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Gary Coleman

Gary Wayne Coleman was an American actor and writer whom VH1 rated first on a list of "100 Greatest Child Stars" on television. He was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes. Coleman was the star of the animated-show The Gary Coleman Show, appeared in the feature films On the Right Track, Jimmy the Kid, An American Carol, Midgets vs. Mascots. After a successful childhood acting career, Coleman struggled financially in life. In 1989, he sued his parents and business adviser over misappropriation of his assets, only to declare bankruptcy a decade later. On May 28, 2010, Coleman died of a subdural hematoma at age 42. Gary Wayne Coleman was born in Zion, Illinois, on February 8, 1968, he was adopted by W. G. Coleman, a fork-lift operator, Edmonia Sue, a nurse practitioner. Due to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a congenital kidney disease, the corticosteroids and other medications used to treat it, his growth was limited to 4 ft 8 in, his face kept a childlike appearance into adulthood.

He underwent two unsuccessful kidney transplants in 1973 and 1984, required frequent dialysis. In 1974, Coleman's career began, his line was "You should have a Hubert doll." "Hubert" was a stuffed lion representing the Harris bank logo. The same year, he appeared in an episode of Medical Center. While best known for his role on Diff'rent Strokes, Coleman had appeared earlier on television, on The Jeffersons as Raymond, George Jefferson's nephew and on Good Times as Penny's friend Gary, he appeared in a 1977 pilot for a revival of The Little Rascals as Stymie. Coleman was cast as Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes, playing one of two black brothers from Harlem adopted by a wealthy white widower in Manhattan; the series was aired from 1978 to 1986. He became the most popular fixture of the series, enhanced by his character's catchphrase "What'chu talkin"bout, Willis?", uttered skeptically in response to statements by Todd Bridges who portrayed his character's brother. At the height of his fame on Diff'rent Strokes, he earned $100,000 per episode.

A Biography Channel documentary estimated he was left with a quarter of the original amount after paying his parents, advisers and taxes. He successfully sued his parents and his former advisers for misappropriation of his finances and was awarded $1.3 million. According to Bridges' autobiography Killing Willis, Coleman was made to work long hours on the set of Diff'rent Strokes despite his age and health problems, this contributed to his being unhappy and separating himself from the cast. Coleman became a popular figure, starring in a number of feature films and television films, including The Kid from Left Field, On the Right Track and The Kid with the Broken Halo; the latter served as the basis for The Gary Coleman Show in 1982. He made video game appearances in The Curse of Monkey Island and Postal 2. In 2005, Coleman appeared in John Cena's music video for his single "Bad, Bad Man", played himself as a villain taking Michael Jackson and Madonna hostage; the video was a spoof of 1980s culture, focusing on The A-Team.

In the 2003 California recall election, Coleman was a candidate for governor. His campaign was sponsored by the free newsweekly East Bay Express as a satirical comment on the recall. After Arnold Schwarzenegger declared his candidacy, Coleman announced that he would vote for Schwarzenegger. Coleman placed 8th in a field of 135 candidates. Coleman is parodied in Avenue Q. A fictionalized version of Coleman works as the superintendent of the apartment complex where the musical takes place. In the song "It Sucks to Be Me", he laments his fate. On Broadway, the role was originated by Natalie Venetia Belcon; the show's creators, Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, have said the Coleman character personifies one of Avenue Q's central themes: that as children we are told we are "special", but upon entering adulthood, we discover that life is not nearly as easy as we have been led to believe. They added that their original intent was for Coleman himself to play the Gary Coleman role, he expressed interest in accepting it but did not show up for a meeting scheduled to discuss it.

