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Fred Willard

Frederick Charles Willard is an American actor and writer. He is best known for his roles in the Rob Reiner mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap, he is an alumnus of The Second City. He was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for his role as host of What's Hot, What's Not, he received three Emmy nominations for his recurring role on the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond. In 2010, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearances on Modern Family. Willard was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, his father named Fred Willard, worked at the financial department of a bank. His father died, he graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1951. Willard's stage career began, his initial work included a production of Desperate Hours at a local YMCA where he worked with future comedy partner Vic Grecco. They performed under the moniker Willard & Grecco in the Greenwich Village area; the comedy team found some success touring, made appearances on The Dean Martin Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Tonight Show.

The group was offered roles in the television series Get Smart as well as The Carol Burnett Show but these offers fell through due to management and the departure from the team by Vic Grecco respectively. The team broke up in 1968. Willard's film debut was in the 1967 exploitation film Teenage Mother. Willard reports that the audience at one screening of the film booed when his character interrupted an attempted sexual assault of the female lead character. One of his earliest jobs was at The Second City, where he shared the stage with Robert Klein and David Steinberg, he was a founding member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company. Fellow members of Ace included Bill Saluga, they performed sketches on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson over fifty times and appeared on This is Tom Jones. Willard achieved wider fame in 1977 and'78 as Martin Mull's sidekick and announcer, "Jerry Hubbard", on the Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman spinoffs Fernwood 2 Night, Forever Fernwood, America 2-Night, which parodied the nighttime talk shows of the day.

He was an original cast member of the NBC series Real People in 1979 and again from 1981 to 1983. He played Tom Osbourne in the 1987 Academy Award–winning short film, Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall. From 1987 to 1989, he starred as a bartender/straightman in Sid and Marty Krofft's D. C. Follies, was host to the Krofft puppets portraying political figures of the time. Willard hosted the talk show What's Hot, What's Not, which aired from 1985 to 1986 and earned him a daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host. In 1990, Willard hosted the cable TV show Access America on the Ha! Comedy Network; as part of that show, he appeared September 21, 1990, on Episode No. 7 of the cult public-access television show Decoupage with Summer Caprice. In 1995, Willard reunited with his Fernwood co-star playing Scott, the romantic partner of Mull's character Leon Carp, on Roseanne; the couple married in the episode "December Bride," and Scott became a recurring character during the series' final two seasons.

That same year, Willard guest-starred in three episodes of Sister, starring Tia and Tamera Mowry. Willard voiced travel agent Wally Kogen in the 1999 episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday" for The Simpsons. From 2001 to 2002, he played the father of five children on Maybe, he has guest-starred in an episode of The Weird Al Show. He and Mull joined up again for the mockumentary The History of White People in America, he played Mayor Deebs in Roxanne. Willard has appeared in several Christopher Guest films, such as A Mighty Wind, in which he played "Mike LaFontaine," a character known for his catchphrase, "Eh? Wha' happened?". For his performance in Waiting for Guffman he received an American Comedy Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Funniest Supporting Actor, he received the Boston Film Critics Award, an American Comedy Award, a Sierra Award and a tribute from AFI for his portrayal as Buck Laughlin in Best in Show. He appeared in American Wedding, as KVWN news director Ed Harken in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Willard had a recurring role as "Hank MacDougall" on the seasons of CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Willard was the host of a VH1 documentary series called Totally Obsessed about people obsessed with their hobbies, he appears as "Captain Ribmanman" in Episode 21 of a podcast from Kansas. Willard landed a role on Family Guy as Dave Campbell, the father of a nudist family. Willard voiced "Officer Brown" in King of the Hill and made an appearance on That'70s Show. Willard appeared in 100 sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as a government official, businessman, or other author

