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Awesome Men Throughout History: Vic Green

This week’s Awesome Man Throughout History is cartoonist Vic Green, whose near-total obscurity is quite impressive in this day and age. Vic was a painter and cartoonist whose comic strip “Willie Dee” ran in newspapers from 1948 to 1952, and... 

The Self-Made Man: Gordon Lugauer

If there’s one thing that should be dead and buried by now, it’s board games. Think about all the dynamic, technologically-superior stuff competing for everyone’s very limited free time. It’s crazy to think that board games are... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Howard Werth

This week’s installment of Awesome Men Throughout History focuses on someone you should have heard of, but probably haven’t; musician and record producer Howard Werth. Werth was the frontman of Audience, a British art rock band that achieved... 

The Self-Made Man: Bryan Dwyer

This week’s Self Made Man, pizza enthusiast and Pizza Brain owner Brian Dwyer, might come across a bit sillier and less driven than other entrepreneurs in this series. Maybe he is, at least by conventional standards, and that’s okay. Not everyone... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Bernarr MacFadden

Some of TSB’s readers might think that current organic/gluten-free/juicing/etc. health fads are a modern thing brought on by fretful yuppies with too much disposable income. That’s only half-true, though; weird health and fitness trends have... 

The Self-Made Man: Jeph Jacques

Making a living as a working artist is ungodly difficult, on a scale that your average tech start-up couldn’t begin to imagine; while theirs can be a very stressful world too, at least techies’ skills are respected by the world at large. Try... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s story is a familiar one in our culture; a brilliant artist who self-destructs and dies young. In his specific case, he died of a heroin overdose at 27, and only spent eight years as a proper working artist. I’m not here... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: George MacDonald Fraser

I don’t often read books that are part of a series, and yes, this means I haven’t delved into Harry Potter/Song of Ice and Fire/Wheel of Time/etc. all that much. I suppose I should someday, but I’m in no rush. I just prefer standalone... 

The Self-Made Man: Cactus Söderström

If you’re a PC gamer, you’ve probably played—or at least heard about—Hotline Miami, a top-down, 8-bit game in which you play a lone weirdo who takes on the entire Russian mob with a variety of weapons and crazy animal masks. It’s... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill really shouldn’t be as obscure as he is. I mean, the guy was Luke Skywalker. In a sane and rational universe, the focal point of the original Star Wars trilogy shouldn’t, at the end of the day, be just another working actor. Well,... 

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