Justus Rosenberg Resistance operative

Born in Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland), Rosenberg was expelled from high school in 1940 because he was a Jew. He had already lost contact with his family, so he decided to flee alone to France — by bicycle and foot to Paris. But that city fell to Germany, so he went to Toulouse. In a … Read more

From This is True for 31 October 2021

Leslie Bricusse Songwriter

Born in Pinner, Middlesex — now a London suburb — Bricusse acted while in college, but excelled in music. He put the two together, and wrote songs, scores, and/or lyrics for musical plays and films, often with partner Anthony Newley, starting with 1961’s Stop the World — I Want to Get Off, which was then made … Read more

From This is True for 24 October 2021

Anne Saxelby Cheesemonger

Growing up in Libertyville, Ill., Saxelby developed a strong interest in …cheese. Her father said he didn’t know how, since their “classic Midwest” cheese connoisseur level was “Kraft Singles”, but she wrote a thesis — for high school — on the chemical processes behind cheesemaking. Still, when she went to New York University, she studied … Read more

From This is True for 17 October 2021

Mortimer Mishkin Brain researcher

“There is no more complex piece of matter in the universe than the human brain, and so the complexity is a huge challenge,” Mishkin said in 2011. And he should know: he studied how the brain worked for more than 60 years. A neuropsychologist, Dr. Mishkin was Chief of the National Institute of Mental Health’s … Read more

From This is True for 10 October 2021

Takao Saito Gekiga artist

Born in Japan, Saito is considered a manga comic book artist, though he preferred the term gekiga (“dramatic pictures”), a style of Japanese comics aimed at adult, not juvenile, audiences, with a cinematic art style and more mature themes. He moved to Tokyo to pursue his art, and in 1960 founded Saito Production to produce it, which branched out … Read more

From This is True for 3 October 2021