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Ed Wood

Edward Davis Wood Jr. was an American filmmaker and author. In the 1950s, Wood directed several low-budget science fiction and horror films, notably Glen or Glenda, Jail Bait, Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Night of the Ghouls and The Sinister Urge. In the 1960s and 1970s, he moved towards sexploitation and pornographic films, wrote over 80 pulp crime and sex novels. Notable for their campy aesthetics, technical errors, unsophisticated special effects, ill-fitting stock footage, eccentric casts, idiosyncratic stories, non sequitur dialogue, Wood's films remained obscure until he was posthumously awarded a Golden Turkey Award for Worst Director of All Time in 1980, renewing public interest in his life and work. Following the publication of Rudolph Grey's 1992 oral biography Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood Jr. a biopic of his life, Ed Wood, was directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp as Wood, the film received two Academy Awards. Wood's father, Edward Sr. worked for the U.

S. Postal Service as a custodian, his family relocated numerous times around the United States, they settled in Poughkeepsie, New York, where Ed Wood Jr. was born in 1924. According to Wood's second wife, Kathy O'Hara, Wood's mother Lillian would dress him in girl's clothing when he was a child because she had always wanted a daughter. For the rest of his life, Wood crossdressed. During his childhood, Wood was interested in pulp fiction, he collected comics and pulp magazines, adored movies Westerns and anything involving the occult. Buck Jones and Bela Lugosi were two of his earliest childhood idols, he skipped school, in favor of watching motion pictures at the local movie theater, where stills from that day's movie would be thrown into the trash by theater staff, allowing Wood to salvage the images, to add to his extensive collection. On his 12th birthday, in 1936, Wood received as a gift his first movie camera, a Kodak "Cine Special". One of his first pieces of footage, one that imbued him with pride, showed the airship Hindenburg passing over the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, shortly before its disastrous crash at Lakehurst, New Jersey.

One of Wood's first paid jobs was as a cinema usher, he sang and played drums in a band. He fronted a singing quartet called "Eddie Wood's Little Splinters", having learned to play a variety of string instruments. In 1942, Wood enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, just months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Assigned to the 2nd Defense Battalions, he reached the rank of corporal. Although Wood claimed to have faced strenuous combat, including having his front teeth knocked out by a Japanese rifleman, his military records reveal this to be false. Wood claimed that he feared being wounded in battle more than he feared being killed because he was afraid a combat medic would discover his secret due to wearing a bra and panties under his uniform during the Battle of Tarawa. In 1947, Wood moved to Hollywood, where he wrote scripts and directed television pilots and several forgotten micro-budget westerns with names such as Crossroads of Laredo and Crossroad Avenger: The Legend of the Tucson Kid.

In 1948, Wood wrote, produced and starred in Casual Company, a play derived from his unpublished novel, based on his service in the United States Marine Corps. It opened at the Village Playhouse to negative reviews on October 25. In 1952, Wood was introduced to actor Bela Lugosi by friend and fellow writer-producer Alex Gordon, Wood's roommate at the time, involved in creating American International Pictures. Lugosi's son, Bela Lugosi Jr. has been among those who felt Wood exploited the senior Lugosi's stardom, taking advantage of the fading actor when he could not refuse any work, while most documents and interviews with other Wood associates in Nightmare of Ecstasy suggest that Wood and Lugosi were genuine friends and that Wood helped Lugosi through the worst days of his clinical depression and addiction. Lugosi had become dependent on morphine as a way of controlling his debilitating sciatica over the years, was in a poor physical state. Wood billed himself including Ann Gora and Akdov Telmig.

In 1953 Wood directed the semi-documentary film Glen or Glenda with producer George Weiss. The film starred Wood, his girlfriend Dolores Fuller, Lugosi as the god-like narrator. Wood directed and produced a crime film, Jail Bait, along with co-writer Alex Gordon, which starred Lyle Talbot and Steve Reeves. Bela Lugosi was supposed to play the lead role of the plastic surgeon, but was busy working on another film project when filming started and had to bow out. Wood produced and directed the horror film Bride of the Monster, based on an original story idea by Alex Gordon which he called The Atomic Monster, it starred Bela Lugosi, Swedish w

Harry Crawford (politician)

Harry T. Crawford, Jr. is a Democratic politician in the U. S. state of Alaska. A native of Shreveport, Crawford moved to Alaska in 1975 to help construct the Alaska Pipeline as an ironworker. Along with Eric Croft and David Guttenberg, Crawford sponsored two successful ballot initiatives which passed by wide margins: the Alaska Replacement of U. S. Senators Initiative of 2004, which ensured voters would fill any future Senate vacancies, the Alaska Campaign Finance Reform Initiative of 2006, which reduced the amount any individual or group could give to a candidate or a political party. Crawford served as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives from 2001 to 2011—in District 22 from 2001 to 2003 in District 21 for eight years. In 2000, in his second attempt for the seat, he defeated incumbent Ramona Barnes, the first female Speaker of the House, was defeated for renomination to her House seat in 1984 before regaining it two years later. In 2010, Crawford ran for Alaska's single at-large seat in the United States House of Representatives.

