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August Wilson (1945): American playwright, known for plays that portray the lives of black Americans. In 1985, his first major work, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best play. It portrays the exploitation of Ma Rainey, a founder of blues music, by white music studio bosses. In 1987, Wilson won a Pulitzer Prize for his play Fences, in which an outstanding baseball player, who was ignored by the major leagues because of the color of his skin, objects to his son's desire to accept an athletic scholarship. In 1990, Wilson won a second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson, a story of a brother and sister who argue over whether or not to sell a piano that was once traded for their grandparents who were slaves. Wilson's other major plays, which taken together form a chronology of black American life in the 20th century, include Jitney, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Two Trains Running, and Seven Guitars.

Sandy Dennis (1937): Actress who won a "Best Supporting Actress" Oscar for her portrayal of Honey, the nervous and naive wife of a schoolteacher, in the 1966 film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Dennis began her career on Broadway, where she won two successive Tony Awards for her performances in "A Thousand Clowns" and "Any Wednesday." She made her screen debut in the 1961 film Splendor in the Grass. She gave another memorable film performance in 1967 when she played Sylvia Barrett, a young teacher in a tough New York high school, in Up the Down Staircase. Other notable films for Sandy include That Cold Day in the Park, Touch of Love, Thank You All Very Much, The Out-of-Towners, Nasty Habits and Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. She passed away in 1992.

Casey Kasem (1933): Disc Jockey who is famous for hosting syndicated Top 40 and 20 radio programs. A true music aficionado, Kasem's program is as famous for the commentary he provides as it is for the music. Casey is also well known for his infamous "long distance" song dedications. His numerous voice-overs include the cartoon characters Scrappy Doo, Shaggy, Dick Grayson/Robin, Monty Marble, Mark from the superhero team G-Force and Cliffjumper from Transformers: The Movie. Kasem also uses his golden voice to promote his favorite humanitarian causes, including vegetarianism and anti-discrimination projects.

Jack Klugman (1922): Actor who is best known for his 1970s’ TV work as Oscar Madison on "The Odd Couple" and as medical examiner Dr. R. Quincy, on the series "Quincy." Jack also starred on the short-lived sitcoms "The Greatest Gift" (1954), "Harris Against the World" (1964) and "You Again?" (1986). Feature films for Klugman include the classic 12 Angry Men, The Split, The Detective, Goodbye Columbus, Two Minute Warning and Dear God.

Walter Lantz (1900): One of animation's early pioneers who built a multimillion-dollar cartoon empire and a respected worldwide reputation with the creation of a cartoon woodpecker named Woody. As the head of his own animation studio, Lantz made animation history in 1930 by producing the first Technicolor cartoon, the five-minute opening sequence to "The King of Jazz." Among his many awards and tributes, he was presented with the international animation society’s "Annie Award" in 1973, and in 1979, four years after the last "Woody Woodpecker" cartoon was produced, Lantz was given a special Academy Award for "bringing joy and laughter to every part of the world through his unique animated motion pictures." In addition to Woody, Walter also introduced the cartoon characters Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Andy Panda and Chilly Willy. Lantz passed away in 1994.

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