Edward Thompson

Edward Kramer Thompson was an American writer and editor. He was the editor of LIFE from its early days as a weekly and was the founding editor of Smithsonian Magazine.

In 1929 he started working for the Milwaukee Journal where he would remain until 1937. He also worked as a stringer for TIME which brought him to the attention of Henry Luce who was thinking about introducing a national picture magazine, which would become LIFE. Luce hired Thompson in 1937 as assistant picture editor for this new venture. From 1949-1961 he was the managing editor. During this time he came to know Lee Eitington, who would become his second wife in 1963. Thompson was known for the free rein he gave his editors, particularly a “trio of formidable and colorful women: Sally Kirkland, fashion editor; Mary Letherbee, movie editor; and Mary Hamman, modern living editor.” He retired from LIFE as editor in chief, in 1970.

Next he “invented”, to use his word, Smithsonian magazine. “To those all-out converts to computerized journalism who declaim that ‘print is dead,’ I say, ‘Not so fast.'” are his opening words of his book: A Love Affair with Life & Smithsonian published by the University of Missouri Press in October 1995. His other ‘invention’ was the magazine Impact which he created for the Army Air Forces during his time out during World War II; LIFE, he would say, was Henry Luce’s invention.

Phil Walden

Phil Walden was co-founder of the Macon, Georgia-based Capricorn Records with his younger brother Alan Walden and a friend, former Atlantic Records executive, Frank Fenter. Walden served as Otis Redding’s manager from 1959 until Redding’s death in 1967. Walden hosted one of Redding’s first shows at the Phi Delta Theta lodge in the sixties. He later helped launch the career of the Allman Brothers Band.

After managing several R&B acts in the 1960s, including Al Green, Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge, and Redding, Walden helped create the Southern rock genre with Capricorn Records, where the roster featured the Allmans, the Marshall Tucker Band, Elvin Bishop, Wet Willie, Bonnie Bramlett, White Witch, Hydra, Grinderswitch, and the Dixie Dregs. Personal and financial difficulties led to the demise of Capricorn in 1980, but Walden resurrected the label ten years later in Nashville, kicking off the return with the debut album from Widespread Panic and the eclectic band Sonia Dada.

Walden was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1986. Phil Walden died of cancer at the age of 66 in his home in Atlanta on April 23, 2006.

Clint Wallace

Clint Wallace gained classic design training in architecture at Barton Meyers and Associates, where he become an associate at the firm in 1997. Clint then transitioned to the film industry in 1999, where he went to work on the art direction, set design, and visual effects for over twenty-five films. His filmography highlights include Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Ender’s Game (2013), Men in Black 3 (2012), Captain America, the first Avenger (2011), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Serenity (2005), Collateral (2004), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Stuart Little 2 (2002). Clint is known throughout the industry for his solution-oriented reputation.

His production design department awards include the 2008 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction and the 2008 Art Director’s Guild Award for Excellence in Production design for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. His art department nominations include the Art Director’s Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for Captain America, the first Avenger (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006).

William Allen White

William Allen White was born on February 10, 1868, in Emporia, KS. He was the son of Allen White, a country merchant and doctor, and Mary A. Hatten White, pioneer Kansas teacher. White grew up in El Dorado, attended the College of Emporia and later the University of Kansas. Though the future “Sage of Emporia” attended both colleges, he never earned a degree. In later years, White would receive honorary degrees from at least eight leading universities.

Though he never received a degree, White got a job in El Dorado where he learned the printing and newspaper business.

“Sheer luck put me into the newspaper business,” he wrote in 1885. While a student in college, White sent three letters asking for a job – one to a grocer, one to a merchant and the third to the editor of the El Dorado paper. The grocer and merchant “knew my desultory ways and rejected me on suggestion. T.P. Fulton knew my father and took a chance.”

White was later a reporter in Lawrence and in 1892 went to work for Tthe Kansas City Star as an editorial writer. Then, on June 1, 1895, he borrowed $3,000 to purchase The Emporia Gazette, where he remained for the remainder of his life.

Around the Gazette office, everyone knew William Allen White affectionately as “The Boss.” He, in turn, referred to his employees as “The Gazette family.” White’s office was located between the editorial and business departments. The employees tended to use the office as a short cut, which White encouraged. He did have a private office in the building but rarely used it, preferring instead to be closer to his employees.

White was a local figure in Emporia until 1896, when he wrote a sarcastic editorial, “What’s the Matter with Kansas.” The editorial was written after White engaged in a street corner debate with a local populist while waiting on a train bound for Colorado. The argument centered around the McKinley-Bryan campaign. The young editor took the Republican side and the Populist, reinforced by bystanders, the Bryan cause.

In the midst of the argument, White remembered he had some editorials to write before it was time to board the train. He dashed to the office and, still “boiling mad,” sat down and wrote “What’s the Matter with Kansas.” It was a scathing piece, flaying the Democratic leaders.

White didn’t publish the editorial, but it somehow made its way to Chicago and New York. “Boss” Mark Hanna, Republican national chairman, liked it and, had it reprinted and distributed throughout the country. When White returned home from his vacation in Colorado, he found himself famous. Many years later, White said that perhaps he had been too harsh in that editorial – when at another time he might have spoken more softly.

