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Mid Atlantic Nostalgia conv Hunt Valley M.D. Sept 2019. Credit: John Mathew Smith & www.celebrity-photos.com from Laurel Maryland, USA (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)

Mid Atlantic Nostalgia conv Hunt Valley M.D. Sept 2019. Credit: John Mathew Smith & www.celebrity-photos.com from Laurel Maryland, USA ( ...(more)

After their parents' divorce, five-year-old Tatum O'Neal and her younger brother Griffin were often left at home alone by their negligent mother, actress Joanna Moore. "I once used her lighter to torch our plaid couch," Tatum once recalled. "It made a huge, thrilling blaze that the fire department had to extinguish, and I learned a useful lesson—to pin the blame on Griffin. He retaliated by setting my hair on fire..."
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Lance Armstrong and Astana general manager Johan Bruyneel in press conference for the 2009 Tour Down Under in Adelaide South Australia. www.tourdownunder.com.au/2009/ The press conference started out with talk of doping and testing, I felt bad for Lance and Johan that those were the first questions. Although both seemed relaxed and without expectations, they claimed that Armstrong was in better shape for this time of year than in a normal year due to a longer preparation for the season, this time starting in July rather than the usual December. He said that he still had some weight to lose and as a result he estimated that his current time-trial form would be better than climbing. The impression was that he had no great expectations for the Tour Down Under but stated that if opportunities arose that he would take them. Credit: Paul Coster (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)

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Even as a child, Lance Armstrong was bent upon testing the boundaries. "When I was a boy I invented a game called fireball," he recalled in his autobiography. Fireball? Yes... The game "entailed soaking a tennis ball in kerosene, lighting it on fire, and playing catch with it." ["I have loved him every minute of his life," his mother once declared, "but, God, there were times when it was a struggle."]
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"I was expelled from the Girl Scouts for creativity," Aurora Cotsbeck once recalled. "They had another word for it: pyromania."
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Original press photo of Steve Allen. Credit: UPI or AP (Public domain)
Original press photo of Steve Allen. Credit: UPI or AP (Public domain)
"Stephen was a live wire," the architect Stephen Valentine's mother once recalled, "constantly going and doing." Take, for axample, an incident which occurred when Valentine was three years old: "I had hold of this cigarette lighter with a big silver top that belonged to my parents," he recalled, "and I was just playing with it as an object, then lighting it to see the flame, then touching it to paper and putting it out with my fingers. Then I touched it experimentally to the nylon drape and it went up like gasoline. My mother was upstairs asleep, and the phone rang, and a neighbor said, 'Your son's running naked up the street, and there's smoke coming from your house!'"
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Anthony Bourdain at the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards. Credit: Peabody Awards (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)
Anthony Bourdain at the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards. Credit: Peabody Awards (CC BY 2.0)
The mad celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was once asked about a certain scene in his book Kitchen Confidential. "Before you start a shift, you run brandy all over the kitchen surfaces and set light to it to the music from Apocalypse Now. What was that about?" "Hey," Bourdain casually replied, "it was the '70s."
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Kevin Spacey on the set of House of Cards during Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's visit in 2013. Credit: Maryland GovPics (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)

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Growing up in California, Kevin Spacey was a difficult child. Years later, he was asked why, at the age of 14, his parents had shipped him off to military academy following a domestic fracas. "I won't tell you exactly what the incident was that made my parents send me to military school," Spacey replied. "Let's just say it involved my sister's tree-house and some matches." [Spacey lasted only a few months before being expelled for throwing a tire at a classmate's head—shortly after winning a Leadership Award. "I didn't like the mentality of military school," he recalled. "I didn't like its violence, and I responded to being hit in the only way I knew how, which was to hit back, ...