L. A. Law was an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC, from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many of Bochco's trademark features including an ensemble cast, large number of parallel storylines, social drama, off-the-wall humor, it reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s, many of the cases featured on the show dealt with hot-topic issues such as capital punishment, racism, gay rights, sexual harassment, AIDS, domestic violence. The series also reflected social tensions between the wealthy senior lawyer protagonists and their less well-paid junior staff. In addition to its main cast, L. A. Law was well known for featuring relatively unknown actors and actresses in guest starring roles, who went on to greater success in film and television including Don Cheadle, Jeffrey Tambor, Kathy Bates, David Schwimmer, Jay O. Sanders, James Avery, Gates McFadden, Bryan Cranston, C.
C. H. Pounder, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff, Carrie-Anne Moss, William H. Macy, Stephen Root, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi and Lucy Liu. Several episodes of the show included celebrities such as Vanna White, Buddy Hackett, Mamie Van Doren appearing as themselves in cameo roles; the show was popular with audiences and critics, won 15 Emmy Awards throughout its run, four of which were for Outstanding Drama Series. The series was set in and around the fictitious Los Angeles-based law firm McKenzie, Brackman and Kuzak, featured attorneys at the firm and various members of the support staff; the exteriors for the law firm were shot at the Citigroup Center in downtown Los Angeles, known as the 444 Flower Building at the time. The opening credits sequence of every episode began with a close-up of a car trunk being slammed shut revealing a personalized California license plate "LA LAW". For the first seven seasons, the model car used was a Jaguar XJ6 Series III. Both cars carried registration stickers indicating the year.
Two different musical openings for the show's theme were used: a saxophone riff, for episodes that were lighter in tone. A couple episodes used a melancholy tone; the show's original ensemble cast: Harry Hamlin as Michael Kuzak Susan Dey as Grace van Owen Corbin Bernsen as Arnie Becker Jill Eikenberry as Ann Kelsey Alan Rachins as Douglas Brackman, Jr. Michele Greene as Abby Perkins Jimmy Smits as Victor Sifuentes Michael Tucker as Stuart Markowitz Susan Ruttan as Roxanne Melman Richard Dysart as Leland McKenzie Blair Underwood as Jonathan Rollins Larry Drake as Benny Stulwicz Sheila Kelley as Gwen Taylor Amanda Donohoe as Cara Jean "C. J." Lamb John Spencer as Tommy Mullaney Cecil Hoffman as Zoey Clemmons Michael Cumpsty as Frank Kittredge Conchata Ferrell as Susan Bloom A Martinez as Daniel Morales Lisa Zane as Melina Paros Alan Rosenberg as Eli Levinson Debi Mazar as Denise Iannello Alexandra Powers as Jane Halliday Patricia Huston as Hilda Brunschwager, Brackman's secretary Bernie Hern as Judge Sidney Schroeder John Hancock as Judge Richard Armand Anne Haney as Judge Marilyn Travelini Cynthia Harris as Iris Hubband, McKenzie's secretary and law intern George Coe as Judge Wallace R. Vance Jerry Hardin as D.
A. Malcolm Gold Carmen Argenziano as Neil Robertson, a lawyer Michael Fairman as Judge Douglas McGrath Bruce Kirby as D. A. Bruce Rogoff Michael Holden as D. A. George Handeman Joanna Frank as Sheila Brackman, Douglas Brackman's wife Annie Abbott as Judge Janice L. Neiman Diane Delano as Rhonda Vasek Ellen Blake as Elizabeth Brand, Kuzak's secretary Jeff Silverman as Erroll Farrell Daniel Benzali as Judge Donald Phillips Paul Regina as Felix Echeverria, a lawyer Don Sparks as Russell Spitzer, a lawyer Earl Boen as Judge Walter L. Swanson Leonard Stone as Judge Paul Hansen James Avery as Judge Michael Conover Raye Birk as Judge Steven Lang Dann Florek as
A writer is a person who uses written words in various styles and techniques to communicate their ideas. Writers produce various forms of literary art and creative writing such as novels, short stories, plays and essays as well as various reports and news articles that may be of interest to the public. Writers' texts are published across a range of media. Skilled writers who are able to use language to express ideas well contribute to the cultural content of a society; the term "writer" is used elsewhere in the arts – such as songwriter – but as a standalone "writer" refers to the creation of written language. Some writers work from an oral tradition. Writers can produce material across a number of genres, non-fictional. Other writers use multiple media – for example, graphics or illustration – to enhance the communication of their ideas. Another recent demand has been created by civil and government readers for the work of non-fictional technical writers, whose skills create understandable, interpretive documents of a practical or scientific nature.
