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Alfred Bester

Alfred Bester was an American science fiction author, TV and radio scriptwriter, magazine editor and scripter for comic strips and comic books. He is best remembered for his science fiction, including The Demolished Man, winner of the inaugural Hugo Award in 1953. Science fiction author Harry Harrison wrote, "Alfred Bester was one of the handful of writers who invented modern science fiction."Shortly before his death, the Science Fiction Writers of America named Bester its ninth Grand Master, presented posthumously in 1988. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted him in 2001. Alfred Bester was born in Manhattan, New York City, on December 18, 1913, his father, James J. Bester, owned a shoe store and was a first-generation American whose parents were both Austrian Jews. Alfred's mother, was born in Russia and spoke Yiddish as her first language before coming to America as a youth. Alfred was James and Belle's second and final child, only son. Though his mother was born Jewish, she became a Christian Scientist, Alfred himself was not raised within any religious traditions.

He played on the Penn Quakers football team in 1935 and, by his own account, was "the most successful member of the fencing team." He tired of it and dropped out. Bester and Rolly Goulko married in 1936. Rolly Bester was a Broadway and television actress, originating the role of Lois Lane on the radio program The Adventures of Superman, she changed careers in the 1960s, becoming a vice president, casting director and supervisor at the advertising agency Ted Bates & Co. in New York City. The Besters remained married for 48 years until her death. Bester was nearly a lifelong New Yorker, although he lived in Europe for a little over a year in the mid-1950s and moved to exurban Pennsylvania with Rolly in the early 1980s. Once settled there, they lived on Geigel Hill Road in Pennsylvania. After his university career, 25-year-old Alfred Bester was working in public relations when he turned to writing science fiction. Bester's first published short story was "The Broken Axiom", which appeared in the April 1939 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories after winning an amateur story competition.

Bester recalled, "Two editors on the staff, Mort Weisinger and Jack Schiff, took an interest in me, I suspect because I'd just finished reading and annotating Joyce's Ulysses and would preach it enthusiastically without provocation, to their great amusement.... They thought "Diaz-X" might fill the bill if it was whipped into shape." This was the same contest that Robert A. Heinlein famously chose not to enter, as the prize was only $50 and Heinlein realized he could do better selling his 7,000-word unpublished story to Astounding Science Fiction for a penny a word, or $70. Years Bester interviewed Heinlein for Publishers Weekly and the latter told of changing his mind for Astounding. Bester says. I won that Thrilling Wonder contest, you beat me by twenty dollars."However, as Bester was the winner of the contest, Mort Weisinger "introduced me to the informal luncheon gatherings of the working science fiction authors of the late thirties." He met Edmond Hamilton, Otto Binder, Malcolm Jameson and Manly Wade Wellman there.

During 1939 and 1940 Weisinger published three more of Bester's stories in Thrilling Wonder Stories and Startling Stories. For the next few years, Bester continued to publish short fiction, most notably in John W. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction. In 1942, two of his science fiction editors got work at DC Comics, invited Bester to contribute to various DC titles. Bester left the field of short story writing and began working for DC Comics as a writer on Superman, under the editorship of Julius Schwartz, Green Lantern, among other titles, he created super-villain Solomon Grundy and the version of the Green Lantern Oath that begins "In brightest day, In blackest night". Bester was the writer for Lee Falk's comic strips The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician while their creator served in World War II, it is speculated how much influence Bester had on these comics. One theory claims that Bester was responsible for giving the Phantom his surname, "Walker". After four years in the comics industry, in 1946 Bester turned his attention to radio scripts, after wife Rolly told him that the show Nick Carter, Master Detective was looking for story submissions.

