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Damon Knight

Damon Francis Knight was an American science fiction author and critic. He is the author of "To Serve Man", a 1950 short story adapted for The Twilight Zone, he was married to fellow writer Kate Wilhelm. Knight was born in Baker, Oregon in 1922, grew up in Hood River, Oregon, he entered science-fiction fandom at the age of eleven and published two issues of a fanzine entitled Snide. Knight's first professional sale was a cartoon drawing to a science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, his first story, "The Itching Hour", appeared in the Summer 1940 number of Futuria Fantasia and published by Ray Bradbury. "Resilience" followed in the February 1941 number of Stirring Science Stories, edited by Donald Wollheim. An editorial error made. At the time of his first story sale, he was living in New York, was a member of the Futurians. One of his short stories describes paranormal disruption of a science fiction fan group, contains cameo appearances of various Futurians and others under thinly-disguised names: for instance, non-Futurian SF writer H.

Beam Piper is identified as "H. Dreyne Fifer". Knight's forte was the short story. To the general public, he is best known as the author of "To Serve Man", a 1950 short story adapted for The Twilight Zone, it won a 50-year Retro-Hugo in 2001 as the best short story of 1950. Knight became well known as a science fiction critic, a career which began when he wrote in 1945 that A. E. van Vogt "is not a giant as maintained. He's only a pygmy who has learned to operate an overgrown typewriter." He ceased reviewing when Science Fiction refused to publish a review. These reviews were collected in In Search of Wonder. Algis Budrys wrote that Knight and William Atheling Jr. had "transformed the reviewer's trade in the field", in Knight's case "without the guidance of his own prior example". The term "idiot plot", a story that only functions because everyone in it is an idiot, became well-known through Knight's frequent use of it in his reviews, though he believed the term was invented by Blish. Knight's only non-Retro-Hugo Award was for "Best Reviewer" in 1956.

Knight was the founder of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, cofounder of the National Fantasy Fan Federation, cofounder of the Milford Writer's Workshop, cofounder of the Clarion Writers Workshop. The SFWA officers and past presidents named Knight its 13th Grand Master in 1994. After his death, the associated award was renamed the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award in his honor; the Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in 2003. Until his death, Knight lived in Eugene, with his second wife, author Kate Wilhelm, his papers are held in the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archive. Hell's Pavement A for Anything Masters of Evolution The Sun Saboteurs Beyond the Barrier Mind Switch Double Meaning The Earth Quarter World without Children The World and Thorinn The Man in the Tree CV The Observers A Reasonable World God's Nose Why Do Birds Humpty Dumpty: An Oval "The Third Little Green Man" "PS's Feature Flash" "Not with a Bang" "To Serve Man" "Ask Me Anything" "Don't Live in the Past" "Cabin Boy" "Catch that Martian" "The Analogues" "Beachcomber" "Ticket to Anywhere" "Anachron" "Babel II" "Four in One" "Special Delivery" "Natural State" "Rule Golden" "The Country of the Kind" "Dulcie and Decorum" "You're Another" "This way to the Regress "Extempore" "The Last Word" "Stranger Station" "Dio" "The Dying Man" "An Eye for a What?"

"The Enemy" "Be My Guest" "Eripmav" "Idiot Stick" "Thing of Beauty" "To Be Continued" "The Handler" "Time Enough" "Auto-Da-Fe" A Century of Science Fiction "The Visitor at the Zoo" "The Big Pat Boom" "An Ancient Madness" God's Nose Maid to Measure "Shall the Dust Praise Thee?" "Masks'" "The Star Below" I See You Forever O Point of View Strangers on Paradise Not a Creature Fortyday Life Edit "Double Meaning" "In the Beginning" In Search of Wonder Creating Short Fiction Turning Points Orbit The Futurians Far Out In Deep Off Center Turning On Aldiss, Brian W.. Hell's Cartographers. London: Futura. ISBN 0-86007-907-4. Gunn, James E.. Speculations on Speculation: Theories of Science Fiction. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-4902-X. Pohl, Frederik; the SFWA Grand Masters. 3. New York: Macmillan. ISBN 0-312-86876-6. Stanyard, Stewart T.. Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone: A Backstage Tribute to Television's Groundbreaking Series. Chicago: ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-744-4. Works by Damon Knight at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Damon Knight at Internet Archive Works by Damon Knight at LibriVox "Damon Knight biography".

