Thursday, December 31, 2009
George Michael Dolenz, Jr. (born March 8, 1945) is an American actor, musician, television director and theatre director; he is best known for his role as the drummer/vocalist in the 1960s made-for-television band The Monkees. Source: Wikipedia
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
When Nesmith was 13 his mother invented a typewriter correction fluid later known commercially as Liquid Paper.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Declan Patrick MacManus (born 25 August 1954), known by the stage name Elvis Costello, is an English singer-songwriter of Irish heritage. He came to prominence as an early participant in London's pub rock scene in the mid-1970s and later became associated with the punk rock and New Wave musical genres. Steeped in word play, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; the critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes him as a "pop encyclopedia," able to "reinvent the past in his own image".
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Actor James Whitmore portrayed Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt in one-man stage shows and created memorable characters in many movies and TV shows, including "The Twilight Zone."
Whitmore won a Tony award in 1948 for his Broadway portrayal of an Army sergeant in "Command Decision" but was replaced by Van Johnson in the film version.
Whitmore also won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the 1949 film "Battleground." He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1976 for "Give 'Em Hell, Harry," the film version of his one-man show about Truman.
The actor won an Emmy in 2000 for his performance as Raymond Oz in a three-episode arc on the ABC legal drama "The Practice.
Movie fans may remember his subtle portrayal of aging prison inmate Brooks Hatlen in 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption" with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.
He played U.S. Navy Adm. William F. Halsey in the World War II epic "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and was an imperious ape in the 1968 classic "Planet of the Apes."
Whitmore looked natural in cowboy boots and hat, appearing in such TV series as "Bonanza," "The Virginian" and "Gunsmoke."
He also did commercials for Miracle-Gro plant foods.
Whitmore was born in 1921 in White Plains, New York. He was married four times: twice to Nancy Mygatt, for four years in the '70s to actress Audra Lindley, and since 2001 to actress Noreen Nash.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Eugene Allen "Gene" Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is an American actor and novelist.
Hackman has made 80 films. He came to fame in 1967 when his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde earned him his first Oscar nomination. His major roles include police detective Popeye Doyle in The French Connection, surveillance expert Harry Caul in The Conversation, basketball coach Norman Dale in Hoosiers, the heroic Reverend Scott in The Poseidon Adventure, federal agent Rupert Anderson in Mississippi Burning, sadistic sheriff Little Bill Daggett in Unforgiven, arch-villain Lex Luthor in Superman (plus two of its sequels), Edward "Brill" Lyle in Enemy of the State, patriarch Royal Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums, submarine captain Frank Ramsey in Crimson Tide, professional thief Joe Moore in Heist and Admiral Leslie McMahon Reigart in Behind Enemy Lines. Source: Wikipedia
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. Whitaker won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland. Whitaker has also won a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. He became the fourth African American man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, following in the footsteps of Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx.
He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. However, for his recurring role as ex-LAPD Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the gritty, award-winning television series, The Shield, Whitaker merely had to draw on his childhood years growing up in South Central Los Angeles, California.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Johnny Cash (February 26, 1922–September 12, 2003), born J. R. Cash, was an American singer-songwriter and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Primarily a country music artist, his songs and sound spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll (especially early in his career), as well as blues, folk, and gospel.
Cash was known for his deep, distinctive bass-baritone voice, the "chicka-boom" freight train sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, his demeanor, and his dark clothing, which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black". He traditionally started his concerts with the introduction "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash".
Much of Cash's music, especially that of his later career, echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption. His signature songs include "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Get Rhythm" and "Man in Black". He also recorded humorous songs, such as "One Piece at a Time" and "A Boy Named Sue", a duet with June Carter called "Jackson", as well as railroad songs such as "Hey Porter" and "Rock Island Line." Source: Wikipedia
Friday, December 11, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born 2 October 1951), widely known by his stage name Sting, is a musician and actor.
Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the rock music band The Police. As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has received sixteen Grammy Awards for his work, receiving his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, and receiving an Oscar nomination for best song. Sting was an influential songwiter during the 1980s. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
From 1968 to 1975, he was a regular panelist on the syndicated revival of What's My Line? and appeared on several other TV game shows. During the 1980s Sales hosted his own show on WNBC-AM in New York City.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Craig Ferguson (born May 17, 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, director and actor. He is the present host of CBS's The Late Late Show, a role that earned him an Emmy nomination in 2006.
Before his career as a late-night talk-show host, Ferguson was best known in the United States for his role as the office boss, Nigel Wick, on The Drew Carey Show from 1996 to 2003.
He is the author of the 2006 novel Between the Bridge and the River and his 2009 memoir American on Purpose, which details his life experiences over several decades. He both starred in and co-wrote three films, including The Big Tease (2000).
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sullenberger is an international speaker on airline safety and has helped develop new protocols for airline safety. As of September 30, 2009, Sullenberger is also the co-chairman of the EAA's Young Eagles youth introduction-to-aviation program. He is the author of Highest Duty, a memoir of his life and of the events surrounding Flight 1549, published by HarperCollins.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
He was born Raymond William Stacey Burr in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada (although the 1930 census states Burr was born in Illinois), to William Johnston Burr (1889-1985), an Irish hardware salesman from County Cork, Ireland, and his wife Minerva Smith (1892-1974), a concert pianist and music teacher who had emigrated to Canada from Chicago, Illinois, United States, in 1914. Burr spent part of his childhood in China, where his father worked as a trade agent. After his parents divorced, Burr moved to Vallejo, California with his mother and younger sister and brother.As soon as he came of age, Burr went to work as a ranch hand and a photo salesman to help support his mother and younger sister and brother. After two years in the Navy during World War II, Burr returned home after being wounded in the stomach on Okinawa.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudevillian, and actor for radio, television, and film. Widely recognized as one of the leading American entertainers of the 20th century, Benny played the role of someone comically "tight" with his money and often playing the violin badly.
