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    A few years back, I wrote a Screenplay titled “Desperate Swans” (I make my living as a Screenwriter/Editor). It’s the story of a man who discovers he has ADD and all the changes he goes through as he tries to accept that fact and change his life. When it was done, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be helpful to run a list of famous people with ADD alongside the closing credits.” I thought I might get two or thee pages of names.

    I now have twenty one pages!

    You will have seen some of these names in Rick & Patricks terrific, “Tottally ADD & Loving It” Special.

    But I thought it might help people starting out to see just how “not alone” you really are, by copying the full list here.

    So if it’s okay with the Webmasters, I’ll start “serializing the list.”

    Sidebar: To clarify, living, or recently deceased people on this list have “come out of the ADD Closet” publically and we have their own words, and many references, to back that up. Historical figures have been “diagnosed” by way of their autobiographies, or the historic record (and while the “science” there isn’t as good, few would argue that people like Thomas Edison or Mozart suffered from ADD).

    For the record: Most people on this list have ADD/ADHD. Some were diagnosed with Autism, Aspergers, Bi-Polar Disorder, Clinical Depression, Dyslexia, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Tourettes Syndrome.

    What they/we all share in common is a Brain Chemistry Imbalance, a problem that – thanks to modern meds – can be controled in more than 80% of cases (and that number increases with the introduction of every new medication).

    So … away we go!

    I’ll start with famous pilots (because that’s what “Desperate Swans” is all about), then go from there:


    Buzz Aldrin Astronaut, Second Man on the Moon

    Col. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington (1912 – 1988) WWII Flying Ace (Black Sheep Squadron)

    Admiral Richard Byrd (1888 – 1957) Explorer & Aviator

    John Denver (1943- 1997)Pilot, Musician, Composer, Writer.

    Harrison Ford Actor, Pilot

    Howard Hughes Pilot, Entrepreneur

    Charles Lindbergh (1927 – 1974)Pilot, Author

    Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 – 1973) WWI Flying Ace

    General James (Jimmy) Stewart (1908 – 1997) Pilot & Actor

    Sally Wagstaff Five time world aerobatic Champion

    Wilbur Wright (1867 – 1912) Co-Inventor of Powered Flight


    George W. Bush 43rd US President.

    Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933) 30th U.S. President

    Bill Clinton 42nd US President

    Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 – 1969) 34th U. S. President/WW 2 General.

    Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 – 1973) 36th U.S. president

    John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) 35th U. S. President

    Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) 16th US President

    Richard M. Nixon(1913 – 1994) 37th U.S. President

    Ronald Reagan 40th U.S. President

    George Washington (1732- 1799) 1st US President.

    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) 28th U. S. President


    Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England

    Prince Charles Future King of England

    Diana Spencer (1961- 1997) Princess of Wales

    Menachem Begin (1913 – 1992) Prime Minister, Nobel Laureate

    Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) General, Emperor

    Barbara Bush, Former First Lady (U.S.)

    Lawton Chiles (1930-1998) Senator, Governor of Florida

    Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) British Prime Minister

    Garnet Coleman, Legislator (Texas)

    Kitty Dukakis, Former First Lady of Massachusetts

    Betty Ford, Former First Lady

    Tipper Gore, Activist

    Abbie Hoffman (1936 -1989,) Writer, Political Activist

    Luci Baines Johnson, LBJ’s Daughter

    Robert F. Kennedy (1925 – 1968) U.S. Attorney General

    Frances Lear(1923 -1996) Writer, Women’s Rights Activist

    Robert E Lee (1807-1870) General

    Mary Todd Lincoln, Former First Lady

    Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918 – 1970) Egyptian Leader

    George S. Patton (1885- 1945) U.S. General

    Alma Powell, Wife of Gen. Colin Powell

    Nelson Rockefeller, US Vice President

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) Former First Lady

    Muhammad Anwar alSadat (1918 – 1981) Egyptian President, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

    Gen. William Westmoreland (1914-2005) General

    Boris Yeltsin, Former President of Russia

    Up next:

    Famous Entertainers (and their ranks are legion!)


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    Interesting…Do you have a list of ADD/ADHD artists?..painters, creators, designer…

    And what about accountant, secretaries, office workers…

    Can we make a comparaison…in which field those wonderful ADD/ADHD people work better or in which field their a less productive?

