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This is the third letter to the editor from my suggested list of authors and filmmakers. Thanks in advance for publishing my letters.
1) Upton Sinclair: "The Jungle" — Novelist, journalist and political activist. Was a candidate for governor of California. His book, "The Jungle", published in 1906, exposed conditions in the U.S. meatpacking industry, leading to passage in 1906 of the Pure Food and Drug Act and The Meat Inspection Act. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Family history: his family originally from the South was highly respected. Due to the Civil War and Reconstruction the family's wealth evaporated and the family was ruined. Attended City College of New York at the age of 13 . Graduated from Columbia University.
2) Michael Moore: "Dude, Where is my Country?", "Fahrenheit 9/11" (the highest grossing documentary of all time and winner of the Palme d' Or award), documentary: "Bowling for Columbine" and documentary "Sicko" also placed in the top 10 highest grossing documentaries. Another documentary of note: "How Wall Street Got Away with Murder". Following the massacre at Columbine ,Moore became a lifetime member of the NRA. Time Magazine named Moore one of the World's 100 most influential people. He became an activist when he watched the auto industry in his hometown of Flint, Michigan lay off thousands of workers, many included in his family, then move most of their operations overseas.
3) Steven Spielberg: film director and producer. Net worth $3.2 billion. Won an Academy Award for the movie "Schindler's List", which is based on the life of Oscar Schindler, who personally saved at over one thousand Jewish people from being killed during the Nazi's rein in Germany. Spielberg's second Academy Award was for "Saving Private Ryan". His recent film "Lincoln" was nominated for 12 Academy Awards.
4) Robert Redford: "All The President's Men" — Film was based on the true story on the Watergate scandal, journalism and President Richard Nixon. He is a Kennedy Center Honoree, these are people who are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American Culture through the Performing Arts. He has a PhD of Fine Arts from Brown University.
5) President Barack Obama: "Dreams from my Father", personal memoir. Donated all the profits from his books to charity. Elected two consecutive terms as President of the United States, currently in office. Alma maters: attended Punahou School in Hawaii, Occidental College, CA, Columbia University (BA),NY majoring in political science with a specialty in international relations, won a scholarship to Harvard Law School (J.D. magna cum laude), editor and president of the Harvard Law Review. Taught Constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. In 1993 he joined the law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Galland, a 13 attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation. Served on the boards of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Joyce Foundation and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge Project (founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1999). Side note: Walter Annenberg is a major owner in CBS-TV and financial backer to President Ronald Reagan. Awards: Nobel Peace Prize, 2009. Signed into law: Economic Stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: 2009. Signed into law: the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act 2010. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; equal pay for equal work law, 2009. Same year reauthorized the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which covers 4 million uninsured children. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which includes health –related provisions to take effect over four years, including the expansion of Medicaid eligibility. Provides incentives for businesses to provide health care benefits, prohibiting denial of coverage and denial of claims based on pre-existing conditions, prohibits annual coverage of health care caps, etc., often referred to as Obamacare. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. The Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. In foreign policy he ended U.S. military involvement in the Iraq War, increased troop level in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Appointed to the Supreme Court: Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, bringing the number of women sitting on the court to three for the first time in the history of the country. Engineered the 'bailout' of General Motors and Chrysler. Signed into law: Car Allowance Rebate System aka: cash for clunkers which boosted the economy. He is the first bi-racial president. He is a devout Christian by choice.