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Calydonian Boar

The Calydonian or Aetolian Boar is one of the monsters of Greek mythology that had to be overcome by heroes of the Olympian age. Sent by Artemis to ravage the region of Calydon in Aetolia because its king failed to honour her in his rites to the gods, it was killed in the Calydonian Hunt, in which many male heroes took part, but a powerful woman, who won its hide by first wounding it with an arrow; this outraged some of the men, with tragic results. Strabo was under the impression that the Calydonian Boar was an offspring of the Crommyonian Sow vanquished by Theseus; the Calydonian Boar is one of the chthonic monsters in Greek mythology, each set in a specific locale. Sent by Artemis to ravage the region of Calydon in Aetolia, it met its end in the Calydonian Hunt, in which all the heroes of the new age pressed to take part, with the exception of Heracles, who vanquished his own Goddess-sent Erymanthian Boar separately. Since the mythic event drew together numerous heroes—among whom were many who were venerated as progenitors of their local ruling houses among tribal groups of Hellenes into Classical times—the Calydonian Boar hunt offered a natural subject in classical art, for it was redolent with the web of myth that gathered around its protagonists on other occasions, around their half-divine descent and their offspring.

Like the quest for the Golden Fleece or the Trojan War that took place the following generation, the Calydonian Hunt is one of the nodes in which much Greek myth comes together. Both Homer and Hesiod and their listeners were aware of the details of this myth, but no surviving complete account exists: some papyrus fragments found at Oxyrhynchus are all that survive of Stesichorus' telling; the mythical boar's appearance is described in the legend. Its eyes glowed with bloodshot fire: its neck was stiff with bristles, the hairs, on its hide, bristled stiffly like spear-shafts: just as a palisade stands, so the hairs stood like tall spears. Hot foam flecked the broad shoulders, from its hoarse grunting, its tusks were the size of an Indian elephant’s: lightning came from its mouth: and the leaves were scorched, by its breath. King Oeneus of Calydon, an ancient city of west-central Greece north of the Gulf of Patras, held annual harvest sacrifices to the gods on the sacred hill. One year the king forgot to include Great "Artemis of the Golden Throne" in his offerings Insulted, the "Lady of the Bow", loosed the biggest, most ferocious wild boar imaginable on the countryside of Calydon.

It rampaged throughout the countryside, destroying vineyards and crops, forcing people to take refuge inside the city walls, where they began to starve. Oeneus sent messengers out to look for the best hunters in Greece, offering them the boar's pelt and tusks as a prize. Among those who responded were some of the Argonauts, Oeneus' own son Meleager, remarkably for the Hunt's eventual success, one woman— the huntress Atalanta, the "indomitable", suckled by Artemis as a she-bear and raised as a huntress, a proxy for Artemis herself. Artemis appears to have been divided in her motives, for it was said that she had sent the young huntress because she knew her presence would be a source of division, so it was: many of the men, led by Kepheus and Ankaios, refused to hunt alongside a woman, it was the smitten Meleager. Nonetheless it was Atalanta who first succeeded in wounding the boar with an arrow, although Meleager finished it off, offered the prize to Atalanta, who had drawn first blood, but the sons of Thestios, who considered it disgraceful that a woman should get the trophy where men were involved, took the skin from her, saying that it was properly theirs by right of birth, if Meleager chose not to accept it.

Outraged by this, Meleager again gave the skin to Atalanta. Meleager's mother, sister of Meleager's slain uncles, took the fatal brand from the chest where she had kept it and threw it once more on the fire, thus Artemis achieved her revenge against King Oeneus. During the hunt, Peleus accidentally killed his host Eurytion. In the course of the hunt and its aftermath, many of the hunters turned upon one another, contesting the spoils, so the Goddess continued to be revenged: "But the goddess again made a great stir of anger and crying battle, over the head of the boar and the bristling boar's hide, between Kouretes and the high-hearted Aitolians"; the boar's hide, preserved in the Temple of Athena Alea at Tegea in Laconia was reputedly that of the Calydonian Boar, "rotted by age and by now altogether without bristles" by the time Pausanias saw it in the second century CE. He noted that the tusks had been taken to Rome as booty from the defeated allies of Mark Anthony by Augustus; the Calydonian Hunt was the theme of the temple's main pediment.

The heroes who participated assembled according to Homer. The table lists: Those seen by Pausanias on the Temple of Athena Alea at Tegea; those listed by Latin mythographer Hyginus. Those noted in Ovid's list from the 8th Book of his Metamorphose

Mike Erlandson

Michael "Mike" Erlandson is Principal at Aurora Strategic Advisors. Aurora is a full-service Public Affairs company based in Minneapolis, MN with clients in the private, non-profit and government sectors. Www.mnpublicaffairs.com Prior to Aurora he was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and Vice President of Government Affairs for Supervalu Corporation, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Prior to joining Supervalu, he served as chief of staff to U. S. Congressman Martin Olav Sabo from 1993 until Sabo retired in 2007, he served as chair of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party from 1999-2005. Erlandson ran for Sabo's 5th Congressional District seat in 2006, but finished second in a contested primary to Keith Ellison. Ellison went on to win in November. In addition to leading Supervalu's Communications and Government Affairs Departments, Erlandson was their federal political action committee chairman, he served on and managed their foundation board and helped create their enterprise environmental steering committee.

