John Knowles is shown in this Nov. 11, 1972, file photo. Knowles, whose "A Separate Peace'' has been read by millions of students and is considered an enduring study of an adolescent's inner conflict, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, after a short illness. He was 75.
John Nash, the subject for the Oscar-nominated film "A Beautiful Mind" arrives with his wife Alicia for the 74th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 24, 2002, in Los Angeles.
Brian Grazer, producer of the Oscar nominated film "A Beautiful Mind," second left, arrives with John Forbes Nash Jr. and his wife Alicia, far right, at the 74th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 24, 2002, in Los Angeles. Grazer's wife Gigi Levangie is at far left. The film is based on Nash's life.
Bishop T.D. Jakes preaches to a crowd gathered at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for his four-day Mega Fest Wednesday, June 23, 2004.
Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., left, appears with film director Spike Lee Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, in Edgartown, Mass.
Danny Heater stands under the basket in a gym in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Friday, Jan. 23, 1988.
Sara Jane Moore, the woman who fired a gun at President Gerald Ford in 1975 and spent the next 32 years in prison, waits to hear the concert on the NBC "Today" television program after her interview on the show in New York Thursday, May 28, 2009.
John Hendricks of Discovery Communications at the annual Allen & Co. Media summit in Sun Valley, Idaho, Thursday, July 8, 2010.
Author Walter Dean Myers tours his old Harlem neighborhood in New York, Monday, Dec. 13, 2010.
Actors Lara Parker, left, David Selby, center, and Kathryn Leigh Scott from the original television show "Dark Shadows" arrive at the film's premiere of "Dark Shadows" in Los Angeles, Monday, May 7, 2012. "Dark Shadows" opens in theaters May 11, 2012.
Lt. Col. Ruby Bradley, an army nurse who was imprisoned in the Philippines by the Japanese for 37 months during World War II, receives a trophy as "U.S. Lady of the Year" from Philippine Ambassador Carlos Romulo on Jan. 13, 1958. Col. Bradley is chief nurse of the Third Army stationed at Ft. McPherson, Ga. She entered the army corps in 1934.
Blaze Starr arrives in New Orleans by plane from Miami to visit Louisiana Gov. Earl K. Long on Sept. 2, 1959.
The Rev. Leon Sullivan, pastor of the Zion Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa, reports to President Richard Nixon in the White House on March 25, 1969 in Washington. Sullivan has returned from a long tour, as a private citizen, of Africa.
Jonathan Frid, who plays Barnabas Collins, left, and David Selby, who plays Quentin Collins, in the Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows", April 16, 1969.
In this Dec. 16, 1975 file photo, Sara Jane Moore looks out the window of a U.S. marshal's car in San Francisco. Moore, the woman who fired a gun at President Gerald Ford in 1975, told the "Today" show Thursday, May 28, 2009, that she believed that the country would change only through a violent revolution.
President Jimmy Carter, right, looks at Secretary of State Cyrus Vance outside the Jerusalem King David's Hotel Tuesday, March 13, 1979, after a breakfast together with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
The Rev. Dr. Leon Sullivan, left, and Mayor Wilson Goode listen as musician Grover Washington Jr., performs during an ecumenical service commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. in Philadelphia on Monday, Jan. 20, 1986.
Rock pioneer Johnnie Johnson, 75, plays piano for patients on the rehabilitation floor at University Hospitals Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999 in Cleveland. Johnson is being recognized this week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum with three days of events including a concert Wednesday night.
William "Billy" Cox was born Oct. 18, 1941, in Wheeling and was one of two bassists to have played regularly with legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Cox was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Butch Miles was born on July 4, 1944, in Ironton, but spent his early years in Hinton, W.Va., and then Charleston. He has played with some of the biggest names in music, including Mel Torme, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett and Itzak Pearlman. He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Charles Ray McCoy was born in Oak Hill on March 28, 1941, and may be the most significant harmonica player in country music history as well as serving at the musical director for Hee Haw. He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Chris Sarandon Jr., actor known for movies such as "The Princess Bride," "Fright Night" and an Oscar nominee for "Dog Day Afternoon," was born July 24, 1942, in Beckley. He was married to Susan Tomalin, who later gained fame as the actress Susan Sarandon.
