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Dina Merrill

Dina Merrill was an American actress, socialite and philanthropist. Merrill was born in New York City on December 29, 1923, although for many years, her date of birth was given as December 9, 1925, she was the only child of Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her second husband, Wall Street stockbroker Edward Francis Hutton, founder of E. F. Hutton & Co. Merrill had two older half-sisters, Adelaide Breevort Hutton and Eleanor Post Hutton, by her mother's first marriage to Edward Bennett Close, grandfather of actress Glenn Close. Merrill attended George Washington University in Washington, DC, for one term dropped out and enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, she studied acting at HB Studio under Uta Hagen. She received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in April 2005. On advice from her half-sister's husband, she adopted the stage name Dina Merrill, borrowing from Charles E. Merrill, a famous stockbroker like her father.

Merrill made her debut on the stage in the play The Mermaid Singing in 1945. During the late 1950s and 1960s, Merrill was believed to have intentionally been marketed as a replacement for Grace Kelly, in 1959, she was proclaimed "Hollywood's new Grace Kelly". Merrill's film credits included Desk Set, A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed, Don't Give Up the Ship, Operation Petticoat, The Sundowners, Butterfield 8, The Young Savages, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, I'll Take Sweden, The Greatest, A Wedding, Just Tell Me What You Want, Anna to the Infinite Power, Caddyshack II, True Colors, The Player and Shade, she appeared in made-for-TV movies, such as Seven in Darkness, The Lonely Profession, Family Flight, The Tenth Month. Merrill appeared in numerous television series in the 1960s, such as playing the villain, "Calamity Jan," in two 1968 episodes of Batman alongside then-husband Cliff Robertson, she made guest appearances on Bonanza, The Bold Ones, The Love Boat, Quincy, M. E. Murder, She Wrote and The Nanny, as Maxwell Sheffield's disapproving and distant British mother.

In 1971, Merrill appeared as Laura Duff in The Men From Shiloh in the episode titled "The Agnus Killer". Her stage credits include the 1983 Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical On Your Toes, starring Russian prima ballerina Natalia Makarova. In 1991, she appeared in the rotating cast of the off-Broadway staged reading of Wisdom. In 1991, Merrill and her third husband, Ted Hartley, merged their company, Pavilion Communications, with RKO to form RKO Pictures, which owns the intellectual property of the RKO Radio Pictures movie studio. In the 1960s and 1970s, Merrill was a recurring guest on several network television game and panel shows including The Match Game, To Tell the Truth, What's My Line, Hollywood Squares. Merrill was a presidential appointee to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a trustee of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, a vice president of the New York City Mission Society. In 1980, Merrill joined the board of directors of her father's E. F. Hutton & Co. continuing on the board of directors and the compensation committee of Lehman Brothers when it acquired Hutton, for over 18 years.

Merrill was married three times. In 1946, she wed Stanley M. Rumbough Jr. an heir to the Colgate-Palmolive toothpaste fortune and entrepreneur. They had three children, Nedenia Colgate Rumbough, David Post Rumbough, Stanley Rumbough III before divorcing in 1966; that year, she wed Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson, with whom she had a daughter, Heather Robertson. The couple divorced in 1986. In 1989, she married producer Ted Hartley. Two of Merrill's four children predeceased her. On May 22, 2017, Merrill died at her home in East Hampton, New York at age 93, she had been suffering from dementia with Lewy bodies. Dina Merrill on IMDb In Step with: Dina Merrill, news.google.com. Cliff Robertson & Dina Merrill Take Stock and Are Bullish on the Outcome People Magazine 1981-07-31

Yeo (locomotive)

Yeo was one of three narrow gauge 2-6-2T steam locomotives built by Manning Wardle in 1898 for the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. The other two locomotives were named Taw. Yeo, like all the locomotives on the L&B, was named after a local river with a three-letter name, in this case the River Yeo; this naming tradition has been continued in the 21st Century, with Lyd operational on the Ffestiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway. It had been intended that Lyd would receive Yeo's original chimney but it was found to be too corroded for further use; the naming tradition has been applied to a Kerr Stuart Joffre class locomotive running on the revived L&B, named Axe, a Maffei locomotive named Sid. Following the railway's closure in 1935 Yeo was scrapped along with all of the other L&B locomotives except Lew, exported to South America. A set of frames for a new Yeo were built by Winson Engineering in 2000 and are stored waiting for construction to continue when funds are available. A 7 1⁄4 inches gauge model was built by Milner Engineering in 1979 and worked in Buckfastleigh before moving to the Gorse Blossom Railway in 1984.