He lost to Republican incumbent Don Young. Crawford ran for the state House of Representatives in District 27 in 2016, however he was defeated by incumbent Lance Pruitt. United States House of Representatives election in Alaska, 2010 Representative Harry Crawford official Alaska Legislature site Harry Crawford for State House official campaign site Profile at Vote Smart Financial information at the Federal Election Commission Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org Profile at Alaska's House of Representatives Democratic Caucus Harry Crawford at 100 Years of Alaska's Legislature

List of tallest buildings in Beijing

This list of tallest buildings in Beijing ranks skyscrapers in Beijing, the capital city of the People's Republic of China, by height. The tallest building in Beijing is the 109-storey China Zun at 528 metres tall, surpassing the 330 metres China World Trade Centre Tower III upon completion in 2018; the third-tallest building in the city is the Fortune Plaza Office Building 1, which stands 260 metres tall with 63 stories. And the fourth-tallest is the Park Hyatt Tower, standing at 250 m containing 63 stories; the Park Tower is the tallest building out of the three-building Beijing Yintai Centre, which includes two adjoining 186 m, 42-storey skyscrapers. The history of skyscrapers in Beijing began in 1959 with the completion of the National Minority Hotel. Beijing's skyline expanded upward at a modest rate for three decades; the completion of the China World Trade Center Tower 1 in 1989 marked the beginning of Beijing's first building boom that lasted ten years. During this time period, four skyscrapers taller than 150 m were completed, including the 208 m Jing Guang Centre, which stood as the tallest building in Beijing from 1990–2006.

A second, much larger boom began in 2004 and continues into the present, where twelve skyscrapers taller than 150 m were finished. Many of the skyscrapers completed during both building booms are located in Chaoyang District, including the Beijing TV Centre, Park Tower and Fortune Plaza Office Building 1, all of which served as the tallest building in the city for a time. In December 2008, the number of completed highrise buildings were increased to 895 in Beijing. Another famous project in the city is the 234 m, 51-storey CCTV Headquarters building, nicknamed "Big Shorts"; the skyscraper is not a traditional tower, but a continuous loop of five horizontal and vertical sections, creating an irregular grid on the building’s facade with an open center. With 389,079 square metres of office space, the skyscraper will become the largest office building in China and the second-largest in the world, after the Pentagon. In December 2008, there were proposed in Beijing; this lists ranks Beijing skyscrapers that stand at least 120 m tall, based on standard height measurement.

This does not include antenna masts. Existing structures are included for ranking purposes based on present height. * has been topped out. This lists skyscrapers that are under construction and proposed in Beijing and planned to rise over 120 m, but are not yet completed structures. *Table entries without text indicate that information regarding floor count or dates of completion has not yet been released. This is a list of buildings. A. ^ The Central Radio & TV Tower is not a habitable building, but is included in this list for comparative purposes. Per a ruling by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, freestanding TV towers are not considered to be buildings, as they are not habitable structures, although one could habitate there it’s functional is not office or residential. General"High-rise Buildings of Beijing". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-08-23. Specific Beijing buildings on SkyscraperPage Skyscrapers of Beijing on Gaoloumi

Ricardo Ismael Rojas

Ricardo Ismael Rojas Mendoza is a retired Paraguayan professional footballer who played as a full-back. He first came into notability at Libertad in Paraguay, transferring to Estudiantes in 1995, where he established himself and received his first call-up for Paraguay national team. In 1999, he moved to Benfica, but less than a year and half was back at Argentina, playing for River Plate until 2006, he represented Paraguay seven times. Born in Posadas, at the Argentine province of Misiones, Rojas played for Argentinos Juniors at the same time as Christian Dollberg in 1991, he participated in their campaign in the Primera División. In 1992, he joined the larger Club Libertad, where he secured a place in the first team, amassing over 50 league matches in three seasons. After five years in Paraguay, Rojas returned to Argentina. In Estudiantes, he played the left-back role for four seasons with more than 120 league appearances, but without winning any silverware. In July 1999, the 28-year old moved abroad and joined Benfica, alongside his fellow teammate, Carlos Bossio.

