Les Brown is an American motivational speaker. He was born with his twin brother, Wesley, in Liberty City, a low- income section of Miami, Florida. He was adopted by Mamie Brown, a 38-year-old single woman who worked as a cafeteria attendant and domestic assistant. Brown was declared “educable mentally retarded” in grade school, which damaged his self-esteem and confidence.
When he first decided to get into public radio, he was repeatedly unsuccessful. It was only after the on-air failures of the previous afternoon DJ that he was hired full-time. Upon his termination from the radio station, he ran for election in the Ohio House of Representatives and won. After leaving the Ohio State Legislature, he shifted his career to television and became a host on PBS.
From September to November 1993, he hosted a talk show, The Les Brown Show. Brown was on KFWB in California for a daily syndicated radio program from 2011 to 2012.
In 1994, he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. The doctor informed him that the cancer had consumed 43% of his T1 vertebrae and had metastasized to seven parts of his body. Brown reports that when he heard “seven,” he smiled, which befuddled the doctor. “Seven is my lucky number,” he explained. Being a Bible-believing Christian, Brown took hope in the multiple affirmative references to “seven” in the Bible. Brown was given two-and-a-half years to live but blew past the dire prognosis.
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