and she believed that they could be led into democracy by example. She wrote, Traditional authoritarian governments are less repressive than revolutionary autocracies and she wrote a syndicated newspaper column after leaving government service in 1985, specializing in analysis of the activities of the United Nations. She was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, the daughter of an oilfield wildcatter, Welcher F. Jordan and she attended Emerson Elementary School there and was known to her classmates as Duane Jordan. She had a sibling, Jerry. At 12, her father moved the family to Mt. Vernon, Illinois, in 1948, she graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University after she received her associate degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. In 1968, Kirkpatrick earned a PhD in political science from Columbia and she spent a year of postgraduate study at Sciences Po at the University of Paris, which helped her learn French. As Kirkpatrick recalled at a symposium in 2002, It wasnt easy to find the YPSL in Columbia, but I had read about it and I wanted to be one. We had a limited number of activities in Columbia, Missouri. We had a rally, which was a worthy cause. You could raise a question about how relevant it was likely to be in Columbia, Missouri and we also planned a socialist picnic, which we spent quite a lot of time organizing. Eventually, I regret to say, the YPSL chapter, after discussion, many debates and some downright quarrels. I thought that was rather discouraging, at Columbia University, her principal adviser was Franz Leopold Neumann, a revisionist Marxist. In 1967, she joined the faculty of Georgetown University and became a professor of government in 1973. She became active in politics as a Democrat in the 1970s and was involved in the campaigns of former Vice President. Along with Humphrey, she was close to Henry Jackson, who ran for the Democratic nomination for President in 1972 and she was opposed to the candidacy of George McGovern. She also served on the Platform Committee for the Democratic Party in 1976 and her most well known piece was Dictatorships and Double Standards, published in Commentary in November 1979
2. Grover Norquist – Prior to the November 2012 election, the pledge was signed by 95% of all Republican members of Congress and all but one of the candidates running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Norquist grew up in Weston, Massachusetts and he is the son of Carol and Warren Elliott Norquist, and is of Swedish ancestry. Norquist became involved with politics at an age when he volunteered for the 1968 Nixon campaign. He graduated from Weston High School and enrolled at Harvard University in 1974, at college, Norquist was an editor at the Harvard Crimson and helped to publish the libertarian-leaning Harvard Chronicle. He was a member of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Norquist has said, When I became 21, I decided that nobody learned anything about politics after the age of 21. He attended the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia, an organization that teaches conservative Americans how to influence policy through activism. Early in his career, Norquist was executive director of both the National Taxpayers Union and the national College Republicans, holding both positions until 1983 and he served as Economist and Chief Speechwriter at the U. S. Chamber of Commerce from 1983 to 1984. Norquist traveled to several war zones to help support anti-Soviet guerrilla armies in the half of the 1980s. Norquist represented the France-Albert Rene government of The Seychelles as a lobbyist from 1995 until 1999, Norquists efforts were the subject of Tucker Carlsons 1997 article in The New Republic, What I sold at the revolution. Norquist is best known for founding Americans for Tax Reform in 1985, the primary policy goal of Americans for Tax Reform is to reduce government revenues as a percentage of the GDP. ATR states that it opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle, Americans for Tax Reform has supported Taxpayer Bill of Rights legislation and transparency initiatives, while opposing cap-and-trade legislation and efforts to regulate health care. In 1993, Norquist launched his Wednesday Meeting series at ATR headquarters, the meeting eventually became one of the most significant institutions in American conservative political organizing. The meetings have been called an event for Republican operatives fortunate enough to get an invitation. Medvetz argues that the meetings have been significant in “establishing relations of…exchange” among conservative subgroups, as a nonprofit organization, Americans for Tax Reform is not required to disclose the identity of its contributors. Critics, such as Sen. Alan Simpson, have asked Norquist to disclose his contributors, he has declined but has said that ATR is financed by direct mail, according to CBS News, a significant portion appears to come from wealthy individuals, foundations and corporate interests. 218 in the House of Representatives, according to journalist Alex Seitz-Wald, losses in the election by Norquist supporters and the fiscal cliff have emboldened and made more vocal critics of Norquist. They’re giving speeches that we should compromise on our deficit, Norquist was listed as one of the five primary leaders of the post-Goldwater conservative movement by Nina Easton in her 2000 book, Gang of Five. Norquist also served as a staff member on the 1988,1992 and 1996 Republican Platform Committees
