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Andy Kaufman

Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman was an American entertainer, writer and performance artist. While called a comedian, Kaufman described himself instead as a "song and dance man", he disdained telling jokes and engaging in comedy as it was traditionally understood, once saying in a rare introspective interview, "I am not a comic, I have never told a joke.... The comedian's promise is that he will go out there and make you laugh with him... My only promise is that I will try to entertain you as best I can."After working in small comedy clubs in the early 1970s, Kaufman came to the attention of a wider audience in 1975, when he was invited to perform portions of his act on the first season of Saturday Night Live. His Foreign Man character was the basis of his performance as Latka Gravas on the hit television show Taxi from 1978 until 1983. During this time, he continued to tour comedy clubs and theaters in a series of unique performance art / comedy shows, sometimes appearing as himself and sometimes as obnoxiously rude lounge singer Tony Clifton.

He was a frequent guest on sketch comedy and late-night talk shows Late Night with David Letterman. In 1982, Kaufman brought his professional wrestling villain act to Letterman's show by way of a staged encounter with Jerry "The King" Lawler of the Continental Wrestling Association. Kaufman died of lung cancer in 1984, at the age of 35; because pranks and elaborate ruses were major elements of his career, persistent rumors have circulated that Kaufman faked his own death as a grand hoax. He continues to be respected for the variety of his characters, his uniquely counterintuitive approach to comedy, his willingness to provoke negative and confused reactions from audiences. Kaufman was born on January 1949, in New York City, the oldest of three children, his mother was Janice, a homemaker and former fashion model, his father was Stanley Robert Kaufman, a jewelry salesman. Andy, along with his younger brother Michael and sister Carol, grew up in a middle-class Jewish family in Great Neck, Long Island.

He began playing records and showing cartoons. Kaufman spent much of his youth writing poetry and stories, including an unpublished novel, The Hollering Mangoo, which he completed at age 16. Following a visit to his school from Nigerian musician Babatunde Olatunji, Kaufman began playing the congas. After graduating from Great Neck North High School in 1967, Kaufman took a year off before enrolling at the now defunct two-year Grahm Junior College in Boston, where he studied television production and starred in his own campus television show, Uncle Andy's Fun House. In August 1969, he hitchhiked to Las Vegas to meet Elvis Presley, showing up unannounced at the International Hotel. Soon after, he began performing at coffee houses and developing his act, as well as writing a one-man play, Gosh. After graduating in 1971, he began performing stand-up comedy at various small clubs on the East Coast. Writers Jim Knipfel and Mark Evanier claim that Kaufman was inspired by Dick Shawn, an American character actor and comedian most popular in the 1960s.

Kaufman first received major attention for his character Foreign Man, who spoke in a meek, high-pitched, heavy-accented voice and claimed to be from "Caspiar", a fictional island in the Caspian Sea. It was as this character that Kaufman convinced the owner of the famed New York City comedy club The Improv, Budd Friedman, to allow him to perform on stage; as Foreign Man, Kaufman would appear on the stage of comedy clubs, play a recording of the theme from the Mighty Mouse cartoon show while standing still, lip-sync only the line "Here I come to save the day" with great enthusiasm. He would proceed to tell a few jokes and conclude his act with a series of celebrity impersonations, with the comedy arising from the character's obvious ineptitude at impersonation. For example, in his fake accent Kaufman would say to the audience, "I would like to imitate Meester Carter, de president of de United States" and in the same voice, say "Hello, I am Meester Carter, de president of de United States. T'ank you veddy much."

At some point in the performance when the audience was conditioned to Foreign Man's inability to perform a single convincing impression, Foreign Man would announce, "And now I would like to imitate the Elvis Presley", turn around, take off his jacket, slick his hair back, launch into a rousing, hip-shaking rendition of Presley singing one of his hit songs. Like Presley, he would take off his leather jacket during the song and throw it into the audience, but unlike Presley, Foreign Man would ask for it to be returned. After the song's finale, he would take a simple bow and say in his Foreign Man voice, "T'ank you veddy much."Portions of Kaufman's Foreign Man act were broadcast in the first season of Saturday Night Live. The Mighty Mouse number was featured in the October 11, 1975, while the joke-telling and celebrity impressions were included in the November 8 broadcast that same year. Kaufman first used his Foreign Man character in nightclubs in the early 1970s to tell jokes incorrectly and do weak imitations of famous people before bursting into his Elvis Presley imitation.

The character was changed into Latka Gravas for ABC's sitcom Taxi, appearing in 79 of 114 episodes in 1978-83. Bob Zmuda confirms this: "They were buying Andy's Foreign Man character for the Taxi character Latka." Kaufman's longtime manager George Shapiro encouraged him to take the gig. Kaufman disliked sitcoms and was not happy with the

Closer (Better Than Ezra album)

Closer is the fifth studio album by the New Orleans-based rock trio Better Than Ezra. It was released on August 2001 by Beyond Records. Closer performed better than its predecessor, How Does Your Garden Grow?, peaking at #110 on the Billboard charts. The first single off the album, "Extra Ordinary," placed on both the Billboard Modern Rock and Adult Top 40 charts. A second single, "Misunderstood," was planned, but Beyond Records declared bankruptcy before it could be released; as of early 2007, Closer was out of print due to Beyond Records going out of business and copies were scarce, though some were still in stock in stores. Legal problems resulting from Beyond's bankruptcy meant it would be four years before Better than Ezra's next studio album, Before the Robots. In the meantime, the band would release a live album in 2004, recorded in their hometown at the House of Blues. In June 2009, the band announced they had acquired the rights to "Closer" and all of the master tracks recorded during the sessions for the album, would be reissuing it via their own label on CD, The re-release was made available in October 2009 via the band's online store, sporting a bright new red cover, two bonus tracks, "Simple Song", a long-standing fan favorite, "Screwed Up And Beautiful".

