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Akira Toriyama

Akira Toriyama is a Japanese manga artist and character designer. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his successful manga series Dr. Slump, before going on to create Dragon Ball—his best-known work—and acting as a character designer for several popular video games such as the Dragon Quest series, Chrono Trigger and Blue Dragon. Toriyama is regarded as one of the artists that changed the history of manga, as his works are influential and popular Dragon Ball, which many manga artists cite as a source of inspiration, he earned the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen or shōjo manga with Dr. Slump, it went on to sell over 35 million copies in Japan, it was adapted into a successful anime series, with a second anime created in 1997, 13 years after the manga ended. His next series, Dragon Ball, would become one of the most popular and successful manga in the world. Having sold 250–300 million copies worldwide, it is the second best-selling manga of all time and is considered to be one of the main reasons for the period when manga circulation was at its highest in the mid-1980s and mid-1990s.

Overseas, Dragon Ball's anime adaptations have been more successful than the manga and are credited with boosting anime's popularity in the Western world. In 2019, Toriyama was decorated a Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contributions to the arts. Akira Toriyama was born in Nagoya, Japan, he has recalled that when he was in elementary school all of his classmates drew, imitating anime and manga, as a result of not having many forms of entertainment. He believes that he began to advance above everyone else when he started drawing pictures of his friends, after winning a prize at the local art studio for a picture of One Hundred and One Dalmatians, began to think "art was fun". Before becoming a manga artist, he worked at an advertising agency in Nagoya designing posters for three years. After quitting his previous job, Toriyama entered the manga industry by submitting a work to an amateur contest in a Jump magazine in order to win the prize money. While it did not win, Kazuhiko Torishima, who would become his editor, contacted him and gave him encouragement.

His debut came in 1978 with the story Wonder Island, published in Weekly Shōnen Jump. However, he did not rise to popularity until the comedy series Dr. Slump, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1980 to 1984, it follows his small but super-strong robot Arale. He began the series at age 25 while living at home with his parents, but when the series ended in 1984 he was a "manga superstar". In 1981, Dr. Slump earned him the Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen or shōjo manga series of the year. A successful anime adaptation aired on TV from 1981 to 1986, with a remake series airing from 1997 to 1999. By 2008, the manga had sold over 35 million copies in Japan. Toriyama's official fan club Akira Toriyama Hozonkai was established in 1982, its newsletters were called Bird Land Press and were sent to members until the club closed in 1987. In 1984, Weekly Shōnen Jump began serializing Toriyama's Dragon Ball; as of 2014, it had sold 159.5 million tankōbon copies in Japan alone, making it Shueisha's second best-selling manga of all time.

It began as an adventure/gag manga but turned into a martial arts fighting series, considered by many to be the "most influential shōnen manga." Dragon Ball was one of the main reasons for the magazine's circulation hitting a record high of 6.53 million copies. The series' success encouraged Toriyama to continue working on it from 1984 to 1995. At the series' end, Toriyama said that he asked everyone involved to let him end the manga, so he could "take some new steps in life." During that 11-year period, he produced 519 chapters. Moreover, the success of the manga led to five anime adaptations, several animated movies, numerous video games, mega-merchandising; the third anime adaptation, Dragon Ball GT, was not based on his manga. Aside from its popularity in Japan, Dragon Ball was successful internationally as well, including Asia and the Americas, with 250–300 million copies of the manga sold worldwide. While Toriyama was serializing Dragon Ball weekly, Torishima recruited him to work as character designer for the 1986 role-playing video game Dragon Quest.

