Martyn Jerel Buchwald was born in Cincinnati Ohio. He is better known as Marty Balin, who in 1965, met singer/guitarist Paul Kantner and together they formed Jefferson Airplane, scoring a gold record with their 1966 debut LP "Jefferson Airplane Takes Off." Marty Balin's writing included "Today," "Share a Little Joke," and "Volunteers." Marty Balin also enjoyed a successful solo career, scoring a Top Ten hit in 1981 with "Hearts." In early 1975 he produced his most memorable effort with "Miracles." Balin also contributed his vocals to the hits "With Your Love" and "Count on Me." For more information visit: www.jeffersonairplane.com
What began as a simple family ritual of telling stories to his children, soon grew into a full-time profession for best-selling children's author and illustrator Marc Brown. Trained at the Cleveland Art Institute, he went on to create more than one hundred picture books for children, including the Arthur Adventure series. Arthur is now one of the top rated children's television shows on PBS. Marc Brown lives in Hingham, Massachusetts and Martha's Vineyard, with his wife, illustrator and author Laurie Krasny Brown, and their daughter Eliza. Marc and Laurie are the creators of the path-breaking nonfiction Dino Life Guides for Families series. For more information, visit: http://pbskids.org/arthur/
One of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the 1980s, and beyond, Collins' ascent to the top of the charts began with his first solo single, "In the Air Tonight", which quickly rose to No. 2 in the U.K. and Top 20 charts in the United States. Between 1984 and 1990, Collins released a string of 13 straight U.S. Top 10 hits. Phil Collins has collaborated with such well known musicians as George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Mike Oldfield, Sting, John Cale, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel and Ravi Shankar. For more information, go to: www.philcollins.co.uk
Norm Crosby appeared on numerous TV variety shows in the 1960's including the Ed Sullivan Show, and later in the 1970’s he hosted the television series, “The Comedy Shop.” He is also well known for his TV commercials for Anheuser-Busch Natural Light Beer in 1978. He applies a great deal of his time and effort supporting many charities’. In 1979 he became the first national chairman for the Council for Better Hearing and Speech. He is a tireless worker for the City of Hope Hospital, in Duarte, California. Over the years, Norm has hosted and played in numerous Celebrity Golf tournaments for the benefit of many worthwhile charities and Institutions Norm Crosby serves as Jerry Lewis Co-Host on Jerry's annual Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In recognition of his achievements both in Comedy and as a humanitarian, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce installed the "Norm Crosby Star" on Hollywood's Walk of Fame between two of his favorite performers, Jack Benny and Red Skelton, on February 24th 1982. Read more about him at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norm_Crosby.
Mr. Demille has authored more than 12 bestselling novels, including "Up Country", "The Lion's Game", "Plum Island", "The General's Daughter", "Gold Coast", and his recent best seller "Night Fall" about the TWA Flight 800 crash off the coast of Long Island, NY. A Long Island native who attended Hofstra University and now lives in Garden City, Nelson DeMille often uses Long Island as a setting in his novels. Don't miss Nelson DeMille's newest blockbuster "The Gate House," a novel set on Long Island's plush Gold Coast (and, naturally, the long-awaited sequel to his classic novel "The Gold Coast")! Please find more information about this acclaimed author at: http://www.nelsondemille.net/content/author.asp
Comedienne Phyllis Ada Driver is also a theatre and movie actress, an accomplished pianist, a gifted painter (her paintings have been on exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum of Art), and a best-selling author. Her early TV appearances were on Groucho Marx’s game show "You Bet Your Life" and "The Jack Paar Show." Diller has also appeared as a piano soloist with 100 symphony orchestras across the country. In March, 1990, she was named Celebrity Businesswoman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners. In 1992, Phyllis Diller received the American Comedy Award for Lifetime Achievement. For more information read one of her best-selling books: "Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints," "Phyllis Diller's Marriage Manual," "The Complete Mother," and "The Joys Of Aging And How To Avoid Them." She also has published an autobiography called "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse, My Life in Comedy" written with Jeremy P. Tarcher.
Dion DiMucci, better known as Dion, was born in the Bronx. He was a singer and songwriter whose career began in popular music in the 50s with his group known as Dion & the Belmonts. He went solo in the early 1960s and continued to have hits with songs like "Runaround Sue", "The Wanderer" and "Ruby Baby." His best-known song as a soloist, "Abraham, Martin & John," was a response to the 1968 assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. For more information, go to: www.diondimucci.com
Once a junior high school English teacher, Ed Lowe joined Long Island’s Newsday as a reporter in 1969, and became a featured columnist in 1976. His column now appears in the Long Island Press. He has co-authored two books with New York psychotherapist Stanley Siegel ("The Patient Who Cured His Therapist" and "Uncharted Lives,") and edited two published collections of his own work: "Ed Lowe's Long Island," and "Not As I Do -- A Father's Report." Since 1992, Ed Lowe has appeared as a regular panelist on "Father Tom and Friends,” a weekly cablevision show produced by Msgr. Tom Hartman of Long Island’s Telecare channel. Ed Lowe has addressed business, trade, professional and religious associations and has served as a Master of Ceremonies for many charity gatherings and galas. Ed Lowe is the father of four and a grandfather of two. He currently lives on Long Island’s south shore.
