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Renaissance Center

The Renaissance Center is a group of seven interconnected skyscrapers in Downtown Detroit, United States. The Renaissance Center complex is on the Detroit International Riverfront and is owned by General Motors as its world headquarters; the central tower, the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, is the third tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. It has been the tallest building in Michigan since it was erected in 1977. John Portman was the principal architect for the original design; the first phase consisted of a five tower rosette rising from a common base. Four 39-story office towers surround the 73-story hotel rising from a square-shaped podium which includes a shopping center, restaurants and banks; the first phase opened in March 1977. Portman's design brought renewed attention to city architecture, since it resulted in construction of the world's tallest hotel at the time. Two additional 21-story office towers opened in 1981; this type of complex has been termed a city within a city.

In 2004, General Motors completed a US$500 million renovation of the Class-A center as its world headquarters, which it had purchased in 1996. The renovation included the addition of the five-story Wintergarden atrium, which provides access to the International Riverfront. Architects for the renovation included Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, SmithGroup, Ghafari Associates. Work continued in and around the complex until 2005. Renaissance Center totals 5,552,000 square feet making it one of the world's largest commercial complexes. In July 2015, the complex was re-branded as "The GMRENCEN." Its logo was modernized and "Reflecting a New Detroit" was introduced as the new tagline. A photo-journalistic advertising campaign launched to shine a spotlight on the people in Detroit who make remarkable contributions to the city; the idea was first conceived by the Ford Motor Company Chairman of the time. In 1970 to bring his idea to life, Ford teamed up with other business leaders to form the Detroit Renaissance.

This was a private non-profit development organization which Ford headed in order to stimulate building activity and revitalize the economy of Detroit.. Henry Ford II sold the concept of the RenCen to the community leaders. Detroit Mayor Roman Gribbs touted the project as a complete rebuilding from bridge to bridge, referring to the area between the Ambassador Bridge, that connects Detroit to Windsor and the MacArthur Bridge, which connects the city with Belle Isle Park; the Detroit Renaissance announced the first phase of construction in 1971, receiving primary financing from the Ford Motor Company. It soon became the world's largest private development with an anticipated 1971 cost of $500 million; the principal architect was John Portman, the architect behind the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and the Peachtree Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The city within a city arose; the first phase of Renaissance Center opened on July 1, 1976. For phase I, the facade of the first five towers was covered with 2,000,000 square feet of glass, used about 400,000 cubic yards of concrete.

This did not include the additional glass used for the atriums. It cost $337 million to construct, employing 7,000 workers. Other phases that included residences, additional office and retail space were never constructed; when the Renaissance Center opened, the cylindrical central tower was the flagship of Westin Hotels. The top three floors of the hotel hosted an upscale restaurant, The Summit, that rotated to allow a 360 degree view; the shopping center in the podium housed high-end boutiques, but now contains a greater complement of restaurants in the retail mix. In 1977, managed by Western International Hotels, the central hotel tower of the Renaissance Center opened as the Detroit Plaza Hotel, it became the world's tallest all-hotel skyscraper surpassing its architectural twin, the Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. The hotel was renamed, The Westin Hotel Renaissance Center Detroit. In 1986, it was surpassed in height by The Westin Stamford in Singapore. Since, the Renaissance Center's central tower has held the distinction as the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

On April 15, 1977, Henry Ford II and Detroit mayor Coleman Young unveiled a plaque commemorating the private investors whose funds made the project possible. That evening, 650 business and society leaders attended a benefit to celebrate the Renaissance Center's formal dedication; the money raised from the $300-per-couple tickets went to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 1980, Detroit hosted the Republican National Convention, during this event both presidential nominee Ronald Reagan and former President Gerald Ford stayed at the Renaissance Center; the "city within a city" concept was duplicated in the suburb of Southfield, when the Southfield Town Center office complex - with five inter-connected golden skyscrapers and an overall area of 2,200,000 square feet - was constructed from 1975 to 1989. In the ensuing years, the Renaissance Center would face competition from the growing suburban office market. In 1987, the elevated Detroit People Mover transit line began operation with a stop at the Renaissance Center.

In 1996, General Motors purchased the complex and moved its world headquarters from what is now the historic Cadillac Place state office complex in the New Center district, to the Renaissance Center, in downtown Detroit. All while Ford Motor Company remained having offices in one of the towers in the center. Before the acquisition, Sibley's Shoes had

The Man from Earth

The Man from Earth is a 2007 American drama science fiction film written by Jerome Bixby and directed by Richard Schenkman. It stars David Lee Smith as the protagonist; the screenplay was conceived by Jerome Bixby in 1946 and completed on his deathbed in April 1998. The screenplay mirrors similar concepts of longevity Bixby introduced in Requiem for Methuselah, a Star Trek episode he wrote that aired in 1969; the film gained recognition in part for being distributed through Internet peer-to-peer networks, which raised its profile. The film was adapted by Schenkman into a stage play of the same name; the plot focuses on John Oldman, a departing university professor, who claims to be a Cro-Magnon who has secretly survived for more than 14,000 years. The entire film is set in and around Oldman's house during his farewell party and is composed entirely of dialogue; the plot advances through intellectual arguments between Oldman and his fellow faculty members. Professor John Oldman is preparing to move to a new home.

