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Dave Porter (sportsman)

Dave Porter is a former two-time NCAA collegiate wrestling champion and football player. He was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1985. Porter attended Lansing Sexton High School in Michigan, he accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan where he competed on the wrestling and football teams. As a collegiate wrestler, Porter was a three-time All-American and won NCAA championships as a heavyweight in 1966 and 1968 and compiled a three-year record of 51 wins and three losses, for a 94.4% winning percentage. In NCAA wrestling tournaments, Porter had a 13-1 record. Porter received the 1968 Michigan Senior Athlete Award and still holds several Michigan wrestling records, including 32 falls, he pinned opponents in less than 30 seconds on three occasions. He still holds the Big Ten Conference records for most consecutive falls with seven. Porter played as a defensive tackle during the 1966 and 1967 football seasons, he wore No. 70 and compiled four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.

His best game for the football team was the 1967 game against Minnesota. In all, Porter won three in wrestling and two in football. After playing in the North-South Shrine Game, Porter was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 1968 NFL Draft, he opted to sign with the Browns rather than compete in the 1968 Summer Olympics wrestling competition. However, Porter never played in an NFL game. Porter became a teacher and coach at Grand Ledge High School in 1970. Porter was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1985. University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor

Magic Moon

Magic Moon is a young adult fantasy novel written by German authors Wolfgang and Heike Hohlbein in 1982. The book was Hohlbein's first success as a writer and the starting point of his career as one of Europe's most well-known and prolific fantasy writers, it was published in over a dozen countries and sold more than two million copies, became the first Hohlbein novel released in the English-speaking world in 2006. The novel tells the story of the land that people travel to when they dream, how a young boy finds courage and strength in fighting, but in accepting, his own deepest fears and nightmares. Kim is an average German schoolboy who loves to read the latest copy of Star Fighter, his daydreaming life spirals into a nightmare when his parents inform him that his little sister Rebecca has fallen into a mysterious coma after her appendicectomy. A visitor from the realm of Magic Moon, the wizard Themistocles, tells him there is only one way to free her from the enchantment of eternal sleep: Kim himself must travel into the land of dreams and save her from the dark wizard Boraas, who has captured her soul.

So his next dream pulls Kim into Magic Moon, where he must fly a spaceship, disguise himself as a dark warrior, fight dangerous monsters and fantastical creatures, journey ever-onward through forests and mountains to the end of the world, only to find out that the answer to saving Rebecca – and Magic Moon – lies within himself. The story of the adventures of Kim Moon Magic continued on a second novel, Märchenmonds Kinder in 1990 and a third, Märchenmonds Erben in 1998. A new section, Die Zauberin von Märchenmond, published in Germany in 2005, features Rebekka, Kim's sister, as the new protagonist. Kim himself does not appear; the newest release, was published in Germany in 2009. Official German Website about Hohlbein and Magic Moon Magic Moon at

Wooden Alley

Wooden Alley is a historic wood block paved alley connecting Astor Street and State Street in the Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The alley is 530 feet long and composed of wooden blocks 6 to 10 inches long and 4 inches wide; this wood block technique is a derivative of Nicholson paving, a more durable method of wooden paving which replaced plank paving in many U. S. cities in the nineteenth century. First paved in 1909, the alley is one of only two wooden alleys remaining in Chicago. Wooden paving was common in the late nineteenth century in Chicago, as the city's large lumber market made wood much cheaper than other paving materials. By 1909, however, a decline in the lumber market combined with the increased durability of other paving materials had caused the city to turn away from wooden paving, making the alley an unusually late example of the method; the alley was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 22, 2002

Smithfield Chambers

Smithfield Chambers is a heritage-listed office building at 235 Mary Street, Gympie Region, Australia. It was built in the 1890s by William Anthony, it was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 15 July 2011. Smithfield Chambers, a two storey rendered brick building in Upper Mary Street Gympie, was built in 1895 for William Evan Thomas, mining secretary and sharebroker. Gympie was established after the discovery of gold in October 1867 by James Nash in the Upper Mary River district; the new goldfield put Queensland on the map as a significant gold producer, contributing much needed finances to the young colony. By Christmas of 1867, according to the Gold Commissioner, the Gympie field had a population of 4,000. Alluvial deposits were exhausted and from 1868 shallow reef mining occurred; as it evolved from a hastily established mining settlement, Gympie developed a distinctive character with an irregular street pattern amid a series of valleys and ridges. Development of roads within the township followed the terrain rather than adopting the standard grid pattern, applied to townships surveyed for settlement, many roads run along ridgelines with linking roads across valleys and hillsides.

