SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

Hedda Hopper

Hedda Hopper was an American actress and gossip columnist. At the height of her power in the 1940s, her readership was 35 million. A strong supporter of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, Hopper named suspected communists and was a major proponent of the Hollywood blacklist. Hopper continued to write gossip until the end of her life, her work appearing in many magazines and on radio, she had an extended feud with her arch-rival Louella Parsons and wore extravagant hats Hopper was born Elda Furry in Hollidaysburg, the daughter of Margaret and David Furry, a butcher, both members of the German Baptist Brethren. Her family was of Pennsylvania Dutch descent; the family moved to Altoona. She ran away to New York City and began her career in the chorus on the Broadway stage. Hopper was not successful in this venture getting the axe by the renowned Shubert Brothers. Florenz Ziegfeld called the aspiring starlet a "clumsy cow" and brushed off her pleas for a slot in his lavish Follies.

After a few years, she joined the theater company of matinee idol DeWolf Hopper, whom she called "Wolfie" and would marry. She remained in the chorus and they toured the country. While in the Hopper company, she realized that understudy jobs were not acting, she wanted to act, she knew she would have to prove herself before she could hope to get anywhere in the theater. Hearing that Edgar Selwyn was casting his play The Country Boy for a road tour, she went to his office and talked him into letting her audition for the lead, she was given the role and that show toured for thirty-five weeks through forty-eight states. She studied singing during the summer and, in the fall, toured with The Quaker Girl in the second lead, the prima donna role; the show closed in Albany. In 1913, she became the fifth wife of DeWolf Hopper, whose previous wives were named Ella, Ida and Nella; the similarity in names caused some friction, as he would sometimes call Elda by the name of one of his former wives. Elda Hopper paid a numerologist $10 to tell her what name she should use, the answer was "Hedda".

She began acting in silent movies in 1915. Her motion picture debut was in The Battle of Hearts with William Farnum, but she made a major splash in Virtuous Wives, in which she established her pattern for playing society women. Hopper decided to upstage the film's headline starlet, Anita Stewart, by spending all of her $5,000 salary on a lavish wardrobe from the upscale boutique Lucile, which she wore in the film. By 1920, she was commanding $1,000 per week as a free agent in New York, she appeared in more than 120 movies over her twenty-three year acting career. As Hopper's movie career waned in the mid-1930s, she looked for other sources of income. In 1935, she agreed to write a weekly Hollywood gossip column for The Washington Herald at $50 a week, cancelled after four months when she refused to take a $15 pay cut. In 1937, Hopper was offered this time with the Los Angeles Times, her column, entitled "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood", debuted on February 14, 1938. Hopper could not type, nor spell well, so she dictated her column to a typist over the phone.

Hopper used her extensive contacts forged during her acting days to gather material for her column. Her first major scoop had national implications: in 1939 Hopper printed that President Franklin Roosevelt's son James Roosevelt was divorcing his wife Betsey after being caught in an affair with a nurse at the Mayo Clinic. Part of Hopper's public image was her fondness for wearing extravagant hats, for which the Internal Revenue Service gave her a $5,000 annual tax credit as a work expense. During the Second World War, the Nazis used photographs of Hopper in her extravagant hats for propaganda, as a symbol of "American decadence", her annual salary was $250,000, enabling her to live an upscale lifestyle and maintain a mansion in Beverly Hills, which she described as "the house that fear built". After Hopper printed a story about an extramarital affair between Joseph Cotten and Deanna Durbin, Cotten ran into Hopper at a social event and pulled out her chair, only to continue pulling it out from under her when she sat down.

The next day, he received dozens of flower bouquet deliveries and congratulatory telegrams from others in the industry, thanking him for having the courage to do what everyone else dreamed of doing. Hopper spread rumors that Michael Stewart Granger had a sexual relationship. Hopper was an advocate for actress Joan Crawford, whose career suffered in the early 1940s after she was labelled "Box-Office Poison" and forced to resign from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In 1945, Hopper reprinted a press release for Mildred Pierce in her column, which described Crawford as a leading contender for the Best Actress Oscar; such was Hopper's influence that she was credited with swinging the decision in Crawford's favor when she won the award. Hopper's support has been described as the first instance of lobbying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to favor a certain nominee. Actress ZaSu Pitts compared Hopper to "a ferret". Joan Bennett sent Hopper a "$435 valentine; the $35 went for a skunk which carried a note:'Won't you be my valentine?

