William Dennis Weaver was an American actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild, best known for his work in television and films from the early 1950s until not long before his death in 2006. Weaver's two most famous roles were as Marshal Matt Dillon's trusty partner Chester Goode/Proudfoot on the CBS western Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud, he starred in the first film of director Steven Spielberg. He is remembered for his role as the twitchy motel attendant in Orson Welles' film Touch of Evil. Weaver was born June 4, 1924, in Joplin, the son of Walter Leon Weaver and his wife Lenna Leora Prather, his father was of English, Scottish and Osage ancestry. Weaver wanted to be an actor from childhood, he lived in Shreveport, for several years and for a short time in Manteca, California. He studied at Joplin Junior College, now Missouri Southern State University transferred to the University of Oklahoma at Norman, where he studied drama and was a track star, setting records in several events.
During World War II he served as a pilot in the United States Navy, flying Vought F4U Corsair fighter aircraft. After the war, he married Gerry Stowell. Under the name Billy D. Weaver, he tried out for the 1948 U. S. Olympic team in the decathlon, finishing sixth behind 17-year-old high school track star Bob Mathias. However, only the top three finishers were selected. Weaver commented, "I did so poorly, I decided to... stay in New York and try acting." Weaver's first role on Broadway came as an understudy to Lonny Chapman as Turk Fisher in Come Back, Little Sheba. He took over the role from Chapman in the national touring company. Solidifying his choice to become an actor, Weaver enrolled in The Actors Studio, where he met Shelley Winters. In the beginning of his acting career, he supported his family by doing odd jobs, including selling vacuum cleaners and women's hosiery. In 1952, Shelley Winters helped, he made his film debut that same year in the movie The Redhead from Wyoming. Over the next three years, he played in a series of movies, but still had to work odd jobs to support his family.
It was while delivering flowers that he heard he had landed the role of Chester Goode, the limping, loyal assistant of Marshal Matt Dillon on the new television series Gunsmoke. It was his big break, he received an Emmy Award in 1959 for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series. According to the Archive of American Television interview with Weaver, the producer had him in mind for Chester, but could not locate him, was delighted when he showed up to audition. Never having heard the radio show, Weaver gave Chester's "inane" dialog his best Method delivery. Disappointed in his delivery, the producer asked for something humorous, Weaver nailed it; the stiff leg came about when the producer pointed out that sidekicks always have some failing or weakness that makes them less-capable than the star. Weaver decided. In 1957, Weaver appeared as Commander B. D. Clagett in a single episode of the television series The Silent Service titled "Two Davids and Goliath". Having become famous as Chester, he was next cast in an offbeat supporting role in the 1958 Orson Welles film Touch of Evil, in which he played a face-twisting, body-contorting eccentric employee of a remote motel who nervously repeated, "I'm the night man."
In 1960, he appeared in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents titled "Insomnia," in which his character suffers from sleeplessness due to the tragic death of his wife. He co-starred in a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone titled "Shadow Play". In that episode Weaver's character is trapped inside his own revolving nightmare being tried and executed in the electric chair. From 1964 to 1965, he portrayed a friendly veterinary physician in NBC's comedy-drama Kentucky Jones, he had a significant role in the 1966 western Duel with James Garner and Sidney Poitier. His next substantial role was as Tom Wedloe on the CBS family series Gentle Ben, with co-star Clint Howard, from 1967 to 1969. In 1970 Weaver landed the title role in the NBC series McCloud, for which he received two Emmy Award nominations. In 1974, he was nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series and in 1975, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series; the show, about a modern western lawman who ends up in New York City, was loosely based on the Clint Eastwood film Coogan's Bluff.
His frequent use of the affirming Southernism, "There you go," became a catchphrase for the show. During the series, in 1971, Weaver appeared in Duel, a television movie directed by Steven Spielberg. Spielberg selected Weaver based on the intensity of his earlier performance in Touch of Evil. Weaver was a recording artist, with most of his tracks being spoken-word recordings with musical accompaniment, he released several singles and albums between 1959 and 1984, most notable of, his eponymous Im'press Records LP in 1972, the cover of which featured a portrait of Weaver in character as McCloud. From 1973 to 1975, Weaver was president of the Screen Actors Guild. Series during the 1980s were Stone in which Weaver played a Joseph Wambaugh-esque police sergeant turned crime novelist and Buck James in which he played
The Hollywood Garden Club known as the Sunday School House of First Church of Christ, Scientist, is a historic building in Hollywood, southeastern Florida. It is located at 2940 Hollywood Boulevard, it was built in 1927 and moved to its current location in 1959. In 1960, the garden club hosted the Seventh Annual Conservation Conference of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and in subsequent years engaged in numerous civic activities, such as beautification projects and anti-litter campaigns. On February 23, 1999 the four remaining members of the garden club deeded the building to the City of Hollywood. On February 15, 2005, it was added to the U. S. National Register of Historic Places; the one story vernacular building has a low-pitched front gabled roof. The floor plan is rectangular; the approach is a curved concrete walk leading to the four steps to the entry porch. The incised porch spans the front face of the building is and is covered by a shallow simple pediment supported by four Tuscan columns.
