Famous Capricorn Sun Sign People
Capricorn Sun Sign Traits
Capricorn is a cardinal Earth sign, and these are serious, organized people who are highly motivated and are often found in leadership positions. Capricorns are ambitious, that is why they are symbolized by a goat who is standing at the top of the mountain, where he cannot go any higher. They are not people who accomplish one thing, these are the heavy hitters of the zodiac. Capricorns are family oriented, and although they do not publicly show it, they are very emotional and have very deep feelings. They crave security, and are happiest when life goes smoothly. But when it does not, a Capricorn is just the person to put everything back in order again! They make loyal friends and project a "fatherly" kind of vibe, even the women do.
Syd Barrett, Founder of Pink Floyd
“Syd” Barrett, or rather Roger Keith Barrett—1/6/1946—7/7/2006—was the beloved founder of the British band Pink Floyd in the 1960’s. Syd was the lead vocalist, songwriter and guitarist during the band’s psychedelic years, but supposedly took so many drugs it left him mentally ill and hospitalized for a time. However, his true Capricorn leadership nature came out as he got the band together and played so many leading roles in bringing the band to fame. It is unknown whether Barrett took all the drugs willingly, and stories have circulated that roommates spiked his morning tea with LSD. He left the music scene altogether after the band had only released several albums, most notably The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. His lyrics are genius, and later he released several solo albums, although some of the best songs were suppressed, perhaps out of jealousy from other band members. Many younger fans do not even know Barrett was the founder of the group, though his sound was very innovative for the time. Syd used a lot of distortion and feedback, and sang as if he was British, not trying to hide it. Syd named the band by taking parts of names of two blues singers, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, and Syd had two cats he also named Pink and Floyd.
Syd Barrett with Pink Floyd
Some History on Roger "Syd" Keith Barrett
Syd was born into an artistic family, who encouraged him in art and music. Many of his songs are very playful and seemingly about childhood subjects. When “Arnold Layne” was released, at first record companies would not play it, as “Arnold had a strange hobby,” taking ladies underwear from washing lines to wear it himself. Syd’s wicked sense of humor comes through, as Capricorns do have a dry sense of humor when it is least expected. Many of his songs have a sort of dreamlike quality, which the rest of the band tried to duplicate on Dark Side of the Moon, though Syd had left that life by then. Roger Waters and Syd Barrett were childhood friends, and Nick Mason and Richard Wright came along later to join the band. David Gilmore played with Pink Floyd on occasion. As the band was becoming famous, Syd’s behavior became increasingly erratic. Theories about his mental and emotional states depend on where one gets their information. Some say in retrospect Syd may have been autistic, that he was bi-polar or schizophrenic, or may have had Asperser’s Syndrome. Not so much was known back then about these conditions. David Gilmore thought that Syd had such a gentle personality, he simply could not stand the pressure of fame. Barrett later recorded several solo items, which included a lighthearted “Bob Dylan Blues” and “Opel,” a beautiful song this writer will attempt to find on You tube so it can be heard. It should have been included on other solo efforts released, so apparently somebody thought it was a little “too good.” Although Pink Floyd continued on for years, Syd was the band’s most creative member, and although popular, the band was never quite as good after he left. The band wrote “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” and “Wish You Were Here” as tributes to their founder.
Syd's Life After Pink Floyd
When Syd left the music business, he walked from London to Cambridge, and lived a quiet life. He continued to collect royalties on his work until his death in 2006, and left a considerable amount of money to his two brothers and two sisters after his passing. He cut off all his hair and gained a lot of weight when he left the band, and did go to hear them, but seemed detached, even when they sang the songs they wrote for him. Barrett played many guitars, but favored his Fender Telecaster. Many artists say they were influenced by Barrett’s work, and Johnny Depp has expressed an interest in playing Syd’s part in a biographical film of his life. Capricorn people are careful about form and function, something necessary to a painter and artist. So we will never know if Syd—who wanted to be called Roger when engaged with anyone except the band—really had such a terrible mental illness, or if he just craved the life of painting, gardening and solitude he ended up living. He did auction off paintings for different charity causes while alive, but that was his extent of getting involved with the public, and his sister Rosemary Breen was always his spokesperson. He had very close relationships with her and his other siblings. She claimed Roger (Syd) never had any treatment or medication in the years he lived near or with her, “he simply was a bit self absorbed and people were disappointed when they could not get what they wanted from him.” This writer hopes that is the case, and maybe Roger had the last laugh, enjoying his painting, reading and gardening, gifts to charity, and solitude. Shine on, gentle Syd, in whatever plane you now inhabit!
