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Michele Lee

Michele Lee is an American actress, dancer and director. She is known for her role as Karen Cooper Fairgate MacKenzie on the 1980s prime-time soap opera Knots Landing, for which she was nominated for a 1982 Emmy Award and won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Actress in 1988, 1991 and 1992, she was the only performer to appear in all 344 episodes of the series. Lee How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, she made her movie debut in the film version of the latter in 1967. Her other film appearances include the Disney film The Comic and Along Came Polly, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1974 for Seesaw, for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2001 for The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. She played the title role in the 1998 TV film Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story, Madame Morrible in the Broadway musical Wicked in 2015. Lee was born Michele Lee Dusick on June 24, 1942, in Los Angeles, the daughter of Sylvia Helen and Jack Dusick, a make-up artist.

She is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, her ancestors being from Russia. She attended Alexander Hamilton High School, her television career began at age 19, on the December 26, 1961, episode of the CBS-TV sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. When Lee was 18, after graduation from high school, she auditioned for the Broadway play, Vintage'60, she soon began appearing in musicals, becoming a Broadway performer at the age of 19 in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opposite Robert Morse and Rudy Vallée, a role she reprised in the film version. She appeared in dramas such as the Los Angeles production of Jerry Herman's Parade and the Broadway productions of Bravo Giovanni and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. After she sang in the film version of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, she became known for her roles in the films The Comic, opposite Dick Van Dyke, The Love Bug, opposite Dean Jones; the latter becoming the third-highest-grossing film of 1968 in the United States.

That same year, she starred in a special television production of the Jerome Kern–Otto Harbach musical, Roberta, in which she sang "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", peaked at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "L. David Sloane". After the birth of her son, she worked infrequently until accepting a role on Broadway in Seesaw, which netted her a Tony Award nomination in 1974. After her mother's death, she stopped working to spend time with her son. In 1974, Lee starred in the pilot episode for proposed CBS sitcom The Michele Lee Show, she played a clerk in a hotel newsstand, with support from Stephen Collins. However, only the pilot episode was aired and the series did not proceed. Lee became a busy guest actor in the 1970s, appearing on Marcus Welby, M. D. Alias Smith and Jones, Night Gallery, American Style, Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. In 1979, Lee accepted the role of Karen Fairgate on Knots Landing, a spin-off of the immensely popular Dallas. Though slow to start, the series became a ratings hit and became one of the longest-running American primetime dramas lasting for a total of 14 seasons from 1979 - 1993.

Due to her long-running tenure, Lee's alter ego is credited as being the center of the program. Television personality Joan Rivers commented that Lee was, in theory, the "First Lady of Knots Landing" during her guest appearance on The Late Show, which Rivers hosted at the time; the characters of the serial represented what was happening in society at the time. Lee acknowledged that, wasn't ashamed of that. Remember in our society, maybe people don't remember, but remember when we could go over to other people's houses and come in through an open back door? I remember when I was a little girl and my mother and father would have people over and they'd walk into an unlocked door in our house." Lee was the only performer to appear in all of the show's 344 episodes. Although Lee was enjoying a successful career on television, her marriage to actor James Farentino was failing. Farentino and she separated around the same time Lee's onscreen husband, Don Murray, left the series. Lee thus played a single mother on Knots Landing at the same time.

Lee revealed that when her character took off her wedding ring in a 1982 episode, she was taking off her real wedding band. During the fall of 1982, her character met M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie, who became her screen husband the following year, they would continue working together until the end of the series. Lee won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Lead Actress three times, was nominated for an Emmy in 1982 for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series". In 1983, the writers/producers of Knots Landing urged her to do a storyline based on prescription drug dependency which became one of her most prominent storylines. Six years Lee directed her first of several episodes of the series. In 1991, Knots Landing reached a milestone with its 300th episode. During the same season, Lee filmed her favorite scene from the series, known as the "Pollyanna Speech" among fans. In this scene, for which Lee had much input, Karen reacts against all of the social problems of 1990s society and explains how she does not want to be a Pollyanna and see the world through rose-colored glasses, but rather wanted the world to be rose-colored.

As Knots Landing moved into the 1990s, its popularity began to wane, although it had outlived all of its contemporaries. The big budget that the series once had was trimmed to the extent that, in the final season, the higher paid


In the days of sailing ships, a vessel would carry several ship's boats for various uses. One would be a longboat, an open boat to be rowed by eight or ten oarsmen, two per thwart; the longboat was double banked. Other boats sometimes embarked on a sailing ship included the cutter, gig, jolly boat, launch and punt. Unlike the dinghy or the cutter, the longboat would have fine lines aft to permit its use in steep waves such as surf or wind against tide where need be. Like other ships' boats, the longboat could be rigged for sailing but was a pulling boat, it had the double-banked arrangement in common with the cutter. This was possible as it had a beam similar to a cutter's but broader than that of a gig, single banked; the longboat was more seaworthy than the cutter, which had a fuller stern for such load-carrying work as laying out an anchor and cable. In a seaway or surf therefore, the cutter was more prone to broaching; the Oxford English Dictionary notes uses of the word from 1515 to 1867. In years in the Royal Navy, the longboat tended to be replaced by the whaler.

