click links in text for more info

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, located in the rotunda of The Franklin Institute science museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U. S. features a colossal statue of a seated Benjamin Franklin, American writer and statesman. The 20-foot -tall memorial, was sculpted by James Earle Fraser between 1906 and 1911 and dedicated in 1938. With a weight of 30 short tons the statue rests on a 92-short-ton pedestal of white Seravezza marble, it is the focal piece of the Memorial Hall of the Franklin Institute, designed by John Windrim and modeled after the Roman Pantheon. The statue and Memorial Hall were designated as the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial in 1972, it is the primary location memorializing Benjamin Franklin in the U. S. Congress designated the national memorial on October 25, 1972. Unlike most national memorials, the statue is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the national memorial is an affiliated area of the National Park Service, assigned to Independence National Historical Park through a Memorandum of Agreement entered into on November 6, 1973.

Under terms of the agreement, the Institute owns and maintains the publicly accessible memorial, the Park Service includes the memorial in official publications and otherwise cooperates with the Institute in all appropriate and mutually agreeable ways on behalf of the memorial. Public Law 109-153 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to make available to the Institute up to $10,000,000 in matching grants for the rehabilitation of the memorial and for the development of related exhibits; this appropriation commemorates the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth on January 17, 1706. In 2008, the Memorial underwent a $3.8-million restoration, which included installation of a multi-media presentation about Philadelphia's most famous citizen, now featured in the 3½-minute show "Benjamin Franklin Forever". The memorial's new digital projection, theatrical lighting, audio effects are utilized in a program that introduces Franklin as a curious tinkerer, demonstrates his profound impact on the world as a premiere international citizen, civic leader, scientist.

The refurbishment included improved acoustics, state-of-the-art LED lighting upgrades, restoration and re-gilding of the oculus to its original brilliance. Throughout the day, quotes from Franklin are projected onto the walls, graphic panels highlighting his life and accomplishments provide visitors with a still greater appreciation of this Founding Father. Admission to the National Memorial is free; the memorial prominently appears in the movie National Treasure. Benjamin Franklin House, in London, the only surviving home of Benjamin Franklin, now a museum. National Park Service images of Benjamin Franklin National Memorial Statement by NPS Dept. Director Durand concerning financial assistance for the Ben. Franklin Nat'l Memorial James Earle Fraser biography

Pound Puppies (film)

The Pound Puppies is an animated television special, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, based on the popular toy line from Tonka, which aired in syndication on October 26, 1985, paired with Star Fairies. Characters in the special included the Fonzie-styled leader Cooler, the cheerleader Bright Eyes, a dog with a nasal like New York accent known only as "The Nose", the goofy inventor aptly named Howler, who can only howl. A female dog from a wealthy aristocratic family named Violet Vanderfeller is being pursued by dognappers when she is picked up and taken to the city pound. There, she discovers their mission to find homes for themselves; the film plot centers on Violet attempting to reunite with her family succeeding. Two other dogs appeared in the special, they were the garbage-can-digging Scrounger. The special was released on VHS in 1986 by Family Home Entertainment and is available on a DVD which comes with certain Pound Puppies toys; the Pound Puppies on IMDb

Oscar Martay

Oscar Martay was the person who, through his role of a film officer of the US Army, proposed the idea and used his influence to persuade the American Military to fund the Berlin International Film Festival, founded in 1951. During the peak of the Cold War in 1950, Oscar Martay, stationed in Berlin as a film officer of the Information Service Branch of the American High Commissioner for Germany, suggested the foundation of the Berlin International Film Festival; the proposal was put through a committee including members of the Senate of Berlin and people from the German film industry on October 9, 1950. Through his efforts and influence, the American military administration was persuaded to assist and to give loans for the first years of the Berlinale which held the first festival in June 1951; the Berlinale recognized his role and he was one of the people who received the Golden Bear award in 1951. When Martay left the Army, he worked in film production in Germany, his wife Ingeborg founded the film company Zenit-Film Ingeborg Martay in 1957.

