The Way Home
Vol. 2, Iss.10

Special Section

Recipe of the Week:
Four-Bean Soup

ND Tip of the Week
Introduction to

Famous/Successful Homeschoolers:
September 19, 2007

The Latest Homeschooling News:
September 19, 2007

Famous Homeschoolers

Famous Homeschoolers for
September 19, 2007

William Lear

Inventor & Businessman

William (Bill) Lear was an American inventor and businessman.  He is most famous for manufacturing business jets.  He also developed the 8-track cartridge which was a popular audio system in the 1960s and 1970s.  In his early life he and a partner, Elmer Wavering, invented the first car radio.  The sold their patent to the Galvin Corporation which later became Motorola.  He next invented a line of panel-mounted radios for aviation.  His “LearAvian” radios were very popular as they not only broadcasted out but they had a radio direction finder.  His Lear jets were and still are very popular among the elite.  His last invention before passing away in 1974 was a revolutionary airplane called the Lear Fan.  It was made of lightweight composite materials instead of the standard aluminum.  It was a “pusher” design in which two aircraft engines powered a single spinning propeller blade that faced the rear of the aircraft. 

Tamara McKinney

Alpine Ski Racer

Tamara McKinney was one of the US Ski Team’s finest.  Tamara grew up in Squaw Valley, California and was the youngest of seven children.  She won four medals in the World Championships, a bronze medal in the combined (1985 and 1987) and the slalom in 1989.  She also won gold in the combined in Vail in 1989.  In 1984 McKinney won the slalom title.  She is regarded as one of the top female alpine ski racers in US History.  Tamara retired from her sport with 18 victories and 45 podium appearances.  She was inducted in the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.