His colleagues show up to give him an impromptu farewell party: a biologist. As John's colleagues press him to explain the reason for his departure, he picks up from a reference to Magdalenian cultures by Dan and and somewhat reluctantly, reveals that he is a prehistoric caveman himself from that precise period, he states that he has lived for more than 14 millennia, that he relocates every ten years to keep others from realizing that he does not age. He begins his tale under the guise of a possible science-fiction story, but stops speaking in hypotheticals and begins answering questions from a first-person perspective, his colleagues refuse to believe his story but accept it as a working hypothesis in order to glean his true intentions. John relates he was a Sumerian for 2000 years a Babylonian, went East to become a disciple of the Buddha, he claims to have had a chance to have befriended Van Gogh. In the course of the conversation, each guest questions John's story based on knowledge from their own academic specialty.

Harry struggles with how biology could allow for the possibility of a human being living for so long. Art, arguably the most skeptical of the group, questions prehistory, he exclaims. Dr. Will Gruber, a psychiatry professor who arrives at Art's request that afternoon, questions if John feels guilt for outliving everyone he has known and loved, he threatens John with a gun before temporarily leaving. John learns from Harry that Will's wife had died the previous day after a long illness; the discussion veers to religion, John mentions that he does not follow any. Though he does not believe in an omnipotent God, he does not discount the possibility of such a being's existence. Pressed by the group, John reluctantly reveals that in trying to take the Buddha's teachings to the west, into the eastern Roman Empire, he became the inspiration for the Jesus story. After this revelation, emotions in the room run high. Edith begins crying. Will demands that John end his tale and give the group a sense of closure by admitting it was all a hoax, threatens to have John involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluation should he refuse to do so.

John appears to ruminate over his response before "confessing" to everyone that his story was a prank. John's friends leave the party with various reactions: Edith is relieved. After everyone else but Will and Sandy have left, Will overhears John and Sandy's conversation, which suggests the story could be true after all. John mentions some of the pseudonyms he has used over the years, Will realizes one was his father's name, he asks John questions that only a close acquaintance could answer. When John answers them Will has an emotional breakdown, suffers a heart attack and dies in their arms. After the body has been taken away, Sandy realizes that this is the first time John has seen one of his grown children die. John wordlessly starts to drive to an unknown destination, he stops and waits for Sandy, who walks over to the truck and departs with him. In order of appearance: The story is Jerome Bixby's last work, which he completed on his deathbed in April 1998. Bixby dictated the last of his screenplay to screenwriter Emerson Bixby.

After Jerome Bixby's death, the script was given to Richard Schenkman to direct on a $200,000 budget. The film was shot in 8 days after a week of rehearsals; the film screened at the San Diego Comic-Con Film Festival in July 2007, premiered theatrically in Hemet and Pitman, New Jersey, in October 2007. It was released on DVD in North America by Anchor Bay Entertainment on November 13, 2007, became available for digital rental and sale at iTunes on September 22, 2009, it won the grand prize for Best Screenplay and first place for Best Feature at the Rhode Island Film Festival in August 2007. In 2007, producer Eric D. Wilkinson publicly thanked users of BitTorrent who dis

Dan Mori

Dan Mori is an Israeli footballer who plays as a Centre-back. Mori began his football career, playing for Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv and joined the club since he was thirteen. Mori was promoted to the first team squad in 2008. In the 2008–09 season, Mori scored his first European goal, in the first leg of second round of the Europa League, as Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv wins 4–0 against Dinaburg. In the Israel State Cup, Mori played in the final. In his Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv career, Mori made scoring four times. In the summer of 2012, Mori joined Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem on a three-year contract, with the fee believed to be €300,000. After spending two months on the bench, Mori made his debut for the club, his first start, in a 2–2 draw with Groningen on 27 October 2012. However, in his first season, Mori spent most of his time on the bench, without being called to the pitch; this continuously happens onwards in the 2013–14 season. Mori quoted on his time at Vitesse in an interview: "I do not get the minutes I want to get, I did not go to serve as decor.

While difficult, do not go to sea." Mori was refused entry to the United Arab Emirates, where Vitesse had arranged a training camp in January 2014, because of his nationality. On 25 October 2015, Mori returned to Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv. On 9 June 2016, Mori signed with Beitar Jerusalem for two years. In 2008, Mori was called up by Israel U21 squad and two years Mori was called up by the Israel. On 3 March 2010, Mori made his debut, coming on as a substitute in the 70th minutes for Tal Ben Haim, in a 2–0 win over Romania. In 2011, Mori changed his name from Dean to Dan because he believed the name "Dean means'trial', Jewish people shouldn't be called by that name", it was Chaim Kanievsky, responsible for changing his name. Dan Mori at National-Football-Teams.com Voetbal International profile