Wednesday's intriguing people
December 1st, 2010
11:01 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Jake Glaser

More than 25 years ago, Jake Glaser's mother unknowingly infected him in utero with HIV. His older sister, Ariel, also had been accidentally infected.

Elizabeth Glaser, the wife of TV actor Paul Michael Glaser, became the nation's best-known AIDS activist, making a dramatic speech at the 1992 Democratic Convention.

Both she and Ariel died of the disease.

Today, Jake Glaser is a video photographer and director. He's still HIV-positive but has never shown any symptoms, and he devotes much of his time and energy to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

"HIV is not who I am. I'm Jake Glaser. I'm my own individual. For me, when I speak to people about it, I have no issue telling anybody that I'm HIV-positive," he told CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Kevin Montgomery

His father sang and wrote songs with Buddy Holly, and his mom sang on Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline." At the age of 23, Montgomery himself landed a recording contract in Los Angeles with A&M Records and toured with Sheryl Crow, David Crosby and Peter Himmelman. He's worked with Lee Ann Womack and Martina McBride.

For the past three years, however, Montgomery has devoted significant time to the issue of foster care. The singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee, is more than halfway through a "50 States in 50 Days Tour" to highlight what he calls the "invisible homeless" in America: teens who age out of the foster care system.

Montgomery has dedicated his tour to the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation and Every Child USA. He has been blogging and videotaping the stories of the foster kids he meets, which he plans to incorporate into a documentary.

Sheikh Ahmad al-Ghamdi is a moderate in conservative Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Ahmad al-Ghamdi

The controversial director of the Mecca branch of Saudi Arabia's religious police declared earlier this week that Muslim women are not required to cover their faces, nor does Islam prohibit them from driving.

"Clerics have studied the issue and no one has come up with a verse that would forbid women driving. ... I do not consider it to be forbidden," he was quoted as saying in a story Wednesday in Arab News.

He reiterated previous statements questioning the legality of gender segregation in Islam — statements that got him fired — briefly — earlier this year.

Al-Ghamdi's relatively loose interpretations of Islamic law have made him a controversial figure in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. shay

    Hey emma it's a bag of dorito's and he may be a she we don't know like i always say we don't know no one doesbut i did like how you did put it very well said 2 thumbs up

    December 2, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    @Shay. I wuv you too and my mm.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
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