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Gale Gordon

Gale Gordon was an American character actor best remembered as Lucille Ball's longtime television foil—and as cantankerously combustible, tightfisted bank executive Theodore J. Mooney, on Ball's second television situation comedy, The Lucy Show. Gordon appeared in I Love Lucy and had starring roles in Ball's successful third series Here's Lucy and her short-lived fourth and final series Life with Lucy. Gordon was a respected and beloved radio actor, remembered for his role as school principal Osgood Conklin in Our Miss Brooks, starring Eve Arden, in both the 1948–1957 radio series and the 1952–1956 television series, he co-starred as the second Mr. Wilson in Dennis the Menace. Born Charles Thomas Aldrich Jr. in New York City to vaudevillian Charles Thomas Aldrich and his wife, English actress Gloria Gordon, Gale Gordon's first big radio break came via the recurring roles of "Mayor La Trivia" and "Foggy Williams" on Fibber McGee and Molly, before playing Rumson Bullard on the show's successful spinoff, The Great Gildersleeve.

Gordon and his character of Mayor La Trivia left the show during WWII in when Gordon enlisted in the US Coast Guard, where he spent four years. He was the first actor to play the role of Flash Gordon, in the 1935 radio serial The Amazing Interplanetary Adventures of Flash Gordon, he played Dr. Stevens in Glorious One. From 1937–39, he starred as "The Octopus" in the Speed Gibson adventure series. In 1949, Gordon recorded the pilot for The Halls of Ivy, starring in the program's title role of Dr. Todhunter Hall, the president of Ivy College; the pilot led to a radio series that aired from 1950–52, but Ronald Colman replaced Gordon in the title role. In 1950, Gordon played John Granby in the radio series Granby's Green Acres, which became the basis for the 1960s television series Green Acres. Gordon went on to create the role of pompous principal Osgood Conklin on Our Miss Brooks, carrying the role to television when the show moved there in 1952. In the interim, Gordon turned up as Rudolph Atterbury on My Favorite Husband, which starred Lucille Ball in a precursor to I Love Lucy.

Gordon and Ball had worked together on The Wonder Show, starring Jack Haley, from 1938–39. The two had a long friendship as well as recurring professional partnership. Gordon had a recurring role as fictitious Rexall Drugs sponsor representative Mr. Scott on yet another radio hit, The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, staying with the role as long as Rexall sponsored the show; when the sponsor changed to RCA, the character switched employers. The acknowledged master of the "slow-burn" temper explosion in character, Gordon was the first pick to play Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy, but he was committed to Our Miss Brooks as well as being a regular on several other radio shows, had to decline the offer, he appeared in two guest shots on the show: twice as Ricky Ricardo's boss, Alvin Littlefield, owner of the Tropicana Club where Ricky's band played, appeared as a judge on an episode of Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. In 1958, Gordon appeared as a regular in the role of department store co-owner Bascomb Bleacher Sr. on the NBC sitcom Sally, starring Joan Caulfield and Marion Lorne.

He appeared on the Walter Brennan ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys. Gordon had a co-starring role in the CBS television comedy Gladys. At this time, he guest starred with Pat O'Brien in the ABC sitcom and Son, the story of a father-and-son lawyer team, he appeared on the CBS/Desilu sitcom, with Annie Fargé. On The Danny Thomas Show, he guest starred in seven episodes. In five, he played the landlord of the building. In 1962, Gordon appeared as different characters on two episodes of another ABC sitcom, The Donna Reed Show. In 1962, Ball created The Lucy Show and planned to hire Gordon to play Theodore J. Mooney, the banker, first Lucy Carmichael's executor and subsequently her employer, when she went to work in his bank. Gordon was under contract to play John Wilson on Dennis the Menace. Prior to Gordon's replacing Kearns on Dennis the Menace, the two had worked together on an old radio show, The Cinnamon Bear; when Dennis the Menace ended in spring 1963, Gordon joined The Lucy Show as Mr. Mooney for the 1963-64 season.