Erlandson has appeared on national television and radio shows including: NBC's Today Show, Hardball, ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR. He was named one of Twin Cities next generation of business & community leaders by The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and was a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project. Erlandson grew up in the Twin Cities suburb of Fridley, he graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville in 1986 and from Harvard University's Kennedy School Senior Managers in Government Program in 1997, he has two children and lives in Minneapolis. During his leadership of the State Democratic Party and prior to joining Supervalu, Erlandson hosted a radio show on Air American Minnesota called "The Mike Erlandson Show," and was a regular on local public affairs programs. 2006 Race for U. S. House of Representatives - 5th District Keith Ellison, 41% Mike Erlandson, 31% Ember Reichgott Junge, 21% Paul Ostrow, 5% Minnesota Public Radio profile Inside Minnesota Politics: Mike Erlandson Interview An image collected at ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?

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Our Little Corner of the World: Music from Gilmore Girls

Our Little Corner of the World: Music from Gilmore Girls is a 2002 soundtrack release from Rhino Records for The WB's Gilmore Girls. The album is a combination of selections from the score composed by Sam Phillips and the music of other musicians heard during the first two seasons of the show. Included on the album is the new version of "Where You Lead" by Carole King and her daughter Louise Goffin, a snippet of which serves as the theme song for the show; the album was scheduled for release on September 24, 2002 to coincide with the premiere of the third season however it was delayed for one week, until October 1, 2002. In her review of the album, Heather Phares of Allmusic said, "Our Little Corner of the World is too good to be true, one of the best television soundtracks released in recent memory." Noel Holston of the Long Island, New York newspaper Newsday found that for the selection of rock-pop songs, "It's not appreciably better than the new Scrubs CD or the 1999 companion to Felicity" however with the interspersed compositions from Sam Philips, "It knits together like a bright teen's daydream."

Mary Jacobi of The Village Voice noted that, "Many tunes recall Rory's early romance with the reliable Dean and the confusion inspired by his bad-boy rival, Jess." Jacobi concluded by noting that, "The Palladinos remember the first kiss, they know how important it is to get the music right this time." "Waltz #1" – Sam Phillips "What a Wonderful World" – Joey Ramone Season 2, Episode 15, "Lost and Found". "Child Psychology" – Black Box Recorder Season 1, Episode 19, "Emily in Wonderland". "Know Your Onion!" – The Shins Season 2, Episode 7, "Like Mother, Like Daughter". "I Found Love" – The Free Design Season 2, Episode 1, "Sadie, Sadie". "Car Song" – Elastica Season 2, Episode 19, "Teach Me Tonight". "Oh My Love" – John Lennon Season 1, Episode 16, "Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers". "Getting Married" – Sam Phillips "Where You Lead I Will Follow" – Carole King & daughter Louise Goffin The theme song for the series. "Clear Spot" – the Pernice Brothers At the time of the album release, had not yet been played on the show, but the group did have "The Weakest Shade of Blue" in Season 4, Episode 4, "Chicken or Beef?".

"One Line" – PJ Harvey Season 1, Episode 21, "Love and Troubadours". "I'm the Man Who Murdered Love" – XTC Season 1, Episode 2, "The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton". "Maybe Next Week" – Sam Phillips "Thirteen" – Big Star Season 1, Episode 9, "Rory's Dance", from when she goes walking with Dean through Stars Hollow afterwards. "Human Behaviour" – Björk Season 2, Episode 10, "The Bracebridge Dinner". "I Don't Mind" – Slumber Party Season 3, Episode 4, "One's Got Class and the Other One Dyes", when Rory dyes Lane's hair. "Tell Her What She Wants to Know" – Sam Phillips Season 4, Episode 1, "Ballroom & Biscotti". "It's Alright, Baby" – Komeda Season 2, Episode 7, "Like Mother, Like Daughter". "God Only Knows" – Claudine Longet Season 1, Episode 12, "Double Date". "Smile" – Grant-Lee Phillips Season 3, Episode 3, "Application Anxiety". "O'Oh" – Yoko Ono Season 2, Episode 21, "Lorelai's Graduation Day", when Rory and Jess are checking out New York City. "Rory and Lane" – Sam Phillips "Girl From Mars" – Ash Season 2, Episode 5, "Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy".

The couples in the episode title are Nick and Nora Charles from the Dashiell Hammett novel The Thin Man, Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. "My Little Corner of the World" – Yo La Tengo Season 1, Episode 21, "Love and Troubadours". A cover version of the song, performed by Kit Pongetti of Austin-based Those Who Dig, is heard at the end of "Pilot" when Lorelai and Rory are sitting in Luke's Diner