Chico Marx

Leonard Joseph "Chico" Marx was an American comedian, musician and film star. He was a member of the Marx Brothers, his persona in the act was that of a charming, uneducated but crafty con artist of rural Italian origin, who wore shabby clothes and sported a curly-haired wig and Tyrolean hat. On screen, Chico is in alliance with Harpo as partners in crime, is frequently seen trying to con or outfox Groucho. Leonard was the oldest of the Marx Brothers to live past early childhood. In addition to his work as a performer, he played an important role in the management and development of the act in its early years. Chico was born in Manhattan, New York City, on March 22, 1887, his parents were Sam Marx, his wife, Minnie Schoenberg Marx. Minnie's brother was Al Shean; the Marx family was Franco-German Jewish. His father was a native of Alsace who worked as a tailor and his mother was from East Frisia in Germany. Billing himself as Chico, he used an Italian persona for his onstage character, his non-Italian-ness was referred to twice on film.

In their second feature, Animal Crackers, he recognizes someone he knows to be a fish peddler impersonating a respected art collector: Ravelli: "How is it you got to be Roscoe W. Chandler?" Chandler: "Say, how did you get to be an Italian?" Ravelli: "Never mind—whose confession is this?" In A Night at the Opera, which begins in Italy, his character, claims not to be Italian, eliciting a surprised look from Groucho: Driftwood: "Well, things seem to be getting better around the country." Fiorello: "I don't know, I'm a stranger here myself." A scene in the film Go West, in which Chico attempts to placate an Indian chief of whom Groucho has run afoul, has a line that plays a bit on Chico's lack of Italian nationality, but is more or less proper Marxian wordplay: S. Quentin Quayle: "Can you talk Indian?"Joe Panello: "I was born in Indianapolis!" There are moments, where Chico's characters appear to be genuinely Italian. Chico's character is assumed to be dim-witted, as he misunderstands words spoken by other characters.

However, he gets the better of the same characters by extorting money from them, either by con or blackmail. Chico was a talented pianist, he started playing with only his right hand and fake playing with his left, as his teacher did so herself. Chico acquired a better teacher and learned to play the piano correctly; as a young boy, he gained jobs playing piano to earn money for the Marx family. Sometimes Chico worked playing in two places at the same time, he would acquire the first job with his piano-playing skills, work for a few nights, substitute Harpo on one of the jobs. In the brothers' last film, Love Happy, Chico plays a piano and violin duet with'Mr. Lyons'. Lyons plays some ornate riffs on the violin. In a record album about the Marx Brothers, narrator Gary Owens stated that "although Chico's technique was limited, his repertoire was not." The opposite was true of Harpo, who could play only two tunes on the piano, which thwarted Chico's scam and resulted in both brothers being fired. Groucho Marx once said.

Instead, before performances he soaked his fingers in hot water. He was known for'shooting' the keys of the piano, he played passages with his thumb up and index finger straight, as part of the act. Other examples of his keyboard flamboyance are found in A Night at the Opera, where he plays the piano for a group of delighted children, A Night in Casablanca, where he performs a rendition of "The Beer Barrel Polka". Chico became the unofficial manager of the Marx Brothers after their mother, died in 1929; as manager, he cut a deal to get the brothers a percentage of a film's gross receipts—the first of its kind in Hollywood. Furthermore, it was Chico's connection with Irving Thalberg of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that led to Thalberg's signing the Brothers when they were in a career slump after Duck Soup, the last of their films for Paramount. For a while in the 1930s and 1940s, Chico led a big band. Singer Mel Tormé began his professional career singing with the Chico Marx Orchestra. Through the 1950s, Chico appeared on a variety of television anthology shows and some television commercials, most memorably with Harpo in "The Incredible Jewelry Robbery", a pantomime episode of General Electric Theater in 1959.

His nickname was spelled Chicko. It was changed to Chico but still pronounced "Chick-oh" although those who were unaware of its origin tended to pronounce it "Cheek-oh". Numerous radio recordings from the 1940s exist where announcers and fellow actors mispronounce the nickname, but Chico apparently


Luwr, is a legendary female animal in Turkic and Nivkh mythologies. It is the creator wildduck. In the Altai creation myth, in the beginning of the Earth emanated from Water. In ancient Turkish beliefs, Tangri Kaira Khan is a pure, white goose that flies over an endless expanse of water, but before Ak-Ana appears to urge Kaira Khan to create, he experiences a disturbance of his calm. From the bottom of the Water a "sacred duck" Lura lifted up the sand and silt, from which the Earth was created. Water was the initial state of everything in existence. In ancient Turkish beliefs, Tangri Kara Han is a pure, white goose that flies over an endless expanse of water; as a gander, Kara-han is lord of the three realms of air and land. In Hungarian mythology, the sea duck is a spirit animal because ducks fly in the air and dive in the water, thus ducks belong to both the world below. The Sun takes the form of a golden diving-duck to retrieve the first living creatures from the bottom of the sea. Arany Atya asked the duck to bring up mud from below the water to create land.

But she hid the mud in her mouth, he was punished by having his legs broken so he could not walk. Chinghiz Aitmatov in his book "Piebald Dog Running Along The Shore" told the story of Luvr, to be heard from Vladimir Sangi: "In the beginning, the beginning of all beginnings, there was no land in nature, not a grain of sand. There was nothing but water, but Luvr the Duck, that same commonplace broadbilled bird that sweeps over our heads in flocks to this day, was flying at that time over the world all alone, she had nowhere to lay an egg. There was nothing in the whole world but water, there weren't any reeds with which to build a nest. Luvr the Duck settled on the water, plucked the feathers from her breast and made her nest, and it was from that floating nest. Little by little the land spread outwards, little by little the earth was settled by all kinds of creatures." Vladimir Sangi, Pesn'o nivkhakh. Moscow, Sovremennik, 1989 From Vladimir Sangi, The British Columbia Folklore Society - Stories from Tuva The Plesiosaur Site, Creation Myths - An Evenk Creation Myth Creation Myths - Hungarian An Evenk Creation Myth Creation of the Middle World

Diamond Dreams (EP)

Diamond Dreams is an EP by American nu metalcore band Issues released on November 18, 2014. The majority of the band's members originated from ex-members of Woe, Is Me, being Tyler Carter, Michael Bohn, Cory Ferris and Ben Ferris. IssuesTyler Carter – vocals Michael Bohn – backing vocals AJ Rebollo – guitars Josh Manuel – drums, percussion Skyler Acord – bass Tyler "Scout" Acord – keyboards, programming, pianoAdditional musiciansBen Barlow - guest vocals on “Nlyf X Neck Deep” Nylo - guest vocals on “Tears on the Runway