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Richard Matheson

Richard Burton Matheson was an American author and screenwriter in the fantasy and science fiction genres. He is best known as the author of I Am Legend, a 1954 science fiction horror novel, adapted for the screen three times, the first of which, The Last Man on Earth, was co-scripted by him. Matheson wrote 16 television episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and "Steel", as well as several adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories for Roger Corman and American International Pictures - House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terror and The Raven, he adapted his 1971 short story "Duel" as a screenplay directed by Steven Spielberg for the television film Duel that year. Seven of his novels and short stories have been adapted as motion pictures: The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return, A Stir of Echoes and Button, Button; the movie Cold Sweat was based on his novel Riding the Nightmare, Les seins de glace was based on his novel Someone is Bleeding.

Matheson was born in New Jersey to Norwegian immigrants Bertolf and Fanny Matheson. They divorced when he was 8, he was raised in Brooklyn, New York by his mother, his early writing influences were the film Dracula, novels by Kenneth Roberts, a poem which he read in the newspaper Brooklyn Eagle, where he published his first short story at age 8. He entered Brooklyn Technical High School in 1939, graduated in 1943, served with the Army in Europe during World War II, he attended the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, earning his BA in 1949 moved to California. His first-written novel and Thirst, was ignored by publishers for several decades before being published in 2010, but his short story "Born of Man and Woman" was published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Summer 1950, the new quarterly's third issue and attracted attention, it is the tale of a monstrous child chained by its parents in the cellar, cast as the creature's diary in poignantly non-idiomatic English.

That year he placed stories in the first and third numbers of Galaxy Science Fiction, a new monthly. His first anthology of work was published in 1954. Between 1950 and 1971, he produced dozens of stories blending elements of the science fiction and fantasy genres, he was a member of the Southern California Sorcerers in the 1950s and 1960s, which included Charles Beaumont, Ray Bradbury, George Clayton Johnson, William F. Nolan, Jerry Sohl, others. Several of his stories, including "Third from the Sun", "Deadline", "Button, Button" are simple sketches with twist endings; some tales, such as "The Doll that Does Everything" and "The Funeral" incorporate satirical humour at the expense of genre clichés, are written in an overblown prose different from Matheson's usual pared-down style. Others, like "The Test" and "Steel", portray the moral and physical struggles of ordinary people, rather than the nearly ubiquitous scientists and superheroes, in situations which are at once futuristic and everyday.

Still others, such as "Mad House", "The Curious Child", most of all, "Duel", are tales of paranoia, in which the everyday environment of the present day becomes inexplicably alien or threatening. "Duel" was adapted into the 1971 TV movie of the same name. Matheson's first novel to be published, Someone Is Bleeding, appeared from Lion Books in 1953. In 1960, Matheson published The Beardless Warriors, a non-fantastic, autobiographical novel about teenage American soldiers in World War II, it was filmed in 1967 as The Young Warriors. During the 1950s he published a handful of Western stories, his other early novels include The Shrinking Man and a science fiction vampire novel, I Am Legend. Matheson wrote screenplays for several television programs including the Westerns Cheyenne, Have Gun – Will Travel, Lawman, he is most associated with the American TV series The Twilight Zone, for which he wrote more than a dozen episodes, including "Steel", "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", "Little Girl Lost", "Death Ship".

For all of his Twilight Zone scripts, Matheson wrote the introductory and closing statements spoken by creator Rod Serling. He adapted five works of Edgar Allan Poe for Roger Corman's Poe series, including House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, he wrote the Star Trek episode "The Enemy Within". For Hammer Film Productions he wrote the screenplay for Fanatic based on the novel Nightmare by Anne Blaisdell, starring Tallulah Bankhead and Stefanie Powers. In 1973, Matheson earned an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his teleplay for The Night Stalker, one of two TV movies written by Matheson and directed by Dan Curtis (the other was The Night Strangler, which pre

Masquerade (theatre group)

Masquerade - the Performance Group is a Chennai based English theatre group. It is one of the few theatre groups in Chennai that survive without commercial financial sponsorship or funding from business houses or the likes, backed by public faith and smaller donorships from patrons, parents of tweens and teens who pay for training workshops. Public performances are priced and income from performances are invariably through hat collections, done consciously as a tool to gauge audience appreciation of the show. Since 2000, the group has been extensively working with youth both at schools and through private workshops. Since 2009, through its youth & teen theatre initiative, Masquerade Youth Theatre, Masquerade has been conducting Camp Neuve, an annual three week summer workshop that trains teens between ages 13 and 19 years; this leads to an eventual production featuring the workshop participants. Since 2009, through its The Bear and Beanbag Children's Theatre, the group has been involved in presenting story performance sessions to tweens ages 7 to 11, in conducting theatre and story telling workshops for children in conjunction with hobby centers and after-school experience centers in Chennai.