Over the next few years, Bester wrote for Nick Carter, as well as The Shadow, Charlie Chan, The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe and other shows. He wrote for The CBS Radio Mystery Theater. With the advent of American network television in 1948, Bester began writing for television, although most of these projects were lesser-known. In early 1950, after eight years away from the field, Bester resumed writing science fiction short stories. However, after an initial return to Astounding with the story "The Devil's Invention", he stopped writing for the magazine in mid-1950 when editor John Campbell became preoccupied with L. Ron Hubbard and Dianetics, the forerunner to Scientology. Bester turned to Galaxy Science Fiction, where he found in H. L. Gold another exceptional editor as well as a good friend. In New York, he socialized at the Hydra Club, an organization of New York's science fiction writers, including such luminaries as Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Anthony Boucher, Avram Dav

St. Wendel Township, Stearns County, Minnesota

St. Wendel Township is a township in Stearns County, United States; the population was 2,150 at the 2010 census. St. Wendel Township was organized in 1868. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles. St. Wendel Township is located in Township 125 North of the Arkansas Base Line and Range 29 West of the 5th Principal Meridian; as of the census of 2000, there were 2,313 people, 737 households, 649 families residing in the township. The population density was 64.7 people per square mile. There were 747 housing units at an average density of 20.9/sq mi. The racial makeup of the township was 98.96% White, 0.30% Asian, 0.04% from other races, 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population. There were 737 households out of which 47.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.9% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 11.9% were non-families. 10.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 3.13 and the average family size was 3.38. In the township the population was spread out with 32.2% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, 6.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.2 males. The median income for a household in the township was $57,946, the median income for a family was $61,576. Males had a median income of $38,194 versus $21,914 for females; the per capita income for the township was $20,116. About 2.5% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over

Jo (film)

Jo is a French comedy film released in 1971. It is known as Joe: The Busy Body or The Gazebo, it was directed by Jean Girault and stars Louis de Funès as playwright Antoine Brisebard, Claude Gensac as an actress and his wife Sylvie Brisebard as well Bernard Blier as inspector Ducros. The script is published in 1958, The Gazebo. Jo is its second adaptation, the first one being the 1959 film The Gazebo, starring Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds. There's a Joe Montgomery too. Antoine Brisebard, a famous comedy playwright, is struggling with financial difficulties and is preparing to sell his country villa to an English couple. What no one knows, however, is that Brisebard is a victim of blackmail since his wife Sylvie, a famous actress, is the daughter of a notorious robber-murderer, his extortionist is a malevolent criminal only known as Jo, who visits him to pick up his hush money. But faced with certain ruin, Brisebard is preparing to do away with Jo once and for all, planning his deed under the guise of him trying to write the script for a crime play and consulting his friend, attorney Colas, for ideas of how to efficiently get rid of the body.

He takes up the offer of garden landscaper Tonelotti to erect a pavilion, whose foundation would provide the ideal hiding place for the corpse. On the night Jo is scheduled to arrive for his next payment, Brisebard awaits the arrival with a gun, but is not able to pull the trigger and drops the gun to the floor, which results in a shot going off and accidentally killing Jo, but it is only that things turn difficult: Police inspector Ducros, who has found out about Jo's operation and Brisebard's involvement in it, starts nosing around, telling Brisebard that Jo had been murdered at the time he was supposed to come to the villa - the man Brisebard shot is revealed as Riri, Joe's criminal associate and murderer. The pavillon foundation proves forcing Brisebard to hide the body elsewhere. With the help of his wife, to whom he tells everything, the task of getting rid of the body becomes an outright daunting – and nerve-wracking – one. Louis de Funès: Antoine Brisebard Claude Gensac: Sylvie Brisebard Michel Galabru: Tonelotti Bernard Blier: Inspector Ducros Guy Tréjan: Maître Colas Ferdy Mayne: Mr. Grunder Yvonne Clech: Mrs. Grunder Florence Blot: Madame Cramusel Micheline Luccioni: Françoise Christiane Muller: Mathilde Jacques Marin: Andrieux Carlo Nell: Plumerel Jean Droze: Riri Paul Préboist: The adjutant Following its release, the film sold 2,466,966 tickets in France.

