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Calvin C. Straub

Calvin Chester Straub FAIA was an American architect who had significant impact on architecture as both a designer and an educator. His modesty, passion for life, no-nonsense approach resonated with a generation that, like himself, came of age in the World War II era, his influence extended through four subsequent generations as a popular professor of Architecture. Straub was a professor of architecture at University of Southern California and Arizona State University; as a senior partner at Buff and Hensman, he joined forces with his former students and USC alumni to produce an important body of work. The lifestyle magazine Sunset featured his accomplishments, which were considered influential in shaping a post-World War II contemporary Southern California style, his enthusiasm for architecture inspired generations of students, including Frank O. Gehry, Pierre Koenig, many others — common among gifted and committed instructors, some reached pinnacles of success, wealth, or fame that eluded him.

Straub lived and worked at the epicentre of the evolving Southern California architecture of his day. He knew Frank Lloyd Wright, Henry Mather Green, R. M. Schindler and was an employee of Richard Neutra, his architectural work was published extensively with images by famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman. Straub is best known for his Southern California buildings the 30 residential projects produced in his partnership with Conrad Buff III and Donald Hensman: Buff and Hensman,later named Buff and Hensman after Straub's departure; this work won numerous awards. Straub and his contemporaries had a common culture — a comradeship born through military training and shared wartime experiences — that inspired a progressive architectural movement; the community of like-minded architects who were military veterans included Craig Ellwood, Alfred Newman Beadle, Gordon Drake, Pierre Koenig, Ralph Haver. Born March 16, 1920, he spent his earliest years in a residence on Nob Hill in San Francisco. In 1934, the family moved to New York.

His father, Chester Straub, was a businessman who struggled with the economic impact of the Great Depression. Calvin recalled, "I have the clearest memory of my father, he had a V-12 Cadillac convertible sedan. It was chocolate brown and all the valve covers were jewel headed, he wore a black Chesterfield coat with a black homburg. It was the Depression and I don’t think he had a nickel to his name. But, he had a great car and he looked like a million bucks."Upon high school graduation, Calvin enrolled at Pasadena Junior College, where he took courses in architecture and was active in the ROTC program. While many of his classmates subsequently enrolled in architecture school at USC, its tuition was beyond Chester Staub's means, he could, afford to send his son to Texas A&M, in College Station, which he did. Just before the war, Straub married Sylvia Gates, a granddaughter of William Day Gates, founder of the American Terracotta company and its arts-and-crafts line: Gates TEACO; the firm's terra cotta appears on famous Chicago works by Frank Lloyd Wright.

In the fall of 1941, Straub arrived in College Station for military education. On December 7 of that year, he was in Independence, with Professor Bill Caudell and two other students looking at old regional buildings when they heard on the radio that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. Straub's draft board instructed him to wait to be drafted. In a short time, he went from being an A&M student to a graduate of USC, the school he had hoped to attend, he graduated as an Ensign in 1944 and reported to his ship, L. S. T. 602, in New Orleans to prepare for Europe. As he recalled, "I had taken some classes in navigation, was handed a navigator's case with maps and instruments and told to take the ship out of port and to Europe." In 1974, Sylvia died prematurely at age 51. As her husband said, "She was my wife but my partner in our career. We made a pretty good team for over thirty years — I still miss her." They had two daughters and Kathrin. Kathrin went on to become a successful artist in the Gates family tradition.

Kris had two children. After Sylvia's death, Straub seemed to lose much of his vitality, most notably in his years. In 1946, after his tour of duty, Straub arrived back in Pasadena, intent on resuming his architectural career. At USC, he visited Arthur Gallion, who offered him a teaching position there At the time, USC was a hotbed of new ideas brought about by the aftermath of the war. Straub would become dean of the College of Architecture, he and the school became focused on architectural responses to social issues, such as the population boom in Los Angeles and the need for low-cost housing with limited resources. "Employment in hand, Straub still faced the problem so common to millions of other returning veterans. Straub's circle of friends included a number of individuals that had never had any construction experience, who concluded that if they helped each other, they could solve their housing dilemma. To Straub fell the responsibly of the design of several low-cost houses". After borrowing a set of plans as an example from Richard Neutra he began to

