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Famous US Immigrants

Based on the clue and country of origin, name these famous American immigrants.
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Last updated: January 10, 2018
First submittedFebruary 14, 2013
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Clue
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Bodybuilding governator
Austria
Arnold Schwarzenegger
He discovered relativity
Germany
Albert Einstein
"Queen of Latin Pop"
Cuba
Gloria Estefan
Inventor of blue jeans
Germany
Levi Strauss
Nixon's Secretary of State
Germany
Henry Kissinger
Telephone inventor
UK/Canada
Alexander Graham Bell
V-2 rocket scientist
Germany
Wernher von Braun
Media mogul who started Fox News
Australia
Rupert Murdoch
Lucille Ball's husband
Cuba
Desi Arnaz
"Atlas Shrugged" author
USSR
Ayn Rand
Colorado beer brewer
Germany
Adolph Coors
Escape artist
Austrian Empire
Harry Houdini
Inventor who helped make A/C power possible
Austrian Empire
Nikola Tesla
"White Christmas" composer
Russia
Irving Berlin
"I, Robot" author
USSR
Isaac Asimov
Steel baron and library funder
UK
Andrew Carnegie
"Brokeback Mountain" director
Taiwan
Ang Lee
Aged troop entertainer
UK
Bob Hope
Started America's most prestigious journalism prize
Austrian Empire
Joseph Pulitzer
Rock guitarist who is "Hot For Teacher"
Netherlands
Eddie Van Halen
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level 33
Feb 26, 2013
Living in Huntsville, AL, makes von Braun an automatic.
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level 55
May 10, 2014
I didn't know von Braun because I lived in Huntsville...I lived in Huntsville because I knew von Braun because I was an aerospace engineer.
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level 68
Feb 5, 2017
Kept on trying to figure out different spellings of Bing Crosby
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level 70
Jan 9, 2018
He is spelled WernHer von Braun.
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level ∞
Jan 9, 2018
Fixed
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level 62
Jan 9, 2018
I only remembered Coors because of his grandsons kidnapping.
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level 77
Jan 11, 2018
Bob Hope isn't aged anymore.
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level 57
Mar 25, 2018
Nah, the wording is fine.
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level 62
Jan 11, 2018
Thanks, Quizmaster. We need quizzes like this - and people like these - today more than ever.
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level 66
Jan 12, 2018
Definitely agree. And Trump agrees too. That's why he's pushing to have merit-based immigration.
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level 76
Jan 18, 2018
Trump wouldn't recognise merit if it hit him in the face.
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level 35
Mar 25, 2018
@TinklePork. Hear hear!
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level 67
Mar 25, 2018
  • Gloria Estefan's family came to the US as refugees when she was a toddler.
  • Henry Kissinger's family came as refugees when he was 15.
  • Desi Arnaz's family came as refugees when he was a teenager.
  • Adolph Coors was an undocumented stowaway.
  • Harry Houdini came to the US when he was 4 years old.
  • Irving Berlin's family fled Russia when he was 5, and his earliest memory was watching their house burn to the ground during a pogrom.
  • Isaac Asimov's family emigrated when he was 3.
  • Andrew Carnegie came from a poor family that emigrated when he was 13.
  • Bob Hope came over when he was 4.
  • Eddie Van Halen was 7 when they came over.
How many of them would have made it in based on "merit"?
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level 57
Mar 26, 2018
@ MarlowPI Now extend your analysis breakdown to the criminal population of the United States and see whether on net balance the US is better off. Also, without these immigrants, wouldn't the native population be able to produce just as many successful people in their place? Also, why do you think it's ok for less successful countries to lose their best and brightest? Do you believe in brain drain or are you just a cognitive imperialist?
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level 67
Mar 27, 2018
Will do! How about another bullet list:
  • Immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated for crimes than native-born US citizens. [Source]
  • The flow of immigrants has no net effect on crime, and immigrant youths are significantly less likely to commit crimes than native-born youths. [Source]
  • Mexican immigration specifically also has no appreciable effect on violent or property crime rates. [Source]
  • A focus on enforcing stricter immigration laws has no noticeable effect on crime rates. [Source]
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level 67
Mar 27, 2018
Regarding your other questions: First, it's not a zero-sum game. Just because an immigrant achieves success doesn't mean they prevented someone else from doing so.

Second, this isn't corporate head-hunting. We're not going out to other countries, finding their "best and brightest" and forcing them to come to the US. Are you really suggesting that we should refuse entry to immigrants and refugees looking for a better life or more opportunities? That's incredibly condescending. Yes, I'm sure Russia would have been culturally enriched if Irving Berlin had stayed and been killed by the pogrom. Andrew Carnegie definitely would've become Scotland's king of industry if he'd stayed and starved to death there. Albert Einstein surely would've been able to continue his ground-breaking studies as a Jew in 1930s Germany. Sure, some of these great talents might have been successful if they'd stayed, but just as surely others died in obscurity because they did.
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level 77
Mar 31, 2018
Marlowe, your posts here are great. And yes, of all the many *very* bad arguments against immigration, the claim that the xenophobes make that they're just concerned about brain drain, trying to paint their bigotry as them being magnanimous, has got to be one of the worst. No American would accept being told "no, you were born in Alabama, you are not allowed to move to New York. Suck it up and make your own state better." Countries should not be prison camps. Migration is a basic human right.
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level 45
Mar 25, 2018
Wow! I had no idea Bob Hope was actually British. I always thought of him as an all-American icon.
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level 79
Mar 25, 2018
Ditto. Though he did come to the U.S. at age 4, much younger than a lot of the people on this quiz. Always fun to learn something new!
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level 57
Mar 25, 2018
i typed "Kissinger" and got nothing. do i really have to type his whole name?
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level 80
Mar 25, 2018
Kissinger worked for me.
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level 67
Mar 25, 2018
I thought Kissinger worked for Nixon?
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level 79
Mar 25, 2018
You must have misspelled it. Kissinger worked for me...
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level 76
Mar 25, 2018
I am so mad at myself....I missed Tesla because I saw A/C power and kept trying to think of who invented Air Conditioning!
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level 45
Mar 25, 2018
But Bell did not invet the telephone. He just made it popular, like Edison with the Light Bulb did.
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level 67
Mar 25, 2018
Ha, it delights me that you accept "Ahnold" as a write-in for Schwarzenegger.
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level 77
Mar 25, 2018
I thought it was spelled "Ahnuld" but that's not accepted
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level 77
Mar 25, 2018
As usual missed the alcohol question. :P I tried.. Anheuser.. Busch.. Miller (thinking Mueller)... those all sound kind of German... couldn't come up with anything else. Coors? dang it.
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level 76
Mar 26, 2018
Colorado was the clincher there. When I was young, Coors was only distributed in the western US and I knew of a guy on my campus who made money regularly bootlegging Coors into eastern states. Its rarity made it popular.
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level 41
Mar 26, 2018
Damn it. I spelt Pulitzer with two l's.
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level 49
Mar 26, 2018
I missed that one too and felt like an idiot.. LOL
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level 58
Mar 27, 2018
Gloria Esteban...couldn't imagine who else it could be.
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level 73
Jun 18, 2018
Rupert Murdoch, go home.
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level 38
Jun 19, 2018
Kudos to MarlowePI: You really stuck it to the "nattering nabobs of negativism". And if there is a brain drain in less developed countries it's because those who go abroad for higher education often to do not return to their native land because their governments (which often run just about everything) believe that they can pay returning natives peanuts, simply because they are natives.