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Señor Wences

Wenceslao Moreno, better known as Señor Wences, was a Spanish ventriloquist. His popularity grew with his frequent appearances on CBS-TV's The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s and 1960s. Wenceslao Moreno was born in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Spain, his father was Antonio Moreno Ros, his mother was Josefa Centeno Lavera. Both parents were born in the province of Salamanca, his father in Peñaranda de Bracamonte and his mother in Cordovilla. Señor Wences's family on both sides were Roman Catholic. Señor Wences was one of the benefactors of the Convent of Saint Teresa of Avila in Alba de Tormes, where he had a house, he attended Mass there every Sunday. The street that leads to the convent received the name of Señor Wences. Several other places in Salamanca and in Castille have streets named for him. At age 15, Moreno became a bullfighter. Doctors advised him to exercise his injured arm, so he learned to juggle and joined a circus act of some friends. Performing under the stage name "Señor Wences", Moreno was known for his speed and grace as a ventriloquist.

His stable of characters included Johnny, a childlike face drawn on his hand, placed atop an otherwise headless doll, with whom the ventriloquist conversed while switching voices between Johnny's falsetto and his own voice with great speed. He opened his act by drawing Johnny's face on stage, he would first place his thumb next to, in front of, his bent first finger. He used lipstick to draw the lips onto the respective fingers and drew eyes onto the upper part of the first finger, finishing the effect with a tiny long-haired wig on top of his hand. Flexing the thumb would move the "lips." The inspiration for Johnny came from his school days when the teacher punished him for imitating classmates and answering "present" when they were absent. His punishment was to clean the inkwells and he smeared some of the ink on his hand clenched his fist to create the face. Another popular Señor Wences character was a disembodied head in a box. Wences was forced to invent the character when his regular, full-sized dummy was destroyed during a 1936 train accident en route to Chicago.

Pedro would either "speak" from within the closed box, or speak with moving lips – growling, "s'awright" – when the performer opened the box's front panel with his free hand. A large part of the entertainer's comedy lay in the well-timed, high-speed exchange of words between himself and his creations, in the difference in their voice pitches. Part of his act involved throwing his voice while his mouth was otherwise engaged Another favorite prop was a telephone, with the ventriloquist playing both sides of a telephone conversation. For the "caller" he simulated a "filtered" voice; this voice always began a conversation with a shouted "Moreno?" – using Señor Wences' true surname. He would respond "No, Moreno is not here." He built to a big finish that combined ventriloquism with juggling and plate-spinning. As he performed his routines and Johnny heckled him. Although he was an international favorite for decades, his main career was made in the United States, where he arrived in 1934 or 1935. In addition to live performances at nightclubs, he appeared on TV variety shows, including frequent appearances on CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show, where he was a guest 48 times, on Broadway, in Las Vegas casino theaters and in feature films.

Much in his career he was introduced to a new generation of fans on The Muppet Show. His last TV appearance was on The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show #2, a retrospective in which the nonagenarian talked about "Suliban" and performed a brief spot of ventriloquism, he pronounced his name the traditional Castilian way, which in English sounds like "WEN-thess". After Sullivan would announce him saying his name as "Señor Wen-sess", the ventriloquist would subtly correct Sullivan's pronunciation by announcing himself to the audience: "Hello, I am Señor Wen-thess". In the early 1980s, a Tri-State Honda dealer's commercial featured Señor Wences with Johnny. Pedro's "s'awright" was a voice from the elaborate glovebox. Señor Wences would point out all of the car's features to which Johnny would reply, "Nice!" This may have been Wences final commercial appearance. It was shot in Puerto Rico. In 1986, he made a guest appearance on The Garry Shandling Show. In 2009 Señor Wences was featured in the ventriloquist comedy documentary I'm No Dummy, directed by Bryan W. Simon.

One of Wences's trademark bits of shtick involves his dialogue with a low voice emanating from inside a box. At the opening of the dialogue he would shout, "Hello in the box!" At the conclusion of the dialogue, he would open the lid of the box and ask "S'aright?" and the box voice would answer "S'ariiight!" Another involved explaining to his hand puppet Johnny that something was easy to do, to which the puppet would reply the contrary, such as, "Easy for you, for me ees deefeecult!" in his Spanish accent. These catchphrases were incorporated into a record Wences released in 1959 by Joy Records, featuring the songs "S-All Right? S-All Right" and "Deefeecult For You – Easy For Me". Wences received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the US National Comedy Hall of Fame in 1996. Despite his retirement by age 100, Wences' famous puppets Johnny and Pedro "continued working". Ventriloquists Jay Johnson, Rickie Layne and Michele LaFong p

