Marilyn vos Savant
Born: 11 August 1946, St. Louis, Missouri
Born Marilyn Mach, the daughter of immigrants; her father from Germany and her mother from Italy. She is a descendent of physicist Ernst Mach. At age ten her IQ was tested and the result was calculated as 228, although the calculation that led to that result was contrary to the rules of the Stanford-Binet test. She submitted articles to her local newspaper as a teenager under a pseudonym. She studied philosophy at Washington University at St Louis for two years but left to work in a family investment business, hoping to make enough money so she could pursue a career in writing. She moved to New York City in the 1980s, writing the Omni I.Q. Quiz Contest for Omni, then submitted her early IQ score to Guinness Book of Records, which listed her as the highest IQ from 1985 until 1989 when they discontinued the category. Parade magazine ran a feature about her, followed by her answers to several readers' questions. This led to the "Ask Marilyn" column which has run in Parade ever since. In 1987 she married Robert Jarvik, inventor of two artificial hearts, and she serves as Chief Financial Officer of Jarvik Heart, Inc. At some point she concluded that girls should take their mother's surnames and boys should take their father's, and that they should not change with marriage, thus her current name. She continues to write, having published four books, largely based on the "Ask Marilyn" column, and as a speaker she was named by Toastmasters as one of the "Five Outstanding Speakers of 1999".
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- A 45-year old looks a lot like a 25-year old who's been out all night. And feels just as good about having survived the experience. permalink
- A fool is someone whose pencil wears out before its eraser does. permalink
- A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night. permalink
- A good leader needs to stand behind his or her followers as often as he or she needs to stand in front of them. permalink
- Although spoken English doesn't obey the rules of written language, a person who doesn't know the rules thoroughly is at a great disadvantage. permalink
- An error becomes a mistake when we refuse to admit it. permalink
- At first, I only laughed at myself. Then I noticed that life itself is amusing. I've been in a generally good mood ever since. permalink
- Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as alternatives to being an interesting person. permalink
- Be able to analyze statistics, which can be used to support or undercut almost any argument. permalink
- Be able to cite three good qualities of every relative or acquaintance that you dislike. permalink
- Be able to defend your arguments in a rational way. Otherwise, all you have is an opinion. permalink
- Be able to meet any deadline, even if your work is done less well than it would be if you had all the time you would have preferred. permalink
- Be able to notice all the confusion between fact and opinion that appears in the news. permalink
- Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. permalink
- Everybody loves an accent. If you've been unlucky in love, consider pulling up stakes and moving to another country. Then you'll be the one with a neat foreign accent. permalink
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