Ms. Kamenshek, who was born on December 21, 1925 in Norwood, Ohio, was a high school senior playing for an industrial league softball team in Cincinnati when a scout for the new All-American Girls Professional Baseball League conducted tryouts in Cincinnati in 1943. She made the all-star team and went on to have a two-year career as a pitcher in the league.
After her baseball career ended, she attended UC Berkeley where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1949. She went on to earn a master's degree in health education from that university in 1951. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she taught health classes at a vocational school in Pittsburgh until 1955 when she moved to Chicago to work as a physical education teacher at Morgan Park High School. In 1959, she married William J. Kamenshek who was then working as an educational consultant. They later had three children together before divorcing in 1975.
In 1978, Ms. Kamenshek became involved in politics when she was selected by Mayor Richard M. Daley to be one of his representatives in the Illinois House of Representatives. The following year, she was elected to a four-year term as the mayor's deputy commissioner for community relations. When Mr. Daley decided not to seek another term in office, Ms. Kamenshek threw her hat into the ring to succeed him but was defeated by Rahm Emanuel.
Milt Kamen was born in Hurleyville, New York, and relocated to Brooklyn when he was two years old. Music was his savior during his adolescence. At Samuel Tilden High School, he played the French horn and received a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music. He dropped out after one year to pursue a career in music full time.
Now retired, Milt Kamen continues to work with various orchestras as a conductor and consultant. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, singer-songwriter Bonnie Bramlett. They have two children: musician Andy Kamen and actress/musician Holly Bramlett.
Andy Kamen is also an accomplished musician who plays guitar and keyboards. He joined his father's band on stage when he was only 12 years old. Since then, he has been working with him as a vocalist and instrumentalist.
Holly Bramlett is best known for her role as Jenny Picone in the 1980s sitcom Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She has also appeared in films such as The Last House on the Left (1982) and Women Behind Bars (1987).
Besides his wife and son, Milt Kamen is also stepfather to drummer Mitch Kamen and guitarist Jeff Kamen. Jeff Kamen is not related to Andy Kamen but they all play in the same band called Milt Kamen's Jazz Messengers.
Her ancestors are from Puerto Rico. She was a basketball and softball player in high school. She subsequently went to Teikyo Post University for college, where she majored in criminal justice. Mercedes Martinez became engaged in professional wrestling after suffering an injury while playing basketball in college. She started out working as a job interviewer before becoming involved with World Wrestling Federation (WWF) events in New Jersey.
In 2001, Mercedes Martinez signed with the WWF, then known as World Wrestling Federation (WWF). She initially worked as a job interviewer at events held in New Jersey. Later that year, she began competing on WWF television programs, first as Miss Tessmacher's hand model who would dance in front of the camera during interviews. Then, in February 2002, she made her in-ring debut at the WWF's WrestleMania 22 event as Pentagón Máscara Sagrada (Sacred Mask) against La Parka. The match lasted more than two hours and included five referees and one judge. At the end of it, Pentagón Máscara Sagrada was declared the winner by forfeit due to La Parka's inability to make it to the ring in time.
In March 2002, Pentagón Máscara Sagrada participated in the WWF's Battle Royal at WrestleMania 23, but was eliminated by Batista.
Sr. Ernie Reyes Ernie Reyes, Sr. was born in 1947 in Salinas, California to a big Filipino family. Reyes, Sr., was a football and basketball all-star. He went on to play college ball at San Jose State before turning pro. In 1970, he led the Oakland Raiders to their first ever Super Bowl victory over the Washington Redskins.
Reyes, Sr.'s son Ernie Jr. also played professional football. He too won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2001. Another son, Kenny, played running back for UCLA from 1990 to 1993. He went on to play professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos.
Kenny's brother Erik also played college football. He committed to Oregon State University to play baseball but ended up not playing baseball after all. Instead, he decided to give football a try and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 36th round of the 1989 NFL Draft. He played five seasons for the Bears from 1988 to 1992. After his career as a player, Erik became an assistant coach for the Portland State Vikings football team from 1994 to 1996. In 1997, he was hired as the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks but was fired after only one season. Since then, he has been working as an assistant coach for the New York Jets.