    Just curious…Thanks


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    oh my gosh! you’re kidding… bush has add?!? i would have never guessed that! *snickers* sorry, couldn’t help it. hee hee it’s only b/c my bro (who also has add) reminds me of the former pres and if i knew that he wouldn’t be sensitive about it, i would tease him. *evil grin*

    river, you can add me to the secretary/PA/office worker. oh, wait! i’m not famous….. yet. (insert kool-aid smile here)

    this is a great list GN. me likey! thanks for posting. it’s interesting to see the great folks that made the list and all of their accomplishments. :D


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    Continuing with my list of famous ADDErs (or people with Brain Chemistry Imbalances)…

    River asked if I had a list of ADD Artists.

    Of COURSE I do. <vbg>

    I’ll do that next. Here we go:


    Ansel Adams Photographer

    Louis Althusser (1918-1990) Philosopher, Writer

    Diane Arbus (1923-1971) Photographer

    Samuel Becket (1906-1989) Writer

    Clifford Beers (1876-1943) Humanitarian

    John Berryman (1914-1972) Poet

    L. Brent Bozell (d. 1997) Attorney, Writer

    Richard Brautigan (d. 1984) Writer

    Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821 – 1890)Explorer, Writer

    Truman Capote (1924-1984) Writer

    Thomas Carlyle Scottish historian, critic, writer

    Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) Industialist

    Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) Author of Alice in Wonderland

    Neal Cassady (1926-1968) Writer

    Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Author

    Hart Crane(1899 1932) Poet

    Salvador Dali (1904-1989) Artist

    Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Inventor/Artist

    Emily Dickinson Poet

    Terence Donovan (1936-1996) Photographer

    Michael Dorris (1945-1997) Writer

    James Farmer (1920-1999) Civil Rights Activist

    Philo T. Farnsworth (1906-1971) Inventor of Television

    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 1940) Author

    Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) Magazine Publisher

    Andre Franquin (1924-1997) Cartoonist

    Arshille Gorky (1904-1948) Artist

    Phil Graham Owner, Washington Post

    Graham Greene (1904-1991) Writer

    Philip Guston (1913-1980) Artist

    Valerie Hardin Gothic poet, Artist, Children’s Author

    William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) Newspaper Magnate

    Lillian Hellman (1905-1984) Writer

    Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) Writer

    Milton Hershey (1857-1945) “The Chocolate King”

    Herman Hesse (1877-1962) Writer

    Edward Hopper 1882-1967 Artist

    Eugene Izzi (1954-1996) Writer

    William James (1842-1910) Philosopher, Writer

    Randall Jarrell (1914-1965) Poet

    Samuel Johnson Author

    Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Writer

    Jane Kenyon (1940-1995) Poet

    William Kurelek (1927-1977) Artist

    Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) Explorer(Lewis & Clark Expedition)

    Ross Lockridge, Jr. (1914-1948) Writer

    Jack London (1876-1916) Writer

    Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957) Writer

    J. Anthony Lukas (1933-1997) Writer

    Peter McWilliams (1949-2000) Writer, Activist

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) Artist

    Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953) Writer

    Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) Poet, Soldier

    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) Writer, Poet

    Walker Percy (1916-1990) Writer

    Pierre Peladeau (1925-1997) Entrepreneur

    Murray Pezim (1920-1998) Financier

    Pablo Picasso (1882-1973) Artist

    Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) Writer

    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) Author/Poet

    Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) Artist

    John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) Founder, Standard Oil

    Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) Artist

    August Rodin (1840-1917) Artist/Sculptor

    Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) Writer

    Amelia Rosselli (1930-1996) Poet

    Mark Rothko (1903-1970) Artist

    Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983) Writer

    May Sarton (1913-1995) Poet, Diarist, Novelist

    Charles Schulz (1922-2000) Artist, Cartoonist

    Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966) Poet

    Anne Sexton (1928-1974) Poet

    George Bernard Shaw Author

    Socrates (469-399 B.C.) Philosopher

    George Stephanopoulos Political Advisor, Educator

    August Strindberg (1849-1912) Writer

    Dylan Thomas Irish Author

    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Author

    Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Russian Author

    Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Artist

    Mark Twain Writer

    Joseph Vasquez (1963-1996) Writer, Director

    Vincent Van Gogh Artist

    Russell Varian (1899-1959) Inventor

    Jules Verne (1828-1905) Author

    Kurt Vonnegut Writer

    Mary Jane Ward (1905-1981) Writer

    Norman Wexler (1926-1999) Screenwriter, Playwright

    Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) Writer

    William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) Physician, Writer, Poet