Masquerade - the Performance Group was conceived in 1993 and launched in June 1994. It debuted with its first performance of Hugo von Hofmannsthal's Elektra at Sittrarangam, a little thatched-roof performance structure inside the Island Grounds that overlooks the War Memorial, near Anna Square. Founded on the lawns of Max Mueller Bhavan, at the Bhavan's Khader Nawaz Khan Road erstwhile premises, the group was a result of six individuals from various walks of society ranging from ballet dancing to accountancy, costume designing to teaching and research and their common passion towards live theatre art. In a city where English theatre happened among a few high-in-the-social ladder aficionado of theatre art Masquerade, in the company of a few of its ilk aspiring amateur English theatre youth groups, strove to erase an elitist view of English theatre in Chennai. With inspirational support from the late Herr Klaus Schindler and Herr Franz Xaver Augustin at Max Mueller Bhavan, Masquerade's first theatre performance was an experimental adaptation of Austrian playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal's Elektra.

To further foster Masqerade's theatrical vigour, under their artists' support program, Masquerade's Artistic Director, Dr. S. Krishna Kumar, was sponsored to an internship at Oldenburg Staatstheater with ITI Berlin extending an artist stipend. In its early years, during the 1990s, many of Masquerade's productions were German plays performed in English. Besides Hofmannsthal's Elektra, the group added. In the year 1998, the group produced Bertolt Brecht's two Lehrstuecke - The Measures Taken and He Who Said Yes, He Who Said No; the group predominantly worked on the lawns of Max Mueller Bhavan for its rehearsals during this period. Although the group produced several other works of drama literature from English playwrights, such as Confusions and The Ruffian on the Stair, during this period, the influence of German literature and theatre is evident in its performance style; this had more to do with its Artistic and Creative Director, Dr. S. Krishna Kumar, who spent major periods of his training and learning in Magdeburg and Oldenburg, Germany.

Through the 1990s and the early part of the new millennium, the group had a staggering output of around 50 productions, story performances and performative story readings for children, a vast body of poetry readings in conjunction with the Culture Cafe - British Council and collaborations with every local English and parallel Tamil theatre group. Masquerade's members had exhaustively lent their hands in support to travelling domestic and international repertories in a technical as well as backstage capacity. In 2003, Masquerade hosted Curtain Raiser's Kandor featuring the duo of Patrick Vella and Claire Agius, who travelled to India from Edinburgh Fringe and performed in Chennai and Cochin. At the turn of the century, the group had three notable productions to its credit, its 1999-2000 production of Alan Bennett's Kafka's Dick, 2000 production of David Mamet's Oleanna and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night underlined the group's status of an important English theatre group of the city. In 2004, 10 years after Masquerade's inception, when the group decided to found Chennai's first youth theatre group Landing Stage, Electra was again the debut performance.

Masquerade has completed 23 seasons, 24 years and is stepping into its 25th year. The group has branched off into supporting the growth of teen and tween theatre activity in the city, with its Masquerade Youth Theatre and the Bear & Beanbag Children's Theater; the group is striving to establish a niche performance space, catering for children's theatre in Chennai. Masquerade was instrumental in promoting Natak, an inter-collegiate theatre festival; the first season of N

Abel G. Cadwallader

Abel G. Cadwallader was a Union Army soldier in the American Civil War who received the U. S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Hatcher's Run. Born in 1841 in Baltimore, Cadwallader was living in Frederick, Maryland when he enlisted in the Army in May 1861, he served as a corporal in Company H of the 1st Regiment Maryland Volunteer Infantry. During the Battle of Hatcher's Run in Virginia on February 6, 1865, Cadwallader "allantly planted the colors on the enemy's works in advance of the arrival of his regiment." For this action, he was issued the Medal of Honor several decades on January 5, 1897. Cadwallader reached the rank of sergeant before leaving the army in July 1865, he died on July 6, 1907, was buried at Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore. Regimental Roster

