Conan Christopher O'Brien is an American television host, writer and producer. He is best known for writing in Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons and hosting Late-night talk shows like Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and Conan. Since 2010, he has been hosting Conan on the cable channel TBS. Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, O'Brien was raised in an Irish Catholic family, he served as president of The Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University, was a writer for the sketch comedy series Not Necessarily the News. After writing for several comedy shows in Los Angeles, he joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live. O'Brien was a writer and producer for The Simpsons for two seasons until he was commissioned by NBC to take over David Letterman's position as host of Late Night in 1993. A virtual unknown to the public, O'Brien's initial Late Night tenure received unfavorable reviews and remained on a multiweek renewal cycle during its early years; the show improved over time and was regarded by the time of his departure in 2009.
Afterwards, O'Brien relocated from New York to Los Angeles to host his own incarnation of The Tonight Show for seven months until network politics prompted a host change in 2010. Known for his spontaneous hosting style, characterized as "awkward, self-deprecating humor", O'Brien's late-night programs combine the "lewd and wacky with more elegant, narrative-driven short films", he has hosted Conan since 2010 and has hosted such events as the Emmy Awards and Christmas in Washington. O'Brien has been the subject of a documentary, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, has hosted a 32-city live comedy tour and an 18-city live comedy tour. With the retirement of David Letterman on May 20, 2015, O'Brien became the longest-working of all current late-night talk show hosts in the United States, at 26 years. O'Brien was born on April 1963, in Brookline, Massachusetts, his father, Thomas Francis O'Brien, is a physician and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. His mother, Ruth O'Brien, is a retired former partner at the Boston firm Ropes & Gray.
O'Brien has two sisters. O'Brien attended Brookline High School, where he served as the managing editor of the school newspaper, The Sagamore. In his second year, he was an intern for Congressman Robert Drinan and in his senior year, he won the National Council of Teachers of English writing contest with his short story "To Bury the Living". After graduating as valedictorian in 1981, O'Brien entered Harvard University, he lived in Holworthy Hall during his first year with future businessman Luis Ubiñas and two other roommates, in Mather House during his three upper-class years. He concentrated in History & Literature, graduated magna cum laude in 1985. O'Brien's senior thesis concerned the use of children as symbols in the works of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. During college, O'Brien played drums in a band called the Bad Clams, was a writer for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine, developed a spoof of the video game One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird in which the Boston Celtics play against a classical ballet troupe.
During his sophomore and junior years, he served as the Lampoon's president. At this time, O'Brien's future boss at NBC, Jeff Zucker, was serving as president of the school newspaper The Harvard Crimson. O'Brien moved to Los Angeles after graduation to join the writing staff of HBO's Not Necessarily the News, he was a writer on the short-lived The Wilton North Report. He spent two years with that show and performed with improvisational groups, including the Groundlings. In January 1988, Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels, hired O'Brien as a writer. During his three years on SNL, he wrote such recurring sketches as "Mr. Short-Term memory" and "The Girl Watchers". While on a writers' strike from Saturday Night Live following the 1987–88 season, O'Brien put on an improvisational comedy revue in Chicago with fellow SNL writers Bob Odenkirk and Robert Smigel called Happy Happy Good Show. While living in Chicago, O'Brien roomed with Jeff Garlin. In 1989, O'Brien and his fellow SNL writers received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series.
O'Brien, like many SNL writers appeared as an extra in sketches. O'Brien returned to host the show in 2001 during its 26th season. O'Brien and Robert Smigel wrote the television pilot for Lookwell starring Adam West, which aired on NBC in 1991; the pilot never went to series. It was screened at The Other Network, a festival of unaired TV pilots produced by Un-Cabaret. In 1991, O'Brien's engagement to be married was called off and Lookwell was not picked up. Burned out, he quit Saturday Night Live. "I told Lorne Michaels I couldn't come back to work and I just needed to do something else," O'Brien recalled. "I had no plan whatsoever. I was in this big transition phase in my life where I decided, I'll just walk around New York City, an idea will come to me." Mike Reiss and Al Jean showrunners of the animated sitcom The Simpsons, called O'Brien and offered him a job. The series was notorious in the writing community at the time. O'Brien was one of the first hires after the show's original crew. With the help of old Groundlings friend, actor
Lester A. Lefton is an American academic and higher education administrator, he was the President of Kent State University. He has 35 years of experience in higher education, having served for 25 years at a public institution and nine at private institutions. During his career, he has been a psychology professor and provost, as well as a psychology textbook author. Born in Brookline, Lefton completed his bachelor's in psychology from Northeastern University in Boston in 1969, he earned his doctorate in experimental psychology, specializing in visual perception and focusing on cognitive psychology in 1974 from the University of Rochester, where he held a U. S. Public Health Service Predoctoral Fellowship. In 1972, he became an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, associate professor in 1975, full professor in 1980. Lefton served as chair of the psychology department and dean of the College of Liberal Arts for three years, he moved to George Washington University in Washington, D.