Bernie Coffindaffer (Jan. 27, 1925-Oct. 8, 1993) was born in Craigsville and is known for placing clusters of three crosses, 20 feet tall with two blue and the center cross yellow, along highways in West Virginia and much of the southeast in the 1980s and 1990s. At their peak, almost 1,900 of the cross clusters were found in West Virginia, other states, and abroad.
Phyllis (Smith) Curtin, operatic soprano who performed with the Metropolitian Opera, was born in Clarksburg on Dec. 3, 1921. She also performed for President Ford and in NBC television appearances. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1999 Governor's Awards for Culture, History and the Arts. She was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Cyrus Roberts Vance (March 27, 1917-Jan. 12, 2002), Secretary of State in President Carter's administration, was born in Clarksburg. He helped draft the law creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Frances Benjamin Johnston (Jan. 15, 1864-March 16, 1952) was born in Grafton and was the first female press photographer.
Gen. Frank Kendall "Pete" Everest Jr. (Aug. 10, 1920-Oct. 1, 2004) was a military aviator and a pioneer in U.S. rocket plane flying who earned the nickname "the fastest man alive." He test-piloted 122 different models and makes of aircraft and logged more than 10,000 hours in about 170 aircraft types.
Frankie Yankovic (July 28, 1915-Oct. 14, 1998), who did more to popularize polka music than any other performer, was born in Davis. He was the first polka artist to score a million-selling single, the first to perform on television, and the first to win a Grammy for Best Polka Album.
George Brett, the Hall of Fame third baseman for the Kansas City Royals, was born in Glen Dale, Marshall County, on May 15, 1953. Brett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.
Bassist Billy Cox performs with Byron Bordeaux after Cox was inducted into The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame at the Culture Center in Charleston on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
Legendary jazz drummer Butch Miles speaks after being inducted into The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame at the Culture Center in Charleston on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
This undated file photo shows Walter E. "Jack" Rollins, the writer of the lyrics to "Frosty the Snowman" written in 1950, with music by Steve Nelson. Rollins was born in 1906 in Keyser in Mineral County, W.V. He wrote more than 500 songs, an impressive number that was cited in his induction into the Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 15.
John Forbes Nash Jr., Nobel prize mathematician and subject of the book and movie "A Beautiful Mind," was born in Bluefield on June 13, 1928. He won the Nobel Prize for Economics for his work in the advancement of game theory.
John Knowles (Sept. 16, 1926-Nov. 29, 2001), who rose to fame with this first novel "A Separate Peace" in 1959, was born in Fairmont.
John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel, was born March 29, 1952, in Matewan.
Johnnie Johnson (July 8, 1924-April 13, 2005) was born in Fairmont. On New Year's Eve 1952 Johnson hired rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry. Johnson soon became Berry's piano player and collaborated with Berry on many hits. Berry's hit "Johnny B. Goode" was written as a tribute to Johnson. In 2000, Johnson was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in the sidemen category. He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
John S. Knight Sr. (Oct. 26, 1894-June 16, 1981), who was a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper publisher, was born in Bluefield. He built the Knight-Ridder Newspapers chain, which had 3.2 million readers at the time of his death and owned some of the nation's most powerful newspapers including the Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Detroit Free Press. He received the Pulitzer Prize on May 6, 1968, for his columns opposing American involvement in Vietnam.
Blanche Lazzell (Oct. 10, 1878-June 1, 1956) was one of the state's most notable artists and is recognized as one of America's leading abstract painters and print makers. Lazzell was born in Maidsville, Monongalia County.
The Rev. Leon Howard Sullivan (Oct. 16, 1922-April 24, 2001), an African-American preacher and social activist, was born in Charleston. He was the first African-American to serve on the board of General Motors. He also created the Sullivan Principles, which was among the most effective efforts to end the system of apartheid or racial separation. In November 1999, the United Nations adopted the "Global Sullivan Principles" as an international corporate code of conduct. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Sullivan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and received honorary degrees from more than 50 colleges and universities. In August 2000, the city of Charleston honored him by renaming a major thoroughfare Leon Sullivan Way.
Matthew Reese (Aug. 9, 1927-Dec. 1, 1998) was recognized as a pioneer in the field of political consulting. Reese was born in Huntington and graduated from Marshall University in 1950. He was part of John F. Kennedy's primary campaign in West Virginia. In 1961, Reese joined the Democratic National Committee as deputy chairman, and in 1964, he directed get-out-the-vote efforts for Lyndon Johnson. He knew every Democratic president from Harry Truman through Bill Clinton. Reese worked on more than 450 campaigns. In 1995, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Marshall. He was inducted into the Marshall Business Hall of Fame in 1997.
Michael Late Benedum (July 16, 1869-July 30, 1959) was born in Bridgeport and was a successful businessman in the oil and gas industries. His longest lasting impact though is the foundation he created named after his only child, who died in World War I of influenza. In 1944, Michael Benedum established the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, which remains a major philanthropic organization a half-century later. Today, the Pittsburgh-based charity continues his generosity and, honoring his wishes, directs much of its philanthropy to West Virginia.
Arnold Ray Miller (April 25, 1923-July 12, 1985) brought democratic reform to the United Mine Workers of America and helped found the Black Lung Association.
Walter Dean Myers, regarded as one of the most influential writers of juvenile fiction, was born Walter Milton Myers, Aug. 12, 1937, in Martinsburg. Myers has published more than 85 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, many dealing with the concerns of minority children. He has received numerous literary awards. Myers was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress.
Michael Joseph Owens (Jan. 1, 1859-Dec. 27, 1923) , one of America's foremost geniuses in the development of mechanical glass production, was born in Point Pleasant. His company was a pioneer in window glass.
Maceo Pinkard (June 27, 1897-July 21, 1962), one of the most successful songwriters of the 1920s Jazz Era, was born in Bluefield.
Red Sovine (July 17, 1918-April 4, 1980) gained country music fame for his recitations, especially those incorporating sentimental truck driver themes. He was born Woodrow Wilson Sovine in Charleston. He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Col. Ruby Bradley (Dec. 19, 1907-May 28, 2002), who was the most decorated female veteran in the United States, was born near Spencer. Bradley assisted in more than 230 major surgeries and delivered 13 American babies while a prisoner of war in Manila. Bradley was a combat nurse in the Korean War, where she served on the front lines in evacuation hospitals. She was the Eighth Army's chief nurse from 1950 to 1953. Her decoration record included 34 medals and citations of bravery, most notably two Legion of Merit medals, two Bronze Stars, and a U.N. Korean Service Medal with seven battle stars. She also received the Florence Nightingale Medal from the International Red Cross.
Blaze Starr, "Queen of the Strippers," was born as Fanny Belle Fleming, April 10, 1932, on a farm near Wilsondale in Wayne County. In 1959, while performing in New Orleans, she met colorful Louisiana Gov. Earl Long, the brother and successor of the populist Huey Long. Starr and Earl Long began an affair that, when it became public, horrified his friends and delighted his foes. In 1974, she wrote an autobiography with co-author Huey Perry of Huntington. In 1989 the book was filmed as "Blaze," a movie starring Paul Newman as Earl Long and Lolita Davidovich as Starr.
Thomas Dexter "T.D." Jakes is a preacher who was born in South Charleston June 9, 1957. He started his interest in ministry as a child, when he preached to imaginary congregations and carried a Bible to school. He began his ministry in West Virginia, but has expanded to a 30,000-member, nondenominational Potter's House church in Dallas, Texas. T. D. Jakes Ministries, the nonprofit company that sells Jakes videos and audiotapes, grossed $19 million in 2000. Jakes has written 22 books, including "Woman, Thou Art Loosed!," which has sold more than one million copies, and "Maximize the Moment," a New York Times business bestseller.
Theodore Crawford "Ted" Cassidy (July 31, 1932-Jan. 16, 1979) was an actor known best for his role as Lurch in "The Addams Family" television program. He was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Philippi.
Actors John Corbett, left, who is from West Virginia, poses for a picture with Bo Derek, center, and Kurt Russell attend the Breeders' Cup horse races at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In this publicity image released by Warner Bros., John Corbett, left, who is from West Virginia, and Sarah Jessica Parker are shown in a scene from, "Sex and the City." (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Craig Blankenhorn)
Mary Lou Retton, who is from West Virginia, reacts to applause after her performance at her Olympics gymnastic event on Aug. 3, 1984, in Los Angeles. She scored a total of 79.175 to take the gold medal in individual all around competition.
Bill Withers talks about steel drum pioneer Ellie Manette, a Trinidad native who lives in Morgantown who was given the Spirit Award at The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
Soupy Sales in this undated file photo.
Comedian Soupy Sales smiles during a ceremony honoring Sales Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Garner, a cast member in the upcoming film "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," is interviewed before the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2012, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Mark Webb/The Herald-Dispatch Actress Jennifer Garner reads with students during a visit to Ashton Elementary to kick-off the Save the Children program on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, in Ashton, W.Va.
Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., speaks Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, upon winning his ninth term in Charleston, W.Va. Byrd defeated John Raese.
Former Marshall and NBA star Hal Greer is recognized during the game against East Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington.
Cam Henderson and Hal Greer.
This picture of the internationally famous Marshall basketball coach, Cam Henderson, appears on the front cover of Sam Clagg's book, "The Cam Henderson Story."
Cross Lanes native Kathy Mattea
Country music star Kathy Mattea, one of the inductees into The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, performs at the induction ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
In this photo taken May 24, 2011, Jerry West smiles after being introduced as a new member of the Golden State Warriors basketball club's Executive Board, during a news conference in San Francisco. West says he has battled depression since childhood, when his father would beat the future Hall of Fame basketball player, causing him low self-esteem that has plagued him despite a successful career as one of the NBA's biggest influences. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Randy Moss (84) before the start of an NFL football game between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Former Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington, left, listens as former Marshall wide receiver Randy Moss speaks about the reunion of Marshall's 1996 Division I-AA National Championship team during a news conference on Thursday, April 20, 2006, in Huntington. Pennington is now quarterback for the New York Jets and Moss is a receiver for the Oakland Raiders. Randy Snyder/The Herald-Dispatch Former Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington, left, listens as former Marshall wide receiver Randy Moss speaks about the reunion of Marshall's 1996 Division I-AA National Championship team during a news conference on Thursday, April 20, 2006, in Huntington. Pennington is now quarterback for the New York Jets and Moss is a receiver for the Oakland Raiders.
Mark McVey performs during Fit Fest on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at Ritter Park in Huntington.
Beth McVey performs during the "Back to Broadway" dinner concert at Highlawn Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, in Huntington.
Eleven-year-old Jon Albertson of Lavalette gets a book signed by Homer Hickam during a book signing at Empire Books & News at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington Saturday, March 1, 2008.
Anna Jarvis is the founder of Mother's Day, believing that like her own mother, all mothers deserve to be recognized.
Michael W. Smith was the guest speaker at the 14th annual C-K Sports Weekend dinner on Friday, July 22, 2011, in Kenova.
Brad Paisley accepts the award for top male vocalist at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Jonathan Clark, of Hurricane, W.Va., reacts after just missing a birdie at the West Virginia Open golf tournament in this 2006 file photo. Clark claimed the low pro title in the 2010 Sam Snead Festival held May 24-26 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.
In 1926, Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. It later became what is now Black History Month.
