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Speling Be Chimp
    (September 29, 1913-March 11, 2011)
    Born in Louisville, Kentucky
    Won the first National Spelling Bee (1925)
    Winning word: gladiolus
    Became a patent attorney for General Electric
    Chaired the patent law division of the American Bar Association
    Appeared in the documentary film 'Spellbound' (2002)
    He happened to grow gladiolli in his home garden, so he lucked out with the winning word.
    He said of more recent spelling bees, 'Now the words are just too big. I couldn't even get through the first round.'
    He died of a disease that would make a good spelling bee final word: myelodysplastic syndrome.
    For his victory, he received $500 in gold, a new bicycle and a trip to the White House to meet President Coolidge.
    He was married to Mary Virginia Clark for 66 years until his death.
    He was a popular guest at later spelling bees, where contestants would snap his picture and ask for autographs.

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