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Mervyn LeRoy

Mervyn LeRoy was an American film director, film producer and occasional actor. LeRoy was born on October 15, 1900 in San Francisco, to Jewish parents and Harry LeRoy, his family was financially ruined by the 1906 earthquake that destroyed his father's import-export business. To make money, young Mervyn sold newspapers in front of the Alcazar Theater after his dad's death in 1910. From this newspaper sales location, he was given a bit part for a play. Through his winning a Charlie Chaplin impersonation contest, he moved into vaudeville minor parts in silent movies. LeRoy worked in costumes, processing labs and as a camera assistant until he became a gag writer and actor in silent films, including The Ten Commandments in 1923. LeRoy credits Ten Commandments director, Cecil B. DeMille, for inspiring him to become a director: "As the top director of the era, DeMille had been the magnet that had drawn me to his set as as I could go." LeRoy credits DeMille for teaching him the directing techniques required to make his own films.

His first directing job was. LeRoy ended up working at Warner Bros.. When his movies made lots of money without costing too much, he became well received in the movie business, he directed two key films which launched Edward G. Robinson into major stardom, the Oscar-nominated critique of tabloid journalism Five Star Final, the classic gangster film Little Caesar, which made his mark. From that point forward, LeRoy would be responsible for a diverse variety of films as a director and producer; the following year's I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang was nominated for the Academy Award for Outstanding Production as was his Anthony Adverse. In 1938 he was chosen as head of production at MGM, where he was responsible for the decision to make The Wizard of Oz, he was responsible for discovering Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum and Lana Turner. His 1941 film Blossoms in the Dust was nominated for the Academy Award for Outstanding Motion Picture, his first big hit as a director with MGM was 1942's Random Harvest, their biggest of the season earning worldwide rentals of $8 million and for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Directing.

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Outstanding Motion Picture. He hit big again two years with Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo with rentals of $6 million. In 1951, he scored his biggest hit with Quo Vadis earning worldwide rentals of $21 million as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. In the early 1950s, LeRoy directed such musicals as Lovely to Look At, Million Dollar Mermaid, Latin Lovers and Rose Marie, he returned to Warner Brothers in 1955. He took over from John Ford as director on Mister Roberts, another big hit, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, he directed films for Warners such as The Bad Seed, No Time for Sergeants, The FBI Story and Gypsy. He received an honorary Oscar in 1946 for The House I Live In, "for tolerance short subject", the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1976. A total of eight movies Mervyn LeRoy directed or co-directed were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, one of the highest numbers among all directors.

LeRoy had many relationships with Hollywood actresses. He was first married to Elizabeth Edna Murphy in 1927, which ended in divorce in 1933. During their separation, LeRoy dated Ginger Rogers, but they ended the relationship and stayed lifelong friends. In 1934, he married the daughter of Warner Bros. founder, Harry Warner. The couple had one son, Warner LeRoy and one daughter, Linda LeRoy Janklow, married to Morton L. Janklow, his son, Warner LeRoy, became a restaurateur. The marriage ended in divorce in 1942. In 1946, he married Kathryn "Kitty" Priest Rand, a gentile, married to Sidney M. Spiegel, they remained married until his death. LeRoy sold his Bel Air, Los Angeles home to Johnny Carson. On February 8, 1960, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street, for his contributions to the motion pictures industry. LeRoy retired in 1965 and wrote his autobiography, Take One, in 1974. After being bed ridden for six months, LeRoy died of natural causes and heart issues in Beverly Hills, California at age 86.

He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in California. A fan of thoroughbred horse racing, Mervyn LeRoy was a founding member of the Hollywood Turf Club, operator of the Hollywood Park Racetrack and a member of the track's board of directors from 1941 until his death in 1987. In partnership with father-in-law, Harry Warner, he operated a racing stable, W-L Ranch Co. during the 1940s/50s. LeRoy directed or produced: Mervyn LeRoy on IMDb 112377|111088 Mervyn LeRoy at the TCM Movie Database Mervyn leRoy at Virtual History

2017–18 UAB Blazers men's basketball team

The 2017–18 UAB Blazers basketball team represented the University of Alabama at Birmingham during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Blazers, led by second-year head coach Robert Ehsan, played their home games at the Bartow Arena as members of Conference USA, they finished the season 20 -- 10 -- 8 C-USA play to finish in sixth place. The defeated Florida Atlantic in the first round of the C-USA Tournament before losing to Western Kentucky. Despite winning 20 games, they did not participate in a postseason tournament; the Blazers finished the 2016–17 season 17–16, 9–9 in C-USA play to finish in a tie for seventh place. They defeated Charlotte in the first round of the C-USA Tournament before losing to Louisiana Tech. Source