In 2005, Coleman announced his intention to sue the producers of Avenue Q for their depiction of him, although the lawsuit never materialized. At the 2007 New York Comic Con, Coleman said, "I wish there was a lawyer on Earth that would sue them for me." Coleman was an avid railfan, model railroader, supporter of Amtrak. He became interested in trains sometime before the age of 5 during his frequent train trips to Chicago, in support of his burgeoning acting career. Fans saw him at stores specializing in model trains in areas in which he lived, he worked part-time at Denver-area, Tucson-area, California hobby stores to be around his hobby. Coleman maintained miniature railroads in his homes in several states. One of his train layouts appears in the September 1990 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman. Coleman is photographed with his Rio Grande layout, he modeled in other scales as well. One such model railroad was over 800 square feet in size. At least one of Coleman's model railroads is being preserved in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In a 1993 television interview, Coleman said. Around that time, he was living in Denver, where he hosted a Sunday night show on

Wisconsin State Federation of Labor

The Wisconsin State Federation of Labor, affiliated with the American Federation of Labor, was the largest federation of labor unions in Wisconsin, from its formation in 1893 at the behest of the Milwaukee Federated Trades Council to its 1958 merger with the smaller CIO-affiliated Wisconsin State Industrial Council to form the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. A number of WSFL leaders were elected to public office in Wisconsin, in part due to its roots in and alliance with the Socialist Party Milwaukee's so-called Sewer Socialists. Victor Berger: editor/publisher of one of the WSFL's two official newspapers, Socialist Congressman Andrew Biemiller: professor, Socialist legislator, WSFL union organizer, Democratic Congressman, union lobbyist Frederick Brockhausen: cigar maker, WSFL official and Socialist state legislator Charles Burhop: cigar maker, WSFL delegate, Socialist state legislator William Coleman: house painter, union organizer, WSFL board member, Socialist state legislator Arthur Kahn: baker, union activist and organizer, Socialist state legislator Frank Metcalfe: glassblower, WSFL board member, Socialist state legislator and nominee for Governor of Wisconsin Henry Ohl, Jr. WSFL official and Socialist state legislator Joseph Arthur Padway: labor lawyer, legal counsel for WSFL, Socialist state senator, first general counsel of the American Federation of Labor L. W. Rogers: teacher, railway brakeman, union officer and organizer, Socialist political activist, newspaper editor, one of the founders of the WSFL Carl Sandburg: reporter, editor, WSFL delegate George J. Schneider: papermaker, vice-president of the International Brotherhood of Paper Makers, WSFL board member and Republican Congressman David Sigman: pro-labor Progressive state legislator, hired as a WSFL staffer to supplement his meagre legislative salary Frank J. Weber: seaman, union organizer, first president of the WSFL, Socialist state legislator Texas State Federation of Labor Pennsylvania Federation of Labor

Queen Louise (1957 film)

Queen Louise is a 1957 West German historical drama film directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner and starring Ruth Leuwerik, Dieter Borsche and Bernhard Wicki. It was made at the Emelka Studios with sets designed by the art director Rolf Zehetbauer; the film depicts the life of Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of Frederick William III of Prussia, her stand against Napoleon during the Napoleonic Wars. It was one of a number of films made during the 1950s that portrayed historical royal Germany in a positive manner, it is similar in theme to the Prussian film genre, popular between the two World Wars including two previous films about Louise Queen Louise and Louise, Queen of Prussia. Ruth Leuwerik as Königin Luise Dieter Borsche as König Friedrich Wilhelm Bernhard Wicki as Zar Alexander René Deltgen as Napoleon Hans Nielsen as Hardenberg Charles Regnier as Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord Peter Arens as Louis Ferdinand Friedrich Domin as Herzog von Mecklenburg-Strelitz Margarete Haagen as Gräfin Voss Irene Marhold as Friederike Alexander Golling as Großfürst Konstantin Ado Riegler as Von Köckritz Lotte Brackebusch as Bäuerin Joseph Offenbach as Bürgermeister Hake, Sabine.

German National Cinema. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-136-02054-4. Queen Louise on IMDb

Transcendence (Adil Omar album)

Transcendence is the debut studio album by Pakistani rapper-producer Adil Omar. It was released independently on July 2018 with a film of the same title to accompany it; the visual album was directed by Adil Omar. The album was recorded in 2017 in Islamabad and features Elliphant, SNKM, Talal Qureshi and Tim Armstrong of Rancid; the album included recreations of 1970's and 80's era Lollywood soundtracks, but rather than relying on sampling, Omar reached out to some of the original creators such as Ustad Tafu and M. Arshad and hosted live sessions in his home studio Bisonopolis, Islamabad; the instrumental version of the album was released on October 8, 2018. Adil Omar - rapping, production, lyrics, mixing, engineering: all tracks Talal Qureshi - co-production, keyboards: track 6, 8 and 9.