Opel by Syd Barrett
Foreign News Correspondent
Christiane Amanpour--CNN News Correspondent
Christiane Amanpour—1/12/58—is the Chief International News Correspondent for CNN and host of CNN’s International nightly news program Amanpour. She is a talented interviewer, gets all the details in her tough questioning, and is very intelligent, so is interesting to watch. She has been in war zones and gone on camera from behind a jeep which is being shot at, wearing no makeup, but never seems rattled a bit. She is so self possessed and disciplined, just as Capricorns are, that she makes a big impression. Christiane also reports about global affairs as an anchor on ABC news. She was born in London, but was raised in Tehran, to an Iranian Father and a British Mother. Christiane went to elementary school in Iran, but her parents sent her to boarding school when she was twelve years old. Perhaps that is why she stands out as being so much more competent and responsible for what she reports, she was raised to be very independent. She and her family returned to England after the Islamic Revolution began, although she stresses the fact that they were not forced to flee the country, they were actually moving back to England when Iraq invaded Iran. Christiane received her BA in journalism at the University of Rhode Island, and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
She began on CNN in an entry level position in their Foreign Affairs Department, but her first big break was the assignment of covering the Iran/Iraq war. She was then transferred in 1986 to Eastern Europe, to report on the fall of Communism. She was then sent to Germany to report on the Democratic changes taking place there, and shot up to being a Correspondent at CNN’s New York office. Her reports of the Persian Gulf War brought her huge amounts of coverage, as she was able to take the news to a higher level, having lived in the region. She gained a reputation for being fearless when she had to parachute into conflict areas!
Christiane Amanpour, Unflappable Interviewer
From 1992—2010, Amanpour has reported on large crisis situations in her unflappable style. Christiane has secured interviews from world leaders in the Middle East that others may not have been able to do. She interviewed Iranian Presidents Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as Presidents of Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria and others. She was the first International Correspondent to cover Presidents Jacque Chirac, Pakistani President Musharraf, and Prime Minister Tony Blair after 9/11. Later, Christiane was asked to conduct four to five International news reports each year as a Special Correspondent for 60 minutes. She received Peabody Awards for them.
She was criticized for her reporting on Bosnia, reporting that “the people in Sarajevo are starving, while the Serbs are living in plenty.” Some thought she was passing on misinformation. Amanpour responds, “Some accused me of being Pro-Muslim in Bosnia, and I realized our job is to give all sides an equal hearing, but in cases of genocide, you just cannot be neutral. No, there is no equality there, and I had to tell the truth.” Too bad other journalists do not share her high Capricorn standards!
In 2010 she left CNN to ABC to anchor a show This Week. She was excited to have the former job of David Brinkley, but was sad to leave CNN. Her show got low ratings, and about a year later, Christiane made a unique decision, she went back to CNN to host an International program in 2012, but continued on at ABC as the Global Affairs director. Amanpour is on the Board of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Center for Public Integrity, and the International Women’s Media Foundation. She is married to James Rubin, former Asst. Secretary of State in the Clinton Administration, and now an informal advisor to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. They have a son Darius John, born in 2000, and they live in NYC. This writer thinks her motivation and promotions are great examples of Capricorn leadership.
Elvis Presley, The King
Elvis Aaron Presley—1/8/1935—8/16/1977—is the Icon known simply as “Elvis,” or “The King.” Elvis was one of the most popular singers of the 20th century. He was born in Tupelo, MS, until his family moved to Memphis TN. Elvis was actually an identical twin, but his brother was stillborn, 35 minutes before him. Elvis grew up as an only child, and was very close to his Mother, Gladys, throughout his life. He never had any formal music training, he did everything by ear, but he loved gospel music and frequented places where people sang the Blues. By the time he graduated High School, Elvis knew his future was with music. He changed his hairstyle and began to dress in a more flashy way to get attention.
Presley tried out singing at a few record companies and had some demos, but people kept telling him he did not have what it took. He knew he had talent and did not give up. Finally, he jammed with two guitarists at Sun Records, with Elvis singing the blues and the others joining in. When the next day a Memphis DJ played the songs, the phone constantly rang with requests, although most people thought Elvis was black. He played his first live gig the next month, but he was nervous, so he was shaky, yet grooving to the music, and people started calling him “Elvis the Pelvis” which as a dignified Capricorn, he despised.