According to Record, the fee for both was three million dollars. He made his debut on 12 September, in a 3–0 away win against Santa Clara, went on to play 30 games in all competitions as a right-back. However, in 2000–01, the signings of Ivan Dudić on the right, the breakthrough of Diogo Luís on the left diminished his playing time, so in February 2001, he was loaned to River Plate, his pay-check there was one of highest in the league. Under Américo Gallego, he could only play in the Copa Libertadores due to his late arrival in the season. In 2001–02 with Ramón Díaz in charge, Rojas alternated with Matías Lequi on the left and despite speculation that he would be released, he signed on permanent deal in early 2002. On 11 March 2002, he scored his only top tier goal, in a 3-0 victory of River over its main rivals, Boca Juniors. After scoring that goal, he was nicknamed vaseline, he would play for River for a further four years. After football, he moved back to his home-town. Despite being born in Argentina, Rojas grandparents were from Paraguay.

He hoped of playing for Argentina but the stiff competition made it difficult for him to receive a call-up, so he opted to represent Paraguay instead, as he explained in 1999: "My grandparents were Paraguayans and before I played in Argentina, I had received a call-up to play for Paraguay. Still, I turned it down because my ambition was to play for the Argentina national team, but I sound figured out my chances or slim. Just before the World Cup in France, I was invited again by the Paraguayan Football Association and ended up accepting it and representing Paraguay in the World Cup." He was listed in squad for the 1997 Copa América, was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but did not make any appearances. In total, he received 7 call-ups from 1997 to 1998. General Tovar, Rui Miguel. Almanaque do Benfica. Portugal: Lua de Papel. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8. Specific Ricardo Ismael Rojas at National-Football-Teams.com Ricardo Ismael Rojas at ForaDeJogo

List of Oregon state parks

This is a list of state parks and other facilities managed by the State Parks and Recreation Department of the U. S. state of Oregon. The variety of locales and amenities of the parks reflect the diverse geography of Oregon, including beaches, lakes, rock pinnacles, deserts; the state parks offer many outdoor recreation opportunities, such as overnight camping facilities, day hiking, boating, historic sites, scenic rest stops and viewpoints. The Parks and Recreation Department classifies its parks according to these regions: North Coast – From the Columbia River to just south of Lincoln City Central Coast – From Lincoln City to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area South Coast – From the Dunes NRA to California Willamette Valley – From the south edge of the Portland metro area south to Cottage Grove Southern Oregon – South of the Willamette Valley, from the coast range east through Lake County Portland/Columbia Gorge – Columbia County and the northern Willamette Valley and east along the Columbia River where it passes through the Cascade Range Central Oregon – The northern half of the high plateau Great Basin east of the Cascades Eastern Oregon – The eastern forty percent of the state Jan Bannan.

Oregon State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide, second edition. Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. 2002. ISBN 0-89886-794-0 Oregon Parks & Heritage Guide 2008. October 2007. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. List of national parks in Oregon Lists of Oregon-related topics Oregon Secretary of State. "Oregon Administrative Rules contain OARs filed through January 13, 2012". Retrieved 2012-02-18. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Oregon State Parks Foundation, statewide non-profit organization dedicated to state parks

Frögärd i Ösby

Frögärd Ulvsdotter i Ösby was a Swedish Norse woman. She was according to a common misconception believed to be a Viking Age female runemaster; this notion is based on Erik Brate's erroneous interpretation of runestone U 203. As early as 1943, Elias Wessén convincingly demonstrated that the sequence in question cannot be read as a carver's signature; the place name uisby should be read Väsby rather than Ösby. U 203 was raised by Ale in memory of his son Ulv, “father to Frögärd in Väsby”. Ale is responsible for runestone U 194, which he raised in memory of himself while he was still alive. According to this inscription, Ale received a share of Canute the Great’s Danegeld in 1017. Thus, Frögärd was a member of a wealthy family and the only beneficiary of her father's and grandfather's inheritance. Birgit Sawyer suggests that Ale's purpose with U 203 could have been to take care of his underage granddaughter's inheritance. Both U 194 and U 203 are carved by Åsmund Kåresson. An actual Swedish female Viking Age runemaster was Gunnborga