Some writers may use multimedia to augment their writing. In rare instances, creative writers are able to communicate their ideas via music as well as words; as well as producing their own written works, writers write on how they write. Writers work professionally or non-professionally, that is, for payment or without payment and may be paid either in advance, or only after their work is published. Payment is only one of the motivations of writers and many are never paid for their work; the term writer is used as a synonym of author, although the latter term has a somewhat broader meaning and is used to convey legal responsibility for a piece of writing if its composition is anonymous, unknown or collaborative. Writers choose from a range of literary genres to express their ideas. Most writing can be adapted for use in another medium. For example, a writer's work may be read or recited or performed in a play or film. Satire for example, may be written as a poem, an essay, a film, a comic play, or a piece of journalism.
The writer of a letter may include elements of biography, or journalism. Many writers work across genres; the genre sets the parameters but all kinds of creative adaptation have been attempted: novel to film. Writers may change to another. For example, historian William Dalrymple began in the genre of travel literature and writes as a journalist. Many writers have produced both fiction and non-fiction works and others write in a genre that crosses the two. For example, writers of historical romances, such as Georgette Heyer, invent characters and stories set in historical periods. In this genre, the accuracy of the history and the level of factual detail in the work both tend to be debated; some writers write both creative fiction and serious analysis, sometimes using different names to separate their work. Dorothy Sayers, for example, wrote crime fiction but was a playwright, essayist and critic. Poets make maximum use of the language to achieve an emotional and sensory effect as well as a cognitive one.
To create these effects, they use rhyme and rhythm and they exploit the properties of words with a range of other techniques such as alliteration and assonance. A common theme is its vicissitudes. Shakespeare's famous love story Romeo and Juliet, for example, written in a variety of poetic forms, has been performed in innumerable theatres and made into at least eight cinematic versions. John Donne is another poet renowned for his love poetry. Novelists write novels -- stories, they situate invented characters and plots in a narrative designed to be both credible and entertaining. Every novel worthy of the name is like another planet, whether large or small, which has its own laws just as it has its own flora and fauna. Thus, Faulkner's technique is the best one with which to paint Faulkner's world, Kafka's nightmare has produced its own myths that make it communicable. Benjamin Constant, Eugène Fromentin, Jacques Rivière, all used different techniques, took different liberties, set themselves different tasks.
François Mauriac, novelist A satirist uses wit to ridicule the shortcomings of society or individuals, with the intent of exposing stupidity. The subject of the satire is a contemporary issue such as ineffective political decisions or politicians, although human vices such as greed are a common and universal subject. Philosopher Voltaire wrote a satire about optimism called Candide, subsequently turned into an opera, many well known lyricists wrote for it. There are elements of Absurdism in Candide, just as there are in the work of contemporary satirist Barry Humphries, who writes comic satire for his character Dame Edna Everage to perform on stage. Satirists use various techniques such as irony and hyperbole to make their point and they choose from the full range of genres – the satire may be in the form of prose or poetry or dialogue in a film, for example. One of the most famous satirists is Jonathan Swift who wrote the four-volume work Gulliver's Travels and many other satires, including A Modest Proposal and The Battle of the Books.
