"Weird Al" Yankovic
Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, film producer, voice actor and author. He is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts, original songs that are style pastiches of the work of other acts, polka medleys of several popular songs, featuring his favored instrument, the accordion. 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 was born in Strawberry Hill, of Yugoslavian descent, began living in California after serving during World War II. Nick married Mary in 1949. Mary, of Italian and English descent, had come to California from Kentucky, gave birth to Alfred ten years later.
Al'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. As his unusual schooling left him two years younger than most of his classmates, Yankovic was not interested in sports or social events at school, he attended Lynwood High School. Yankovic 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
Agua Dulce, California
Agua Dulce is a census-designated place located in Los Angeles County, California. It lies at an elevation of 2,526 feet. Agua Dulce is located northeast of Santa Clarita; the town covers a geographic area of about 25 square miles. The ZIP code is 91390 and area code 661. Agua Dulce is located about 25 miles Southwest of Palmdale, 44 miles North of Los Angeles, in the Sierra Pelona Valley region of Southern California; the 2010 United States Census reported that Agua Dulce had a population of 3,342. The population density was 146.3 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Agua Dulce was 2,854 White, 59 Black, 24 Native American, 78 Asian, 3 Pacific Islander, 223 from other races, 101 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 611 persons; the Census reported that 3,314 people lived in households, 28 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 0 were institutionalized. There were 1,201 households, out of which 355 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 795 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 72 had a female householder with no husband present, 58 had a male householder with no wife present.
There were 64 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 10 same-sex couples or partnerships. 200 households were made up of individuals and 73 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76. There were 925 families; the population was spread out with 645 people under the age of 18, 310 people aged 18 to 24, 588 people aged 25 to 44, 1,336 people aged 45 to 64, 463 people who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males. There were 1,277 housing units at an average density of 55.9 per square mile, of which 1,058 were owner-occupied, 143 were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.2%. 2,929 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 385 people lived in rental housing units. According to the 2010 United States Census, Agua Dulce had a median household income of $103,333, with 2.5% of the population living below the federal poverty line.
Vasquez Rocks has long been used as a popular filming location by the Hollywood movie industry, most notably The Flintstones movie, Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles, the Star Trek episode "Arena." The 1971 movie Duel filmed extensively in the area. Other films shot in the area are Rat Race, 127 Hours and Ted's Bogus Journey and The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle; the History channel shoots the popular reality TV show "Top Shot" in the hills and canyons on the north side of the valley. Reno 911 has filmed in locations off of Soledad Canyon Road; the Agua Dulce area has played host to music video shoots, including those for the Bloodhound Gang's "Your Only Friends Are Make-Believe" and Weird Al Yankovic's "I Love Rocky Road", various Nike commercials. Vasquez Rocks got its name from the famous bandit Tiburcio Vásquez; the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada, goes through Agua Dulce. Agua Dulce has a general aviation airport known as Agua Dulce Airpark; the Airpark and surrounding area was the location for the ABC game show 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow which premiered on June 21, 2011.
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Compton/Woodley Airport is a county-owned public-use airport located two miles southwest of downtown Compton, in southern Los Angeles County, California. The FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2007–2011 categorized it as a relief airport, it is used for general aviation as an alternative to Los Angeles International Airport, situated about 8 miles to the west. Colonel C. S. Smith landed in an open field near the town of Compton in June 1924. Colonel Smith felt the field, owned by the local school board, would make an ideal airport location and negotiated for the airport's founding. Between 1924 and 1936 the airport and its land passed through several hands until Earl Woodley took over the lease in 1936, he purchased additional adjacent land to allow for a crosswind runway. During the war years of 1941 to 1946, civilian flying was restricted and the airport was used by the military as a truck depot. After the war, Mr Woodley resumed operations and became owner of the land; when Mr Woodley died in 1962, the airport was threatened with closure when it was purchased by an investment company.