Oscar Martay worked as a production manager. As a Jewish emigrant, he lives in the US and was sent to Germany after World War II as a film officer. In 1955, Oscar Martay marries a German actress, he dies in 1995. They have 2 sons, Kenneth Andreas is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, Manuel is a social worker living in Germany. Oscar and Ingeborg Martay are buried in the Waldfriedhof Zehlendorf Berlin Germany

Alley Mills

Allison "Alley" Mills known as Alley Bean, is an American actress best known for her role as Norma Arnold, the mother in the coming-of-age series The Wonder Years, her current role as Pamela Douglas, the sister of the late Forrester matriarch Stephanie Forrester, on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Mills was born in Illinois, her father, Ted Mills, was a television executive, her stepmother, was an actress. Mills' mother, Joan Mills Kerr, was an author as well as an editor for American Heritage Magazine, while her stepfather, Chester Kerr, was a director of Yale University Press, she has one sister, Hilary Mills Loomis, one brother, Tony Mills. Mills's husband was film, stage actor, author Orson Bean. Bean was well known for being a long-term celebrity panelist of To Tell the Truth and Match Game. Mills was Bean's third wife, they were married from 1993 until his death in 2020, her first acting role on television was in the short-lived comedy, The Associates, where she played an attorney, opposite a then-unknown Martin Short.

Mills appeared on a special "Celebrity TV Moms" episode of the Anne Robinson version of The Weakest Link, in which she was the second one eliminated. Mills had a recurring role in the television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, as Marjorie Quinn, Dr. Michaela Quinn's sister, she had appeared in the series as a saloon girl. Mills joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Pamela Douglas, the estranged sister of Stephanie Douglas Forrester, on December 1, 2006, she was put under contract, but after making only a handful of appearances, her character went insane, was confined to a mental hospital, disappeared from the show in March 2007. Mills reprised the role on recurring status in 2007 and 2008 and has been added to the opening credits as a contract player as of December 2008. In November 2019, it was reported. Mills lives in Los Angeles. Alley Mills on IMDb

Antonio Reparaz

He gained renown as a result of the success of his many operas, although his zarzuelas were well received works. He directed the company musically for the first time in Santander. After his death, his extensive production was forgotten by musicologists who try to darken reality. During his career he covered most of the musical areas of the Bourbon Restoration period, opera director, renowned orchestral conductor, composer of operas, zarzuelas and chamber music. In 1860 was director of Teatro de la Zarzuela of Madrid. After a long controversy that delayed its premieres, the Italian operas ascended to its definitive consolidation. In Zaragoza was confirmed composer of company of zarzuela, premiering the zarzuela The feudal castle. In Madrid he was a masterful composer in the circus theater company for many years, premiered Fifth and a Substitute, Harry the Devil and Virginia, in collaboration with Emilio Arrieta and José Inzenga, A Throne and a Disappointment. In Valencia he worked in opera at the Teatro Principal in the season of 1882-83.

At the same time, he approached art zarzuela with unequal success. His production, although inferior in quantity to that of his contemporaries Ruperto Chapí, Gerónimo Giménez and Manuel Fernández Caballero, is of great quality, given the variety of genres he approached, he adopted the most modern procedures, within the limitations of the genre. On the other hand, El wrote symphonic music with a singular insistence, at the same time in which in Spain scarcely existed great orchestral ensembles; as a result of this were his symphonies, which revealed a strong assimilation of Verdi and compositional techniques of Beethoven. His most successful works are those. During his last years composes several symphonic poems with clear and nostalgic personages. In the genre of chamber music has left us several works, including quartets, as well as a trio and a quintet, composed by markedly classic points of view, influenced by the French world of composers, but it must not be forgotten that he had gone to Italy to study and there composed Oratio in Rome as one of the works written of Italian origin.

He worked in the Teatro San Juan de Portugal in the 1870s. There he wrote his four first operas, he was director of the Real Theater of San Juan from 1872 several seasons. He wrote the song music of nineteenth-century Spain, A Mi Nazarena with José Zorrilla and El Beso del Poeta. Antonio left only two with more than 18 years. Gonzalo's eldest son was a famous reporter and journalist who gave lectures and wrote some books about Africa. In 1890 his daughter Virgilia married the well-known director of orchestras Antonio Videgain and in 1892 his grandson Antonio Videgain Reparaz was born; the 3rd soon Ignacio was a famous militar and guard dead in 1926. In the same decade two of his daughters married military men and future generals of the Spanish army, their grandchildren being the sons of the General in chief of the Spanish armies Mr. Burguete Lana, he wrote six operas and many zarzuelas in the Sigle XIX. Gonzalo de Córdoba. Opera premiere in Oporto. Pedro el cruel. Opera Ardides y cuchilladas. Pablo y Virginia Theatre Novedades, premiere on 6 November 1862.