It is amazing to me that... our age is wholly illiterate and has hardly produced one writer upon any subject. Jonathan Swift, satirist A short story writer is a writer of short stories, works of fiction that can be read in a single sitting. Libretti (the p
Bittersweet Love is a 1976 American DeLuxe Color romantic drama film directed by David Miller, written by Adrian Morrall and D. A. Kellogg, starring Lana Turner, Robert Lansing, Celeste Holm, Robert Alda, Scott Hylands and Meredith Baxter-Birney in Panavision. Michael Lewis and Patricia Peterson meet in an unusual way — while on a date with another woman, Michael attempts to retrieve his date's car keys from a fountain; when his date abandons him, he meets Patricia and they soon find themselves falling in love. After learning that she is pregnant, they decide to get married and hold a small ceremony in Canada, where Michael's family lives. Patricia's parents and Claire, have never met Michael, are out of the country when the wedding takes place, they meet their new son-in-law after returning from their travels. While reviewing pictures from the wedding she missed, Claire is shocked to discover that she knows Michael's father; this one-night stand resulted in Patricia's birth. Distraught over the news, Patricia goes to her doctor to see.
The doctor tells her that if the fetal weight is still low, they may be able to terminate the pregnancy due to her situation. Patricia decides not to go through with the abortion, but is still wary of her relationship with Michael; the couple spend the rest of the pregnancy isolated from their friends and family. Patricia's mother begs her to reconsider ending the pregnancy, or to go away and give the baby up for adoption, but Patricia reprimands her and says that doesn't want anymore family secrets. Michael starts to research the history of incest, its effects on people. While at home, Patricia has Michael take her to the hospital, she gives birth to a healthy baby girl named Amy. When their daughter is six weeks old, Michael attempts to celebrate by cooking a nice dinner for himself and Patricia, but the evening turns sour when Patricia becomes hysterical as she and Michael are kissing. The couple split up; as she holds her daughter, a voice-over of Patricia rings out about how she and Michael could have stayed together for the rest of their lives had she not know that they were siblings.
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St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama television series that ran on NBC from October 26, 1982 to May 25, 1988; the series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and William Daniels as teaching doctors at an aging, underrated Boston hospital who give interns a promising future in making critical medical and life decisions. The series was produced by MTM Enterprises, which had success with a similar NBC series, the police drama Hill Street Blues, during that same time; the series were compared to each other for their use of ensemble casts and overlapping serialized storylines. St. Elsewhere was filmed at CBS/MTM Studios, known as CBS/Fox Studios when the show began. Coincidentally, 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the series when it bought MTM Enterprises in the 1990s. Recognized for its gritty, realistic drama, St. Elsewhere gained a small yet loyal following over its six-season, 137-episode run; the series earned critical acclaim during its run, earning 13 Emmy Awards for its writing and directing.
St. Elsewhere was ranked No. 20 on TV Guide's 2002 list of "The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time", with the magazine selecting it as the best drama series of the 1980s in a 1993 issue. In 2013, TV Guide ranked the series No. 51 on its list of the 60 Best Series of All Time. St. Elsewhere was set at the fictional St. Eligius Hospital, a decaying urban teaching hospital in Boston's South End neighborhood; the hospital's nickname, "St. Elsewhere", is a slang term used in the medical field to refer to lesser-equipped hospitals that serve patients turned away by more prestigious institutions. In the pilot episode, surgeon Dr. Mark Craig informs his colleagues that the local Boston media had bestowed the derogatory nickname upon St. Eligius since they perceived the hospital as "a dumping ground, a place you wouldn't want to send your mother-in-law." In fact, the hospital was so poorly regarded that its shrine to Saint Eligius was defiled by the hospital's visitors and staff, is passingly referred to by Dr. Wayne Fiscus as "the patron saint of longshoremen and bowlers."
Just as in Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere employed a large ensemble cast. In the same way Hill Street was regarded as a groundbreaking police drama, St. Elsewhere broke new ground in medical dramas, creating a template that influenced ER, Chicago Hope, other shows in the genre. St. Elsewhere portrayed the medical profession as an less-than-perfect endeavor; the staff's problems, those of their patients, were contemporary in nature, with storylines involving breast cancer, AIDS, addiction. Though the series dealt with serious issues of life, the medical profession, the human effects of all three, a substantial number of comedic moments, inside jokes, references to TV history were included, as well as tender moments of humanity; the producers for the series were Bruce Paltrow, Mark Tinker, John Masius, Tom Fontana, John Falsey and Abby Singer. Tinker, Masius and Paltrow wrote a number of episodes as well; the show's main and end title theme was composed by composer Dave Grusin. Noted film and TV composer J.
