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The Daily Mashup: Michael Jackson to Michael Bublé

2 Jul

go exploreMichael Jackson is the “King of Pop” and his album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with over 50 million copies sold worldwide. Jackson has won hundreds and hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in history. He is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Dance Hall of Fame. As the The New York Times describes him, “in the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else.” In other words, he’s a big deal. Michael Bublé is a Canadian singer who has made a name for himself in the music industry. His 2007 album, Call Me Irresponsible, making it to the number one spot in the UK, Canada, US, and several European charts. His voice and persona have repeatedly been compared to Frank Sinatra and he remains one of the most well-liked singers in the industry with fans of all ages. Bublé has been quoted saying Michael Jackson was the singer who had the biggest impact on him growing up.

Quotes:

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” -Michael Jackson

“I mean what I say when I say it, and that allows your audience to connect. That’s the number-one reason why any music is successful, because you make people feel something.” -Michael Bublé

Here are a few similarities:

Jackson and Bublé don’t just have singing in common, they were both raised Christian. Jackson was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, a Christian denomination. As a young boy, Jackson was required to do missionary work and went from door to door distributing the Jehovah’s Witness magazine, Watchtower. Later in his life, he was excommunicated from the religion because he was becoming too “worldy” and they disapproved of his Thriller music video. Bublé was raised as a Roman Catholic. When he was a teenager, Bublé admitted to sleeping with his bible and praying to become a singer. Bublé’s interest in music came as early as the age of five due to his family playing Bing Crosby’s White Christmas album at Christmas time.

Speaking of interest in music, these two talented singers realized their music ability at age 13. When Michael Jackson was eight years old, he starting singing in the Jackson 5. Jackson was seen as a prodigy and even though he was the youngest, he quickly became the lead singer of the group. Jackson evolved into a teen idol and he left the Jackson 5 to start his solo career at age 13. He realized he could make it as a solo performer and started straying from the “bubblegum pop” music of the Jackson 5 to a more adult and complex sound. Michael Bublé was 13 when he and his family first realized he was a talented singer. Young Bublé was in the car with his family at Christmas time and they were singing along to “White Christmas.” Apparently, he took his family by surprise when he powerfully sang the words “May your days be merry and bright.” His first singing shows started at age 16 and got a singing manager at age 18.

During their humble beginnings, the Jackson and Bublé boys were both talent show winners. A year after Michael Jackson joined the Jackson 5, the group won a major local talent show when they performed James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good).” This win gave them recognition and the Jackson 5 was being hired to play at clubs and as openers to distinguished stars such as Gladys Knight and Etta James. When Michael Bublé was 18, he entered a local talent contest and won. However, he was disqualified because he was underage. Bublé took the advice of the talent show’s organizer Bev Delich and then entered the Canadian Youth Talent Search, which he also won. Delich then became Bublé’s manager and the young singer took every gig he could get, from talent shows, to cruise ships, to malls, to bars. He was discovered performing at a business party by the Prime Minister’s aide at the time who then introduced Bublé to the big shot Grammy-winning producer David Foster, who had also worked with Michael Jackson.

It wasn’t long into either Jackson or Bublé’s careers before they started being recognized for their excellence. These men won multiple grammy awards. Jackson has recieved 13 Grammy awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He recieved 8 Grammys for just the Thriller album alone. Bublé was nominated for the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his first and second album, but won it for his third, forth, fifth, and sixth albums. Pretty impressive.

A nice similarity between these successful people is that instead of keeping all of their earnings to themselves, they both gave a lot to charity. Michael Jackson is known for his contributions to the less fortunate. In fact, in 200, Guinness World Records recognized Jackson as the most giving entertainer, contributing to a total of 39 different charities. He was also given an award from President Ronald Reagan to commemorate Jackson’s contribution to charities helping those recovering from dug and alcohol abuse, as well as a Drunk Driving Prevention campaign. Jackson gave all of his share of the proceeds from his Victory Tour and all the profits from the single “Man in the Mirror” to charity. He even started his own charity for underprivileged children called Heal the World Foundation in 1992. What an amazing human being. Michael Bublé follows in Jackson’s footsteps by his $50,000 contribution to those affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in Australia and continuing to support a number of charitable projects. One of these is called Children’s Charity Believe in Magic, for which he took part in their Believe in Magic Wristband Fundraiser.

