Ever wonder why the easter bunny is a symbol of Easter Sunday? Who started all of this?
The Super Soaker ® was invented in 1988 under the original name of the “Power Drencher” and a whole new era of power water squirters began. Invented by Lonnie Johnson, an Aerospace Engineer from Los Angeles, California, the Power Drencher was the first water blaster to incorporate air pressure into its design. Three years later in 1991 when Johnson received his patent, the Power Drencher was renamed “Super Soaker” and a nation-wide advertising campaign was launched.
Since his invention, Lonnie Johnson has used the multi-millions of dollars he made from his Super Soaker invention to finance research and development in electromechanical energy conversion systems.
Peep the video below for more on Mr. Johnson.
With the political rhetoric on Capitol Hill boiling there is one voice that tries to calm the waters. As John Dickerson reports, Barry Black’s prayers on the Senate floor help relieve partisan bickering.
Ursula M. Burns (born September 20, 1958) currently serves as CEO of Xerox Corporation, named to that position in June 2009. Ursula is the first African-American woman to head a S&P 100 company.She previously served as president of the company’s Business Group Operations, corporate senior vice president, and president.
Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern. She subsequently held several positions in engineering, including product development and planning. In June 1991 she became the executive assistant to Paul Allaire, then Xerox chairman and chief executive officer.
From 1992 through 2000, Burns led several business teams, including the office color and fax business, office network copying business and the departmental business unit. In May 2000, she was named senior vice president, Corporate Strategic Services, and most recently, president of the Document Systems and Solutions Group.
Burns received a bachelor of science degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU) in 1980 and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University in 1981. She serves on professional and community boards, including American Express, Boston Scientific, FIRST, National Association of Manufacturers, University of Rochester, the MIT Corporation, the Rochester Business Alliance and the RUMP Group.
Burns married her husband, Lloyd Bean, in October 1988. She resides in Rochester, New York, New York City, and Bermuda. She has a daughter and a stepson.
Each week tens of thousands of diners eat at an Olive Garden or Red Lobster restaurant. Few of these diners know that the CEO heading these large restaurant chains is a black man.
Clarence Otis Jr. is the CEO of Darden Restaurants Inc., the largest casual dining operator in the nation. The firm operates nearly 1,400 company-owned restaurants coast to coast serving 300 million meals annually. Darden employs 150,000 workers and has annual revenues of $6 billion.
Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Otis moved to Los Angeles when he was 6 years old. His father was a high school dropout who worked as a janitor. The family lived in Watts at the time of the 1965 riots. In the post-Watts period, Otis recalls being stopped and questioned by police several times a year because of the color of his skin.
A high school guidance counselor recommended him for a scholarship at Williams College, the highly selective liberal arts institution in Massachusetts. Otis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams and went on to earn a law degree at Stanford.
Otis landed on Wall Street as a merger and acquisitions attorney for J.P. Morgan Securities. He joined Darden Restaurants in 1995 as corporate treasurer. He became CEO in 2004.
While CEO of Darden Restaurants in 2008, Clarence Otis Jr. earned a total compensation of $5,250,649, which included a base salary of $889,135, a cash bonus of $972,500, stocks granted of $1,183,900, and options granted of $1,870,463.
Otis and his wife Jacqueline Bradley (b. 1958) were married in 1983 and have raised three children.