Bobby Thomson (footballer, born 1943)

Robert Anthony Thomson was an English professional footballer. He won eight caps for England. Something of a legend at his first club – Wolverhampton Wanderers, he is considered to be one of the finest full-backs to have played for the team. Departing Wolves in 1969, he moved on to Birmingham City and Luton Town, he was promoted out of the Second Division with all three clubs. His career involved moving between numerous clubs, both at home and abroad, he spent time as player-coach at player-manager of Stafford Rangers. Thomson was an exceptionally fast full-back and was extremely adept at back-pedalling. Thomson was born in Smethwick, in Staffordshire, he joined local side Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1959 upon leaving Lyndon High School in Solihull. He signed professional forms in July 1961, before making his senior debut on 27 January 1962 in an FA Cup tie against Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion. Between his debut in 1962 to 1967 he missed just 11 first team games. For Thomson, he was too late for the glory years, instead came through under the tail-end of manager Stan Cullis' sixteen-year reign.

Their best finish during Thomson's time was fifth in the First Division in 1962–63. The club fell to the Second Division in 1964–65, they won promotion at the second time of asking – in 1966–67, as runners-up. In Summer 1967 he was part of the Wolves side that played in the United States, guesting as the Los Angeles Wolves, under which guise they won the United Soccer Association league championship. In March 1969, Thomson moved on to Birmingham City for £40,000, teaming up with his former boss Stan Cullis, though Cullis retired early the next year, he played 44 games of the 1969–70 campaign, in a settled back four made up of Thomson, Dave Robinson, Garry Pendrey, Ray Martin. However, he fell out of favour under new boss Freddie Goodwin, featured just 15 times in 1970–71. In 1971 -- 72, Birmingham gained promotion as runners-up behind Norwich City, he did not play any first team games however, instead spent part of 1971 on loan at nearby Third Division club Walsall. In 1972, he moved on to Luton Town, another Second Division side with ambitions of top-flight football.

Thomson's teams had a knack of finishing second in the second tier, as the "Hatters" achieved this in 1973–74, as they watched Middlesbrough sprint away with the title. Luton were unfortunate to go back down in 1974–75, finishing a mere point from the safety of Tottenham Hotspur in 19th. In 1976, his career drawing to a close and his best days behind him, Thomson went back to the States, spending a short period with Hartford Bicentennials, he returned to the English Football League, the West Midlands, with Third Division Port Vale in October 1976. He made an'impressive' debut in a 3–2 defeat to Wrexham at Vale Park on 16 October 1976 and earned himself both a regular first team spot and the captaincy, he played 24 games for Roy Sproson's team in 1976–77, before he returned to the re-branded Connecticut Bicentennials as player-coach in March 1977. He stayed with the Connecticut Bicentennials for two years, before returning to England with non-league Worcester City, he became player-manager of Stafford Rangers.

Another spell in the USA with Memphis Rogues in the NASL followed, before he joined Brewood, Solihull Borough and Tipton Town. Thomson won eight full caps with the senior team between 1963 and 1964, he was selected by Alf Ramsey and made his full international debut on 20 November 1963 in an 8–3 Home International victory over Northern Ireland. His final international appearance came in December 1964, he played fifteen games for the England under-23 team, a record. He had three children. After retiring from playing, he ran a sports shop in Sedgley in the West Midlands, he was known to take part in Wolves All Stars charity games from his retirement up until his last years, as well as help coach youngsters in Oldbury. He died of prostate cancer at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley at the age of 65, he had recovered from a first occurrence of the illness, only to succumb after suffering a relapse. Source: Wolverhampton WanderersFootball League Second Division runners-up: 1966–67Luton TownFootball League Second Division runners-up: 1973–74

McDade, Texas

McDade is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northern Bastrop County, located along U. S. Route 290; as of the 2010 census, it had a population of 685. It is 9 miles east of Elgin and 34 miles east of Austin, it is 21 miles west of Giddings. This was a new CDP for the 2010 census; the community is named for James W. McDade, a major stockholder in the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1869; the McDade Independent School District serves area students. McDade was, for several years, the childhood home of 1950s television and recording star Gale Storm, as her mother owned a millinery shop in McDade. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.0 square miles, all land. U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: McDade, Texas