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Saturday, February 2, 2013


I am left-handed. Years ago I looked up the word sinister, from the French sinistre or LEFT-HANDED! That's right, the definition of left-handed comes from the French for evil. That did not do much to make me feel good.

In public schools, left-handers all had to deal with modern desks created for right-handed students. And we were taught to bat rightie, golf rightie and play tennis rightie. Wasn't being leftie ever going to be good? 

I am in good company because lots of famous people are left-handed. Here are a few:

Left handed presidents
Left-Handed U.S. Presidents
James A. Garfield  20th
Herbert Hoover   31st
Harry S. Truman   33rd
Gerald Ford  38th
Ronald Reagan  40th
George H.W. Bush  41st
Bill Clinton  42nd
Barack Obama  44th 
Left Handed Characters from my books
Callie Richards, Now and Forever series
  Captain Danny Maine, Now and Forever 2
                     Chaz Duncan, If I Loved You
                     Mindy Winslow - Under the Midnight Moon.  

 Left handed Authors
James Baldwin, novelist
Bet Bowen, horror novelist
Peter Benchley, novelist
Lewis Carroll
Richard Condon, novelist
Jean Genet
Marshall McLuhan
Diane Paul
Helen Hooven Santmyer, novelist
Viktoria Stefanov
Samuel C. Warner (?), poet
H.G. Wells
Jessamyn West
Eudora Welty

Left-Handed Actors
Dan Aykroyd
Tim Allen
Matthew Broderick
Bruce Boxleitner
Carol Burnett
Keith Carradine
Charlie Chaplin
George Gobel, comedian
Chuck Conners
Tom Cruise
Quinn Cummings
Matt Dillon Robert DeNiro
Fran Drescher, comedian
Richard Dreyfuss
Peter Fonda
Greta Garbo
Whoopie Goldberg

Betty Grable
Cary Grant
Peter Graves
Mark Hamill
Rex Harrison
Goldie Hawn
Kermit the Frog
Rock Hudson
Angelina Jolie
Diane Keaton Nicole Kidman
Lisa Kudrow
Howie Mandel, comedian Marilyn Monroe Sarah Jessica Parker
Anthony Perkins
Ron Perlman
Luke Perry
Robert Redford
Keanu Reeves
Don Rickles, comedian
Julia Roberts
Mickey Rourke
Jerry Seinfeld, comedian

Slyvester Stallone ? Emma Thompson
Rip Torn
Wil Wheaton
Bruce Willis
Oprah Winfrey


1 comment:

Flossie Benton Rogers said...

I'm not left handed, but I think I almost was. Thanks for the interesting lists of "sinister" people!