Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American musical comedian whose humorous songs make light of popular culture and parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums, recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, performed more than 1,000 live shows, his works have earned him five Grammy Awards and a further eleven nominations, four gold records, six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic's first top ten Billboard album and single were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career, his latest album, Mandatory Fun, became his first number-one album during its debut week. Yankovic's success comes in part from his effective use of music video to further parody popular culture, the song's original artist, the original music videos themselves, scene-for-scene in some cases, he directed videos himself and went on to direct for other artists, including Ben Folds, The Black Crowes, The Presidents of the United States of America.
With the decline of music television and the onset of social media, Yankovic used YouTube and other video sites to publish his videos. In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic wrote and starred in the film UHF and the television series The Weird Al Show, he has made guest appearances and performed voice acting roles on many television shows and video web content, in addition to starring in Al TV specials on MTV. He has written two children's books, When I Grow Up and My New Teacher and Me! Yankovic was born in Downey and raised in Lynwood, California, he is the only child of Nick Yankovic. His father, born in Strawberry Hill of Yugoslavian descent, began living in California after serving during World War II, he believed "the key to success" was "doing for a living whatever makes you happy" and reminded his son of this philosophy. Nick married Mary in 1949. Mary, of Italian and English descent, had come to California from Kentucky, gave birth to Alfred Yankovic ten years later. Yankovic's first accordion lesson, which sparked his career in music, was on the day before his sixth birthday.
A door-to-door salesman traveling through Lynwood offered the Yankovic parents a choice of accordion or guitar lessons at a local music school. Yankovic claims the reason his parents chose accordion over guitar was "they figured there should be at least one more accordion-playing Yankovic in the world", referring to Frankie Yankovic, to whom he is not related. Additionally, Yankovic said that " parents chose the accordion because they were convinced it would revolutionize rock." He continued lessons at the school for three years before deciding to learn on his own. In the 1970s, Yankovic was a big fan of Elton John and claims John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album "was how I learned to play rock'n roll on the accordion." As for his influences in comedic and parody music, Yankovic lists artists including Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman, Shel Silverstein and Frank Zappa "and all the other wonderfully sick and twisted artists that he was exposed to through the Dr. Demento Radio Show."
Other sources of inspiration for his comedy come from Mad magazine, Monty Python, the Zucker and Zucker parody movies. Yankovic began kindergarten a year earlier than most children, he skipped second grade. "My classmates seemed to think I was some kind of rocket scientist so I was labeled a nerd early on," he recalls. He attended Lynwood High School, his unusual schooling left him two years younger than most of his classmates. Yankovic was not interested in sports or social events at school, but he was active in his school's extracurricular programs, including the National Forensic League sanctioned speech events, a play based upon Rebel Without a Cause, the yearbook, the Volcano Worshippers club which according to Yankovic did "absolutely nothing. We started the club just to get an extra picture of ourselves in the yearbook." Yankovic was valedictorian of his senior class. Yankovic attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he earned a bachelor's degree in architecture.
Yankovic received his first exposure via Southern California and syndicated comedy radio personality Dr. Demento's radio show, saying "If there hadn't been a Dr. Demento, I'd have a real job now." In 1976, Dr. Demento spoke at Yankovic's school where the then-16-year-old Yankovic gave him a homemade tape of original and parody songs performed on the accordion in Yankovic's bedroom into a "cheesy little tape recorder"; the tape's first song, "Belvedere Cruisin'" – about his family's Plymouth Belvedere – was played on Demento's comedy radio show, launching Yankovic's career. Demento said, "'Belvedere Cruising' might not have been the best song I heard, but it had some clever lines I put the tape on the air immediately." Yankovic played at local coffeehouses, accompanied by fellow dorm resident Joel Miller on bongos. Yankovic said: It was sort of like amateur music night, a lot of people were like wannabe Dan Fogelbergs. They'd do these lovely ballads, and I would get up
The Shahjalal Fertiliser Factory is the biggest fertiliser factory in Bangladesh. It is situated at Fenchuganj Upazila in Sylhet; the project was inaugurated by Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation, the largest corporation in industrial sector in the country was established in 1976 vide 2nd amendment of P.0.27 upon merger of Bangladesh Paper and Board Corporation, Bangladesh Fetter and Pharmaceutical Corporation and Bangladesh Tanneries Corporation. As present 13 enterprise of BCIC are in operation out; the total installed capacities of the above 6 urea fatter factories are 2.30 million Mt per annum. Due to ageing the production capacities of 6 urea fatter factories have been decreased. Presently the demand of urea fester in the misty is about 3 million MT per annum; this demand s increasing day by day. To meet the growing demand of urea fertiliser, steps have been taken by Govt. of Bangladesh to set up a modern technology based, energy efficient and environment friendly granular urea fertiliser factory named Shahjalal Fertilizer Project with an annual capacity of 580,800 MT at Fenchuganj.
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Doug Pagitt is an author associated with the emerging church movement and founding pastor of Solomon's Porch in South Minneapolis. During weekly "gatherings" of Solomon's Porch, instead of giving traditional sermons, Pagitt facilitates dialogical talks, encouraging questions and participation from the congregation. Pagitt founded Emergent Village in 1999, a generative friendship of missional church leaders around the world and is a leading architect of the emergent church discussion, he sees the emergent movement not as one organization but as an "incubation center" that has influenced hundreds of organizations by inspiring new ways of thinking of the Christian faith. In recent years, he has come to advocate for a what is termed a "Generous Christianity" through his involvement with Cana Initiative/Convergence. In 2010 Pagitt launched the Doug Pagitt Radio Program on AM950 to discuss culture. Pagitt's recent endeavor, Greater Things, encompasses his unwavering passion to share the good news of a more just and inclusive Christianity among those seeking to follow God in the way of Jesus.
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