The artist admitted he was pulled into it without knowing what an RPG was and that it made his busy schedule more hectic, but he was happy to have been a part after enjoying the finished game. Toriyama has continued to work on every installment in the Dragon Quest series, he has served as the character designer for the Super Famicom RPG Chrono Trigger and for the fighting games Tobal No. 1 and Tobal 2 for the PlayStation. Toriyama's own studio is called Bird Studio, a play on his name. Toriyama does nearly all of the work at Bird Studio himself, when he employed an assistant, the assistant did backgrounds; the studio founded in 1983 has produced occasional one-shots, or stand-alone manga that are not serialized, some other design work. All of Toriyama's manga after Dragon Ball tend to be short stories, including Cowa!, Sand Land. On December 6, 2002, Toriyama made his only promotional appearance in the United States at the launch of Weekly Shōnen Jump's North American counterpart, Shonen Jump, in New York City.

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Al Fong

Al Fong is an American gymnastics coach and owner of GAGE Center, a gymnastics club. Fong coached Julissa Gomez and Christy Henrich, Olympic hopefuls for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, who died after a competition accident and from anorexia, respectively, he has since coached two Olympic silver medalists: Courtney McCool. Fong is a second-generation Chinese-American and raised in Seattle, Washington, he earned a gymnastics scholarship to Louisiana State University. Fong is married to former Soviet gymnast Armine Barutyan-Fong, a gymnastics coach at GAGE Center. Together they have Athena Fong. 1970s Fong graduated from Louisiana State University in 1975, became a gymnastics coach that same year. In 1979, Fong started his own gym, the Great American Gymnastics Express, in Blue Springs, Missouri.1980s and 1990s In the 1980s, Fong coached Julissa Gomez and Christy Henrich. Gomez died after breaking her neck while performing a Yurchenko vault. Henrich died from complications of anorexia nervosa. After Henrich's death, Fong stopped coaching elite gymnastics and instead taught after school programs.

2000s He coached Olympic silver medalists Terin Humphrey and Courtney McCool at his gym, GAGE Center, in Blue Springs. Fong has said his coaching style has changed: "There is no yelling or screamingIf anybody who knew me 20 years ago saw this, they'd say'Bulls----". At a selection camp for the 2003 World Championships, Humphrey was selected as a second alternate, she was not allowed to practice with the U. S. team. Fong commented that the experience was painful and said Humphrey should have been selected to compete. Fong was involved in a scoring controversy concerning the men's all around competition at the 2004 Athens Olympics when Korean Olympic officials lodged a protest against American gymnast Paul Hamm's score.2010s Fong coaches Leanne Wong and Kara Eaker. Julissa Gomez and the Yurchenko vault Julissa Gomez broke her neck while performing a Yurchenko vault in 1988 during the World Sports Fair in Japan, just before the 1988 Olympic trials, she died as a result of her injuries in hospital.

After the accident Fong said: "One thing is certain... Julissa wouldn't want national team members to stop competing, or want me to quit being the coach that I am". After the accident some coaches supported banning the vault but Fong said that "a lot of the coaches are concerned about the hysteria going on about this vaultThis could hamper the development of the sport." He said that banning the vault would put the United States further behind the Soviets and suggested that coaches should teach the vault to gymnasts when they are younger so they will have more time to develop it. Another one of Fong's gymnasts Karen Tiereny cracked the C-1 vertebra in her neck when she landed on her head performing the Yurchenko vault at the U. S. Olympic Festival in 1987. Tiereny decided she would not perform the vault anymore and has said that Fong continued to encourage her to perform it anyway. Fong insists. Christy Henrich He coached Christy Henrich, who missed the 1988 Seoul Olympics by.188. Henrich developed anorexia nervosa after a judge told her she was too heavy at 93 pounds to make the Olympic team.