El paraiso de Madrid T. Circo zarzuela in 3 acts with Mr. Rivera. El magnetismo…. La ventá encantada in honors of Miguel de Cervantes 1871,Zarzuela in three acts in vers, letra Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. La cruz del valle T. Circo. Premiere 22 October 1860. La gitanilla 27 September 1861 T. Zarzuela. La mina de oro T. Circo premiere 19 November 1861. Harry el diablo: zarzuela in two acts y en vers, authors:Serra and Miguel Pastorfido. Premiere in Madrid, 1862 Teatro del Circo, 21 February 1862. Las bodas de camacho 9 October 1866 T.circo of Madrid. Un quinto y sustituto. La música española en el siglo XIX Celsa Alonso González, 1995. Asejo Barbieri, 1996. Cervantes y el Quijote en la música: estudios sobre la recepción de un mito por Begoña Lolo. Gustavo Adolfo Becquer y Reparaz Biblioteca Comunidad of Madrid, Work'Harry el diablo'. Real academia de Bellas artes of Valladolid. Antonio Reparaz, un músico en Oporto, nuevos University of La rioja. Life and work, euskalbiographys, Book of university Vasca. Dates of life in Library national of Spain, Biblioteca Nacional española.

Instituto Cervantes Cervantes y Reparaz, Un músico de la Restauración. Antonio Reparaz Madrid: Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales, 2002, Prensa en University Complutense of Madrid Works by or about Antonio Reparaz at Internet Archive

Goro Gutu

Goro Gutu is one of the woredas in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. This woreda is named after its tallest mountain. Part of the Misraq Hararghe Zone, Goro Gutu is bordered on the south by Deder, on the west by the Mirab Hararghe Zone, on the north by the Somali Region, on the east by Meta; the administrative center is. Rivers include the Usman Ejersa and Burka. A survey of the land in Goro Gutu shows that 20.3% is arable or cultivable, 19.9% pasture and forest, the remaining 59.8% is considered built-up, degraded or otherwise unusable. Khat and fruits are important cash crops. Although coffee is an important cash crop for this woreda, only between 20 and 50 square kilometers are planted with it. Industry in the woreda includes 15 grain mills employing 53 people, as well as 209 registered businesses including wholesalers and service providers. There were 27 Farmers Associations with no Farmers Service Cooperatives. Goro Gutu has 74 kilometers of dry-weather and 68 of all-weather road, for an average road density of 268 kilometers per 1000 square kilometers.

About 18.9% of the urban, 3.7% of the rural and 4.4% of the total population have access to drinking water. In October 2004, a referendum was held in about 420 kebeles in 12 woredas across five zones of the Somali Region to settle the boundary between Oromia and the adjacent Somali Region. According to the official results of the referendum, about 80% of the disputed areas have fallen under Oromia administration, though there were numerous allegations of voting irregularities in many of them; the results led over the following weeks to minorities in these kebeles being pressured to leave. The woreda administration send an urgent request to the NGO Catholic Relief Service for assistance with the immediate humanitarian needs of 324 refugees, which included food and clothing; these had fled from the Somali woreda of Erer due to the ethnic violence. The 2007 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 143,931, of whom 73,530 were men and 70,401 were women; the majority of the inhabitants said they were Muslim, with 93.29% of the population reporting they observed this belief, while 5.96% of the population practised Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.

Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 147,041, of whom 72,664 are men and 74,377 are women. With an estimated area of 536.88 square kilometers, Goro Gutu has an estimated population density of 273.9 people per square kilometer, greater than the Zone average of 102.6. The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 105,719, of whom 53,717 were men and 52,002 women; the two largest ethnic groups reported in Goro Gutu were the Oromo, the Amhara. Oromiffa was spoken as a first language by 92.5%, 7.27% spoke Amharic. The majority of the inhabitants were Muslim, with 91.8% of the population having reported they practiced that belief, while 7.79% of the population said they professed Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity