Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are an American professional basketball team based in Denver. The Nuggets compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division; the team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association, but changed its name to Rockets before the first season. It changed its name again to the Nuggets in 1974. After the name change, the Nuggets played for the final ABA Championship title in 1976, losing to the New York Nets; the team has had some periods of success, qualifying for the ABA Playoffs for all seasons from 1967 to the 1976 ABA playoffs where it lost in the finals. The team joined the NBA in 1976 after the ABA–NBA merger and qualified for the NBA playoffs in nine consecutive seasons in the 1980s and ten consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2013. However, it has not made an appearance in a championship round since its last year in the ABA; the Nuggets play their home games at Pepsi Center, which they share with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League and the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League.

The original Denver Nuggets was founded in the National Basketball League prior to the 1948–49 season. Following that season, the NBL combined with the Basketball Association of America, with the newly unified circuit named the National Basketball Association to reflect the merger; the Denver Nuggets played the 1949–50 season as one of the charter NBA teams before folding. In 1967, one of the ABA's charter franchises was awarded to a group in Kansas City, headed by Southern Californian businessman James Trindle. However, Trindle was unable to find a suitable arena in the Kansas City area. League commissioner George Mikan suggested moving the team to Denver. After agreeing to name Denver resident and former NBA player Vince Boryla as general manager, Trindle moved his team to Denver as the Denver Larks, named after Colorado's state bird; the Trindle group was undercapitalized, leading Mikan to order the Larks to post a $100,000 performance bond or lose the franchise. Hours before the deadline, Trindle sold a ⅔ controlling interest to Denver trucking magnate Bill Ringsby for $350,000.

Ringsby renamed the team the Rockets, after his company's long-haul trucks. Playing at the Denver Auditorium Arena, the Rockets had early successes on the court, developing a solid fan base along the way. However, the team had a history of early playoff exits and failed to play in an ABA championship series. Early, they had a solid lineup led by Byron Beck and Larry Jones later by Beck and Ralph Simpson. Lonnie Wright of the American Football League's Denver Broncos signed with the Rockets during that first season and became the first player to play professional football and basketball in the same season. Wright played four seasons with Denver. Controversial rookie Spencer Haywood joined the team for the 1969–70 season. Haywood was one of the first players to turn pro before graduating from college, the NBA refused to let him play in the league. Haywood averaged nearly 30 points and 19.5 rebounds per game in his only ABA season, being named ABA MVP, ABA rookie of the year, as well as the All-Star Game MVP.

The team finished 51–33, winning their division, before exiting the playoffs in the 2nd round. Just before the start of the 1970–71 season, Haywood signed with the Seattle SuperSonics, jumping to the NBA; the team tumbled to a 30–54 record and attendance suffered. Ringsby sold the team to San Diego businessmen Frank Goldberg and Bud Fischer in 1972. In 1974, in anticipation of moving into the NBA, the new McNichols Arena, the franchise held a contest to choose a new team nickname, as "Rockets" was in use by the Houston Rockets; the winning choice was "Nuggets", in honor of the original Nuggets team in Denver from 1948–50, the last year as a charter member of the NBA. Their new logo was a miner "discovering" an ABA ball. Goldberg and Fischer in turn sold the team to a local investment group in 1976. With the drafting and signing of future hall of fame player David Thompson out of North Carolina State, Marvin Webster and the acquisitions of Dan Issel and Bobby Jones and with Larry Brown coaching, they had their best seasons in team history in their first two seasons as the Nuggets.

Playing in the Denver Auditorium Arena for the last season the 1974–75 team went 65–16, including a 40–2 record at home. However, a quick playoff exit followed. In 1975–76, playing at their new arena, the Nuggets edged the reigning champion Kentucky Colonels four games to three to make the 1976 ABA finals for the first time, they lost to the New York Nets and Julius Erving. They did not get a second chance to win an ABA league championship, as the ABA–NBA merger took place after the 1975–76 season; the Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs were merged into the NBA. The Spirits of St. Louis and Kentucky Colonels were disbanded; the Nuggets and Nets had applied to join the NBA in 1975, but were forced to stay in the ABA by a court order. The Nuggets continued their strong play early on in the NBA, as they won division titles in their first two seasons in the league, missed a third by a single game. However, neither of these teams were successful in the postseason. To the other new NBA teams, the Nuggets were given many financial issues including a $2 million entry fee.

