Which famous British and American people do you admire?
What made/makes them famous?
is also proud of its famous people. And I’d like to tell you about one
of its famous writers A. Conan Doyle. He invented Sherlock Holmes, one
of the most famous characters and detectives. Arthur Conan Doyle was
born in Scotland. He was a doctor. In 1882 he moved to England to set up
a practice. One of the doctors he worked for, was the model for Dr.
Watson. Conan Doyle’s medical knowledge was a great help in his
detective stories. He started the fashion of the detective stories.
Nowadays I don’t know a person who doesn’t like detective stories. We
know a lot about Sherlock Holmes. We even know his address – 221 "B”
Baker Street in London. If you go to London, you won’t find 221 "B”
Baker Street. But instead, you can go to a pub called "The Sherlock
Holmes” in Northumberland Street (near Trafalgar Square). In that pub
there is a room like his room at 221 "B” Baker Street, as described in
Conan Doyle’s stories. There is also the stuffed head of a hound. It is
said to be the original "hound of the Baskervilles”. A lot of tourists
visit this pub. When Conan Doyle began to get tired of writing detective
stories, he "killed” Holmes in one of his stories. But the public
didn’t like it. Conan Doyle had to write another story in which Holmes
came back. So we can say that Conan Doyle was a famous British writer.
He became popular because of his love for people.
I also admire
American famous people. I’d like to tell you about Walt Disney, the
pioneer of animated cartoons. He is famous for creating such cartoon
characters as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy and others. He was
born in 1901 in Chicago. His father was a carpenter, farmer and
building contractor. So the family changed homes several times. In 1917
Walt entered a Higher School in Chicago, where he took photographs, made
drawings for the school paper and studied cartooning, for he wanted to
get a job as a newspaper cartoonist. After World War 1, in which he
participated as a truck driver for the American Red Cross in France and
Germany, he returned to Kansas City. There he met Ub Iverk who turned
into his partner for life. They started a small studio of their own and
began making short animated advertising films. In 1927 Mickey Mouse
appeared. Disney himself provided the voice for Mickey. Then the other
cartoons appeared. Gradually, the Disney studio turned into a big
enterprise and began to produce a variety of cartoons for children. And
it was he, who initiated plans for a huge amusement park, which is known
as Disneyland. A lot of grown-ups and children visit this park and
remember the person who founded it, Walt Disney. And, of course, they
remember Walt Disney because of his remarkable cartoons.
1. What famous people in the United Kingdom do you know?
2. How are famous people honoured in the UK?
3. What famous people in the USA do you know?
4. How are they honoured in the USA?
5. Is it important to have outstanding people in countries and why?