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Did you know that Daniel Boone, that iconic American hero, was once put on trial for treason? Did you know that Lizzie Borden, the woman who the rhyme says "gave her mother forty whacks," was actually acquitted by a jury of any wrongdoing?

These are just a couple of the little-known facts presented in the Famous Trials section of the Web site Awesome Stories. Awesome Stories is an awesome site, full of the backstories behind famous people and events from history, sports, cinema, religion and, yes, law. And the entire site is written and edited by a 60-year-old trial lawyer, poet and trivia buff, Carole D. Bos, a partner in the Grand Rapids, Mich., firm Bos & Glazier.

A profile of Bos published this weekend in The Grand Rapids Press describes her as a "knowledge junkie" and says her Web site is used as a teaching tool by 45,000 schools in 73 countries. Not only that, but Bos has published two books of poetry, both of which have sold out their press runs of 10,000 copies.She can speak Dutch and German and can read Russian.

With all that going on, surely she must be slacking as a lawyer, right? Wrong. She is a successful trial attorney who has helped settle major cases all over the country. From The Grand Rapids Press:

She's known as a troubleshooter. She was brought in as lead counsel to resolve the controversial Love Canal (N.Y.) environmental contamination case. She settled the case -- pending for 16 years -- within 16 months.

U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell tells how Colt's Manufacturing, the firearms maker, hired Bos when there were lawsuits over shooting deaths.

"Those lawsuits were terribly ugly, highly litigious," says Bell, who has known Bos for years. "She disarms people with her pleasantness."

Bos, a 1981 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, makes no money from her Awesome Stories Web site. She hopes at some point to attract corporate sponsors so that she can hire staff and build out the site. For now, the site is a labor of love, and the fruit of her far-ranging knowledge of trivia.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 9, 2009 at 11:38 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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