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Perry Como

Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century he recorded for RCA Victor for 44 years, after signing with the label in 1943. "Mr. C.", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records and pioneered a weekly musical variety television show. His weekly television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world. In the official RCA Records Billboard magazine memorial, his life was summed up in these few words: "50 years of music and a life well lived. An example to all."Como received five Emmys from 1955 to 1959, a Christopher Award and shared a Peabody Award with good friend Jackie Gleason in 1956. He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1990 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1987. Posthumously, Como received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, he has the distinction of having three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio and music.

Como was born in Canonsburg, about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. He was the seventh of ten children and the first American-born child of Pietro Como and Lucia Travaglini, who both immigrated to the US in 1910 from the Abruzzese town of Palena, Italy, he did not begin speaking English. The family had a second-hand organ his father had bought for $3. Pietro, a mill hand and an amateur baritone, had all his children attend music lessons if he could afford them. In a rare 1957 interview, Como's mother, described how her young son took-on other jobs to pay for more music lessons, he showed more musical talent in his teenage years as a trombone player in the town's brass band, playing guitar, singing at weddings, as an organist at church. Como was a member of the Canonsburg Italian Band along with the father of singer Bobby Vinton, bandleader Stan Vinton, a customer at his barber shop. Young Como started helping his family at age 10, working before and after school in Steve Fragapane's barber shop for 50¢ a week.

By age 13, he had graduated to having his own chair in the Fragapane barber shop, although he stood on a box to tend to his customers. It was around this time that young Como lost his week's wages in a dice game. Filled with shame, he locked himself in his room and did not come out until hunger got the better of him, he managed to tell his father. His father told him he was entitled to make a mistake and that he hoped his son would never do anything worse than this; when Perry was 14, his father became unable to work because of a severe heart condition. Como and his brothers became the support of the household. Despite his musical ability, Como's primary ambition was to become the best barber in Canonsburg. Practicing on his father, young Como mastered the skills well enough to have his own shop at age 14. One of Como's regular customers at the barber shop owned a Greek coffee house that included a barber shop area, asked the young barber whether he would like to take over that portion of his shop.

Como had so much work after moving to the coffee house, he had to hire two barbers to help with it. His customers worked at the nearby steel mills, they did not mind spending money on themselves and enjoyed Como's song renditions. Perry did well when one of his customers would marry; the groom and his men would avail themselves of every treatment Como and his assistants had to offer. Como sang romantic songs while busying himself with the groom as the other two barbers worked with the rest of the groom's party. During the wedding preparation, the groom's friends and relatives would come into the shop with gifts of money for Como, he became so popular as a "wedding barber" in the Greek community that he was asked to provide his services in Pittsburgh and throughout Ohio. In 1932, Como left Canonsburg, moving about 100 miles away to Meadville, where his uncle had a barber shop in the Hotel Conneaut. Around 80 miles from Cleveland, it was a popular stop on the itinerary for dance bands who worked up and down the Ohio Valley.

Como and their friends had gone to nearby Cleveland. Carlone invited anyone who thought he might have talent to sing with his band. Young Como was terrified. Carlone was so impressed with Como's performance that he offered him a job; the young man was not certain if he should accept the offer Freddy Carlone had made, so he returned to Canonsburg to talk the matter over with his father. Perry expected his father would tell him to stay in the barber business, but to his surprise, the senior Como told him if he did not take the opportunity, he might never know whether or not he could be a professional singer; the decision was made with an eye on finances. Roselle was willing to travel with her husband and the band, but the salary was not enough to support two people on the road. Perry and Roselle were married in Meadville on July 31, 1933. Roselle returned home to Canonsburg. Th

Abhiman Singh Basnet

Abhiman Singh Basnet/Basnyat was first Commander-in-Chief of Unified Nepal. Abhiman Singh became the first Commander in Chief of a United Nepal after General Kalu Pande died during his second attempt to capture Kirtipur, he had participated in invasion of Makawanpur during Unification of Nepal. He commanded battles in Sino-Nepalese War as subordinate commander under Chautariya Shree Krishna Shah, he annexed Tanahun Kingdom into unified Nepal. In 1794 A. D. King Rana Bahadur Shah dissolved government to overthrow Bahadur Shah of Nepal. Kirtiman was appointed as Chief Kaji among the four Kajis succeeding Abhiman Singh. In 1857 B. S. he was sent to settle the area of Morang and Sunsari called Kaala Banzaar. It was a great injustice to him to being sent to this area at such age when he was a Mulkazi. Abhiman Singh died at the age of fifty-six in 1857, he was reported to have died from a fever malaria. He was born on 1744 A. D. as third son of Basnyat nobleman Senapati Badabir Shivaram Singh Basnyat, who died in the battle of Sanga Chowk during Unification of Nepal on 1803 B.

