Evel Knievel

Robert Craig Knievel, professionally known as Evel Knievel, was an American stunt performer and entertainer. Over the course of his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps. Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, he died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, in 2007, aged 69. Knievel was born on October 17, 1938, in Butte, the first of two children of Robert E. and Ann Marie Keough Knievel. His surname is of German origin. S. from Germany. His mother was of Irish ancestry. Robert and Ann divorced in 1940, after the 1939 birth of their second child, known as Nic. Both parents decided to leave Butte. Knievel and his brother were raised in Butte by their paternal grandparents and Emma Knievel. At the age of eight, Knievel attended a Joie Chitwood auto daredevil show, to which he gave credit for his career choice as a motorcycle daredevil. Knievel was a cousin of the former Democratic Congressman from Pat Williams. Knievel left Butte High School after his sophomore year and got a job in the copper mines as a diamond drill operator with the Anaconda Mining Company, but he preferred motorbiking to what he called "unimportant stuff".

He was promoted to surface duty. Knievel was fired when he made the earth mover do a motorcycle-type wheelie and drove it into Butte's main power line, leaving the city without electricity for several hours. Always looking for new thrills and challenges, Knievel participated in local professional rodeos and ski jumping events, including winning the Northern Rocky Mountain Ski Association Class A Men's ski jumping championship in 1959. During the late 1950s, Knievel joined the United States Army, his athletic ability allowed him to join the track team. After his army stint, Knievel returned to Butte, where he met and married his first wife, Linda Joan Bork. Shortly after getting married, Knievel started a semi-pro hockey team. To help promote his team and earn some money, he convinced the Czechoslovakian Olympic ice hockey team to play the Butte Bombers in a warm-up game to the 1960 Winter Olympics. Knievel was left the stadium; when the Czechoslovakian officials went to the box office to collect the expense money that the team was promised, workers discovered the game receipts had been stolen.

The United States Olympic Committee ended up paying the Czechoslovakian team's expenses to avoid an international incident. Knievel tried out with the Charlotte Clippers of the Eastern Hockey League in 1959, but decided that a traveling team was not for him. After the birth of his first son, Knievel realized that he needed to come up with a new way to support his family financially. Using the hunting and fishing skills taught to him by his grandfather, Knievel started the Sur-Kill Guide Service, he guaranteed that if a hunter employed his service and paid his fee, he would get the big game animal desired or Knievel would refund his fee. Knievel, learning about the culling of elk in Yellowstone, decided to hitchhike from Butte to Washington, D. C. in December 1961 to raise awareness and to have the elk relocated to areas where hunting was permitted. After his conspicuous trek, he presented his case to Representative Arnold Olsen, Senator Mike Mansfield, Interior Secretary Stewart Udall. Culling was stopped in the late 1960s.

After returning home to the west from Washington, D. C. Knievel decided to stop committing crimes, he joined the motocross circuit and had moderate success, but he still could not make enough money to support his family. During 1962, Knievel broke his shoulder in a motocross accident; the doctors said. To help support his family, he switched careers and sold insurance for the Combined Insurance Company of America, working for W. Clement Stone. Stone suggested that Knievel read Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, a book that Stone wrote with Napoleon Hill. Knievel credited much of his success to Stone and his book. Knievel wanted recognition for his efforts; when the company refused to promote him to vice-president after he had been a few months on the job, he quit. Wanting a new start away from Butte, Knievel moved his family to Washington. There, he promoted motocross racing. During the early 1960s, he and other dealers had difficulty promoting and selling Japanese imports because of the steep competition of their auto industry, the Moses Lake Honda dealership closed.