As a result of her illness, she was unable to compete after 1990. She retired from the sport in 1991 and died from multiple organ system failure in 1994 at 22 years of age. Fong had stopped coaching Christy in 1989 and has said that he "kicked her out of the gym for her own good" adding that she had lost the strength needed to complete her routines safely. Henrich has said. Fong stopped coaching elite gymnastics for a time after Henrich's death; the best gymnasts left his reputation as a coach was damaged. He taught after school programs for a time, until he met nine year old Terin Humphrey

Ignacio Mariano Martinez de Galinsoga

Ignacio Mariano Martinez de Galinsoga, physician to the Spanish Queen consort Maria Luisa of Parma, director of the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid, member of the Spanish Real Academia Nacional de Medicina. The botanical genus. Plants of the genus Galinsoga arrived in Europe from the Americas and by 1776 were found in Kew Gardens and in 1794 in the Botanical Gardens of Paris and Madrid. Galinsoga wrote a 1784 book "Demostración mecánica de las enfermedades que produce el uso de las cotillas" about the health hazards inherent in the wearing of corsets, pointed out the absence of such health problems among peasant women

Matt Paradis

Matt Paradis is an American football center for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, he played college football at Boise State. Paradis was one of 51 collegiate offensive linemen to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, he completed all of the combine drills and had a mediocre performance overall, finishing 11th in the three-cone drill and 20th among offensive linemen in the bench press. On March 14, 2014, he attended Boise State's pro day, but opted to stand on his combine numbers and only ran positional drills. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Paradis was projected to be a seventh round pick or priority undrafted free agent by NFL draft experts and scouts, he was ranked the 15th best center prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com. The Denver Broncos selected Paradis in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, he was the ninth center selected in 2014. On June 2, 2014, the Denver Broncos signed Paradis to a four-year, $2.31 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $91,000.

Throughout training camp, he competed for a roster spot against Will Montgomery. On August 30, 2014, the Denver Broncos waived Paradis and signed him to their practice squad on September 1, 2014. On January 15, 2015, the Denver Broncos signed Paradis to a reserve/future contract. Throughout training camp, Paradis competed against Gino Gradkowski for the vacant starting center role after Manny Ramirez and Will Montgomery both departed during free agency. Head coach Gary Kubiak named Paradis the starting center to begin the regular season, he made his first career start and professional regular season debut in the Denver Broncos' season-opening 19–13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Paradis started all 16 regular season games and helped the Broncos attain a 12-4 record and finish atop the AFC West. On January 17, 2016, he started his first career playoff game as the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 23–16 in the AFC divisional playoff game; the Denver Broncos went on to defeat the New England Patriots and play against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

Paradis started in the Super Bowl and helped his team defeat the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10. Paradis played exceptionally well throughout his first season as a starter and was ranked the best center in the NFL in 2015 by Pro Football Focus and was ranked the fourth overall center by the Bleacher Report. Due to his contract and his snap count, Paradis earned a player performance bonus of $391,647, it was the largest performance bonus of any player in 2015. He allowed 29 quarterback pressures and received a pass blocking efficiency of 96.6 from Pro Football Focus. It ranked 19th among all centers in 2015. On April 14, 2016, the Denver Broncos signed Paradis to $525,000 contract. After a stellar season in 2016, Paradis maintained his starting role to begin the regular season, he started all 16 regular season games and helped the Broncos finish 9-7. Paradis played 2,392 snaps out of a possible 2,402 snaps in 2016 and only allowed 17 quarterback pressures. Pro Football Focus gave Paradis a pass blocking efficiency of 97.9, which ranked 13th among all centers.

He received an overall grade of 90.7 from PFF that finished first among all centers. The Denver Broncos did not qualify for the playoffs. Head coach Gary Kubiak announced his retirement after the season, due to health concerns; as the Broncos' starting center, Paradis received a player performance bonus of $306,002, the highest player performance bonus of any player on the Broncos' roster. On March 7, 2017, the Denver Broncos signed Paradis to his exclusive rights tender under the terms of one-year, $615,000 contract. Due to his exclusive rights tender, he was unable to negotiate with any other team, but became a restricted free agent in 2018. Paradis missed organized team activities and the beginning of training camp after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on both his hips during the offseason, he returned to training camp after receiving medical clearance in July. Head coach Vance Joseph named Paradis the starting center to begin the regular season, ahead of Connor McGovern and Dillon Day. Paradis started all 16 regular season games for the third consecutive season.

