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Subject: Mensa - FAQ: What famous people are members of Mensa? [Monthly]
This article was archived around: 18 Feb 2001 13:58:16 GMT
Last-Updated: Jul 17, 1993
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11) What famous people are in Mensa?
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Question Archive-Name Posted
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1) What is Mensa? mensa/faq BiWeekly
2) Who is Mensa For? " "
3) Why Should I Join Mensa? " "
4) What are Members of Mensa Like? " "
5) What does "Mensa" mean? " "
6) What are the Qualifications for Mensa? mensa/join BiWeekly
7) How do I apply for Membership in Mensa? " "
8) How do I Re-Join Mensa? " "
9) Where do I get more Information? " "
10) What other High-IQ Societies are there? mensa/high-iq Monthly
12) What is the Mensa test like? mensa/test Monthly
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SOME PROMINENT MENSA MEMBER PROFILES
As this list suggests, Mensa is a remarkably diverse organization.
While Some Mensans noted here are well known, many others lead
interesting lives out of the public eye.
DONALD PETERSEN: Former chairman of Ford Motor Company. Has B.S.
degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi (honorary engineering society)
and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (natural sciences). During his
career at Ford, he was involved in the development of two of Ford's most
successful cars--the Mustang and the Maverick--as well as the Mark III
and the Fairlane. He is also a high-performance driver, having trained
at the school run by retired racing champion Bob Bondurant. Petersen
was born on a farm in the Midwest and raised during the Great
Depression. Influenced by the hardship and economic instability his
family endured, he used his intelligence to pursue a secure life in the
ALAN RACHINS: Plays Douglas Brachman in TV hit "L.A. Law." He left the
Wharton School of Finance against his father's wishes to pursue an
acting career. During the '60s he was in the cast of "Oh Calcutta," a
highly controversial play where cast members appeared nude on stage.
BOB SPECTA: Professional domino toppler. As a high school senior, he
originated the "domino toppling" category in the Guinness Book of World
Records. He travels internationally doing domino shows and races and
has appeared on network TV programs and in commercials. An accomplished
athlete, Specta is a veteran of 12 triathlons.
ADRIAN CRONAUER: Radio personality and subject for the move "Good
Morning Vietnam." Started his radio career at 12 in his hometown of
Pittsburgh, PA, where he hosted a children's amateur hour. Worked as a
DJ at various radio stations and in Saigon during the Vietnam War. He
is also a lawyer. Cronauer was originally attracted to Mensa because of
the work they do for gifted children.
GLORIA LA ROCHE: Captain and instructor for United Airlines. Product
of a dysfunctional home, she used intelligence and perseverance to
achieve her childhood dream of becoming a pilot. She says it was
extremely difficult for a woman like herself to break into the male
dominated world of commercial aviation.
MARILYN VOS SAVANT: Listed in the Guinness Hall of Fame for having the
world's highest recorded I.Q. (228). She is the wife of Robert Jarvik,
inventor of the Jarvik 7 artificial heart. She also writes "Ask
Marilyn," a weekly column that appears nationally in "Parade" magazine.
GEENA DAVIS: Actress. Currently co-starring with Susan Sarandon in the
movie hit "Thelma & Louise." Received an Academy Award nomination for
her role in "The Accidental Tourist."
HENRY MILLIGAN: A boxer and a scholar, 1983 National Amateur
Heavyweight champion who fought and won against Olympic heavyweight gold
medalist Henry Tillman. He once fought Mike Tyson in a televised fight.
Milligan recently worked his way through NYU Business School acting in
commercials (e.g., for "Sports Illustrated" sneaker phone promotion).
JOHN N. MOORE: University of Virginia law professor who specializes in
international law. The Kuwaiti Ambassador to the U.S. hired him to
help the emirate recover damages inflicted since the August 1990
invasion by Iraq.
MELL LAZARUS: Draws syndicated newspaper comic strips "Momma" and "Miss
Peach." President of national Cartoonist Society, he has also published
two novels and is now writing his third.
JUDGE ELLEN MORPHONIOS: Nicknamed "Maximum Morphonios" for her strict
rulings in Florida. Former model and beauty queen (Coconut Harvest
Maiden and Miss Southern Florida) and local radio personality, once said
she "enjoyed being a sex symbol." As a young mother and a legal
secretary, she passed a Florida exam that allowed her to enter law
school without an undergraduate degree.
PATRICIA PRATTIS JENNINGS: Pianist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She
is the symphony's first black member and has performed internationally.
RICHARD BOLLES: Author of the world's top selling job-hunting book,
"What Color is Your Parachute?" Revised annually, the book has been on
the New York Times Best Seller List for 228 weeks. Bolles has two new
books in progress--one on relationships, one on spirituality. He is an
ordained Episcopal priest who graduated from Harvard University cum laud
with a physics degree.
VELMA JEREMIAH: She is a retired attorney who graduated fourth in her
law school class at age 47 and was one of the first women partners in a
major Oregon law firm. She is a grandmother, a working standup comic,
and currently chairwoman of Mensa International.
JEAN AUEL: Best-selling author of "Clan of the Cave Bear", "Valley of
Horses", "The Mammoth Hunters", and "Plains of Passage". A former
technical writer, she turned her attention to fiction, buttressed by
much historical and anthropological research, touring areas she was to
write about and teaching herself to make stone-age tools.