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December 9, 2020 30 min

Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum was invented by one of Hollywood’s greatest beauties. An Associate Justice of the Minnesota State Supreme Court was also known by millions as a Purple People Eater. A record 11 Academy Awards were given to a film based on a book written by a Civil War general. Who were these people? In this episode, we explore 6 individuals who had surprising hidden talents that were wildly different from what they were ultimately known for.

Episode Edits:

  •  Alan Page played in the NFL for 14 seasons. 11 years with the Minnesota Vikings and 3 years with the Chicago Bears.
  •  Ben-Hur was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won 11.
  •  Episode Resources:


  •  Hedy’s Folly by Richard Rhodes
  •  Ecstasy and Me: My Life as a Woman by Hedy Lamarr
  •  Painting as a Pastime by Winston Churchill
  •  Sir Winston Churchill: His Life and His Paintings by David Coombs and Minnie Churchill
  •  Lewis Carroll: A Biography by Morton N. Cohen
  •  Alice in Wonderland: All Four Books by Lewis Carroll
  •  All Rise: The Remarkable Journey of Alan Page by Bill McGrane
  •  Hirohito: A Life From Beginning to End by Hourly History
  •  The Sword and The Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace by Ray E. Boomhower
  •  Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ by Lew Wallace
  •  Film

  •  Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  •  Samson and Delilah (1949) – with Hedy Lamarr
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010) – Tim Burton Version
  •  Ben-Hur (1959) - with Charlton Heston
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