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Issue 974



by Kathy Wolfe

These colorful people, brought to you by Tidbits, all claim a color as part of their name.

• Fans of Major League Baseball may remember the left-handed pitcher Vida Blue, who pitched for the Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals over the course of his 17-year career from 1969 to 1986. Blue was the Cy Young Award winner, a league MVP, three-time World Series champ, and a six-time All-Star. Blue is on the list of only five pitchers in major league history who was a starter in the All-Star game for both the American League and the National League.

• In November of 1986, basketball great A.C. Green began a streak of consecutive games played, ending the streak in April of 2001 after an astonishing 1,192 straight games, a record still firmly in place. Green earned the nickname “Iron Man” during his career of playing for the Lakers, Suns, Mavericks, and the Heat. He wrapped up his NBA career in 2001 after 1,278 total games, having missed only three games in 16 seasons. Since retirement, this humanitarian has devoted himself to working with youth, developing leadership camps, and providing mentoring services.

• Alice Roosevelt Longworth was the eldest child of President Theodore Roosevelt, who, at age 17, when her father entered the White House, immediately became a fashion icon. At her social debut in 1902, her gown was of a pale azure blue (azure defined as “the color of the sky on a clear day”). She wore the color frequently, creating a fashion trend. Even her wedding dress was blue when she married Nicholas Longworth III, a congressman who later became Speaker of the House. Her gowns were the inspiration for a 1919 song “Alice Blue Gown,” composed for a Broadway musical. Alice Blue is an official color, and is used by the U.S. Navy in its insignia and trim on Navy vessels named for Theodore Roosevelt.

• Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth Prime Minister, was primarily raised in the United States after emigrating to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from her native Ukraine. Even as a high school student, Golda was active in Zionist groups that advocated the establishment of Palestine as the Jewish homeland. After graduating as a teacher, at age 23, she immigrated to Palestine with her new husband, where the couple lived in a communal kibbutz. Her early political career included serving as a delegate to the World Zionist Organization, working toward Palestine becoming an independent nation. When Israel declared its independence in 1948, Golda was one of the signers of the declaration. In 1969, at age 71, she became prime minister, serving until 1974.


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