#710 Grasping Mussolini


Benito Mussolini  was named for Benito Juarez of Mexico, because his socialist father felt it would give his son character.  Strong willed, and intelligent, when his father was told by the nuns that his son had academic promise, Signore Mussolini told his son to beat his teacher up, lest she encourage the boy to be…

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Olympic Ralph Lauren


Ralph Lauren is a on a roll.  Last year he designed the first lady's dress for the inauguration.  This year he created the USA Olympic Team's couture (our header image is an illustration). Born Ralph Lifshitz in the Bronx, New York on October 14, 1939, he grew up there on Moshulu Parkway, itself a creation…