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Patricia Sullivan

Eight kids in 11 years -- is there much more about the life of Muriel R. Halliday that you need to know? How about the death of a husband? A full-time job to boot? No car. Church every morning. "Don't think she was the little woman in the shoe. She wasn't like that at all," a daughter said. "She was an ordinary woman with extraordinary strength."

Speaking of endurance, how about Raymond Carmassi who once coated himself in grease to keep warm in an attempt to swim 26 miles from San Francisco's Muir Beach through shark-infested waters to the Farallon Islands. That swim faltered after 10 miles (the cold, the cold!) but later that year, he completed a 21-mile swim across the Catalina Channel in about 18 hours. The Coast Guard shot sharks that swam near him.

Michael Russell's research led to the 1988 report of the U.S. surgeon general, Nicotine Addiction, which recognized that cigarette smoking is a classic drug dependence. He's also regarded as the father of effective treatment to help smokers quit.

Then there's Heinz Edelmann who is likely to be revered by those who smoked a wackier form of tobacco. He was the illustrator who worked on the Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine."

Theodore D. Nierenberg founded the tableware firm Dansk in 1954, just as Americans were turning to a more casual lifestyle. The clean Scandanavian lines fit in with this lifestyle change perfectly.

Do you have something to say? Huh? How did I know that? Because Edward Hall taught us about nonverbal communication.

If you have something to say, say it! Comments are always welcome.

By Patricia Sullivan |  August 5, 2009; 8:23 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye
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