    Bill Wilson (1895-1971) Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous

    F. W. Woolworth (1852-1919) Department Store Innovator

    Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) Architect

    William Wrigley, Jr. Chewing Gum Maker

    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Writer

    William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) Irish Author

    How’s that?




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    Veronica …

    Yeah, I think Bush is a pretty obvious case recognized by just about everyone. <g>

    (Sidebar: I shouldn’t laugh. The poor man’s dyslexia is painfully obvious and made him an object of ridicule.)

    Interesting point – when I was compiling a list of recent U.S, Presidents with ADD, I had a hard time finding one who wasn’t!

    Only one I could find was Jimmy Carter (who, interestingly lobbied for assistance for those with Mental Disorders).

    Haven’t seen any blatant signs of ADD in Obama.

    Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. <vbg>


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    Oh, what the heck – let’s do ADD Entertainers as well.

    (Note “Musicians” are in a separate list I’ll put here later.)


    Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) Dancer, Choreographer

    Harry Anderson Actor

    Louie Anderson Comedian, Actor

    Tom Arnold Actor

    Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe) Actor, Singer

    Ann Bancroft Actor

    Rona Barrett Entertainment Reporter, Author

    Kim Bassinger Actor

    Ned Beatty Actor

    Harry Belafonte Actor, Singer

    John Belushi Actor, Comedian, Singer

    Maurice Benard Actor

    Danny Bonaduce Radio Personality, Actor, Writer

    Clara Bow (1905 – 1965) Actor

    Cheyenne Brando (1970 – 1995) Actor

    Marlon Brando Actor

    Jeremy Brett 1933 – 1995, Actor

    Art Buchwald Writer, Humorist

    Delta Burke Actor

    George Burns (1896-1996) Actor

    Tim Burton Artist, Movie Director

    Gary Busey Actor

    Cher Actor, Singer

    Nicholas Cage Actor

    Donald Cammell (1934-1996) Movie Director, Screenwriter

    Naomi Campbell Model

    Truman Capote (1924-1984) Writer, TV Personality.

