Clive Cussler, the American adventure novelist and marine archaeologist, was born 15th July 1931 in Aurora, Illinois, and grew up in Alhambra, California. After attending Pasadena City College, Clive enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean war, working as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer for the Military Air Transport Service (MATS). Upon leaving Clive worked as a copywriter and a creative director for two advertising agencies. It was not until 1965 that Clive began to write; his first novel was not published until 1973, but it marked the beginning of his most famous character’s journey- the marine engineer, government agent and adventurer, Dirk Pitt.
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Penelope Smith, television presenter and personality, newsreader and writer, was born 21st September 1958 in Eastwood. In her early years, Penny attended Uppingham Primary School in Uppingham and the Rutland High School for Girls in Oakham. After beginning her career as a reporter and feature writer on the Peterborough Evening Telegraph, Penny then left to backpack through Central and South America and South East Asia, where she reported and presented on a current affairs programme for Radio Television Hong Kong.
Charles Murray Higson, English author, actor, and comedian, was born 3rd July 1958. He attended Sevenoaks School, and later went on to the University of East Anglia, where he formed a band called The Higsons (alongside David Cummings and Terry Edwards), of which he was lead singer for 6 years. After a brief stint as a decorator, Charlie went into partnership with Paul Whitehouse and also began to write for Harry Enfield.
Emma Kennedy, English actress, writer and television presenter, was born 28th May 1967 in Corby, Northamptonshire. Emma attended Hitchin Girls’ School, and then went on to Edmund Hall at the University of Oxford, where she met and worked in a comedy group called the Seven Raymonds with Richard Herring and Stewart Lee at the Oxford Revue. Despite these early years of performance, after she graduated, Emma trained as a solicitor, which she practised until 1995.