Famous Mensans

As this list suggests, Mensa is a remarkably diverse organization. While some Mensans noted here are well known, many others lead interesting lives out of the public eye

Scott Adams:
Delightfully acerbic creator of the cartoon strip, Dilbert, which is syndicated to more than 1,550 newspapers in 35 countries worldwide. He is also the best-selling author of The Dilbert Principle, Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook, and The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century. His popular characters are featured on greeting cards, mini-books, mugs, bookmarks, cubicle welcome mats, picture frames, and comic strip magnets. You can email him: scottadams@aol.com

Marilyn Vos Savant:
Listed in the Guinness Hall of Fame for having the world’s highest recorded I.Q. (228). She is married to Robert Jarvik, inventor of the Jarvik 7 artificial heart. She also writes Ask Marilyn, a weekly column that appears nationally in Parade magazine.

Geena Davis:
Academy-award winning actress who has starred in The Long Kiss Goodnight, A League of Their Own, Thelma & Louise (costarring Susan Sarandon) and Hero. She received an Academy Award nomination for The Accidental Tourist.

Richard Bolles:
Author of the world’s top-selling job-hunting book, What Color is Your Parachute? Revised annually, the book has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for 228 weeks. In 1995, the Library of Congress Center for the Book chose the book as one of the “25 Books That Have Shaped Readers’ Lives.” He graduated from Harvard University cum laud with a physics degree and is an ordained Episcopal priest.

Jean Auel:
Best-selling author of Clan of the Cave Bear, Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, and Plains of Passage. A former technical writer, she turned her attention to fiction, buttressed by much historical and anthropological research, touring areas she was to write about and teaching herself to make stone-age tools.

Alan Rachins:
Played Douglas Brachman in TV hit, L.A. Law. He left the Wharton School of Finance against his father’s wishes to pursue an acting career. During the 1960s he was in Oh Calcutta, a controversial play where cast members appeared nude on stage.

Judge Ellen Morphonios:
Nicknamed ‘Maximum Morphonios’ for her strict rulings in Florida. The former model and beauty queen (Coconut Harvest Maiden and Miss Southern Florida) and local radio personality once said she “enjoyed being a sex symbol.” As a young mother and legal secretary, she passed a Florida exam that allowed her to enter law school without an undergraduate degree.

Patricia Prattis Jennings:
She was the first African American woman to be awarded a full contract by a major American symphony orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, in 1966, where she was the orchestra’s Principal Keyboardist, playing the piano, harpsichord, organ and celesta, until her retirement in 2006. During the Pittsburgh Symphony’s 1987 international tour, Jennings gained critical acclaim playing the Gershwin Concerto in F as the featured soloist at the Hong Kong, Osaka, and Edinburgh festivals.

Mell Lazarus:
Draws syndicated newspaper comic strips Momma and Miss Peach. President of national Cartoonist Society, he has also published two novels and is now writing his third.

Adrian Cronauer:
Radio personality and subject for the movie Good Morning Vietnam. Started his radio career at 12 in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, where he hosted a children’s amateur hour. He worked as a DJ at various radio stations and in Saigon during the Vietnam War. He is also a lawyer. Cronauer was originally attracted to Mensa because of the work they do for gifted children.

Gloria La Roche:
Was the fourth woman airline captain in the United States in big airplanes. That was in a Convair 580 in 1982. She retired in May 2006 as a wide-body international airline captain for United Airlines. Product of a dysfunctional home, she used intelligence and perseverance to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a pilot. She says it was extremely difficult for a woman like herself to break into the male dominated world of commercial aviation.

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