3. Roger Scruton – Sir Roger Vernon Scruton, FBA, FRSL is an English philosopher and writer who specialises in aesthetics and political philosophy, particularly in the furtherance of traditionalist conservative views. His most notable publications include The Meaning of Conservatism, Sexual Desire, The Aesthetics of Music and he has been a regular contributor to the popular media, including The Times, The Spectator and the New Statesman. From 1971 to 1992 Scruton was a lecturer and professor of aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London, after which he held several academic positions. Scruton was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to philosophy, teaching and public education. Scruton was born in Buslingthorpe, Lincolnshire, to John Jack Scruton, a teacher from Manchester, and his wife, Beryl Claris Scruton, the Scruton surname had been acquired relatively recently. Jacks fathers birth certificate showed him as Matthew Lowe, after Matthews mother, Margaret Lowe, but Margaret had decided, for reasons unknown, to raise her son as Matthew Scruton instead. Scruton wondered whether she had employed at the former Scruton Hall in Scruton, Yorkshire. Jack was raised in a back-to-back on Upper Cyrus Street, Ancoats, an inner-city area of Manchester, and won a scholarship to Manchester High School, a grammar school. Scruton told The Guardian that Jack hated the upper classes and loved the countryside, while Beryl was fond of romantic fiction and he described his mother as cherishing an ideal of gentlemanly conduct and social distinction that. Father set out with considerable relish to destroy, Scruton lived with his parents, two sisters, and Sam the dog, in a pebbledashed semi-detached house in Hammersley Lane, High Wycombe. Although his parents had brought up as Christians, they regarded themselves as humanists. Scrutons, indeed the whole familys, relationship with his father was difficult, after passing his 11-plus, he attended the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe from 1954 to 1962. He left school with three A-levels, in pure and applied mathematics, physics and chemistry, which he passed with distinction, the results won him an open scholarship in natural sciences to Jesus College, Cambridge, as well as a state scholarship. Scruton writes that he was expelled from the school afterwards, when the headmaster found the school stage on fire. When he told his family he had won a place at Cambridge, having intended to study natural sciences at Cambridge—where he felt although socially estranged, spiritually at home—Scruton switched on the first day to moral sciences. He graduated in 1965, then spent time overseas, some of it teaching at the University of Pau and Pays de lAdour in Pau, France, where he met his first wife, Danielle Laffitte. In 1967 he began studying for his PhD at Jesus, then became a fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge. It was while visiting her during the May 1968 student protests in France that Scruton first embraced conservatism, what I saw was an unruly mob of self-indulgent middle-class hooligans
4. Mark Levin – Mark Reed Levin is an American lawyer, author, and the host of syndicated radio show The Mark Levin Show. Levin worked in the administration of President Ronald Reagan and was a chief of staff for Attorney General Edwin Meese and he is president of the Landmark Legal Foundation, has authored six books, and contributes commentary to various media outlets such as National Review Online. On September 1,2015, Levin was named Editor-in-Chief of Conservative Review, Mark Reed Levin, one of three boys, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Erdenheim as well as Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. His father, Jack E. Levin, is the author of several books and he graduated from Cheltenham High School after three years in 1974. After high school, Levin enrolled at Temple University Ambler including summer classes and graduated with a B. A. in Political Science in 1977 at age 19, summa cum laude, Levin won election to the Cheltenham school board in 1977 on a platform of reducing property taxes. In 1980, Levin earned a J. D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, Levin worked for Texas Instruments after law school. Department of Education, and deputy solicitor of the U. S. Department of the Interior. He practiced law in the sector and is president of Landmark Legal Foundation. Levin has participated in Freedom Concerts, a benefit concert to aid families of fallen soldiers. Levin is also involved with Troopathon, a charity that sends care packages to soldiers serving overseas, in 2001 the American Conservative