#146 Tennis Pro, Don Budge


The Best Tennis ever? The green chart below is Marc Jones's time for tennis great Don Budge; the black is Michel Gauquelin's; we are going with the latter time because like Sir Don Bradman, Budge changed the game with his backhand style.  The Jones times does put Uranus in the tenth but not as a…

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#125 Dame Lilian Braithwaite


Biograph: She was born Florence Lilian Braithwaite, the daughter of an Anglican minister and dean of Croydon,  but was professionally known as Lilian (one L) on March 9, 1872, Ramsgate, England.  She was married once to fellow Shakespearian Gerald Lawrence with whom she had her only daughter Joyce Carey, on March 30, 1898.  Her marriage…

Lent & Padre Pio


Biograph Francesco Forgione was born in a small town called Pietrelcina, near Benevento outside of Naples in Southern Italy, He was fifth of eight children. At an early age, he had celestial visions &  spoke with Jesus and the Virgin Mother.  He was also tormented by the devil to turn away from the Heavenly visions.…