    Drew Carey Actor

    Jim Carrey Actor

    Lisa Nicole Carson Actor

    Dick Cavett Writer, Media Personality

    Paddy Chayefsky (1923 – 1981) Writer, Movie Director

    Margaret Cho Actor, Comedian

    Dick Clark Television Personality, Producer

    John Cleese Comedian, Actor, Writer

    Paula Cole Actor

    Jeff Conaway Actor

    Francis Ford Coppola Director

    Bill Cosby Actor, Comedian

    Dennis Crosby (1935-1991) Actor

    Carey Crosby, (1938-1989) Actor

    Bill Dana Comedian

    Rodney Dangerfield Comedian, Actor

    Sandra Dee Actor

    Ellen DeGeneres Comedian, Actor

    Johnny Depp Actor

    Walt Disney Animator

    Eric Douglas Actor

    Kirk Douglas Actor

    Michael Douglas Actor

    Tony Dow Actor, Producer, Director

    Robert Downey Jr. Actor

    Patty Duke (Anna Duke Pearce) Actor, Writer

    Robert Evans Producer

    Craig Ferguson TV Host, Comedian, Actor, Writer

    Sally Field Actor

    Eddie Fisher Singer, Actor

    Carrie Fisher Writer, Actor

    Michael J. Fox Actor

    Judy Garland (1922-1969) Singer, Actor

    James Garner Actor

    Danny Glover Actor

    Tracey Gold (1969-Present) Actor

    Whoopi Goldberg Comedian, Actor

    Cary Grant Actor

    Rick Green Actor, Writer, Director, Producer

    Shecky Greene Comedian, Actor

    Linda Hamilton Actor

    Tony Hancock Comedian, Actor

    Moss Hart (1904-1961) Actor, Director, Playwright

    Mariette Hartley Actor

    Margaux Hemingway (1955-1996) Actor, Model

    Mariel Hemingway (1961-Present) Actor

    Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) Actor

    Dustin Hoffman Actor

    Anthony Hopkins Actor

    Ashley Judd Actor

    Naomi Judd Actor Singer

    Margot Kidder Actor

    Gelsey Kirkland Dancer

    Ashton Kutcher Actor

    Jessica Lange Actor

    Hugh Laurie Actor, Comedian

    Vivien Leigh 1913-1967, Actor

    Jay Leno Comedian & TV Host

    Dave Letterman Comedian & TV Host

    Bill Liechtenstein Producer

    Allie Light Director

    Joshua Logan 1909-1988 Broadway Director, Producer

    Courtney Love Musician, Actor

    Howie Mandel Comedian, Actor

    Camryn Manheim Actor

    Ann Margret Actor, Dancer

    Jay Marvin Radio Personality, Writer

    Gary McDonald Actor

    Kevin McDonald Comedian, Actor

    Patrick McKenna Actor, Writer, Producer

    Rod McKuen Poet

    Kristy McNichol Actor

    Steve McQueen (1930-1980) Actor

    Burgess Meredith 1908-1997, Actor, Director

    Spike Milligan (1918-2002) Comic Actor, Writer

    Carmen Miranda (1909-1955) Dancer, Actor

    Demi Moore Actor

    Vaslov Nijinksy (1889-1959) Dancer, Choreographer

    Deborah Norville Television Journalist

    Rosie O’Donnell Actor, Talk Show Host

    Sir Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) Actor

    Nicola Pagett Actor

    Susan Powter Motivational Speaker

    Freddie Prinze (1954-1977) Actor , Comedian.

    Joan Rivers Comedian, Talk Show Host

    Robbie Rist Actor

    Roseanne Actor, Writer, Comedian

    Winona Ryder, Actor

    Yves Saint Laurent, Fashion Designer

    Charles Schulz, 1922-2000 Artist, Cartoonist

    George C. Scott (1927-) Actor

    Willard Scott Weather Forecaster

    David O. Selznick (1902-1965) Film Producer, Director

    Neil Simon Writer, Playwright

    Paul Simon Composer, Musician

    Don Simpson (1944-1996) Movie Producer

    Will Smith Actor,Rapper,Entertainer

    Tom Smothers Actor,Singer,Entertainer

    Jose Solano actor

    Suzanne Sommers Actor

    Steven Spielberg Producer

    Sylvester Stallone Actor, Writer, Producer, Director

    Rod Steiger (1925-2002) Actor

    Barbara Streisand Singer, Actor, Director, Producer

    David Strickland (1970-1999) Actor

    Elizabeth Taylor Actor

    Lili Taylor Actor

    Gene Tierney (1920-1991) Actor

    Spencer Tracy (1900-1967) actor

    Ted Turner Entrepreneur, Media Giant

    Liv Tyler Actor. Daughter of Steve Tyler

    Jean Claude Van Damme Athlete, Actor

    Vivian Vance (1909-1979) Actor

    Joseph Vasquez (1963-1996) Writer, Director

    Carey Wagner Actor

    Lindsay Wagner (1949-Present) Actor

    Mike Wallace Journalist

    Damon Wayans Comedian, Actor, Writer, Director, Producer

    Norman Wexler (1926-1999) Screenwriter, Playwright

    Robin Williams Comedian, Actor

    Henry Winkler Actor, Producer

    Oprah Winfrey Talk Show Host, Actor

    Jonathan Winters Comedian, Actor, Writer, Artist

    Ed Wood (1925-1978) Director

    Natalie Wood (1938-1981) Actor

    Robert Young (1907-1998) Actor

    Up next:

    Scientists & Athletes.


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    Just realized I didn’t answer River’s question.

    Re where do ADDers fit?

    It’s no surprise so many of us are in “Show Biz.”

    I’ve heard it said that L.A. should be re-named “ADD-Town” (though I personally prefer, “Swan Lake” <g>)

    We suck in mundane occupations.