Benny was known for his comic timing and his ability to get laughs with either a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!" His radio and television programs, tremendously popular in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s were a foundational influence on the situation comedy.
Monday, October 5, 2009
In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. In the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, he became a successful actor, playwright, and juggler, and eventually earned Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards. Source: Wikipedia
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells; 1 October 1935) is a British film and stage actress, singer, and author. She is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours. Andrews was a former British child actress and singer who made her Broadway debut in 1954 with The Boy Friend, and rose to prominence starring in other musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, and in musical films such as Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965): the roles for which she is still best-known. Her voice spanned four Octaves until it was damaged by a throat operation in 1998.
Andrews had a major revival of her film career in the 2000s, in family films such as The Princess Diaries (2001), its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), and the Shrek animated films (2004–2007). In 2003 Andrews revisited her first Broadway success, this time as a stage director, with a revival of The Boy Friend at the Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, New York (and later at the Goodspeed Opera House, in East Haddam, Connecticut in 2005).
Andrews is also an author of children's books, and in 2008 she published an autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The Faber-Castell Company is currently featuring a pencil drawing I did of the Statue of Liberty in AC Moore stores.
This comes from the Faber-Castell Company regarding the information listed incorrectly on Wikipedia:
I was surprised that it (Wikipedia) listed only the Premium pens being manufactured in Germany. The pencils are made in the original facility in Stein (near Nurnberg, Germany).
The products produced at Faber-Castell plant in Malaysia are artist erasers.
Our core products, pencils are mostly produced in Germany (including the Castell 9000 pencils that you created the Liberty image with). Polychromos color pencils, Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, and PITT artist pens are also produced in Germany. Some of our Art Grip pencils are produced in Brazil (reforested wood) and some in Germany…
Faber-Castell is a German high-end manufacturer of writing instruments, art supplies, staplers, slide rules, and luxury leather goods, founded in 1761 in Nuremberg by Kaspar Faber. The enterprise was in the Faber family for five generations when through the marriage of Count Alexander Castell-Rüdenhausen (1866 - 1928) with Ottilie Baroness von Faber to create the branch of Faber-Castell in 1898. The Faber-Castell family has continued to run the company in the sixth, seventh and eighth generations through now.
Faber-Castell USA is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and is part of the global network of Faber-Castell companies operating in countries such as Australia, Brazil, and Malaysia. Most consumer products from Faber-Castell are made in Malaysia. Only some premium pens are still manufactured in Germany.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Charles "Charlie" Gibson (born March 9, 1943) is an American broadcast television anchor and journalist.
He is the anchor for World News with Charles Gibson, the flagship evening newscast by the ABC News division of the ABC television network.
He became anchor on May 29, 2006, when the program was known as ABC World News Tonight. He also anchors the ABC News five p.m. (Eastern Time) Information Network weekday newscast on ABC News Radio.
During Gibson's tenure, World News beat NBC Nightly News in the program ratings for the first time in several years. The two programs have now been in a dead heat, taking turns at the top of the ratings among household viewers and the 25-54 age group prized by advertisers.
Gibson previously co-anchored ABC News's Good Morning America, a breakfast television news and talk show, for a span of nineteen years; first from February 1987 to May 1998, then again from January 1999 to June 2006.
On September 2, 2009, ABC News announced that Gibson will retire from World News in January 2010, and will be replaced by Diane Sawyer, a veteran ABC News journalist and a co-anchor of Good Morning America since 1999.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Mike Seeger (August 15, 1933 – August 7, 2009) was an American folk musician and folklorist. He was a distinctive singer and an accomplished musician who played autoharp, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, guitar, mouth harp, mandolin, and dobro. Seeger, a half-brother of Pete Seeger, produced more than 30 documentary recordings, and performed in more than 40 other recordings. He desired to make known the caretakers of culture that inspired and taught him.Source: Wikipedia
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009) was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible." His many recording innovations included overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.His innovative talents extended into his unique playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many of the guitarists of the present day.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
William Booth (10 April 1829 – 20 August 1912) was a British Methodist preacher who founded The Salvation Army and became its first General (1878-1912). The Christian movement, with a quasi-military structure and government - but with no physical weaponry - founded in 1865, has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world and is known for being one of the largest distributors of humanitarian aid.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
You have earned it.
The right to study at any school?
You have earned it.
The right to hold a job?
You have earned it
The right to be anyone's neighbor?
You have earned it.
-Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Eunice Kennedy Shriver (July 10, 1921 – August 11, 2009) was a member of the Kennedy family and helped to found the Special Olympics in the 1960s as a national organization. On May 23, 1953, she married Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. who was the Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential candidate in 1972. Shriver actively campaigned for her elder brother, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, during his successful 1960 U.S. presidential election. In 1968, she helped Ann McGlone Burke nationalize the Special Olympics movement. Her daughter, Maria Shriver, is married to actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. Although Shriver was a Democrat, she was a vocal supporter of the pro-life movement. In the early morning of August 11, 2009, Shriver died at the hospital, at 88 years of age.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
John Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer and writer. He made some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s, including National Lampoon's Vacation; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Weird Science; The Breakfast Club; Some Kind of Wonderful; Sixteen Candles; Pretty in Pink; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Uncle Buck; Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.