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  • Baruch Spinoza (1632 - 1677)
    Baruch de Spinoza , XVII Century Philosopher "Roots": Baruch Spinoza Could John Berman be related to the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza, noted as the Prince of Philosophers? CNN "Roots" journey: Vi...
  • Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize 1989
    Biography Tenzin Gyatso - The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatsos Photos Time Cover: April 20th, 1959 Escape From China 14th Dalai Lama , Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso born ...
  • Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832 - 1899)
    . Horatio Alger, Jr. January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899 Parents: Horatio Alger 1806-1881 and Olive Fenno 1807-1878 Horatio Alger was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for...
  • Horace Mann, Sr. (1796 - 1859)
    Horace Mann (May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859) was an American education reformer, and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1827 to 1833. He served in the Massachusetts Sena...
  • Booker T. Washington (1856 - 1915)
    Booker Taliaferro Washington (5 April 1858 – 14 November 1915) was an African-American educator, author, orator, advisor to Republican presidents, and black political leader. He was the dominant...

Genealogical Wildcards

This project will explore wild cards of genealogy, challenging stigmas that paradoxically

  • Turn paupers and the scorned into royalty overnight .
  • Ignite irrepressible passion to overcome tremendous disadvantages---physical, mental, emotional, social and other Herculean challenges.
  • Uniquely mysterious individuals--the buried gems in families, who arise from the depth of nowhere to illuminate the way to the future.

So, ironically, while so many seek impeccable illustrious pedigrees , it is very often that genius and greatness emerges forged from the crucible of physical challenge, discrimination, despair and abandonment.

Discover extraordinary divine spirits driven by immeasurable courage and tenacity to transform their humble beginnings into world-changing purpose and achievement.

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering, Friedrich Nietzsche

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware., Martin Buber


Luminary Guides


Illegitimate Children Who Rose to Fame: True And Riveting Accounts Of Famous Illegitimate Children Who Went On To Achieve Greatness

"Stories from Illegitimacy to Greatness" brings together the captivating and stirring stories of fifteen remarkable and influential people who overcame the disadvantages of illegitimate birth to rise to positions of power.

Among its subjects are powerful political players including Alexander Hamilton, the abandoned son who became a founding father of the United States, and cultural figureheads such as Leonardo da Vinci, who, despite being denied entrance to trade guilds and universities, was proclaimed one of the greatest men of his day in courts throughout Europe.

Equally affecting are some of the less well-known but no less fascinating figures, such as James Smithson, the disinherited son of an English duke, whose bequest to a country he never visited founded the largest museum in the world, the Smithsonian Institution.