Carl Edgar Myers

Carl Edgar Myers was an American businessman, inventor, meteorologist and aeronautical engineer. He invented many types of related equipment, his business of making passenger airshipballoons and instrument balloons at his "balloon farm" was well known throughout the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He invented a machine for varnishing fabric that would make it impervious to hydrogen so that the finished product could be made into large envelopes for lighter-than-air balloons. Myers experimented in making artificial rain in areas where rain was deficient for agriculture, he made oxy-hydrogen balloons. He contracted with the U. S. government and lumber companies to make these balloon "bombs" for the production of man-made rain. Myers was a manager for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair and the superintendent of their Aeronautic Concourse for balloon demonstrations and aerial races, he made balloon military warships and inventions that could be used for defense in case of attack by air by foreign interests and demonstrated at the Fair.

Myers, born March 2, 1842, was of the son of Abram Myers and Ann Ela Myers. His birthplace was Fort Herkimer in New York state. Myers attended a school run by a scientist. At school he became interested in all related matters. Myers earned extra money from fulfilling requests for art work and building mechanical gadgets for others, he spent most of this money on science books. He spent his extra time in workshops and laboratories to learn scientific principles, his spare time in the woods to learn about nature, he was a leader among the local teenagers. Myers had improved many devices. One was a patented invention of a kerosene lamp damper that reduced the flame's smoke. Another innovation, of which he was proud, was an automatic self-recording mercury barometer that memorialized its measurements on a paper strip. Myers made his own electrical-mechanical tools, he turned his interests and experiments into early entrepreneurial ventures that earned money for him. He became at one time or another a delivery agent, bill collector, bank clerk, chemist, gas-fitter, photographer, printer and writer.

On July 5, 1861, at nineteen Myers became a cashier at the Mohawk Valley Bank. General Francis E. Spinner was the treasurer of the bank at the time, his first year as a trainee was without pay. Myers received a salary of $100 per year, being higher than normal since he put in extra attention to his work habits, he opened his own little telegraph office in July 1863 within the counting office of the bank. This was the first telegraph office for the town of New York, he constructed all the necessary telegraph equipment taught himself Morse code. Myers' income from this bank telegraph business was one-half of his total income, he had to give up being a part-time telegraph operator within the bank, as his bank responsibilities took up most of his time. He turned over the telegraph business to the local post office with Austin Shall as the operator. Myers worked at Mohawk Valley Bank for six years. During this time he developed an interest in counterfeit money, he assembled a scrapbook of these for study.

He had another book of genuine bills. He became an expert in detecting counterfeit bills; this became a valued interest to the bankers and Myers was given all the bank notes to pass through him for approval of genuineness. This became a basis for the present day method of detecting counterfeit bills. Myers moved to Hornellsville, New York. There he ran the business for several years. Myers met Mary Hawley in Hornellsville and married her on November 8, 1871, she was 7 years younger, being born in 1849. In 1873 Myers took up an interest in making hydrogen ballooning; the couple moved back to Mohawk from Hornellsville in 1875 and began activities of balloon manufacturing and flying. Mary became his lab assistant and a balloon pilot known as Carlotta, the Lady Aeronaut. Myers built his first balloon in the summer of 1878 in Mohawk Valley, it could contain 10,000 cubic feet of hydrogen gas. The balloon material with its valve weighed one hundred pounds; the envelope material was high quality cotton cloth, unbleached.

It was varnished with linseed oil gum thinned with turpentine. Myers invented machinery that applied the coats of varnish onto fabric of cotton. There were several coats of varnish applied to make a balloon envelope impervious to hydrogen; the first of these patented machines, that took fourteen days to construct, was in operation for seven years. Myers made sixty hydrogen balloons in sixty days in 1891, he built a set of ten hydrogen gas balloons in five days in 1892. In 1889 Myers purchased the Gates Mansion Victorian style house with five acres of property, located near Frankfort, New York owned by Fred Gates of the Diamond Match Company. Here Myers and his wife went into the business of manufacturing passenger balloons and specialty purpose gas balloons, many for the US government; the balloons that had just been assembled