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Cameron Crowe

Cameron Bruce Crowe is an American director, screenwriter, journalist and actor. Before moving into the film industry, Crowe was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, for which he still writes. Crowe's debut screenwriting effort, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, grew out of a book he wrote while posing for one year undercover as a student at Clairemont High School in San Diego, California, he wrote and directed one more high school saga, Say Anything... followed by Singles, a story of twentysomethings, woven together by a soundtrack centering on Seattle's burgeoning grunge music scene. Crowe landed his biggest hit with Jerry Maguire. After this, he was given a green light to go ahead with a pet project, the autobiographical effort Almost Famous. Centering on a teenage music journalist on tour with an up-and-coming band, it gave insight to his life as a 15-year-old writer for Rolling Stone. For his screenplay, he won an Academy Award. In late 1999, Crowe's second book was published, a question and answer session with the film director Billy Wilder entitled Conversations with Wilder.

Cameron Crowe was born in California. His father, James A. Crowe from Kentucky, owned a real estate and phone service business, his mother, Alice Marie, "was a teacher and all-around live wire who did skits around the house and would wear a clown suit to school on special occasions." She worked as a psychology professor and in family therapy and participated in peace demonstrations and causes relating to the rights of farm workers. Crowe was the youngest of three children with two sisters; the family moved around but spent a lot of time in the desert town of Indio. Crowe commented that Indio was where "people owned tortoises, not dogs", his family settled in San Diego. Crowe skipped kindergarten and two grades in elementary, by the time he attended Catholic high school, he was quite a bit younger than the other students. To add to his alienation, he was ill because he suffered from nephritis. Crowe began writing for the school newspaper and by the age of 13 was contributing music reviews for an underground publication, The San Diego Door.

He began corresponding with Lester Bangs, who had left the Door to become editor at the national rock magazine Creem, soon he was submitting articles to Creem as well as Circus. Crowe graduated from the University of San Diego High School in 1972 at the age of 15. On a trip to Los Angeles, he met Ben Fong-Torres, the editor of Rolling Stone, who hired him to write for the magazine, he joined the Rolling Stone staff as a contributing editor and became an associate editor. During this time, Crowe interviewed Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, the Eagles, Steely Dan, members of Led Zeppelin and more. Crowe was Rolling Stone's youngest-ever contributor. Crowe's first cover story was on the Allman Brothers Band, he went on the road with them for three weeks at the age of 16 and interviewed the band and the road crew. Because Crowe was a fan of the 1970s hard rock bands that the older writers disliked, he landed a lot of major interviews, he wrote predominantly about Yes, about Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Eagles, King Crimson, Linda Ronstadt, Rory Gallagher, Todd Rundgren, more.

In an interview with Joel Selvin of the San Francisco Chronicle, Fong-Torres remarked, "He was the guy we sent out after some difficult customers. He covered the bands that hated Rolling Stone." When Rolling Stone moved its offices from California to New York in 1977, Crowe decided to stay behind. He felt the excitement of his career was beginning to wane. Crowe returned to his writing. Though he would continue to freelance for Rolling Stone on and off over the years, he turned his attention to a book. At the age of 22, Crowe came up with the idea to pose undercover as a high school student and write about his experiences. Simon & Schuster gave him a contract, he moved back in with his parents and enrolled as Dave Cameron at Clairemont High School in San Diego. Reliving the senior year he never had, he began to fit in. Though he planned to include himself in the book, he realized that it would jeopardize his ability to capture the true essence of the high school experience, his book, Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story, came out in 1981.