Elvis Voted Most Promising Male Artist
Elvis came to the attention of Colonel Tom Parker around 1955, who became his manager, and often gave him bad advice, convincing him to make a lot of films which were flops. It seems in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s that many young singers were taken advantage of by “managers” who did not have the talent’s best interests at heart. But Elvis was 20 when he was voted the most promising Male Artist. He struck a deal with RCA for $40,000.00 a year, unheard of at the time. Elvis was drafted into the army, but still managed to cut records. His Mother passed on at the age of 46, devastating him. When he was stationed in Germany, he began to take amphetamines, to have energy for training and weight control. Elvis also met 14 yr. old Priscilla Beaulieu, who he married seven years later. During the period when Elvis was inducted into the army to his discharge, he had 10 Top 40 hits.
Presley returned to the U.S. in 1960, and immediately got back into the studio. He did well in the first half of the 1960’s, but wasn’t getting the same commercial success in the later half. Rock and roll was getting more experimental and psychedelic, and the music world was changing fast. Colonel Parker’s advice and the bad films hurt Presley’s career. He and Priscilla had their only child, Lisa Marie, in 1968, when Elvis was deeply discouraged about his career. But he did a “comeback” concert in 1968, dressed in tight black leather, playing and singing in the old, uninhibited style people loved. Now Elvis controlled what he sang and how he sang it, and he came away from the concert feeling “it was the best work of his life.”
Elvis Presley Hound Dog
Elvis--The Man Who Changed Music
Elvis caught on to the pop songs and knew country, so he had another string of hits. He played in Las Vegas for extended periods, and this is when people began to call him “The King.” Elvis was very much against doing drugs at first, but later, he drank a lot, took prescription drugs, and had partied heavily with the Beatles, as documented in many of their biographies. Elvis kept touring, and he and his wife both became estranged and had affairs. But in 1974, he was taking so many drugs, he could barely function. Although he was not a big stage presence anymore, many of his albums, especially the country and gospel ones, were bringing in great sums of money.
By 1977, Elvis was totally changed from his former self. Perhaps time off would had helped, or he could have sought help from another source. But he wanted to keep his commitments, a Capricorn trait. He was out of control with the drugs and drinking. On August 16, 1977, Elvis was pronounced dead, in his home at Graceland. Thousands visited his service, and still visit every year on that sad anniversary. Since his death, there have been several “sightings” of Elvis, and there are conspiracy theorists who claim he faked his own death to regain his privacy. This has resulted in the phrase, “Elvis has left the building.”
It was Elvis who invented Rockabilly, but he could sing beautiful ballads that brought people to tears, gospel, and rock and roll. His Christmas album is still one of the best selling of all time. Music experts call Elvis’s vocal range both a baritone and a tenor, as he had an extraordinary vocal and emotional range. Elvis also always respected the black singers he loved so much, and disregarded the racial norms of his time. Elvis transformed popular music and did much to broaden its scope. He was a catalyst for rock and roll, bringing together the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues. His name, voice and image are recognized all over the world, as he came into the public eye during the beginnings of mass communication. Conductor Leonard Bernstein called Elvis Presley the “greatest cultural force of the 20th century, as he changed everything, music, language and clothes.” Bob Dylan has compared hearing music from Elvis to “busting out of jail.” Elvis Presley will always remain an Icon in many people’s hearts, but apparently playing that role takes a very large toll on a person. After all this time has passed, we still can’t help falling in love with Elvis.