The somewhat portly Gordon was adept at physical comedy and could do a perfect cartwheel. After the sale of Desilu Studios in 1968, Ball shut down The Lucy Show and retooled it into Here's Lucy and became her own producer and distributor. Gordon returned, this time as her blustery boss Harrison Otis'Uncle Harry' Carter at an employment agency that specialized in unusual jobs for unusual people, it was just a continuation of the Lucy Carmichael/Mr. Mooney with new names and a new setting. Gordon had all but retired from acting when Here's Lucy ended in 1974, but Ball coaxed him out of retirement in 1986 to join her for the short-lived series Life With Lucy. Gordon was the only actor to have co-starred or guest-starred in every weekly series, radio or television, Ball had done since the 1940s, his final acting appearance would be a reprise of Mr. Mooney in the first episode of Hi Honey, I'm Home! in 1991. Beginning in 1949, Gordon and his wife lived in the tiny community of Borrego Springs, California where he owned a ra

Sedgefield (borough)

Sedgefield District was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district and, Borough in County Durham, in North East England. It had a population of about 87,000, it was named after Sedgefield. Other places included Shildon and Spennymoor; the Borough was formed, in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of Sedgefield Rural District and Shildon urban districts and part of Darlington Rural District. The Borough was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England. Aycliffe East Aycliffe Village and Shafto St Mary's parish wards of Great Aycliffe parish Aycliffe North Woodham ward.

Latécoère 500

The Latécoère 500 was a flying boat built in France in 1931 for use on the transatlantic mail route to South America. Designed to a specification by the French aviation ministry, Latécoère built a passenger-carrying variant, the 501, which flew first; the design was a large, parasol-wing monoplane with broad sponsons and a enclosed cabin. Three engines were installed on the wing, two tractor-fashion on the leading edge, one pusher-fashion on the trailing edge; the Latécoère 500 was not accepted for service due to its poor flying qualities and was soon scrapped. The 501 flew for a while on passenger routes in the Mediterranean. Latécoère 500 - mailplane version Latécoère 501 - airliner version General characteristics Crew: Three Length: 17.74 m Wingspan: 31.40 m Height: 4.93 m Wing area: 148.3 m2 Empty weight: 4,446 kg Gross weight: 2,816 kg Powerplant: 3 × Hispano-Suiza 12Jb, 300 kW eachPerformance Maximum speed: 210 km/h Range: 4,800 km Service ceiling: 4,600 m Armament Taylor, Michael J. H..

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Bridger family of Virginia

The Bridger family of Virginia is notable to American history. Relevant figures include Joseph Bridger and Jim Bridger, as well as some less-known contributors to American colonial and Civil War history; the foremost progenitor of this family was General Joseph Bridger of Isle of Virginia. From Gloucester, England, he served, according to some sources, as a co-acting Colonial Governor of Virginia in 1684 and 1685; the most well-known member of the Bridger family is Jim Bridger, mountain man, explorer of the American Northwest. Many places are named for him, such as the Bridger Mountains of Montana and the Bridger Mountains of Wyoming, as well as the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Bridger Wilderness, both in western Wyoming; the Bridger family includes several other members of historical relevance. James and John Bridger, for whom Bridger Mountain was named, were pioneer settlers of Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Robert Rufus Bridgers, a member of the North Carolina legislature, represented the state in the First and Second Confederate Congress.

"Bridger's Artillery" was among the Confederate companies of Hedrick's Brigade, which helped defend Fort Anderson in February 1865, as part of the Battle of Wilmington. In addition, William Bridgers, of Austin, was a significant photographer of the Civil War era. Luther B. Bridgers, an American songwriter and Methodist minister, was noted for his evangelism. Bridger Bridgers

M26 Pershing

The M26 Pershing was a heavy tank/medium tank of the United States Army. The tank was named after General of the Armies John J. Pershing, who led the American Expeditionary Force in Europe in World War I, it was used in the last months of World War II during the Invasion of Germany and extensively during the Korean War. Intended as a replacement of the M4 Sherman, a prolonged development period meant that only a small number saw combat in Europe, notably in the 9th Armored Division's dash to take the Ludendorff Bridge during the Battle of Remagen. Based on the criteria of firepower and protection, American historian R. P. Hunnicutt ranked the Pershing behind the German Panther medium tank, but ahead of the Tiger I heavy tank. In service during the Korean War, the M26 had better firepower and protection than the T-34-85, but struggled in the hilly and muddy terrain, it was withdrawn in 1951 in favor of its improved derivative, the M46 Patton, which had a more powerful and reliable engine and advanced suspension better able to handle the terrain.

The lineage of the M26 continued with the M47 Patton, was reflected in the new designs of the M48 Patton and M60 Patton. The M26 was the culmination of a series of medium tank prototypes that began with the T20 in 1942 and was a significant design departure from the previous line of U. S. Army tanks that had ended with the M4 Sherman. Several design features were tested in the prototypes; some of these were experimental dead-ends, but many become permanent characteristics of subsequent U. S. Army tanks; the prototype series began as a medium tank upgrade of the M4 Sherman and ended as the U. S. Army's first operational "heavy" tank; the army's first lineage of tanks evolved from the M1 Combat Car and progressed to the M2 Light Tank, M2 Medium Tank, M3 Lee, the M4 Sherman. These tanks all had rear-mounted Continental air-cooled radial aircraft engines and a front sprocket drive; this layout required a driveshaft to pass under the turret, which increased the overall height of the tank, a characteristic shared with German tanks of World War II that used this layout.

