Howard Pyle, a Drexel professor who died in 1911, left Drexel in 1900 to create the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art in Wilmington, where he began the careers of numerous artists, including N.C. Wyeth, whose work is also on display. Pyle was enthralled. They adored him. He had a way with students that no other teacher at Drexel could match. His classes were small and intimate, and he treated them like his friends. When he decided to move west, no one was more surprised than he was. But nothing would do but that he start his own school so he could mold young minds into the artists he believed they could be.
Pyle's ideas about art were very different from those at Drexel at the time. He wanted to break away from the academic style then in vogue and focus on real life illustration that might someday be used by publishers.
The school soon attracted many famous artists who wanted to learn Pyle's technique. Among them were John Tenniel (the artist who drew Alice through the Looking Glass), H.R. Pennell, and J.C. Leyendecker. In time, the school became one of the most respected in America. In 1918, it was destroyed by fire but quickly reopened. Today, it remains open as a museum dedicated to Pyle and his contemporaries.
When Pyle first arrived in Wilmington, he rented a house for $12 a month.
According to Greene, the character of Pyle was inspired by Leo Hochstetter, an American serving as public affairs director for the Economic Aid Mission in Indochina who was mistakenly assumed by the French to "belong to the CIA" and lectured him on the "long drive back to Saigon on the necessity of finding a 'third force'..." Between 1962 and 1964, Hochstetter traveled throughout South Vietnam conducting workshops for local officials on public relations and lobbying efforts.
Greene says that during his research he discovered that many influential figures in Vietnam were friends or acquaintances of Hochstetter. These included: General Khanh, who invited him to visit Vietnam; Senator Mansfield, who introduced legislation securing his release from prison; and Dr. Tran Van Chu, who worked with Hochstetter at the mission in Indochina.
In addition, several characters in Greene's novel are based on real people. One such character is Phuong, who is based on Madame Nhu, wife of the president of Vietnam at the time, Ngô Đình Diệm. The couple had many personal differences including politics which caused them to be very hostile to each other. However, both enjoyed being photographed together because they believed it made them look more attractive.
Phuong also has a scene where she confronts her husband about one of his political decisions. In order to do this without being killed, she pretends to agree with him until the right moment.
Trivia. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Goyle dies after casting Fiendfyre when he grabs a loose chair and falls into the inferno. However, this is a fictional death as Goyle will be resurrected in the final book.
Goyle is one of the few characters to appear in all seven books. He first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, where he is owned by Draco Malfoy. When Draco goes to Hogwarts, he gives Goyle to Harry as a birthday present. After that, they become friends and Goyle helps Harry get past his grief over Sirius Black. When Voldemort returns, Goyle is trapped under the bed with Harry but does not get hurt. Later, Goyle is rescued by Dumbledore's Army and taken to Hogwarts where he becomes part of the Dementor attack team at the Ministry of Magic. At the end of the last book, he is still alive and well.
Goyle is a German word meaning "goblin" or "fairy".
Goyle was created by Harry Potter author J K Rowling. She has said that she based him on a real-life friend who had died before the book was published. However, some people have suggested that Goyle is actually based on David Kubiak, the actor who plays him.
Ernie Pyle was killed by enemy fire on the island of Ie Shima on April 18, 1945. President Harry S. Truman praised Pyle after his death, saying he "told the narrative of the American fighting man as the American fighting men wanted it told."
Pyle had been covering the war in Asia for the Associated Press when he was killed. He is regarded as one of the most effective and influential journalists in American history.
Ie Shima is a small island about 20 miles south of Okinawa. The US military used it to detain Japanese citizens after the war until 1980 when all residents were allowed to leave.
There are several theories about what really happened to Pyle. Some historians believe he was hit by friendly fire from an American fighter plane that mistook him for a Japanese soldier. Others say he was shot by Okinawan civilians who were angry at the destruction caused by American bombs. Still others claim he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with his own gun.
In any case, he's remembered each year on April 18th at 9:00 AM local time with a moment of silence followed by a half-hour of Pyle jokes. That's how people around the world will know who he is even though they may not read English.