Things Other People Accomplished
When They Were Your Age #

At age 23:

John Singleton directed his first film, "Boyz 'N the Hood."

T. S. Eliot wrote "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."

John Keats wrote "Ode on a Grecian Urn," which ends with the lines, "'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' - that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. "

English poet Jane Taylor wrote "Twinkle, twinkle, little star."

Margaret Mead traveled to the South Seas as part of a "giant rescue operation" to study primative cultures before they perished.

Russian-American pianist Vladimir Horowitz made a spectacular concert debut when, impatient with the conductor's slow pace, he ran away from the conductor's tempo and finished Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 several bars ahead of time.

Novelist, playwright, and short-story writer Carson McCullers wrote her acclaimed first book, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

Truman Capote published his first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms.

Orson Welles produced and performed his "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, terrifying millions of people. He also got his face on the cover of Time Magazine.

Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the Masters.

Francois-Louis Cailler manufactured the world's first eating chocolate to be commercially produced.

By age 23 Marieanne McKeown survived cancer, raised £5,000 for Sri Lankan orphans and spent five weeks taking care of them in Sri Lanka.

Louise Prochilo moved out of her mother's house for the first time.

Jamaican-born Barrington Irving became the youngest person to fly around the world solo. He had constructed the plane from over $300,000 in donated parts.

George Nospam sold his first magazine article for publication. It was about 'Roadside Urine Bombs' (which his editor chose from a list of 30 possible topics he suggested).