William Haines

Charles William "Billy" Haines, known professionally as William Haines, was an American film actor and interior designer. Haines was discovered by a talent scout and signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1922, his career gained momentum when he was lent to Columbia Pictures, where he received favorable reviews for his role in The Midnight Express. Haines was cast in the 1926 film Brown of Harvard; the role solidified his screen persona as arrogant leading man. By the end of the 1920s, Haines had appeared in a string of successful films and was a popular box-office draw. Haines' acting career was cut short in the 1930s due to his refusal to deny his homosexuality, he quit acting in 1935 and started a successful interior design business with his life partner Jimmie Shields, was supported by friends in Hollywood. Haines died of lung cancer in December 1973 at the age of 73. Haines was born on January 2, 1900 in Staunton, the third child of George Adam Haines, a cigar maker, Laura Virginia Haines. Two older siblings died in infancy.

He had four younger siblings: Lillian, born in 1902. He was baptized at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton at the age of eight, where he sang in the choir, he became fascinated with stage performance and motion pictures at an early age, spending hours watching early silent films in the local theatres. Haines ran away from home at the age of 14, accompanied by an unidentified young man to whom Haines referred as his "boyfriend"; the pair went first to Richmond and to Hopewell, which had a reputation for immorality. Haines and his boyfriend got jobs working at the local DuPont factory, producing nitrocellulose for $50 a week. To supplement their income, the couple opened a dance hall, which may have served as a brothel, his parents, frantic over his disappearance, tracked him through the police to Hopewell. Haines did not return home with them, remaining instead in Hopewell and sending money back home to help support the family; the couple remained in Hopewell until most of the town was destroyed by fire in 1915.

Haines moved to New York City. Whether his boyfriend accompanied him is unclear. Following the bankruptcy of the family business and the mental breakdown of George, Sr. the family moved to Richmond in 1916. Haines returned home in 1917 to help support them. With his father recovered and employed, Haines returned to New York City in 1919, settling into the burgeoning gay community of Greenwich Village, he worked a variety of jobs and was for a time the kept man of an older woman before becoming a model. Talent scout Bijou Fernandez discovered Haines as part of the Goldwyn Pictures' "New Faces of 1922" contest and the studio signed him to a $40-a-week contract, he traveled to Hollywood with fellow contest winner Eleanor Boardman in March of that year. Haines' career began as he appeared in extra and bit parts uncredited, his first significant role was in Three Wise Fools. He attracted the studio began building him up as a new star. However, he continued to play unimportant parts at Goldwyn; when his home studio lent him to Fox in 1923 for The Desert Outlaw, he got the opportunity to play a significant role.

In 1924, MGM lent Haines to Columbia Pictures for a five-picture deal. The first of these, The Midnight Express, received excellent reviews, Columbia offered to buy his contract; the offer was refused and Haines continued in bit roles for Goldwyn. Haines scored his first big personal success with Brown of Harvard opposite Jack Pickford and Mary Brian, it was in Brown that he crystallized his screen image, a young arrogant man, humbled by the last reel. It was a formula to which he was returned for the next several years. On a trip to New York in 1926, Haines met James "Jimmie" Shields as a pick-up on the street. Haines convinced Shields to move to Los Angeles; the pair soon viewed themselves as a committed couple. Haines found box-office success with Little Annie Rooney, costarring Mary Pickford, Show People, costarring Marion Davies. Haines was a top-five box-office star from 1928 to 1932, he made a successful transition into "talkies" in the part-talking film Alias Jimmy Valentine. He was forced to take elocution lessons for the film.

His first all-talking film, Navy Blues, was released the following year. He starred in Way Out West in 1930; the 1930 Quigley Poll, a survey of film exhibitors, listed Haines as the top box-office attraction in the country. In 1933, Haines was arrested in a YMCA with a sailor he had picked up in Los Angeles' Pershing Square. Louis B. Mayer, the studio head at MGM, delivered an ultimatum to Haines: Choose between a sham lavender marriage or his relationship with Shields. Haines chose. Mayer subsequently terminated his contract, he made a few minor films at Poverty Row studios retired from acting. His final films were made with Mascot Pictures and Beautiful and The Marines Are Coming in 1934. Haines never continued to receive offers for film roles. During production of Sunset Boulevard, Haines was offered a cameo role in the film, which he declined, he said, "It's a rather pleasant feeling of being away from pictures and being part of them because all my friends are. I can see the nice side of them without seeing the ugly side of the studios."