 

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The Daily Mashup: Mark Twain to Mark Wahlberg

30 Jun

climb (2)Mark Twain is easily one of the most famous writers to ever walk the planet. His novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is called “The Great American Novel.” He is also known for his witty sense of humor in both his writing and speech. Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. He had a very close friendship with Nikola Tesla, completely fascinated by science and discovery. Mark Wahlberg is the bad boy of the Hollywood industry, a rapper turned model turned actor and producer. He has starred in multiple successful films, including Planet of the Apes, The Departed, The Other Guys, The Fighter (which earned him an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination), Ted, and Lone Survivor. He also produced the popular HBO series Entourage, which he based on his life in Hollywood.

Quotes:

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” – Mark Twain

“I don’t want to let my guard down and feel too comfortable. If you become complacent, you start feeling entitled. I’m ready to go dig ditches if I have to. Whatever I gotta do to provide for my family.” -Mark Wahlberg

Here are a few similarities:

These two big shots were part of a big family. Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was the sixth of seven children. His family lived in a small house in Missouri and only three of his siblings survived childhood. By the time Twain was six, he had already lost three of his siblings. Mark Wahlberg was the youngest of nine children. He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and soon began a life of crime. With four of his siblings in and out of jail, Wahlberg was following the example he was given. He has since taken full responsibility for his crimes and said his upbringing wasn’t to blame. He knew right from wrong, and chose the wrong path anyway.

In addition to coming from big families, Twain and Wahlberg are both of English and Irish descent. Twain has ancestors of Scots-Irish and English descent. Wahlberg’s father is of Irish descent and so is his mother, who is also of English descent. Through his mother, Wahlberg is actually related to great American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, best known for writing The Scarlet Letter. Looks like Twain and Wahlberg’s families both had some great writers!

Though they ended up extremely successful, these two were school dropouts. When Mark Twain was eleven, his father passed. The next school year, following the fifth grade, Twain decided to not attend. Instead, he became a printer’s apprentice where he worked as a typesetter and contributed to the Hannibal Journal, a newspaper his older brother owned. Twain also educated himself by spending time at public libraries, where there was a greater depth of knowledge available to him. At age 18, Twain left his brother’s newspaper and set out for New York to work as a printer. He married at age 35, became a journalist, and started writing his great novels a few years after. Mark Wahlberg attended Copley Square High School in Boston but never graduated. As a youth, Wahlberg was in trouble 20-25 times with the Boston Police Department and came into fame after being an original member of the boy band New Kids on the Block, of which his older brother Donnie was also a member. He only stayed in the band three months before quitting and he began recording with other rappers, with whom he formed the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. With the famous Calvin Klein underwear shoot, Wahlberg gained fame and got involved in the acting business.

Both of these men owe at least some of their fame to being humorists. Twain is a humor writer and Wahlberg is a humor performer. Twain started out writing light, humorous pieaces but his wit and satire mixed with solid narrative gained him fame with his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is America’s premier award for humor and is given by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since 1998. Winners of this award include famous comedians such as Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Eddie Murphy. Though Wahlberg is not considered a comedian, he has acted in and produced multiple comedy films and TV series. One of his most successful comedies, Ted, was Universal’s highest-grossing film in 2012. The Other Guys, in which he starred alongside Will Ferrell, was a box office success and grossed over $170 million. His HBO series Entourage was the winner of six Primetime Emmy Awards for the acting, directing, writing and Outstanding Comedy Series categories. The series was turned into a feature film and debuted in 2015.

Twain and Wahlberg were born and raised Christian. Mark Twain identified as a Presbyterian and participated in religious discussions. He attended services, especially to deal with the deaths of those he loved and the prospect of his own mortality. Twain thought critically about religion and expressed his doubt in the goodness of God, who was supposed to be all-powerful for good or evil, yet let evil things happen on Earth. He contemplated whether God created the world with tortures for his own purpose and was indifferent towards humanity and its insignificance. Mark Wahlberg is a committed Roman Catholic, asserting that he starts his day by praying and after leaving his house every morning he stops at the church to thank God before continuing with his day. Though he is a religious person and admits to being impressed by the Catholic church’s Pope Francis, he doesn’t agree with the church’s view on gay marriage, something he supports.