Capitol Heights, Maryland

Capitol Heights is a town in Prince George's County, United States, located on the border of both the Northeast & Southeast quadrants of Washington. The town of Capitol Heights is bounded between Southern Avenue NE/SE to the north, Yost Place, Eastern Avenue NE to the east, the Watts Branch Stream, Brooke Road, Capitol Heights Boulevard to the south, Marlboro Pike to the west; the zip code of Capitol Heights is 20743. Coral Hills Seat Pleasant Walker Mill Capitol Heights is located at 38°52′55″N 76°54′52″W. East Capitol Street, a major street in Capitol Heights, evenly divides the Northeast and Southeast quadrants of Washington after leaving Capitol Heights and entering Washington. Whereas Capitol Heights itself is an incorporated town in Prince George's County and businesses located in unincorporated towns either nearby, or on the border of Capitol Heights, such as Coral Hills, Walker Mill, Pepper Mill Village, Carmody Hills, Fairmount Heights, Chapel Oaks, are assigned Capitol Heights addresses, along with the Capitol Heights zipcode of 20743 though they are not located within the official neighborhood boundaries of Capitol Heights.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.80 square miles, all land. In 1904, Washington, D. C. was growing by bounds. The overcrowding and the improved public transportation made the idea of living on the outskirts appealing to people looking for housing. Recognizing the opportunity, Baltimore resident Otway B. Zantzinger acquired 400 hilly acres just beyond the eastern corner of the District of Columbia, he began to sell them at prices ranging from $20 to $150 each. He advertised a picturesque view of Washington, D. C. a proposed electric railway, drinking water from crystal-clear springs, nothing down and a dollar a month, no interest, no landlords, and, in the custom and vernacular of the times, "no colored people." Many buyers bought two lots in this haven, to become Capitol Heights. While awaiting their "proposed electric railway," commuters to the city could walk about a mile to the District Line station at what is now Seat Pleasant and board a rail car into Washington, DC. the absence of paved roads, street lights, other public services, including the electric railway, began to cast a pall over Zantzinger's vision of bliss.

In 1910, the 200 householders voted to incorporate their community as Capitol Heights. Over the next 50 years, the town made strides in improving its infrastructure and services, it established its own fire department and public works department and built facilities to house them and other elements of the government. By the 1970s, when its population had reached about 3,800, the town's central business district had started to decline. In 1980, that long-promised "electric railway" arrived. Capitol Heights got its own station on the Washington Metro Blue Line, providing easy access to the entire metropolitan region and national transportation facilities; the land around the station has been declared an Enterprise Zone, which the town is promoting as one of its paths to restoring prosperity. Today, over 90% of the population of Capitol Heights is African American Template:Http:// and the town has had four African-American mayors. 1946-1950 Thomas A. Shaw 1950-1952 Harvey E. Ennis 1952-1954 Joseph Gainer 1954-1964 Elmer L. Hockman 1964-1986 Leo P. Forami 1986-2002 Vivian M. Dodson 2002-2006 Joyce Ayers Nixon 2006-2010 Darrell A. Miller 2010-2014 Kito James 2014-2018 Marnitta L. King Shawn Maldon, Mayor Rhonda Akers, Councilwoman Caroline Brown, Councilwoman Renita A. Cason, Councilwoman Latonya Chew, Councilwoman Faith Ford, Councilwoman Elaine Williams, Councilwoman As of the census of 2010, there were 4,337 people, 1,482 households, 1,040 families residing in the town.

The population density was 5,421.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 1,622 housing units at an average density of 2,027.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 3.3% White, 91.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 3.1% from other races, 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population. There were 1,482 households of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.0% were married couples living together, 28.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.8% had a male householder with no wife present, 29.8% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.48. The median age in the town was 34.9 years. 27.3% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the town was 54.0 % female. As of the census of 2000, there were 4,138 people, 1,441 households, 1,014 families residing in the town.