S.. He belonged to a Chhetri family, his father was of Shreepali Basnyat pedigree and his mother Surprabha was daughter of a Bagale Thapa nobleman. Abhiman Singh had three brothers, his two elder brothers were Kazi Kehar Singh Basnyat. His youngest brother, Kazi Dhokal Singh Basnyat, who became the governor of Kumaun, was the first owner of the present Narayanhity Palace. Khatri, Shiva Ram, Nepal Army Chiefs:Short Biographical Sketches, University of Michigan: Sira Khatri Regmi, D. R. Modern Nepal, 1, Firma K. L. Mukhopadhyay, ISBN 0883864916 Shaha, Modern Nepal 1769–1885, Riverdale Company, ISBN 0-913215-64-3 Hamal, Lakshman B. Military history of Nepal, Sharda Pustak Mandir, p. 125, OCLC 32779233 Karmacharya, Queens in Nepalese Politics: an account of roles of Nepalese queens in state affairs, 1775-1846, Nepal: Educational Publishing House, ISBN 9789994633937 Mahesh Chandra Regmi, Regmi Research Series, 7, Regmi Research Centre

Tom Stott

Tom Cleave Stott CBE spent 37 years as an independent member of the South Australian House of Assembly, from 1933 to 1970. He served as Speaker of the House from 1962 to 1965 for the Tom Playford LCL government and 1968 to 1970 for the Steele Hall LCL government, both times in exchange for his confidence and supply vote to form minority governments. Born in Norwood, South Australia, Stott completed primary school and began working for his father on their 2225 hectare wheat farm near Mindarie, in the Murray Mallee region of South Australia, while continuing his education through Workers Educational Association of South Australia classes and extensive reading. Stott showed great interest in the problems facing his fellow wheat farmers and joined the newly formed Country Party in 1920; as President of his local branch, Stott began to raise his profile around the electorate and in farming circles, helping to found the Farmers Protection Association in 1929, the South Australian Wheatgrowers Protection Association in 1930 and the Australian Wheatgrowers Federation in 1931.

He was appointed General Secretary of each of these organisations. Stott was considering seeking Country Party preselection for his local Electoral district of Albert at the 1933 election when it was announced that the Country Party would merge with the urban based Liberal Federation to form the Liberal and Country League, he opposed the move, fearing both that the rural prerogative of the Country Party would be diminished and that his preselection may become more difficult. His fears were realised when he lost LCL pre-selection. Stott was given little chance of winning. However, his standing within the influential wheat farming community in Albert, his Masonic connections, his vocal opposition to the Country Party/Liberal Federation merger led to his election, he soon proved to be a thorn in the side of the newly elected LCL government of Richard Layton Butler, being dubbed the "Farmer's Champion" due to his vocal support of Great Depression affected farmers. Given that the state's ALP remained ineffective and torn by internecine feuding after Lionel Hill's unpopular premiership, Stott was considered by the LCL to be "a greater nuisance than the whole of the Opposition put together".

Upon his election in 1933, Stott was forced to resign from his Secretariat position with SAWPA. He helped found the Primary Producers Council of Australia in 1934 and continued to play a leading role within that organisation; this influence within these important primary industry bodies allowed Stott to build a power base for himself that assisted with his continued re-election over the next three decades. In addition to his parliamentary work on rural issues, such as introducing legislation to secure a stable price for wheat and to enable bulk handling of grain, Stott proved himself to be adept at championing prickly social issues, including introducing a successful Private Member's Bill to reduce the period a divorce could be granted in the case of desertion from five to three years; this success led the government to approach Stott to introduce other controversial social issue legislation that the LCL supported but did not want to introduce. The public recognised this, many people who approached Stott for assistance were not in his electorate.

Stott was comfortably re-elected at the 1938 South Australian election in the newly formed Electoral district of Ridley. He was one of 14 independents in the chamber; the independents as a grouping won 40 percent of the primary vote, more than either of the major parties. Stott was the de facto leader of the independent caucus within parliament; the incumbent LCL government only held 15 of 39 seats, which led to uncertainty over which party, if any, could form government. This confusion led Stott, as the most experienced and famous of the Independent MPs, to believe that he could become Premier of South Australia himself, he failed to gain the support of LCL members to achieve this. The commencement of World War II led Stott to argue that the forthcoming 1941 election should be cancelled and an LCL/ALP/Independent coalition government instigated to concentrate on fighting the war, he failed to gain support for this plan, the election went ahead, with Stott retaining his seat. So great a reputation did he have as the friend of primary industry, that he was sometimes called the "Christ of the Mallee" where, it was written, "few would have glanced if he had walked on water".

Following the 1941 election, Premier Tom Playford approached Stott and recommended that the latter join the LCL. While Stott refused to do so, he remained a fervent admirer of Playford, publicly praised the Premier wherever possible. In return, Playford sought to persuade the local LCL branch to refrain from running a candidate of its own against Stott in his constituency for successive elections; when the local LCL branch refused Playford's request, he apologised profusely to Stott and did little to support the candidate of his own party. Stott's continued electoral success cannot purely be credited to his influence within bodies like the AWF. For years he was heavily involved with the wine and citrus industries and helped get producers in both industries significant government concessions, he was renowned for his in-depth knowledge of any issue he debated, which he achieved through prodi