A. C. Redford wrote the music for the series. No soundtrack was released, but the theme was released in two different versions: the original TV mix and edit appeared on TVT Records' compilation Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: 70s & 80s, Grusin recorded a full-length version for inclusion on his Night Lines album, released in 1983. Along with established actors Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and William Daniels, St. Elsewhere's ensemble cast includes David Morse, Alfre Woodard, Bruce Greenwood, Christina Pickles, Kyle Secor, Ed Begley Jr. Stephen Furst, Howie Mandel, Mark Harmon, Denzel Washington and Helen Hunt. Notable guest stars include Tim Robbins, whose first major role was in the series' first three episodes, Doris Roberts and James Coco, who both earned Emmy Awards for their season-one appearance as a bag lady and her mentally challenged husband. St. Elsewhere ran for 137 episodes. St. Elsewhere was noteworthy for featuring episodes with unusual aspects or significant changes to the series' status quo.
Some of those episodes included: Original air date: November 9, 1983 Dr. Morrison learns of the death of his wife, Nina (with whom he had an argume
The White Shadow (TV series)
The White Shadow is an American drama television series starring Ken Howard that ran on the CBS network from November 27, 1978, to March 16, 1981, about a white former professional basketball player who takes a job coaching basketball at an impoverished urban high school with a racially mixed basketball team. Although the lead actor Howard was a blonde Caucasian, the series broke new ground as the first television ensemble drama to feature a African American cast, with African American actors playing the high school principal and vice-principal, the majority of the teenage basketball players, other supporting roles; the White Shadow dealt with controversial subject matter such as sexually transmitted disease and gay sexual orientation among high school students. Although The White Shadow was not a big ratings hit, it drew praise from critics and helped pave the way for realistic dramas such as Hill Street Blues and My So-Called Life, it was the first series developed by executive producer Bruce Paltrow, who went on to create and produce the medical drama St. Elsewhere.
The show made popular TV stars of both Howard and Kevin Hooks, who portrayed high school basketball player Morris Thorpe. In the years since its cancellation, a number of journalists have praised the show and in some cases recalled being fans of the show as children or teens. In particular, sports columnist Bill Simmons has written about the show's strong influence on his life. Ken Howard plays Ken Reeves a white professional basketball player who retires from the Chicago Bulls of the NBA after a severe knee injury. Upon his retirement, Reeves takes a job as the head basketball coach at the fictional Carver High School, a black and Hispanic urban high school in South Central Los Angeles. Carver's principal is Coach Reeves' former Boston College classmate Jim Willis. Sybil Buchanan is the vice principal, against Reeves' hiring and clashes with Reeves in the areas of discipline and education. In season 3, Willis is promoted to a position with the Oakland Board of Education and Buchanan becomes principal of Carver High.
The subject matter of episodes included illicit drug use, child abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, prostitution, sexual orientation, physical and mental disabilities. However, the show incorporated humor, such as a joke made by a character when dealing with serious subjects. Episodes ended with an issue left unresolved, contrary to other TV shows where the characters' problems were resolved by the end of the episode. Ken Howard as Coach Ken Reeves Jason Bernard as Principal Jim Willis Ed Bernard as Principal Jim Willis Joan Pringle as Vice-Principal Sybil Buchanan Byron Stewart as Warren Coolidge Kevin Hooks as Morris Thorpe Timothy Van Patten as Mario "Salami" Pettrino Thomas Carter as James "Hollywood" Hayward Nathan Cook as Milton Reese Erik Kilpatrick as Curtis "CJ" Jackson Ira Angustain as Ricardo "Go-Go" Gomez Ken Michelman as Abner Goldstein Russell Philip Robinson as Team Manager Phil Jeffers John Mengatti as Nick "New York" Vitaglia Art Holliday as Eddie Franklin Larry "Flash" Jenkins as Wardell Stone John Laughlin as Paddy Falahey Stoney Jackson as Jesse B. Mitchell Wolfe Perry as Teddy Rutherford Stewart reprised the role of Warren Coolidge, from 1984–88, in the Paltrow-directed series St. Elsewhere.
