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Against the Odds is an early show profiling inspirational stories of people throughout history. It was hosted by Bill Bixby. (TV show also on the American History channel, present day, not related to this). It ran from 1982 to 1984 and was described as "a series of little tragedies" by Sam Laybourne, son of future Nickelodeon president Geraldine Laybourne.


Profiles

Against the Odds profiled several notable historical figures including:

  • Albert Einstein
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Bessie Smith
  • Louis Pasteur
  • Margaret Mead
  • Elizabeth Blackwell
  • Dorothea Lange
  • Malcolm X
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Walt Whitman
  • Joan of Arc
  • George Washington Carver
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Pancho Villa
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Charles Darwin
  • Al Capone
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Harry Houdini
  • Golda Meir
  • Helen Keller
  • D.W. Griffith
  • Samuel Adams
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Charles Lindbergh
  • Thomas Edison
  • Henry Ford
  • Vladimir Lenin
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Rudolph Valentino
  • John Glenn
  • Babe Didrickson
  • Robert Oppenheimer
  • Pelé
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mao Tse-tung
  • Winston Churchill
  • Clara Barton
  • Woody Guthrie
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Sarah Bernhardt
  • P.T. Barnum
  • Gotenks
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