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Susan Anton

Susan Ellen Anton is an American actress and singer. Anton attended Yucaipa High School in Yucaipa and graduated in 1968. After high school, Anton attended San Bernardino Valley College, she first experienced fame by winning the nearby Miss Redlands and the Miss California beauty contests in 1969 and tied as second runner-up in the 1969 Miss America Scholarship Pageant held September 6 that year. She did not win the game. Starting in 1976, Anton developed a following for her Muriel Cigar commercials where she sang, "Let Muriel turn you on / That is my desire / Muriel lights a flame in me / Where there's Muriel smoke, there's fire". In the 1970s, Anton appeared 30 times on Merv Griffin's TV show, she was seen and heard in television and radio ads for the Perfect Sleeper mattress by Serta. In these ads, she sang the company's jingle. In 1978, ABC gave her and country singer Mel Tillis a summertime variety series and Susan Together, produced by the Osmond Brothers; the pairing of Anton and Tillis was an unlikely one: he was popular in country music circles but hardly a national household name while Susan was known at all.

The show disappeared after four weeks. She starred in her own variety show, Presenting Susan Anton, Stop Susan Williams, in the films Goldengirl, Spring Fever, Cannonball Run II, she recorded music, her biggest hit being "Killin' Time" in 1980, a duet with country singer Fred Knoblock. The record made Top 10 on the country charts and hit #28 on Billboard's Hot 100. In 1990, Anton appeared on the TV comedy series Night Court in an episode called "The Talk Show" where she played talk show producer Margo Hunter. Anton is on the cover of the mass trade paperback edition of Goldengirl, written by Peter Lovesey, she had appeared as the title character in the film version which starred James Coburn and was directed by Joseph Sargent. Anton was the host of the successful "Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular" show at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas for over 5,000 performances until July 31, 2000, she appeared in the Las Vegas company of the musical Hairspray and on Broadway in The Will Rogers Follies and All Shook Up.

She had a recurring role on the TV series Baywatch from 1992 to 1994 and has appeared as herself on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, The Larry Sanders Show and It’s Garry Shandling's Show, as well as in several films. Anton appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit which aired on March 31, 2010, she was scheduled to reprise her role as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl production slated to run from August 5 to August 7, 2011. Anton was involved in a much publicized relationship with English film and TV star Dudley Moore in the early 1980s, with much being made of their height difference: Moore being 5 feet 2.5 inches and Anton 5 feet 11 inches. Anton married television actor Jeff Lester on her second marriage, she resides in Las Vegas. Official website Susan Anton on IMDb Susan Anton at AllMovie

Paul Dietrich Giseke

Paul Dietrich Giseke, was a German botanist, physician and librarian. Giseke was the son of a Hamburg merchant, he started his studies at the Academic Gymnasium in Hamburg. He joined the University of Göttingen in 1764 and graduated in medicine in 1767, he went on an extended trip through France and Sweden and met Linnaeus, becoming his student and a lifelong friend - Linnaeus named the genus Gisekia, now in family Gisekiaceae, after him. Giseke made notes of Linnaeus' lectures and published them in 1792 as Praelectiones in Ordines Naturales Plantarum; the book included an illustration "Tabula genealogico-geographica affinitatum plantarum secundum ordines naturales Linnaei" which showed the affinities of the families in a form similar to a geographical map. It included circles for families with the size indicating the number of genera contained. Back from his travels, he settled in Hamburg and started practice as a physician, but in December 1771 started teaching as Professor of Physics and Discourse at the Academic Gymnasium in Hamburg.

He became a librarian at Hamburg from 1784. He was admitted to the Leopoldina academy posthumously. Linnaeus, Carl. Giseke, Paul Dietrich. Praelectiones in ordines naturales plantarum. Hamburg: Benj. Gottl. Hoffmanni


The Wanjiwalku were an indigenous Australian people of the state of New South Wales. Norman Tindale, who had worked intensely with his informant George Dutton on the Wanjiwalku language, argued that, though separate tribes, both the Wanjiwalku and their western neighbours, the Malyangapa, spoke the same dialect. Studies by Luise Hercus and Peter Austin have determined that Wanjiwalku was a dialect of Paakantyi, while Malyangapa was morphological identical to the language spoken by the Yardliyawara, to be classified as a member of the Yarli dialect cluster; the Wanjiwalku were estimated by Tindale to have had around 8,000 square miles of tribal land extending from the vicinity of Milparinka to White Cliffs, running east from close to Mount Arrowsmith as far as the area near Tongo Lake. Their lands took in the area east of Lake Bancannia. Edward Micklethwaite Curr describing the tough environment of Wanjiwalku lands wrote that the earliest white explorer Charles Sturt expired there:- The country of the Pono forms a portion of the interior traversed by Captain Sturt in 1845 and described in such dismal colours as destined to be for uninhabitable by civilized people.