Pilot groups, the mayor of Compton, the entire Compton City Council encouraged the Board of Supervisors to condemn the land and allow the county to purchase it. In June 1966 the entire airport property of 77 acres was purchased for $2,948,883. Compton/Woodley Airport covers 77 acres and has two asphalt runways, each 3,322 x 60 ft. In 2012 the airport had 66,000 general aviation aircraft operations, averaging about 180 per day. 175 aircraft are based at this airport: 151 single-engine aircraft, 14 multi-engine aircraft, 1 jet aircraft, 8 helicopters, 1 glider. The Compton Airport is mentioned in the opening bars of Dr. Dre's "Big Ego's" on his multi-platinum album 2001. Compton Airport is featured in Airline episode 46 when Robin Petgrave, the founder of the flight school Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, was delayed which resulted in his giving a cast member's son a plane ride at Compton Airport with his flight school. City of Compton web site Los Angeles County Department of Public Works - Compton/Woodley Airport Resources for this airport: FAA airport information for CPM AirNav airport information for KCPM ASN accident history for CPM FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker SkyVector aeronautical chart for KCPM
Spears Motorsports was a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team owned by Wayne and Connie Spears of Agua Dulce, California. The team is most notable for its longevity in the Truck Series, running all but two races before their closure, their commitment to running with Chevrolet and for always running their white and blue No. 75. Wayne Spears is a 2009 inductee of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Spears Motorsports debuted in 1987 at Riverside with road racer Tommy Kendall driving the No. 76 Spears Manufacturing Buick. However, they would last only 26 laps before being hit with oil troubles. Kendall and Spears returned to Riverside in'88, improved their results to 18th, leading one lap. Kendall would be released in favor of Bill Sedgwick, debuting at Phoenix but finishing 36th with ignition troubles. Sedgwick and Spears would only make 8 starts between 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series due to Sedgwick running in the Winston West Series. Ron Hornaday would make his Cup debut with Spears in 1993 at Phoenix finishing 22nd.
Sedgwick returned to the team the following year without much success. Taking a leap at the newly formed SuperTruck Series, the Spears' sold off their Cup equipment at season's end. In 1995, Bill France, Jr. announced the official formation of the NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsman. With Hornaday signed to drive Dale Earnhardt Incorporated's No. 16 truck, the Spears family turned back to Bill Sedgwick, who would debut their white No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet at PIR for the Copper World Classic. Sedgwick would finish 12th in the first truck race. Spears proved its competitiveness by winning the pole at Mesa Marin Speedway. Spears Motorsports's first season in the trucks netted them 1 pole, 6 top 5s, 13 top 10s for a seventh-place points finish. Sedgwick left for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports in 1996, Spears brought on driver Bobby Gill, a consistent top 20 finisher but released after Louisville despite gaining four top tens. Gill was replaced by Busch Series driver Nathan Buttke, who had 7 top 10 starts, but only 3 top 10 finishes and 7 DNF's.
Buttke was released for Dan Press who struggled and had 4 DNF's. Press was soon replaced by another West Series driver, Kevin Harvick, who had made two previous starts in the No. 79 Chevrolet at Tucson and Louisville, finishing in the top 20. Harvick would struggle with only an average season of mid pack finishes but garnered two 8th-place finishes. Harvick ran the full 1998 season except for Nashville, where Lonnie Rush Jr. drove the No. 75 truck but crashed. Despite three consecutive DNF's at the beginning of the year and team rallied back to finish 17th in points, with 3 top 5s and 5 top 10s. Harvick would leave Spears for Jim Herrick's team in 1999, was replaced by Rush, who struggled and was replaced by Marty Houston, who gave the team a top 10 at Nazareth. Houston returned in 2000, scoring 1 top 10 top 10s to finish 12th in points, his success raised the eyebrows of Armando Fitz, who got him into his Busch Series car for 2001. Another future USAR driver, Billy Bigley, took the reins of the No.
75, resulting in 1 top 5 and 8 top 10s for a 13th-place points finish. Despite Bigley's points finish, he would be replaced for 2002 by David Starr. Despite making only 5 starts in 2001, Starr had 4 top 5 finishes with John Menard's truck team. Given a full-time ride, the combination of Starr and Spears would prove to be one of the most famous in the Truck Series. Starr gave the team its first win at Vegas holding off eventual champion Mike Bliss, their first season with Starr proved to be their best with 8 top 5s and 16 top tens resulting in a 5th-place points finish along with the Most Popular Driver award. In 2003, Starr was tenth in points after finishing 6th at Texas when he was injured, forcing him to miss four races. Starr was replaced by Busch Series driver Hank Parker Jr.. Starr returned at Gateway, but dropped to 13th in points. In 2004, the team would have its most successful seasons, taking the pole at Charlotte, along with 2 wins, 8 top 5s and 16 top 10s and a 6th-place points finish.