Haines and Shields began a successful dual career as interior designe

David Hobbs (racing driver)

David Wishart Hobbs is a British former racing driver. Employed as a commentator for the Speed Channel, he works as a commentator for NBC and NBC Sports Network. In 1969 Hobbs was included in the FIA list of graded drivers, a group of 27 drivers who by their achievements were rated the best in the world. Hobbs lives in Florida. With his wife, with whom he has two sons and Guy. In 1986, Hobbs opened a car dealership, David Hobbs Honda, in Glendale, which continues to exist today, for which he voices advertisements, his youngest son, worked for Speed as a pit reporter on their sports car coverage. Hobbs was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009, he is the grandfather of current racing driver Andrew Hobbs. Hobbs was born just months before the outbreak of World War II, his career as an international racing driver spanned 30 years at all levels including in sports cars, touring cars, Indy cars, IMSA, Can-Am and Formula One. He has participated in the 24 Hours of Daytona, he made twenty starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, finishing in 8th place at the first attempt in 1962, following with a pole position and a best finish of third to his credit.

Hobbs was due to make his F1 Grand Prix debut for Tim Parnell Racing at the 1965 French Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand, but a serious road accident put him in hospital for three weeks. In 1971 Hobbs won the L&M 5000 Continental Championship driving for Carl Hogan out of St. Louis, Missouri, in a McLaren M10B-Chevrolet, he won five of the eight rounds that year at Laguna Seca, Road America and Lime Rock. Twelve years he would claim the 1983 Trans-Am Series championship as well, he made two NASCAR Winston Cup starts in 1976, including leading two laps at the 1976 Daytona 500 and drove a race in the 1979 International Race of Champions. Hobbs provides commentary for Formula One and GP2 races, the SCCA Valvoline runoffs, parts of the 24 Hours of Daytona, he has worked for CBS on its Daytona 500 coverage, working as both a colour commentator and a feature/pit reporter from 1979 until 1996, moved to Speed in 1996 working as a colour commentator and moved to NBCSN in 2013. Hobbs appeared in the 1983 comedy film Stroker Ace, playing a TV race announcer.

He appeared in the Cars 2 movie, which premiered in June 2011, as announcer "David Hobbscap", a 1963 Jaguar from Hobbs' real life hometown in England. Notes^1 – Formula 2 entry. SpeedTV bio David Hobbs Honda Stats from David Hobbs' IROC and NASCAR careers on David Hobbs – Test Driver Jaguar XJ13 – Building the Legend

Frank Bender

Francis Augustus Bender was an autodidact forensic artist and fine artist. He made facial reconstructions of the dead based on their skeletons, of fugitives based on outdated photographs, with his reconstructions showing how they might look in the present day, he worked in clay and cast his pieces into plaster and painted them, but he created age-progression drawings of fugitives using pastels. His most famous facial reconstruction case was that of John Emil List, whose case was shown on America's Most Wanted. Bender's work led to List's capture. Bender began his forensic work when, impoverished, he worked out a deal with the Philadelphia coroner to be allowed to study some of their unknown dead bodies in an effort to improve his sculpting skills, he created life-sized monuments in bronze for the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York, a monument for slain police officers in New Jersey, a Holocaust obelisk. Bender was one of the founding members of the Vidocq Society, along with William Fleisher and Richard Walter.

The Vidocq Society, named after Eugène François Vidocq, meets in Philadelphia and focuses on solving cold cases. On May 13, 2008, Random House published The Girl With the Crooked Nose by Ted Botha, a book on Bender's life story intertwined with his most challenging case: the female homicides in Ciudad Juárez. In August 2010, Penguin Books published The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo in which Frank Bender is a central figure—the book includes a biography of Bender and focuses on the work of the Vidocq Society. In 2009, Bender was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, a rare cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs and is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. Bender believed. Bender died on July 2011, at his home in Philadelphia. Frank Bender website