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Day 121: Happy Birthday, Chuck Williams (Oct 2nd)


Image Courtesy: Sonoma Magazine

October 2 is an important day in the world history. It is the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. There are many others like my favorite, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Annie Leibovitz, and Chuck Williams. Well, these are only a few from the many others on this list. Mahatma Gandhi or Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is one of the most influential person and his messages have always inspired millions around the world.  Therefore, from this, I would like to take Chuck Williams as the others are usually popular.

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Chuck Williams is the founder of the popular retail store Williams-Sonoma. He was born on 2nd October 1915 and yeah, he turned 100 years this year. With an interest in cooking from an early age and travel, he decided to start a new company that catered to a niche market during the mid 1950's. When he started this store he purchased an existing store and later changed the stock to fit the niche market. For those who do not know about this retailer, they are an upscale, gourmet home furnishing and cookware store in the US. It is my favorite shopping place (both A and I). They own Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn kids, Mark and Graham and others. When I was reading about this store, after I visited one, I stumbled upon some interview with Chuck Williams that was done almost a decade ago. I do not remember the source but I do remember how he did (at 90 or so) work for a few hours even at that age, visit his friends, his stores, and of course, read. Inspirational right?

I'm glad I'm a fellow libran and these great, hardworking, and brilliant people inspire me and make me feel more hopeful (Source: Wikipedia, Business Insider, 2015).

So, happy birthday #100thbirthday Sir Chuck Williams. 
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