It was here that, living in an underground room as a protection against the intense heat, his nails ceased to grow. Weyneubulkoo Wonipalku Wanyabalku Wonjimalku Pono Pernowie, Pernowrie Kongait Tongaranka chukeroo koonai. Thirita. Kooma. Ngumma. Birre-birre.' A new study of Indigenous Australian DNA suggests there was some form of migration from India to Australia about 4,000 years ago. Aboriginal people first inhabited Australia about 40,000 years ago and researchers had thought them to be isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. Dr Stoneking says it has taken a while for the Indian influence to be discovered because Indigenous Australians have been hesitant to participate in these kinds of genetic studies; the Pallar and peoples of Palawan have a similar subdivisions. Pallar have names such as Anjgna pallar, Aniya pallar, Kongu Pallar, Andi, Ayi. Pallar means people of low land; the Pallars are an Agriculture society in Tamil Nadu and could be descendants Australian Aboriginals.

Agriculture started around 12,000 years ago and if the Wurdi Youang stone arrangement site dates back to around perhaps Aboriginal people were some of the first. The last wave of migration and the earliest population in the Americas happened 14,000 years ago, are known as Paleo-Indians; the prefix "paleo-" comes from the Greek adjective palaios, meaning "old" or "ancient". "Palaya" means old in Tamil. Parts of southern India was once referred to as "Pandi" Naadu meaning old country; the country of the Pandyas was described as Pandyas by Megasthenes, Pandi Mandala in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea and described as Pandya Mediterranea and Modura Regia Pandionis by Ptolemy. The Pandyas ruled from "Korkai". Maritime History of aborigines is ancient. According to Orissa Balu Historian, ancient sailors followed turtle migration routes, used knowledge of astronomy and sea currents to navigate, they hopped between nearby islands. Indian gooseberry was used to control sea sickness. Nuts, herbs were used to manage drinking water.

Crow and falcons were send from boats to locate shores. Ancient tamil literary sources mentions several sunken islands in Indian ocean; the Recorded history is less before 3,500 BC. A first deluge was said to have happened close to 12,000 BP; this could have triggered spread. Language activities were held in three phases or sangams starting from ~12,000 BP to close to emerge of Christianity. Language development started out from a place called Then Madurai. Many ancient cities have names such as "Mudraya"/"Musraya"/"Thinis". "Thinai / Tharai / Thara", are words related to land in Tamil. As per Iravatham Mahadevan, a 2nd-century BCE Tamil-Brahmi inscription refers to the city as matiray, an Old Tamil word meaning a "walled city". Astronomical dots could have been converted to drawings/sign language. A second language development activity was started out from a place called Kapata; the city was lost to a deluge 4000 BP. A third language development activity was held in Madurai close to emerge of Christianity.

Tamil language has 18 consonants. Out of the 13 vowels 5 are essential vowels, 7 vowels are elated pronunciations of 5 vowel and one special letter called "akku"; the Tamil language has 247 letters/sounds made with a combination of vowels and consonants similar to Linear B languages. Peoples of Palawan Pallar Pallas Antisuyu Pelasgians Aboriginal Tasmanians

Ziyadid dynasty

The Ziyadid dynasty was a Muslim dynasty that ruled western Yemen from 819 until 1018 from the capital city of Zabid. It was the first dynastic regime to wield power over the Yemeni lowland after the introduction of Islam in about 630. Muhammad ibn Ziyad was a descendant of Yazid, younger brother of the first Umayyad caliph Muawiyah I. In 814 he was arrested and brought to the Abbasid caliph al-Ma'mun on account of his ancestry, but his life was spared in the end, he was placed under surveillance and became the protégé of the caliph's minister al-Fadl ibn Sahl. Three years a letter from the governor of Yemen arrived to Baghdad, complaining about attacks by the Ash'arite and Akkite tribes. Al-Fadl recommended al-Ma'mun to send the capable Muhammad ibn Ziyad to Tihamah in order to suppress the tribes; the situation was critical since the Alids under a leader called Ibrahim al-Jazzar threatened to detach Yemen from Abbasid control at this time. Muhammad ibn Ziyad was a sworn enemy of the Alids. After performing the hajj, Muhammad marched south to Yemen with an army of Khurasani soldiers and arrived there in 818.

He fought numerous battles against the tribes and won control over the Tihama lowland in the next year. Following his victories, Muhammad was appointed amir of Yemen by al-Ma'mun with the task to restrain'Alid Shi'a influence. Muhammad established Zabid, as his capital, it was situated midway between the sea and the mountains. He was able to expand his influence into Hadramawt and parts of highland Yemen, all the while recognizing Abbasid overlordship; the historian Umara enumerates his possessions as including Hadramawt, Diyar Kindah, Mirbat in Oman, Lahij and the maritime provinces as far north as Hali, furthermore the highland places Janad, Mikhlaf al-Ma'afir, Mikhlaf Ja'far, San'a, Sa'dah and Bayhan. However, the sources are somewhat obscure since the historian al-Hamdani asserts that another family, Banu Shurah, exercised paramount power in the Tihama for parts of the ninth century and were established in Zabid. From other sources it appears that San'a in fact continued to be governed by an Abbasid governor up to 847.

