Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Enrichment: bios on Bob Marley and Richard Branson

Originally uploaded by drakelocks
Bob Marley, Jamaican songwriter-performer, put Kingston, Jamaica and the patois of Jamaicans on the world map. Items from the life of Marley that have had an impact on our culture:
- Rastafarianism
- ska
- dreadlocks
- song titles, including "I shot the sheriff" and "Exodus"
- melanoma
- Jamaican patois, or slang

Richard Branson, British retail and travel mogul, won his first fame with Virgin Records. He expanded into travel with Virgin Atlantic Airways. Later he entered the communications arena with Virgin Mobile.

A billionaire, he owns an island in the British Virgin Islands as well as properties on the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda.

Branson has won much notice for Virgin Galactic, a company that will soon offer rides in space. In the green realm, he has created Virgin Fuels and the Virgin Earth Challenge.

He has also won media coverage for his adventures in record-setting sailing and ballooning voyages.

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