Early in his career, Patrick McDonnell illustrated the Russell Baker column in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His illustration work also appeared in Parents Magazine (the monthly Bad Baby strip), Reader's Digest, Sports Illustrated, Time and Forbes, among many others. In 1994 McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS which now appears in over 700 newspapers and 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as "one of the best comic strips of all time." McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including the National Cartoonists Society's highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year; five Harvey Awards for Best Comic Strip; Germany's Max and Moritz Award for Best International Comic Strip, and the Swedish Academy of Comic Art's Adamson Statuette. McDonnell's first children's book, 'The Gift of Nothing" which featured the MUTTS characters, quickly became a New York Times bestseller. His fifth children's book, "South," will be released in the Fall of 2008. Patrick serves on the national board of directors for The Humane Society of the United States, and also serves on the board of directors of the Charles M. Schulz Museum. For more information, visit: www.muttscomics.com
Grace Barnett Wing is better known as Grace Slick, the powerful-voiced female singer of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, rock bands with which she performed in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. Grace Slick replaced Jefferson Airplane singer Signe Anderson and joined the group in time for the recording of its second album, Surrealistic Pillow. She brought with her both "Somebody to Love" and her own composition, "White Rabbit.” Both became Top Ten hits in 1967, as did the album, and Slick became the focal point of Jefferson Airplane, participating in seven more albums by the group. 1974 saw the release of Slick's debut solo album. In 1975 came Red Octopus, which topped the charts and sold two million copies. In 1989, she joined a reunion of Jefferson Airplane that resulted in a tour and a self-titled album. She retired from performing in the 1990s. In the years since her retirement, Grace has turned to painting. Her works include portraits of old friends such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jerry Garcia, and others. Read Grace’s autobiography, “Somebody to Love?” published in 1998, or visit: www.jeffersonairplane.com, or www.jeffersonstarship.com
Noel Paul Stookey
Noel Paul Stookey will be forever famous as the "Paul" of Peter, Paul And Mary. His tune, "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)", written for Peter Yarrow's marriage to Marybeth McCarthy, the niece of senator and one-time presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy, has become a nuptial classic. he trio of Peter, Paul & Mary was the most popular singing group in the U.S. just before the Beatles arrived, using their three-part harmony arrangements to introduce the work of Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Gordon Lightfoot and John Denver. The trio recorded eight million selling albums and their self-titled debut album, reached the top of the charts and remained in the top twenty for two years. In addition to his busy musical career, Stookey has continued to oversee a multi-media organization that specializes in children's computer software, television shows and music. For more info, please visit: www.peterpaulandmary.com, or www.noelpaulstookey.com
Beetle Bailey made his comic-strip debut as a college cutup in 1950 in a mere 50 newspapers. The feature was soon bought and syndicated by King Features and is noted as the last strip personally approved by William Randolph Hearst. With America's entry into the Korean conflict, cartoonist Mort Walker's star character accidentally enlisted in the Army, and the rest is comic-strip history. Beetle Bailey went on to become the third most widely distributed comic strip of all time. His error proved a blessing in disguise, as readers of more than 1,800 newspapers around the world can attest today. In May 2000, Mort Walker was honored by the United States Army at the Pentagon with The Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the highest award the Secretary of the Army can bestow on a civilian. The Beetle Bailey cast of characters have also been the inspiration for dozens of games, toys, puzzles, patches, apparel and greeting cards. For more info, and to learn about Mort’s many accomplishments, and awards, go to: www.mortwalker.com
For more than fifty years Brooklyn native Eli Wallach has held a special place in film and theater. Wallach has worked with such stars as Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, and Henry Fonda, and his many movies include The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and, most recently, Mystic River. Wallach lives in New York City with his wife, actress Anne Jackson, and he remains active in the film industry but finds time to enjoy woodworking and collecting antiques. For more information, read “The Good, The Bad, And Me” by Eli Wallach.
Peter Yarrow is one-third of Peter, Paul & Mary which was the most popular singing group in the U.S. just before Beatlemania. Their arrangements and harmonies introduced the work of some of the 1960s' best songwriters. More than 40 years later, they are still performing and recording regularly. Their debut album, Peter, Paul & Mary in 1962 sold two million copies, with the hit singles "Lemon Tree" and the Weavers song "If I Had a Hammer." Other top singles included "Puff, The Magic Dragon," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," "Stewball," "I Dig Rock and Roll Music," "Too Much of Nothing," "Day Is Done," and "Leaving on a Jet Plane." By 1970, Peter, Paul & Mary had earned eight gold and five platinum albums, along with numerous Grammy nominations. For more info: go to www.peterpaulandmary.com