C. where he served as dean of the Columbian College of Sciences for four years. Lefton was senior vice provost of Tulane University for five years. Lefton has published dozens of peer-refereed research articles, he has been a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is known nationally as a passionate advocate for undergraduate education. An award-winning teacher with 36 years of university teaching experience, Lefton's introductory psychology textbook, now in its ninth edition, is used in college classrooms nationwide. Named Kent State president in 2006, Lefton oversaw one of the nation's largest university systems and the second largest university in the state of Ohio. Kent State's eight campuses provide more than 280 academic programs to a record 41,300 undergraduate and graduate students, he earned $520,000 a year, plus up to 20 percent bonus, retirement benefits, a housing allowance, entertainment, deferred annuity, etc. Among the highlights of his presidency he: worked to streamline the path to graduation for students as part of a heightened emphasis on student recruitment and retention.
Created a broad-based Commission on Exclusion and, on its recommendation, created the university's first Vice President for Diversity position. Intensified emphasis on international programs and experiences, including agreements with leading universities in China and other parts of the world. Set new goals for faculty research that resulted in significant increases in the number of grant proposals submitted by faculty and extramural funding received for faculty research. Spearheaded a comprehensive review of the university's financial model, resulting in a change to a decentralized Responsibility Center Management financial system. Played a significant role in cultivating a new era of cooperation between the university and the City of Kent and the redevelopment of downtown Kent. agreed to donate his 2009 raise to a scholarship fund to help students during the recession. Helped keep high-tech company AlphaMicron in Kent by bringing the firm to the university-operated Centennial Research Park.
The company applies research in liquid crystals to create new products. Oversaw the largest enrollment of students in Kent State history—a record 41,300 at all eight Kent State campuses—for the fall 2010 semester. Led the acquisition of Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Ohio's only podiatry school, now known as the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine broke the institution's fundraising record three years in a row and raised more than $40 million from donors in single year for the first time during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011. Recognizing that students need and deserve first-class classrooms, laboratories and other facilities to compete for jobs and advanced education, the university has developed a culture of philanthropy and fundraising that supports Kent State's strong commitment to capital improvements that enhance teaching and learning. Recent facilities improvements include the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, a $22 million renovation of historic Franklin Hall that transformed it into one of the nation's leading training grounds for aspiring reporters, producers, photographers and designers, the Air Traffic Control Center in Van Deusen Hall that aid the university as it trains air traffic control students to help fill the Federal Aviation Administration's need for more than 14,500 air traffic control specialists between now and 2018.
Under Lefton's leadership, Kent State established a College of Public Health, the second one in Ohio, to meet the state's and nation's growing needs for public health professionals. Kent State graduated its first class of students from the College of Public Health in May 2011, he led the university when it was named one of the top 200 universities in the world by Times Higher Education of London. And received a coveted spot in the first tier list of Best National Universities by U. S. News. Lefton created the Presidential Speaker Series to bring big-name speakers to Kent State. Trey Ratcliff, a photographer with a popular travel blog, Stuck In Customs, kicked off the series with a talk in March 2012. Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is scheduled to appear as part of the series in April 2013. Besides having served as Kent State president, Lefton is active on the boards of NorTech and the Greater Akron Chamber, is a member of Leadership Cleveland's Class of 2008. During 2007, he served on the Northeast Ohio Universities Collaboration and Innovation Study Commission, created by the Ohio General Assembly.
The Commission submitted a wide range of r
The Ter is a river in Catalonia, that rises in Ulldeter at an approximate elevation of 2,400 metres, at the foot of a glacial cirque delimited by the nearby peaks of el Bastiments, el Gra de Fajol, or el Pic de la Dona. It runs through the comarques of Ripollès, Selva, Gironès, Baix Empordà, discharging into the Mediterranean Sea at l'Estartit; the Ter follows a course of 208 kilometres and drains an area of 3,010 square kilometres. Annually, an average of 840 cubic hectometres of water is moved by the river, with an average flow rate of 25 cubic metres per second at its mouth. Although its headwaters are in the Pyrenees, the Ter receives significant inflow from rivers in the middle and lower plains, thus it is susceptible to flooding in the autumn. List of rivers of Spain