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Smokescreen (Transformers)

Smokescreen is the name of several different fictional characters in the Transformers robot superhero franchise. Smokescreen is one of the second year Autobot Cars in the Transformers series, his toy was remolded from Prowl and Bluestreak, itself originating from an earlier Japanese line named Diaclone. Smokescreen's vehicle mode was based on an actual existing car—a 1979 Nissan Fairlady Z race car in the Electramotive team livery. Team founder Don Devendorf's car was recreated, except that his number 83 was changed to a 38. Smokescreen's bio indicated that while he appeared calm and easy-going, he was in reality the closest thing the Autobots had to someone who thought like a Decepticon, he would cheat to win without hesitation, covers his true goals from his fellow Autobots. Autobot leaders use him as a spy amongst the ranks at times. Smokescreen first appeared in issue 14 of the Marvel Transformers comic. Here, he was brought to life alongside Grapple, Hoist and Tracks via the downloading of their personalities and Sparks from storage.

Bumblebee took all but Grapple on a tour of the surrounding area—but ended up in a trial by fire when the Decepticons tried to steal sonic energy from a rock concert. The group battled Starscream and Thundercracker, defeating them, but left when the humans accused them of sabotaging the concert. After this, Smokescreen played more of a peripheral role, battling the Decepticons, but not having any major roles, he was one of the many casualties. He was not shown to be revived, but returned in the pages of the Transformers: Generation 2 comic, where he accompanied Grimlock on a disastrous raid on Jhiaxus' forces. After this, he battled against Jhiaxus forces under Optimus Prime's command—only to be killed by a squad of Jhiaxus' troopers alongside Ironhide; the Smokescreen of the post-movie universe appeared in the Marvel UK comics, most prominently in the "Legacy of Unicron" arc. He and Inferno were dispatched to escort Wreck-Gar back to the planet Junk. There, they discovered; the two escaped to warn Rodimus Prime, leaving Wreck-Gar behind to free his people, with Inferno being badly injured by the mind-controlled bounty hunter Death's Head.

The two arrived on Cybertron—only to discover that Unicron's puppets Cyclonus and Scourge had launched an all-out Decepticon assault. The Decepticons badly damaged the shuttle, Smokescreen refused to leave his injured friend. Inferno had other ideas and bodily threw him through the windshield to safety, before crashing and killing as many Decepticons as he could. Smokescreen returned to Junk with Prime and the Dinobots, determined to avenge Inferno, contributing to the Chaos-Bringer's eventual defeat. Smokescreen appeared in "Dinobot Island pt 1". Smokescreen was used quite in season 2, taking the starring role in the episode "The Gambler"; this saw him strike a deal with a gambler named Bosh in order to save his fellow Autobots—he would win energon for Bosh if Bosh used some to restore the others. Predictably cheating his way to victory, he was lost all his winnings. With the help of Devcon, he and Bosh ended up battling and defeating Astrotrain and Ramjet. After this Bosh freed the other Autobots.

The cartoon made use of his abilities—in "The Key to Vector Sigma", for example, his smoke saved the Autobots' super-fuel after Prowl's security detail was compromised, in "Auto Berzerk" he downed the Seekers—including Starscream—with his disruptors. Smokescreen was not among the Autobots whose death were shown in The Transformers: The Movie, did not appear in the post-movie Season Three, appearing only in the Japanese opening for season 3, as the movie was not shown in Japan at the time. Smokescreen made a brief appearance in the first episode of Transformers: The Headmasters. Smokescreen is one of the characters appearing in the unlicensed comic book Transformers Chronicles Book One by Hirofumi Ichikawa; this story has him working with the Autobot Axelerators against the Skyscorchers, facing Dreadwing, being reformatted into the Generation 2 Decepticon jet Smokescreen. Generation 1 Autobot Car Smokescreen A red/blue redeco of the Nissan Fairlady robot toy used for Prowl and Bluestreak. Alternators Smokescreen Smokescreen was the first Transformer to be released in the anticipated Transformers: Alternators/Binaltech toy line by Hasbro/Takara.

Smokescreen's alternate mode is a Subaru Impreza WRC. Smokescreen captures a fantastic amount of detail from the real car while still providing plenty of poseability in robot form. Smokescreen includes an intercooler from on top of the engine that can be turned into an "Electro-Disruptor Rifle"; the Alternators rear view mirror is inset and painted silver while the Binaltech is reflective and solid. Smokescreen was still a racing version of a production car—this time, the 2003 Subaru Impreza World Rally Championship car, driven by Tommi Mäkinen, his character card explained that he had been revived by Subaru's STI tuning group, who had built his new body, that he was more dedicated to dispelling fear and apprehension amongst his comrades than ever. Smokescreen is faithful to the original Generation 1 incarnation, he has many similarities beyond the name and the fact that he is a blue vehicle which makes him recognizable. While the Alternator line only released one Smokescreen, the Binaltech line released two.

They were similar, but had a few minor differences to depict the two distinct WRC cars: The number seven or eight was printed on the top and on the doors. The number seven version license plate is "S40WRT" while the number eight license plate reads "S30WRT" There is an image of a cartoon pig

McDill "Huck" Boyd

McDill "Huck" Boyd was a noted small-town newspaper publisher in Phillipsburg, United States, twice a candidate for governor of that state. Boyd for decades was the publisher of The Phillips County Review, a weekly newspaper in his hometown, his parents, Frank W. and Mamie Alexander Boyd, purchased the paper the year. The couple changed the name of the paper from the Post to the Review. There was considerable competition at that time in sparsely populated Phillips County, with four other newspapers in Phillipsburg and other publications in neighboring, smaller towns. Huck, the Boyds' first child, joined the newspaper staff in 1929 as a junior editor when the Great Depression caused him to withdraw from college and return home to help his parents; the Boyd family was involved in the newspaper business. Huck's brother, "Bus", after a stellar sports career at Kansas State Agricultural College coached sports for a time but became editor of the Jewell County Record in Mankato, Kansas. Nephews and nieces of Huck Boyd have operated the Hill City Times and Norton Daily Telegram, among Kansas newspapers.

