Would a post about interesting people be popular?

My idea is to write about someone you admire, be it family, musician, scientist, astronaut, photographer, chef, volunteer - et al.

I choose to write about Glen Campbell.
(Taken from various sources)
Glen was born in Arkansas in 1936.
The last of 12 children, his early life was on a farm where they barely got by growing cotton, corn, watermelons and potatoes.
Glen - “We had no electricity, and money was scarce. A dollar in those days looked as big as a saddle blanket.”
To supplement income the family picked cotton for more successful farmers. “I picked cotton for $1.25 a hundred pounds,” said Campbell. “If you worked your tail off, you could pick 80 or 90 pounds a day.”
Campbell started playing guitar at age four after his uncle Boo gave him a Sears-bought five-dollar guitar, with his uncle teaching him the basics of how to play. By the time he was six he was performing on local radio stations.
At age fourteen he’d left home to pursue music full-time. Joining a three piece band led by his uncle Dick Bills in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he later toured the Southwest with his own band - The Western Wranglers
At twenty-four, Glen moved to L.A. and despite the fact that he couldn’t read music, became one the “hottest” studio musicians in the business.
As with many musicians in the spotlight, Glen also had a period of heavy drug and alcohol use.
He got sober in the mid-1980s and became a born-again Christian.

In 1967 Campbell released “Gentle On My Mind”, a song that launched his career.
In 1969 Glen Campbell sold more records than the Beatles. He has taken home more awards than anybody else.
He made history by winning a Grammy in both Country and Pop in 1967.
“Gentle On My Mind” took top Country honors and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” won in Pop. He’s been named Male Vocalist Of The Year by both the CMA and the ACM and the CMA’s Entertainer Of The Year.
Glen Campbell sold over 45 million records. He recorded over 60 albums, earning twelve Gold albums, seven Platinum albums, fourteen Gold singles in the process. He’s been awarded five Grammys and a Dove Award. (An accolade by the Gospel Music Association of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in the Christian music industry. )
Glen Campbell wrote his autobiography - Rhinestone Cowboy - which was published in 1995.
He recounts his former life as a philanderer, profligate, and drug and alcohol user - including his abusive relationship with Tanya Tucker - and his eventual conversion to religion and a stable marriage.
In his own words - “If my words here prevent one person from making the mistakes I made, going the way I went, then the trip back in time will have been worth it.”

I could go on forever, relating all things Glen Campbell, but a line has to be drawn sometime.

In June 2011, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease six months earlier. After his diagnosis was revealed, he withdrew from a scheduled Australian concert tour.
He became a patient at an Alzheimer’s long term care and treatment facility in 2014. That same year, Campbell was the subject of the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, that examined Campbell’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and how it affected his musical performances during his final tour across the United States with his family. The documentary received critical acclaim, earning a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Campbell died in Nashville, Tennessee on August 8, 2017, at the age of 81. He was buried in the Campbell family cemetery in Billstown, Arkansas.

In June 2020, Campbell’s wife of 34 years, Kim Campbell, published Gentle on my Mind: In Sickness and in Health with Glen Campbell, a memoir of their life together
Rhinestone Cowboy


Yes, an interesting thread @Bretrick . Glen Campbell was definitely a talented artist. We really could go on forever talking about 50s/60s rock/folk/country wonders! :smile:


John Denver.


Great person, musician, humanitarian, environmentalist, philanthropist, photographer.
All round good guy.


good idea I can talk about myself all day long.


Go for it.
I am sure you have some interesting anecdotes. :slightly_smiling_face:

Ok to start with, when I was born I was very young and the bright daylight after exiting my mum blinded me to start with. It was very scary with a lot of strange faces and people trying to tickle me to see if I smiled. It was hell and I wanted to go back inside where it was safe. If I posted any more it would take a huge book of me and my life


…not to mention an abiding interest in Rhinos.


Well us girls on a hen night in Sutton Surrey got arrested and taken to Sutton Police
Station…Locked in the Cells like criminals…hey we were all drunk what do they expect 17 year olds to do then…
Finger prints done we made so much noise …wired for sound…we got to be free 3 hours later!


Talking of the idea though of Interesting People…100% with you on that…,.,.

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Love that story, a matey that I used to hang around with many moons back got caught joy riding in some kind of vehicle he found on a building site, the keys had been left in the ignition if memory serves me well…
Anyway, unsurprisingly he was caught, taken to Tottenham Court Road nick, had a mattress laid over him and received a gentle stamping, or so the story went.
Anyway, he never nicked another vehicle again, he actually went on to get a degree in anthropology at University College in Gower Street which was more or less around the corner, life can be strange :slightly_smiling_face:


On the subject of guitar stumming singer songwriters from many moons ago, my favourite:


I admire all astronauts,their courage is out of this world.
As for interesting I would suggest Nick Drake.

AND he had a gorgeous sister.Actress Gabrielle Drake.


