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330 North Wabash

330 North Wabash is a skyscraper in downtown Chicago, United States, at 330 N. Wabash Avenue, designed by famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. A small bust of the architect by sculptor Marino Marini is displayed in the lobby; the 52-story building is situated on a plaza overlooking the Chicago River. At 695 feet, 330 North Wabash is the second-tallest building by Mies van der Rohe, the tallest being the Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower at Toronto-Dominion Centre, it was his last American building. The building's original corporate namesake no longer has offices in the building. IBM sold IBM Plaza to the Blackstone Group in 1996. IBM all but completed its move out of IBM Plaza as of early 2006, taking up space in the new Hyatt Center building closer to Union Station. Current major tenants are the American Medical Association, Langham Chicago managed by Langham Hotels International, WeWork and law firm Latham & Watkins; the former IBM Plaza has several design features that are rare in an office building but understandable given its original owner.

The building's electrical system, environmental system, floor strength, ceiling height can support large raised floor computing centers. With more need to contain possible electrical fires, fire safety was important, asbestos was one of the most useful fire prevention materials of that era; as with most other buildings of that era, asbestos abatement is an ongoing aspect of building life, with air quality monitoring, asbestos "mapping," and opportunistic asbestos removal when feasible. Given IBM's traditional office hours, large number of workers, commercial interest in marketing emerging electronic building control systems, the "banked" intelligent passenger elevator system is over-provisioned for a building of its size and keeps anyone waiting long for service. IBM Plaza stayed dry during the 1992 Chicago Flood. In 2007, plans were announced to convert floors two through thirteen of the 52-story building into a high-end hotel; the Langham, Chicago which opened in 2013, occupying floors two through thirteen.

The Langham Hotel in the building was named the best hotel in the United States by US News in 2017. The building was declared a Chicago Landmark on February 6, 2008 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 26, 2010, it is the youngest building in Chicago on both lists. On December 9, 2011, the American Medical Association announced it would move its headquarters and entire workforce to 330 N. Wabash from its previous headquarters on State Street; the move occurred in September 2013 and the building was renamed AMA Plaza. The building is seen in the film The Corporation This building is used in The Dark Knight, where it is the location of Harvey Dent's and Mayor Anthony Garcia's offices as well as the Wayne Enterprises headquarters; this building is used in Dhoom 3. The building is used in the opening episode of the original Netflix series Ozark, where Jason Bateman’s character and his business partner are touring potential new office space. Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce IBM Mercury Records - moved to New York City when consolidated into PolyGram Records, now part of Universal Music Group List of buildings List of skyscrapers List of tallest buildings in Chicago List of tallest buildings in the United States World's tallest structures 330 N Wabash building website The LanghamChicago website page

Sorrell and Son (TV series)

Sorrell and Son is a British television miniseries which aired on ITV in six hour-long episodes from 6 to 11 July 1984. The story is taken from the 1925 novel of the same name by Warwick Deeping; the story was filmed as a silent film in 1927 and again in 1934. The television miniseries was produced by Yorkshire Television and it starred Richard Pasco and John Shrapnel In post-World War I England, impoverished Captain Stephen Sorrell must raise his son Kit by himself, after his wife had walked out on him. Captain Sorrell's years of devotion and sacrifice for his son come to fruition years in the future. Writing for The Los Angeles Times, Terry Atkinson called the series "a tolerable drama about some likable people", but with the caveat. Or, in rare cases when someone less than a saint shows up, he or she flaunts the transparently despicable characteristics of a Snidely Whiplash. Everyone's either a dear old soul or a scoundrel." He summarized it as "mildly engrossing fare." Jerry Roberts. Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors.

Scarecrow Press, 2009. Sorrell and Son on IMDb

Murray Gaunt

Murray Andrew Gaunt was a Canadian politician. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Liberal Party Member of Provincial Parliament from 1962 to 1981, representing the riding of Huron-Bruce, served as an Opposition member facing successful Progressive Conservative governments. First elected in a by-election in 1962, he went on to win general elections in 1963, 1967, 1971, 1975 and 1977 and he served in the 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and the 31st Legislative Assemblies of Ontario. Gaunt was born in West Wawanosh Township to a farming family, he won the 1955 Queen Guineas beef award at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. A year he graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph and began poultry farming. In 1962, the death of John William Hanna, the member for Huron-Bruce, led to a by-election in which Gaunt ran and won, he subsequently won four more elections. Gaunt was elected to the Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2005, he died in London, Ontario on March 31, 2009, at the age of 73.

