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Derek Jeter (1974): Shortstop for the New York Yankees who was named the 1996 Rookie of the Year. Jeter was selected to play for the Yankees in the first round of the 1992 free agent draft, and helped lead the Yankees to win the World Series in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. In an effort to give back to the community, Jeter founded the "Turn 2 Foundation" in 1996, which supports activities and programs that help prevent teenage drug abuse.

Chris O'Donnell (1970): Actor who had his first starring role in a McDonald’s commercial serving Michael Jordan. Making his big screen debut at the age of 17 with a leading role in Men Don’t Leave, O’Donnell became the darling of the critics and a sought after actor in Hollywood. Best known for his role playing opposite Al Pacino in Scent of A Woman (1992), his list of impressive credits includes The Three Musketeers (1993), Batman Forever (1995), Circle of Friends (1995), The Chamber (1996), The Bachelor (1999), Vertical Limit (2000) and 29 Palms in 2002.

Patti Smyth (1957): Musician who enjoyed success as the lead singer of the group, "Scandal," in the early ‘80s. Smyth’s biggest hit with the band was the 1984 single "The Warrior." Smyth went solo in 1987, but did not hit it big until her duet with Don Henley in 1994, "Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough." The song peaked at number 2, and Smyth then co-wrote the Grammy nominated, "Look What Love Has Done," for the film Junior. Recently, Smyth wrote the theme to the 1998 blockbuster Armageddon, and released a greatest hits album, containing some new material, titled "Carnival Lights."

Chris Isaak (1956): Musician who toyed with the idea of being a professional boxer before deciding on a career in music. While Isaac landed a record deal with Warner Brothers in the early ‘80s, his first two releases, "Silverstone" (1985) and "Chris Isaak," did not go over well with mainstream music fans. In the late ‘80s, Isaac made a departure from the music business to star in Married to the Mob (1988) and The Silence of the Lambs. With the release of the single, "Wicked Game," in 1990, Isaak finally made his way into the Billboard Top 10. The album, "Heart Shaped World," that spawned the hit, "Wicked Game," was also a top 10 success. Isaak's latest album "Always Got Tonight" was released in February of 2002.

Pearl S. Buck (1892): Author who grew up in China as the child of American missionaries. A witness of the violence of the "Nanking Incident" in 1927, Buck became very sensitive to the suffering that existed in communist China. Buck first began to write stories for magazines in the 1920s that appeared in the "Nation," "The Chinese Recorder" and "Atlantic Monthly." Her first novel, East Wind, West Wind was published in 1930, and her most famous work, The Good Earth, was published in 1931. The Good Earth was a Pulitzer Prize winning novel that was adapted for the silver screen in 1937. Buck had the prestigious honor of being named the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She passed away in 1973.

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