After the closure, Knievel went to work for Don Pomeroy at his motorcycle shop in Sunnyside, Washington. Pomeroy's son, Jim Pomeroy, who went on to compete in the Motocross World Championship, taught Knievel how to do a "wheelie" and ride while standing on the seat of the bike. While trying to support his family, Knievel recalled the Joie Chitwood show he saw as a boy and decided that he could do something similar using a motorcycle. Promoting the show himself, Knievel rented the venue, wrote the press releases, set up the show, sold the tickets and served as his own master of ceremonies. After enticing the small crowd with a few wheelies, he proceeded to jump a 20-foot-long box of rattlesnakes and two mountain lions. Despite landing short and having his back wheel hit the box containing the rattlesnakes, Knievel managed to land safely. Knievel realized

Roger C. Kormendi

Roger C. Kormendi was an American economist who conducted important research studies in several areas of macroeconomics and finance. A long-time senior member of the Graduate School of Business faculties at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan, he was the author of over fifty scholarly books and articles. Roger Charles Kormendi was born on July 1949 in New York, he was the only child of his late parents and Irene Kormendi. He graduated in 1967 from W. T. Woodson High School in Falls Church, in 1971 from the University of Virginia with High Honors in Economics, he earned a Ph. D. in Economics in 1977 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a Chancellor’s Intern Fellow. His early work focused on macroeconomic monetary and fiscal policy, helped to form the current understanding of the effect of deficit spending on economic cycles, he founded Mid-America Institute for Public Policy Research while at the University of Chicago, there he led several cutting-edge research projects in areas of then-current economic or financial crises.

Among these were Deregulating Financial Services: Public Policy in Flux in 1986 and Black Monday and the Future of Financial Markets in 1989. The most influential, was the Institute’s publication of Crisis Resolution in the Thrift Industry in 1989, just as Congress was confronting the savings and loan crisis, its analysis and recommendations were incorporated in many respects both in the legislation passed to address the crisis, the Financial Institutions Reform and Enforcement Act of 1989, or FIRREA, in the policies adopted by the federal agency created by FIRREA, Resolution Trust Corporation, which conducted the thrift clean-up. Dr. Kormendi co-founded Kormendi \ Gardner Partners, known as KGP, a financial advisory firm based in Washington, D. C. At KGP, Dr. Kormendi directed and co-directed many innovative financial engagements for public and private clients. Among these were the first “pipeline sale” public-private partnership for the Department of Defense, the renegotiation of the largest federally assisted acquisition of a failed thrift for the Resolution Trust Corporation, the first variable equity retained interest transactions, the first plan for distributing a Sarbanes-Oxley Fair Fund established to compensate investors in variable annuity funds harmed by illegal trading by market timers for the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In addition, Dr. Kormendi led the KGP team that advised a private client on its effort to re-capitalize Credit Foncier de France, a historic bank owned by the French government. Kormendi was married three times: first, to the former Paula Stone, he had three sons by his first marriage, Andre and Alex. Kormendi died February 25, 2009 at the age of 59 after a long battle with Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, a degenerative brain disorder

Canang sari

Canang sari is one of the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus to thank the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in praise and prayer. Canang sari will be seen in the Balinese temples, on small shrines in houses, on the ground or as a part of a larger offering; the phrase canang sari is derived from the Balinese words canang. Canang itself consists of two syllables from the Kawi language: ca and nang. Canang sari has some parts. Peporosan or the core material is made from betel leaf, gambier, prestige and betel nuts. Material of peporosan symbolizes the three major Hindu Gods. Shiva is symbolized by lime, Vishnu is symbolized by betel nut, Brahma is symbolized by gambier. Canang sari are covered by ceper as a symbol of Ardha Candra. Raka-raka is topped with sampian urasari, which are in turn overlaid by flowers placed in a specific direction; each direction symbolizes a Hindu God: White-colored flowers that point to the east as a symbol of Iswara Red-colored flowers that point to the south as a symbol of Brahma Yellow-colored flowers that point to the west as a symbol of Mahadeva Blue or green colored flowers that point to the north as a symbol of VishnuA canang sari is completed by placing on top of the canang an amount of kepeng or paper money, said to make up the essence of the offering.

Canang sari is offered every day to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa as a form of thanking for the peace given to the world. The philosophy behind the offering is self-sacrifice in that they take effort to prepare. Canang sari is not offered when there is a death in the family. Canang sari is used on certain days, such as: Kliwon and Tilem