Tales of Gusto: Ten historical geeks who helped to change the world for the better

It's time for some more tales of gusto. And since it's Geek Week, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the geeks throughout history who have changed the world through gusto.

Let's get right to it:

Herodotus – A "historian" in much the same way the creators of most HBO shows that deal with the past are "historians," Herodotus loved to embellish his histories with – well – whatever he could think of. The more fantastical the story, the better. He very well might have been the first geek.

Benjamin Franklin – Dude was the Don Juan of geeks. The first term used to describe him on his Wikipedia page is polymath. That's like automatic inclusion into the Geek Hall of Fame.

Hedy Lamarr – Famed actress from the 1940s who really just wanted to be a geek. So she invented the technology that would eventually lead to all of the wireless communication we enjoy today. Just awesome.

Nikola Tesla – Because The Oatmeal would come after me if I didn't include him. Seriously. It would. Just read this if you don't believe me.

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien – Would there even be a Harry Potter or A Game of Thrones without these two? Maybe. Maybe not.

George Washington Carver – In his time, he was for peanuts what Steve Jobs eventually would be for handheld electronics.

Marcus Aurelius – Roman emperor. Most powerful man in the known world at one time. Preferred to spend his time thinking and writing. Read Meditations. Do it now.

Pope Julius II – Geeked out on the arts. Responsible for commissioning St. Peter's Basilica and the painting of the Sistine Chapel.

Ralph H. Baer – Of Jewish ancestry, he escaped Nazi Germany with his family. Later became known as "The Father of Video Games." Sole member of this group still alive. Would it be weird if I send him a love letter?

• Going for Gusto is a blog by Joe Grace that looks for the awesome in life. Please support Going for Gusto by liking the Facebook page at Facebook.com/GoingForGusto.

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