Russ Heath Exacting artist

An artist, Heath liked drawing from when he was a young boy, and by the time he was in high school, he had freelance gigs to draw for comic books (Captain Aero Comics, 1942-1944). A stint in the Army gave him an even greater appreciation for detail, and once he was out and drawing full time, … Read more

From This is True for 26 August 2018

Robert Everett Computer scientist

After earning his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 1943, Everett joined the staff of the university’s Servomechanisms Laboratory, where he worked with fellow grad student Jay Forrester. In 1944 they got a contract from the U.S. Navy. The job: develop a “universal” flight trainer and aircraft simulator. That wasn’t easy at the … Read more

From This is True for 19 August 2018

Richard H. Kline Cinematographer

Born in southern California, Kline grew up with a passion for surfing. But his father was Benjamin H. Kline (1894-1974), an early and prolific cinematographer and film director (a cinematographer is the director of photography for a film or TV show). One uncle was Sol Halperin (1902-1977), special effects artist and cinematographer. And another uncle … Read more

From This is True for 12 August 2018

Arsène Tchakarian Resistance fighter

An Armenian born in Turkey, Tchakarian’s family fled the Armenian Genocide by the Ottomans, first to Bulgaria and then France. Tchakarian found work as a tailor, but that was interrupted by World War II; he served in the French Army, but was demobilized when France surrendered to Nazi Germany in 1940. But Tchakarian kept fighting … Read more

From This is True for 5 August 2018