Jesse Owens & Luz Long


Jesse Owens won gold in the long jump at the 1936 Summer Olympics. In second was Luz Long, a German athlete who in the photograph is doing the Nazi salute.

After their competition, Luz was the first to congratulate Jesse. “They posed together for photos and walked arm-in-arm to the dressing room. Owens said, ‘It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler… You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn’t be a plating on the twenty-four karat friendship that I felt for Luz Long at that moment.'”

The two stayed friends. In his last letter to Jesse, Luz asked Jesse to be in touch with his son, Kai, and to tell him about ‘what times were like when we were not separated by war. I am saying—tell him how things can be between men on this earth’. After the war, Owens travelled to Germany to meet Kai Long…and he later served as Kai Long’s best man at his wedding.'”

Luz was killed in action during WWII.


Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe


“In the ’50s black musicians were often limited to small nightclubs. The Mocambo wouldn’t book Ella Fitzgerald until Marilyn Monroe said she would take a front table every night Ella played.”

In the words of Ella, “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt … she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild.

“The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”


Anne Frank


Anne Frank loved to write. She dreamt of being a journalist one day.

But when she was a precocious teen of 13, with a soft smile and gentle eyes, her family went into hiding to avoid being sent to a concentration camp during the Holocaust.

She wrote during this time. Writing brought her joy. In her words, “When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived!”

Eventually she and her family were arrested and sent to a concentration camp, where Anne would perish.

And while she never became a journalist, her words have lived long beyond her years and have influenced many around the world.