The population density was 5,047.3 people per square mile. There were 1,603 housing units at an average density of 1,955.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 92.85% Black or African American, 4.81% White, 0.27% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.36% from other races, 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population. There were 1,441 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 28.5% had a female householder with no

Frederick V. McNair Jr.

Frederick Vallette McNair Jr. was an officer of the United States Navy and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the beginning of the U. S. occupation of Veracruz, Mexico. McNair was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the son of Rear Admiral Frederick V. McNair Sr. and the grandfather of tennis star Frederick V. McNair, IV. McNair rose to the rank of captain, he is buried in the United States Naval Academy Cemetery and his grave can be located in lot 406. McNair's Medal of Honor citation reads: For distinguished conduct in battle engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914. Lt. McNair was conspicuous in command of his battalion, he exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22d and in the final occupation of the city. List of Medal of Honor recipients "Frederick V. McNair Jr". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved December 12, 2007. Hall of Valor

Conformal geometric algebra

Conformal geometric algebra is the geometric algebra constructed over the resultant space of a map from points in an n-dimensional base space ℝp,q to null vectors in ℝp+1,q+1. This allows operations on the base space, including reflections and translations to be represented using versors of the geometric algebra; the effect of the mapping is that generalized k-spheres in the base space map onto -blades, so that the effect of a translation of the base space corresponds to a rotation in the higher-dimensional space. In the algebra of this space, based on the geometric product of vectors, such transformations correspond to the algebra's characteristic sandwich operations, similar to the use of quaternions for spatial rotation in 3D, which combine efficiently. A consequence of rotors representing transformations is that the representations of spheres, planes and other geometrical objects, equations connecting them, all transform covariantly. A geometric object can be synthesized as the wedge product of k + 2 linearly independent vectors representing points on the object.

Some intersection operations acquire a tidy algebraic form: for example, for the Euclidean base space ℝ3, applying the wedge product to the dual of the tetravectors representing two spheres produces the dual of the trivector representation of their circle of intersection. As this algebraic structure lends itself directly to effective computation, it facilitates exploration of the classical methods of projective geometry and inversive geometry in a concrete, easy-to-manipulate setting, it has been used as an efficient structure to represent and facilitate calculations in screw theory. CGA has been applied in connection with the projective mapping of the everyday Euclidean space ℝ3 into a five-dimensional vector space ℝ4,1, investigated for applications in robotics and computer vision, it can be applied to any pseudo-Euclidean space, the mapping of Minkowski space ℝ3,1 to the space ℝ4,2 is being investigated for applications to relativistic physics. In this article, the focus is on the algebra G as it is this particular algebra, the subject of most attention over time.

The space containing the objects being modelled is referred to here as the base space, the algebraic space used to model these objects as the representation or conformal space. A homogeneous subspace refers to a linear subspace of the algebraic space; the terms for objects: point, circle, quasi-sphere etc. are used to mean either the geometric object in the base space, or the homogeneous subspace of the representation space that represents that object, with the latter being intended unless indicated otherwise. Algebraically, any nonzero null element of the homogeneous subspace will be used, with one element being referred to as normalized by some criterion. Boldface lowercase Latin letters are used to represent position vectors from the origin to a point in the base space. Italic symbols are used for other elements of the representation space; the base space ℝ3 is represented by extending a basis for the displacements from a chosen origin and adding two basis vectors e− and e+ orthogonal to the base space and to each other, with e−2 = −1 and e+2 = +1, creating the representation space G.