After McKinley’s election in 1896, White made many national contacts, which kept him in touch with leaders and current affairs. He was also called on to aid in drafting Republican national platforms. In 1936, White laid down his editorial pen and worked for the presidential nomination of Alf Landon, a fellow Kansan, who was defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt. That year, White was also chairman of the Republican Party’s resolutions committee.

Not only did White participate in national politics, he once sought public office in Kansas. In 1924, White ran independently for governor of Kansas because the Ku Klux Klan had endorsed two other candidates for that office. During the fight, he was branded un-American and cowardly and finished third in the race.

White was not just a businessman, he was also a family man. On April 27, 1893, he was married to Miss Sallie Lindsay of Kansas City. The couple had two children, Mary and William Lindsay White.

Tragedy struck the family in 1921 when, at age 16, Mary was killed when she was brushed from a horse by a low-hanging limb of a tree. White later poured out his grief in an editorial in the Gazette. “A rift in the clouds in a gray day threw a shaft of sunlight upon her coffin as her nervous energetic little body sank to its last sleep. But the soul of her, the glowing, gorgeous, fervent soul of her, surely was flaming in eager joy upon some other dawn.”

William L. White followed his father’s footsteps as a writer. He was a war correspondent in Europe, wrote best-selling books such as a “A Journey for Margaret” and wrote Hollywood screenplays. Once when “Young Bill” was in Europe during the war, his picture appeared briefly in a newsreel in Emporia. His father and mother went every day to the theater, sometimes twice, just to catch a fleeting glimpse of him.

Hugh Wilson

Hugh Hamilton Wilson is an American movie director, writer and TV showrunner, best known as the creator of the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati and Frank’s Place, and as the director of the popular movie comedies Police Academy and The First Wives Club, He was a former chapter president for us and is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Florida.

Trey Wingo

Wingo is the current host of NFL Primetime along Merril Hoge which airs after Monday Night Football. Wingo was the play-by-play man for the AFL on ESPN with Mark Schlereth. He also hosts ESPN’s Who’s No. 1?

Wingo lent his voice to the video game ESPN NFL 2K5 and also can be unlocked as a free agent in Season Mode. Wingo also lent his voice and likeness to the video game NFL Head Coach where he can be seen hosting a virtual NFL Live. Wingo is also the play by play voice on the new EA Sports video game, NFL Tour.

Most recently, Wingo has appeared in a campaign for luxury Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil’s RWSport collection. He and Bob Ley hosted the lone SportsCenter on September 11, 2001, announcing there would be no games for the week.

Robert Wise

Wise was an American film director, producer and editor. He won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for both West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965). He was also nominated for Best Film Editing for Citizen Kane (1941) and directed and produced The Sand Pebbles (1966), which was nominated for Best Picture. Wise was the president of the Directors Guild of America from 1971 to 1975 and the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1984 through 1987.

Zachary Scott

Born in Austin, Texas, Zachary Scott was a distant cousin of George Washington, and his grandfather had been a very successful cattle rancher.  Scott intended to be a doctor like his father, Zachary Scott Sr., but after attending the University of Texas at Austin for a while, he decided to switch to acting. He signed on as a cabin boy on a freighter which took him to England, where he acted in repertory theatre for a while, before he returned to Austin, and began acting in local theater.

Alfred Lunt discovered Scott in Texas and convinced him to move to New York City, where he appeared on Broadway. Scott made his debut on Broadway in a revival of Ah, Wilderness! in 1941 with a small role as a bartender. Three years later, Jack L. Warner saw him in a performance of Those Endearing Young Charms and signed him to appear in The Mask of Dimitrios.

He appeared the next year in Mildred Pierce to much acclaim. In the film, Scott was Joan Crawford’s somewhat sleazy love interest, whose mysterious murder formed the basis of the plot. In 1946 exhibitors voted him the third most promising “star of tomorrow.”

Zachary Scott enjoyed playing scoundrels and the public enjoyed those portrayals, too. Scott went on to star in such movies as The Southerner, The Unfaithful, Cass Timberlane, Flamingo Road, Flaxy Martin, Guilty Bystander, Wings of Danger, and Shadow on the Wall, opposite Nancy Davis Reagan and Ann Sothern. He later starred in Luis Buñuel’s The Young One, Buñuel’s second English language movie.

In 1961, he portrayed the part of White Eyes, a Native American Chief, in the episode Incident Before Black Pass on Rawhide.

In 1968 the Austin Civic Theater was renamed the Zachary Scott Theatre Center to honor their native son. His family has endowed two chairs at the University of Texas’s theatre department in his name. Two streets in the Austin area are named in his honor: One street at the old airport Mueller Redevelopment; and the other in unincorporated southeast Travis County.

Scott has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ted Shackelford

Shackelford is an American actor. He played Gary Ewing in the CBS television series Knots Landing (1979-1993); since 2006, he has appeared in a recurring role on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless, portraying twin brothers William and Jeffrey Bardwell.

Sonny Shroyer

Shroyer is an American actor who has appeared in various television and movie roles. He is known for his role as Deputy Sheriff Enos Strate in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He also starred in a spin-off called Enos based on his Dukes of Hazzard character. Shroyer is married and has two sons, Chris and Mark.