Both tracks were omitted from the final record. All tracks by Kevin Griffin "Misunderstood" – 3:46 "Extra Ordinary" – 3:37 "Closer" – 4:31 "Rolling" – 3:31 "A Lifetime" – 3:36 "Recognize" – 3:18 "Sincerely, Me" – 3:53 "Get You In" – 4:07 "Briefly" – 4:19 "Juarez" – 4:26 "I Do" – 3:442009 reissue Screwed Up and Beautiful" – 3:09 "Simple Song" – 4:41 Kevin Griffin – Guitar, Vocals Tom DrummondBass Travis McNabbDrums Mark MullinsTrombone Eric LuceroTrumpet David Campbell String Arrangements James Arthur Payne – Guitar Toddy WaltersBacking Vocals DJ Swampturntables DJ Wolf – keyboards, turntables Michael Goods – Rhodes, Organ Guenevere MeashamCello Leah Katz – Viola Daphne ChenViolin Melissa Reiner – Violin

Jean L. Burnett

Jean La Rue Burnett was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was born on January 10, 1871, in Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, the son of Perrine Burnett and Harriet E. Burnett, he graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 1889, LL. B. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1892. He was admitted to the bar, practiced law in Canandaigua, he became the chief lieutenant of the local Republican boss John Raines who took Burnett along to Albany. In 1897, Burnett was Chief of the Revision Room of the State Assembly, he was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906 and 1907. He married Margaret Gillette, they had two children: Margaret, Jean, born on the day his father died. Burnett died during the legislative session on February 26, 1907, at the Ten Eyck Hotel in Albany, New York, from pneumonia. Jean L. Burnett at Find a Grave His "student profile" at University of Michigan Law School


Chimgan or Chimgon is a ski resort located in a mountain range named Tian Shan, near Chirchiq, Uzbekistan. The tourist skiing complex Chimgan is located 85 km away from Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, in the spurs of Chatkal Range on the height of 1,600 metres, in the Western Tien Shan mountains, surrounding Tashkent from the East. There are hotel cottages in this ski center; the main peak of the entire mountain area - Greater Chimgan - looks like a peak of giant star from which, the rays of slopes, adorned by cliffy peaks disperse in all directions. Rising higher than to 3,000 metres above the sea level, the Tien Shan mountains have the eternal blanket of snow that comes down to the mountain foot in winter; the mountain skiing season lasts until mid of March. Mountain resort Chimgan: Skiing and snowboarding in Uzbekistan, Chimgan: Winter and summer from Aba Sayyoh

Marianne Brocklehurst

Marianne Brocklehurst was an English traveller and collector of Egyptian antiquities. She supported a number of Egyptian excavations and donated most of her collection of antiquities to the West Park museum in Macclesfield. Brocklehurst was one of the eight children of John Brocklehurst, a wealthy Macclesfield silk manufacturer, she never shared most of her adult life with her companion Mary Booth. Brocklehurst and Booth shared a home,'Bagstones', at Wincle outside Macclesfield. Brocklehurst died in London in 1898, it is thought she committed suicide. Booth inherited the property and lived there until her own death in 1912, they are buried with a joint gravestone, in the churchyard at Wincle. In 1873 Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth visited Egypt. While in Egypt, she met Amelia Edwards, another English traveller, the two parties travelled together in a flotilla up the Nile. Edwards published her account of the journey in the bestselling A Thousand Miles up the Nile. Brocklehurst's own travel diary of the voyage was published in 2005.

Brocklehurst and Edwards competed with each other in the illegal extraction of antiquities from Egypt. Brocklehurst and Booth returned to Egypt in 1876–1877, in 1883 and for a final time in 1890–1891. On the final trip they witnessed the removal of a large quantity of removed 21st Dynasty mummies from Thebes. Brocklehurst was a funder of excavation efforts, she contributed to Edwards' Egypt Exploration Fund, was an early subscriber to the fund-raising efforts of Flinders Petrie. Through these connections she acquired a number of artefacts. Brocklehurst offered funding to the local council to build a museum to hold these objects, as a result Macclesfield's West Park museum was opened in 1898. There was some dispute between the Brocklehursts and the council about the building of the museum, she remained in London on the opening day

Ajaz Patel

Ajaz Yunus Patel is a New Zealand cricketer who plays for Central Districts in domestic cricket. He made his international debut for the New Zealand cricket team in October 2018; the following month, he made his Test debut for New Zealand, taking five wickets in the second innings. He emigrated with his family from Mumbai when he was eight years old, was a left-arm seam bowler, he made his List A debut on 27 December 2015 in the 2015–16 Ford Trophy. He took the most wickets in the 2015–16 Plunket Shield season, with 43 dismissals, he was the leading wicket-taker in the following season, with 44 dismissals. In April 2018, he was named the Men's Domestic Player of the Year at the New Zealand Cricket Awards, he finished the 2017–18 Plunket Shield season as the leading wicket-taker, with 48 dismissals in nine matches. In June 2018, he was awarded a contract with Central Districts for the 2018–19 season. In July 2018, he was named in New Zealand's Test squad for their series against Pakistan. In October 2018, he was named in New Zealand's Twenty20 International squad for their series against Pakistan.

He made his T20I debut for New Zealand against Pakistan on 31 October 2018. During the same tour, he was added to New Zealand's One Day International squad, but he did not play in the ODI series, he made his Test debut for New Zealand against Pakistan on 16 November 2018. He took five wickets in the second innings, with New Zealand winning by four runs, was named the man of the match. List of New Zealand cricketers who have taken five-wicket hauls on Test debut Ajaz Patel at ESPNcricinfo