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Richard Gere

Richard Tiffany Gere is an American actor and producer. He began in films in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar and a starring role in Days of Heaven, he came to prominence with his role in the film American Gigolo, which established him as a leading man and a sex symbol. He went on to star in many well-received films, including An Officer and a Gentleman, The Cotton Club, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, Runaway Bride, I'm Not There and Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer. For portraying Billy Flynn in the Academy Award-winning musical Chicago, he won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the cast. Gere was born in Pennsylvania, his mother, Doris Ann, was a housewife. His father, Homer George Gere, was an insurance agent for the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and had intended to become a minister. Gere is second child, his paternal great-grandfather George Lane Gere had changed the spelling of the surname from "Geer".

The direct paternal ancestor is George Geer along with his brother Thomas from Heavitree, England who settled in Connecticut Colony in 1638. Both of his parents were Mayflower descendants. In 1967, Gere graduated from North Syracuse Central High School, where he excelled at gymnastics and music and played the trumpet, he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst on a gymnastics scholarship, majoring in philosophy. Gere first worked professionally at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Provincetown Playhouse on Cape Cod in 1969, where he starred in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, his first major acting role was in the original London stage version of Grease, in 1973. Gere was one of the first notable Hollywood actors to play a homosexual character, starring as a gay Holocaust victim in the 1979 Broadway production of Bent, he began appearing in Hollywood films in the mid-1970s. Cast in a starring role in The Lords of Flatbush, he was replaced after fighting with another star of the film, Sylvester Stallone.

He played a small but memorable part in Looking for Mr. Goodbar and starred in director Terrence Malick's well-reviewed drama Days of Heaven; the crime drama American Gigolo boosted his profile and the romantic drama An Officer and a Gentleman cemented Gere's ascent to stardom, grossing $130 million and winning two Academy Awards out of six nominations. For the remainder of the 1980s, Gere appeared in films of varying commercial reception, his career rebounded with the releases of Internal Affairs and Pretty Woman, the latter of which earned him his second Golden Globe Award nomination. The 1990s saw Gere star in successful films including Primal Fear and Runaway Bride, he took a leading role in the action thriller The Jackal, playing former IRA militant Declan Mulqueen. Gere was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1999. Not long thereafter, all in the same year, he appeared in the hit films The Mothman Prophecies and the Academy Award-winning musical film adaptation Chicago, for which he won his first Golden Globe Award.

Gere's ballroom dancing drama Shall We Dance? was a solid performer that grossed $170 million worldwide. His next film, the book-to-screen adaptation Bee Season, was a commercial failure. Gere went on to co-star with Jesse Eisenberg and Terrence Howard in The Hunting Party, a thriller in which he played a journalist in Bosnia, he next appeared with Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes' semi-biographical film about Bob Dylan, I'm Not There. Gere co-starred with Diane Lane in the romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe; the film was panned by critics, but grossed over $84 million worldwide. The film is Gere's most recent to have been produced by a major film studio. Gere has expressed belief that his politics regarding China, the latter an important financial resource for major studios, have made him persona non grata within Hollywood. Gere embraced his apparent exile from Hollywood, appearing in independent features that garnered some of the best reviews of his career, he was notably singled out for portraying businessman Robert Miller in Arbitrage, earning his fourth Golden Globe Award nomination.

Among many positive reviews, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone cited Gere's performance as "too good to ignore" and "an implosive tour de force". Lou Lumenick of the New York Post further wrote "Richard Gere gives the best performance of his career". In 2012, Gere received the Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Career Achievement Award from the Hollywood Film Awards, he had earlier received an award from the 34th Cairo International Film Festival in December 2010. Gere made a notable departure from his traditional screen persona with Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

Don Bryant (baseball)

Donald Ray Bryant was an American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball. He was nicknamed "Bear" by baseball teammates in homage to University of Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Born in Jasper, Bryant threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 200 pounds. Bryant's 14-year professional playing career, which included 892 games played in the minor leagues and 59 games at the MLB level, began in the Detroit Tigers' organization in 1960, he spent six seasons there until late 1965. He began his MLB career with the Cubs in 1966 later played for the 1969–70 Houston Astros. In the Majors, Bryant batted.220 with 24 hits, one home run and 13 runs batted in, caught Don Wilson's second career no-hitter on May 1, 1969, against the Cincinnati Reds. Bryant's only big-league home run, a two-run blast, came two days off Bobby Bolin of the San Francisco Giants, the winning blow in an eventual 4–3 Houston victory. Bryant was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in December 1970 and became a playing coach for their Triple-A affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox, in 1973.

The following year, Pawtucket manager Darrell Johnson was promoted to Boston as field boss, brought Bryant with him as bullpen coach. Bryant coached under Johnson in Boston — serving on the 1975 American League championship team — and with the Seattle Mariners before leaving the game. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet Baseball Reference Bullpen Venezuelan Professional Baseball League Obituary Don Bryant at Find a Grave

David Arora

David Arora is an American mycologist and writer. He is the author of two popular books on mushroom identification, Mushrooms Demystified and All That the Rain Promises and More.... Arora first developed an interest in wild mushrooms while growing up in Pasadena and organized his first mushroom collecting group while in high school. An idea to start a mushroom club came about, in 1984 he founded The Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, he began teaching about wild mushrooms in the early 1970s while living in California. Arora has traveled extensively throughout North America and the world and hunting mushrooms and learning about the mushroom gathering traditions and economies of different cultures. Mushrooms Demystified was first published in 1979 and was republished in a revised and expanded edition in 1986. Though Mushrooms Demystified encountered some initial resentment and negative reviews among academic mycologists when it first appeared, the mushroom key and descriptions in this work are regarded and the book is recommended by a number of mycological authors.

The smaller All That the Rain Promises and More... followed in 1991. In addition to his field guides, he has written several articles on amateur and commercial mushroom hunting, its role in the economic development of rural communities, about conflicts related to conservation issues related to mushroom hunting. Arora has authored or contributed to several papers on fungal taxonomy. In 1982, he co-authored an extensive description of the stinkhorn species Clathrus archeri, documenting its first known appearance in North America, an extensive fruiting of this species in his home town of Santa Cruz. In 2008, he was primary author of two papers that provided a taxonomic revision of the California golden chanterelle and of several species in the Boletus edulis complex found in California; the California golden chanterelle was described as a distinct species, Cantharellus californicus, while several California porcini species were described as distinct species or subspecies, Boletus edulis var. grandedulis, Boletus regineus, Boletus rex-veris.

The mushroom Agaricus arorae is named after David Arora. In his book All that the Rain Promises and More... Arora notes that it "'bleeds' like its namesake when cut," a reference to the tendency of some Agaricus species to "bleed" or stain red when cut or bruised. In 2004 Arora left his long-time home of Santa Cruz and moved north to Mendocino county settling near the coastal town of Gualala, California. List of mycologists DavidArora.com "The Mushroom Hunters" by Leonie Sherman, San Francisco Chronicle, April 30, 2006. "Taxonomic Corrections and Issues in Arora, D. 1986. Mushrooms Demystified, 2nd. Ed." by Nathan Wilson, Else C Vellinga, others, Collective Source, September 2, 2007