Union awarded Levin its Ronald Reagan Award. He was awarded the inaugural Citizens United Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award at CPAC in 2014, Levin began his broadcasting career as a guest on conservative talk radio programs. He was also a contributor to The Sean Hannity Show and eventually got a slot of his own on WABC, initially on Sundays beginning in 2002. Cumulus Media Networks began syndicating The Mark Levin Show nationally in 2006, Levin is known for his frequent use of the pejorative moron and puke for people he opposes. Hannity has nicknamed Mark Levin The Great One, Levin and Hannity remain frequent contributors to each others programs. He is a conservative commentator, ranked 4–6 position nationally among talk radio programs. On February 11,2016, Levin signed a contract extension with Westwood One. Levin authored the 2005 book Men In Black, How The Supreme Court Is Destroying America, rescuing Sprite, A Dog Lovers Story of Joy and Anguish is a non-fiction work written by Levin in 2007 about his experience of rescuing a dog named Sprite from a local animal shelter. Liberty and Tyranny, A Conservative Manifesto was released on March 24,2009 and it came in at No.2 on Amazon. coms list of bestselling books of 2009
5. Elliott Abrams – Elliott Abrams is a former American diplomat, lawyer and political scientist who served in foreign policy positions for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Abrams was convicted of withholding information from Congress about the Iran–Contra affair while serving under Reagan and he is currently a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Abrams is a current member of the U. S, holocaust Memorial Council and teaches foreign policy at Georgetown University as well as maintaining a CFR blog called Pressure Points about US foreign policy and human rights. In February 2014, Abrams, a commissioner of the U. S, commission on International Religious Freedom, gave testimony before a House congressional committee that Christians globally are the most persecuted of the world religions. During the Reagan administration, Abrams gained notoriety for his involvement in foreign policy decisions regarding Nicaragua. During George W. Bushs first term, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs. At the start of Bushs second term, Abrams was promoted to be his Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy and his appointment by Bush was controversial due to his conviction in 1991 on two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully withholding information from Congress during the Iran–Contra affair investigation. Abrams was born into a Jewish family in New York in 1948 and his father was an immigration lawyer. Abrams attended the Little Red School House in New York City, a private high school whose students at the time included the children of many of the citys notable left-wing activists and artists. He practiced law in New York in the summers for his father, from 1977 through 1979, he served as special counsel and ultimately as chief of staff for the then-new senator Daniel Moynihan. Growing dissatisfaction with President Carters foreign policy led Abrams to support Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election, through Senator Moynihan, Abrams was introduced to Rachel Decter, the stepdaughter of Moynihans friend Norman Podhoretz, editor of Commentary. They were married from 1980 until her death in June 2013, the couple had three children, Jacob, Sarah, and Joseph. His nomination to Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs was unanimously approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on November 17,1981. Abrams was Reagans second choice for the position, his first nominee, during this time, Abrams clashed regularly with church groups and human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch. They accused him of covering up atrocities committed by the forces of US-backed governments, such as those in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. In early 1982, when reports of the El Mozote massacre of hundreds of civilians by the military in El Salvador began appearing in U. S, the massacre had come at a time when the Reagan administration was attempting to bolster the human rights image of the Salvadoran military. Abrams implied that reports of a massacre were simply FMLN propaganda, also in 1993, documentation emerged suggesting that some Reagan administration officials could have known about El Mozote and other human rights violations from the beginning. Unrepentant Reaganite Abrams claimed that Washingtons policy in El Salvador was a fabulous achievement, neither the direct aid, nor any foreign contributions, could be used to purchase weapons
