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National Distillers Honored for Ingenious American Program

Six ingenious Americans — black men who helped change the world — are saluted in the latest advertisement created for National Distillers' Old Taylor Bourbon.

The men are Matthew Henson, assistant to Admiral Peary and first man to stand on the North Pole; Dr. Charles Drew, pioneer of the blood bank idea; Robert Rillieux, inventor of an improved sugar refining process; Lewis Howard Latimer, electrical engineer and inventor; Dr. Dan Williams, noted surgeon who performd the world's first heart operation in 1893; and Benjamin Banneker, prominent surveyor, mathematician and astronomer. Each, in his own way, made a lasting contribution to mankind, points out the Old Taylor ad which will appear in Ebony Magazine.

Busts of each of the Ingenious Americans are being made available through a coupon in the advertisement. The busts, of antique bronze cast stone, 8" tall, are available at cost — $5.00 each.


Old Taylor Presents:
6 Ingenious Americans.

These black men helped change the world!

If you've been following the Ingenious American series over the last few years, you may have noticed that nearly all the persons featured were poor and came up the hard way — with definite goals in mind.

Most of them had to leave school to support themselves and others had to work their way through school.

Yet each, in his own way, made a lasting contribution to mankind.

If you would like one of these busts they are available for just $5 each (that's just what they cost us.) The busts are 8" tall, made of antique bronze cast stone, and bear a complete history of the subject. All you have to do is fill out the coupon below.

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Matthew Henson, who became a cabin boy at 13, met Admiral Peary by chance. Peary hired him as a personal servant on an expedition to Nicaragua and, on later expeditions, tutored him in navigation. Eventually, Henson joined Peary as an assistant on his now famous Arctic expeditions. On the final trip, when Peary lay exhausted and crippled with frostbite, it was Henson who pushed on and became the first man to locate and stand on the North Pole.

Dr. Charles Drew introduced the idea of a blood bank and put the idea to work with the Bristol Blood Transfusion Association in England. In 1941, Drew was appointed Director of the first American Red Cross Blood Bank. The Bank supplied plasma to the American Forces during World War II. Today, when someone needs blood, the hospital makes a call to the local blood bank. Within minutes the proper type is there. Dr. Drew made it possible to save lives by storing blood.


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National Distillers Products Company has appointed John R. Booth as a sales representative in the Detroit area.

A former "Man of the Year" in the Wolverine branch of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Booth also achieved membership in the insurance firm's Millionaire Salesman Club, although he is now only 26 years of age.

A native of Detroit, he attended high school and Central State College there. He subsequently served in a restaurant management capacity and qualified through studies as a Life Underwriter. [[/caption]]

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Frank Lloyd Smith (center, foreground,) a 1976 Silver Medal winner at National Distillers Products Company, has been promoted to the position of national manager-urban markets for the firm. He is shown here with Gerald Kirshbaum (left,) vice president and director of marketing, to whom he will report directly, and James H. McInerney (fifiht), vice president and assistant general manager.

National Distillers markets Old Grand-Dad, Old Taylor and Old Crow Bourbons, Windsor Supreme Canadian, Gilbey's Gin, Gilbey's Vodka and Vat 69 Scotch, among many other fine brands.

In his new capacity, Mr. Smith will travel throughout the nation assisting in the development of programs and promotional activities in major urban centers.

A member of the National Distillers sales seam since January, 1960, Mr. Smith joined the company as a Los Angeles sales rpresentative after having served seven years on the national sales staff of a leading brewing company. Earlier he had been a social worker for the City of Los Angeles for two years and a New York City sales representative for a leading soft-drink company for one year Prior to that, he spent four years as an employee relations counslor with the Veterans Administration. Mr. Smith is a member of the American Legion, Urban League, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the Bridgemasters, a group of Los Angeles bridge players.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Smith was educated at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with the Class of 1938. He took his Master of Arts in English in 1940 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. By 1942 he had completed all credits toward his Doctor of Philosophy degree in English at the University of Southern California. Married to the former Caroline Clark of Charleston, West Virginia, Mr. Smith is the father of six children, ranging in age from 27 to 6.

An active bridge player and enthusiastic golfer, Mr. Smith also reads widely in the field of English literature. He makes his home at 1038 South Sierra Bonia Avenue, Los Angeles, Calif.
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