These two men at one point in their lives have made racist comments but since have changed views on people of other races. Mark Twain was always a dedicated supporter of the abolitionist movement to end slavery and praised Lincoln’s Proclamation, saying it “not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also.” He felt that America was not fair to those who were non-white, stating that the Chinese were also mistreated and abused. However sensitive he was to race politics, he made some offensive claims about Native Americans in his early writings, calling them “the scum of the earth.” He later made an argument against his own statements, recognizing how these people had also been mistreated and detested how white men called them “savages.” Mark Wahlberg had his own run in with hate speech as a young boy, when on two separate occasions he harassed African American children by throwing rocks and yelling racial slurs at age 15. At age 16, he assaulted a Vietnamese man on the street using a long wooden stick and yelling racial slurs at him as well. For these crimes, he has been charged with attempted murder and served time. He has since apologized and asked forgiveness after reconnecting with the Catholic faith.

Twain and Wahlberg didn’t just grow up with similar family size, they also had similar families as adults. Both Marks had one wife and four children. Twain, when living in Buffalo, New York with his wife, had one son and three daughters: Langdon, Susy, Clara, and Jean. Wahlberg lives with his family in Beverly Hills. He and his wife have two sons and two daughters. Of his daughters, Wahlberg says, “Having two daughters changed my perspective on a lot of things, and I definitely have a newfound respect for women. And I think I finally became a good and real man when I had a daughter.” How sweet!

 

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The Daily Mashup: Steve Jobs to Steve Carell

29 Jun

Budget Allocation - PosterSteve Jobs is the mastermind behind the technology giant Apple Inc. and is considered a pioneer of the personal computer. He was an entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor with a legacy that will last. He was named the most powerful person in business by Forbes in 2007. Jobs is a major role model and hero to anyone in the computer industry and is extremely respected for his work. Multiple biographies and films have been created to document his life and accomplishments. Steve Carell is an American actor, comedian, producer, director, and writer. He is best known for his role as Michael in the successful comedy series The Office, as well as his leading roles in movies such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Get Smart, Despicable Me, The Way, Way Back, Crazy, Stupid Love, and Foxcatcher. He was nominated as “America’s funniest man” in Life magazine and received a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series for his role in The Office. Always funny, always talented, and always kind, Carell is one of the most lovable actors in the Hollywood.

Here are a few similarities:

Steve Jobs and Steve Carell both grew up with dads who were mechanics. Jobs’ dad, Paul Jobs, built a small workbench in their garage so he could teach his son about mechanics and pass along his love for it. Steve Jobs admired his dad’s craftsmanship and watched him build things the family needed. He could build anything, from a new cabinet, a fence, or fixing a car, which Steve helped him with. We can probably guess that Steve Jobs got his drive for creation and computer science from his father. Steve Carell, on the other hand, had a dad whom worked on the mechanics of computers. His dad was an electrical engineer.

Jobs and Carell both have lived in California. Jobs was born in San Francisco, right near Silicon Valley, which also influenced his interest in the up and coming computer industry. When he was in middle school, Jobs convinced his parents to move to Los Altos, California, to the home where the Apple Computer was first created. Once Jobs was married, he lived in Paolo Alto with his wife and children, the home where he passed away at the age of 56 due to his pancreatic cancer. Carell was born in Massachusetts, went to school in Ohio, and performed with The Second City in Chicago. However, he found his current home after becoming a successful actor and getting married, when he moved to Los Angeles. Carell currently resides in an estate within the Toluca Lake area.