6. Greg Gutfeld – Gregory John Greg Gutfeld is an American television personality, author, magazine editor, and blogger. Since May 2015, he has hosted The Greg Gutfeld Show on the Fox News Channel, Gutfeld was the host of Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld on the Fox News Channel from 2007 to 2015. Since 2011, he is one of five co-hosts/panelists on Fox News political talk show The Five, Gutfeld is a self-described libertarian and is non-religious. Gutfeld was born in San Mateo, California, the son of Jacqueline Bernice Jackie, greg’s grandfather was Alfred Louis Gutfeld, the son of German Jewish parents. He attended Junípero Serra High School and the University of California, Berkeley and you realize that theres something distinctly in common between the two groups, the left and the right, the worst part of each of them is the moralizing. After college he had an internship at The American Spectator, as an assistant to conservative writer R. Emmett Tyrrell and he then worked as a staff writer at Prevention magazine and in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, as an editor at various Rodale Press magazines. In 1995 he became a writer at Mens Health. He was promoted to editor in chief of Mens Health in 1999, a year later, he was replaced by David Zinczenko. Gutfeld then became editor in chief of Stuff, increasing circulation from 750,000 to 1.2 million during his tenure. In 2003 he hired several dwarfs to attend a conference of the Magazine Publishers of America on the topic of buzz, with instructions to be as loud and annoying as possible. The stunt generated publicity but led to Gutfelds being fired soon afterward and he edited Maxim magazine in the UK from 2004 to 2006. Gutfelds contract expired without renewal after losses in readership under his tenure, many of his Huffington Post commentaries/blogs are available on its website. Gutfeld has his own site, The Daily Gut. Beginning on February 5,2007, Gutfeld hosted the hour-long Fox News Channel late-night program, from 2007 to 2013, Bill Schulz served as Gutfelds sidekick and Andy Levy as the shows ombudsman. Schulz was Gutfelds colleague at Stuff magazine and Levy was a blogger at The Huffington Post. On July 11,2011, Gutfeld became a co-host/panelist on the Fox News political opinion discussion program The Five, the program airs weekdays at 5 p. m. ET. Gutfeld left Red Eye in February 2015, to host a new show on Fox News. He was replaced on Red Eye by Tom Shillue, in May 2015, it was announced that Gutfeld would be getting his own late-night show called The Greg Gutfeld Show, which debuted on May 31, at 10 p. m. ET
7. William Kristol – William Bill Kristol is an American neoconservative political analyst and commentator. He is the founder and editor at large of the political magazine The Weekly Standard, Kristol is associated with a number of prominent conservative think tanks. He was chairman of the New Citizenship Project from 1997 to 2005, in 1997, he co-founded the Project for the New American Century with Robert Kagan. Kristol was born on December 23,1952 in New York City and his mother, Gertrude Himmelfarb, is a scholar of Victorian era literature. He graduated in 1970 from Collegiate School, a school for boys in New York City. In 1973, Kristol received an A. B. from Harvard College and he was a student of Harvey Mansfield. Kristol received a Ph. D. in government from Harvard in 1979, during his first year of graduate school, Kristol shared a room with fellow government doctoral candidate Alan Keyes. In 1976, Kristol worked for Daniel Patrick Moynihans US Senate campaign, later, in 1988, Kristol was the campaign manager for Alan Keyes unsuccessful Maryland Senatorial campaign against Paul Sarbanes. The New Republic dubbed Kristol Dan Quayles brain when he was appointed the Vice Presidents chief of staff and he served as chairman of the Project for the Republican Future from 1993 to 1994, and as the director of the Bradley Project at the Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee in 1993. In 1993, he rose to fame as he led opposition to the Clinton health care plan. In 2003, Kristol and Lawrence F. Kaplan wrote The War Over Iraq, Americas Mission and Saddams Tyranny, in which the authors analyzed the Bush Doctrine, in the book, Kristol and Kaplan provided support and justifications for war in Iraq. He also served as a policy advisor for Senator John McCains presidential campaign. Kristol has been a critic of former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas. After the Republican sweep of both houses of Congress in 1994, Kristol established, along with conservative John Podhoretz, the conservative newsmagazine The Weekly Standard, rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Managing Director of News Corp. financed the creation. Beginning in 1996, Kristol was a panelist on the ABC Sunday news program This Week, following declining ratings, his contract was not renewed three years later. Kristol was a columnist for Time in 2007 and he joined The New York Times as a columnist the following year. Kristol wrote an opinion column for The New York Times from January 7,2008 to January 26,2009. Many at the Times considered him a writer with a rancorous history of attacking the paper