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Dymond Creek

Dymond Creek is a tributary of the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is 3.3 miles long and flows through Franklin Township and Exeter Township. The watershed of the creek has an area of 2.24 square miles. The creek is not designated as impaired and its drainage basin is a Coldwater Fishery and a Migratory Fishery; the surficial geology in its vicinity consists of Wisconsinan Till, Wisconsinan Outwash, Wisconsinan Ice-Contact Stratified Drift, alluvial fan, bedrock. Dymond Creek begins in a valley in Franklin Township, it flows east for a short distance before turning northeast and entering Exeter Township and the census-designated place of Upper Exeter. The creek passes through a small lake and turns east for several tenths of a mile before turning northeast for several tenths of a mile. After that, it turns east and south-southeast. Several tenths of a mile further downstream, the creek turns east-northeast, leaves its valley, crosses Pennsylvania Route 92.

After a few tenths of a mile, it reaches its confluence with the Susquehanna River. Dymond Creek joins the Susquehanna River 204.98 miles upstream of its mouth. The elevation near the mouth of Dymond Creek is 551 feet above sea level; the elevation of the creek's source is between 1,000 feet above sea level. The surficial geology in the vicinity of Dymond Creek consists of a till known as Wisconsinan Till, Wisconsinan Ice-Contact Stratified Drift, bedrock containing sandstone, conglomeratic sandstone and coal. However, Wisconsinan Outwash containing stratified sand and gravel occurs near the creek's mouth and there are a few patches of alluvial fan near the lower and middle reaches; the entire length of Dymond Creek attains its designated uses and thus is not designated as an impaired waterbody. The watershed of Dymond Creek has an area of 2.24 square miles. The mouth of the creek is in the United States Geological Survey quadrangle of Ransom. However, its source is in the quadrangle of Center Moreland.

There are possible problem areas with regards to flooding on Dymond Creek. However, a feasibility study on mitigating this hazard is ranked as low-priority in the Bi-County Hazard Mitigation Plan created for Luzerne County and Lackawanna County; the drainage basin of Dymond Creek is designated as a Migratory Fishery. The designated use of the creek is aquatic life. Dymond Creek was entered into the Geographic Names Information System on August 2, 1979, its identifier in the Geographic Names Information System is 1198683. Sutton Creek, next tributary of the Susquehanna River going downriver List of rivers of Pennsylvania

Merrill at Midnight

Merrill at Midnight is the fourth album by Helen Merrill, featuring the singer fronting a quartet augmented by a string section arranged and conducted by Hal Mooney, recorded in 1957 and released on the EmArcy label. The AllMusic review by Bruce Eder stated "this one's a keeper and in a class by itself, with lots and lots of class." "Soft as Spring" - 3:06 "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" - 2:27 "Lazy Afternoon" - 3:00 "The Things We Did Last Summer" - 3:02 "After You" - 3:01 "If You Go" - 3:08 "If I Forget You" - 3:16 "If Love Were All" - 3:02 "Easy Come Easy Go" - 3:41 "I'll Be Around" - 2:42Recorded in New York on February 21, 1957 and February 27, 1957 Helen Merrill - vocals Marian McPartland, Buddy Weed - piano Bill Mure - guitar Milt Hinton - double bass Sol Gubin - drums Unidentified strings arranged and conducted by Hal Mooney

Luther Henderson

Luther Henderson was an American arranger, composer and pianist best known for his contributions to Broadway musicals. Born in Kansas City, Henderson relocated to the Sugar Hill section of Harlem at the age of four. Following a short stint studying mathematics at the City College of New York, he enrolled at the Juilliard School of Music, where he received a bachelor of science degree in 1942. Drafted into the Navy during World War II, Henderson became an arranger for the Navy band stationed at the Naval Station Great Lakes, prior to becoming the staff orchestrator for The U. S. Navy School of Music in Washington, D. C. from 1944 to 1946. Following the war, Henderson began a long professional association with a number of musical notables of the era, including Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Jule Styne, Richard Rodgers. Notably, Henderson maintained a lengthy pre-professional relationship with Ellington, having been neighbors with the Ellington family as a child and schoolmate with his son, Mercer.