Michele Obama, First Lady of the United States
Michelle Obama—Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama—1/17/1964—is the wife of the 44th American President Barack Obama, and the first African American First Lady in the U.S. Her lineage from her Father, Fraser Robinson III, and her Mother, Marian Shields, can be traced to the pre Civil War African Americans in the American South. She is descended from the Gullah Island people from the Low Country in SC. Michelle grew up in Chicago’s South Side area, in what she describes as a “traditional” home, where Mom stayed home to care for the family and Dad went to work. She always did well in school, and was the salutatorian of her graduation class. She was a classmate of Jesse Jackson’s daughter Santita. Michelle later attended Princeton University, and wrote a thesis, “Princeton Educated Blacks and the Black Community.” She was shocked to see students driving BMW’s, she did not even know anyone with a BMW. She got involved with the Third World Center (now the Carl A.Fields Center) an academic and cultural group who supported minority students. Michelle also tutored and ran the Day Care Center while at college. She majored in Sociology and minored in African Studies, and graduated cum laude in 1985. She got her Juris Dr. degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. She demonstrated because not many professors of color were getting hired at the time. Michelle is the third First Lady to have a postgraduate degree, besides Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush, and Michelle, Hillary, and Laura Bush are the only three First Ladies in history who actually had jobs before their husbands became president. In 7/2008, she accepted an invitation to be an honorary member of the 100 year old black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Michelle Obama's Career and Interests
Michelle met Barack Obama when they were of the few African Americans at their law firm, Sidley Austin, and she mentored him in the summer. They had a business lunch and he impressed her at a Community Organization Meeting. They married in 1992, and had two daughters, Malia in 1998, and Sasha (Natasha) in 2001. When Barack was elected to the Senate they continued to live on Chicago’s South Side, and she remained there with her girls while he travelled back and forth. During the President’s 2008 campaign, she vowed to campaign only 2 days a week to have time for her daughters. Michelle had problems deciding on a career move, since she and Barack barely had any time for each other during the campaign, and the stresses were hard. While Michelle worked at Sidley Austin, she worked on marketing and intellectual property. Although she has a law license, she has left it on a voluntary inactive status for now. Prior to being involved in her husband’s campaign, she worked as an assistant to the Mayor of Chicago, Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development, and in 1993 she became the Executive Director for the Chicago Office of Public Allies, an organization based on young people and encouraging them to work in non-profit organizations and government agencies. She worked there for 4 years and nobody has yet met her fundraising abilities. Michelle was also the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, and began working for the University of Chicago’s hospitals, as executive director of community affairs, then as the Vice President for Community and External Affairs. She kept the University of Hospital’s position during the 2008 campaign, but had to cut back to help with her husband’s campaign and spend time with her daughters as he was away so much.
Trendsetting First Lady Obama
Michelle had reservations about Barack running for President, as it would mean such a big change for them as a family. Apparently the couple made a deal that he would quit smoking if she would support his campaign! She has gotten over it and has campaigned for him, now for his second term, but she makes sure she has “off” periods so she can be sure to spend time with their daughters, and the President seems to try hard to spend time with his girls too. Michelle has become more popular as she relaxed more into the role, and made a speech about how proud she was to live in a country like America, where anything is possible. She has become a fashion trendsetter, often wearing sleeveless clothes to show off the results of her time in the gym! She has taken on the role of fighting childhood obesity, something important in America at this time, and supports exercise for children, in her program “Let’s Move!” She has worked hard with Vice Presidential wife Dr. Jill Biden to support military families, and maintains an organic vegetable garden and bee hives for honey on the White House property, the only First Lady to have a vegetable garden since Eleanor Roosevelt. As people get to know her hard working and no nonsense personality, Michelle has become much more popular, and for more than her fashion sense! The Department of Defense supports her obesity program, as they are having problems finding more recruits that are not overweight. She seems to be a remarkable woman.
Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King, Jr. –1/15/1929—4/4/1968—was a prominent, activist, Baptist minister, who became a leader in the American Civil Rights movement, at a time when black people had to sit in the back of buses, could not sit at lunch counters, and had to use separate facilities for the lavatory. He used the method of non-violent civil disobedience, and took it to new levels. King had a BA in Sociology from Morehouse College, and got his Divinity degree at Crozer Theological Seminary in PA in 1951. He married Coretta Scott in 1953 in the yard of her parent’s house, and they went on to have four children together. King became pastor of his own congregation at the age of 25, in Montgomery, AL. He received his Doctorate in Philosophy in 1955.
A Civil Rights Leader and theologian named Howard Thurman was an early influence on King, and a friend of his Father. Thurman had travelled to India and met Gandhi, and with the help of a Quaker group King was able to visit Gandhi’s birthplace, which had a profound effect on him and his understanding of non violent disobedience. He came to see this as the most powerful weapon for oppressed people in their struggle for freedom, justice and human dignity. In his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech, MLK called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. He became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, awarded to him for leading non violent resistance to racial prejudice in the U.S.
