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Extraordinary Lives & Famous People
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Law & The Courts
Avery Fromet received his Juris Doctorate from the Cleveland Marshall Law School of Cleveland State University in 1972. He practiced law for 44 years before retiring in 2018. He is the subject of biographical sketches in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in The United States. During his years in active practice he gave numerous talks on subjects applicable to his profession.

After retiring Dr. Fromet presented numerous enrichment programs to audiences through the Cuyahoga Community College, Encore Program and SAGE, a partnership with the University of Akron Institute for Lifespan Development and Gerontology. His topics included the History of the United States Constitution and US Supreme Court Cases that Changed America. His topics also included Men and Women of History who had a profound impact on the World who you did not know, or knew little about.

Men and Women Having a Profound Impact on the World Who You’ve Never Heard of or Know Little About

1. Inventors
Our everyday lives have been made easier by the likes of Thomas Edison, Charles Babbage or Nikola Tesla. But are you aware of the 19 year old how invented electron television or the diminutive Romanian who it is said invented the prototype of the jet plane? These and other little know inventors are brought to light during two presentations.

2. Politicians and World Leaders
Who was the unlikely hero who gave women the right to vote in The United States? What is the real story behind Alexander the Great? Meet the man called the George Washington of South American. The stories of these and other famous individuals are discussed during this presentation.

3. Crime and Punishment
Who was the greatest pirate of all time (hint - it wasn’t a man)? Who are the real individuals who brought crime boss Al Capone down? We’ve all heard of Ponzi Schemes. But who invented the term and why? And we’ll meet the “Mother of Forensic Medicine.” Little known to history, these individuals had major impacts in world history. This presentation will explore these men and women.

4. Saviors
This presentation will identify the Brazilian diplomat who saved countless lives during the Nazi holocaust. Also discussed will be the Polish patriot who agreed to infiltrate the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, escape and then tell the world of the atrocities happening there. Also I’ll discuss the most decorated woman of World War II and the three men who were the heroes of Chernobyl saving millions of lives by preventing a massive nuclear explosion. These and other “saviors” will be discussed.

5. Scientists
Meet the African-American who helped draft patent rights to many of the household inventions we take of granted today. Or, how about the man who developed the computer that shortened World War II by two years! We’ll meet these and other scientists who had a major impact.

6. Pioneers and other impactful people
Hear the real story of Marco Polo and the woman who survived the sinking of the Titanic and two other major ocean liners. These fascinating stories will be told during this presentation.

The History of the United States Constitution

1. Until the French and Indian War, the thirteen colonies were left alone allowing themselves to be self governed. But after the war King George had to find a new source of revenue and began taxing and placing other restrictions on his American colonies. The colonies began to chaff at these restrictions. This led to physical conflicts that brought about restrictions of personal freedoms that ultimately led to open rebellion. Learn about the events that led to the American Revolution and how this, in turn, impacted on the formation of the US Constitution.

2. After the American Revolution, the founding fathers were extremely fearful of central government. As a result, their first experiment in self-government (called the "Articles of Confederation") was an attempt at self-government while placing severe restrictions on the power on the central government. I'll discuss the formation of the articles and why this experiment in self-government did not work.

3. After a number of years, it was obvious the Articles of Confederation was leading to anarchy and open hostilities among the 13 states. Something had to be done. Learn how four men worked together to bring about the necessary change, Ultimately, this led to the formation of the U.S. Constitution, the oldest governmental document still in use in modern history. This presentation will discuss the events leading up to what is called the "Constitutional Convention" and the political maneuvering necessary to have it ratified by the states.

4. One of the major compromises in the ratification of the US Constitution was the protection of personal freedoms fought for during the revolution. Many states refused to sign the new constitution unless these freedoms were specifically set forth in the new constitution. These ten amendments became known as "The Bill of Rights.." Learn about the politics and compromises necessary to effect these changes.

5. In its more than 230 years in existence, the US Constitution has only been amended 27 times (10 in the first three years of its existence). In the next 2-3 presentations, the remaining 17 amendments will be discussed and, most interesting, the history of their ratification.

U.S. Supreme Court Cases that Changed America

Some of the decisions of The US Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States, have had a marked affect on American history (both good and bad). These presentations discusses some of those cases, the history of events that led to the court’s decision and the historical impact on the American way of life.