It was the 13th most successful film in France in 1971, far behind The Aristocats, at the top of the box office with 12,481,726 tickets sold in the country. Jo was a small success for Louis de Funès, whose films attracted large popular interest. Most of the critics praised the performance of Louis de Funès but deplored the weak direction of Jean Girault, who admitted that de Funès was responsible for 60% of the gags used in the film. Jo on IMDb Jo at AllMovie

Kate Bell (Australian actress)

Kate Bell is an Australian actress. Bell was born in Australia, she auditioned for the University of Wollongong and was admitted for a Bachelor of Creative Arts studying Screen Production and Theatre which took 3 years. Bell played the role of Bec Sanderson in the television series Blue Water High prior to her graduation, from this series she learned to surf. After playing Bec, she played Joey in Away, she had a small role in the Power Rangers as well as appearing in the first episode of Stupid, Stupid Man on ABC. She was in the Australian film In Her Skin, playing the role of Rachel Barber, her on-screen boyfriend from Blue Water High, plays Rachel's boyfriend in this film, Manni. Bell played the role of Cassie Hoffman in the online webisodes used to promote the Nine Network telemovie Scorched; as of February 2009, she has a recurring role in Home and Away as Joey Collins. In 2010, Bell had a guest role in Neighbours. Kate Bell on IMDb

Jordi MontaƱa

Jordi Montaña has been the Rector of the University of Vic since 13 July 2010, when he was appointed by the Balmes University Foundation Board of Trustees. A full professor at Ramon Llull University and a lecturer at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Jordi Montaña holds a doctorate in industrial engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, a master's degree in Business Administration and Management from ESADE and a degree in industrial engineering from the School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona, he took postgraduate studies at the University of Bradford, at the Management Centre in Brussels and the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne. From 1976 until his appointment as Rector of the University of Vic, he was a lecturer at ESADE, where he was head of the ESADE Design Management Chair, undertaking research into design and business, their impact on the economy and society. At the same time, he was a visiting lecturer at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz, the Art Center College of Design, the Copenhagen Business School and the Bocconi University in Milan.

He has taught at the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, at the Central American University in San Salvador, at the EAFIT University in Medellin and at the Indian Institutes of Management. He was the first director of the DEADE programme in Cuba, a joint programme of ESADE, the London School of Economics and the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, he has always been associated with the world of industrial design, was the founder and chief executive officer of Quod, Disseny i Marketing SA and Enginyeria Cultural SA. He was a member of the treasurer for the international NGO Design for the World. During his career, he has taught extensively, while at the same time providing consultancy in strategies for marketing, product development, design management and corporate branding for companies and institutions, including the Spanish Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises, the Ministry of Industry of Nicaragua, the Venezuelan Ministry of Public Works, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Commission.

He was a member of the group of design experts at the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, the European Union's office for the registration of European designs and trademarks. 2010. The'Marketing Trends Award' for his contribution to research in design and marketing, at the 9th ESCP Europe International Congress on Marketing Trends 2010. Gold Award from the North American Case Research Association

Small nucleolar RNA SNORD63

SnoRNA U63 is a non-coding RNA molecule which functions in the modification of other small nuclear RNAs. This type of modifying RNA is located in the nucleolus of the eukaryotic cell, a major site of snRNA biogenesis, it is known as a small nucleolar RNA and often referred to as a guide RNA. snoRNA U63 belongs to the C/D box class of snoRNAs which contain the conserved sequence motifs known as the C box and the D box. Most of the members of the box C/D family function in directing site-specific 2'-O-methylation of substrate RNAs.snoRNA U63 was purified from HeLa cells by immunoprecipitation with antifibrillarin antibody. It is predicted to guide the 2'-O-ribose methylation of 28s ribosomal RNA at residue A4531. Page for Small nucleolar RNA SNORD63 at Rfam Entry for SNORD62 at snoRNABase