Crowe focused on six main characters: a tough guy, a nerd, a surfer dude, a sexual sophisticate, a middle-class brother and sister. He chronicled their activities in typical teenage settings—at school, at the beach, at the mall, where many of them held afterschool jobs—and focused on details of their lives that probed into the heart of adolescence; this included scenes about homecoming and graduation as well as social cliques and sexual encounters. Before the book was released, Fast Times at Ridgemont High was optioned for a film. Released in 1982, the movie version featured no major name stars; the studio did not devote any marketing effort toward it. It became; the reviews of Fast Times at Ridgemont High were positive, the film ended up launching the careers of some of the unknown actors, including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Eric Stoltz, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Anthony Edwards, Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker, Sean Penn. Following this success, Crowe wrote the screenplay for 1984's The Wild Life, the pseudo-sequel to Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Whereas its predecessor followed teenagers' lives in high school, The Wild Life traced the lives of several teenagers after high school living in an apartment complex. Filmmaker James L. Brooks noticed Crowe's original voice

John W. Doucette

John W. Doucette is a retired Brigadier General of the United States Air Force. Doucette trained from 1987 to 1989 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Holloman Air Force Base and Tyndall Air Force Base. After the completion of his training, he was assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base. During that time, he was deployed to serve in the Gulf War. In 1992, Doucette returned to Holloman Air Force Base as an instructor pilot and flight commander with the 435th Fighter Squadron, he remained there until he assigned as Chief of Readiness of the 48th Fighter Wing and an assistant operations officer with the 493d Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath in England. In 1999, Doucette was named Deputy Chief of the Commander's Action Group and Chief of Senior Officer Management at of Air Combat Command. From there, he served in multiple roles, including Chief of Safety of the 18th Wing and Deputy Commander of the 18th Operations Group at Kadena Air Base in Japan. After his return to the United States, Doucette was assigned to The Pentagon in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In 2007, he was named Vice Commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base. That year, he was assumed command of the 47th Flying Training Wing at Laughlin Air Force Base, he remained in that position until 2009, when he returned to The Pentagon as an assistant to the Director of the Joint Staff. The following year, he assumed command of the 36th Wing at Andersen Air Force Base, where he was named Base Commanding Officer, as well as Deputy Commander of Joint Region Marianas, he became the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for NATO's Joint Warfare Centre on 24 July 2012. Doucette retired from the Air Force on 1 October 2015. Awards he has received include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars.

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The Carpenters...Space Encounters

The Carpenters... Space Encounters is a television special featuring the American pop duo The Carpenters, it was first shown on ABC on May 17, 1978. Space Encounters begins with Richard and Karen Carpenter performing "Sweet, Sweet Smile" in their recording studio, assisted by Charlie Callas; as they are performing, we see that they are being observed by the occupants of an alien spaceship who are on their way to Earth to meet The Carpenters. After Richard and Karen finish the song, the lights in the studio begin to flicker uncontrollably and musical instruments begin to move and play by themselves. At that moment, John teleports down to the studio and tells Richard and Karen how the people from his planet lack the ability to make music and he requests their help. Richard and Karen tell John about their earlier days in music and John uses his hi-tech pocket video screen to show The Carpenters performing "Fun Fun Fun" and "Dancing in the Street". After watching them, John tells them he wants to try singing himself and teleports to a more romantic setting to perform "Just the Way You Are".

The Carpenters continue to reminisce about their earlier recordings and they perform "Goofus" in an old garage, similar to the one in which they recorded their first record. Richard, on piano performs the Space Encounters Medley, which includes the themes to Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars, on stage with a full orchestra, complete with laser and starlight effects. Back in the recording studio and John continue to reminisce about her early days in music and she performs "Little Girl Blue". Afterwards, everybody teleports up to the spaceship's own nightclub, "The Galaxy Room", where Richard plays "Piano Picker", Karen and Suzanne perform "Man Smart, Woman Smarter". Karen and John perform "The Old-Fashioned Way" and the whole cast perform a disco-medley including "The Hustle", "Boogie Nights" and "I Could Have Danced All Night"; the Carpenters perform "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" and the show ends with an instrumental version of "We've Only Just Begun". John Davidson Suzanne Somers Charlie Callas "Sweet, Sweet Smile" – Passage "Fun Fun Fun" – Now & Then "Dancing in the Street" – As Time Goes By "Goofus" – A Kind of Hush Space Encounters Medley – As Time Goes By "Little Girl Blue" – Lovelines "Piano Picker" – A Song for You "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" – Passage "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" – Passage The Carpenters...

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