John Ormond

John Ormond known as John Ormond Thomas, was a Welsh poet and film-maker. John Ormond Thomas was born on 3 April 1923 in Wales, at Dunvant, near Swansea, he studied philosophy and English at Swansea University, at the same time studied painting at the Swansea School of Art. His early verse appeared including Poetry Folios as Ormond Thomas; as John Ormond Thomas, his work appeared with that of James Kirkup and John Bayliss in Indications, published by the Grey Walls Press. After graduation in 1945, on the strength of a portfolio of poems sent to the editor Tom Hopkinson, he was offered a 3-month trial at Picture Post in London, after which he was made a staff writer, he returned to Swansea as a sub-editor on the South Wales Evening Post. During this time, friendships forged with Daniel Jones, Vernon Watkins, Alfred Janes and other members of Dylan Thomas's Kardomah gang, including Thomas himself, would be a formative influence. However, Watkins' advice that he should not publish a further collection until he was 30 made him hyper-critical of his own poetry.

He destroyed much of it. In January 1955, Tom Hopkinson, now features editor of the News Chronicle, invited him to write verses for the Saturday Picture. Publishing these as John Ormond, thus establishing that as his professional name, he continued to contribute weekly verses for two and a half years. In July 1955 Ormond began a career with BBC Wales in Cardiff, working with the fledgling news-service. In 1957 he became head of the BBC Welsh Film Unit where in due course he began his first documentaries; the success of Borrowed Pasture, his portrait of two Polish exiles struggling to eke out a living on a derelict farm in Carmarthenshire established him as a film-maker. It is still regarded as a classic of its time. In 1961, he was appointed as a director and producer of documentary films, which would included studies of Ceri Richards, Kyffin Williams, Dylan Thomas, Alun Lewis and R. S. Thomas. Ormond ` returned' to poetry in the mid-1960s, publishing in Poetry Wales, his first major volume and Celebration, was published in 1969.

His reputation was enhanced in 1973 by the appearance of Definition of a Waterfall and his inclusion in Penguin Modern Poets. A volume of selected poems was published in 1987, he died in 1990, aged 67. John Ormond: Collected Poems, edited by Rian Evans, with an Introduction by Patrick McGuinness Cathedral Builders Selected Poems Definition of a Waterfall Requiem and Celebration Indications M. Wynn Thomas,'Ormond, John', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography M. Wynn Thomas, John Ormond R. Poole,'John Ormond's Voices', in Poetry Wales.

Anderson & Lembke

Anderson & Lembke was a Swedish business-to-business advertising agency started in 1963. It expanded its operations into several countries from the 1970s to 1990s, but the last agency using the original name closed its doors in 2001. Anderson & Lembke was started by Bengt Anderson and Rolf Lembke in Stockholm, 1963. In their work at Atlas Copco they realised how industrial goods were marketed using cheap black and white leaflets, while consumer goods marketers used high quality design and attention-grabbing media advertising, their business idea became to adapt techniques used in consumer marketing to products sold for professional use. Anderson and Lembke realised that engineering-oriented business-to-business companies lacked basic marketing planning skills, made it part of their business idea to help their clients towards more professional marketing thinking, their new agency started to attract export-oriented Swedish manufacturers such as bearings giant SKF and welding equipment maker Esab.

In the early 1970s Anderson & Lembke started expanding outside Sweden by establishing an agency in Helsinki, Finland. In 1979, Anderson & Lembke entered the UK market by opening an office in London. Another A&L agency based in Stamford, Connecticut since 1982 became successful in the North American market, winning creative awards and attracting major technology clients such as Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. By the year 1984, the A&L group included four companies in Stockholm and agencies in Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo and Stamford, their combined personnel was annual sales around US$65 million. The UK agency soon changed ownership through a management buyout and expanded into Basingstoke and Bristol before being merged with McCann-Erickson in 2001. Anderson & Lembke USA saw another management buyout in 1985 by the agency's top names Hans Ullmark and Steve Trygg, who soon sold their agency on to Chiat/Day/Mojo, they expanded Anderson & Lembke Inc. into San Francisco and Hongkong. In 1992, Ullmark and Trygg bought the agency back from Chiat/Dayltä, in 1995 Anderson & Lembke was sold to McCann Erickson.

