IRONMAN: Allusions & References [A-Block!]


Today we are going to explore the world of allusions and cultural references in Chris Crutcher’s IRONMAN.

After our class discussion, click the following link! Once onto the new page, use the “Leave a Reply” function at the bottom to document what you’ve found out about your particular allusion/cultural reference!


1) Research and read about your assigned individual.
2) Identify & describe that person in no less but no more than six sentences.
3) Write the name of the site(s) where you got your information.

10 thoughts on “IRONMAN: Allusions & References [A-Block!]

  1. Bob Seger was born on May 6 1945 and has been singing and playing guitar and piano for five decades up until today. Up until the 1970s he was in a few bands but then he went off by himself to record by himself. This was a great decision for him considering he is very well known now. Overall Bob Segers career was a great success and is still today.

  2. Rod Stewart is one of the most famous music artists of all time. Having sold over 100 million records it is easy to see why. He was born just as World War 2 was ending in 1945. Rod had 6 consecutive number one albums in the UK and in 2008 he was ranked 17th most successful artist on the Billboard 100 all time artists list. He has recieved a Grammy and a Brit Award.

  3. Jesse James was a robber and gang leader back in the 1800s in the United States. He was born in Kearney, Missouri to Robert and Zerelda James. His farm was attacked by the Union soldiers during the civil war, which ultimately led to his life of crime. During his life of crime, he robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains that were owned by anyone from the Northern United States. He was shot by Robert Ford in 1882 at the age of 34.

  4. Bruce Springsteen is a rock star who performed the hit song “Born to Run”. He was born on September 23, 1949 in New Jersey. Most of his tours have been sell outs because of his quality songs and popularity. He originally performed with the E Street Band before he left to live with his wife. That is who Bruce Springsteen is.

  5. The Marlboro Man was a figure in tobacco advertisement. He portrayed was a western cowboy in the advertisement. The Marlboro man was in tobacco advertisements from 1954-1999. Conceived by Leo Burnett, the Marlboro Man was said to be the most successful advertisement in all of tobacco products.

  6. Larry King was a TV and radio host and A comedian. His first job was a announcer an his first job in Miami as an announcer when the other quit. He then after started his own CNN show called Larry King Live he did 25 yrs of his show then was featured in many movies like shrek 2, bee movie, Ghostbusters and more he also was a part time Dolphins announcer

  7. Bruce Springsteen was a singer and one of his albums were called American Beauty but his best album was called Working on a Dream and it was released in 2009 and wrote a book called Outlaw Pete and it was inspired by a children’s book.

  8. Larry King was an American television and radio host, actor, voice artist and comedian. Larry King has a show on CNN called Larry King Live. He hosts a wide range of people from controversial figures of UFO conspiracy theories and alleged psychics. But Larry only did Larry Live for 25 years. After his show he appeared in several movies like Ghostbusters, bee movie and many more. Larry King was very successful after his show Larry Live.

  9. Susan Butcher was born in 1954, December 26. She was an American dog musher, known as the second woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1986, the second four-time winner in 1990, and the first to win four out of five years. She is commemorated in Alaska by the Susan Butcher Day. To pursue her love of dogsled racing and breeding huskies, she moved to the Alaska near the Wrangell Mountains. There she began training to compete in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, 1,112 to 1,131-mile race through the Alaskan wilderness, which tests the endurance of both mushers and dogs from one to two weeks. She spent two years working for Iditarod founder Joe Redington in exchange for dogs to build up her team. In 1979, Susan and Redington, along with Ray Genet and two others, made the first dog-sled ascent of Mount McKinley.

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