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Can-Am

The Canadian-American Challenge Cup, or Can-Am, was an SCCA/CASC sports car racing series from 1966 to 1987. Can-Am started out as a race series for group 7 sports racers with two races in Canada and four races in the United States of America; the series was sponsored by Johnson Wax. The series was governed by rules called out under the FIA group 7 category with unrestricted engine capacity and few other technical restrictions; the group 7 category was a Formula Libre for sports cars. As long as the car had two seats, bodywork enclosing the wheels, met basic safety standards, it was allowed. Group 7 had arisen as a category for non-homologated sports car "specials" in Europe and, for a while in the 1960s, group 7 racing was popular in the United Kingdom as well as a class in hillclimb racing in Europe. Group 7 cars were designed more for short-distance sprints than for endurance racing; some group 7 cars were built in Japan by Nissan and Toyota, but these did not compete outside their homeland.

SCCA sports car racing was becoming more popular with European constructors and drivers, the United States Road Racing Championship for large-capacity sports racers gave rise to the group 7 Can-Am series. There was good appearance money and plenty of trade backing. Similar group 7 cars ran in the European Interserie series, but this was much lower-key than the Can-Am. On-track, the series was dominated by Lola, followed by a period in which it became known as the "Bruce and Denny show", the works McLaren team dominated until the Porsche 917 was perfected and became unbeatable. After Porsche's withdrawal, Shadow dominated the last season before Can-Am faded away to be replaced by Formula 5000. Racing was close—one marque was dominant—but the noise and spectacle of the cars made the series popular; the energy crisis and the increased cost of competing in Can-Am meant that the series folded after the lackluster 1974 season. F5000's reign lasted with a second generation of Can-Am following; this was a fundamentally different series based on converted F5000 cars with closed-wheel bodies.

There was a two-liter class based on Formula Two chassis. The second iteration of Can-Am faded away as IMSA and CART racing became more popular in the early 1980s but remained active until 1987. Can-Am remains a well-remembered form of racing due to its popularity in the 1960s and early 1970s, the limited number of regulations allowing fast and innovative cars and the lineup of talented drivers. Can-Am cars remain popular in historic racing today. Notable drivers in the original Can-Am series included every acclaimed driver of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Jim Hall, Mark Donohue, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, Bruce McLaren, Jackie Oliver, Peter Revson, John Surtees all drove Can-Am cars competitively and were successful, winning races and championship titles. Al Holbert, Jacky Ickx, Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Patrick Tambay, Al Unser Jr. are among the drivers who launched their careers in the revived Can-Am series. Can-Am was the proving ground for what, at the time, was cutting-edge technology.

Can-Am cars were among the first race cars to sport wings, effective turbocharging, ground-effect aerodynamics, aerospace materials like titanium. This led to the eventual downfall of the original series when costs got prohibitive, but during its height Can-Am cars were at the forefront of racing technology and were as fast as or faster around laps of certain circuits than the contemporary Formula One cars. Noted constructors in the Can-Am series include McLaren, Lola, BRM, Shadow and Porsche. McLaren cars were specially designed race cars; the Can-Am cars were developments of the sports cars which were introduced in 1964 for the North American sports car races. The development variants M1A and M1B were raced as factory cars in 1966 with Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon as drivers. In 1967 for the Can-Am series, the McLaren team introduced a new model, the M6A; the McLaren M6A introduced what was to become the trademark orange color for the team. The McLaren team was considered "multi national" for the times and consisted of team owner and leader Bruce McLaren, fellow New Zealander Chris Amon and another "kiwi", the 1967 Formula One world champion, Denny Hulme, team manager Teddy Mayer, mechanics Tyler Alexander, Gary Knutson, Lee Muir, George Bolthoff, Frank Zimmerman, Tom Anderson, Alan Anderson, David Dunlap, Leo Beattie, Donny Ray Everett, Haig Alltounian, Don Beresford, Alec Greaves, Vince Higgins, Roger Bailey, Tony Attard, Cary Taylor, Jimmy Stone, Chris Charles, Colin Beanland, Alan McCall and Alistair Caldwell.

The M6 series were a full aluminum monocoque design with no uncommon features but, for the times, there was an uncommon attention to detail in preparation by the team members. The M6 series

Dandy (mascot)

Dandy was the mascot of the New York Yankees between 1979 and 1981. He was a large pinstriped bird, he had a mustache that gave him an appearance similar to that of former Yankee catcher Thurman Munson. His name was a play on the classic American folk song "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Eager to add a mascot, Yankees management contracted Wayde Harrison and Bonnie Erickson of Acme Mascots, who created the Phillie Phanatic in 1978, to develop a mascot for their franchise. After a meeting with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, in which Steinbrenner and Erickson argued over the shade of blue to use, the Yankees leased Dandy for three years and $30,000. On July 10, 1979, The San Diego Chicken working for the Seattle Mariners, put a hex on Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry during a game at the Seattle Kingdome. Yankees outfielder Lou Piniella responded by throwing his glove at him. In response, Steinbrenner said that mascots had no place in baseball, despite the imminent release of Dandy. Dandy debuted in late-July 1979, weeks after the incident in Seattle.