King Fights With Civil Disobedience
Rosa Parks was arrested when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, one of the Jim Crow laws (the system of Southern segregation). The Montgomery Bus Boycott, lead by King, soon followed, and lasted 385 days, the situation so intense that King’s house was bombed. MLK was arrested during this campaign, but the court ruling of Browder VS Gayle ended racial segregation on all Montgomery Public buses. MLK, Ralph Abernathy and other leaders formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, or SCLC, to organize the power of black churches to conduct non violent protests in the name of Civil Rights. Capricorn people are always the best organizers. King believed that organized protests would call attention to the unfairness of the Jim Crow laws, and organized and led many marches so that Blacks could have the right to vote, labor rights, be desegregated, and have other basic Civil Rights.
The SCLC began a campaign against segregation and economic injustice in Birmingham, AL in 1963. This time there were sit-ins as well as marches. King intended to provoke mass arrests to make such a crisis situation that people would be forced to act in negotiations. But the early volunteers did not shut down the whole city, and too many children and young adults got involved. The Birmingham Police Dept. overreacted, and used high power water jets and dogs against the protestors, many who were only children. Plus as the confusion mounted, not all the protestors remained peaceful. King and the SCLC were blamed, and King was arrested and jailed for his 13th time out of 29. However, the police chief lost his job, and “Jim Crow” signs came down, allowing Blacks into more places.
MLK was working on voting rights for Blacks in Selma, AL in 1964. A student nonviolent coordinating committee had been working on this project for months. A judge barred any meeting of more than 3 people in one place, and the march was halted until King defied this act at Brown Chapel in 1965. MLK planned a very large march on Washington DC in 1963, and although President Kennedy was sympathetic to King’s causes, he was worried this would cause a negative impact on the drive for passage of Civil Rights legislation. The march was originally planned to bring attention to the desperate conditions of Blacks in the Southern U.S., and to dramatize the fact that the Federal Government was not guaranteeing the safety of Civil Rights workers and Blacks. MLK toned it down, but demands were still raised to end racial segregation in schools, have meaningful Civil Rights legislation, a law prohibiting racial discrimination in the workplace, and protection of the Black people from police brutality. More than 250,000 people peacefully attended and milled by the Lincoln Memorial, the largest gathering of protestors in D.C. ever at that time. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was electrifying, and is still considered one of the finest speeches in American history.
MLK, Spokesperson for the Oppressed
At the end of March 1968, King went to Memphis, TN to support sanitation and public works employees who were on strike in an attempt for better working conditions. King was booked in the Lorraine Hotel, Room 306. He addressed a rally on April 3rd and gave his “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” speech, but rumors of bomb and death threats followed King and Ralph Abernathy, who accompanied MLK on this trip. They often stayed at this hotel in the same Suite when they had business in this area. According to Jesse Jackson, who was also present at the time, King was standing on the balcony discussing a musician who was to appear at an event he was attending that night. But a shot rang out at 6:01 P.M. on 4/4/68, struck MLK, and he was rushed to the hospital, but pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital about an hour later. King’s autopsy revealed that although only 39 yrs. old, the man had the heart of a man twice his age, perhaps caused by all the stress of the Civil Rights Movement.
The assassination caused riots all over the U.S. in major cities with Black populations. By then Robert F. Kennedy was running for President, (JFK had been assassinated in 11/63) and gave a speech calling for non violence, in honor of MLK’s methods of peaceful protest. President Lyndon Johnson declared April 7th a National Day of Mourning for the dead Civil Rights Leader, and Coretta Scott King asked that MLK’s last sermon from the Ebenezer Black Church be played at the funeral. In the sermon, King asked to be remembered as someone “who tried to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, be right on the Vietnam War issue, and love and serve humanity.” This was a very modest request in light of all Martin Luther King Jr. did do. His killer, James Earl Ray, was captured at Heathrow Airport in London, trying to leave and get to Rhodesia on a false passport. He confessed to the assassination in 1969, although there were some conspiracy theories.
President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a National Holiday to honor MLK, and it was first observed on 1/20/86. Later, in 1992, President George H.W. Bush changed the date to the 3rd Monday in January, closer to King’s birthday. It took until the year 2000 for all 50 states to honor this holiday. A Memorial to Martin Luther King has been constructed at the Tidal Basin at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The official address of the monument is 1964 Independence Avenue S.W., commemorating the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.
© 2012 Jean Bakula
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