It is convenient to use two null vectors no and n∞ as basis vectors in place of e+ and e−, where no = /2, n∞ = e− + e+. It can be verified, where x is in the base space, that: n o 2 = 0 n o ⋅ n ∞ = − 1 n o ⋅ x = 0 n ∞ 2 = 0 n o ∧ n ∞ = e − e + n ∞ ⋅ x = 0 These properties lead to the following formulas for the basis vector coefficients of a general vector r in the representation space for a basis with elements ei orthogonal to every other basis element: The coefficient of no for r is −n∞ ⋅ r The coefficient of n∞ for r is −no ⋅ r The coefficient of ei for r is ei−1 ⋅ r; the mapping from a vector in the base space is given by the formula: F: x ↦ n o + x + 1 2 x 2 n ∞ {\displaystyle F:\mathbf \mapsto n_+\ma

Alice Moore McComas

Alice Moore McComas was an American author, editor and reformer. She was a pioneer suffragist in California and served as president of the Los Angeles Equal Suffrage Association. During the various suffrage campaigns, McComas contributed articles to over seventy newspapers and magazines, she was well known throughout the west as an educator and lecturer, she was accredited with being the first woman to conduct a department for women in a daily paper in California, the first woman to address a state Republican ratification meeting. She was one of the earliest organizers of the Free Kindergarten Association and of clubs for working women, was prominent in many movements for civic welfare, she was Associate Editor of The Household Journal of California and author of several books, among them The Women of the Canal Zone and Under the Peppers. McComas contributed travel sketches to many magazines. Alice Moore was born in Paris, June 18, 1850, her father, the Gen. Jesse Hale Moore, clergyman and statesman, who died while serving his government as United States Consul in Callao, was at the time of her birth, president of the Paris academy.

He came of an old Virginia family whose ancestors were noted for their participation in the wars of 1776 and 1812. Her mother, Rachel Moore, a native of Kentucky, was a daughter of one of Kentucky's prominent families, which included the clergyman, William H. Thompson, the Indiana jurist, John W. Thompson. From both sides of her family, she inherited literary taste. From the age of eight, she had her own opinions on social and religious questions, astonished her elders with profound questionings, which brought upon her the name of "peculiar", her aggressiveness as she became older, in clinging to those opinions when unpopular, added to that the opprobrium, "self-willed and headstrong." During the Civil War, in which nearly all the male relatives and friends, including her future husband, had enlisted for the defense of the Union, she commenced the study of politics. At that time, she read of the woman's rights movement. While she had not the courage to advocate a thing considered and pronounced "unwomanly" by many in her circle, her nature rebelled against the inequality of the sexes.

In school, she traded compositions for worked-out mathematical problems, averaging many terms from six to ten compositions weekly on as many different subjects, changing her style so as to escape detection. At fifteen, her ambition to achieve something over-ruled her better judgment, thinking there was little opportunity for a Methodist minister's daughter, her father being presiding elder of the Decatur, District, to make more of herself or to see the world, she left home one Sunday evening, ostensibly to attend church, but in fact to take the train for St. Louis to make her own fortune. There she secured a situation in a dry goods store at US$8 a week. After one delightful week of complete freedom and self-reliance, she was persuaded to give up her situation and her dream of fighting the world alone and single-handed. Much against her will, she returned and resumed her home life with a feeling of disappointment from which she never recovered, for she inwardly rebelled against the stereotyped and empty life a girl in her social position was compelled to live.

Her main solace was in writing poems, many of which were destroyed as soon as written. Others she sent anonymously to papers and magazines, her education was finished at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, special honors in music and literary composition, prize winner in elocution. After leaving school, she attended to the social duties required of a family in a prominent position, her father at that time being the representative in Congress of the seventh congressional district of Illinois. In Decatur, Illinois, on November 14, 1870, she married Judge Charles C. McComas, for the next five years she devoted herself to the duties of wife and housekeeper, their children were: Helen. Financial disaster consequent on the panic of 1876 took away their property, her husband, believing that he could retrieve his lost fortune in a new place, emigrated to Kansas, where his wife and family, consisting of two daughters, joined him in 1877. She there resumed writing, which brought her a small income, but she concealed her identity under a pen name when writing for fiction and poetry.

