Heddy Lamar–The Bombshell Beauty with an Inventor’s Mind

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Heddy Lamar--The Bombshell Beauty with an Inventor's Mind

In THE TIME EATER, Foster Raymond’s neighbour and fellow fossil hunter, Ashanti, is a fiery Swahili inventor. The inspiration for this strong, brilliant girl was—surprisingly—1930’s MGM movie star, Heddy Lamar. Beautiful, brainy, successful—Heddy was a take-no-prisoners woman in a time when that was rare.

She was a awarded a patent in 1942 for a super-secret communications system that made today’s cellphones and WIFI possible, as well as inventing tons of unusual products in a variety of fields.

And she wasn’t the only celebrity inventor—check out this article for some surprising revelations.

http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/shortcuts/2011/dec/04/hedy-lamarr-wifi

The World’s Greatest Explorer—Lord Ranulph Fiennes

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The World’s Greatest Explorer—Lord Ranulph Fiennes

He’s a real guy—recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest explorer ever. And, he’s the inspiration for the character of Steve in THE TIME EATER (a Foster Raymond: Fossil Hunter Novel).

Among his incredible achievements, Fiennes has trekked both poles, climbed Everest, discovered lost cities…and run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

Check out this TIME Magazine interview with the great wanderer:
http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1900969,00.html?imw=Y