Existing buildings and mining homestead leases were accommodated in the first survey of the township in April 1868. By the mid 1870s, the vicinity of Upper Mary Street and Channon St was dominated by government and financial institutions; the early makeshift structures of Gympie gave way to more permanent and substantial public and private buildings. By the end of the 1870s, an intensive phase of underground reef mining was underway, facilitated by the injection of share-holding capital into mining companies for machinery and employees. During the early 1880s, mines began yielding large amounts of gold, marking a new era of wealth and prosperity for Gympie; the increase in production led to an upsurge in company formation on a massive scale. This growth led to the 1884 formation of the Gympie Stock Exchange, specialising in providing facilities for the transfer of shares of mining companies; the presence of sharebrokers engaged in share trading at the Gympie Stock Exchange and of mining secretaries involved in the administration of mines were the natural consequence.

Mining secretaries ensured that the mining company they represented complied with relevant legislation and regulation, they kept board members informed of their legal responsibilities. Mining secretaries were the company's named representative on legal documents, it was their responsibility to ensure that the company and its directors operated within the law, it was their responsibility to register and communicate with shareholders, to ensure that dividends were paid and company records maintained, such as lists of directors and shareholders, annual accounts. During the 1880s and 1890s Gympie was Queensland's second and third biggest gold producer. During this period gold production contributed between 21.61 and 35.53 percent of Queensland export income. The influx of money and the resultant yield of gold at Gympie were reflected in the redevelopment of upper Mary Street during the 1880s and 1890s with substantial commercial buildings such as banks and company secretary and brokers' offices.

Several fires - in 1877, 1881 and 1891 - razed most of the earlier timber buildings in upper Mary Street and accelerated this transformation. While major floods and the economic depression affected the Gympie goldfield in the early 1890s, a rapid expansion in mining activity occurred during 1894. At the end of 1893, 58 leases embraced an area of 892 acres and 78,978 ounces of gold bullion was produced. By the end of 1894 there were 80 leases covering 1,354 acres and 111,168 ounces of gold bullion was produced, the biggest year of production of the 1890s, it was within this context of growth and prosperity that Smithfield Chambers was built in 1895 by William Evan Thomas, mining secretary and sharebroker. Thomas was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1854. A builder by trade, Thomas arrived in Brisbane in 1885, where he started business as a building contractor before working for Hall's Mercantile Agency. After visiting Gympie in the early 1890s, Thomas moved to the township and commenced business as a mining secretary and sharebroker.

Although Thomas had no experience in gold mining he soon became a successful operator, floating a number of new mines in the eastern portion of the goldfield, attracting investors from Australia and abroad. By the end of 1895 WE Thomas and Co. acted as secretaries for 28 of the 100 mining companies of Gympie, the largest provider of these services. In November 1894 Thomas purchased freehold land adjoining Gympie's Stock Exchange from Matthew Mellor for £1,000 cash. At this time the site featured timber buildings occupied by a chemist and fruiterer, mining brokers. Thomas engaged Brisbane architect Leslie Gordon Corrie to design a block of shops. Born in Hobart in 1859, Corrie trained as an architect in Tasmania and worked in private practice and for government. In 1886, he established a private practice in Brisbane and was appointed architect to the Queensland Deposit Bank and Building Society. In 1888-1892 he was in partnership with his former master Henry Hunter. From 1898 to 1905 he was in partnership with GHM Addison as Corrie.