The cutter was still in use in the 1950s but had been replaced by the 32-and-25-foot motor cutters. In some places such as Tristan da Cunha and Pitcairn Island, the surfboats are known as longboats because the settlers who introduced them were European seamen; the Tristan da Cunha boats are single banked. What is believed to be the only remaining example in existence of a traditionally built Tristan da Cunha longboat, named after the Royal Navy ship of the same name which made visits to the island in 1932 and 1937, is located in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall; the French link is to chaloupe, which in this context is a cutter, but lent its name to the Dutch sloep or sloop. Longboat racing is a sport in Brazil and Thailand. Fautasi, a type of Samoan longboat "Tristan da Cunha longboat". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29

Fanny Ayton

Fanny Ayton was an English soprano known for her operatic performances in London in the late 1820s. She was born in Macclesfield, she was taught singing by Manielli at Florence. Her first public appearance, in Italy, was so that John Ebers engaged her for the season of 1827 at the King's Theatre, at a salary of £500, she made her appearances there in two Rossini operas, as Ninetta in La gazza ladra and as Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia. In the same year she sang at Drury Lane in an English version of Il Turco and as Rosetta in Love in a Village, she played in the provinces, sang in concerts with fair success. In 1829 she sang at the Birmingham Festival in opera with Michael Costa. In 1831 she sang again at the King's Theatre for the season, as Creusa, in Simon Mayr's Medea in Corinto, she played Isabel in a version of Robert le diable. According to Henry Chorley, she had considerable execution, a piquancy and taste of her own, a certain ease on the stage, a great fluency in Italian, but she had the misfortune to compete with some of the greatest Italian singers, her intonation gave way after her first season.

Sir Walter Scott mentioned her visiting his house with her father in December 1827. He wrote, "A sweet pretty looking young lady, the Prima Donna of the Italian Opera, now performing here, by name of Miss Ayton, came to breakfast this morning with her father... Miss Ayton talks prettily, I dare say, sings beautifully, though too much in the Italian manner, I fear, to be a great favourite of mine, but I did not hear her, being called away". A portrait of her and engraved by Benjamin Holl, was published on 1 July 1828. Ayton married James Barlow in Liverpool in July 1833. In the 1861 Census of Lewisham she is living at 1 Park Road, Lewisham with her husband and daughter Adele Fanny Barlow. Ayton was described as a widow in the 1871 Census of Marylebone, she died in Dover on 21 May 1891 aged 89. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Alexis. "Ayton, Fanny". In Grove, George. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London: Macmillan and Company

Sam Poo Kong

Sam Poo Kong known as Gedung Batu Temple, is the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. Established by the Chinese Muslim explorer Zheng He, it is now shared by Indonesians of multiple religious denominations, including Muslims and Buddhists, ethnicities, including Chinese and Javanese; the foundations of Sam Poo Kong were set when Chinese Muslim explorer Admiral Zheng He arrived in the western part of what is now Semarang via the Garang River. After disembarking from his ships, Zheng used it for prayer, he established a small temple before leaving Java but, having grown fond of the area, his deputy Wang Jing and several crewmen remained behind. A statuette of Zheng was installed in the cave; the original temple was destroyed in 1704, collapsing under a landslide. In October 1724 the temple was renovated. A new cave was made, next to the old one. In the middle of the 1800s Sam Poo Kong was owned by a Mr. Johanes, a landlord of Jewish descent, who charged devotees for the right to pray at the temple.

Unable to pay individual fees, the Chinese community spent 2000 gulden yearly to keep the temple open. As this was still a heavy burden, devotees abandoned Sam Poo Kong and found a statue of Zheng He to bring to Tay Kak Sie temple, 5 kilometres away, where they could pray freely. In 1879, Oei Tjie Sien, a prominent local businessman, bought the Sam Poo Kong complex and made its use free of charge; the temple's ownership was transferred to the founded Sam Poo Kong foundation in 1924. The temple received another full renovation in 1937. After the Japanese invasion of the Indies, the Japanese command installed electricity and provided the temple with a framed written appraisal for Zeng He. During five years of revolution after the Japanese left the newly independent Indonesia, the temple was poorly maintained and fell into disrepair. In 1950, Sam Poo Kong was again renovated. However, beginning in the 1960s increased political instability led to its being neglected again. From 2002 to 2005 it underwent another major renovation.

The Sam Poo Kong complex includes five temples in a mixed Javanese architectural style. The temples are Sam Poo Kong, Tho Tee Kong, Kyai Juru Mudi Temple, Kyai Jangkar Temple, Kyai Cundrik Bumi Temple. An additional worship site, Mbah Kyai Tumpeng, is in the complex; the buildings are spread over 3.2 hectares. Tho Tee Kong, is just within the large gate at the northern end of the complex. Next to Tho Tee Kong is Kyai Juru Mudi Temple, the burial site of Wang Jing Hong, one of Zheng He's deputies, it is frequented by people looking for success in business. The main temple is built directly in front of the cave, south of Kyai Juru Mudi. In the cave are an altar, fortune-telling equipment, a small statue of Zheng He. Underneath the altar is a well, said to never go dry and to be capable of healing various ailments. Before the 2002 renovations, the temple measured 16 by 16 metres, it now measures 34 by 34 metres. Further south is the Kyai Jankar Temple, named after a sacred anchor used by Zheng He, held inside.

