Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an American screenwriter, director and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men, The Farnsworth Invention and To Kill a Mockingbird. For writing The Social Network, he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, among other awards, he made his feature directorial debut in 2017 with Molly's Game, which he wrote. Sorkin's trademark rapid-fire dialogue and extended monologues are complemented, in television, by frequent collaborator Thomas Schlamme's characteristic directing technique called the "walk and talk"; these sequences consist of single tracking shots of long duration involving multiple characters engaging in conversation as they move through the set. Sorkin was born in Manhattan, New York City, to a Jewish family, was raised in the New York suburb of Scarsdale, his mother was a schoolteacher and his father a copyright lawyer who had fought in WWII and put himself through college on the G. I. Bill, his paternal grandfather was one of the founders of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Sorkin took an early interest in acting. Before he reached his teenage years, his parents were taking him to the theatre to see shows such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and That Championship Season. Sorkin attended Scarsdale High School where he became involved in the theatre club. In eighth grade he played General Bullmoose in the musical Li'l Abner. At Scarsdale High, he served as vice president of the drama club in his junior and senior years and graduated in 1979. In 1979 Sorkin attended Syracuse University. In his freshman year he failed a class, a core requirement – a devastating setback because he wanted to be an actor, the drama department did not allow students to take the stage until they completed all the core freshman classes. Determined to do better, he returned in his sophomore year, graduated in 1983. Recalling the influence on him at college of drama teacher Arthur Storch, Sorkin recalled, after Storch's death in March 2013, that "Arthur's reputation as a director, as a disciple of Lee Strasberg, was a big reason why a lot of us went to S.
U....'You have the capacity to be so much better than you are', he started saying to me in September of my senior year. He was still saying it in May. On the last day of classes, he said it again, I said,'How?', he answered,'Dare to fail'. I've been coming through on his admonition since". After graduating from Syracuse University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre, Sorkin moved to New York City where he spent much of the 1980s as a struggling, sporadically-employed actor who worked odd jobs, such as delivering singing telegrams, driving a limousine, touring Alabama with the children's theatre company Traveling Playhouse, handing out fliers promoting a hunting-and-fishing show, bartending at Broadway's Palace Theatre. One weekend, while housesitting at a friend's place he found an IBM Selectric typewriter, started typing, "felt a phenomenal confidence and a kind of joy that had never experienced before in life."He continued writing and put together his first play, Removing All Doubt, which he sent to his old Syracuse theatre teacher, Arthur Storch, impressed.
In 1984 Removing All Doubt was staged for drama students at Syracuse University. After that, he wrote Hidden in This Picture which debuted off-off-Broadway at Steve Olsen's West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre Bar in New York City in 1988; the quality of his first two plays got him a theatrical agent. Producer John A. McQuiggan saw the production of Hidden in This Picture and commissioned Sorkin to turn the one-act into a full-length play called Making Movies. Sorkin got the inspiration to write his next play, a courtroom drama called A Few Good Men, from a phone conversation with his sister Deborah, who had graduated from Boston University Law School and signed up for a three-year stint with the U. S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. Deborah told Sorkin that she was going to Guantanamo Bay to defend a group of Marines who came close to killing a fellow Marine in a hazing ordered by a superior officer. Sorkin took that information and wrote much of his story on cocktail napkins while bartending at the Palace Theatre.
He and his roommates had purchased a Macintosh 512K so when he returned home he would empty his pockets of the cocktail napkins and type them into the computer, forming a basis from which he wrote many drafts for A Few Good Men. In 1988 Sorkin sold the film rights for A Few Good Men to producer David Brown before it premiered, in a deal, "well into six figures". Brown had read an article in The New York Times about Sorkin's one-act play Hidden in This Picture and found out Sorkin had a play called A Few Good Men, having Off Broadway readings. Brown produced A Few Good Men on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, it was directed by Don Scardino. After opening in late 1989, it ran for 497 performances. Sorkin continued writing Making Movies and in 1990 it debuted Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theatre, produced by John A. McQuiggan, again directed by Don Scardino. Meanwhile, David Brown was producing a few projects at TriStar Pictures and tried to interest them in making A Few Good Men into a film but his proposal was declined due to the lack of star actor involvement.
Brown got a call from Alan Horn at Castle Rock Entertainment, an
John Hart was the 23rd Premier of British Columbia, from December 9, 1941 to December 29, 1947. The son of an Irish farmer, named John Hart, he came to Victoria in 1898. Hart worked in the finance industry and founded his own firm in 1909. In 1908, he married Harriet McKay, he entered politics in the 1916 election, elected to the provincial legislature as a Liberal member from Victoria City. He served as minister of finance from 1917 to 1924, from 1933 to 1947. Hart retired from politics to attend to his business from 1924 to 1933. Hart became premier following the 1941 election. Unlike Pattullo, Hart was willing to form a coalition government with the Conservative Party; this allowed the Liberal-Conservative Coalition to govern with a majority in order to block the socialist Cooperative Commonwealth Federation from forming the government. From 1941 to 1945, Hart governed at a time of wartime scarcity, when all major government projects were postponed. Hart's coalition government was re-elected in the 1945 election by a decisive margin.
In that contest and Conservatives ran under the same banner for the first time in BC history. After 1945, Hart undertook an ambitious program of rural electrification and highway construction. Hart's most significant projects were the construction of Highway 97 to northern British Columbia and the re-launch of the Bridge River Power Project, the first major hydroelectric development in British Columbia, he established the BC Power Commission, a forerunner of BC Hydro, to provide power to smaller communities that were not serviced by private utilities. In December 1947, he retired as premier. Hart was named speaker for the assembly in 1948, he returned to business. Hart was one of the few BC premiers who defeated nor under a cloud, he died in Victoria in 1957, aged 78 years. He is interred in the Royal Oak Burial Park in Saanich; the 405 km John Hart Highway between Prince George and Dawson Creek is named for him, as is the Hart Highlands neighbourhood of Prince George and the John Hart Dam in Campbell River
Alexis Wawanoloath is a Canadian politician. He was a member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Abitibi-Est, representing the Parti Québécois, he is a member of the Abenaki First Nation. The son of Christine Sioui-Wawanoloath and Gaston Larouche, he studied at the Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Wawanoloath worked as a technician in social work at the l'Or-et-des-Bois School Board, an educator at a child daycare centre and a host for the Centre polyvalent pour jeunes autochthones in Val-d'Or, he was the president of the youth aboriginal council and an administrator at the Abitibi-Témiscamingue youth forum. Wawanoloath became the first aboriginal member elected to the National Assembly, defeating Liberal incumbent Pierre Corbeil in the 2007 elections, he was named the PQ critic for youth by André Boisclair. He was defeated by Corbeil. On December 1, 2013, he was elected as councillor in the Abenakis of Odanak council. PQ webpage