Corrie was a foundation member and long-time councillor of the Queensland Institute of Architects, elected a fellow in 1889 and President from 1906-08. Before construction Thomas had decided on the name of the building - "Smithfield Chambers", in honour of one of Gympi

Marder (IFV)

The Marder is a German infantry fighting vehicle operated by the German Army as the main weapon of the Panzergrenadiere from the 1970s through to the present day. Developed as part of the rebuilding of Germany's armoured fighting vehicle industry, the Marder has proven to be a successful and solid infantry fighting vehicle design. While it used to include a few unique features, such as a remote machine gun on the rear deck and gun ports on the sides for infantry to fire through, these features have been deleted or streamlined in upgrade packages to bring it more in line with modern IFV design, it is overall a simple and conventional machine with one large rear exit hatch and three top hatches for mounted infantry to fire from. The Marder is being replaced by its successor, the Puma. Around 2,100 were taken into service by the German Army in the early 1970s, but the vehicle in its German variant was not sold to any foreign militaries; as the German Army began to retire older vehicles, the Chilean government agreed to acquire 200 Marders.

Argentina uses a simplified and locally produced variant, the VCTP, has a number of vehicles based on that platform constructed by Henschel and built by TAMSE. Development of the Marder ran from January 1960, when the first development contracts were issued, to 7 May 1971, when the first production vehicles were given to the German army; the vehicle was intended to be an improvement over the Schützenpanzer Lang HS.30. The main requirements were: A capacity of 12 infantrymen. A more reliable 20 mm cannon; the infantry dismounted. Protection from nuclear and chemical weapons. Development contracts were awarded to two groups of companies: the Rheinstahl group and the second group comprising Henschel Werke and the Swiss MOWAG company; this resulted in the production of seven prototype vehicles. A second set of eight prototype vehicles were built between 1961 and 1963. Development priority was switched for a while to the development of the Jagdpanzer 90 mm Kanone. In 1967, after military requirements were finalized, a third and final set of ten prototypes were built.

Final development work was completed by the Rheinstahl group, 10 pre-production vehicles were built and completed troop trials with the German army between October 1968 and March 1969. In May 1969, the vehicle was named the "Marder" and in October Rheinstahl was chosen as the prime contractor; the first production Marder was handed to the German army on 7 May 1971. Production of the vehicle continued with 2,136 vehicles being completed. In 1975, the Milan missile was first adapted to be fired by commander from his open hatch, between 1977 and 1979 Milan missiles were fitted to army vehicles. A number of upgrade programs were carried out, that included fitting night vision equipment and a thermal imager, as well as an upgraded ammunition feed to the 20 mm cannon. Around 1985, the designation was changed to Marder 1; the new vehicle was supposed to be the partner of the Leopard 2, just like Marder was the companion to the Standardpanzer/Leopard 1, it was named Marder 2 and the older vehicles re-designated.

The A3 upgrade program began in 1988, with Thyssen-Henschel being awarded a contact to upgrade 2,100 Marder 1 A1/A2 series vehicles to A3 standard at a rate of 220 a year. The first upgraded vehicles reached the German army on 17 November 1989; the modification package included: Improved armour weighing 1,600 kg intended to protect against the 30 mm 2A42 cannon on the Russian BMP-2. The armour provided additional protection against cluster bomblets; the hatches over the infantry compartment were re-arranged. Suspension was reinforced, a new braking system was installed; the heating system was replaced with a water based heating system. Turret was reconfigured. Total weight is now 35,000 kg; the hull of the Marder 1 is all welded steel, giving protection from small-arms fire and shell fragments with the front of the hull providing protection from up to 20 millimeters APDS rounds. Variants had increased protection up to 30mm APDS, in response to the 30 mm autocannon armed BMP-2 and the development of top attack cluster bomblets.

The Marder is a conventional design, with the driver sitting at the front left side of the hull with the engine to his right. The driver has three day periscopes mounted in a hatch; the center periscope can be replaced by a passive night vision device. Behind the driver is a seat for a single infantry man. In early versions of the Marder, this man had a hatch that opened to the right and a periscope that could be rotated through 360 degrees. In the center of the hull is the two-man turret, which holds the commander on the right and the gunner on the left. Only the commander is provided with a hatch; the commander has eight day periscopes for all round observation and the gunner has an additional three. The primary sighting system is the PERI-Z11 sight, which has either 2 6 × optical magnification. From version 1A2 on, there was an additional thermal sight with 8x magnification. To the rear of the turret is the troop compartment, which can hold six infantry men, sitting back to back facing outwards along the center of the hull.

The Marder is capable of fording in up to 1.5 meters of water unprepared, can be fitted with a kit allowing it to ford water up to 2