    We blossom in any arena that demands high concentration (because of the ADD “gift” of hyper-focus).

    BUT … there’s a catch.

    We “gotta wanna.”

    If the arena doesn’t catch our imagination, fugetaboudit.

    If it does – especially once we have the right meds – we excel.

    To put it another way…

    I can’t work 9 to 5 to save my life (if there’s no reason, other than money, to be there).

    But, I will happily work 5 to 9 (that’s 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.), 7 days a week, if the arena catches my fancy.

    (Been doing that since 1972!)

    Hope that partially answers your question.

    MUST get back to work.

    Cheers till next time,



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    WOW! I KNEW IT!….I KNEW IT!! (laughing out loud….!!!)

    When you say that : I can’t work 9 to 5 to save my life (if there’s no reason, other than money, to be there).

    But, I will happily work 5 to 9 (that’s 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.), 7 days a week, if the arena catches my fancy.

    I’m struggling about that lately…FInding THE right job for me…since I’M 45 and cannot fit a job for over few months whtitout getting sick after that period of time….well, i guess that I dd’nt find the right med..yet…I have to find a specialist first!

    But now I look to help my younger boy because I think he have ADD…(trouble concentring, easily distracted in school, but he is SOOOO funny….!))

    Thanks Fearwidg!! :O)


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    Kim Jong-il ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Jong-il )

    He’ll never admit it and tends to jail anybody that knows anything about his human frailties

    but it’s obvious to me that he has it.

    5-9? I have 5 or 6 days a week of 30-36 hours each, with the occasional long day when

    I get busy with something interesting. Having no circadian rhythm makes it easy for me. ;]


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    I ‘ve seen these lists before and I’ve always wondered if ADHD is a recently diagnosed condition, say within the last 40 or so years for the sake of argument, is there any anecdotal evidence that says Wilbur Wright of the Wright Brothers, or going further back George Washington or Edgar Allan Poe was definitely ADHD? Like, were they tested back then? Or are we just assuming based on some facts that “may” indicate the probability of being ADHD. I’m not trying to burst anyone’s balloon here. We could use all the encouragement we can get….

    Strange, few Canadians on that list….


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    It does leave distinctive marks on one’s life and those of famous people are documented

    well enough to get a clear picture of their personal struggles and foibles. Their grade school

    report cards will look very familiar to all of us, for example, with all the usual phrases like “he’s

    brilliant but does not apply himself” “daydreamer” “trouble finishing assignments” and the like.

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it became common knowledge that we drove the renaissance.


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    Absolutely right ADDled.

    Before ADHD, it was ADD (though in fact, those terms really should apply to ADD – the quiet, non-obvious variety, and ADHD – “wall-bouncers” like myself <g>).

    Before that it was (my personal favourite) – “minimal brain dysfunction.” (Really? Gee. Thanks a lot.)

    Before that – “Bad Kids.”

    (Even the curren term doesn’t really describe what we have. When hyper-focus kicks in, we can pay more attention, for longer periods of time, than most “normal people” {whatever the heck “normal” means. <g>}

    I think Attention Variability Disorder is closer to the mark, though personally … I’m sticking with “Swans.” <vbg>)

    You’re also right when it comes to historical figures. We can’t know they were ADD with any absolute certainty, but experts (not me) have come up with a “diagnosis” by reading their autobiographies, or looking at their recorded behaviour.

    A perfect example is Thomas Edison. His brain was so “all over the place,” that his formal education ended at Grade 3. After that, his mother taught him at home. But when you look at what the man achieved – and the way he achieved it – it’s fairly obvious that Edison was “a Swan.” <g>

    Anyone I’ve included on the list who is currently, or was recently, alive “came out of the ADD closet” and publically admitted they had ADD. Many have done that on late night TV shows! I’ve personally watched Anthony Hopkins, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Mandel & Gary Busey admit “they’re one of us.” <g>

    And Aaron – I agree that your renaissance remark is probably true.

    “Our” ability to achieve greatness is in the historical record time and time again.

    But at what personal cost?

    In WW2, my Island home of England was saved by an aging man who suffered terrible bouts of depression ( or “My Black Dog” as he called it).

    (Sidebar: I met Winston Churchill when I was a little kid!)