Six-bar linkage

A six-bar linkage is a one degree-of-freedom mechanism, constructed from six links and seven joints. An example is the Klann linkage used to drive the legs of a walking machine. In general, each joint of a linkage connects two links, a binary link supports two joints. If we consider a hexagon constructed from six binary links with six of the seven joints forming its vertices the seventh joint can be added to connect two sides of the hexagon to form a six-bar linkage with two ternary links connected by one joint; this type of six-bar linkage is said to have the Watt topology. A six-bar linkage can be constructed by first assembling five binary links into a pentagon, which uses five of the seven joints, completing the linkage by adding a binary link that connects two sides of the pentagon; this again creates two ternary links. This type of six-bar linkage is said to have the Stephenson topology; the Klann linkage has the Stephenson topology. Watt's parallel motion generator consists of the four-bar linkage that has a coupler curve that traces an straight line trajectory, combined with a parallelogram linkage that copies this straight line movement to a desired location.

This configuration of a six bars and seven joints has two four-bar loops. The six-bars and seven joints of the Stephenson linkage comprise one four-bar loop and one five-bar loop, it has two ternary links. This means the two ternary links are not connected to each other by a joint as in the case of the Watt topology; the Stephenson has three forms depending on the link, selected as the frame, which are denoted Stephenson I, II and III. Mechanism Linkage A six-bar straight-line linkage in the collection of Reuleaux models at Cornell University Mechanism animations including the Klann linkage Example of a six-bar function generator that compute the angle for a given range. Animations of six-bar linkage for a bicycle suspension. A variety of six-bar linkage designs. Lecture on the design of six-bar and eight-bar linkages Article about patents and six-bar linkages

Einar Hjörleifsson Kvaran

Einar Hjörleifsson Kvaran was an Icelandic editor, poet and prominent spiritualist. Einar Kvaran was the son of Rev. Hjörleifur Guðlaug Eyjólfsdóttir, his name was Einar Hjorleifsson but he adopted the family name Kvaran in 1916 along with his brothers Sigurdur and Trygvi and the sons of his deceased brother Joseph. Einar graduated in 1881 from the College of Iceland, known as the Latin School; as a student in economics at the University of Copenhagen in 1882, he was one of four students to publish the single issue of the literary periodical Verðandi, which introduced to Iceland the Modern Breakthrough expounded by Georg Brandes. Einar was one of the pioneers of realism in Icelandic writing. From 1885 to 1895 Einar emigrated to Icelandic Canada, where he lived in Winnipeg and helped found two Icelandic-language weekly publications, Heimskringla and Lögberg. On his return to Iceland he was a editor in both Reykjavík and Akureyri, he was co-editor of Ísafold Iceland's leading newspaper, editor of Fjallkonan.

He edited Skírnir, the journal of the Icelandic Literary Society, from 1892 to 1895 and from 1908 to 1909. Einar wrote numerous short stories, plays, a volume of early poems, his breakthrough work was the story "Vonir", which he wrote in 1890 while in Canada and which deals with the emigrant experience. In 1906 the Government of Iceland granted him a stipend to enable him to devote himself to writing. Einar was a prominent Spiritualist, author of the first positive assessment of spiritualism in Icelandic and co-founder and President of the Experimental Society which gave rise to the Icelandic Society for Psychical Research, of which he was the first president, he played a major part in the investigation and publicising of many Icelandic mediums, notably Indriði Indriðason and Hafstein Björnsson. His writings were dominated by spiritualism the novel Sögur Rannveigar, but by Christian humanism, he influenced Icelanders to be less harsh in rearing their children. In the 1920s, there was a rumour that Kvaran was considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature, but in response Sigurður Nordal disparaged him as overly focused on forgiveness and thus tolerant of things that should rather be opposed.

In the 1930s Halldór Laxness criticised him more yet for his spiritualism. Einar was married twice, his first wife, Mathilde Petersen, was Danish. In 1888 he married Gíslína Gísladóttir, they had five children. Richard Beck. Einar H. Kvaran, an Icelandic Novelist and Dramatist. OCLC 83281608 Gils Guðmundsson. Í Nærveru Sálar: Einar Hjörleifsson Kvaran, Maðurinn og Skáldið. Reykjavík: Setberg, 1997. ISBN 997952202X