When Thurman Munson died in a plane crash on August 2, 1979, Dandy was put on hiatus, as Dandy resembled Munson. Though Yankees organist Eddie Layton composed a song for Dandy, it was never played. Dandy was confined to the upper deck area of Yankee Stadium by Yankees management. After the lease expired and Erickson declined the Yankees' request to sign another lease, as they felt the mascot did not receive the necessary support from management. Along with this experiment, the Yankees had mascots resembling ballpark food during the mid-1990s. Outside these two occasions, the Yankees have not had an official mascot or cheerleading squad roam the stands or perform on the field. Unofficial mascots have included a squirrel that Teddy Kider of The New York Times nicknamed "Left Field Ratatosk" after it was seen on the right field foul pole in late 2007; the squirrel was referred to as "Scooter" by the fans, for Yankees legendary shortstop, Phil Rizzuto, who died in August 2007. Though George Steinbrenner gave final approval to Dandy, he claimed had "no recollection" of Dandy in 1998.

Joseph M. Perello, vice president for business development for the Yankees, Lonn Trost, Yankees' general counsel, were unaware that the Yankees once had a mascot. Photo at Acme Mascots

Donna Jean and the Tricksters (album)

Donna Jean and the Tricksters is an album by Donna Jean and the Tricksters, a rock band led by former Grateful Dead singer Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay. The group, which changed its name to the Donna Jean Godchaux Band features lead guitarist and singer Jeff Mattson, who wrote or co-wrote several songs on the album, along with other members of the Zen Tricksters. Donna Jean and the Tricksters was by released Dig Records in 2008. "All I Gotta Say" – 4:59 "So Hard" – 5:49 "No Better Way" – 4:34 "Weight of the World" – 5:26 "Shelter" – 5:38 "Travelin' Light" – 7:07 "He Said/She Said" – 5:14 "Moments Away" – 4:27 "Farewell Jack" – 4:22 "A Prisoner Says His Piece" – 6:57 "Me and Kettle Joe" – 13:24 "Reno" – 4:00 Klyph Black - bass guitar, vocals Tom Circosta - electric guitar, vocals Dave Diamond - drums, vocals Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay - vocals Wendy Lanter - vocals Jeff Mattson - lead guitar, vocals Mookie Siegel - keyboards, vocals Jason Crosby - violin on "He Said/She Said" and "A Prisoner Says His Piece" Dave Eggar - cello on "Shelter" and "He Said/She Said" Randi Mattson - handclaps on "Shelter" Donna Jean and the Tricksters - producer James Brooks - executive producer Joe Napoli - recording Tim Stiegler - additional engineering Jason Corsaro - mixing Michael Ferretti and Dante Portella - assistant engineers Chris Gehringer - mastering Gary Houston - cover art and layout Susana Millman - photography Dennis McNally - publicity, management

Louisville RiverFrogs

The Louisville RiverFrogs were a professional ice hockey team competing in the East Coast Hockey League, a mid-level professional American hockey league with teams from all over the United States as well as one franchise from Canada. The team was based in Louisville and played from 1995 to 1998, their home venue was Broadbent Arena at the Kentucky Exposition Center. At the conclusion of the 1997–1998 season, the franchise was sold and moved to Florida to become the Miami Matadors for a year before moving to Ohio as the Cincinnati Cyclones in 2001; the Cincinnati Cyclones are still in the East Coast Hockey League. They started out playing their games in Cincinnati Gardens, but they have since upgraded and play in the U. S Bank Arena; the Cincinnati Cyclones are the minor league affiliate to the Rochester Americans, a part of the American Hockey League, as well as the Buffalo Sabres, which are a part of the National Hockey League. The team's mascot was Rowdy River Frog; the RiverFrogs games were locally known for the amount of non-hockey-related entertainment at shows, including a giant frog blimp, hot tubs, concession booths.

Sports in Louisville, Kentucky

Hilldale Park

Hilldale Park was a ballpark in Darby, Pennsylvania at the northeast corner of Chester and Cedar Avenues. It was the home field of the Hilldale Club professional baseball team which played in the Negro Leagues between 1910 and 1932; the ballpark opened in 1914. It is said to have had a well-manicured field. A large tree stood in center-field, the branches of which overlooked the field and were considered in play. Hilldale's average attendance at Hilldale Park was 1,844 per-game in 1926 and 1,371 in 1929; the ballpark site now contains retail stores and parking lots. Historical Marker On October 14, 2006, over 500 individuals gathered for the dedication of a Pennsylvania Historical marker at the former site of the ballpark; the ceremony was attended by Philadelphia Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson, former Phillies player Garry Maddox, Gene Dias, Phillies director of community relations. Attending were the four living members of the Negro League Philadelphia Stars, Bill Cash, Mahlon Duckett, Stanley Glenn, Harold Gould, Ray Mackey, great grandnephew of former Hilldale and Stars player Biz Mackey.