Little is known about the economic structure of the Ziyadid realm, but the historian Umara writes that the dynasty was bolstered by the flourishing international trade. The ruler received duties from ships coming from India. From the east came luxury products such as musk, ambergris and porcelain. From Africa came Ethiopian and Nubian slaves via the Dahlak Archipelago. Umara mentions taxes on ambergris collection at Bab al-Mandab and the south coast, on pearl fishing. Meanwhile, Abbasid rule in Arabia was declining. After the violent end of caliph al-Musta'in in 866, the second Ziyadid ruler, Ibrahim ibn Muhammad, kept the tax revenues for himself and adopted royal trappings, he continued reciting the khutba in the name of the Abbasids. As the Ziyadids' power tended to be concentrated on the lowland, the Abbasid governors in the highland lacked support from their home base in Iraq, other dynasties were established; the Yufirids established an independent state in San'a in 847 and forced the Ziyadid ruler to tolerate their rule in exchange for mentioning him on coins and in the Friday prayer.

An imam of the Shi'ite Zaydiyyah sect, al-Hadi ila'l-Haqq Yahya established a power base in the northern highlands in 897. Furthermore, the late ninth and early tenth centuries saw a great deal of agitation by Ismaili figures who adhered to the Fatimid imam. Zabid itself was sacked by the sectarian Qarmatians, an Ismaili branch, in 904. Under the lengthy reign of Abu'l-Jaysh Ishaq, the Ziyadid dynasty experienced a temporary revival. However, when Abu'l-Jaysh grew old the outer regions began to fall away from Ziyadid rule. Towards the end of his reign the area between Aden and ash-Sharjah remained under his control. At late as 976, the royal revenues amounted to a million gold dinars; the Yufirids again attacked in burnt Zabid. However, the Mamluk al-Husayn bin Salamah managed to save the kingdom from complete collapse, he restored the Ziyadid realm to its old limits. Al-Husayn was remembered as a just and high-spirited regent who dug wells and canals and constructed roads across the kingdom, he governed until his peaceful demise in 1012.

The back side of the coin was that the Ziyadid monarchs lost effective power after 981 while a succession of Mamluks held real power, which at length made for political turmoil. After al-Husayn's death, his slave, the eunuch Marjan, held power as wazir, he in turn raised two Ethiopian slaves called Nafis and Najah who received high offices in the state. According to Kamal Suleiman Salibi, the last Ziyadi ruler was murdered in 1018 and replaced by Nafis. Nafis adopted royal titles but was challenged by Najah, who defeated Nafis and Marjan and founded the Najahid dynasty in 1022. Muhammad ibn Ziyad Ibrahim ibn Muhammad, son Ibn Ziyad, son Abu'l-Jaysh Ishaq ibn Ibrahim, brother'Abdallah or Ziyad ibn Ishaq, son Ibrahim or'Abdallah, kinsman List of Sunni Muslim dynasties History of Yemen Islamic history of Yemen Stookey, Robert W. Yemen: The politics of Yemen Arab Republic. "Ziyadid Dynasty." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2006. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 14 Apr. 2006 <>

List of University of West Florida people

The official list of notable alumni and faculty of the University of West Florida. The University of West Florida known as West Florida and UWF, is a mid-sized public university located in Pensacola, United States; the university enrolls 12,000 students as of Fall 2009. UWF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, it is a doctoral/research university, specializing in the humanities. Its mascot is an Argonaut, its logo is the chambered nautilus. Michael DeMaria - author P. S. Ruckman Jr. - nationally recognized pardon expert. S. Open John Webb - former MLB player for Tampa Bay James Ellis - president and CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations at Lockheed Martin. S. Navy admiral Michael DeMaria - author Namrata Singh Gujral - Hollywood actress, producer Americanizing Shelley. Parker Williams in In the Heat of the Night television series Jan Hooks - Saturday Night Live performer Robert P. Watson - professor and frequent media commentator Brian Estrada - moveable chairs kid from the Silver Screen commercial John W. Bergman - United States Marine Corps lieutenant general Jim Buchili - former NASA astronaut Kenneth Cockrell - former NASA astronaut James O. Ellis - retired admiral with the United States Navy Mark P. Fitzgerald - vice admiral and current director of Navy staff for the United States Navy Charles H. Johnston - vice admiral and current vice commander of the Naval Air Systems Command Bruce Melnick - former US Coast Guard NASA astronaut Bryan Daniel O'Connor - former NASA astronaut John L. Phillips - NASA astronaut William H. Plackett - former master chief petty officer of the Navy Richard N. Richards - former NASA astronaut Robert E. "Bob" Barton - former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives David L. Brewer III - superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District Lacey Collier - senior status United States district judge, Northern District of Florida Mike Hill - member of the Florida House of Representatives Mike Jacobs - Illinois state senator from the 36th district Carmen Maria Martinez - U.

S. ambassador to Zambia Jerry L. Maygarden - former member of the Florida House of Representatives Dave Murzin - former member of the Florida House of Representatives Curtis Richardson - former member of the Florida House of Representatives Margaret "Casey" Rodgers - chief United States district judge, Northern District of Florida Ray Sansom - former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Kenneth M. Ford - computer scientist, chairman of National Science Board Committee on Programs and Plans, founder of Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition Judith A. Bense - former university president and chair of the Department of Anthropology.