Wednesday, 17 November 2021

1421) Georgie Hyde-Lees

Georgie Hyde-Lees (born Bertha Hyde-Lees, 1892 – 1968). Wife of the poet William Butler Yeats.

In 1917, when she was 25 and Yeats 52, he asked Georgie to marry him. Only a few weeks earlier Iseult Gonne, the daughter of Maud Gonne whom Yeats had loved for many years, had rejected Yeats' marriage proposal. Georgie and Yeats married just three weeks later, on 20 October, in a public registry office, witnessed by her mother and Ezra Pound. During the honeymoon, while Yeats was still brooding about Iseult's rejection, Georgie began the automatic writing which fascinated him. Yeats wrote about her psychography days later in what was to be A Vision, and it held the marriage together for many years. Within a year of marriage Yeats declared her name of Georgie to be insufferable, and henceforth called her George.

The couple had two children, Anne and Michael.
- "... her colour ruddy and her hair reddish brown..."
- "Red-brown hair and a high colour..."
- "... the painting reveals her beautiful glossy auburn hair..."
- "As she talked, there was the glint of high intelligence in her eyes and a lovely gleam in her red-brown hair."


Saturday, 30 October 2021

1420) John Bell Hood

John Bell Hood (1831 – 1879). Confederate general during the American Civil War. Although brave, Hood's impetuosity led to high losses among his troops as he moved up in rank.
After the war, Hood moved to Louisiana and worked as a cotton broker and in the insurance business. His business was ruined by a yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans during the winter of 1878–79 and he succumbed to the disease himself, dying just days after his wife and oldest child, leaving ten destitute orphans.

- "At six feet, two inches tall, with blonde/auburn hair, John Bell Hood’s physical characteristics can probably be attributed to his Nordic ancestry."

- "I remember him as a strong, tall man with auburn hair and beard..."



Saturday, 2 October 2021

1419) Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine

Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, later Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia (canonised as Holy Martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna; 1864 – 1918). German Hessian and Rhenish princess of the House of Hesse-Darmstadt, and the wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, the fifth son of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine. She was also a maternal great-aunt of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort of Queen Elizabeth II.
A granddaughter of Queen Victoria and an older sister of Alexandra, the last Russian Empress, Elisabeth became famous in Russian society for her beauty and charitable works among the poor. After the Socialist Revolutionary Party's Combat Organization assassinated her husband with a bomb in 1905, Elisabeth publicly forgave Sergei's murderer, Ivan Kalyayev, and campaigned without success for him to be pardoned. She then departed the Imperial Court and became a nun, founding the Marfo-Mariinsky Convent dedicated to helping the downtrodden of Moscow. In 1918 she was arrested and ultimately murdered by the Bolsheviks.
In 1981 Elisabeth was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, and in 1992 by the Moscow Patriarchate.



Wednesday, 18 August 2021

1418) Janusz Korczak

Janusz Korczak, pen name of Henryk Goldszmit ( 1878 or 1879 – 1942). Polish Jewish educator, children's author and pedagogue known as Pan Doktor ("Mr. Doctor") or Stary Doktor ("Old Doctor").

In 1907–08, Korczak went to study in Berlin. While working for the Orphans' Society in 1909, he met Stefania Wilczyńska, his future closest associate. In 1911–1912, he became a director of Dom Sierot in Warsaw, an orphanage of his own design for Jewish children.
Korczak's best known writing is his fiction and pedagogy, and his most popular works have been widely translated. His main pedagogical texts have been translated into English, but of his fiction, as of 2012, only two of his novels have been translated into English: King Matt the First and Kaytek the Wizard.
Korczak's overall literary oeuvre covers the period 1896 to 8 August 1942. It comprises works for both children and adults, and includes literary pieces, social journalism, articles and pedagogical essays, together with some scraps of unpublished work, totalling over twenty books, over 1,400 texts published in around 100 publications, and around 300 texts in manuscript or typescript form.
- "Two years later, in the fall of 1898, Henryk - by then an intense young medical student of twenty with vivid blue-green eyes and reddish hair already thinning..."
- "They eagerly awaited the kind, red-haired young man who always had a smile or a piece of candy for them."


Tuesday, 17 August 2021

1417) Betty Skelton

Betty Skelton Frankman Erde (1926 – 2011). American land speed record holder and aerobatics pilot who set 17 aviation and automobile records. She was known as "The First Lady of Firsts".

In 1949, she set the world light-plane altitude record of 25,763 feet (7,853 m) in a Piper Cub. Two years later, she broke her own altitude record with a flight of 29,050 feet (8,850 m), also in a Piper Cub. She held the world speed record for piston-engined aircraft: 421.6 mph (678.5 km/h) over a 3-km course in a P-51 Mustang racing plane.
She was granted an Automobile Association of America auto race driver's license, as the first woman with that distinction. She became the first female test driver in the auto industry in 1954 with Chrysler's Dodge division.
In 1956, she became an advertising executive with Campbell-Ewald and worked with General Motors on and in their TV and print ads. She was GM's first woman technical narrator at major auto shows, where she would talk about and demonstrate automobile features, later becoming official spokeswoman for Chevrolet. While Skelton was working with Chevrolet, she set numerous records with Corvettes, and owned a total of 10 models.
In 1959, Skelton was the first woman to undergo NASA's physical and psychological tests, identical to those given to the Mercury Seven astronauts. 
- "Skelton drove a Corvette convertible with a color that nearly matched her red hair.
- "Ms. Skelton, who never grew beyond 5-foot-3 and about 100 pounds, acquired her passion for speed as an 8-year-old redhead perched on her porch in Pensacola..."
- "With red hair and brown eyes, she stood only five feet, three inches tall..."
- "Crowds adored the red-haired beauty [...] the better to see her curly red hair and flawless makeup."


1416) William Langhorne Bond

William Langhorne Bond (1893- 1985). American aviator and aviation executive.

After completing high school in 1911 he joined a heavy construction company. When the United States entered World War I, he volunteered for the Army, joining a Virginia National Guard unit. He completed officer training while serving in Europe and demobilized with the rank of lieutenant in 1919. He resumed working in the civil construction industry until contacted by George Conrad Westervelt of Curtis Aviation, (soon to become Curtiss-Wright Corporation) in 1929 to manage construction of a new aircraft factory in Baltimore.
From 1931 until 1948 he was operations manager and vice-president of China National Aviation Corporation.
- "Close-­cropped strands of reddish hair showed beneath his hatband.
- "He was a red-haired, ruddy-faced, thickset boy who smiled with pursed lips..."


Monday, 16 August 2021

1415) Emily Howell Warner

Emily Howell Warner (1939 – 2020). American airline pilot and the first woman captain of a scheduled US airline.
In 1973, Warner was the first woman pilot to be hired by a scheduled US airline, since Helen Richey was hired as a co-pilot in 1934. In 1976 Warner was the first woman to become a US airline captain.
In addition to piloting, Warner was a flight school manager in Denver, Colorado. She was a flight instructor and FAA designated flight examiner holding multiple ratings.
- "And, if you couldn't tell by her red hair, fair skin and blue eyes, her name told you she was very Irish".