He earned an overall grade of 75.2 from Pro Football Focus in 2017. On March 12, 2018, the Broncos placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Paradis, he started the first nine games at center before suffering a fractured fibula in Week 9. He was placed on injured reserve on November 12, 2018. On March 14, 2019, Paradis signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Carolina Panthers. Denver Broncos bio Boise State Broncos bio

Anders Jansson

Lars Anders Jansson, born 9 October 1967 in Staffanstorp, is a Swedish comedian known for such TV-shows as Hipp Hipp and the Swedish version of QI. Jansson, as well as his close companion Johan Wester, started out his entertaining career doing student horseplay at Lund University. Jansson, again with Wester, worked as scriptwriter for the TV-show Snacka om nyheter. Jansson has done voice-over for Pixar movies Finding Nemo and Brother Bear. In 2010 he did the part of Sir Bedevere in the Swedish production of Spamalot at Nöjesteatern in Malmö. In the fall of 2012 SVT started airing Intresseklubben, a Swedish version of the BBC-show QI, where Jansson took on the Alan Davies-role of regular panellist. Jansson hosted Melodifestivalen 2014 along with Nour El-Refai. Anders Jansson on IMDb Anagram productions

The Green Bag (1889–1914)

The Green Bag was a popular legal magazine published in Boston between 1889 and 1914—the Progressive Era—containing news of legal events and essays in a lighthearted tone. The magazine was captioned "A Useless, but Entertaining Magazine For Lawyers"; the name of the magazine was purported to reflect the use of green bags by barristers, although this assertion was disputed. Charles Carroll Soule, owner of the Boston Book Company and publisher of The Green Bag, hired Horace Williams Fuller to be the first editor. A contemporary publication reviewed the initial efforts of The Green Bag as follows: "Although intended for the amusement of lawyers, this magazine should be a welcome guest at any library table, it is one of the brightest and most entertaining of all the non-scientific journals that come to The Microscope's book-table. Well edited, beautifully printed, finely illustrated, it should meet with a cordial reception from any intelligent reader."In 1893, A. Oakey Hall began writing "reflective and authoritative essays on legal matters and some biographical sketches of famous people" for The Green Bag, including biographies of Samuel J. Tilden, William McKinley, William Jennings Bryan, Alexander Hamilton.

The success of The Green Bag prompted an imitator, The Canadian Green Bag, launched in January 1895 and edited by Francis Longueville Snow. Fuller served as editor of The Green Bag until the end of 1900, some months before his death in 1901. Following Fuller's retirement, Thomas Tileston Baldwin became editor, was evaluated by one reviewer as "a worthy successor to Mr. Fuller judging from his initial number." Baldwin served as editor from 1901 to 1904, giving up editorship in January 1905. During this time, the magazine's offerings included a series of articles contributed by David Werner Amram, which formed the substance of his 1905 book, Leading Cases in the Bible. In these, Amram approached the Bible in a spirit of free scientific inquiry and illuminated the legal problems involved indirectly in the biblical narrative; the striking originality and charming style of the book was of interest to students of both the law and the Bible. Editorship passed to Sydney Russell Wrightington from 1905 to 1909 to Arthur Weightman Spencer from 1909 to 1915.

At the beginning of 1915, The Green Bag was acquired by the Central Law Journal Company, which discontinued The Green Bag while fulfilling its subscription list with its own weekly Central Law Journal. Spencer, then-editor of The Green Bag, became assistant editor of The Central Law Journal. In 1997, three former classmates at the University of Chicago Law School began publication of The Green Bag: An Entertaining Journal of Law as a quarterly legal journal dedicated to publishing good writing about the law. In calling itself an "entertaining" journal, it is not a journal of humor and unserious work. Official website