Have you ever dreamed of a life of fame and fortune after graduating with your prestigious Trinity degree? Or have you wondered if this school really does have the great connections it purports? In the spirit of alumni weekend, here is a list of some of the Trinity graduates who have achieved amazing things. From the fields of arts and entertainment to athletics or business, Trinity alumni have made history. Here are a few impressive individuals:
1) Sardar Biglari
(B.S. Business Administration, ’99)
Biglari is the 34-year-old chairman and CEO of Biglari Holdings, a company that Forbes has said has “Berkshire Hathaway-like potential,” with a market value of approximately $500 million. Formerly the Steak n’ Shake Company, Biglari has turned the fast food chain around. The Steak n’ Shake Company and the Western Sizzlin’ Corporation are now subsidiaries of Biglari Holdings.
2) Davey Johnson
(B.S. Mathematics, ’64)
Johnson is the manager of the Major League Baseball team, the Washington Nationals and has an impressive history, both as a player and manager. He was the starting second baseman for the Baltimore Orioles when they won four American League pennants and two World Series championships.
3) Uma Pemmaraju
(B.A. Political Science, ’80)
Pemmaraju anchors America’s News Headquarters on the Fox News Channel cable network from Washington, D.C. In 1996 and 1997 she was named “Boston’s Best Anchor” by Boston Magazine and has received numerous Emmy awards for her work, among many other honors.
4) Bob West
(B.A. Art, ’78)
Never heard his name? I bet you’ve heard his voice. West was the voice of Barney, the big purple dinosaur on the PBS hit children’s show from 1988 to 2001.
5) Christopher “Kit” Goldsbury
(B.A. Political Science ’66)
Goldsbury is an entrepreneur who has worked his way up in the business world, and onto the Forbes 400 list, through the salsa industry. He is now the CEO for his private equity firm, Silver Ventures. In 2007, he donated $35 million to the Culinary Institute of America, recruiting them to open a cooking school at the former Pearl Brewery, which Silver Ventures purchased in 2001. He also donated $20 million to create a scholarship fund, and, last year, he opened Pearl Park.
6) Jerheme Urban
(B.A. English and History, ’03)
Urban was the NFL wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks (2003″“2006), Dallas Cowboys (2006″“2007), Arizona Cardinals (2007″“2009) and Kansas City Chiefs (2010-2011). He is currently a free agent. Urban is the first athlete in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s history to win the SCAC Athlete of the Year award four times.
7) Pedro Herrera III
(B.S. Business Administration Marketing, “˜01)
Better known by his stage name “Chingo Bling,” Herrera is a rapper and record producer in Houston, TX. His 2004 record, The Tamale Kingpin, reached number 25 on the U.S. Heatseekers Album Chart. In 2006, he drew the attention of several major record labels and eventually signed a distribution contract with Asylum Records.
8) Chuck McKinley
(B.S. Mathematics, ’64)
McKinley was an extraordinary tennis player. He was the men’s Wimbledon Singles Champion in 1963 and was the No. 1 ranked men’s singles player in the world. He also won three doubles titles at the U.S. National Championship in the 1960s. In 1986, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
9) “Gibby” Haynes (B.S. Business Administration, “˜81) and Paul Leary (B.A. Art, “˜80)
While at Trinity, Haynes (with dog), lead singer, and Leary (plaid shirt), guitarist, created the rock band “Butthole Surfers.” Upon the release of their 1996 album “Electriclarryland,” the band’s single “Pepper” hit number one on Billboard’s “Modern Rock Tracks” chart that year.
10) Jaclyn Smith
(B.A. Speech and Drama, ’65)
After Trinity, Smith (top right) moved to New York City and got her start in the entertainment industry. Smith is best known for her lead role as Kelly Garrett in the “Charlie’s Angels” television series (1976-81), alongside fellow angels Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. More recently, she had a cameo in the 2003 film, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” and she has had guest roles on the popular crime dramas, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Sara Marchionda is an intern for the Trinitonian.