Encyclopedia of World Biography. Diderot- Forbes by Paula K. Byers, Suzanne Michele Bourgoin

By Paula K. Byers, Suzanne Michele Bourgoin

Offers short biographical sketches which supply very important statistics in addition to details at the value of the individual indexed.

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In 1946 Divine married his second wife, a 21-year-old white disciple named Edna Rose Ritchings—a move that required all of his rhetorical skill to explain as the act of a celibate divinity. Ritchings nevertheless went on to become de facto head of the Mission, known first by her cult name of ‘‘Sweet Angel’’ and later simply as Mother Divine. Father Divine lived until 1965, little seen and not active in the few remaining Mission projects. However, he did remain a powerful symbol of hope for racial unity and a role model for later generations of people of color.

His first success came with the creation of Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie. ’’ Disney’s wife, Lillian, suggested that Mickey sounded better and Disney agreed. Living frugally, he reinvested profits to make better pictures. His insistence on technical perfection and his unsurpassed gifts as story editor quickly pushed his firm ahead. The invention of such cartoon characters as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Minnie, and Goofy combined with the daring and innovative use of music, sound, and folk material (as in The Three Little Pigs) made the Disney shorts of the 1930s a phenomenon of worldwide success.

Theodosius Dobzhansky, 1900-1975,’’ in Journal of Heredity (1977). Two important historical essays appear in the reprinted edition of Dobzhansky’s ‘‘The Genetics of Natural Populations’’ Series: Richard Lewontin, ‘‘Introduction: the scientific work of Th. Dobzhansky,’’ and William B. Provine, ‘‘Origins of the ‘Genetics of Natural Population’ series,’’ in R. C. Lewontin, John A. Moore, William B. Provine, and Bruce Wallace (editors), Dobzhansky’s Genetics of Natural Populations I-XLIII (1981).

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