J. C. Penney, the Man: A Life of Perpetual Sharing

December 7, 2017 From inauspicious beginnings rose one of the great entrepreneurs in American history, a man with unusual dedication and exceptionally high ideals. James Cash Penney, Jr., was born September 16, 1875, near Hamilton, Missouri, to the Reverend James C. Penney and his wife, Fanny. The boy was one of twelve children, only six [...]

Madam C. J. Walker: The Ultimate Self-Made Woman

Her Westchester County neighborhood was the home of Vanderbilts, Morgans, and Astors. Jay Gould and John D. Rockefeller had assembled estates nearby. Sitting high above the Hudson River in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, “Villa Lewaro” had views of the river and the Palisades on the opposite shore. Her mansion’s interiors were as sumptuous as the views [...]

Adolph Zukor: The Outsider Whose Vision Changed the Way We See

It was 1912. The wiry, soft-spoken, short (five-foot five-inch) immigrant with the thick Hungarian accent waited for hours to see the powerful Jeremiah Kennedy, head of the “Edison Trust” (Motion Picture Patents Company). Adolph Zukor, like many American Originals, had come to this country 23 years earlier with nothing. Now he had a vision that [...]

Walt Disney: An American Original

A forgetful fish who travels across the world in search of her parents. Squabbling pets who embark on an adventure in New York. A bunny police officer who keeps the peace in a world filled with sentient creatures. Three of the top 10 highest-grossing U.S. movies in 2016 were cartoons about animals. Yet another was [...]