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His first Hollywood film was the masterpiece Citizen Kane.
In his first season, "Wilt The Stilt" was named the league's most valuable player and averaged 37 points a game, more than any rookie ever.
A former airline reservation clerk in New York, Lee took a year off to write her first novel: To Kill a Mockingbird.
Drafted as a backup for the Dolphins, Marino ended up leading his conference in passing and starting in the Pro Bowl, the first rookie to do either.
CEO Crandall guided American Airlines through airline deregulation, instituting the first national frequent-flier program and dual-class labor system.
Sworn in seven months before the stock market crash of Black Tuesday, the 31st President is remembered for the "Hooverville" shanty towns.
After Sculley was recruited to run Apple, the company fired Steve Jobs and headed into a long slide.
The NBA center, drafted second overall, had the misfortune of a mediocre career after getting picked ahead of six-time champion Michael Jordan.
Yahoo's co-founder was vilified by shareholders for rebuffing a $44 billion acquisition offer from Microsoft and quickly gave up the CEO job.
As he was bounced for Jay Leno, O'Brien said it was "always my dream to host The Tonight Show—for seven months."