Area businessman John Bossong led the effort for the historical marker. The marker is titled, "The Hilldale Athletic Club" and the text reads, This baseball team, whose home was here at Hilldale Park, won the Eastern Colored League championship three times and the 1925 Negro League World Series. Darby fielded Negro League teams from 1910 to 1932. Notable players included baseball hall of fame members Pop Lloyd, Judy Johnson, Martin Dihigo, Joe Williams, Oscar Charleston, Ben Taylor, Biz Mackey, Louis Santop. Owner Ed Bolden helped form the Eastern Colored League. Hilldale Club Project Ballpark: Hilldale Park NLBM Discussion about Hilldale Park

Grace Under Fire

Grace Under Fire is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 29, 1993, to February 17, 1998. The show starred Brett Butler as a single mother learning how to cope with raising her three children alone after divorcing her abusive husband; the series was produced by Carsey-Werner Productions. Grace Under Fire was the highest-rated new comedy of the 1993–94 season. Grace Under Fire, produced by Carsey-Werner, was part of a wave of shows in the late 1980s and 1990s that were built around a comedian. Many of Carsey-Werner's shows were based on non-nuclear families. Grace Under Fire followed a similar formula; the show begins after the main character divorces her abusive alcoholic husband of eight years in an attempt to start life anew and prevent her children from making the same mistakes she did. The show revolved around Grace. All of them helped. In the first three seasons, the show had a blue-collar appeal due to Grace's chosen line of work, post-divorce. Among them were heavy-set Dougie Boudreau, friendly Vic, Carl.

Their gruff boss was Bill Davis. Both Bill and Carl were dropped after the first season. Russell's friendship with Grace, their on-and-off dating rituals, became a running theme in the series. Throughout their friendship, they dated other people. In season three, Grace entered into a relationship with suave plant executive Rick Bradshaw; as with Ryan, the affair between Grace and Rick occurred despite their radically different places in the company ladder. They broke up at the end of season three, although Rick returned in season four to see if their romance could be rekindled. In season four, Grace began taking college classes at night, paid for by her workplace; when the plant decided to stop funding her education about halfway through the season, Grace decided to quit the oil refinery and return to school full-time, as she only needed a few months of concentrated classes to graduate. The remainder of season four featured Grace as a full-time student, towards the end of the season, she did, in fact, graduate.

In the season finale, Grace took an entry-level position with an ad agency, having worked her way up to being a white-collar professional. At the beginning of the fifth season, Grace decided that the commute and long working hours at the St. Louis ad agency were forcing her to spend all of her time away from her family, she quit the agency job, began working in the administrative/ business end for a local construction company owned by D. C.. In the fifth season, Russell found some romantic interest in Dottie, a gossiping hairstylist, friends with Grace. Nadine, after having given birth to her and Wade's long-awaited child, abruptly decided to leave Wade and move to Colorado, was never seen again. Throughout the entire five-year run, Grace's ex-husband Jimmy Kelly showed up, sometimes causing problems and at others miraculously clean and sober, trying to win Grace back. A reconciliation never quite happened, but the two did settle on a good friendship for the sake of the kids. In the midst of Jimmy's attempts to get straight, his father Emmett died.

In the aftermath of his death, Emmett was revealed to be gay. At this time, Jimmy's mother Jean, Grace's disapproving and moralizing former mother-in-law, offered to move in and help Grace raise the kids. Russell, reconciled with his estranged dad, Floyd. Seen twice late in season two, by season three, Floyd ended up moving in with Russell and working with him in the pharmacy, appeared on a regular basis; as far as Grace's own kin and past life went, she had a regular source of support from her sister Faith in the first two seasons. Another development came when Grace was contacted by her first child, whom she gave up for adoption before meeting Jimmy. Matthew ended up meeting his biological father. By the fifth season, Dot had replaced Nadine as Grace's friend and confidant, but in early 1998, Dot stopped appearing on the show. Instead, Grace's old friend Bev Henderson came back to town and ended up moving in with the Kellys to get back in touch with her working-class roots. Grace and Bev's personal reunion was unexpectedly the last major storyline of the series.

Although she was joining the cast full-time, Duffy only appeared in two episodes of Grace Under Fire before the series was abruptly cancelled in mid-February. Brett Butler as Grace Kelly