Not sure where I came across this picture on the internet, but it seemed so perfect it got me thinking - what differences would 50 years make in the birth of famous people from the past? I decided to move the people born in the 1890s and 1900s forward 50 years to the baby boom generation, and included a few that stretched the boundaries a bit. Here are my best guesses as to what would happen in this alternate reality, but please feel free to add your own.
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George and Ira Gershwin - Prog rock heroes, co-founders of Yes. Their album Rhapsody in Tie Dye is ranked #2 on Rolling Stone's list of the Greatest Albums of All Time.
George Burns and Gracie Allen - Hugely successful comedy act, starred in When Harry met Sally, You've Got Mail, Pretty Woman, Sleepless in Seattle
Howard Hawks - Director, Silverado, The Long Riders, Terminator, Star Trek 5, Black Hawk Down
Amelia Earhart - First female US astronaut, logged more shuttle missions than any other astronaut. Mysteriously lost during an EVA to fix a heat shield problem.
Elijah Muhammad - Hugely influential hip hop/rap artist/producer, most famous album is the multi-platinum Fear of a Black Planet
Joseph Goebbels - Chairman, SAP
Walter Winchell - Highest paid radio host, author, major supporter of Republican party. Became addicted to Oxycodone in a major scandal involving underage male hookers
C. S. Lewis - Founder, Anglican splinter movement; Pope of Belfast in exile
Norman Vincent Peale - Most popular televangelist in the US, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective Christians
Paul Robeson - Musician, funk pioneer, lead vocalist for Sly and the Family Stone
Humphrey Bogart - Actor, star of Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Goodfellas, Analyze This
James Cagney - Actor, star of The Graduate, Tootsie, Kramer vs. Kramer, All the President's Men, Rain Man
Duke Ellington - Jazz musician, known for funk-jazz-hip hop fusion movement of the 1990s. His album The Birth of the Warm is considered one of the greatest Jazz fusion albums of all time.
Leo Strauss - Co-founder, Yippie movement
Xavier Cugat - Co-founder of Miami Sound Machine
Margaret Mitchell - Author, Vom Winde Verweht
Kurt Weill - Musician, early leader of punk rock movement. His band Knife appeared regularly at CBGBs in the 1970s and 80s.
Gary Cooper - Actor, star of Star Wars, Splash, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan
Richard J. Daley - Student radical, killed at 1968 Republican Convention riots in Miami
Leni Riefenstahl - Acclaimed director of television commercials and music videos
Strom Thurmond - Congressman, Senator, Republican nominee for President 1996. First white member of Congressional Black Caucus.
Lou Gehrig - AL MVP for 10 straight years
Anais Nin - Author, Fifty Shades of Gray
Roy Acuff - Musician, fiddler for the Byrds, Allman Brothers Band
Cary Grant - Actor, director, star of ER, Three Kings, Ocean's Eleven, Syriana
S. J. Perelman - Comedy writer, A Fish Called Wanda, Saturday Night Live, Anchorman, The Hangover, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report
William M. Shirer - Author, The Rise and the Fall of the GOP
Deng Xiaoping - Leader, Tienanmen protests
Harold Arlen - Lyricist, The Grateful Dead
Howard Hughes - Chairman, Goldman Sachs
Marlin Perkins - Founder, Animal Planet
Ayn Rand - Author, In Defense of the Proletariat; leader, New Soviet Movement
Ozzie Nelson - Actor, Modern Family
Satchel Paige - Baseball player, winner of Cy Young award 5 times. Second pitcher to throw a no hitter under the influence of LSD.
Bugsy Siegel - Hollywood producer, Heaven's Gate, Ishtar, Cutthroat Island, Waterworld, Catwoman
Billy Wilder - Director, Tootsie, A Fish Called Wanda, American Beauty, Being John Malkovitch, Fight Club
Jack Dempsey - Former heavyweight champ, traded titles with Muhammad Ali 5 times in the 1960s and 70s
J. Edgar Hoover - Gay rights pioneer, leader of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, NYC, 1969. Popularized the use of the word "gay", and was commonly referred to as "Gay J". Major influence in publicizing and politicizing the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.
Buster Keaton - Actor, The Deer Hunter, Airplane, The Dead Zone, Pulp Fiction, The Suicide Kings. Has hosted Saturday Night Live more times than any other person.
Dwight D. Eisenhower - Wounded in Vietnam; ran Operation Eagle Claw, successfully rescuing US hostages in Iran and ensuring re-election of Jimmy Carter; Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, resigned his commission when ordered to draw up plans to attack Iraq in 2002 by President Jeb Bush