This shows the influence of Neoclassical architecture. The front elevation has a centered wood double six-panel door on either side are casement eight pane casement windows; the finish is the original medium texture stucco. The entry to the building featured a full-length vestibule common in religious buildings; the main space in the interior the nave is divided from the vestibule by a window wall reaching to less than two feet from the ceiling. The original cherry wood floors remain although covered by wall to wall carpet in the main room and laminate flooring in the entry remain in place. In addition to the main room there is a bathroom; the building is located in a government use district. It is located directly south of the Hollywood Railroad Station across Hollywood Boulevard; the original setting when used by the First Church of Christ, Scientist was in an open lawn. After it was moved the members of the Hollywood Garden Club landscaped the site; as of 2005 there were ten large specimen trees, including a large Yellow tab over 50 years old.
The garden club laid a concrete patio where club activities were conducted under the shade of a Pitch Apple tree. Constructed at 1582 Harrison Street as the First Church of Christ, Scientist, it was the second building erected by the church in Hollywood; the first was destroyed shortly after it was built by the 1926 hurricane. The Hollywood branch was recognized by mother church in 1927 and the congregation rebuilt dedicating the building in 1932. During World War II congregation members played key roles in a program which provided clothing relief to war-ravaged European countries. Donated clothing was collected and new garments sewn; the building served as the church's meeting place until 1950 when the church built a larger building it was used as a Sunday school. By 1959 the church sought to build another structure on the site; the building was donated to the Hollywood Garden Club in 1959. On July 9 that year it was moved to its current location; the club did not have a meeting place. Members lent the club $100 each to cover the cost of moving the building and installing it with electricity and plumbing.
The building is significant because of the civic contributions of the garden club when it served as the club's garden center building. Garden club projects included conservation activism, anti-litter campaigns, community beautification projects and Arbor Day plantings; the greater membership encouraged and afforded by having the facility improved the clubs effectiveness in campaigns and improved their finances. The building and site allowed the garden club to increase their civic activities. For forty years the building was the club's meeting repository for their archives; the Hollywood Garden Club engaged extensively in progressive civic activities until the 1970s when profession opportunities improved for women and membership in garden and similar clubs declined. In 1960 the garden club hosted the Seventh Annual Conservation Conference of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Among the uses of the club's funds were contributions to the Florida Federation of Garden Club's Wekiva Youth Camp.
Located in Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka, Florida the youth camp provides a nature immersive experience for 3rd through 8th graders. Newspaper articles from the 1950s describe the clubs involvement in rubbish removal and concealing trash areas. Litter bag giveaways, bumper stickers and a newspaper advertisement were among the clubs anti-litter activities by 1961. Club archives show participation of the local Sears store and their management in a number of club programs; this was a part of the Home and Neighborhood Development Sponsors program which started in 1957 and was nationally sponsored by the department store chain. Club members devoted time and resources to the South Florida State Hospital Garden Therapy Program; the club was active in the garden therapy program for more than ten years. Having the facility helped the club grow plants and handle the logistics of their participation in the program. Garden therapy was a focus for the federation with greenhouses, books and supplies provided to four institutions including, Riaford Prison and Lowell Prison for Women in Avon Park.
The Hollywood Garden Club formed on March 18, 1927. This was two years before the surviving national organization. Club membership peaked at over 100 in 1960; the operated continuously from 1927 to 1999. In the 1990s membership fell to six and the club could no longer afford the insurance on the building. On February 23, 1999 the four remaining members of the garden club deeded the building to the City of Hollywood; the proximity to
Reine Hibiki is a Japanese illustrator, born November 15 in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. She is a graduate of Joshibi University of Design Junior College, her work includes illustrating the Maria-sama ga Miteru series of light novels. Hibiki is co-creator of the light novel series Karen Broadcasting Club; the series originated in 2006 as a dōjinshi project by the circle MAGIXX, with related goods sold at that summer's Comic Market. However, by 2007 it had become a commercial publication by Shueisha; the novels' co-author is Beni Suzumoto from MAGIXX. As of May 2009, four volumes of the light novel have been published in Japan: Shueisha has released one drama CD for the series: Bodyguard light novels by Riuto Takeuchi Maria-sama ga Miteru light novels by Oyuki Konno, including the Buddha Watches Too spin-off Throne of the Oracle light novels by Yuira Nagino Calamity Knight: Alternative light novels by Kanata Takase True Fortune Aquarian Age Comic Yuri Hime First Love Sisters Yuri Shimai From 1994 to 1996, Hibiki was a member of the dōjinshi circle IN-FECT with Asako Takaboshi, who went on to become illustrator of the Hakushaku to Yōsei light novels.
From 1997 onwards, Hibiki has published dōjinshi through her own circle Russian Blue. Early Russian Blue works were collaborations with other artists and based on Final Fantasy characters. More recent works include the True Colors series of rough illustrations, which are sold at each Comic Market. Official website Russian Blue Doujinshi DB entry