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, 74, the first man to fly the speed of sound, sits in the woods near his Grass Valley, Calif., home Sept. 29, 1997. Flying in the X-1 rocket plane on Oct. 14, 1947, Yeager broke the sound barrier at a speed of over 700 mph.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Writer Carl Reiner, center, poses with actors Don Knotts, left, who is from West Virginia, and Peter Falk as they hold their statuettes at the Emmys Awards in Hollywood, Ca., May 22, 1962. Knotts was named outstanding performance in a supporting role by an actor in "The Andy Griffith Show"; Reiner won outstanding writing achievement in comedy for the "Dick Van Dyke Show"; and Falk was named outstanding single performance by an actor in a leading role in "The Dick Powell Show, The Price of Tomatoes." (AP Photo)
Comedian Don Knotts entertains a capacity crowd of about 1,400 people along with Tim Conway during one of two shows in November 2002 at the Keith- Albee Theatre. The show was a Marshall Artists Series production. File photo/The Herald-Dispatch
Peter Marshall, left, and Morgan Spurlock host The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
Peter Marshall is seen in this 1984 file photo.
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Dagmar and her dog Shakespeare arrive in Huntington for a family visit in 1957.
Hawkshaw Hawkins is a Huntington native and Grand Ole Opry star who was killed in a 1963 plane crash with Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas. He will be inducted into the 2009 class of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
Michael Cerveris arrives at the 66th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday June 10, 2012, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini /Invision/AP)
Marshall University theater graduate and New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson talks prior to doing a reading Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Marshall University's Booth Experimental Theatre.
NBA player O.J. Mayo of Huntington arrives to the A. D. Lewis Center Wednesday, September 23, 2009, to help the Feed the Children organization distribute 400 families with boxes of food and personal care items.
Huntington's O.J. Mayo readies a move to the basket on Jan. 21 against the Charlotte Bobcats. Mayo had 13 points that night in a 101-86 loss.
Former Kentucky basketball player Patrick Patterson arrives at the Barnstable Brown Derby party in Louisville, Ky., Friday, May 6, 2011. The 137th Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday, May 7. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Huntington's Patrick Patterson drops from the rim after an alley-oop dunk over Bridgeport's Thomas Izzo on Friday, March 16, 2007, during the WVSSAC Class AAA State semifinal at the Charleston Civic Center.
The National League's Brian McCann, a former Huntington Little League star, hits a three-run double during the seventh inning of the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Anaheim, Calif.
West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins directs his team against Duke during the first half of a men's NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball game Saturday, April 3, 2010, in Indianapolis.
The American Walker Cup team gather on the putting green of Minikahda Club before playing practice rounds, Aug. 27, 1957, in Minneapolis. From left to right: Arnold Blum, Charles Kocsis, Joe Campbell, Frank Taylor Jr., Billy Joe Patton, Mason Rudolph, Hillman Robbins Jr., Rex Baxter, Bill Hyndman and Bill Campbell. Team captain Charlie Coe squats front and center.
Cabell County native Katie Lee has completed her second cookbook, "The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions." The book will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 20, and Katie Lee will sign copies of the book at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Borders at the Huntington Mall.
New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni instructs his team during the Knicks' contest against the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 24, 2012. The Knicks won the game 111-78, but have struggled in the early stages of the 2011-12 season.
Former Marshall basketball player and current assistnat coach of the New York Knicks, Dan D'Antoni speaks to the media on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at the Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe in downtown Huntington.
Nick Saban, head coach of the University of Alabama, is a West Virginia native.
New York Knicks forward Bill Walker looks at the action during the Knicks' 111-78 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 24 at Time Warner Arena in Charlotte. Walker has enjoyed a resurgence to his career since joining the Knicks.
Brad Dourif, left, is accompanied by wife Claudia as he arrives for the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Dourif is nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his work on "Deadwood."
Huntington native Brad Dourif plays Grima Wormtongue in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," the middle chapter of a trilogy based on the books by author J.R.R. Tolkien.
Grima Wormtongue (played by Huntington native Brad Dourif) whispers poisonous advice to Theoden, King of Rohan (played by Bernard Hill) in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."
Actor Nick Nolte had a home in Charleston and was formerly married to two West Virginians, Sharyn Haddad and then Rebecca Linger. Rebecca’s father, Dr. Thomas Linger, was a consultant on several of Nolte’s films. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
In this Nov. 21, 1963, file photo released by CBS, Bob Denver plays the title role in the "Gilligan's Island" television comedy. Denver lived near Princeton in his later years. His wife, Dreama, is from West Virginia. (AP Photo/CBS, File)