It took him 13 years to invent a technique of his own: the “Wallace cut”, a way of carving a human face into a precious stone. The effect is astonishing. From the back of the stone, all you can see is the curve of a nose, cheeks and hair, but from the front a detailed three dimensional face appears in portrait and in profile.
Wiliam Overstreet Jr. died recently at the age of 92. He gained fame during WWII for flying his plane through the Eiffel Tower to shake off a following German fighter (who subsequently crashed) and raised the morale off the French Resistance by doing so. He flew his plane through the Eiffel Tower! Do I really need to say more??