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FAMOUS DUOS (continued): • Meriwether Lewis was 29 years old and cocommander William Clark was 33 when they were commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803 to explore the Louisiana Purchase all the way to the Pacific coast. Lewis and Clark were both Virginia-born veterans of Ohio Valley Indian wars. Their expedition included more than 40 other men and their Shoshone guide Sacagawea as they wound their way up the Missouri River. Over a period of two years and four months, the group traveled over 8,000 miles, using a 55-foot-long keelboat and two smaller boats, all the while making maps and studying the rocks, soil, plants and wildlife they encountered. After the expedition, Jefferson appointed Lewis Governor of the Louisiana Territory. At age 35, on a journey to deliver his journals to a Washington, D.C., publisher, Lewis died from multiple gunshot wounds, generally accepted as a suicide, although some believe he was the victim of an assassin. Clark served as Governor of the Missouri Territory and finally as Superintendent of Indian Affairs. • Barbie and Ken were the creations of Ruth Handler, wife of the Mattel toy company cofounder. Ruth named the couple after her own children, introducing Barbie in 1959 and Ken in 1961. Barbie (full name Barbie Roberts) has had more than 125 careers, including architect, astronaut, doctor and racecar driver. Ken Carson, who has had at least 40 occupations, first appeared with a molded plastic haircut with felt hair. In 2004, Mattel announced a breakup of our favorite couple, implying Ken’s reluctance to get married, but rekindled the romance in 2006 in conjunction with a makeover for Ken. Barbara Handler Segal is now a 70-year-old Los Angeles mother of two. Her brother Ken passed away at age 50 in 1994 of a brain tumor.

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FAMOUS DUOS (continued): • Most baby boomers will recall learning from the popular “Dick and Jane” readers during their primary school years — about 60 million children in all used the books. The brother and sister pair first appeared in 1930, and by the 1950s, about 80 percent of first-graders were reading the series. Written by William Gray and Zerna Sharp, the books also featured sister Sally, Spot the dog and Puff the cat. If you happen to have a first edition of one of the books, it’s worth as much as $200. • Daryl Hall and John Oates met in 1967 while attending Philadelphia’s Temple University. It wasn’t until seven years later that they achieved their first hit “She’s Gone.” Their first of six Billboard No. 1 songs came along in 1977, “Rich Girl,” followed up with “Kiss on My List.” The pair has racked up 34 singles on the Hot 100 charts and seven platinum albums, with sales of more than 60 million records.

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