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Jackie Gleason

John Herbert Gleason was an American comedian, writer and conductor. Developing a style and characters from growing up in Brooklyn, New York, he was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy, exemplified by his bus driver Ralph Kramden character in the television series The Honeymooners, he developed The Jackie Gleason Show, which maintained high ratings from the mid-1950s through 1970. After originating in New York City, filming moved to Miami Beach, Florida in 1964 after Gleason took up permanent residence there. Among his notable film roles were Minnesota Fats in 1961's The Hustler, Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit series from 1977 into the early 1980s. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Gleason enjoyed a prominent secondary music career, producing a series of best-selling "mood music" albums, his first album, Music for Lovers Only, still holds the record for the longest stay on the Billboard Top Ten Charts, his first 10 albums sold over a million copies each. To date his output spans some 20-plus singles, nearly 60 long-playing record albums, over 40 CDs.

John Herbert Gleason was born in 1916 at 364 Chauncey Street in the Stuyvesant Heights, now Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Named Herbert Walton Gleason Jr. at birth, he was baptized John Herbert Gleason and grew up at 328 Chauncey. His parents were Herbert Walton "Herb" Gleason and Mae "Maisie" from Farranree, Ireland. Gleason was one of two children. Gleason remembered Clement and his father having "beautiful handwriting", he used to watch his father work at the family's kitchen table, writing insurance policies in the evenings. On the night of December 14, 1925, Gleason's father disposed of any family photos in which he appeared. Once it became evident that he was not coming back, Mae went to work as a subway attendant for the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation. After his father abandoned the family, young Gleason began hanging around with a local gang, hustling pool, he attended P. S. 73 Elementary School in Brooklyn. Gleason became interested in performing after being part of a class play.

Other jobs he held at that time included working in a pool hall, as a stunt driver, a carnival barker. Gleason and his friends made the rounds of the local theaters, he performed the same duties twice a week at the Folly Theater. Gleason was 19 when his mother died in 1935 of sepsis from a large neck carbuncle that young Jackie had tried to lance, he had nowhere to go, thirty-six cents to his name. The family of his first girlfriend, Julie Dennehy, offered to take him in, his friend Birch made room for him in the hotel room he shared with another comedian. Birch told him of a week-long gig in Reading, which would pay $19, more money than Gleason could imagine; the booking agent advanced his bus fare for the trip against his salary, granting Gleason his first job as a professional comedian. Following this he would always have regular work in small clubs. Gleason worked his way up to a job at New York's Club 18, where insulting its patrons was the order of the day. Gleason greeted noted skater Sonja Henie by handing her an ice cube and saying, "Okay, now do something."

It was here that Jack L. Warner first saw Gleason. By age 24, Gleason was appearing in movies: first for Warner Brothers in such films as Navy Blues with Ann Sheridan and Martha Raye and All Through the Night with Humphrey Bogart, for Columbia Pictures for the B military comedy Tramp, Tramp! and for Twentieth Century-Fox, where Gleason played Glenn Miller Orchestra bassist Ben Beck in Orchestra Wives. He had a small part as a soda shop clerk in Larceny, Inc. with Edward G. Robinson, a modest part as an actor's agent in the 1942 Betty Grable–Harry James musical Springtime in the Rockies. During World War II, Gleason was exempt from military service, since he was a father of two. However, in 1943 the US started drafting men with children. Gleason reported to his induction where the doctors discovered that his broken left arm had healed crooked, the area between his thumb and forefinger was nerveless and numb, a pilonidal cyst existed at the end of his coccyx, that he was 100 pounds overweight.

Gleason was therefore rejected for military service. Gleason did not make a strong impression on Hollywood at first. At the end of 1942, Gleason and Lew Parker led a large cast of entertainers in the road show production of Olsen and Johnson's New 1943 Hellzapoppin, he became known for hosting all-night parties in his hotel suite. "Anyone who knew Jackie Gleason in the 1940s", wrote CBS historian Robert Metz, "would tell you The Fat Man would never make it. His pals at Lindy's watched him spend money as fast as he soaked up the booze." Ro

Erynnis funeralis

Erynnis funeralis, the funereal duskywing, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is found from southern California, New Mexico and Texas, south to Argentina and Chile. Strays can be found north up to northern Illinois, north-eastern Nebraska, central Colorado, southern Nevada and central California; the wingspan is 34–45 mm. Adults are on wing from March to December. There are three generations per year; the larvae feed on various legumes, including Robinia neomexicana, Medicago hispida, Lotus scoparius, Olneya tesota and vetch Vicia. Adults feed on flower nectar. Nearctica Bug Guide Distribution

2009 Lunar New Year Cup

The 2009 Lunar New Year Cup is a football tournament held in Hong Kong on the first and fourth day of the Chinese New Year of the Earth Ox Year. The two semi-finals for the four participating teams will be held on the first day of the Chinese New Year of Ox; the winning teams will enter the final and the losing teams play the third-place playoff Draw in the semi-finals and third-place playoff would be settled by penalty shootout directly, that means no extra time would be played. For the final, a thirty-minute extra time would be played after a draw. A further draw would lead to the penalty shootout. Hong Kong League Selection South China Pegasus Team Sparta Prague Suwon Samsung Bluewings Team Managers: Leung Hung Tak, Pui Kwan Kay, Ng Kin Coaches: Julio Moreno, Chan Ho Yin Physical Coach: Vianney Selin Physio: So Chun Lung Team Managers: Steven Lo, Wong Wai Shun Head Coach: Kim Pan-Gon Coaches: Liu Chun Fai, Ricardo Assistant coaches: Ku Kam Fai, Leung Cheuk Cheung Management: Lam Kai Tai, Lo Kwun Ming, Lee Yun Wah Head of Delegation: Jozef Chovanec Technical Manager: David Simon Coaches: Martin Hašek, Jan Kmoch Coach Assistant: Jan Stejskal Doctor: Jiří Váchal Masseurs: Tomáš Stránský, Vít Zelenka Kitman: David Matěka Marketing Director: Michal Viktorin Head Coach: Cha Bum-Kun Coaches: Lee Lim-Saeng, Park Kun-Ha Goalkeeper Coach: Cho Byung-Deuk Official: Kim Jin-Hoon Team Manager: Yang Dae-Hyun Therapist: You Hoan-Mo Video Analyst: Jin Qingyi Interpreter: Park Sung-Jin Kit Manager: Kim Si-Woong All times given in Hong Kong Time.

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