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Spektrum (building)

The Spektrum Tower is a highrise office tower in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. It is located at 14/16 Twarda Street in the Warszawa-Śródmieście central business district of the city and used to house the headquarters of its investor, the telecom operator Telekomunikacja Polska S. A. with some space being leased to other companies. The building of the tower was contracted to PIA Piasecki S. A. on 1 August 1997 due to be completed 30 June 2002. In 2002, the contractor was found unable to complete the structure due to strained financial standing, the investor turned to PORR Polska S. A. to finish the construction. The Tower was completed in December 2003; the Tower was built using the "top-down" technology, with both the over- and underground parts of the structure being constructed simultaneously. During the excavation for the foundation of the Tower, a 580 kg artillery shell from World War II was discovered 8 metres below ground level; the Tower was designed by architects from Apar-Projekt and Arca A&C bureaus, consists of a composition of cylinders and cuboids.

The structural design was the responsibility of TMJ Tomasz Ziętała. The Tower has 30 overground and 5 underground floors, extending 16.5 metres below ground level and rising to 128 metres above ground. The building comprises 50,000 m2 of space, over 41,000 of, usable. Unique features of the building include the helipad on the roof and the external elevator shaft, sloped 14°, which connects the street level with one of the higher office floors with an elevator cabin travelling at 2.5 m/s. Apart from it, there are seven other straight-up elevator shafts in the building core; the Tower is a modern intelligent building, fitted with building automation systems. In July 2008 it was sold to Danish investment fund Baltic Property Trust Optima which sold it in 2012 to a London-based Europa Capital LLP fund "TPSA Tower". Skyscrapers of Warsaw. Retrieved 2006-09-01

Adventure Time (1959 TV series)

Adventure Time was a local children's television show on WTAE-TV 4 in Pittsburgh, from 1959 to 1975. It was hosted with guitarist Joe Negri and puppeteer Jim Martin. Martin became a puppeteer for Sesame Street. Paul Shannon introduced cartoon segments by lowering a "magic sword" and reciting the phrase, "Down goes the curtain, back up again for..." whatever was the feature. Old Three Stooges shorts were shown, as well as the cartoons Kimba the White Lion, "Dodo- The Kid From Outer Space", Coco The Clown and Cecil, Space Angel, Dick Tracy and Rocky and Bullwinkle; the Three Stooges episodes were introduced by Shannon spinning "The Stooge-O-Scope"...a mounted wheel with pictures of the six comic actors who played the Three Stooges attached to it. After Paul would spin the wheel, the camera would zoom into it, with the fade back out going into that day's episode of the Stooges. Moe Howard credited Shannon and the show with playing a major role in the Stooges' national revival in the 1960's; the show featured Paul Shannon's alter ego, Nosmo King, a mysteriously silent, bearded man in dark sunglasses, who stalked about the studio in a slouch hat and tan raincoat.

Nosmo was featured "driving his car" around Pittsburgh, or playing a one-man-band type instrument to the likes of The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There". The studio audience was composed of children's groups such as Boy and Cub Scout packs, Girl Scout, Camp Fire Girl troops. Paul featured a "Picture Gallery" on his show, he would pretend to "play" a player piano and scroll photos of his young listeners, sent in to the station. Other times, songs such as The Toys' "A Lover's Concerto" would play during the showing of the viewer's photos. Viewer contests were held, most notably, one in 1966 to meet the Three Stooges at the local Kennywood Park, one in 1969 to name a new roller coaster at said park. One viewer chose, "The Thunderbolt"; the attraction still remains active at the park today. A high point of the show came each Christmas season, when Paul Shannon loaded children's letters to Santa Claus into a rocket, launched it to the North Pole. Santa opened the letters and read them on the air. Martin's main character in the series was Baby Jeffy.

The puppet was lost at one point in production, Negri claims Martin reacted "like Jeffy was kidnapped." In his book, Moe Howard of the Three Stooges credited Paul Shannon with sparking renewed interest in the Stooges. Shannon appeared in one of the Stooges' full-length features, The Outlaws Is Coming, as Wild Bill Hickok. Shannon's alter-ego Nosmo King got his name from a "No Smoking" sign. On in the series' history, other characters were added, such as Happy Howard. Joe Negri took over the show after Shannon retired in 1975. Negri, the music director for ABC affiliate WTAE from 1960 to 1982, hosted other Pittsburgh-based children's shows for the station, he portrayed Mr. Music on "Rickie and Copper", hosted "Popeye with Joe and Sandy" as well as "High School Talent Scene" at the same time he was playing Handyman Negri on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. List of local children's television series WTAE-TV history page Pittsburgh Tribune-Review interview with Jim Martin