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Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons are an American professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Pistons compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division and plays its home games at Little Caesars Arena, located in Midtown; the team was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1941, a member of the National Basketball League where it won two NBL championships: in 1944 and 1945. The Pistons joined the Basketball Association of America in 1948; the NBL and BAA merged to become the NBA in 1949, the Pistons became part of the merged league. In 1957, the franchise moved to Detroit; the Pistons have won three NBA championships: in 1989, 1990 and 2004. The Detroit Pistons franchise was founded as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, a National Basketball League team, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Owner Fred Zollner's Zollner Corporation was a foundry that manufactured pistons for car and locomotive engines; the Zollner Pistons were NBL champions in 1944 and 1945.

They won the World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1944, 1945 and 1946. In 1948, the team became the Fort Wayne Pistons. In 1949, Fred Zollner brokered the formation of the National Basketball Association from the BAA and the NBL at his kitchen table. There are suggestions that Pistons players conspired with gamblers to shave points and throw various games during the 1953–54 and 1954–55 seasons. In particular, there are accusations that the team may have intentionally lost the 1955 NBA Finals to the Syracuse Nationals. In the decisive Game 7, the Pistons led 41–24 early in the second quarter before the Nationals rallied to win the game; the Nationals won on a free throw by George King with twelve seconds left in the game. The closing moments included a palming turnover by the Pistons' George Yardley with 18 seconds left, a foul by Frank Brian with 12 seconds left that enabled King's winning free throw, a turnover by the Pistons' Andy Phillip in the final seconds which cost them a chance to attempt the game winning shot.

In the following season, the Pistons made it back to the NBA Finals. However, they would be defeated by the Philadelphia Warriors in five games. Though the Pistons enjoyed a solid local following, Fort Wayne's small size made it difficult for them to be profitable as other early NBA teams based in smaller cities started folding or relocating to larger markets. After the 1956–57 season, Zollner decided that Fort Wayne was too small to support an NBA team and announced the team would be playing elsewhere in the coming season, he settled on Detroit. Although it was the fifth largest city in the United States at the time, Detroit had not seen professional basketball in a decade, they lost the Detroit Eagles due to World War II, both the Detroit Gems of the NBL and the Detroit Falcons of the BAA in 1947, the Detroit Vagabond Kings in 1949. Zollner decided to keep the Pistons name, believing it made sense given Detroit's status as the center of the automobile industry; the Pistons played in Olympia Stadium for their first four seasons moved to Cobo Arena.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the Pistons were characterized by strong individuals and weak teams. Some of the superstars who played for the team included Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Bob Lanier. At one point, DeBusschere was the youngest player-coach in the history of the NBA. A trade during the 1968–69 season sent DeBusschere to the New York Knicks for Howard Komives and Walt Bellamy, both of whom were in the stages of their careers. DeBusschere became a key player in leading the Knicks to two NBA titles. In 1974, Zollner sold the team to glass magnate Bill Davidson, who remained the team's principal owner until his death in 2009. While the Pistons did qualify for the postseason in four straight seasons from 1974 to 1977, they never had any real sustained success. In 1978, Davidson became displeased with Cobo Arena, but opted not to follow the Red Wings to the under-construction Joe Louis Arena. Instead, he moved the team to the suburb of Pontiac, where they played in the 82,000 capacity Silverdome, a structure built for professional football.

The Pistons stumbled their way out of the 1970s and into the 1980s, beginning with a 16–66 record in 1979–80 and following up with a 21–61 record in 1980–81. The 1979–80 team lost its last 14 games of the season which, when coupled with the seven losses at the start of the 1980–81 season, comprised a then-NBA record losing streak of 21 games; the franchise's fortunes began to turn in 1981, when they drafted point guard Isiah Thomas from Indiana University. In November 1981, the Pistons acquired Vinnie Johnson in a trade with the Seattle SuperSonics, they would acquire center Bill Laimbeer in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers in February 1982. Another key move by the Pistons was the hiring of head coach Chuck Daly in 1983; the Pistons had a tough time moving up the NBA ladder. In 1984, the Pistons lost a tough five-game series to the underdog New York Knicks, 3–2. In the 1985 playoffs, Detroit won its first-round series and faced the defending champion Boston Celtics in the conference semifinals.

