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Gonzales, Rodolfo “Corky” (18 June 1928–12 Apr. 2005), boxer, activist, and poet, was born in Denver, Colorado, to Federico and Indalesia Gonzales, the youngest of eight children. Gonzales’s nickname came from his uncle, who would chide the young Rodolfo for “always popping off like a cork” every time the boy was involved in an altercation. The name stuck and would come to reflect Gonzales’s life as a social activist....

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Viereck, George Sylvester (31 December 1884–18 March 1962), poet, writer, and propagandist, was born in Munich, Germany, the son of Louis Viereck, a Social Democratic politician, and Laura Viereck. His parents were first cousins. Late in 1896 Viereck moved to New York City, where his father was a journalist. In 1906 he received his B.A. from the College of the City of New York. In September 1915 Viereck married Margaret “Gretchen” Edith Hein; they had two children, one of whom—Peter Viereck—also became a famous poet....