8. Robert Novak – Robert David Sanders Bob Novak was an American syndicated columnist, journalist, television personality, author, and conservative political commentator. After working for two newspapers before serving for the U. S. Army in the Korean War, he became a reporter for the Associated Press and then for The Wall Street Journal. He teamed up with Rowland Evans in 1963 to start Inside Report and they also started the Evans-Novak Political Report, a notable biweekly newsletter, in 1967. Novak and Evans played a significant role for CNN after the networks founding and he worked as a well-known television personality in programs such as Capital Gang, Crossfire, and Evans, Novak, Hunt, & Shields. He also wrote for other publications such as Readers Digest. On August 4,2008, Novak announced that he had been diagnosed with a tumor, that his prognosis was dire. He succumbed to the disease on August 18,2009, after having returned home to spend his last days with his family and his colleagues nicknamed Novak the Prince of Darkness, a description that he embraced and later used as a title for his autobiography. He started out with moderate or liberal views, but these shifted right-ward over time and he also broke several major stories in his career, and he played a role in media events such as the Plame affair. Novak converted to Catholicism in May 1998 after his wife, Geraldine and he had two children, a daughter and a son. Novak was born in Joliet, Illinois, the son of Jane Sanders and Maurice Novak and his paternal grandparents immigrated from Ukraine, and his mothers family was from Lithuania. Novaks parents were secular Jews who had little interaction with their local Jewish community, neighbors considered Novaks family to be Polish. Novak suffered from chronic bronchitis through his childhood, which led his mother to drive him to. Because of the constant family attention, his cousins mockingly called him Baby Jesus, Novak also loved to tease, offend, and shock his family from an early age, and he later compared himself to French rebel Bertran de Born. Novaks journalism career began when he was in school as a student-writer for the Joliet Herald-News, his hometown newspaper. After high school, he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign from 1948 to 1952 and his father had attended the college, and he later remarked that I was an Illini from birth. He became a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, at the time a mostly Jewish college fraternity, Novak would later use the groups secret handshake whenever he met fellow alumnus Wolf Blitzer. He continued gaining experience as a sports writer for the Daily Illini. After four years at the University, Novak left it to become a full-time journalist without a degree, Novak later described his academic achievements as very uneven
9. Theodore Olson – Theodore Bevry Ted Olson is an American lawyer, practicing at the Washington, D. C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Olson served as United States Solicitor General from June 2001 to July 2004 under President George W. Bush, Theodore Olson was born in Chicago and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in Mountain View, California. He graduated from Los Altos High in 1958, in 1962, Olson completed his undergraduate degrees in communications and history at the University of the Pacific. He attended law school, earning his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, at Boalt, Olson served as a contributor to the California Law Review. Olson joined the Los Angeles, California office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as an associate in 1965, in 1972, he was named Partner. From 1981 to 1984, Olson served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Reagan administration, while serving in the Reagan administration, Olson was legal counsel to President Reagan during the Iran-Contra affairs investigation phase. The Judiciary Committee forwarded a copy of the report to the Attorney General requesting the appointment of an independent counsel investigation and he argued that the broad powers of the independent counsel could be easily abused, or corrupted by partisanship. In the Supreme Court Case Morrison v. Olson, the Court disagreed with Olson and found in favor of the Plaintiff and he returned to private law practice as a partner in the Washington, D. C. office of his firm, Gibson Dunn. A high-profile client in the 1980s was Jonathan Pollard, who had convicted of selling government secrets to Israel. Olson handled the appeal to United States Court of Appeals for the D. C, Olson argued the life sentence Pollard received was in violation of the plea bargain agreement, which had specifically excluded a life sentence. Olson also argued that the violation of the bargain was grounds for a mistrial. The Court of Appeals ruled that no grounds for mistrial existed, Olson successfully represented presidential candidate George W. Bush in the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore, which effectively ended the recount of the contested 2000 Presidential election. Olson was nominated for the office of Solicitor General by President Bush on February 14,2001, was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 24,2001, and took office on June 11,2001. In July 2004, Olson retired as Solicitor General and returned to practice at the Washington office of Gibson Dunn. In 2006, Olson represented a defendant journalist in the case filed by Wen Ho Lee. Lee sued the government to discover which public officials had named him as a suspect to journalists before he had been charged. Olson wrote a brief on behalf of one of the involved in the case, saying that journalists should not have to identify confidential sources. In 2011, Olson represented the National Football League Players Association in the 2011 NFL lockout, Olson, over time, came to believe that there is a constitutional right for same-sex marriage
