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Scott Yanow

jazz trumpeter, figure skater, and psychiatrist, was born in New York City. His father, Billy Williams, was the lead singer in Billy Williams and the Charioteers, while his mother was a dancer who was one of the Brown Twins at the Cotton Club. She danced with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers and can be seen in the Fats Waller short film of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” sitting on the piano while he sang to her. After Billy Williams's death, Henderson's mother married a doctor in San Francisco. His stepfather had many musician patients, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington.

Henderson began on the trumpet when he was nine. His first teacher was Louis Armstrong who gave him a few informal lessons Henderson moved to San Francisco with his family when he was 14 He studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of ...


Anne M. Heutsche

With her stunningly powerful and graceful jumps, Thomas became the first African American to win both national and world figure skating competitions. In addition, she was the first person of African descent to win a bronze medal at the Winter Olympic Games. While her athletic accomplishments are remarkable, what sets Thomas apart is that she was the first athlete to balance athletic training with a full-time course load at Stanford University.

Thomas was born to Janice and McKinley Thomas in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her older brother, Rick, is a high school math teacher. The Thomas family stressed the importance of education through example. Thomas’s maternal grandfather, Daniel Skelton pursued his training for veterinary medicine at Cornell University Her mother Janice was a Mathematics major and Physics minor at Wichita State University in Kansas Because there were more high tech employment opportunities in the Silicon Valley the family moved ...