    Albert Einstein was obviously a genius … but he couldn’t maintain any sort of relationship and eventually lost the woman he loved.

    THAT’S my personal reason for advocating so heavily for ADDers. I just don’t think it’s necessary for the people who contribute so much to this world to endure lives of personal hell.

    Like I’ve said before … if you get a proper diagnosis (from someone who knows what they’re talking about), and get the right meds, you can “leash your demons,” BUT you DON’T lose the ADD gift of hyper-focus. You get to keep and CONTROL it. You’re more “you” than you’ve ever been AND, you get to have a happy home life as well.

    Why would ANY of us settle for anything less?

    … But I digress. <vbg>


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    Almost forgot (Gee, I wonder why? <g>)

    As promised, here’s today’s list of Scientists and Athletes with ADD (or other Brain Chemisty Imbalances).

    See above re historic Figures.


    Alexander Graham Bell Inventor

    Werner von Braun (1912-1977) Rocket Scientist

    Harvey Cushing M.D.(1869-1939) Neurosurgeon

    Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Physicist

    Michael Faraday (1791-1867) British physicist and chemist

    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Politician, Writer, Inventor

    Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) Mathematician/Astronomer

    Primo Levi (d. 1987) Chemist, Writer

    Karl Paul Link Chemist, Scientist

    Salvador Luria (1912-1991) Geneticist, Nobel Laureate

    James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) British Physicist

    Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727) Scientist, Mathematician

    Nostradamus (1503-1566) Physician, Prophet

    Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) Scientist


    Chris Antley (1967-2001) Jockey

    Terry Bradshaw (1948 – Present) Football Quarterback

    Tyrus Cobb (1886-1961) Baseball

    Ron Ellis Hockey Player

    Dwight Gooden Baseball Athlete

    Peter Gregg (1940-1980) Race Car Driver

    Doug Harvey Hockey Player

    Bruce Jenner Track & Field

    “Magic” Johnson Basketball Player

    Michael Jordan Basketball Player

    Jason Kidd (1973-Present) Basketball Player

    Carl Lewis (1961-Present) Olympic Gold Medalist

    Greg Louganis Olympic Diver

    Michael Phelps Olympic Gold Medalist (14 times)

    Pete Rose Baseball Player

    Babe Ruth (1895-1948) Baseball Legend

    Nolan Ryan Baseball Player

    Monica Seles Tennis Pro

    Jackie Stewart Grand Prix Hall of Famer

    Alberto Tomba (1966-Present) Italian Alpine Ski Champion

    Bert Yancey (1938-1994) Pro Golfer


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    One specific answer I can give you re a “historic character” is Wilbur Wright.

    Both Wilbur & Orville were dyslexic, both had a terrible time with numbers, both were “high school drop-outs.”

    Many agree that their most important invention wasn’t the airplane. (Otto Lilienthal & Octave Chanute had already figured out the importance of curving the upper surface of a wing, and the Wrights borrowed heavily from their observations,)

    What the Wrights did that no one else had was to create the “Wind Tunnel.”

    This invention allowed them to experiment with all kinds of wing shapes BEFORE they flew. In effect, they “invented” the modern science of aerodynamics.

    BUT …

    Once they had all their data, they had a hard time reducing it.

    It was their sister Katherine (who HAD gone to College & was a teacher) who assisted them during this crucial period.

    It is also said that Katherine funded the First Flight experiments (though there is some dispute over that fact).

    But I digress… <vbg>


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    Hi everyone, Thanks for the list…it’s funny when I read that Bill Clinton had ADHD…I thought alright all is good. I’m so impressed by him. I’ve seen him speak several times and it is very inspiring so to me…I’m comparing my behaviour to his (not the Monica comparision ;-) ) as then I’m comparing myself to another ADDer which is apples to apples and not apples to veggies. So many times we want to be “Normal” and we want to compare ourselves to those who don’t and let me tell you it is a sure way to go crazy. I felt different almost immediately after I went into the website – how to explain that don’t know but I felt confident and excited that someone of his prominence goes through the same thoughts and difficulties that I do. I felt inspired. Thanks for the information

    Elizabeth “the next prime minister of Canada”…maybe funny…okay maybe not but fancy me it’s Friday.

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