On episodes of St. Elsewhere, Coolidge could be spotted wearing a Carver High School t-shirt, he discusses how he had to give up basketball due to injury moving to Boston and taking a hospital orderly job at St. Eligius. Van Patten plays a character named Dean in a St. Elsewhere three episode story arc in 1985 – in the final episode for Dean, this causes some confusion for Coolidge, who calls out "Heyyy!! Salami!!" when he sees Dean on a St. Eligius elevator, to which Dean replies "You got the wrong guy, pal.", leaving Coolidge trying to plead his case with a confused "No - it's Warren." As the elevator doors close. Hooks, Van Patten and Carter all pursued careers as directors; the concept for the show originated from Ken Howard's own experiences as a high school basketball star at Manhasset High School on Long Island. Howard was one of the few white basketball players at the school and the only white player in the starting lineup, had been nicknamed "The White Shadow". According to Howard, there were few racial tensions at his own high school, not located in a "ghetto", but the team encountered such tensions when they played elsewhere.
Howard has said that the humor in The White Shadow was based on that of his former teammates, who were "really funny". After graduating high school, Howard went on to be captain of the basketball team at Amherst College; when Howard and Bruce Paltrow pitched the idea for a show about a white coach and a racially mixed basketball team, CBS wanted it to be a half-hour sitcom and avoid dealing with controversial material involving sex and crime. Howard said that he and Paltrow were "not going to turn this into Welcome Back, Kotter", they persuaded the network to make it a one-hour drama series and furthermore allow the show to address realistic, controversial subjects. They strove for realism in the basketball scenes; the memorable funk instrumental theme song for the show was composed by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter. Although not released on record during the show's run, it appeared on Post's albu
Dead Like Me
Dead Like Me is an American comedy-drama television series starring Ellen Muth and Mandy Patinkin as grim reapers who reside and work in Seattle, Washington. Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, the show was created by Bryan Fuller for the Showtime cable network, where it ran for two seasons. Fuller left the show five episodes into Season 1 because of creative differences. A direct-to-DVD film titled Dead Like Me: Life After Death was released on February 17, 2009, with an option to restart the series. Eighteen-year-old Georgia "George" Lass is the show's narrator. George dies early in the pilot episode and becomes one of the "undead", a "grim reaper". George soon learns that a reaper's job is to remove the souls of people, preferably just before they die, escort them until they move on into their afterlife. George's death leaves behind her mother and the rest of her family at a point when her relationships with them were on shaky ground; the show explores the experiences of a small team of such reapers, as well as the changes in George and her family as they deal with George's death.
The first scene of the pilot episode introduces an origin-of-death myth where at the dawn of time, god gave Toad a clay jar containing death which Toad promised to guard. Frog begged Toad to let him hold the jar, something to which Toad agreed. An excited Frog juggled the jar and dropped it, shattering it on the ground; when it broke open, death got out. Georgia Lass is aloof and distant from her family and shies away from her life. After dropping out of college, she takes a temp job through Happy Time Temporary Services. During her lunch break on her first day, she is hit and killed by a toilet seat falling from the deorbiting Mir space station, she is soon informed that, rather than moving on to the "great beyond", she will become a grim reaper in the External Influence Division, collecting souls of people who die in accidents, homicides. Each reaper has a secret quota of souls. In Season 1, George has trouble adjusting to her circumstances—collecting souls while holding down a day job. By Season 2, she has adjusted to her new role, with few unresolved issues with her life and her afterlife.
George's family is struggling to deal with her death. Her father, has an affair that affects his marriage to Joy, her sister, acts out – stealing toilet seats from neighbors and school and hanging them on a tree – until her mother sends her to therapy. Reggie clings to the belief that George visits her. At the start of Season 2, the family begins to break apart as Clancy divorce. All of the main characters have issues with their life after death, but they cope with it in different ways: Mason resorts to alcohol and drugs. Rube and George are more straightforward about their sadness. Bryan Fuller left early Season 1 because of conflicts with MGM Television, including disagreement over major script and storyline cuts considered important to the main theme, he stated that the "lack of professionalism...made it difficult. It was like being at war, they were trying to strong arm me. It was the worst experience of my life." According to Fuller, Showtime canceled the show due to "a loss of quality and a sense the problems would continue."