Barge Haulers on the Volga

Barge Haulers on the Volga or Burlaki is an 1870–73 oil-on-canvas painting by artist Ilya Repin. It depicts 11 men physically dragging a barge on the banks of the Volga River, they are at the point of collapse from exhaustion, oppressed by hot weather. The work is a condemnation of profit from inhumane labor. Although they are presented as stoical and accepting, the men are defeated. Repin conceived the painting during his travels through Russia as a young man and depicts actual characters he encountered, it drew international praise for its realistic portrayal of the hardships of working men, launched his career. Soon after its completion, the painting was purchased by Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich and exhibited throughout Europe as a landmark of Russian realist painting. Barge Haulers on the Volga has been described as "perhaps the most famous painting of the Peredvizhniki movement....its unflinching portrayal of backbreaking labor". Repin was accepted into the Imperial Academy of Art in St. Petersburg in 1863.

The academy at the time was known for its deep conservatism and leaning towards academic art, a fact that bred a sense of revolt and desire for change in many of its students. Barge Haulers was inspired by scenes witnessed by Repin while holidaying on the Volga in 1870, he made a number of preparatory studies in oil, while staying in Shiriaev Buerak, near Stavropol. The sketches include landscapes, views of the Volga and barge haulers; the characters are based on actual people Repin came to know. He had had difficulty finding subjects to pose for him for a fee, because of a folklorish belief that a subject's soul would leave his possession once his image was put down on paper; the subjects include a former soldier, a former priest, a painter. Although he depicted eleven men, women performed the work and there were many more people in a barge-hauling gang; that some had once held high social positions dismayed the young artist, who had planned to produce a far more superficial work contrasting exuberant day-trippers with the careworn burlaks.

Repin found a particular empathy with Kanin, the defrocked priest, portrayed as the lead hauler and looks outwards towards the viewer. The artist wrote, "There was something eastern about it, the face of a Scyth...and what eyes! What depth of vision!... And his brow, so large and wise... He seemed to me a colossal mystery, for that reason I loved him. Kanin, with a rag around his head, his head in patches made by himself and worn out, appeared none the less as a man of dignity. Barge Haulers on the Volga shows a row of eleven male burlaks dragging a barge on the Volga River that must be pulled upstream against the current; the men are bound with leather harnesses. They are rendered as stoical, although in obvious physical discomfort, with their bodies bowed in toil; the scene is rendered in a white, silvery light, described as "almost Venetian". In earlier studies, it was dominated by blue tones; the men appear to be unsupervised and form the focus of the picture, with the barge relegated to a minor role at the rear of the frame.

Further in the distance is a tiny steam-powered boat a suggestion that the back-breaking labor of the barge haulers is no longer necessary in the industrial age. Worthy of note is the inverted Russian flag flying from the main mast of the barge, adding to the sense of hostile unease. Repin echoes the stop-go rhythm of the labor in the undulating line of the workers' heads. In the preparatory studies, many of the figures were positioned differently. There is a general sense of mounting exhaustion and despair moving from left to right among the group; the exception is a fair-haired boy in the center of the group. Set brightly against the uniform muted tones of his companions, he stands straighter. Repin grew up in Chuguev, in the Kharkov Governorate and was aware of the poverty and hardship of most rural life at that time, he spent two years traveling, during which time he observed both the dachas of the rich and the toil of the common peasant. As such the painting can be considered a genre work, but treated on the heroic scale of history painting, as was the case in 19th-century works after A Burial At Ornans by Gustave Courbet.

Barge Haulers drew direct comparisons from critics with Millet's works and Courbet's The Stone Breakers, which showed laborers at the side of a road. The painting is a relentlessly physical description of the men. According to critic Vladimir Stassov, "They are like a group of forest Hercules with their disheveled heads, their sun-tanned chests, their motionlessly hanging, strong-veined hands. What glances from untamed eyes, what distended nostrils, what iron muscles!" In his description of their heavy brows and the lined foreheads, Repin does not neglect their spiritual torment. Any sense of personal hardship is of secondary importa

Harry Schachter

Harry Schachter FRSC is a Canadian biochemist and glycobiologist, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Harry Schachter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1933, to Miriam Freund, a businesswoman, to Ulrich Schachter, a dentist and medical doctor. Harry's father was Romanian tenor and actor, Joseph Schmidt; the Schachter family fled the Nazis in 1938, escaping to Port of Trinidad. He attended secondary school at Saint Mary's College, placing first in Trinidad in the Cambridge Advanced Level Examinations, winning the Jerningham Gold Medal and the Island Scholarship in Mathematics, he worked part-time as a reporter for the local Guardian newspaper. His family immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1951. At the University of Toronto, Schachter completed his BA in Physiology and Biochemistry in 1955, his MD in 1959, his PhD in Biochemistry in 1964. Upon completion of his PhD he was appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry.