After her removal to Los Angeles, California, in 1887, she began to write over her own name. She edited, with occasional interruptions, a woman's department in the Los Angeles Evening Express. During 1891 and 1893, she filled the position of vice-president of the National Woman Suffrage Association, first vice-president of the Ladies' Annex to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, member of the board of directors of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union. During her term as president of the California suffrage society, the first county suffrage convention was held in the state, she secured the promise of a land donation for a public park in her neighborhood, on condition that the city would improve it, took the matter before the city council, urging that body in a stirring speech to accept the gift, by diligent and persistent work securing an appropriation of US$10,000. McComas contributed to over 70 newspapers on the suffrage question, she was a correspondent for three California papers during the World's Fair, was a special contributor of travel sketches in the Los Angeles Times and various magazines

Dean Ellison

Dean Bruce Ellison is a former motorcycle racer from Britain. Ellison is the older brother of current British Superbike rider James Ellison. Ellison started racing in 1996. In 1997 he entered the Superteen British Championship, finishing the season with a number of podiums. In 1998 he competed in the Aprilia 250cc Challenge finishing in the top five. Halfway through the season he was offered the chance to ride in the 250cc British Championship for D&B Racing, which at the time was his dream. After proving that Ellison could be a contender in the British Championship, D&B owner Danny Gallacher asked him to ride his new 250cc Honda in the 1999 championship; this gave Ellison the opportunity to run in the top five and at the end of the season he was asked to ride a Superbike as a one-off in the British Superbike Championship. D&B Racing made the switch to Superbike and asked Ellison to go with them, in 2000 they contested the British Superbike Cup, Ellison learning his trade on a race-kitted Honda VTR-1000 SP-1.

2001 brought in more consistent results and a hard earned 12th place in the overall British Superbike Championship. In 2002, equipped with a factory Ducati along with support from Ducati Corse, Ellison had an exciting year getting to grips with the Ducati. At the end of 2002 he was tenth in the British Superbike Championship and was desperate to get racing again in 2003. During the off-season Ellison continued to race - taking in Supermoto and endurance racing to keep on a bike and improve his riding. 2003 brought mixed emotions with top 10 results in British and World Superbike rounds and the frustration of mechanical failures and lack of power compared to the opposition. At the beginning of 2004 Dean was left without a British Superbike ride after D&B Racing pulled out at the last minute, he was asked to help Phase One retain the World Endurance Championship, which Ellison had helped them win in 2003. By March 2004 Ellison had started developing Yamaha's brand new R1 in preparation for the first race in April.

Along the way he competed for RP Bikes Suzuki in the British Superstock Championship, for IRT Honda in the World Supersport. In 2005 he took over his brother's former ride in the Jentin Racing Yamaha BSB team, without the same success, he left mid-season to join the Slingshot Racing team. His 2006 season with the SMT Honda team was wrecked by a crash at Oulton Park in which Dean picked up a serious knee injury. For 2007 he raced one of Donato Pedercini's Ducatis in the Superbike World Championship well down the order. Due to lack of power his season was plagued with mechanical failures, he returned to Britain aboard the Co-ordit Yamaha. Ellison missed the rescheduled Brands Hatch round after a high-speed horror crash at Oulton Park, he took his first double point scoring finish of the season at Donington Park whilst still riding injured. Ellison lived in Kendal throughout his childhood, moving to various places while pursuing his dream to become a professional racer. After leaving school he studied to be a motorcycle and motor vehicle mechanic, gaining all qualifications with distinction.

In 1998 he settled down in the Midlands in Leicester until 2009 with his wife Susie, whom he married on 28 December 2008. He is the older brother of James Ellison and was James' biggest fan, working behind the scenes to find new sponsors. Dean is still active within the motorcycle world, working as an area sales representative for accident claims based in Ormskirk, he plays football and still attends motorcycle track days, supermoto events and has confirmed his desire to race. Always well respected for his fund raising efforts, Dean still takes time out to do his bit for charity. In 2011 he teamed up with Dave Winter and filmmaker Ben Barden to travel over 1000 miles in one go, raising money for his two favourite charities, Riders and CJ Riders Fund. Official website Dean's employment detail as a motorcycle mechanic