Both of these men only got married once in their mid thirties. Jobs had a daughter named Lisa with his previous girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan, before marrying his wife Laurene Powell at age 36. Jobs denied that he was the father of Lisa for years before finally admitting it to the public. It wasn’t until he was forced out of the Apple Company and Lisa was seven years old that he started having a relationship with her. Jobs met his wife Laurene at a lecture series at Stanford Business School when the pair were seated next to each other. When she left at the conclusion of the lecture, Jobs ran after her and asked her out to dinner. With Laurene, Jobs had three more children: Reed, Erin, and Eve. Carell met his wife, Nancy Walls, when she was a student in an improvisation class Carell was teaching at The Second City. They have worked together multiple times, with Nancy appearing in The Daily Show, The Office, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, all of which Carell played a major role in. Nancy and Steve Carell have two children: Elisabeth and John.

Believe it or not, these two have both been involved with Disney. Steve Jobs bought The Graphics Group, now known as Pixar, in 1986. He orchestrated a deal with Disney, who bought Pixar for $7.4 billion. Jobs then became The Walt Disney Company’s largest single shareholder, owning seven percent of their stock. He was also on the Board of Directors for The Walt Disney Company. In 2013, after Jobs’ death, he was awarded the Disney Legends honor given to those who have made great contributions to the company. Who knew? Carell might not own any stock or authority at Disney, but he has acted in multiple Disney productions. In 2014, he was Ben in the fantasy comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. He was also the voice of Mr. Delancey in Disney’s animated series Fillmore! and starred in the film Dan In Real Life, which was distributed by Walt Disney Studios.

 

 

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The Daily Mashup: Sandra Day O’Connor to Sandra Bullock

25 Jun

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Sandra Day O’Connor instantly became one of the most powerful role models for women when she was nominated by Ronald Reagan to sit on the Supreme Court. She served for 24 years, undergoing the challenge of battling breast cancer and her husband’s suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was a pioneering force on the Supreme Court and will be remembered as the guiding hand in the court’s decisions during her time there, frequently acting as the swing vote. Sandra Bullock, also known as America’s Sweetheart, is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses. She has starred in memorable movies such as Miss Congeniality, The Blind Side, The Proposal, and Gravity. She has received both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award. Most recently, in 2015, she was named “Most Beautiful Woman” by People magazine.

Here are a few similarities:

Sandra Day O’Connor and Sandra Bullock have both appeared in Time magazine’s 100 “Most Influential People in the World.” O’Connor was named in the 2004 issue, being praised for her work in the Supreme Court. In Time, Walter Isaacson writes, “By being the practical-minded swing vote on the court, she has quietly become one of the most influential people in the world.” The 2010 Time list included Bullock, who is described by Betty White as a down to earth and genuinely kind person. In Time, White writes, ”She never lets a scene get away from her. She’s never just there going through her paces. And you can’t take your eyes off of her. America, you wish she were your sweetheart.”

O’Connor and Bullock are continuously recognized as powerful women in their fields. Several publications have named O’Connor one of the most powerful women in the world. As the swing vote in many Supreme Court cases, O’Connor had the opportunity to change history over and over again. And she did. In 2009, Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest possible civilian honor one can be awarded in the United States. The Hollywood Reporter named Bullock as one of the most powerful women in all of entertainment. By 2009, Bullock’s films had grossed over $3.1 billion worldwide. Her total domestic gross stands at $1.7 billion, placing her among the Top 100 Stars at the Box Office. By 2014, she ranked No. 2 on Forbes‘ most powerful actresses list and was the highest earning actress in the movie business. You go, girls!

These two remarkable women each have their own connection to the state of Texas. O’Connor was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up on a ranch with her family. To honor her, a magnet school in Austin is named the Sandra Day O’Connor Criminal Justice/Public Service Academy. She also appears in the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Bullock, in addition to having a home in Lake Austin, Texas, actually owns her own restaurant in Austin called Bess Bistro. Across the street from her restaurant, she also opened Walton’s Fancy and Staple, a bakery, upscale restaurant, flower shop, and an event planning business all in one. She backs a Texas non-profit organization called The Kindred Life Foundation, dedicated to help individuals, households, and organizations in need.

It turns out, neither O’Connor nor Bullock have strict ties to a political party. They both have democratic and republican views. Though she is thought of as a conservative, O’Connor is also known for deciding her stance on a case-by-case basis. Willamette University College of Law Professor Steven Green has stated, “She was a moderating voice on the court and was very hesitant to expand the law in either direction.” He also said, unlike some other Court justices, O’Connor “seemed to look at each case with an open mind.” Isn’t that how it should be? Bullock, though she tries to keep her religious and political views private, has said she has “as many Democratic ideas as she does Republican.”

Both Sandra Day O’Connor and Sandra Bullock have completed firsts for women. First, Sandra Day O’Connor was re-elected to the State Senate in 1973 and became the first woman to serve as Majority Leader. Next, President Ronald Reagan nominated her for a position as a Supreme Court Justice, making her the first woman ever to hold that position. Sandra Bullock starred in The Blind Side, which broke box office records. She became the first female star to lead a film into the $200 million mark.

 

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The Daily Mashup: Tina Turner to Tina Fey

23 Jun

HARK! (7)Tina Turner is most successful in her career as a singer, termed the most successful female rock artist ever. She’s listed in the Guinness Book of Records for selling more concert tickets than any solo performer in history. You’ve probably heard some of her most famous songs, such as “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Private Dancer,” “Let’s Stay Together,” and her rendition of “Proud Mary.” She is the winner of eight Grammy awards and has sold around 200 million records worldwide. If Tina Turner is the Queen of Rock n’ Roll, then Tina Fey is the Queen of Comedy. Fey has received eight Emmys, two Golden Globes, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Writers Guild of America Awards for her work. Within the comedy field, she’s considered to be one of the best and she still continues to be a trailblazing woman comedian. She is well known for her work in the Saturday Night Live (SNL) series, being the creator of the critically acclaimed show 30 Rock, and performing as an actress in multiple, wildly successful films.

Here are a few similarities: 

Tina Turner and Tina Fey weren’t always named Tina, in fact, they both were born with different names. Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939. It was her husband, Ike Turner, who thought of the name change to “Tina,” because it rhymed with television character “Sheena” from the comic book Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. It’s believed that Ike renamed 21-year-old Anna Mae Bullock because he didn’t want her to run off and make a name for herself. Later, Ike admitted that another reason for the name change was to keep Tina’s former lovers from returning to her. Tina Fey was born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. “Tina” is taken from the latter part of her middle name. Fey changed her name for purely aesthetic reasons.

These famous ladies knew they were destined for stardom from the beginning and started getting interested in their future careers at a very young age. Turner realized she had a talent for singing and became a member of Nutbush’s Spring Hill Baptist Church choir as a child. Barely in her teens, high schooler Turner quickly immersed herself in St. Louis’s R&B scene, spending much of her time at Club Manhattan with her older sister. It was there, in 1956, that she met rock-and-roll pioneer Ike Turner, band member of the Kings of Rhythm. Few women had ever sung with him, but it wasn’t long before Turner was performing with the group, quickly becoming the highlight of their show. Tina Fey was introduced to comedy by her parents at a young age and grew up watching Saturday Night Live, Monty Python, Second City Television, and old Marx Brothers movies. By age 11, she had already read Seventy Years of Great Film Comedians by Joe Franklin for a school project about comedy. As a teenager, she knew she was interested in comedy and, by high school, she was taking drama classes and writing consistently. It was Fey’s 8th grade teacher who encouraged her to be a writer. To People Magazine, Fey said originally, she thought, “I don’t want to be a writer, ’cause then you’re just by yourself in a room all the time. I want to be a star!” After earning a degree in drama from the University of Virginia, she moved to Chicago to start her comedy career at The Second City.

Both women found success while performing on none other than the famously hilarious late-night sketch comedy and variety show, Saturday Night Live (SNL). Tina Turner, in her first solo act ever, performed at The Ritz in NYC in 1981. Rod Stewart noticed her and following that performance, asked her to join him on SNL to perform a duet of his song “Hot Legs.” This performance brought her recognition and the beginning of her fame, and Stewart later hired Turner to open for him on his U.S. tour. In comparison, Tina Fey got her break out role on SNL and is still considered one of the most famous SNL cast members of all time. Fey worked at SNL for nine years before starting her career developing her hit show 30 Rock. In 2015, in Rolling Stone Magazine‘s appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Fey was ranked as number three in importance, right behind John Belushi and Eddie Murphy. Fey was also SNL‘s first female head writer.

These beautiful women didn’t have to go looking for a husband because they both married to men they worked with. Tina Turner found Ike Turner as a teenager at Club Manhattan. After joining his band, the Kings of Rhythm, and starting their own duo ‘Ike & Tina Turner Revue,’ the couple’s success was picking up pace and they married in 1962. By the mid-1970s, their marriage had fallen apart due to Ike’s cocaine addiction, frequent infidelity, and his physical abuse of Tina. She is currently married to her second husband, German music executive Erwin Bach, whom she met at a record label party in London in 1985. Tina Fey found love two years into her career at The Second City in Chicago with the show’s piano player turned musical director, Jeff Richmond. They are still married and live with their two daughters in NYC.

Turner and Fey aren’t one-trick ponies, for both of them have succeeded in multiple fields. In addition to being a famous singer, Turner has also experienced success in films, including a role in the 1975 rock musical Tommy and a starring role in the 1985 Mel Gibson blockbuster film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, as well as a cameo role in the 1993 film Last Action Hero. Tina is also known as a very good dancer and choreographer. With her success as an entertainer who can act, sing, and dance, Tina Turner is a triple threat. Tina Fey, in addition to being a respected and highly regarded comedian, is an actress, writer, and producer. Along with being a head writer for SNL, Fey was the creator, executive producer, writer, and star of the show 30 Rock. Over the course of the series, the show was nominated for 112 Emmy awards and won 16, in addition to numerous other nominations and wins from other awards shows. Fey has also acted in multiple movies, including the successful teen comedy Mean Girls, which she also wrote. Fey teamed up with her BFF Amy Poehler for Baby Mama, which grossed over $64 million at the box office. Next she costarred with Steve Carrell in the 2010 comedy Date Night and has acted other successful films.

You know you’ve made it when you can write a book about yourself and have it become a bestseller. Both Tina Turner and Tina Fey wrote successful autobiographies. Turner’s book, entitled I, Tina, describes the story of young girl born in Tennessee who rises to fame after meeting Ike Turner. She describes their abusive relationship that ended before she became an international superstar. The book, after being published in 1986, became a worldwide best-seller and led to the film adaption, What’s Love Got to Do with It. Fey’s autobiography, the hilarious Bossypants, gives her life story as to how she became a member of SNL and what she went through to create 30 Rock. Her book topped The New York Times Best Seller list, and stayed there for five straight weeks upon its release in 2011. The book has sold over one million copies in the U.S. and Fey’s narration of the audiobook was Grammy nominated.
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The Daily Mashup: Thomas Edison to Tom Hanks

22 Jun

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Thomas Edison is one of the most famous American inventors, recognized for developing many world-changing devices, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and of course, the light bulb. February 11th, Thomas Edison’s birthday, is National Inventor’s Day, designated by the US Congress. Thomas “Tom” Hanks is one of the most respected and well-liked American actors, known for his roles in films such as Forrest GumpSaving Private Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, and Captain Phillips. He has won numerous awards during his career, including multiple Golden Globes to Academy Awards to the Kennedy Center Honors Medallion. As of 2014, Hanks’ films have grossed over $8.4 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing actors in film history.

Here are a few similarities:

These guys both know what it’s like to grow up with a big family. Edison and Hanks were one of seven. Edison, although he was his mother’s favorite son, grew up in a crowded home with six other siblings. Edison was the youngest and also the smartest of the bunch, eager to learn even with his undiagnosed ADHD. Hanks grew up as one of four, with three brothers and one sister. His parents got divorced when he was only four years old. When he was in high school, his father remarried and he gained three new step-siblings, bringing the total to seven.

These two are obviously very successful individuals, but it turns out they weren’t so successful socially. Thomas Edison and Tom Hanks were not popular in school. Edison’s head was oddly larger than average and he donned a noticeably broad forehead. As a young student, his moderately unusual demeanor and appearance as well as his wandering mind made him somewhat of an outcast. At age seven, after only three months of schooling, Edison’s teacher lost his patience with the persistent questioning and self-centered nature of the boy. Edison was home-schooled for the rest of his education by his mother. When Hanks is asked about his early childhood, he doesn’t remember it too fondly. He was unpopular with teachers and students. He didn’t have too many friends and he told Rolling Stone in an interview: “I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy. At the same time, I was the guy who’d yell out funny captions during filmstrips. But I didn’t get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible.” It looks like if we went to school with either of these guys when we were young, we probably would’ve avoided them.

Before Edison and Hanks were famous, they both sold food as a kid to earn money. Edison worked on a train in Michigan running from the city of Port Huron to Detroit as a young boy. He sold candy and newspapers to passengers, and occasionally vegetables to supplement his income. As a teenager in California, Hanks worked at the Oakland Coliseum and sold concessions at A’s and Raiders games.

Believe it or not, both Edison and Hanks had dreams of becoming an actor and a love for Shakespeare. Edison’s father urged Edison to read all of the classics, giving him 10 cents for every one he completed. Because of this, Edison gained a great appreciation for literature, especially Shakespeare. His fondness for Shakespeare’s plays even lead him to briefly consider becoming an actor. However, his high-pitched voice and his extreme shyness before every audience led him to give up the idea. Hanks became a fan of acting at a young age attending many different plays. As he grew older, he liked to make a lot of noise and be flamboyant so he turned to acting as a career. Hanks studied theater at Chabot College for two years then at California State University. Hanks has acted in multiple Shakespeare plays, such as his first professional performance in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and he was a member of Riverside Shakespeare Company.

New York City is the place where Edison and Hanks started moving up in their careers. After inventing the phonograph, Edison looked toward electricity and the light bulb. He formed the Edison Electric Light Company, now known as General Electric (GE), in New York City. It was after creating this company that he successfully invented an electric lamp and made the first public demonstration of his incandescent light bulb on December 31, 1879, in Menlo Park. During this time he is quoted saying: “We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.” At age 23, Hanks moved to NYC where he made his film debut, funnily enough, in a slasher movie entitled He Knows You’re Alone. After moving to New York in 1979, he also got roles in television shows, a game show, and other small movies. It wasn’t until 1988 with his starring role in Big that Hanks solidified his career as a major Hollywood talent.

Edison and Hanks both had two wives. When Edison was 24, he married 16-year-old Mary Stilwell. She was an employee in one of his shops. They had three children together before she died at age 29 from a brain tumor. He remarried at age 39 to 20-year-old Mina Miller. They also had three children together. They remained married until Edison’s death in 1931. Hanks got married to American actress Samantha Lewes when he was 22. The marriage lasted nine years and they had two children together, Colin and Elizabeth. One year after their separation, Hanks married actress Rita Wilson, whom he met filming Volunteers, a movie they costarred in together. Hanks and Rita have been married 27 years and have two sons, Chet and Truman Theodore.

These men may not have lived in the same time period, but they both have been involved in filmmaking. One of Edison’s inventions is in fact a motion picture camera or the “Kinetograph.” He made an electromechanical design and a peep-hole viewer, or a “Kinetoscope” which allowed people to watch short, simple films. It made its first debut in 1891. By 1896, New York City was projecting motion pictures in public screenings. Hanks may not have actually invented the technology to make films, but he has played a part in creating the films themselves. He made his directing debut with his 1996 film That Thing You Do! Next, he executive produced, co-wrote, and co-directed the HBO docudrama From the Earth to the Moon. Him and his wife Rita produced the hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. He is most known for his involvement with legendary Stephen Spielberg to create one of the finest war films ever made, Saving Private Ryan. 

One fun little fact is that these men are connected by President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was president during Thomas Edison’s lifetime, being elected in 1861 when Edison was 14 years old. Tom Hanks is actually a fourth cousin, four generations removed, of Abraham Lincoln, of all people. What a cool relative to have!

 

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Tina Turner to Tina Fey

Thomas Edison to Tom Hanks

Harry Truman to Harry Styles

Anne Frank to Anne Hathaway

Leonardo da Vinci to Leonardo DiCaprio

Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep

George Washington to George Clooney

Scarlett O’Hara to Scarlett Johansson

Ben Franklin to Ben & Jerry

Mr. Darcy to Mr. Grey

 

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