[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.62) - Sandra Khumalo (South Africa): Paralympic rower defied mobility odds.
(WorldKings.org) Sandra Khumalo (born 4 April 1981) is a South African woman. There was a time when Sandra Khumalo lived a happy, normal life with her husband and young daughter at Singita Lodge in the Kruger Park. Then at the age of 24 in 2005, a tragic car accident changed her life irrevocably. Paralysed from the waist down, the future seemed bleak. Sandra however found new legs in the form of a single scull rowing boat.
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.61) - Liz Murray (USA) : From homeless to Harvard.
(WorldKings.org) From homeless to Harvard…it is an unlikely turn of events. Liz Murray’s life is a triumph over adversity and a stunning example of the importance of dreaming big. Murray’s life as the child of cocaine-addicted parents in the Bronx was bitterly grim. There was never food in the house, everything was filthy, drugs were everywhere, and the welfare checks were spent before they arrived.
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.60) – Patrick Henry Hughes (USA): Inspirational story of a handicap musician.
(WorldKings.org) Patrick Henry Hughes (born March 10, 1988) is an American multi-instrumental musician from Louisville, Kentucky who was born without eyes and without the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk.
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.59) - Dan Ohlmann (France): Expert creator of miniatures and curator of one of the world’s most amazing miniature collections.
(WorldKings.org) Formerly a cabinetmaker, Dan Ohlmann started creating scale furniture in Paris in 1985. Fascinated with the Art Nouveau style, he built a 1:12 scale model of the world-famous Chez Maxim’s restaurant in Paris. Combining artistic talent and architectural knowledge, this hyperreal piece came as a surprise in France and caught the eye of the media and the general public.
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.58) – Thomas Demand (Germany) : Paper conceptual artist.
(WorldKings.org) Photographs can seem convincingly real or strangely artificial. The work of German photographer Thomas Demand achieves a disquieting balance between the two.
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.57) – Cesar Pelli (USA) : The architect of skyscrapers.
(WorldKings.org) The Argentinian-American architect (1926 – 2019), is best known for the towering landmarks he added to the skylines around the world: the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (formerly the world’s tallest building), One Canada Square in London, the World Financial Center in New York, the Torre de Cristal in Madrid, the Gran Torre Santiago in the Chilean capital, the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, and the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.56) – Anne Sullivan (USA) : The miracle worker, the great friend and teacher of the first blind-deaf women to pursue higher education, Helen Keller.
(WorldKings.org) Anne Sullivan was a gifted teacher best known for her work with Helen Keller, a blind and deaf child she taught to communicate. At only 20 years of age, Sullivan showed great maturity and ingenuity in teaching Keller and worked hard with her pupil, bringing both women much acclaim. Sullivan even helped Keller write her autobiography.
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.55) – Helen Keller (USA) : Deaf, blind and mighty.
(WorldKings.org) Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.54) – Elie Saab (Lebanon): Fashion that fused culture from the East and modernism from the West.
(WorldKings.org) Elie Saab (born 4 July 1964) is a Lebanese fashion designer. His main workshop is in Lebanon, with additional workshops in Milan and Paris. He started his business in the early 1980s and specialized in bridal couture (expensive fabrics, lace, gemstones, Swarovski crystals, pearls, detailed embroidery, etc.).
[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.53) - Composer William Byrd (England) : One of the great masters of European Renaissance music.
(WorldKings.org) It's 1611 and you need some new keyboard music for your dinner party. At the printer you pick up a new volume of keyboard music, which you notice is written by a man named William Byrd. Then you rush to church to make the morning service, and the choir sings music -- also by William Byrd. On your way home you stop at court to take care of business and hear the Queen's consort playing a composition by William Byrd. 'Who is this guy?' you wonder. 'It's like he's everywhere!' And he is. He's William Byrd, the Superman of 16th and 17th century music.