Henderson went on to serve as classical orchestrator for Ellington's symphonic works, receiving the nickname of being Ellington's "classical arm." Henderson's first foray into Broadway theatre was Ellington's Beggar's Holiday, serving as co-orchestrator alongside Billy Strayhorn. He went on to serve as orchestrator and musical director on more than fifty Broadway musicals, including Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, Flower Drum Song, Funny Girl, No, No Nanette, Purlie Victorious, Ain't Misbehavin' and Jelly's Last Jam. Henderson additionally made his Broadway songwriting debut with Jelly's Last Jam, receiving a 1992 Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score, alongside lyricist Susan Birkenhead. From the 1950s on, Henderson worked extensively in television, including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Bell Telephone Hour, specials for Dean Martin, Carol Burnett, Andy Williams, Victor Borge, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the television presentation of Ain't Misbehavin. Henderson served as musical director for Victor Borge.

He performed as "The Professor" on the children's television show Joya's Fun School. Henderson's arrangements of Ellington's music were recorded in 1999 by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; the recording was titled Classic Ellington. A year the work was performed at Carnegie Hall by the St. Luke's Orchestra; the performance featured jazz musicians Dianne Reeves and Regina Carter. Over the course of two decades, Henderson arranged over a hundred pieces for the Canadian Brass; the group's album of Ellington's music, Take the "A" Train, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2000. Henderson recorded six albums as the leader of the Luther Henderson Orchestra. Henderson was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1992 for Best Original Score for Jelly's Last Jam, in 1997 for Best Orchestrations for Play On!. He received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations for his work on Jelly's Last Jam. Other recognitions include the 2002 AUDELCO Pioneer Award, awarded alongside his wife, actress Billie Allen.

He received a posthumous Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2004. In 2008 Juilliard School of Music, Henderson's alma mater, established the Luther Henderson Scholarship Fund. Following a long battle with cancer, Henderson died on July 29, 2003 at the age of 84, he was survived by his wife, actress Billie Allen, three children including The Electric Company actress Melanie Henderson, Denson B. Henderson, Dr. Luther L. Henderson III, professor of music and humanities at Los Angeles City College, two step-children, two grandchildren, one step-grandchild, one great-grandchild. Luther Henderson biography – African American Registry Luther Henderson biography – American Theatre Wing at the Wayback Machine Luther Henderson biography – Luther Henderson Scholarship Fund Luther Henderson obituary – New York Times Luther Henderson Papers – New York Public Library NEA Jazz Masters: Luther Henderson Luther Henderson tribute page – Canadian Brass at the Wayback Machine Luther Henderson Scholarship Fund The Last PostJazzhouse

Ruth Ellis Center

The Ruth Ellis Center is a Detroit area social services agency that serves the needs of runaway, homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay and transgender youth. Among their services are a drop-in center, Street Outreach Program, foster home, Health and Wellness Center; the center is named after Ruth Ellis in honor of her allowing her home to serve as a refuge for African American gays and lesbians as early as the 1930s. Wanda Sykes is an outspoken supporter of the organization after the staff sent her a letter asking her to visit during her 2010 tour's stop in Detroit; the Ruth Ellis Center operates three programs. Residential housing program for LGBT youth ages 12–17 who are in the foster care or juvenile justice system; the youth are referred from the Michigan Department of Human Services, Wayne County Child and Family Services, other Michigan agencies statewide, youth supervising programs in other states. The program includes the following services: Provides basic services and safe space for youth and young adults ages 14 to 24.

Services and resources include full meals, gender identity support groups, laundry facility and clothing, a cyber-center, recreation. Provides mental health outpatient services to LGBT youth. A group of community activists - including John Allen and Kofi Adoma - founded Ruth Ellis Center in 1999, the same year Ruth Ellis was celebrating her 100th birthday; the founders chose to call the program the Ruth Ellis Center in recognition of all the youth Ellis had helped. In September 2000, a 101-year-old Ellis attended the grand opening of the center's first phase, a drop-in center for at-risk youth. LGBT rights in Michigan Official website

1996–97 English Premiership (rugby union)

The 1996–97 English Premiership was the tenth season of the top flight of rugby union in England. It was the first professional season in English rugby union history; the league was made up of twelve teams with each team playing each other twice, in a round robin system. Wasps were the champions, with a winning margin of six points above the runners -- up. West Hartlepool and Orrell were relegated to National Division 2, it was the final season of sponsorship by Courage. The Home Team is listed on the left column. For the first time play–offs took place between the third and fourth placed teams in Division Two and the ninth and tenth placed teams in Division One; the play–offs followed a 4th v 9th, 3rd v 10th system – with the games being played over two legs and the second tier team playing at home in the first leg. Bristol won 39 – 23 on aggregate to retain their place in Division One London Irish won 42 – 23 on aggregate to retain their place in Division One Official website