Nobody else will. I stink and so do you.'" Hopper commented that the skunk was beautifully behaved. She called it Joan and passed it on to actor James Mason and his wife as a present, as they had made the first bid after the story about the unusual gift made the news. During World War II, Hopper's only c

Charlie Dees

Charles Henry Dees is a retired American professional baseball player whose career extended from 1957 through 1966. The first baseman appeared in 98 games played in Major League Baseball over parts of three seasons for the Los Angeles/California Angels, he threw and batted left-handed, was listed as 6 feet 1 inch tall and 173 pounds. Dees was born in Alabama, he played for the Louisville Clippers of the Negro Leagues in 1957 before signing with the San Francisco Giants' organization the following year. He batted over.300 in three of his first five minor league seasons, culminating with a breakout year for the 1962 El Paso Sun Kings of the Double-A Texas League. Dees led the Texas circuit in batting and hits, reached career highs in home runs and runs batted in, he was selected as a member of the Texas League all-star team. The following March, the Giants sold his contract to the Angels. Dees split 1963 between the big-league Angels and their Triple-A affiliate, the Hawaii Islanders, batted over.300 at both levels.

In his MLB debut, May 26 at Dodger Stadium, he doubled off Orlando Peña of the Kansas City Athletics in his first at bat, driving home baserunner Billy Moran for his first big-league run batted in. Dees embarked on a torrid stretch at the plate. Over his first 20 games, he took over the Angels' starting first base job, but in the middle of June, his hot hitting began to cool. During a 4-for-35 drought that lasted into early July, his average fell below.300 and he was sent back to Hawaii at month's end, batting.281. Recalled to Los Angeles in September, however, he enjoyed another hot stretch against the Boston Red Sox. Dees started ten games between September 9 and 28, put up six multi-hit contests, with four three-hit games. Three of those came against Boston, against whom he went 11-for-21, he finished his rookie year at.307 in 60 games for the Angels. But Dees' 1964 season was disastrous, he began the year as a pinch hitter and started only three games for the Angels in two months. Worse, he collected only two hits and one base on balls in 28 plate appearances, was batting.077 when the Angels loaned Dees to the Houston Colt.45s' top affiliate, the Oklahoma City 89ers, where he played the rest of the season and batted only.257.

The Angels retained his rights, in 1965 optioned him to the Triple-A Seattle Angels and to the Double-A Sun Kings, now an Angels' affiliate. Back in the hitting-friendly confines of El Paso, three years after his strong 1962 campaign for the Sun Kings, the 30-year-old Dees batted.377 and earned a last call-up to the Angels in September. But his struggles continued: he hit only.156 in 12 games. Dees split 1966 between Double-A before leaving baseball. In his three seasons with the Angels, Dees batted.265. His 69 hits included one triple and three home runs. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference

Chetamon Mountain

Chetamon Mountain is a 2,606-metre mountain summit located in Jasper National Park, in the De Smet Range of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada. The peak is situated 18 kilometres north of the municipality of Jasper, in the Athabasca Valley and is visible from Highway 16 and the Canadian, its nearest higher peak is 3.5 km to the northwest. Chetamon Mountain is a name derived from the Stoney language meaning "squirrel"; the mountain was named in 1916 by Morrison P. Bridgland because two rocks on the peak's arête had the appearance a squirrel. Bridgland was a Dominion Land Surveyor who named many peaks in the Canadian Rockies; the mountain's name was adopted in 1956 by the Geographical Names Board of Canada. Based on the Köppen climate classification, Chetamon Mountain is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, mild summers. Temperatures can drop below -20 °C with wind chill factors below -30 °C. In terms of favorable weather, June through September are the best months to climb.

Precipitation runoff from Chetamon Mountain flows into the Athabasca River via the Snaring River and Cobblestone Creek. Mountains of Alberta Geography of Alberta Parks Canada web site: Jasper National Park