The resulting agency became the fifth largest ad agency in San Francisco with some 340 employees. Independently from each other, under separate ownerships, the A&L agencies in the United States and the UK were closed in 2001; the Paris-based La Rochefoucauld, Anderson & Lembke was merged with Territoires, a Publicis group agency in 2000. The Helsinki agency went bankrupt in 1991, but continued as A&L Advertising as A&L Grey until the late 1990s

2017 in men's road cycling

2017 in men's road cycling is about the 2017 men's bicycle races governed by the UCI. In 2016, the UCI launched a new ranking system for men's road racing; this ranking will continue in 2017. The World Road Championships is set to be held in Bergen, from 17 to 24 September 2017. For the 2017 season, the UCI added ten new events to the World Tour calendar; the UCI has granted a UCI WorldTour licence to the following eighteen teams: AG2R La Mondiale Astana BMC Racing Team Bora–Hansgrohe Cannondale–Drapac Team Dimension Data Quick-Step Floors FDJ Lotto–Soudal Movistar Team Orica–Scott Bahrain–Merida Team Katusha–Alpecin LottoNL–Jumbo Team Sky Team Sunweb Trek–Segafredo UAE Team Emirates

Hy Anzell

Hy Anzell was a Yiddish-speaking American actor. He originated the role of the flower shop owner, "Mr. Mushnik", in the original off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors with Ellen Greene and Lee Wilkof, he was in the original 1976 Broadway cast of Checking Out. He appeared in dozens of films and television programs, he had roles in a number of films directed by Woody Allen, beginning with Bananas, notably including Annie Hall. He died of natural causes at age 79. Anzell was Jewish. Hy Anzell on IMDb Hy Anzell at the Internet Broadway Database Hy Anzell at the Lortel Archives Hy Anzell at AllMovie

Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar

Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar is a Mexican former footballer who most played for the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division. Alcaraz-Cuellar began playing soccer with the San Diego Flash in 2001. In his rookie season in professional soccer, he began to showcase his talents as an attacking midfielder where he enjoyed a rather successful campaign by tallying in six goals. San Diego would fold the following season, which would result in Alcaraz-Cuellar to sign with the Portland Timbers, it was in Portland. During his tenure with Portland, he established himself as the Timbers' all-time leader in assists, with 44. Including being ranked second in games played, as well as third in points for the club, he assisted the club by claiming their first USL First Division Commissioner's Cup. After failing to negotiate a deal with Portland, Alcaraz-Cuellar subsequently signed a contract with Cascadian arch-rivals Seattle Sounders in 2007. In Seattle he managed to contribute with two goals and eight assists, which tied him for second in the league in assists.

Another notable achievement in Seattle was winning the double, in which he claimed his first USL First Division Championship. In February, 2010 he was ranked 15th in the USL First Division Top 25 of the Decade, which announced a list of the best and most influential players of the previous decade. Born in Guadalajara, Alcaraz-Cueller's family moved to Santa Barbara, California when he was three years old. In 2001, Alcaraz-Cuellar went to an open tryout with the San Diego Flash of the USL A-League; the team was impressed enough to offer him a contract and he spent the 2001 season in San Diego. In San Diego, Alcaraz-Culler established himself as a starter that provided him with a productive debut season where he recorded six goals and tallied 3 assists; the Flash folded at the end of the season and he moved to the Portland Timbers in 2002. Under the management of Bobby Howe, he was deployed as a playmaker for the Timbers, his first prosperous season came in 2003, where he helped the Timbers record the club’s third straight winning season including an impressive four-game winning streak.

He set the single-season record for assists at nine. In the 2004 season, Alcaraz-Cuellar contributed by leading the offense with 10 assists that culminated with the Timbers finishing first in the Western Conference, with a record total of 57 points that claimed the league’s Regular Season Championship. However, they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by their long-standing rival, the Seattle Sounders. Once the season reached to a conclusion, he was awarded the Assist Leader Statistical award and received All-League honors. In 2005, the Timbers continued their winning ways and finished the year with their fifth straight winning season. Alcaraz-Cuellar managed to re-set the club’s record for assists in a single season, recording 12 assists which placed him to first in the league in assists for the second straight season, becoming the first player in league history to win the honor twice.. He earned a second All-League selection, his contract expired in 2007 and when the Timbers did not express an interest in signing him, which resulted in Alcaraz-Cueller to sign a contract with Cascadian rivals the Seattle Sounders after Adrian Hanauer, owner of the Sounders, Brian Schmetzer, drove to Portland to ask him to sign with Seattle.

He selected the number 77. In his debut season with the Sounders, he managed to contribute two goals and eight assists, which tied him for second in the league. Alcaraz-Cuellar helped his team win the double by claiming the USL First Division Commissioner's Cup, his first career USL First Division Championship; when the USL Sounders were prompted to the Major Soccer League at the end of the 2008 season, Alcaraz-Cuellar's contract was not renewed by the club. Alcaraz-Cuellar was a youth soccer coach for Greater Seattle Surf SC. In 2018, he became the Director of Coaching for Crossfire Select, a youth soccer club in Redmond, WA. Portland TimbersUSL First Division Commissioner's Cup: 2004Seattle SoundersUSL First Division Championship: 2007 USL First Division Commissioner's Cup: 2007 Cascadia Cup: 2007 USL First Division Assist Leader: 2004, 2005 Timberlog: 10 Questions Sounders profile