2005 gave the team ten top 10s and a 7th-place points finish. Starr announced his departure from Spears and move to Red Horse Racing in 2006. NASCAR Sprint Cup owner Joe Gibbs contracted Spears to field their Cuban American development driver Aric Almirola for Rookie of the Year in 2006. Almirola would become the first ROTY contender to drive the famous No. 75. However, Almirola mustered only 3 top 10s. Almirola would move up to the Busch Series part-time. For 2007, Spears would hire "Short Track Slayer" Dennis Setzer, the so-called bridesmade of the Truck Series for finishing 2nd in points three years in a row with the struggling Morgan-Dollar Motorsports. Setzer lived up to his name by winning at Mansfield on a no stop strategy; that would be the last top five for Spears as Setzer did not break into the top 10 after that race and was released prior to Vegas. USAR driver Clay Rogers would step into the No. 75 but would not crack the top 10. At season's end Wayne and Connie Spears posted a letter on their website's homepage announcing that Spears Motorsports would not return for 2008 due to financial difficulties
Zamperini Field is a public airport three miles southwest of downtown Torrance, in Los Angeles County, California. The airport is classified by the FAA as a Regional Reliever and was once known as Torrance Municipal Airport; the airport was completed by the United States Army Air Forces on March 31, 1943, was known as Lomita Flight Strip. It was an emergency landing field for military aircraft on training flights, it was closed after World War II and the War Assets Administration turned it over to local government. Once turned over to the City of Torrance it was renamed Zamperini Field on December 7, 1946. Zamperini Field covers 506 acres and has two asphalt/concrete runways: 11L/29R, 5,000 x 150 ft and 11R/29L, 3,000 x 75 ft, it has one asphalt helipad, 110 x 110 ft. In the year ending May 31, 2005 the airport had 173,027 aircraft operations, average 474 per day: 99% general aviation, 1% military and <1% air taxi. 499 aircraft are based at the airport: 89% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 2% helicopter and <1% glider.
Zamperini Field has a small terminal with a vending machine, conference room and flight planning room. Outside a patio has small tables. Inside the terminal are historical papers related to the airport on the wall and a security post; the helipad for a neighboring hospital, the Torrance Medical Center, is at the north-west corner of the airfield. Zamperini Field is the home of Robinson Helicopter Company, their entire production and testing facilities are on the southeast side of the airfield and are the largest buildings at the field. Zamperini Field is the new home of the Western Museum of Flight in Hawthorne, California; the Aeroméxico Flight 498 or Cerritos air disaster happened in 1986, when a private Piper Cherokee owned by William Kramer en route from Torrance to Big Bear City Airport near Big Bear Lake collided with a Douglas DC-9 owned by Aeroméxico en route from Mexico to Los Angeles International Airport. Both aircraft crashed, all on a few on the ground, being killed. California World War II Army Airfields This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
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The Wizard (1989 film)
The Wizard is a 1989 American family film directed by Todd Holland, written by David Chisholm, starring Fred Savage, Christian Slater, Jenny Lewis, Beau Bridges, Luke Edwards. It was Tobey Maguire's film debut; the film follows three children. The youngest of the three is withdrawn with a gift for playing video games; the Wizard is famous for its extensive product placement of video games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The film was well known for being the official introduction to Super Mario Bros. 3 in North America. Despite receiving negative reviews, the film has garnered a cult following. Jimmy Woods is a young boy suffering from PTSD after his twin sister Jennifer drowned two years earlier, he is focused on traveling to California for unknown reasons, exasperating his mother Christine and stepfather Bateman. Jimmy’s father Sam lives with his elder sons Nick and Corey but does little to help his youngest deal with his grief. Fed up with his broken family, Corey sneaks Jimmy out of a mental institute, they travel on foot for Los Angeles.
Nick and Sam head out to bring the boys back, in competition with Mr. Putnam, a sleazy child bounty hunter hired by Bateman and Christine to find Jimmy; the two parties continually get into fights with each other on the road. At a bus station and Corey meet Haley Brooks, a teenager on her way home to Reno, they discover. They make an agreement to take Jimmy to “Video Armageddon”, a gaming tournament being held in Universal Studios Hollywood, with a grand prize of $50,000, splitting the cash if Jimmy wins. By doing so, they hope to prove; the trio hitchhike cross-country, using Jimmy’s skills to hustle people out of their money by playing games. They meet Lucas Barton, a popular but snobbish gamer, who owns a Power Glove and shows that he is just as skilled as Jimmy, he informs Haley that he will be entering the tournament. Corey and Haley learn that a lunchbox that Jimmy carries with him contains photos of Jennifer and their family; the trio arrive in Reno, gaining more money with help from Haley’s trucker friend Spankey by having him play at a casino’s craps table.
