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Alexander Hamilton

Author of The Federalist Papers  

Alexander Hamilton's image contrasts strongly with Thomas Jefferson's, and I believe finding a balance between their differences enabled them to envision and create a powerful government dedicated to preserving the freedoms of the individual citizens.

As a lawyer determined to see the new nation he'd fought for succeed, Hamilton looked at other governments throughout history and sought to build a strong central government. Ultimately he was able to work with the other Founding Fathers to build a resilient government that nations throughout the world would come to emulate.

The ability of the United States to withstand tyranical politicians and crises such as the Civil War is largely due to the conscientious work of Alexander Hamilton and the other Founding Fathers.

 – Tom Hartung, December, 2018.
Author of The Federalist Papers  

This image o f the personality of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's Founding Fathers, shows he is pragmatic and extremely logical.

In 1777 Hamilton became an aide to the Contenental Army's General George Washington, and he wrote over half of the Federalist Papers in the late 1780s. Hamilton served as the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, from 1789–1795, and in 1791 he played central role in forming the First Bank of the United States.

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully

Opposites Make a Powerful Team  

Along with the main characters of Star Trek, Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were among the first profiles and images I developed back in the 1980s. Learning and seeing how these opposite personalities look proved — to me, anyway — my idea was a good one!

Of course, I didn't need to talk to very many people to figure out the world at the time was not quite ready for this idea. Fortunately, though, things have changed quite a bit since then!

 – Tom W. Hartung, December, 2018.
Opposites Make a Powerful Team  

The deep image of Mulder's personality shows he is open to new ideas — and can sometimes be surprisingly passionate about them.

In contrast, the solid, no-nonsense portrait of Scully's steadfast personality shows she is decisive, down-to-earth, and prefers reason to passion.

Thomas Jefferson

Author of the Declaration of Independence  

Thomas Jefferson's image contrasts strongly with Alexander Hamilton's, and I believe finding a balance between their differences enabled them to envision and create a powerful government dedicated to preserving the freedoms of the individual citizens.

As a plantation owner with a variety of interests, Jefferson was determined to build a democratic nation based on the ideals of freedom and individual responsibility. Ultimately he was able to work with the other Founding Fathers and build a resilient government that nations throughout the world would come to emulate.

The ability of the United States to withstand tyranical politicians and crises such as the Civil War is largely due to the conscientious work of Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers.

 – Tom H., who grew up in Virginia, December, 2018.
Author of the Declaration of Independence  

This image of the personality of Thomas Jefferson, one of America's Founding Fathers, shows he is logical and extremely idealistic.

In 1775 Jefferson wrote America's Declaration of Independence, and his Statute for Religious Freedom was put into law in Virginia in 1786. Jefferson served as the third president of the US, from 1801–1809, and in 1825 the Marquis de Lafayette toasted him as the father of the University of Virginia.

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Team Fawlty

The Team at Fawlty Towers  

Monty Python's John Cleese is the creator, writer and star of Fawlty Towers. In 2000 the British Film Institute placed the show in first place, at the very top on its list of Top 100 TV Shows.

The entire series consists of just two seasons of six episodes each — for a total of twelve 30-40 minute episodes — making it easy for even the busiest people to watch!

 – Tom W. Hartung, November, 2018.


These images of the personalities of the main characters on the show Fawlty Towers are all colorful, showing they are all fairly versatile, likeable, and relatable. Despite their colorful, superficial similarities, these portraits show each character has their own unique strengths and weaknesses.

With these strengths and weaknesses, the four form a diverse team. Their versatility and diversity combine to enable them to take care of all of the duties required to run the small, quaint hotel near England's southern coast.

Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy

The Head and the Heart of the U.S.S. Enterprise  

The profiles and images of the three main characters in the Original Star Trek series — Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Captain Kirk — were among the first I did back in the 1980s, so it makes sense they should be among the first posted on this site.

In addition to showing the contrast between Spock's coolness and McCoy's warmth, the images show McCoy is both more outgoing and open-minded than Spock. These qualities help make McCoy seem much more human than Spock, who in contrast can be calculating, a bit aloof, and quite stubborn.

 – Tom W. Hartung, November, 2018.
The Head and the Heart of the U.S.S. Enterprise  

These images of the personalities of Science Officer Mr. Spock and Chief Medical Officer Dr. McCoy from the Original Star Trek series clearly show how their differing temperaments cause them to frequently be in conflict with one another.

Spock's overwhelmingly Green image shows he is consistently very cool, logical, and decisive. It stands in stark contrast to the warm, open image of the amiable, sympathetic, and emotional McCoy.

James T. Kirk

Captain of Star Trek's Enterprise  

The profiles and images of the three main characters in the Original Star Trek series — Kirk, Spock, and McCoy — were among the first I did back in the 1980s, so it makes sense they should be among the first posted on this site.

It is interesting to see how Captain Kirk's image is similar to Mr. Spock's, while showing how Kirk's personality is much less extreme. Kirk's image shows how his being decisive yet well-rounded helps him be a more sympathetic and human leader than the cold and extremely logical Spock.

 – Tom W. Hartung, November, 2018.
Captain of Star Trek's Enterprise  

This image of James T. Kirk, Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise in the Original Star Trek series, shows he is decisive and can remain cool under pressure.

These are good traits for a leader to have — certainty and the ability to keep emotions at bay when things get difficult are qualities that inspire followers.

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