William N. Thompson is professor emeritus of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He earned a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1972. Before arriving at UNLV in 1980, Thompson taught at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan from 1971 to 1980. He also taught abroad at Troy State University's European campuses from 1986 to 1987. His research explores administrative behavior, political economy, public regulation of gaming, and ethics.
David Browning Thomson was born on October 5, 1927, in Irving, Kansas. David married Patricia Ann on December 27, 1953, and they have three children: Debra Ann Beeson, Barbara Kay Emery, and David Browning Thomson II.
Thomson obtained a bachelor of science degree in physics, a master of science degree in physics, and a doctor of philosophy degree in physics from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas.
Alice Costandina “Dina” Titus was born in 1950 to Betty and Joe Titus in Georgia. She received her undergraduate education at the College of William and Mary, her Master’s from the University of Georgia, and her doctorate from Florida State University. She taught political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, researching nuclear power and atomic culture. She married Tom Wright, a history professor at UNLV, in 1979. Voters elected her to first public office in 1988, the Nevada State Senate.
Mary Etta Griffith Toleno (1927-1997) was the daughter of Fred Griffith, a Lovelock, Nevada physician, and his wife Violet. Toleno helped establish the Nevada Girls State service organization in 1947 and served as a regent for the Nevada State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, representing the Old Spanish Trail Chapter.
American film star and the first actor to win two consecutive Academy Awards for best actor, Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was born in Milwaukee, Wisonsin on April 5, 1900 to Caroline Brown and John Edward Tracy. Tracy joined the United States Navy in 1918. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Ripon Colle as a premed student. While attending Ripon, Tracy auditioned for and eared a part in a play, and quickly discovered his true calling, acting. He moved to New York, New York in 1922 in order to enroll at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.