Jimmy begins training on arcade machines with help from the Nintendo Power Line. Putnam tracks Jimmy down and arrives to retrieve him, only for Haley to get him thrown out when she falsely accuses him of sexual harassment; the children escape to Haley’s house, revealed to be a rundown trailer. She explains to Corey that her late mother was a gambler and wants half of the prize money to help her dad buy a proper house. Putnam finds Haley's home and re-captures Jimmy, but Haley summons several truckers who barracade Putnam in, beat him, rescue Jimmy. Spankey drives the children to the tournament. Jimmy enters the tournament, he qualifies as a finalist, where the excitable host announces that the final round will involve playing a brand new game. In between rounds, Putnam chases the children once again, but they escape in an elevator back to the tournament. Jimmy, a third finalist play Super Mario Bros. 3. Cheered on both sides of his family and by Putnam, Jimmy wins the tournament at the last second using the game’s Warp Whistle and earns the prize money.
The family heads back home, but Jimmy spots the Cabazon Dinosaurs and gets his family to stop. They follow him inside, Corey finds Jimmy looking at his photos of the family, one of, taken at the tourist trap, they realize that Jimmy just wanted to leave the mementos of his sister in a place where she was happy. Leaving his lunchbox at the site, Jimmy goes home with Sam, his brothers, Haley in the back of Sam's truck. Haley kisses Jimmy and Corey Jimmy kisses her, she laughs. They take off into the sunset. During 1988, a shortage of ROM chips, along with Nintendo of America's preparation of a version of Super Mario Bros. 2 for Western gamers, prevented Nintendo from performing various North American game releases according to their original schedules. The delayed products included Super Mario Bros. 3 and, according to Nintendo Power, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. The delay, presented Nintendo with an opportunity to promote the game in a feature film. In 1989, Tom Pollack of Universal Studios approached Nintendo of America's marketing department about a video game movie.
Nintendo licensed its products for inclusion in the film. During the movie's production, the filmmakers requested and were granted approval from Nintendo regarding the script and portrayal of the company's games. Super Mario Bros. 3 was one of the products shown in the film and was used in a final scene involving a video game competition. Despite the movie touting itself as featuring the first public reveal of Super Mario Bros. 3, the game had been released in Japan during the previous year, with U. S. magazines such as Electronic Gaming Monthly and GamePro having covered the Japanese version before the movie's release. Filming took place between June 5 and July 25, 1989. Lee Hartney from The Smith Street Band was nearly cast in the lead role, but due to location conflicts was never offered the part. In a 2008 reunion, as well in an interview in 2014, Todd Holland revealed that the original cut of the film was 2.5 hours long and included an extended backstory for Jimmy and Corey. The 1965 A64B Autocar severe-duty, Cab Over Engine vocational truck that Spanky drives was used in the 1
Brackett Field is a public airport a mile southwest of La Verne, in Los Angeles County, California. It was named after Dr. Frank Parkhurst Brackett. Brackett Field, named after Frank Parkhurst Brackett, one of the original professors at Pomona College who started working at the college in the late 1800s, has a long history. In 1911 Calbraith Perry, “C. P.” Rogers landed his Wright Flyer Biplane nicknamed the “Vin Fiz,” after the carbonated soda produced by the sponsor of the first across the United States flight, near what are now two parallel runways. Brackett Field consisted of a dirt strip cut out of a field in the late ‘30s; the original runway was 2,600 feet of dirt and there was a school for student pilots from Pomona College. The Civil Air Patrol a paramilitary branch of the U. S. Air Force, used Brackett Field for operations during World War II. In 1957 the county has owned it since that time. Brackett, about an hour east of the studios in Hollywood, has been used for location filming of scenes for a number of TV series and movies.
These include Wings of Spencer's Pilots The Tim Conway Show and others. The field was the starting point of the Powder Puff Derby in 1947. Brackett had one runway, paved and had paved taxiways on each side; the control tower was built in the late 1960s. In the 1980s increased traffic led to the northern taxiway being replaced by a second runway, which forced the control tower to move a few feet north. Most of the development of the field prior to the 1980s was on the south side, where the Administration Building is located; these developments included a Cessna dealership, flying schools and other facilities such as the first metal hangars on the field. A large, wooden hangar was built on the north side of the field, to house such operations as a Piper dealership and aircraft repair; the hangar burned down circa 1960, was rebuilt burned down again about 10 years was again rebuilt demolished a few years to make way for more modern facilities. Since the 1960s, Brackett has been the home base of Civil Air Patrol Squadron 64.
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