Gaunt is buried in the Wingham Cemetery, Ontario. Ontario Legislative Assembly parliamentary history


Roccacasale is a comune in the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Built on the slopes of the Monte della Rocca in the central Apennines, the village overlooks the Peligna Valley and the town of Sulmona; the village arose from a small settlement called Casali, which had few inhabitants prior to 925. As a result of the construction of the fortified rocca, sited to control the entrance to the Valle del Sangro and the Cinquemiglia plain, from Saracen or Byzantine, the centre formed, with the passing of time, into a typical medieval walled village on the slopes directly under the castle; the higher part of the village consists of steep roads leading towards the castle, linked by narrow passageways between buildings constructed on the naked bedrock. Inside the ancient village are the church of Saint Michael Archangel and the remains of the baronial palazzo, constructed by the de Sanctis, barons of Roccacasale, next to the church more than the castle. Official website

Kakatiya Kala Thoranam

Kakatiya Kala Thoranam is a historical arch in the Warangal district, of the Indian state of Telangana. The Warangal Fort has four ornamental gates which formed the gates to the destroyed great Shiva temple which are known as Kakatiya Kala Thoranam or Warangal Gates; the architectural feature of these historical arches of the Warangal Fort has been adopted as the symbol of the Kakatiya Dynasty and has been incorporated as the Emblem of Telangana for the state of Telangana. These gates or arches in the Warangal Fort are said to have similarities with gateways of the Sanchi stupa; the arch was built around 12th century during the rule of the Kakatiya dynasty. The Monument was included in the "tentative list" of UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Monument was submitted by the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO on 10/09/2010. The Kakatiya Kala Thoranam, or arch, is an extensive ornamented stone sculpture, his daughter Rudrama Devi and Pratap Rudra II of the Kakatiya Dynasty added more fortifications to the fort, laid in three concentric circles.

The four gateways were part of the temple, destroyed by the Muslim invader Ulugh Khan during the 1323 invasion, as a part of their policy followed after their victories over territories, to desecrate Hindu temples. The great temple of which the gates were integral is said to be comparable to the size and splendor of the Rudra Mahalaya Temple at Siddhpur in Gujarat. A depiction of the arch forms the main symbol in the Emblem of Telangana for the state of Telangana; this logo or emblem, in English and Urdu is portrayed with a combination of green and gold, representing "Bangaru Telangana". Inscribed on the logo are the names of the Government of Telangana in English, as "Telangana Prabhutvam" in Telugu and as "Telangana Sarkar" in Urdu. At the base of the logo there is an inscription in Sanskrit which says "Satyameva Jayate"; the central part of the fort, identified as the archaeological zone, contains the ruins of the great Swayambhusiva temple, now seen with only the free-standing "Entrance Portals", or gates on the four sides, all being similar in design.

Each gate has twin pillars with angled brackets over. The gates have extensive intricate carvings of "lotus buds, looped garlands, mythical animals, birds with foliated tails", they do not depict any religious symbols, said to be the reason for its preserved condition for not being destroyed by Muslim invaders. The gates at the northern and southern ends are 480 feet apart; the eastern and western gates are at a distance of 433 feet apart. Cousens, Henry. Lists of antiquarian remains in His Highness the Nizam's territories. Office of the superintendent of government printing, India. Eaton, Richard M.. A Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761: Eight Indian Lives. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-25484-7. Michell, George. Southern India: A Guide to Monuments Sites & Museums. Roli Books Private Limited. ISBN 978-81-7436-903-1. Prasādarāvu, Calasāni. Kakatiya Sculpture: A Critical Study of the Sculptural and Artistic Relics and Monuments of Telangana During the Years 1,000 to 1,323 A. D. Under the Kakatiya Rulers.

Rekha. Singh, Sarina. South India. Lonely Planet. ISBN 978-1-74104-704-2

Louis DaPron

Louis Francis DaPron, was an American dancer and dance instructor. He worked with tap dancer Donald O'Connor, his parents were Elizabeth Kurtz and Louis I DaPron, the family shows up on the 1930 Federal Census as living in Denver. Both parents were professional dancers, at some point in the 1930s they settled in Hollywood to open a dance school. Louis, dancing and teaching dance with his parents since he was a child, was hired by choreographer LeRoy Prinz and actor/choreographer Nick Castle in 1936 to assist with dance direction for films at Paramount, he seems not to have been under contract, but to have worked for various studios for the next few years. By 1941 he was the primary choreographer for Ruby Keeler in Columbia Pictures' Sweetheart of the Campus, her last musical film. In 1941, Universal Studios was assembling a group of the best teenage dancers in the country for a dance group to be marketed as the "Jivin' Jacks and Jills" in musical comedy films, DaPron was put under contract by Universal to be the choreographer for this group.

The Jivin' Jacks and Jills were popular with teen audiences for the dancing and comedy efforts of Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan, who were teamed together. As O’Connor became popular, Universal focused on him, the Jivin’ Jacks and Jills were disbanded after 14 films. DaPron stayed on, as O'Connor's choreographer and as head choreographer at Universal, a role he retained well into the 1950s, he can be seen in small dancing parts in two films from 1948: Are You With It and Feudin', Fussin' and a-Fightin', illustrating his unique style of movement. DaPron provided choreography for The Colgate Comedy Hour, again working with Donald O'Connor, The Louis DaPron dancers were regulars on the popular Perry Como Show from 1955 to 1960. Video on YouTube Louis DaPron on IMDb