Robert Graham (sculptor)

Robert Graham was a Mexican-born American sculptor based in the state of California in the United States. His monumental bronzes commemorate the human figure, are featured in public places across America. Graham was born in Mexico on Aug. 19, 1938, to Roberto Pena and Adelina Graham. Roberto Pena died when his son was six years old, the boy, his mother Adelina, his grandmother Ana, his aunt Mercedes left Mexico and moved to San Jose, California. Robert Graham received his formal art training at San Jose State University and the San Francisco Art Institute, he continued his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute in California, finishing in 1964. By the late 1960s, Graham had one-man exhibitions of his sculpture at important contemporary art galleries in Palo Alto, Los Angeles, New York City, London and Essen, Germany. He, along with family members Joey and Steven, lived in London for a period before settling in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, his first solo exhibition in a museum was at the Dallas Museum of Art in 1972.

Since he has had dozens of one-man shows, including several at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Graham used a range of scales in his work. In the 1970s he created small wax sculptures in miniature dioramas, depicting people interacting in various contemporary environments, such as a living room or a beach scene; some of these interactions included sexual congress. Graham's 1986 monument to the boxer Joe Louis is a 24 feet bronze forearm, he has created hundreds of nude groupings in intermediate scales. Graham's first major monumental commission was the ceremonial gateway for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, for the occasion of the 1984 Olympics, he designed the commemorative silver dollar for the event. The gateway featured two bronze torsos and female, modeled on contestants in the games; the gateway was a major design element of an Olympiad noted for its lack of new construction. To the surprise of many, the nudity of the torsos became an issue in the media. After 1984, Graham received many other commissions for monumental works, such as The Great Bronze Doors of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

Graham married his first wife Joey Graham in 1959. They have one son, born in 1963, he married actress Anjelica Huston in 1992, they resided in an unusual dwelling in Venice, California. Huston refused to move to the bohemian area; the result was a windowless structure behind an opaque 40-foot fence. Graham made a cameo appearance in Huston's movie, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as the Venezuelan general near the beginning of the film standing on the deck of the ship. Wes Anderson mentions in the movie's commentary that Graham has some aspects in common with Steve Zissou. In 1983, Graham was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, became a full Academician in 1994. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver announced on May 28, 2008 that Graham would be inducted into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History and the Arts; the induction ceremony took place on December 15, 2008 but he was too ill to attend.

His son Steven accepted the award on his behalf as he was inducted alongside 11 other legendary Californians. After an illness of about six months, Graham died on December 27, 2008 at Santa Monica - UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, his funeral was held at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which has bronze doors that Graham created for the cathedral. His remains are interred in the Crypt Mausoleum of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. 1978: Dance Door - Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles, California 1980–81: Stephanie and Spy - Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles Campus, Los Angeles, California 1983: Fountain Figure No. 1, Fountain Figure No. 2, Fountain Figure No. 3, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1984: Olympic Gateway - Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California 1986: Joe Louis Memorial, Michigan 1988: Gates of the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House 1994: Plumed Serpent, Plaza de César Chávez, San Jose, California 1997: First Inaugural and Social Programs, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.

C. 1997: Duke Ellington Monument - Central Park, New York City 1999: Charlie "Bird" Parker Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri 2001: Prologue - addition to the FDR Memorial, Washington, D. C. 2002: The Great Bronze Doors and Statue of Mary - Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, California 2003: Torso - Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, Beverly Hills, California 2003: Deus Ex: Invisible War, the voice of Saman 2007: Spirit of California - California Hall of Fame Medal Robert Graham on IMDbOfficial website

Quay Street

Quay Street is a street in the city centre of Manchester, England. The street, designated the A34, continues Peter Street westwards towards the River Irwell and Salford, it is the northern boundary of Spinningfields, the city's business district and Castlefield, the historical area of the city lies to the south. Quay Street was created in the 18th century for access to a quay on the river and is lined by several listed buildings. Edward Byrom built a quay on the River Irwell in the 1730s and the street was built to link it to Deansgate, known as Aldport Lane. In 1794 it was extended eastwards to Mosley Street. Richard Cobden's red brick townhouse, built in the Georgian style was the first home of Owens College and afterwards Manchester County Court, it is a Grade II* listed building. In the 1840s Harry Stokes, Manchester's'female husband', ran a beerhouse at numbers 3 - 5 Quay Street; the Hospital for Skin Diseases was in Quay Street. The Opera House the New Theatre, was built in 1912 by Richardson and Gill with Farquarson in the Classical style.