10. T. Boone Pickens – Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr. known as T. Boone Pickens, is an American business magnate and financier. Pickens chairs the hedge fund BP Capital Management and he was a well-known takeover operator and corporate raider during the 1980s. As of November,2016, Pickens has a net worth of $500 million, Pickens was born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, the son of Grace and Thomas Boone Pickens. His father worked as an oil and mineral landman, during World War II, his mother ran the local Office of Price Administration, rationing gasoline and other goods in three counties. Pickens was the first child born via Caesarean section in the history of Holdenville hospital, at age 12, Pickens delivered newspapers. He quickly expanded his paper route from 28 papers to 156, Pickens later cited his boyhood job as an early introduction to expanding quickly by acquisition, a business practice he favored later in life. When the oil boom in Oklahoma ended in the late 1930s, Pickens family moved to Amarillo, Pickens attended Texas A&M on a basketball scholarship, but he lost the scholarship and transferred to Oklahoma A&M, where he majored in geology. He is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and he graduated from Oklahoma State with a degree in geology in 1951. Following his graduation, Pickens was employed by Phillips Petroleum and he worked for Phillips until 1954. In 1956, following his period as a wildcatter, he founded the company that would later become Mesa Petroleum, by 1981, Mesa had grown into one of the largest independent oil companies in the world. Pickens led Mesas first major acquisition, a takeover of the Hugoton Production Company and he then shifted his focus to acquiring other oil and gas companies by making solicited and unsolicited buyout bids and other merger and acquisition activity. Pickens corporate acquisitions made him a celebrity during the 1980s, an era of vigorous and his most publicized deals included attempted buyouts of Cities Service, Gulf Oil, Phillips Petroleum, and Unocal. It was during this period that Pickens led Mesas successful acquisitions of Pioneer Petroleum and these as well as other deals placed Pickens at the center of controversy during the 1980s. His celebrity rose so quickly after the Gulf Oil takeover bid that Time magazine put Pickens on the cover for the March 1985 issue and he briefly considered running for president in the 1988 elections. During this period, he was characterized as a corporate raider and greenmailer. His later takeover targets included Newmont Mining, a New York-based firm, Diamond Shamrock and he was also involved in the creation of the United Shareholders Association, which from 1986–1993 attempted to influence the governance of several large companies. After nearly two years of hearing and debate, in July 1998 the Securities and Exchange Commission voted 4–1 to approve a one-share, one-vote rule. On the local level, Pickens chaired the Board of Regents of West Texas State University in Canyon and he was also active in the Republican Party in Potter County
11. Ben Stein – Benjamin Jeremy Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon, later, he entered the entertainment field and became an actor, comedian, and Emmy Award-winning game show host. He is most well-known on screen as the teacher in Ferris Buellers Day Off. Stein has frequently written commentaries on economic, political, and social issues and he is the son of economist and writer Herbert Stein, who worked at the White House under President Nixon. His sister, Rachel, is also a writer, while as a character actor he is well known for his droning, monotonous delivery, in real life he is a public speaker on a wide range of economic and social issues. Stein was born in Washington, D. C. the son of Mildred, a homemaker, and Herbert Stein, a writer, economist and he is Jewish and grew up in the Woodside Forest neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland. Stein graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1962 along with classmate journalist Carl Bernstein, actor Sylvester Stallone was a schoolmate at Montgomery Hills Junior High School. He went on to major in economics at Columbia Universitys Columbia College, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi, after graduating with honors from Columbia in 1966, Stein went to Yale Law School, graduating in June 1970. He says that he did not have the highest