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Looking Back 2 Move Forward: Richard Colburn

  Richard D. Colburn bought the USC School of Music and turned it into the Colburn Foundation intending to create the West-Coast version of Julliard.  He willed a $1 billion to his foundation upon his death in 2004. Colburn started taking violin lessons when he was five.  As he grew older, other boys made fun of him when they saw him ...

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Looking Back 2 Move Forward: Brownie Wise, The Tupperware Queen

Brownie realized that women who had been employed during World War II were now looking for a means to engage in business and earn money of their own.  She saw an opportunity and encouraged women to host parties and sell Tupperware, creating a sales staff that she supervised. Brownie Wise wasn’t born into a wealth or opportunity, but through hard ...

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Looking Back 2 Move Forward: Irving Mills

In the first half of the 20th Century, Mills Music was one of the largest music companies in the United States.  Its chief competition was Jules Stein’s Music Corporation of America (MCA).  Irving Mills was a risk-taker who did more than just publish music and sell recordings.  Mills integrated bands and booked his bands into venues where African-Americans had not ...

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