Do you know what a ‘One Percenter’ is? Members of the Hell’s Angel’s Motorcycle Club wear a patch on the back of their jackets reading ‘1%-er’. Apparently, back in the 1960’s the media picked up on a statement by the American Motorcyclists Association that only about 1% of motorcyclists gave bikers a bad image. The media immediately decided that the 1% were the bikers who rode Harleys, had long hair, tattoos, etc. I don’t think members of the Hell’s Angels were particularly averse to the ‘bad boy’ image, so they proudly accepted the label and now wear the 1%-er patch.
You may not be a 1%-er, but are you a 7%-er? You’d be in good company. Here are a few members of the 7% club.
Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Pablo Picasso were 7%-ers. So is Ottawa artist, John Robert Bradley. When he was young, John Bradley was friends with another well-known 7%-er, James Cameron. The two were always neck and neck for recognition as the top artists at their Junior High School in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This is a picture of the two of them back in the 60s with one of their ‘assignments’. The image at the top of the post is one of John Bradley’s paintings.
James Cameron of Avatar fame isn’t the only 7%-er in the entertainment industry. In fact, there are far too many 7%-ers in the entertainment industry to list many of them here, but here’s a few.
There’s Charlie Chaplin, Robert DeNiro, Jim Carrey, Sylvester Stallone, Judy Garland, and Oprah. Oh yeah, and Matt Groening, who is not only a 7%-er but also made his creation, Bart Simpson, a member of the elite group.
7%-er msicians include composers like Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Serge Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel, Robert Schumann, and Stewart Copeland. Then there’s Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, David Foster, Bob Geldof, and Paul McCartney. Oh yeah, and Kurt Cobain.
There are plenty of inventors, scientists and thought leaders in the 7%-ers, like Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Marie Curie and Linus Pauling.
An impressive number of political figures are, or were, 7%-ers. There’s Prince William, Barack Obama, John McCain, Harry Truman, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan, as well as Charlmagne, Napoleon, Queen Victoria and Julius Caesar. Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Mahatma Gandhi, and Fidel Castro are also 7%-ers.
Lots of criminals are also 7%-ers, like William Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid, the Boston Strangler, Osama Bin Laden and John Dillinger.
Some famous literary names are also 7%-ers, including Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, and H.G. Wells. And me. Okay so I’m not a famous literary name, but I have written four books and I am a 7%-er.
Have you figured it out? What’s a 7%-er?
Here’s another hint: four out of the five original designers of the Mac computer are 7%-ers. So are one in four astronauts and about 20% of Mensa members.
So what’s your guess? What’s a 7%-er?
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