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Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character and the mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928. An anthropomorphic mouse who wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, white gloves, Mickey is one of the world's most recognizable characters. Created as a replacement for a prior Disney character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey first appeared in the short Plane Crazy, debuting publicly in the short film Steamboat Willie, one of the first sound cartoons, he went on to appear in over 130 films, including The Band Concert, Brave Little Tailor, Fantasia. Mickey appeared in short films, but occasionally in feature-length films. Ten of Mickey's cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beginning in 1930, Mickey has been featured extensively as a comic strip character.

The Mickey Mouse comic strip, drawn by Floyd Gottfredson, ran for 45 years. Mickey has appeared in comic books such as Disney Italy's Topolino, MM – Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine, Wizards of Mickey, in television series such as The Mickey Mouse Club and others, he appears in other media such as video games as well as merchandising and is a meetable character at the Disney parks. Mickey appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, his friends Donald Duck and Goofy, his nemesis Pete, among others. Though characterized as a cheeky lovable rogue, Mickey was rebranded over time as a nice guy seen as an honest and bodacious hero. In 2009, Disney began to rebrand the character again by putting less emphasis on his friendly, well-meaning persona and reintroducing the more menacing and stubborn sides of his personality, beginning with the video game Epic Mickey. "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse." Mickey Mouse was created as a replacement for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, an earlier cartoon character created by the Disney studio for Charles Mintz, a film producer who distributed product through Universal Studios.

In 1928, with the series going strong, Disney asked Mintz for an increase in the budget. But Mintz instead demanded that Walt take a 20 percent budget cut, as leverage, he reminded Disney that Universal owned the character, revealed that he had signed most of Disney's current employees to his new contract. Angrily, Disney refused the deal and returned to produce the final Oswald cartoons he contractually owed Mintz. Disney was determined to restart from scratch; the new Disney Studio consisted of animator Ub Iwerks and a loyal apprentice artist, Les Clark, who together with Wilfred Jackson were among the few who remained loyal to Walt. One lesson Disney learned from the experience was to thereafter always make sure that he owned all rights to the characters produced by his company. In 1928, Disney asked Ub Iwerks to start drawing up new character ideas. Iwerks tried sketches of various animals, such as dogs and cats, but none of these appealed to Disney. A female cow and male horse were rejected.

They would turn up as Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar. A male frog was rejected, it would show up in Iwerks' own Flip the Frog series. Walt Disney got the inspiration for Mickey Mouse from a tame mouse at his desk at Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1925, Hugh Harman drew some sketches of mice around a photograph of Walt Disney; these inspired Ub Iwerks to create a new mouse character for Disney. "Mortimer Mouse" had been Disney's original name for the character before his wife, convinced him to change it, Mickey Mouse came to be. The actor Mickey Rooney claimed that, during his Mickey McGuire days, he met cartoonist Walt Disney at the Warner Brothers studio, that Disney was inspired to name Mickey Mouse after him; this claim, has been debunked by Disney historian Jim Korkis, since at the time of Mickey Mouse's development, Disney Studios had been located on Hyperion Avenue for several years, Walt Disney never kept an office or other working space at Warner Brothers, having no professional relationship with Warner Brothers, as the Alice Comedies and Oswald cartoons were distributed by Universal.

Disney had Ub Iwerks secretly begin animating a new cartoon while still under contract with Universal. The cartoon was co-directed by Ub Iwerks. Iwerks was the main animator for the short and spent six weeks working on it. In fact, Iwerks was the main animator for every Disney short released in 1928 and 1929. Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising assisted Disney during those years, they had signed their contracts with Charles Mintz, but he was still in the process of forming his new studio and so for the time being they were still employed by Disney. This short would be the last. Mickey was first seen in a test screening of the cartoon short Plane Crazy, on May 15, 1928, but it failed to impress the audience and, to add insult to injury, Walt could not find a distributor. Though understandably disappointed, Walt went on to produce a second Mickey short, The Gallopin' Gaucho, not released for lack of a distributor. Steamboat Willie was first released on November 1928, in New York, it was co-directed by Ub Iwerks.

Iwerks again served as the head animator, assisted by Johnny Cannon, Les Clark, Wilfred Jackson and Dick Lundy. This short was intended as a parody of Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr. first released on May

Oshae Brissett

Oshae Jahve Brissett is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association, on a two-way contract with the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Syracuse Orange. Brissett was born in Toronto, spending the first 4 years of his life living in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood before moving with his family to Mississauga. Brissett committed to Syracuse in 2016 from The Athlete Institute in Mono, Ontario, he chose Syracuse over Oregon and Memphis. He entered the starting lineup for the Orange, providing an interior presence alongside guards Tyus Battle and Frank Howard. On the year, Brissett averaged 8.8 rebounds per game in his first college season. Following his freshman season, there was speculation that Brissett could test the waters in the 2018 NBA draft. However, he announced his intention to return to Syracuse for his sophomore season on April 11, 2018; as a sophomore, Brissett averaged 7.5 rebounds per game.

After the season he declared for the NBA draft and forfeited his remaining two years of collegiate eligibility. On July 23, 2019, Brissett signed with the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. On October 21, Brissett’s contract was converted to a Two-way contract. Under the terms of the deal, he will split time between the Raptors and their NBA G League affiliate, the Raptors 905, he made his NBA debut on November 19 against the Miami Heat On January 7, 2020, Brissett had his best game of the season, scoring a career-high 12 points, grabbing six rebounds, one assist and one steal in a 101–99 loss against the Portland Trail Blazers. Syracuse Orange bio

Marcus Beeck

Sir Marcus Truby Beeck was an Australian farmer and businessman. He served as president of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia from 1975 to 1978 and as chairman of Wesfarmers from 1983 until his death. Beeck was the son of Gustav Edwin Beeck, he was born at the family property in Western Australia. Beeck learned by distance education in all but his final year of schooling, he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in May 1942 and trained as a fitter, serving in the Northern Territory, in Borneo, on Morotai. On his return to Australia, Beeck acquired a grain property at Coyrecup, he married Leonie Robertson in 1950, with. Beeck served on the Katanning Road Board from 1947 to 1951, was involved with many local organisations, he was elected as a councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia in 1966, served as president from 1975 to 1978, overseeing a redevelopment of the Claremont Showground. Beeck accompanied numerous overseas trade missions, visited Europe, the Soviet Union, Indonesia.

Beeck was created a Knight Bachelor in the 1979 Birthday Honours, "in recognition of service to agriculture". Beeck was elected to the board of the Grain Pool of Western Australia in 1969, served as chairman from 1972 to 1973 and from 1975 to 1977, he was president of the steering committee that arranged for amalgamation of the pool with the barley and seed marketing boards. Beeck was made a director of Wesfarmers in 1977, in 1983 succeeded Maurice Clayton as chairman. Wesfarmers was still organised as a farmers' cooperative at that time, but the following year transitioned to a public company and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Beeck continued on as chairman until his death from cancer in 1986. List of Wesfarmers executives