Though Boston would prevail in six games, Detroit's surprise performance promised that a rivalry had begun. In the 1985 NBA draft, the team selected Joe Dumars 18th overall, a selection that would prove to be wise, they acquired Rick Mahorn in a trade with the Washington Bullets. However, the team took a step backwards, losing in the first round of the 1986 playoffs to the more athletic Atlanta

Dan Peek

Daniel Milton Peek was an American musician best known as a member of the folk rock band America from 1970 to 1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. He has been called a "pioneer in contemporary Christian music". Peek was born in Panama City, Florida, on November 1, 1950, while his father was in the U. S. Air Force; when Peek was a young boy, he suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and had to be hospitalized for weeks 100 miles away from the family home. Peek remembered this experience when, about a year before he died, he decided to dispose of five of his vintage guitars; because the Ronald McDonald Houses exist to provide housing for families of hospitalized children close to hospitals around the United States and the world, Peek donated these five guitars to the San Diego house, which were subsequently sold to a collector, resulting in a $50,000 donation. Peek moved to England in 1963 with his family when his father was assigned to a base in London, meeting Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley at London Central High School.

Beginning in 1963, Peek was educated at London Central Elementary High School at Bushey Hall in North London. In 1973 he married Catherine Maberry, with whom he would write a number of songs, including "Lonely People", he published an autobiography entitled An American Band, based on America's most successful period, his own spiritual journey. After a brief stint at Old Dominion University in Virginia during 1969, Peek returned from the U. S. back to London. Soon afterwards, the three former London Central High School classmates Peek and Bunnell began making music together. Known for singing the high harmonies, Dan Peek contributed lead and backing vocals, bass and harmonica to their recordings during his tenure in the band; as a member of America, Peek wrote or co-wrote four Top 100 singles: "Don't Cross the River", "Lonely People", "Woman Tonight", "Today's the Day", all of which he sang lead on. "Lonely People" and "Today's the Day" hit No. 1 on the Billboard AC charts. Peek abused alcohol and other drugs during his time touring with the band and elected to leave shortly after America's February 1977 release of the Harbor album, disenchanted with the travel, recreational drug use and female groupies.

In 2004 he released an autobiography about that era entitled An American Band: The America Story, difficult for him to write because of the bad memories it brought up. Years of life on the road with America had taken a toll on him, he renounced drugs and alcohol, renewed his Christian faith, began to seek a different artistic direction than Beckley or Bunnell. He went on to sign with Pat Boone's Lamb & Lion Records and found modest success as a pioneering artist in the emerging Christian pop music genre. Peek's debut solo album, All Things Are Possible, was released in 1979. Chris Christian co-wrote and contributed acoustic guitar and backing vocals on the album; the title track reached the Billboard charts, making the Top 10 in the A/C Billboard chart and number 1 in the Christian charts, becoming one of the earliest contemporary Christian music crossover hits. Another song on the album, "Love Was Just Another Word", was recorded in Los Angeles and written by Chris Christian and Steve Kipner.

Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell contributed. This was the last time. At the 22nd Grammy Awards, the album was nominated, losing in the Contemporary Gospel category to The Imperials album Heed the Call. Peek waited five years before releasing a second solo album, 1984's Doer of the Word, which hit number 2 in the Christian charts. Gerry Beckley contributed background vocals, which were recorded at Chris Christian's studio in Los Angeles while Peek was there. 1986 saw the release of his Electrovoice album, again to the CCM market, which included a remake of "Lonely People", featuring a similar lead vocal treatment and overall arrangement to the original America version. He changed some of the song's lyrics to reflect his Christian faith. Peek spent much of the 1990s in semi-retirement recording music at his home in Bodden Town, Grand Cayman Island, he released several solo projects and collaborated with Ken Marvin and Brian Gentry as "Peace" on three albums. In the years before his death, Peek released music via his website.

His last musical collaboration was performing lead vocal on a track on the 2011 album Steps on the Water by Etcetera. Peek died in his sleep of fibrinous pericarditis on July 24, 2011, at age 60 at his home in Farmington, Missouri, his interment was in Farmington's Zolman Cemetery. Dan Peek at AllMusic Dan Peek on IMDb Official America website Obituary of Dan Peek, The Daily Telegraph, 27 July, 2011 Dan Peek Autopsy Report, ParklandNews.com

Killer Frost

Killer Frost is a name used by several fictional female supervillains and superheroes appearing in comic books published by DC Comics: Crystal Frost, Louise Lincoln, Caitlin Snow. Each different individual in the DC Universe assuming the Killer Frost persona is as an adversary of the superhero Firestorm. Various iterations have appeared in various animated projects and video games with most of them having the character voiced by Jennifer Hale. Danielle Panabaker portrays Caitlin Snow on the shared DC Arrowverse shows, where she is a main character on the television series The Flash. Crystal Frost was the first incarnation, first appearing in Firestorm #3. While Frost was studying to be a scientist in Hudson University, she fell in love with her teacher Martin Stein. While working on a project in the Arctic, Frost was upset to learn that Stein did not reciprocate her feelings. Frost accidentally locked herself in a thermafrost chamber but survived, being transformed in a way in which she was able to absorb heat from a living being and project cold and ice.

