Monday Fun Facts: Creatives

Cheers to another week! Here are your Monday Fun Facts to read and share!

These five creatives have something in common: November Birthdays! Happy Fall, Y’all!

This will be the last Monday Fun Facts post for awhile as I focus on upcoming projects. Stay tuned!

Georgia O’Keeffe, November 15, 1887

She quit painting three times!

“Riddled with financial troubles, nervous breakdowns, and crippling eyesight, the famed artist set aside her brushes multiple times. Despite having numerous setbacks, O’Keeffe’s passion for painting never ended. O’Keeffe’s desire to create and design motivated her to never give up. In the years prior to her death, failing eyesight made painting impossible. With the help of a friend, O’Keeffe moved onto a new medium and began experimenting with clay sculpting. She created many clay sculptures, including making flower bowls.”

Bruce Lee, November 27, 1940

A man of many talents!

After completing his GED at the Edison Technical School in Seattle in 1961, Bruce Lee enrolled at the University of Washington, majoring in philosophy. Lee was also a superb artist and even enjoyed writing poetry. Not only a scholar and a diligent student, Lee used his studies in everyday life. In developing his art of Jeet Kune Do, Lee studied not only martial arts, but also biomechanics, boxing, fencing, nutrition, self-help books and philosophy.

Charles Schulz, November 26, 1922

Far and Wide

Schulz funneled his own life experiences into the strip: Snoopy was based on his old family dog, Spike (a name revived later with the introduction of Snoopy’s brother). Lucy’s cruel tendency to pull a football away from Charlie Brown was inspired by childhood antics. And the Little Red-Haired Girl, the never-seen source of Charlie Brown’s romantic anguish, was drawn from an old girlfriend who had spurned Schulz’s marriage proposal.”

“On February 12, 2000, the night before his final Peanuts cartoon was published, Schulz died in his sleep. At the time, Peanuts was reaching readers in 21 languages across some 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries. Altogether, Schulz produced more than 18,000 strips over nearly 50 years of work.

Howie Mandel, November 29, 1955

He met his wife when he was 12-years-old…and such a prankster.

As crazy as it sounds, Howie first met his wife, Terry Mandel, when he was just 12-years-old. The two attended a local YMCA together before going on to enjoy their first date in high school.”

“…Mandel had always been a character. A character that didn’t fly with school officials since he was kicked out of three high schools. One time he was expelled for impersonating a member of the school board and signing a construction contract to make an addition to his school. ‘It wasn’t called humor at the time, it was called behavior problems,’ Mandel said. ‘Now it’s considered humor in the right context and on stage….'”

Yanni (Yiannis Chryssomalli) , November 14, 1954

Yanni owns a panda. Washington D.C. doesn’t even own its pandas!

“They do not allow anyone to adopt a panda, especially individual personalities or famous people. It happened after a long time. For example, few people know that the Chinese teach their children my music. They learn how to play ‘Nightingale,’ and I cannot remember the other song. I wrote a lot of music for them over the years. And they trusted me enough and they decided to give me the gift of a lifetime. And in the award, it says, ‘For promoting peace around the world.’ They said, ‘We trust you and we’re going to give you a vote of confidence.’ And the vote of confidence is, ‘You get to pick a panda. And you get to give it a name.’ So I picked a female, of course. And I decided to call her Santorini. Santorini happens to be the most beautiful island in Greece. And it’s two words. ‘Santo’ which means ‘saint.’ ‘Eirine’ is ‘peace’ in Greek. So it is the beautiful panda of peace.”

Have a great week!

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