grades in his class at Yale by a long shot and he was first a poverty lawyer in New Haven, Connecticut, and Washington, D. C. before becoming a trial lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission. Steins first teaching stint was as a professor, teaching about the political and social content of mass culture at American University in Washington. He subsequently taught classes at University of California, Santa Cruz on political, at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, Stein taught libel law and United States securities law and its ethical aspects. He was a professor of law at Pepperdine University Law School, Stein was the commencement speaker for the Liberty University 2009 graduation on Saturday, May 9, at Williams Stadium. At this ceremony, the University awarded him an honorary degree, according to the school, Stein delivered a message about creationism, patriotism, and value for humanity to graduates and their families. Stein writes frequently on a variety of topics, including politics, investing and he writes a regular column in the conservative magazines The American Spectator and Newsmax. He wrote a regular column for Yahoo. Finance online, with his last article dated August 7,2009 and his bestselling books include Yes, You Can Retire Comfortably, Can America Survive. and Yes, You Can Time the Market. In 2009, he published a collection of essays, The Real Stars, Stein was fired from his position as a Sunday Business columnist at The New York Times in August 2009, due to a policy prohibiting writers from performing product endorsements or advertising. However, the felt that it would be inappropriate for him to write for them while he was involved in advertising
12. Tom Wolfe – His first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, published in 1987, was met with critical acclaim, became a commercial success, and was adapted as a major motion picture. Wolfe was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Louise, a landscape designer, Wolfe grew up on Gloucester Road in the historic Richmond North Side neighborhood of Sherwood Park. He recounts some of his memories of growing up there in a foreword to a book about the nearby historic Ginter Park neighborhood. Wolfe was student council president, editor of the newspaper and a star baseball player at St. Christophers School. Wolfe majored in English and practiced his writing outside the classroom as well and he was the sports editor of the college newspaper and helped found a literary magazine, Shenandoah. Of particular influence was his professor Marshall Fishwick, a teacher of American studies educated at Yale, more in the tradition of anthropology than literary scholarship, Fishwick taught his classes to look at the whole of a culture, including those elements considered profane. The very title of Wolfes undergraduate thesis, A Zoo Full of Zebras, Anti-Intellectualism in America, evinced his fondness for words, Wolfe graduated cum laude in 1951. Wolfe had continued playing baseball as a pitcher and had begun to play semi-professionally while still in college, in 1952 he earned a tryout with the New York Giants but was cut after three days, which Wolfe blamed on his inability to throw good fastballs. Wolfe abandoned baseball and instead followed his professor Fishwicks example, enrolling in Yale Universitys American studies doctoral program and his PhD thesis was titled The League of American Writers, Communist Organizational Activity Among American Writers, 1929–1942. In the course of his research, Wolfe interviewed many writers, including Malcolm Cowley, Archibald MacLeish, and James T. Farrell. A biographer remarked on the thesis, Reading it, one sees what has been the most baleful influence of education on many who have suffered through it, it deadens all sense of style. His thesis was rejected but it was finally accepted after he rewrote it in an objective rather than a subjective style. Upon leaving Yale he wrote a friend explaining through expletives his personal opinions about his thesis, though Wolfe was offered teaching jobs in academia, he opted to work as a reporter. In 1956, while preparing his thesis, Wolfe became a reporter for the Springfield Union in Springfield. Wolfe finished his thesis in 1957 and in 1959 was hired by The Washington Post, Wolfe has said that part of the reason he was hired by the Post was his lack of interest in politics. The Posts city editor was amazed that Wolfe preferred cityside to Capitol Hill and he won an award from The Newspaper Guild for foreign reporting in Cuba in 1961 and also won the Guilds award for humor. While there, he experimented with fiction-writing techniques in feature stories, in 1962, Wolfe left Washington for New York City, taking a position with the New York Herald Tribune as a general assignment reporter and feature writer. The editors of the Herald Tribune, including Clay Felker of the Sunday section supplement New York magazine, during the 1962 New York City newspaper strike, Wolfe approached Esquire magazine about an article on the hot rod and custom car culture of Southern California