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History's Great Debaters

No Time To Be Shy! Happy Birthday to High School Debater and First Lady of the United States - Lady Bird Johnson!

by Erik Fogel | Dec 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM
  "The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom." - Caludia "Lady Bird" Johnson, First Lady of the United States  
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Meet Brad Pitt ... High School Debater and Hollywood Actor. Happy Birthday!

by Erik Fogel | Dec 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM
  “I phoned my grandparents and my grandfather said ‘We saw your movie.’ ‘Which one?’ I said. He shouted ‘Betty, what was the name of that movie I didn’t like?” – Brad Pitt  
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Happy Birthday to Ed Koch, NYC Mayor and President of his High School Debate Team!

by Erik Fogel | Dec 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM
"The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse." - NYC Mayor Ed Koch
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Happy Birthday to Wiley College's Heman Sweatt who helped to end segregation in schools.

by Erik Fogel | Dec 10, 2017 9:31:27 PM
  Happy birthday to Heman Sweatt!  Sweatt was one of the top students at Debate Champion School, Wiley College. He became a civil rights activst, Plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case that ...
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Happy Birthday to Jack Dorsey, High School Debater & Billionaire! 

by Erik Fogel | Nov 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM
  “My goal is to simplify complexity.” - Jack Dorsey  
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Debater Profile: Kamala Harris

by Erik Fogel | Nov 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM
"The American Dream belongs to all of us." - Kamala Harris
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Happy Birthday to Lee Iacocca, High School Debater and Business Leader

by Erik Fogel | Oct 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM
  "You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere." - Lee Iacocca  
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Celebrating Margaret Thatcher - High School Debater and First Female Prime Minister of Great Britain!

by Erik Fogel | Oct 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM
  "I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job."    - Margaret Thatcher, first female Prime Minister of Great Britain
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Born to Run... and Born to Debate!  Bruce Springsteen the Debater!

by Erik Fogel | Oct 29, 2017 7:05:27 AM
On September 23rd, 1949, working class parents Adele and Joseph welcomed their son, Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen to their family.  Springsteen grew up in Freehold Borough, NJ and attended ...
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Happy Birthday to Hillary Rodham Clinton! High School Debater! US Senator, Secretary of State, First Lady of the United States, Presidential Nominee.

by Erik Fogel | Oct 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM
"Too many women in too many countries speak the same language, of silence." -Hillary Rodham Clinton (Hillary pictured here with her high school's debate team)  
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Happy Birthday to Samuel B. Gould - Champion Debater and Champion of Debate!

by Erik Fogel | Oct 11, 2017 7:00:00 AM
  "If I were to choose any single activity in college which has contributed most to my career, I would certainly choose debating" (Hunt, p16). - Samuel B. Gould  
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Happy Birthday to Laurence Tribe! High School and College Debate Champion! and World's Top Lawyer!

by Erik Fogel | Oct 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM
  "[The Bill of Rights is] designed to protect individuals and minorities against the tyranny of the majority, but it's also designed to protect the people against bureaucracy, against the ...
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Honoring Ann Richards (September 1, 1933 - September 13, 2006). Champion Debater. Champion Leader. Champion Feminist.

by Erik Fogel | Sep 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM
  "I did not want my tombstone to read, 'She kept a really clean house.' I think I'd like them to remember me by saying, 'She opened government to everyone.'"  ~Ann Richards  
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Harry Connick, JR - Singer or Debater? Happy Birthday to Harry Connick Jr. who started on the debate team! 

by Erik Fogel | Sep 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Harry Connick, JR, born Sept. 11, 1967,  is often celebrated for his quips in Independence Day and PS. I Love You, but his most memorable quote should be about his youth.  His work in his debate team ...
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Debater Profile: Celebrating the Birthday of Alan Dershowitz; A Champion of Civil Liberties. And Captain of his Debate Team! Happy Birthday!

by Erik Fogel | Sep 1, 2017 6:00:00 AM
I will continue to fight for justice, fairness, and constitutional rights until my dying breath. -- Alan Dershowitz  
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Happy Birthday to Ann Richards! Champion Debater! Champion Leader! Champion Feminist!

by Erik Fogel | Sep 1, 2017 6:00:00 AM
  "I did not want my tombstone to read, 'She kept a really clean house.' I think I'd like them to remember me by saying, 'She opened government to everyone.'"  ~Ann Richards  
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Debater Profile: Lyndon B. Johnson, State Champion Debater and making Debate more popular than football in Texas!... and he was a United States President.

by Erik Fogel | Aug 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM
"We had them competing with the football team. As a matter of fact, my top debater ran against the [captain] of the football team as the most representative student of the school and won it in the ...
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Debater Profile: US President and High School Debater, Bill Clinton

by The New York City Urban Debate League | Aug 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM
"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America." - Bill Clinton, President of the United States, Debate Team Member   
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Debater Profile: Justice Stephen G. Breyer

by The New York City Urban Debate League | Aug 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM
“The best clue to what a person thinks is what he says.” - Stephen Breyer, US Supreme Court Justice
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Happy Birthday to Nadine Strossen, High School Debate Champion and Civil Rights Champion!

by The New York City Urban Debate League | Aug 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM
"This is the latest manifestation of the desire by those in power to minimize criticism and marginalize critics." - Nadine Strossen
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Debater Profile: Justice Stephen G. Breyer, high school debater and Supreme Court Justice!

by Erik Fogel | Aug 13, 2017 10:20:31 AM
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Debater Profile: Janet Reno - The Nation's First Female Attorney General

by The New York City Urban Debate League | Jul 30, 2017 2:11:41 PM
"If you disagree with me about a position I have taken or what I've done, tell me, argue with me, debate. Sometimes, right and good are not that clear; at other times, it is only deliberate and ...
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Great Debater Caleb Miller

by Erik Fogel | Jul 26, 2017 9:28:32 AM
  Sign a Petition for former college debater, Caleb Miller. 20 year old Caleb Miller suffered a massive brain tumor, after intensive brain surgery he was left partially paralyzed, coma for 2 months, ...
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Arianna Huffington: The Power of Words

by Erik Fogel | Jul 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM
  "I love your class Facebook page, “World Domination.” I love that when your debate team went to Harvard last year for a tournament, the judge told the boys’ team you were debating to “go easy” on ...
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Nelson Mandela, The Great Debater

by Erik Fogel | Jul 21, 2017 3:12:47 PM
"A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, ...
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