Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free
trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select
from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Howard
Robard Hughes, Jr. (December 24, 1905 April 5, 1976) was an
American aviator, engineer, industrialist, film producer, film
director, philanthropist, and one of the wealthiest people in the
world. He gained prominence from the late 1920s as a maverick film
producer, making big-budget and often controversial films like
Hell's Angels, Scarface and The Outlaw. Hughes was one of the most
influential aviators in history: he set multiple world air-speed
records, built the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 "Hercules" (better
known to history as the "Spruce Goose") aircraft, and acquired and
expanded Trans World Airlines. Hughes is also remembered for his
eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle in later life, caused in
part by a worsening obsessivecompulsive disorder. His legacy is
maintained through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Hughes'
birthplace is recorded as either Humble or Houston, Texas. The date
is also uncertain, though Hughes claimed his birthday was Christmas
Eve. A 1941 affidavit birth certificate of Hughes signed by his
aunt Annette Gano Lummis and Estelle Boughton Sharp states he was
born on December 24, 1905, in Harris County, Texas. However, his
baptismal record of October 7, 1906, in the parish register of St.
John's Episcopal Church, in Keokuk, Iowa, has his birth listed as
September 24, 1905, without reference to the place of birth. His
parents were Allene Stone Gano (a descendant of Owen Tudor, second
husband of Catherine of Valois, Dowager Queen of England) and
Howard R. Hughes, Sr., who patented the two-cone roller bit, which
allowed rotary drilling for petroleum in previously inaccessible
places. Howard R. Hughes, Sr. made the shrewd and lucrative
decision to commercialize the invention, founding the Hughes Tool
Company ... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=14059
Books + Company
|Country of origin:
||152 x 229 x 2mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!