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DON KNOTTS

Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American comedic actor, best known as Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, a 1960s sitcom for which he earned five Emmy awards. He also played Luther Heggs in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and Henry Limpet in The Incredible Mr. Limpet, in which he plays a talking fish for the majority of the film. He also portrayed Ralph Furley on Three's Company.ragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Knotts

STEVE HARVEY

Broderick Stephen "Steve" Harvey (born January 17, 1957) is an American comedian, television host, producerradio personality, actor and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, the Steve talk show, Family FeudLittle Big Shots and its spinoff Little Big Shots: Forever Young, and Steve Harvey's Funderdome.

Harvey is the author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which was published in March 2009, and the book Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man. He previously hosted Showtime at the Apollo, starred in The Steve Harvey Show, and was featured in The Original Kings of Comedy. He is a five-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, and a 14-time NAACP Image Awardwinner in various categories.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Harvey

CHUCK YEAGER

Yeager graduated from the previously known Hamlin High School in 1941. Today, a statue of Chuck Yeager stands in front of his old school, which was renamed to Hamlin PK-8, and is now a junior high for students in the community.  Before graduation, in 1939 and 1940, “Yeager attended the Citizens Military Training Camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana.” He then went on to join the United States Army Air Forces in September following graduation. He worked as a mechanic on airplanes originally, but enrolled in a flying sergeant program that lead him to WWII; he was promoted to Flight Officer in March of 1943. In all, he flew 64 combat missions during WWII. He was shot down and escaped capture, returning to fly 56 more missions to receive the promotion of lieutenant captain. In 1969, after commanding in Vietnam, Yeager was promoted to Brigadier General. In 1975, he retired from the Air Force. 

It was in a program called Muroc Army Air Field in which Yeager began testing high-speed flights; this eventually lead to his iconic flight on Oct. 14th, 1947 when he broke the sound barrier.  However, this is not the only iconic flight to be made by Yeager. As if specially performed for the people of his home state, Yeager added to his legacy on Oct. 10th 1948, when he decided to fly under the Southside Bridge of Charleston while visiting family in the area.  Quoting Yeager from an article in the Charleston Gazette:

 

 “I looked up and saw the bridge and within a second I knew I had clearance."

 

This bridge, however, is not to be confused with the one carrying his namesake, although Yeager was known for flying under many bridges during his heyday.

 

On the day of his legendary bridge flight, he was said to be flying a P-80 Shooting Star jet, whose speed mesmerized the crowds of people attending a river regatta. Yeager would have found himself in some serious trouble were the U.S. Air Force to catch wind of his shenanigans; however, the flight was “never officially reported and has since become a beloved part of the city’s folklore.”

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Yeager