The large diameter of the radial engines in M4 tanks added to the hull height. These features accounted for the high silhouette and large side sponsons that were characteristic of the M4 lineage. In the spring of 1942, as the M4 Sherman was entering production, U. S. Army Ordnance began work on a follow-up tank; the T20 tank reached a mock-up stage in May 1942, was intended as an improved medium tank to follow the M4. An earlier heavy tank, the M6, had been standardized in February 1942, but proved to be a failure; the U. S. Army had no doctrinal use for a heavy tank at the time; the T20 was designed to have a more compact hull than the M4. The Ford GAN V-8, a lower silhouette version of the GAA engine used in variants of the M4, had become available; the engine had been an effort by Ford to produce a V-12 liquid-cooled aircraft engine patterned after the Rolls-Royce Merlin, but failed to earn any aircraft orders and so was adapted as a V-8 for use in tanks. The T20 was fitted with the new 76 mm M1A1 gun, the 3-inch M7 was considered too heavy at about 1,990 lb.

New stronger steels were used to create a weapon weighing about 1,200 lb. The 3 inch front hull armor was.5 in thicker than the 63 mm front armor of the M4. The glacis plate slope was similar at 46°; the T20's overall weight was the same as the M4. The T20 used an early version of the horizontal volute spring suspension, another improvement compared to the less robust vertical volute spring suspension of the early versions of the M4. Prototypes of the M26 tested a torsion bar suspension, which would become the standard for future U. S. tank suspension systems. The T22 series reverted to the M4 transmission because of problems with the early Torqmatic transmission used in the T20; the T22E1 tested an autoloader for the main gun, eliminated the loader's position with a small two-man turret. Through much of 1943, there was little perceived need within the U. S. Army for a better tank than the 75 mm M4 Sherman, so, lacking any insights from the rest of the army as to what was needed, the Ordnance Department next took a developmental detour into electrical transmissions with the T23 series.

The electrical transmission was built by General Electric, had the engine driving a generator that powered two traction motors. The concept was similar to the drive system of the German "Porsche Tiger", it had performance advantages in rough or hilly terrain, where the system could better handle the rapid changes in torque requirements. The electrical transmission T23 was championed by the Ordnance Department during this phase of development. After the initial prototypes were built in early 1943, an additional 250 T23 tanks were produced from January to December 1944; these were the first tanks in the U. S. Army with the 76 mm M1A1 gun to go into production. However, the T23 would have required that the army adopt an separate line of training and maintenance, so was rejected for combat operations; the primary legacy of the T23 would thus be its production cast turret, designed from the outset to be interchangeable with the turret ring of the M4 Sherman. The T23 turret was used on all production versions of the 76 mm M4 Sherman as the original M4 75 mm turret was found to be too small to mount the 76 mm M1A1 gun.

The first production 76 mm M4 with the T23 turret, the M4E6, was built in the summer of 1943. The T25 and T26 lines of tanks came into being in the

Who's Been Writing on the Wall Again

"Who's Been Writing on the Wall Again" is a song written by Barry Gibb in 1965. It was released in 1965 on Leedon Records. Bradley was only 11 years old when the song was recorded. Like the Gibb brothers, she first appeared on the Australian television and signed to Leedon, it was Bradley's third single. The B-side "Chubby" was written by Barry himself. Contrary to belief it was never recorded by the Bee Gees but was included in Assault the Vaults - Rare Australian Cover Versions Of The Brothers Gibb in 1998, it was included on the Swan Songs - Rare Recordings Volume 1. The song was recorded by Lori Balmer with the Gibb brothers on backing vocals, Lori was only 8 years old when they recorded the song. Balmer recalls that she rehearsed the song with the Gibb brothers in St. Clair Studio but the recording was not done. Barry directed the session, all Bee Gees can be heard singing on it, with no credit for contractual reasons; that version produced by Ron Wills and was recorded in EMI Studios, Balmer's version was released as a single at the start of 1967 while its flipside "In Your World" was written by Barry.

It was Balmer's first single released on the RCA, the second was "Treacle Brown", written and produced by the Gibb brothers and only released in the United Kingdom on Polydor Records. Who's Been Writing on the Wall by Jenny Bradley on YouTube Who's Been Writing on the Wall by Lori Balmer on YouTube