He did his post-doctoral work in glycobiology with Saul Roseman at Johns Hopkins University from 1966 to 1968. He returned to the University of Toronto in 1968, where he established his lab in the Department of Biochemistry. In 1976, Schachter took a position in the Division of Biochemistry Research at the Hospital for Sick Children, which he headed for 13 years. From 1984 to 1989 he chaired the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto, his contributions to the field of carbohydrate biochemistry include the discovery and characterization of 12 glycosyltransferases involved in the synthesis of N- and O-linked glycans, thereby defining processes crucial for the formation of branched oligosaccharides on glycoproteins that include cell surface receptors and secreted proteins. Schachter helped characterize the first Carbohydrate-Deficient Glycoprotein Syndrome, he helped show. Other work on mice involving null mutations in GnTI, GnTII and GnTIII established the importance of N-glycans in metazoan development.

Additionally, Schachter explored the biological functions of complex carbohydrates in Drosophila brain development that demonstrated a tissue-specific role in the regulation of insulin signaling and life span. His translational/clinical work included enzymatic discoveries in the complex muscle-eye-brain diseases associated with defective O-glycosylation, he has published over 160 scientific papers and commentaries. Schachter served as post doc supervisor and mentor to scientists in his lab, collaborated with these and other scientists in Canada, Europe and the USA. Collaborators include David Williams, Inka Brockhausen, Clifford Lingwood, Mohan Sarkar, Pamela Stanley, Noam Harpaz, Louis Siminovitch, Jeremy Carver, Hudson Freeze, Jaak Jaeken,Jamey Marth, Hans Vliegenthart, Vernon Reinhold, Reinhart Reithmeier, Kevin Campbell, Gabrielle Boulianne, Jenny Tan, Andrew Spence, Folkert Reck, Jiri Vajsar, Saroja Narasimhan, Bob Murray, GD Longmore, Jenny Chan, Brad Bendiak. 2011: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art First Class 2010: Rosalind Kornfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Glycobiology.

2000: Elected to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars, Baltimore MD 1998: Karl Meyer Award of the Society for Glycobiology. 1998: Honorary degree, Universität der Bodenkultur, Austria. 1989,1990,1992: visiting professor, Universitat der Bodenkultur, Austria. 1995: Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada 1990s: member and chair of the Medical Review Panel of the Gairdner Foundation International Awards 1989: Sandoz Lecture, Clinical Research Society of Toronto. 1989: visiting professor, Donders Chair, University of Utrecht, Netherlands. 1985: Boehringer Mannheim Prize in Biochemistry 1981: Terry Fox Special Initiatives Program research award for cancer research 1964: Starr Medal 1959: Cody Silver Medal 1957: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Harry Schachter's profile at The Hospital for Sick Children. University of Toronto, Department of Biochemistry announcement that Harry Schachter awarded the Rosalind Kornfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Glycobiology. Society for Glycobiology announcement that Harry Schachter awarded the Rosalind Kornfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Glycobiology.

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William Osmund Kelly

William Osmund Kelly was a Michigan politician. He has filled the position of President for Saint Matthew Men's Club, the Flint Bowling Association and the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters. On December 10, 1909 in Flint, Kelly was born. In 1928, he graduated from Saint Matthew High School, he attended Flint Junior College and formed a band, Oz Kelly and his Orchestra, while there. The band played in Cleveland, Ohio and Flint at the IMA Auditorium. In 1933, he was married to Albina Jayman; the Flint City Commission selected him as Mayor on November 12, 1940 and select for another two years. During World War II, Kelly served two years in the Pacific. In 1946, he lost. Kelly was appointed in 1949 acting Postmaster—Flint latter appointed 22nd Postmaster. In 1956, he became the Flint Manufacturer's Association Executive Director