Huck Boyd served as president of the Kansas Press Association. Four members of the Boyd family — Frank W. Mamie and Huck — have been inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame. Huck was inducted in 1990. Fellow Kansas Newspaper Hall-of-Famer Henry Jameson once said of Boyd: " has that rare knack for pulling people together and getting things done, with a minimum of fuss and fanfare, he never hogs the spotlight. He appears to be in the background - but all the time he's out front calling the signals." Huck Boyd was involved in his community and region as a promoter of business and industry. He played key roles in bringing the first Cooperative Refinery to Phillipsburg, establishing the Mid States Port Authority which bought and maintained 465 miles of rail line after the Rock Island Railroad went bankrupt in the late 1970s, obtained legislative approval to solve the small-town doctor shortage in western Kansas by establishing rural family practice residencies, an idea copied in other states.

He was a former student and ardent supporter of Kansas State University in Manhattan, which now boasts the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development and the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media at the A. Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Kansas State hosts a "Huck Boyd Lecture Series," which has brought a number of speakers to the university, including former Illinois Sen. Paul Simon, former presidential press secretary Marlin Fitzwater and noted journalist Bill Kurtis. On September 21, 1997, the McDill "Huck" Boyd Community Center was dedicated in Phillipsburg, it is home to the Huck Boyd Foundation, the goal of, "revitalizing rural America, enhancing its quality of life and preserving America's rural heritage." Boyd was active in Republican politics, twice launching campaigns for governor of Kansas and serving from 1967 to 1987 as a Kansas representative on the Republican National Committee. Both former Sen. Robert J. Dole and current Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts have considered Boyd to be a mentor in their political careers.

Boyd maintained considerable influence in the state Republican Party, as he held every role within the leadership structure at one time or another, including state president. Boyd was chairman of media arrangements for the Republican National Conventions in 1968, 1972 and 1976. And, in 1970, he was one of two public members of the United States delegation to the United Nations Economic and Social Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Boyd served for a time as a member and the chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, which oversees operations of the six state-funded, "Regents" universities in the state of Kansas: The University of Kansas at Lawrence. Boyd was known and regarded in Kansas both for his journalism career and his involvement in politics and community service. Through the years he received a number of honors, including awards as Kansan of the Year. Boyd received several significant journalism awards, he was honored with the William Allen White Award for Journalistic Merit, the first Victor Murdock Award for distinction in journalism and community service, was a recipient of the Eugene Cervi Award from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors for public service through community journalism.

Huck Boyd died January 1987, in Phillipsburg. He is buried in that city's Fairview Cemetery

My Happy Family

My Happy Family is a 2017 Georgian drama film directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß. It was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival; the film had its world premiere in the Forum section at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. Both Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß were awarded Best Director at the Sofia International Film Festival, where their film was entered in the International Competition section. Manana, a 50-year-old woman, decides to leave her family, husband and parents; the reasons and rationale for her decision are and unknown to her family, seem to remain a mystery to them throughout the entire story. Her perspective, however, is disclosed to the audience. Manana’s decision to challenge the religious expectations of women in her community gives “My Happy Family” an enlightened feminist streak, owing much to its central performance. Manana, a school teacher with a career and income of her own, rents a small flat on the outskirts of town.

At a local market, quite by coincidence, she runs into a former high school classmate who invites Manana to attend their 35th high school reunion. Attending the reunion and visiting with her former friends, a devastating secret is revealed, her husband, had an affair while married to Manana and fathered a boy, now 13 years old. Weeks posing as a meter-reader for the gas company, Manana visits this woman and her son as a way to see them both in person. While living in her flat, Manana discovers her brother Rezo has spoken to her new neighbors about her life, her decisions, her situation, while her brother seems to believe his actions are an attempt to "defend" his sister from strange men, Manana views his actions as an intrusive violation of her privacy and personal agency. Meanwhile, Manana's own son who still lives with Manana's parents and his father brings his pregnant girlfriend to the family home to announce his surprise marriage. Manana's daughter is heartbroken to learn; the film ends as Manana poses several important questions to her husband Soso, the audience is left to wonder what his responses might have been.

After the Sundance Film Festival, the film was screened in Berlinale forum to positive reviews. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on 16 reviews, with an average rating of 8.3/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 86 out of 100 from 10 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Eric Kohn of Indiewire writes, "My Happy Family was shot by Romanian cinematographer Tudor Vladimir Panduru, recalls many of the strengths found in recent Romanian cinema, which peers into the hectic personal dramas of characters who are smothered by social expectations; the story is laced with lovely melodies and traditional songs that play off Manana’s internal desperation. In The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan Mintzer states that the film is "a simple, somewhat mundane scenario that, in the hands of a terrific cast and two talented filmmakers, is transformed into a minor Greek comic-tragedy, with one fearless woman trying to stave off loved ones who smother her with guilt and affection."

Village Voice critic Bilge Ebiri said the film was "one of the best films of the year." My Happy Family on IMDb My Happy Family at Rotten Tomatoes