Which of These Missourians Are Hall Of Fame Worthy?

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4. Robert A. Heinlein

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Robert A. Heinlein spent his life plumbing the imagined futures he created in his mind. He was responsible for some the 20th century's greatest works of science fiction, including Stranger in a Strange Land. Another novel, Starship Troopers, was eventually adapted into one the greatest terrible movies of all time.

5. Virginia Minor

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A pioneer of women's rights, Virginia Minor's efforts to launch a suffrage movement in Missouri predated Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In fact, when Minor helped found the Woman Suffrage Association of Missouri 1867, it was the first organization in the world with the sole stated purpose of getting women into the voting booth. Minor even took her fight to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1874, only to lose. Sadly, she didn't live long enough to see the day when her goal was met.

6. Christopher "Kit" Bond

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Kit Bond left the U.S. Senate in 2011 after more than fourteen years in office, and boy, it looks like he got out just in time. The former Republican senator and two-term Missouri governor joined a law firm after leaving Congress, and that's a far, far better gig than being blamed for shutting down the government.

7. John William "Blind" Boone

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Life couldn't seem to throw enough at John William "Blind" Boone. Born the son of a former slave in 1864, he battled discrimination, poverty and blindness while becoming one of the most celebrated black musicians Missouri has ever produced, ranking up there with Scott Joplin and James Scott.

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