Howard Hughes

Hughes in 1938 Howard Robard Hughes Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was an American aerospace engineer, business magnate, film producer, investor, philanthropist and pilot. He was best known during his lifetime as one of the richest and most influential people in the world. He first became prominent as a film producer, and then as an important figure in the aviation industry. Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle—oddities that were caused in part by his worsening obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain from a near-fatal plane crash, and increasing deafness.

As a film tycoon, Hughes gained fame in Hollywood beginning in the late 1920s, when he produced big-budget and often controversial films such as ''The Racket'' (1928), ''Hell's Angels'' (1930), and ''Scarface'' (1932). He later acquired the RKO Pictures film studio in 1948, recognized then as one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood's Golden Age, although the production company struggled under his control and ultimately ceased operations in 1957.

Through his interest in aviation and aerospace travel, Hughes formed the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932, hiring numerous engineers, designers, and defense contractors. He spent the rest of the 1930s and much of the 1940s setting multiple world air speed records and building the Hughes H-1 Racer (1935) and the gigantic H-4 Hercules (the ''Spruce Goose'', 1947), the largest flying boat in history with the longest wingspan of any aircraft from the time it was built until 2019. He acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines and later acquired Air West, renaming it Hughes Airwest. Hughes won the Harmon Trophy on two occasions (1936 and 1938), the Collier Trophy (1938), and the Congressional Gold Medal (1939) all for his achievements in aviation throughout the 1930s. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1973 and was included in ''Flying'' magazine's 2013 list of the 51 Heroes of Aviation, ranked at 25.

During his final years, Hughes extended his financial empire to include several major businesses in Las Vegas, such as real estate, hotels, casinos, and media outlets. Known at the time as one of the most powerful men in the state of Nevada, he is largely credited with transforming Las Vegas into a more refined cosmopolitan city. After years of mental and physical decline, Hughes died of kidney failure in 1976. His legacy is maintained through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Howard Hughes Holdings Inc. Provided by Wikipedia
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    The guidance program in the senior high school, Fort Dodge, Iowa / by Hughes, Howard

    Published 1947
    Thesis Book
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    Once upon a time in the Italian West : the filmgoers' guide to spaghetti westerns / by Hughes, Howard

    Published 2004
    Book
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    Crime wave : the filmgoers' guide to the great crime movies / by Hughes, Howard

    Published 2006
    Book
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    Stagecoach to Tombstone : the filmgoers' guide to the great westerns / by Hughes, Howard

    Published 2008
    Book
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    Arts, Entertainment and Tourism / by Hughes, Howard

    Published 2013
    Full Text (via O'Reilly/Safari)
    eBook
  6. 6

    Aim for the heart : the films of Clint Eastwood / by Hughes, Howard

    Published 2009
    Book
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    When eagles dared : the filmgoers' history of World War II / by Hughes, Howard, 1971-

    Published 2012
    Book
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    Arts, entertainment and tourism by Hughes, Howard L.

    Published 2000
    Full Text (via Taylor & Francis)
    Electronic eBook
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    Pink tourism : holidays of gay men and lesbians / by Hughes, Howard L.

    Published 2006
    Full Text (via ProQuest)
    eBook
  10. 10

    Pink tourism : holidays of gay men and lesbians / by Hughes, Howard L.

    Published 2006
    Book
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    Cinema Italiano : the complete guide from classics to cult / by Hughes, Howard, 1971-

    Published 2011
    Book
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    The Pocket Essential Spaghetti Westerns / by Hughes, Howard, 1971-

    Published 2001
    Full Text (via ProQuest)
    eBook
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    American Indian wars / by Hughes, Howard, 1971-

    Published 2001
    Full Text (via ProQuest)
    eBook
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    Sensory exotica : a world beyond human experience / by Hughes, Howard C.

    Published 1999
    Book
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    Outer limits : the filmgoers' guide to the great science-fiction films / by Hughes, Howard, 1971-

    Published 2014
    Book
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    Sensory exotica : a world beyond human experience / by Hughes, Howard C.

    Published 1999
    Full Text (via EBSCO)
    eBook
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    Health Behavior, Health Education, Health Service Utilization and Compliance with Health Regimes An Annotated Bibliography / by Toledo, J. R.

    Published 1977
    Other Authors: “…Hughes, Howard…”
    Request ERIC Document
    Microfilm Book
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    Citizen Hughes / by Drosnin, Michael

    Published 1985
    Other Authors: “…Hughes, Howard, 1905-1976…”
    Book
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    Behavioral medicine : clinical applications / by Pinkerton, Susan S.

    Published 1982
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    Book
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    The Front page

    Published 1980
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    Video VHS
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