TIME TWINS

THE GENTLE REBELS

October 2

MAHATMA GANDHI

Born Oct. 2, 1869, at Porbandar, India. He was a rebel, first and foremost, whose goal was to free India of British rule. But the method of this sweet and saintly man was passive resistance. His face was familiar for his mustache, spectacles, and dark raised brows. His name, "Gandhi" meant grocer. He gave up any thoughts of wealth for a life of poverty. Although he married at 13 and had children, he took a vow of sexual abstinence at age 37. He wove homespun clothes, having given up formal British attire of his early days for the flowing native garb. But his methods were often theatrical. He became a mythical figure and acquired many followers and imitators.

GROUCHO MARX

Born Oct. 2, 1890, in New York, N.Y. Effrontery was his chief stock in trade. He developed the insult into an art form. Actually, he was said to be thoughtful, shy and kind-hearted behind his brash exterior. He was known for his painted-on mustache, raised brows and eyeglasses. At 14, he quit school and went to work in a grocery store while getting started. His lifelong fear was poverty. Although he married and had children, he sought to maintain the image of himself as a leering satyr. He was addicted to informal wear and hated to put on a tie. A top comedian most of his life, he became a mythical Hollywood figure and acquired many followers and imitators.


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