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Friday, June 3, 2022

Famous & 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

Find out which celebrities are turning 65 this month!

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June 1 - Jeffrey Hawkins, PalmPilot inventor

Remember the PalmPilot? One of its inventors, Jeffrey Hawkins, founded Palm Inc. back in 1992. The device earned him enough respect from fellow engineers to get him elected into the National Academy of Engineering “for the creation of the hand-held computing paradigm and the creation of the first commercially successful example of a hand-held computing device.”

Hawkins has turned his considerable talents to neuroscience, and founded the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience in 2002, followed by Numenta in 2005. His efforts there include heading up a team to reverse-engineer the neocortex, something which has interested him since his days at the University of California, Berkeley, back in the late 80s where he was enrolled in the biophysics program. His current work aims to improve machine intelligence technology.

Hawkins is also an author, having written On Intelligence in 2004, and more recently A Thousand Brains in 2021. The latter book discusses intelligence and how the brain views the world. It proposes a theory of what is missing in artificial intelligence. Hawkins holds a degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University.


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June 13 - Roy Cooper, governor of North Carolina

Taking the time-tested path from attorney to politician, Roy Cooper defeated Republican incumbent Pat McCrory in 2016, the first time a challenger beat a sitting governor in the history of North Carolina. However, the state legislature is dominated by Republicans, who passed bills to reduce the power of the governor before Cooper took office and have since overridden many of his legislative vetoes. All the same, Cooper was reelected in 2020.

Cooper’s family has deep roots in the state. His father farmed tobacco and worked in a family law firm while his mother taught school. Cooper worked in the same firm before being elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives, and then the State Senate, while still practicing law as a partner at Fields & Cooper.

However, it may be his work as attorney general that distinguished him with voters. Elected in 2000, he helped uncover several cases of corruption and ethics violations. He acted quickly after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, establishing a Campus Safety Task Force two days later to make policy recommendations, which he later used to create a bill that became law to require court clerks to record involuntary commitments in a national gun permit database.

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June 23 - Frances McDormand, actress

With film and television credits galore, actress and producer Frances McDormand is one of only a handful of actors to win the famed “Triple Crown”: she has four Academy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and one Tony Award. She can also claim to be only the second woman to garner a Best Actress Academy Award three times, on one occasion winning Best Picture for producing a film, Nomadland, in which she also won the top acting award.

One of McDormand’s most iconic roles was as pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson in Fargo, for which she won not only an Academy Award but also the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Known for appearing in a plethora of independent films, catch her performances in such gems as Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Burn After Reading, Mississippi Burning, Almost Famous, and North Country.

McDormand is one of three children adopted by her parents, who had no biological offspring. The actor attended both Bethany College and Yale University. She has been married to director Joel Coen, one of the famous Coen brothers, since 1984. They adopted a son from Paraguay in 1995 and have no other children.


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