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Hugh Mott

Hugh Barbee Mott was a soldier in the US Army. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions as part of the 9th Engineer Battalion in the capture of the Ludendorff Bridge on March 7, 1945. On March 7, 1945, during the allied offensive to the Rhine River, Combat Command B of the 9th Armored Division arrived at the town of Remagen, discovering that the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine river was intact. A three-man detachment from 2nd Platoon, B Company moved with the first squad of A/27th AIB to reduce the remaining explosives after the first unsuccessful bridge demolition by the Germans, they were the third and fifth US soldiers onto the bridge. Crossing with lead elements, Dorland destroyed the main demolition switch box on the far shore; the remainder of B Company, 9th Engineers followed with the rest of A/27th AIB, finding and reducing more explosives on the bridge. After the crossing was secured, Lt. Mott led B Company in the hasty bridge repairs that allowed the first Sherman tanks to cross the bridge by 2200 that night.

In tribute to Major General Mott, the U. S. Army Engineer School, located at Fort Leonard Wood, named the Bachelor Officer's Quarters building "Mott Hall" in his honor. Mott remained in the military as a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard, he attained the rank of Major General, commanded the 30th Armored Division from 1968 to 1969. In 1971, Mott was appointed as Special Assistant for Public Safety by Nashville Mayor Beverly Briley. Mott served as the Chief of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. General Mott died on June 24, 2005, at the age of 84, after spending more than 33 years in the service of his country

Abdel Rahman El Bacha

Abdel Rahman El Bacha is a Lebanese pianist and composer. His repertory includes over fifty concertos and is based on the works of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. El Bacha was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1958 to a family of musicians - his father was a well-known composer and his mother was a singer, he remarked in an interview that his mother possessed a sharp ear for music without the ability to read it in written form, that this taught him the importance of learning music by ear. He began his piano schooling in 1967 at the age of nine with Zvart Sarkissian. At the age of ten, he gave his first concert with an orchestra, he was offered scholarships in France, the United Kingdom and USSR. He opted for France, studying at the Paris Conservatoire and graduating from there with four prizes: piano, chamber music and counterpoint. At the age of nineteen, in June 1978, El Bacha won the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition by a unanimous judgment, he was awarded the Audience Prize at the same competition.

In 1983, he made his first recording for the label Forlane, Early Works by Sergei Prokofiev. It won, he was awarded the Médaille de l’Ordre du Mérite by the President of the Lebanese Republic, the highest distinction of his native country. El Bacha has had Franco-Lebanese dual nationality since 1981, has lived in Switzerland since 2012. Artist info at naxos.com Biography at lebaneselobby.org Biography at the Enescu Festival Biography and interview at pianobleu.com Biography and interview Ose-Arts Music Art Agency: Abdel Rahman el Bacha

White River Conference (Indiana)

The White River Conference was an IHSAA-sanctioned conference located within rural areas of East Central Indiana, that existed twice, once from 1954 to 1977, from 1989 to 2010. The first version of the conference was founded as a home for high schools in Madison County who weren't in the Central Indiana Athletic Conference; the conference would expand from six to nine schools, as two new high schools in Anderson and Middletown, a school in Henry County, were added within two years. Membership was not stable until 1969, as Madison Heights left, Highland was forced out and added back into the conference, St. Mary's closed, member schools consolidated, schools from neighboring Delaware and Hancock counties were added. Large disparities in enrollment causing the conference to disband, as city and consolidated schools outgrew their rural counterparts.. Schools would move into the Big Blue River Conference, Classic Athletic Conference, Mid-Eastern Conference; the conference was refounded in 1989, with the same lineup as 1977.

Pendleton Heights and Yorktown had been independent since the demise of the CAC, Mount Vernon had been independent since the original WRC folded. Lapel and Shenandoah were left without a home with the breakup of the BBRC, while Frankton and Wes-Del were eager to join a conference that sponsored football. Anderson Highland was the only member who did not rejoin, as their move to the Olympic Conference caused the demise of the CAC. Delta, another former CAC school, would take their place in the reformed conference, divisions in football were introduced to address enrollment disparity; this lineup would remain intact until 1995, though a massive change would happen in the next three years as five schools left. Delta, Mount Vernon, Pendleton Heights would all leave for the Hoosier Heritage Conference, while Yorktown would join the Rangeline Conference before ending up in the HHC. Frankton would join the more geographically compact Central Indiana Athletic Conference in 1998, joining fellow northern Madison County schools Alexandria and Elwood.

The WRC countered by adding two former BBRC schools: Eastern Hancock. While the number of members in the conference shrank, its five members were of similar size and demographic; the conference remained stable for the next decade. The end of the conference began when Wes-Del left after the 2007-08 academic year to rejoin the MEC. Lapel joined the Indiana Crossroads Conference in 2009-10, playing in both conferences for the season before becoming a full member of the ICC for 2010-11; the three remaining schools afterward became independents. Eastern Hancock and Knightstown would join the Mid-Hoosier Conference and its football arm, the Mid-Indiana Football Conference, after being independent for a few years; the school's have since left and joined the Mid-Eastern Conference and Tri-Eastern Conference in 2017. Lapel struggled to compete in the ICRC, left that conference in 2014, playing independently since then. Lapel played the 2009-10 season concurrently in the WRC and ICRC. Wes-Del played concurrently in the WRC and MVC for its entire duration in the first incarnation of the WRC.

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