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Cass Pennant

About Cass Pennant

Renowned as the first person to receive a long-term sentence for football hooliganism, he has gained significant fame for his self-titled autobiography and for the subsequent films and documentaries following his life. He became the leader of the Inter City Firm, a group associated with West Ham United, and was eventually sentenced to four years in prison for his work with the group.

Early life

As a child he was bullied for both being black and for his first name, Carol, a traditionally male name in the West Indies. Despite this and rampant racism, he rose in the ranks of the Inter City Firm as an adult.


He has worked as a consultant on programs like The Real Football Factories and even made a cameo in the Elijah Wood film Green Street Hooligans.

Family of Cass Pennant

His mother emigrated from Jamaica. He was abandoned at six weeks old and adopted by a elderly white family in Kent.

Close associates of Cass Pennant

He earned his nickname Cass from the boxer Cassius Clay, better known as the legendary Muhammad Ali.

Agnes Smedley

About Agnes Smedley

American journalist who is most recognized for her semi-autobiographical novel Daughter of Earth.

Early life

With the help of one of her aunts she was able to enroll at a business school in Greeley, Colorado.


She has been memorialized as one of the featured figures on The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago s famed installation piece.

Family of Agnes Smedley

She was born in Osgood, Missouri.

Close associates of Agnes Smedley

She and fellow writer Debra Diblasi are both originally from Missouri.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

About Laura Ingalls Wilder

Author of the autobiographical American pioneer-themed Little House on the Prairie series. Her family s years in Wisconsin became the basis of two of the most popular books in the series: Little House on the Prairie and Little House in the Big Woods.

Early life

In 1882, a few months before her sixteenth birthday, she accepted her first teaching position in a one-room school. She also worked for a time as a dressmaker and failed to complete her high school education due to her early marriage.


When writing books about her childhood, she enlisted the help of her daughter.

Family of Laura Ingalls Wilder

She was the second oldest of five children born to Caroline Lake Ingalls and Charles Phillip Ingalls. In her late teens, she married Almanzo Wilder. The couple had one surviving child, Rose (born 1886), and their marriage was strained by a combination of illness, disability, and drought.

Close associates of Laura Ingalls Wilder

She was portrayed by Melissa Gilbert in the television series Little House on the Prairie.

Frederick Douglass

About Frederick Douglass

Former slave who became an abolitionist author and speaker. He detailed his remarkable life in his famous 1845 autobiography: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.

Early life

He grew up in slavery in Maryland. While enslaved in Baltimore, he was taught by a plantation owner s wife to read and write. In 1838, he escaped slavery by impersonating a free sailor of African descent and traveling by train and steamboat to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


He once said, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

Family of Frederick Douglass

He married his first wife, Anna Murray, in 1838. The couple had three sons and two daughters. Following Murray s death, Douglass married Helen Pitts, a white feminist twenty years his junior.

Close associates of Frederick Douglass

He advised President Abraham Lincoln on how to treat black soldiers.

Hayley Okines

About Hayley Okines

English girl born with the rare genetic disorder known as progeria, which caused her to age eight to ten times faster than normal. She was an outspoken advocate for progeria awareness and co-authored the autobiography Old Before My Time in 2012.

Early life

She was born in Arrington, England and was diagnosed with progeria at age two.


She sang as a member of The Kids Choir 2000 on the charity song “Voices of Tomorrow.”

Family of Hayley Okines

She was born to Kerry and Mark Okines and raised with younger siblings named Ruby and Louis.

Close associates of Hayley Okines

She and activist Sam Berns became two of the most visible public faces of progeria.


John Grogan

About John Grogan

Detroit-born writer and journalist best known as the author of the popular autobiographical novel Marley & Me. He has also served as a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and the editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening magazine.

Early life

He was part of the prestigious Kiplinger Fellows program at Ohio State University.


His best-selling book Marley & Me was made into a film which, in 2008, became the top-grossing Christmas Day release ever.

Family of John Grogan

He has children named Patrick, Colleen and Conor.

Close associates of John Grogan

The film version of Marley & Me stars A-list actors like Jennifer Aniston.