Red McCombs bought the team in 1978. In 1979, Brown left the team, it ended in 1981. Moe brought with him a "motion offense" philosophy, a style of play focusing on attempting t

Kim Darby

Kim Darby is an American actress best known for her role as Mattie Ross in the film True Grit. Darby was born Deborah Zerby in Los Angeles, the daughter of professional dancers Inga and Jon Zerby, her father nicknamed her Derby saying "I thought Derby Zerby would be a great stage name". Her mother was from Budapest, her mother's siblings were comedians. She performed as a singer and dancer under the name "Derby Zerby." Believing that she could not "hope for serious important roles in films with a name like "Derby Zerby," she renamed herself "Kim," because it was the name of a popular girl in her high school that she admired, "Darby," as a variation of "Derby."Darby began acting at age fifteen. Her first appearance was as a dancer in the film Bye Bye Birdie, her television work included Gunsmoke. Among her many films are True Grit, in which she played a fourteen-year-old when she was twenty-one years of age. Darby's 1960s television roles included two appearances on the NBC series Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus.

Darby appeared about this time on The Eleventh Hour, The Fugitive, The Donna Reed Show, in the first season of Star Trek as the title character in "Miri". Darby was cast in an episode of the NBC sitcom The John Forsythe Show. and as Angel in the two-part Gunsmoke episode "Vengeance." She appeared in the episode "Faire Ladies of France" of the NBC western series The Road West starring Barry Sullivan and a Bonanza episode "A Sure Thing" as Trudy Loughlin, guest starring Tom Tully as Burt Loughlin, her father. She appeared in 3 episodes of Gunsmoke: "The Lure" as Carrie Neely, "Vengeance: Part 1" as Angel, "Vengeance: Part 2" again as Angel, she was cast in the 1972 movie, The People, which starred William Shatner, reuniting them from their Star Trek appearance. She played the unhinged Virginia Calderwood in the first television miniseries, Rich Man, Poor Man in 1976. Darby had the central role of Sally Farnham in the made-for-TV chiller. Subsequent television roles included guest appearances on Crazy Like a Fox, The Love Boat, The Streets of San Francisco and Becker.

Darby admitted her career declined after the 1970s because she became an amphetamine addict. In 1990, she began to teach acting in the Los Angeles area and has been an instructor in the Extension Program at the University of California, Los Angeles since 1992. Darby appeared as a female convict in an episode of The X-Files who falsely confesses to the murder of her son who disappeared under mysterious circumstances that are being investigated by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. In 2014, she played Stacia Clairborne, a blind witness to a crime, in the episode "Prologue" of the show Perception. Darby continues to make occasional films. Darby has been married twice. In 1968, she married James Stacy, with whom she had one child, Heather Elias, born in 1968, their marriage ended in divorce in 1969. In 1970, she married James Westmoreland. Mr. Novak Dr. Kildare - Episode "A Nickel's Worth of Prayer" - as Patsy "Hang Down Your Head and Laugh", episode of the television series Run for Your Life "Joshua's Kingdom", episode of the television series The Fugitive "Miri", episode of the television series Star Trek The Man from U.

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The Bottom of the Bottle (novel)

The Bottom of the Bottle is a novel by the Belgian writer Georges Simenon. The original French version Le Fond de la Bouteille, written in 1948 when Simenon was living in Arizona, appeared in 1949; the novel is among his romans durs, a term translated as hard, or harrowing, novels. The story is set in Arizona near the Mexican border: a rancher's life is disrupted by the appearance of his brother, who has escaped from jail and is determined to get across the Santa Cruz River to Mexico. Patrick Martin Ashbridge, known as P. M. is a rancher in Arizona near the border with Mexico. Returning home from a bar as rain ends a dry period, he discovers his brother Donald by his ranch. P. M. hardly knows his recent life. He read in newspapers. Don wants to cross the Santa Cruz River to Mexico; the river, higher because of the rain, is now impossible to cross. P. M. tells his wife Nora that Don is his friend Eric Bell, ill and is not allowed to drink. As he talks to Don, P. M. thinks back about their early family life in poor circumstances, the different lives of Don and himself.

P. M.'s first marriage ended. Don, despite his desperate past, seems to be critical of P. M.'s career. At a party at a neighbouring ranch, P. M. gets a phone call from Emily. Emily gave Don money to reach Arizona and is anxious that Don should reach Nogales just over the border, where his wife Mildred and children are living in desperate circumstances. P. M. goes home with Don for him to phone Mildred, Don starts to drink. Don has an aggressive attitude to P. M. determined that P. M. must help him across the river. Back at the party, getting drunk, hits P. M. who returns with blows. Nora, on being told all about Don, says she had guessed he was P. M.'s brother. In their car, they look for him. At the Santa Cruz River, where people drive to look at the river when it is high, they meet Falk, a neighbour who lives alone. P. M. hears that Don was told about a crossing place at Mule Pass, he leaves home on a horse, having chosen the best one for crossing the river. He meets Falk on the way and they ride together.

They find Don at the river. P. M. gives Don his horse and, borrowing Falk's horse, follows Don across: Don reaches the other side, but P. M. is swept away. The book was made into the 1956 film The Bottom of the Bottle, directed by Henry Hathaway and featuring Joseph Cotten as P. M. Van Johnson as Donald and Ruth Roman as Nora