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Who was Lowell Thomas?
Lowell Thomas was an American journalist and broadcaster. He is probably best remembered today as the narrator of Twentieth Century Fox's Movietone newsreels from 1935 until 1952. However, during his lifetime, Lowell Thomas's fame came about as the man who made T.E. Lawrence into the legendary Lawrence of Arabia. Lowell Thomas was a war correspondent in 1918 when he traveled to Jerusalem to meet Lawrence who was a captain in the British Army. When he returned to the U.S., Thomas gave a series of lectures that included dramatic footage of Lawrence in Arabia. The lectures were such a success that he soon was touring the world making both himself and Lawrence household names.
Lowell Thomas has a number of notable U.S. historical kin that include Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, Declaration of Independence signer William Williams, Civil War General Joseph Hooker, Colt revolver inventor Samuel Colt, and aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright. He also has kinship to a few U.S. Presidents including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, Gerald Ford, and Grover Cleveland. Royal family connections include the late Princess Diana.
Fellow celebrities that can be found in Lowell Thomas's family tree include actress Lillian Gish, actor John Lithgow, Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton, actor Bill Paxton, actress Brooke Shields, actor Ben Affleck, actress Shirley Temple, actor Clint Eastwood, and the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and his brothers. Literary kin for Lowell Thomas include Clement Clarke Moore (Twas the Night Before Christmas), Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom's Cabin), Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason), and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
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