A 12 1⁄4 inches gauge model was built by David Curwen in 1978 for the Réseau Guerlédan Chemin de Fer Touristique in Brittany, France. When the line closed, it transferred to the Fairbourne Railway in North Wales

Randy Gradishar

Randy Charles Gradishar is a retired American football linebacker who played in the 1970s and 1980s. A native of Ohio, Gradishar was a two-time consensus All-American for the Ohio State Buckeyes, before playing ten seasons for the NFL's Denver Broncos, where he was the centerpiece of the "Orange Crush Defense". Gradishar is a 1970 graduate of Champion High School, Ohio. During his high school career, Randy lettered all three years in both basketball; as a high school football player, Randy received honors including All-League, All-County, the Star Helmet Award. In basketball, he was the leading rebounder for three years and the second leading scorer for two years, receiving All-League and All-County honors. Randy holds the high school records for most blocked shots, single game rebounds, most career rebounds. In 2004, Randy was inducted into the Champion High School Hall of Fame for Athletics, he was presented by Al Carrino. Gradishar, who graduated with a degree in Distributive Education, was a three-year starter with the Ohio State University from 1971 to 1973.

Former Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes called Gradishar "the best linebacker I coached". He made 134 tackles in 60 of them solo, to lead the team. In Gradishar's three years with the Buckeyes, all as a starter, the team had a 25–6–1 record, with two Big Ten Conference championships. Gradishar's final collegiate game was a 42–21 victory over the University of Southern California in the 1974 Rose Bowl, to complete a 10–0–1 season. In his senior season the Ohio State defense posted four shutouts. Against Washington State in 1973 Gradishar made 22 tackles the second most in a game in Ohio State history, still stands as 9th best, his 320 career tackles were the most in school history when Gradishar left Ohio State and now stands as 11th best in team history. Gradishar was a consensus First-team All-America selection in 1972 and a unanimous First-team selection in 1973. In 1973 Gradishar finished sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. Randy was academic All-American in 1973. According to scouts Gradishar was a linebacker who went out every day with his hard hat and lunch pail and got the job done.

When naming Gradishar All-American Time stated he was the "best Big Ten linebacker in three years" Gradishar is a punishing tackler capable of penetrating any block, say the scouts, "he has that great pro quality—the ability to cover somebody else's mistake." Before entering the National Football League Gradishar played in the Hula Bowl and the Coaches' All-American game in 1974. While attending the Ohio State University, Randy joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Gradishar was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1983. In 1987, he was induced into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Gradishar was elected to the GTE Academic Hall of Fame in 1992. Ohio State's director of athletics, Ed Weaver, said, "No more outstanding young man has participated in our athletic program." Gradishar was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1999 Gradishar received the Dick Butkus Silver Anniversary Award recognizing his achievements 25 years after his graduation from Ohio State.

He was selected to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team in 2000. The Ohio State end-of-season award for most outstanding linebacker is known as the Randy Gradishar Award. Named as the 8th best Ohio State player of all-time. Made list of the Top 100 college football players of all-time. In 2000 was named to ABC Sports's All-Century team as an inside linebacker. Gradishar was drafted 14th overall in the 1974 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Gradishar went on to spend 10 seasons with the Denver Broncos franchise, he played along with Tom Jackson as part of the Orange Crush Defense and is considered by some to be the greatest defensive player in Broncos history. Teammate Jim Jensen said Gradishar and Roger Staubach were the two best players he took the field with, he became a starter midway though his rookie season and was named to his first Pro Bowl after the 1975 season, his third in the NFL. From that season through his last, 1983, the Broncos "Orange Crush" defense allowed the third fewest rushing yards in the NFL, behind only the Steelers "Steel Curtain" defense and the Cowboys' "Doomsday" defense.

Additionally, the Broncos trailed only the Steelers in the fewest yards per rush during that same span. They have been named one of the NFL's greatest defenses by others. Gradishar became nationally known in a 1975 Monday Night Football game versus the Green Bay Packers in which he picked off a pass and returned it for a game-sealing victory while recording a sack, two tackles for loss and knocked down two passes and recorded six solo tackles. In 1976 the Broncos switched to a 3–4 defense in which Gradishar moved from middle linebacker to inside linebacker, where he stayed the remainder of his career; the switch to the 3–4 defense gave Gradishar responsibilities relative to rush-lane discipline and pass coverage that are beyond those of a middle linebacker in the 4–3 defense. In addition to leading the Broncos in tackles for the second straight year, Gradishar led all NFL linebackers in sacks, with seven, he was voted second-team All-AFC by United Press International. In 1977, Gradishar assisted the Broncos to Super Bowl XII, their first.

He earned Pro Bowl was named first team All-Pro. He anchored a defense that led the AFC in fewest points gave up the 6th-fewest yards. Gradishar was voted the AFC Defensive Player of the Year by the Columbus Touchdown Club; the 1977 Broncos season is documented in a new book by Terry Frei,'77: Denver, the Broncos, a Coming of Age that features