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Famous Mensans

As this list suggests, Mensa is a remarkably diverse organization. While some Mensans noted here are well known, many others lead interesting lives out of the public eye.

Scott Adams Delightfully acerbic creator of the cartoon strip, Dilbert, which is syndicated to more than 1,550 newspapers in 35 countries worldwide. He is also the best-selling author of The Dilbert Principle, Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook, and The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century. His popular characters are featured on greeting cards, mini-books, mugs, bookmarks, cubicle welcome mats, picture frames, and comic strip magnets.

Marilyn Vos Savant Listed in the Guinness Hall of Fame for having the world's highest recorded I.Q. (228). She is the wife of Robert Jarvik, inventor of the Jarvik 7 artificial heart. She also writes Ask Marilyn, a weekly column that appears nationally in Parade magazine.

Geena Davis Co-starred with Susan Sarandon in the movie hit Thelma & Louise. Received an Academy Award nomination for The Accidental Tourist.

Richard Lederer Sometimes called America’s wittiest verbalist. He has published more that a thousand articles and books on the English language. Some of his books are Anguished English, Get Thee to a Punnery, Crazy English, The Play of Words and The Miracle of Language. His weekly column “Looking at Language,” appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. He has been voted Punster of the Year by the International Save the Pun Foundation. He also has a syndicated radio program heard on many stations around the country and is a frequent guest on National Public Radio.

Donald E. Peterson Former chairman of Ford Motor Company. Has B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Stanford University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi (honorary engineering society) and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (natural sciences). During his career at Ford, he was involved in the development of two of Ford's most successful cars--the Mustang and the Maverick--as well as the Mark III and the Fairlane. He is also a high-performance driver, having trained at the school run by retired racing champion Bob Bondurant. Petersen was born on a farm in the Midwest and raised during the Great Depression. Influenced by the hardship and economic instability his family endured, he used his intelligence to pursue a secure life in the corporate environment.

Henry Milligan Boxer and scholar. 1983 National Amateur Heavyweight champion who fought and won against Olympic heavyweight gold medallist Henry Tillman. He once fought Mike Tyson in a televised fight. Milligan recently worked his way through NYU Business School acting in commercials for Sports Illustrated.

Bobby Czyz Boxer and scholar. A former two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) Cruiserweight Champion, Czyz now commentates on many nationally broadcasted fights. Now works for a major brokerage firm.

Richard Bolles Author of the world's top-selling job-hunting book, What Color is Your Parachute? Revised annually, the book has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for 228 weeks. He is an ordained Episcopal priest who graduated from Harvard University cum laud with a physics degree.

Jean Auel Best-selling author of Clan of the Cave Bear, Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, and Plains of Passage. A former technical writer, she turned her attention to fiction, buttressed by much historical and anthropological research, touring areas she was to write about and teaching herself to make stone-age tools.

Alan Rachins Portrays Dharma's father, Larry, on the comedy series Dharma & Greg. Played Douglas Brachman in TV hit, L.A. Law. He left the Wharton School of Finance against his father's wishes to pursue an acting career. During the 1960s he was in Oh Calcutta, a highly controversial play where cast members appeared nude on stage.

Isaac Asimov Prolific American writer, esteemed for his science fiction and for his popular works in all branches of science.

Judge Ellen Morphonios Nicknamed "Maximum Morphonios" for her strict rulings in Florida. Former model and beauty queen (Coconut Harvest Maiden and Miss Southern Florida) and local radio personality once said she "enjoyed being a sex symbol." As a young mother and legal secretary, she passed a Florida exam that allowed her to enter law school without an undergraduate degree.

Patricia Prattis Jennings Pianist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is the symphony's first black member and has performed internationally.

Mell Lazarus Draws syndicated newspaper comic strips Momma and Miss Peach. President of national Cartoonist Society, he has also published two novels and is now writing his third.

Adrian Cronauer Radio personality and subject for the movie Good Morning Vietnam. Started his radio career at 12 in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, where he hosted a children's amateur hour. He worked as a DJ at various radio stations and in Saigon during the Vietnam War. He is also a lawyer. Cronauer was originally attracted to Mensa because of the work they do for gifted children.

Gloria La Roche Captain and instructor for United Airlines. Product of a dysfunctional home, she used intelligence and perseverance to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a pilot. She says it was extremely difficult for a woman like herself to break into the male dominated world of commercial aviation.


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