I would like to spread some information about The Chimpanzee Lady.
Almost everyone on this site will know who I am talking about.
Jane Goodall changed the way we viewed chimpanzees through her life long study of the resident chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania.
(taken from various sources)
Jane Goodall was born on April 3, 1934, in London, England.
Her father, Mortimer Morris-Goodall was an engineer, later a racing car driver, and her mother, Margaret Joseph, was an author.
Jane’s father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee toy what she named Jubilee. Although Jane mother’s friends were shocked by the toy and thought she would be scared of it, Jane loved that stuffed toy and had it with her wherever she went.
Jane stated that her passion with animals started with this present. She was very interested in animals from a very young age. Once Jane’s whole family was looking for her and it turned out that she was watching laying hens for hours.

At a young age she became interested in animals. Making notes on the local bird life and animals.
After Jane read the book about Doctor Doolittle, a doctor who can communicate with animals, she was dreaming about living with and writing about animals in Africa.
Jane was determined to go to Africa and left school at age 18 to start earning money to pay for her passage to Africa.
She became a secretary and a film production assistant.
Having amassed enough savings, Jane arrived by boat at the Gombe Stream Game Reserve on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika with her mother - local officials would not allow Jane to stay at Gombe without an escort.
She soon became an assistant to Louis Leakey, a famous scientist.
The early weeks at Gombe were challenging. Jane contracted malaria − causing a delay to the start of her work.
Jane’s first encounter was with an older male whom she named David Greybeard, this chimpanzee began to allow Jane to watch him. As a high ranking male of the chimpanzee community, his acceptance meant other group members also allowed Jane to observe.
It was David Greybeard whom Jane first witnessed using tools. She spotted the chimpanzee sticking blades of stiff grass into termite holes to extract termites.
Excited, she telegraphed Dr. Leakey about her groundbreaking observation. He wrote back, “Now we must redefine ‘tool,’ redefine ‘man,’ or accept chimpanzees as humans.”

During the years she studied at Gombe Stream National Park, she made three observations that challenged conventional scientific ideas:

  1. chimps are omnivores, not herbivores and even hunt for meat;
  2. chimps use tools; and
  3. chimps make their tools.

Jane found that “it isn’t only human beings who have personality, who are capable of rational thought and emotions like joy and sorrow.”
She also observed behaviours such as hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and even tickling, what we consider “human” actions.
Goodall insists that these gestures are evidence of “the close, supportive, affectionate bonds that develop between family members and other individuals within a community, which can persist throughout a life span of more than 50 years.”
Over time, Jane’s relationship grew closer and closer to the chimpanzees. For a period of nearly two years she became member of a chimpanzee troop, living with the chimps as part of their day to day lives. She was eventually kicked out when Frodo, a male chimp who didn’t like Jane, became the leader of the troop.

In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which supports the Gombe Stream National Park research, and she is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats.
In 1992, Goodall founded the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre in the Republic of Congo to care for chimpanzees orphaned due to bush-meat trade. The rehabilitation houses over a hundred chimps over its three islands.
In 1994, Goodall founded the Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation and Education - TACARE or “Take Care” pilot project to protect chimpanzees’ habitat from deforestation by reforesting hills around Gombe while simultaneously educating neighbouring communities on sustainability and agriculture training.
Mid 90’s saw the opening of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Center for Primate Studies at the University of Minnesota to house and organise all of the original Jane Goodall research notes.
The complete archives of Jane Goodall’s research archives reside there and have been digitised, analysed, and placed in an online database.
Since 2004, Jane devotes virtually all of her time to advocacy on behalf of chimpanzees and the environment, travelling nearly 300 days a year.
She is also on the advisory council for the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary outside of Africa, Save the Chimps in Fort Pierce, Florida.

In 2020, to further connect with audiences worldwide, Jane launched the “Jane Goodall Hopecast,” a podcast series filled with meaningful connections.

2021 “The Book of Hope” is published.
Jane shares her reasons for hope which include human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of young people, and the indomitable human spirit.

2024 - The world celebrates Jane’s 90th birthday with events and activities throughout the year. Jane continues to travel approximately 300 days each year, spreading her inspirational message of hope through action.

Jane Goodall, a truly remarkable, inspiring lady who has long been an advocate for the dignity and well-being of all living things, and the belief that speaking out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves is our responsibility as fellow inhabitants of this shared earth

Jane Goodall: ‘Reasons for Hope’ about the planet’s future


Will Hay.
Famous comedian and respected astronomer.
As well as being one of Britain’s most popular stage and screen comedians, Will Hay was an avid astronomer and made history in 1933 when he discovered a spot on Saturn.


Ennio Morricone - my favourite contemporary composer.
His soundtracks are extraordinarily beautiful!


this is basic so not too much to take in,interesting though As for King Louis 14th he will always be for me a cold blooded Murderer, Sun King, how he kept his top spot all those years I will never get my head around…


A great, talented person. Thank you for posting. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Joseph Aloysius Hansom (26 October 1803 – 29 June 1882) was a British architect working principally in the Gothic Revival style. He invented the Hansom cab and founded the eminent architectural journal The Builder in 1843.

Joseph Hansom - Wikipedia

I find him particularly interesting because the first Hansom cab was driven in the town where I grew up - we learned all about it when I was at school and it still sticks in my memory.