Actress Rebecca Gayheart departed the show after the series' fifth episode. Georgia "George" Lass: The show's protagonist, an 18-year-old college dropout. In addition to being a grim reaper she has a day job at Happy Time Temporary Services, under the assumed name "Millie Hagen." She was killed on June 27, 2003 when a toilet seat from the de-orbiting Mir space station fell on her. Because of this, she is known among the reapers as "Toilet Seat Girl," a fact which earns her instant recognition/respect for dying in such a bizarre way. Rube John Sofer: The head of the group of reapers, he is responsible for passing out reaping assignments, nearly always on yellow post-it notes. He becomes a father figure for George in her grim-reaping afterlife, had a daughter named Rose, whom he had called "Peanut"; the manner of his death was not revealed, but in one episode his name and picture are seen on an old "Wanted" poster alleging that he was a bank robber. Because of this, it is believed, he looks the same as he did while alive because his time of death was nearly one hundred years earlier and everyone who could identify him has died, including his daughter Rosie and his Czechoslovakian wife Lucy Sonia Sofer, born in 1901.
Mason: A British drug addict and thief, but a likable person. He acts as an "older brother" figure to George, is attracted to Daisy, he is from London, UK, died in 1966 by drilling a hole in his head to achieve a "permanent high". He's considered the least responsible of "Rube's Post-it Crew" and makes gaffes, cuts his reaps close, or is drunk or high much of the time. Roxy Harvey: A strong-willed, independent woman. He
Ferris Bueller (TV series)
Ferris Bueller is an American sitcom based on the 1986 John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The show stars Charlie Schlatter in the title role; the series debuted on August 23, 1990, on NBC and was cancelled within its first season, a few months after its debut. The show was produced by Paramount Television. Hughes was not involved in the show's production. Though based on the film, the series was not a canon continuation, rather it was set up to portray itself as being the "real life" situations upon which the film was loosely based. In the pilot episode, Ferris refers to the film and expresses his displeasure at Matthew Broderick portraying him going as far as destroying a life-size cardboard cutout of Broderick with a chainsaw; however no further references to the film within the series' continuity would be made after this. As in the film, the series focused on Ferris Bueller and his high school experiences at Ocean Park High, including dealing with his best friend Cameron, love interest Sloan, sister Jeannie.
Although the film was set in Chicago, the series was set in Santa Monica. Like the film, Ferris is liked by everyone as the "cool guy on campus." He is popular, quick witted and a master of ceremonies who breaks the fourth wall. Cameron is still a depressive neurotic. Sloan is portrayed different in that she is not wrapped around Ferris' finger and has to be won over at times. Ed Rooney is the primary antagonist and always out to get Ferris but ends up foiled or humiliated, his secretary, Grace, is not a wise-cracking sarcastic, but a passive pushover with an unreciprocated crush on Ed. Jeannie is at odds with Ferris and his being favored by all. Though she can be antagonistic, she has proven albeit begrudgingly. In the film, Mr. and Mrs. Bueller's names are Katie and Tom but in the series they are Barbara and Bob, as well as Ferris being a junior and Jeannie being a senior as opposed to the other way around in the movie. Charlie Schlatter as Ferris Bueller Richard Riehle as Principal Ed Rooney Sam Freed as Bill Bueller Jennifer Aniston as Jeannie Bueller Ami Dolenz as Sloan Peterson Brandon Douglas as Cameron Frye Judith Kahan as Grace Cristine Rose as Barbara Bueller Jeff Maynard as Arthur Petrelli Jerry Tullos as Mr. Rickets David Glasser as Dork Brandon Rane as Wimp Chris Claridge as Student #2/Surfer/Tim Bojesse Christopher as Greaser Jim DeMarse as Mr. Prescott/Mr.
Tenser Tai Thai as Noi Compared to the film, the show received negative reviews from critics. It suffered from comparisons to not only the'80s film, but another series, Parker Lewis Can't Lose. Ratings for Ferris were strong at first, but declined in episodes; the series was cancelled due to poor viewership and low ratings after one season airing a total of thirteen episodes. Ferris Bueller on IMDb Ferris Bueller at TV.com Ferris Bueller at epguides.com Ferris Bueller in Jump The Shark at the Wayback Machine