The temple contains an altar to Zheng's crewmen. The southernmost temple is Kyai Cundrik Bumi, used to worship a weapon used by Zheng. Nearby is Mbah Kyai Tumpeng, a prayer site used by people wishing for their well-being; every lunar year on the 30th day of the sixth month, the anniversary of Zheng He's arrival in Semarang, Chinese Indonesians parade statues of Zheng He, Lauw In]], Thio Ke from Tay Kak Sie to Sam Poo Kong. Started after Sam Poo Kong again became free to use, the carnival is meant to show respect to the explorers. 1 September 2019 - Westlife - The Twenty Tour Footnotes Bibliography Potential Shrine of "Sam Poo Kong" as a Cultural Tourism Asset Semarang

Bishop of Coventry

The Bishop of Coventry is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Coventry in the Province of Canterbury. In the Middle Ages, the Bishop of Coventry was a title used by the bishops known today as the Bishop of Lichfield; the present diocese covers most of the County of Warwickshire. The see is in the City of Coventry where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Michael; the Bishop's residence is Coventry. From 1102 to 1238, the former Benedictine Priory and Cathedral of St Mary in the city was the seat of the early Bishops of Coventry, it was, one of the two seats of the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield until the Reformation of the 1530s when Coventry Cathedral was demolished and the bishop's seat moved to Lichfield, though the title remained as Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry until 1837, when Coventry was united with the Diocese of Worcester. The diocese was revived in 1918 under King George V when the parish church of Saint Michael was elevated to cathedral status; the cathedral suffered under fire-bombing by the Luftwaffe on the night of 14 November 1940 and remains today as a dignified ruin adjacent to the new cathedral building consecrated on 25 May 1962.

The 8th Bishop of Coventry was Colin Bennetts, who retired on 31 January 2008. Christopher Cocksworth was ordained and consecrated as the 9th Bishop of Coventry on 3 July 2008 at Southwark Cathedral, he was enthroned and received into the diocese during a service at Coventry Cathedral on 1 November 2008. Cocksworth was Principal of Ridley Hall, part of the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. Crockford's Clerical Directory: Historical successions

USS Stadtfeld (DE-29)

USS Stadtfeld was an Evarts-class destroyer escort constructed for the United States Navy during World War II. It was promptly sent off into the Pacific Ocean to protect convoys and other ships from Japanese submarines and fighter aircraft. By the end of the war, when she returned to the United States, she had proudly accumulated four battle stars, she was laid down for the United Kingdom under the designation BDE-29 on 26 November 1942 by the Mare Island Navy Yard, California. Her assignment to the Royal Navy was cancelled and the destroyer escort was redesignated DE-29 on 16 June 1943, she was commissioned in the United States Navy on 26 August 1943, Lt. Comdr. Sigurd Hansen, USNR, in command. After her shakedown and yard availability period, the ship sailed on 31 October for Hawaii and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 10 November, she screened fueling units from there to Funafuti, Ellice Islands, to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands. After escorting fueling units for the Gilbert Islands Operation, she departed Funafuti for Tarawa on 18 December 1943 and, five days was rerouted to Pearl Harbor.

Stadtfeld sortied, on 16 January 1944, as a screening unit of Task Unit 58.2.1 to participate in the conquest of the Marshall Islands and operated out of Majuro until sailing for Hawaii on 12 February. On 2 March, the ship was rerouted to Guadalcanal. Escort duty between the Solomon Islands and the Admiralty and New Hebrides Islands followed until 1 May, including voyages to Emirau on 30 March and Green Island on 13 April. After a short tender availability period at Espiritu Santo, the destroyer escort resumed escort duty in the Solomons. Stadtfeld was routed to Manus on 22 September 1944. In October, she was ordered to the Palau Islands and operated there until mid-November when she sailed for Guam, she escorted convoys from there to Kossol Roads and Eniwetok. On 12 February 1945, Stadtfeld was assigned duty as an escort for a convoy from Eniwetok to Iwo Jima, she returned to Eniwetok via Saipan. The ship performed escort duty between the Marshall and Caroline islands until 6 July when she was ordered back to Pearl Harbor.

From Hawaii, she was routed on to Mare Island, for overhaul. Yard availability began on 20 July. Stadtfeld was decommissioned at Mare Island on 15 November 1945 and was struck from the Navy List on 28 November, she was sold for scrap in July 1947. List of United States Navy ships World War II Convoy Destroyer escort Destroyer This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships; the entry can be found here. Photo gallery of USS Statdfeld at NavSource Naval History