Architect Joseph Sunlight, built the Grade II* listed Sunlight House. He had planned to build the Quay Street Tower, a 360-foot highrise art deco building behind Sunlight House but was refused planning permission. Had it been built, it would have been not only Manchester's tallest building, but the tallest in Europe; the street is known for Granada Studios, the UK's first purpose-built television studios and home to Granada Television. The building was designed by architect, Ralph Tubbs and was an early example of a building constructed using the curtain wall method. In September 2010, the red'Granada TV' sign was removed from the building as it was extensively corroded. List of notable streets and roads in Manchester Manchester Directory

Harry Markopolos

Harry M. Markopolos is an American former securities industry executive and a forensic accounting and financial fraud investigator. From 1999 to 2008, Markopolos uncovered evidence that suggested that Bernie Madoff's wealth management business was a huge Ponzi scheme. In 2000, 2001, 2005, Markopolos alerted the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission of his views, supplying supporting documents, but each time the SEC ignored him or only gave his evidence a cursory investigation. Madoff was revealed to be a fraud in December 2008, when his sons contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After admitting to operating the largest private Ponzi scheme in history, Madoff was sentenced in 2009 to 150 years in prison. In 2010, Markopolos' book on uncovering the Madoff fraud, No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller, was published. Markopolos has criticized the SEC for failing to discover the Madoff fraud despite repeated tips, for failing to investigate properly the larger companies it supervised.

He described the private moments he had with victims of the Madoff fraud as: "Heartfelt, gut-wrenching things. People trying to commit suicide or losing loved ones who've died of heartbreak."Critics of Markopolos have called him obsessive, a self-publicist, self-righteous, some questioned whether he was motivated by a financial bounty, which he denied. The Wall Street Journal described him as "a little bit nuts". In his book, he revealed that at one point he kept an old army gas mask handy in case SEC investigators burst into his home with teargas, he wrote in his book: "If contacted me and threatened me, I was going to go down to New York and take him out. At that point, it would have come down to him or me, I felt I had no other options: I was going to kill him." Markopolos attended Roman Catholic schools, graduating from Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1974. He received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Loyola College in Maryland in 1981, a Master of Science in Finance from Boston College in 1997 Catholic schools.

He is a CFA charterholder, a Certified Fraud Examiner. He began his career on Wall Street in 1987 as a broker with Makefield Securities, a small Erie-based brokerage. During 1988, he obtained a job with Darien Capital Management in Darien, Connecticut, as an assistant portfolio manager. From 1991 to 2004, he served as a portfolio manager at Boston-based options trading company Rampart Investment Management becoming its chief investment officer, he now works as a forensic accounting analyst for attorneys who sue companies under the False Claims Act and other laws, emphasizing tips that result in continuing investigations into medical billing, Internal Revenue Service, United States Department of Defense frauds, in which a "whistleblower" would be compensated. During 1999, Markopolos learned that one of Rampart's frequent trading partners, Access International Advisors, was dealing with a hedge fund manager who delivered net returns of 1% to 2% a month. Frank Casey, one of Rampart's principals, met with Access CEO René-Thierry Magon de La Villehuchet, learned the manager was Bernie Madoff, operating a wealth management business in which his clients gave him carte blanche to invest the money as he saw fit, in a set of securities.

Casey and Rampart's managing partner, Dave Fraley, asked Markopolos to try to design a product similar to Madoff's split-strike conversion, in hopes of luring away Access from investing in Madoff. When Markopolos obtained a copy of Madoff's revenue stream, he spotted problems; the biggest red flag, he believed, was that the return stream rose with only a few downticks — represented graphically by a nearly perfect 45-degree angle. According to Markopolos, anyone who understood the underlying math of the markets would have known they were too volatile for this to be possible in the most favorable conditions; as he put it, a return stream like the one Madoff claimed to generate "simply doesn't exist in finance". He concluded that Madoff could not mathematically deliver his purported returns using the strategies he claimed to use; as he saw it, there were only two ways to explain the figures — either Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme or front running. Markopolos said that he knew within five minutes that Madoff's numbers didn't add up.

He claimed it took him another four hours to uncover enough evidence that he could mathematically prove that they could have only been obtained by fraud. Despite this, Markopolos' bosses at Rampart asked Markopolos to deconstruct Madoff's strategy to see if he could replicate it, he could not simulate Madoff's returns, using information he had gathered about Madoff's trades in stocks and options. For instance, he discovered that for Madoff's strategy to work, he would have had to buy more options on the Chicago Board Options Exchange than existed, his calculations of Madoff's trades revealed that there was no correlation between Madoff's stocks and the S&P 100, as Madoff claimed. Markopolos couldn't find any evidence the market was responding to any Madoff trades though by his estimate Madoff was managing as much as $6 billion — three times more than any known hedge fund at the time. Given that Madoff's supposed trades should have had a ripple effect on broader markets, Markopolos suspected these factors suggested that Madoff wasn't trading.

With the help of two of his colleagues at Rampart and fellow quant Neil Chelo, Markopolos