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R. Allen is recognized nationally as an innovative
public television executive. The native Arizonan became general
manager of KAET in 1987. Allen has served as a member of the PBS
Board of Directors and its Executive Committee and as a trustee
of Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
in Phoenix in 1953 with his parents and three younger brothers.
They made the trip from Clarksburg, W.V. in a 1948 Buick, towing
a trailer. When Adler enrolled at Arizona State it was a college;
when he graduated, it was a university.
lived in Arizona since 1948. He was a newspaper reporter and public
administrator in Prescott, Flagstaff, Bisbee and Phoenix. For the
past four years, he has written a weekly column for the Daily
News Sun in Sun City.
a fourth-generation Arizonan, was raised on a ranch where she
developed a deep love and respect for the desert. She has been
a professional painter for more than 20 years, successfully combining
art with her involvement in environmental activism.
Warren Findley, a native
Arizonan, is an associate professor of history at Arizona State
University with a specialty in 20th century American history. She
served as president of the National Council on Public History from
Gammage, Jr., a
native Arizonan, consults with cities about development regulation
and is the author of numerous articles on land use and growth issues.
He is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University where he
teaches classes on land use regulation and historic preservation
from pioneer stock. His father was the Valley’s leading merchant
and his mother was the territory’s only registered nurse. He has
been a successful businessman, a civic leader and a championship
golfer who was instrumental in bringing the Western Open to Phoenix.
Ann Handley became
involved with the Scottsdale Historical Society in 1974 when the
fledgling group was working to save the Little Red Schoolhouse,
which it now operates as a museum.
Lee Harris built and operated the Sombrero Playhouse
in Phoenix from 1947 to 1956. Though she married and moved to California
for several years, she returned to the Valley and opened Harris’
Restaurant in 1996.
bilingual school speech pathologist assistant, was born and raised
in one of the Tempe barrios and graduated from Tempe High
School. Though she lived in Florida for many years, she returned
to Tempe, which she always considered her home.
to Arizona 55 years ago for health reasons. For 49 of those years
he has been a member of the law firm of Snell & Wilmer. His
avocation has been the arts, and he has served on the boards of
the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum and the State Arts Commission.
R. Lewis was one of the founders
of KTVK TV-3, the flagship of a media organization that was family
owned until this year. Raised in Florence, Ariz., he and his wife,
Jewell, have been honored by dozens of civic organizations and were
recognized as "Historymakers" of Arizona in 1997 by the
Arizona Historical Society.
1947, WW II veteranJohn
came to Phoenix to build a house for his new bride. Since
then, he has built more than 30,000 homes and master planned communities
with provisions for schools, parks and other facilities. Many of
the new construction methods he developed have been adopted by builders
and engineers all over the world.
first husband was a WWII veteran whose injuries made the
Michigan winters difficult to negotiate. They came to Arizona in
1953 with their two children and a U-Haul and settled in Mesa, where
she has lived ever since.
is a nature lover, a licensed pilot and a motivational
speaker. A fourth generation funeral director, she manages the
family’s Universal Memorial Centers in the Valley with her brother,
Lincoln Ragsdale, Jr.
J. Rhodes II
represented Arizona’s First Congressional District in the
U.S. House of Representatives in 1953 and served until 1983. He
was the House Minority Leader from 1973-1981.
Director of Southwest Studies with Maricopa Community Colleges,
is an award-winning author who has written more than 15 books about
Arizona. An Arizona native, he is also an entertainer, storyteller
and cowboy poet who is one of America’s most popular speakers on
Arizona and the Southwest.
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