Calling herself "Killer Frost", she began her murderous crusade against men and clashed with Firestorm on many occasions. Killer Frost died after she absorbed too much energy from Firestorm. Crystal has been identified as one of the deceased villains entombed below the Hall of Justice, her body was reanimated as a Black Lantern. Dr. Louise Lincoln is the second incarnation. Lincoln was a friend to Crystal Frost. After her friend's death, she decided to repeat the experiment as a last respect to her former mentor, became the second Killer Frost, she became just as ruthless as her predecessor and began her own personal vendetta against Firestorm whom she blamed for Crystal's death. She served as a member of the Suicide Squad and sold her soul to Neron for more power. During the Underworld Unleashed event, Killer Frost attacked Hawaii, freezing part of the islands before being stopped by Superboy and Knockout. After a group of mobsters put out a hit on Lois Lane, Killer Frost rescued Lois from Solomon Grundy, only to leave the reporter bound and gagged on a set of train tracks, hoping to take the credit and reward for Lane's death.

Her plan was foiled by Superman. Killer Frost was freed when the DEO refrigeration truck transporting her crashed. Effigy happened upon the crash and she discovered the heat from Effigy's pyrokinetic abilities enabled her to kiss Effigy without him freezing over; the two had a brief flirtatious partnership that dissolved when Effigy lost patience with her lecturing on how to defeat Green Lantern. After Green Lantern buried them both under a mountain of snow, Effigy escaped and abandoned her to be apprehended again. In the Superman/Batman "Public Enemies" arc, Killer Frost was one of many supervillains seeking to earn a $1 billion reward offered by President Lex Luthor to sanction Superman and Batman, she teamed with Mister Freeze and Captain Cold in an attempt to ambush the two heroes in Washington D. C. but all four were defeated. They attacked in a second wave, along with more villains such as Giganta and Gorilla Grodd, but a similar backup of superheroes battered them all into submission, it was discovered that this ice-themed team of villains was being mind controlled by Grodd.

Dr. Light hired Killer Frost and Mirror Master to attack Green Arrow and Black Lightning at a hospital in Chicago, where Kimiyo Hoshi was being held. Green Arrow stopped Killer Frost by firing an arrow filled with Greek fire into her thigh. Unable to absorb the heat from the arrow, she was defeated. Around this time, Lincoln discovered that she had contracted cancer, tricked Jason Rusch, the new Firestorm, into curing her. With her health and powers restored, Killer Frost went on a rampage, only to be defeated when Jason's abilities reversed the alterations to Lincoln's body, returning her cancer. Killer Frost returned during the events of One Year Later, where she had entered into a relationship with Mr. Freeze. Together, the two villains went on a killing spree in Manhattan, hoping to draw Firestorm into an elaborate trap. Once the hero arrived, Killer Frost used a device to send both of them into space, where she sought to absorb the heat energy of the sun. Firestorm narrowly managed to stop her plan, both Killer Frost and Mister Freeze were taken into custody by Batman.

As they were being sent away, Killer Frost angrily revealed to Mister Freeze that she had only been using her lover as a pawn, had no romantic interest. Killer Frost was seen battling Firestorm in the Justice League of America Wedding Special until Lex Luthor and Cheetah arrived, subdued Firestorm, invited Killer Frost to join the new Injustice League, she appeared in Salvation Run, where she was sent to the Prison Planet after having been defeated and captured by the Suicide Squad. In DC Universe #0, she was seen as a member of Libra's Secret Society of Super Villains, she is seen as one of the villains sent to retrieve the Get Out of Hell Free card from the Secret Six, helped deal the killing blow to the crazed supervillain Junior and the troubled vigilante Tarantula. A short time after this encounter with the Secret Six, Killer Frost appeared as one of the participants in a metahuman fighting tournament in Tokyo, she was defeated by Wonder Woman and Black Canary who had disguised them