James Albert Varney Jr. was an American actor and writer. He is best known for his role as Ernest P. Worrell, used in numerous television commercial advertising campaigns and films and for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award, he gained further notability for playing Jed Clampett in the film version of The Beverly Hillbillies and providing the voice of Slinky Dog in Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Varney was born in Kentucky; as a child, he displayed the ability to memorize long poems and significant portions of the material from books, which he used to entertain family and friends. When Varney was a boy, his mother would turn on cartoons for him to watch, his mother discovered that Varney began to imitate the cartoon characters, so she started him in children's theater when he was eight years old. Varney began his interest in theater as a teenager, winning state titles in drama competitions while a student at Lafayette High School in Lexington. At the age of fifteen, he portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in a local theater production, by 17, he was performing professionally in nightclubs and coffee houses.
Varney studied Shakespeare at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon and performed in an Opryland folk show in its first year of operation, in the 1970s. He listed Thelma Beeler, as being a mentor in his becoming an actor; when he was 24, Varney was an actor at the Pioneer Playhouse in Kentucky. The theater was adjacent to an Old West-themed village, before the show, the audience would tour the village where apprentices would play townsfolk. Varney and the company played in the outdoor theater to audiences of only a few dozen people, he would regale the young apprentices by throwing knives into trees. He performed in Boeing 707 and an original musical, Fire on the Mountain, he once jokingly threatened a long-haired apprentice, John Lino Ponzini, that he would take him up to Hazard, where "you wouldn't make it down Main Street without the townsfolk giving you a crewcut". In 1980, the first commercial featuring Varney as "Ernest" advertised an appearance by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at Beech Bend Park, an amusement park located near Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The character was franchised for use in markets all over the country and was used by dairies to advertise milk products. For example, the dairy bar and hamburger chain Braum's ran several advertisements using Ernest's catchphrase, "KnoWhutImean, Vern?" Purity Dairies, based in Nashville, Pine State Dairy in Raleigh, NC, Oakhurst Dairy in Maine ran commercials that were nearly identical, but with the dairy name changed. For the same agency, Varney created a different character, Sgt. Glory, a humorless drill instructor who harangued cows of the client dairy into producing better milk. In another spot, Sgt. Glory's home was shown as he had a date, so decorated with the products of the sponsor and advertising specialty items that it was devoid of any other decor; the Sgt. Glory character appeared in an advertisement for a southern grocery chain, Pruitt's Food Town, in which he drilled the checkout clerks on proper behavior: "Bread on top. Repeat: Bread on top." He approaches one of them at the end of the commercial with a look of menace and says, "You're not smilin'."
The checkout bagger gives a nervous and forced smile. Varney starred as Ernest in a series of commercials that ran in the New Orleans area as a spokesman for natural gas utilities. In one, he is seen kneeling down in front of Vern's desk under a lamp hanging from the ceiling, stating, "Natural Gas, Vern. Hot, cheap. Vern knocks the lamp into Ernest's head, knocking him down; those same television advertisements were featured on channels in the St. Louis area for Laclede Gas Company during the mid-1980s and in the Metro Detroit area for Michigan Consolidated Gas Company. Another TV ad for Laclede Gas featured Ernest saying, "Heat pump, schmeat pump."Varney appeared in several Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Stores commercials throughout the 1980s. These aired on Oklahoma television, he made commercials for car dealerships across the country, most notably Cerritos Auto Square in Cerritos, Tysons Toyota in Tysons Corner and Audubon Chrysler in Henderson, Kentucky. Varney portrayed Ernest in a series of commercials for Convenient Food Mart during the 1980s.
In 1982, Varney co-hosted the syndicated Pop! Goes the Country with singer Tom T. Hall; the show had just ended shortly afterward. He portrayed "Auntie Nelda", in numerous commercials long before he resurrected the character for the movies. Dressed in drag and appearing to be a senior citizen, the commercials gave off the tone of "Auntie Nelda" as a motherly lady encouraging one to do what was right; this character, along with the "Ernest" character, ran for a couple of years in Mississippi and Louisiana in commercials for Leadco Aluminum Siding. During the 1990s, Varney reprised his role as Ernest for Blake's Lotaburger, a fast food chain in New Mexico. In these commercials, Ernest would be trying to get into Vern's house to see what food Vern was eating. After a lengthy description of whatever tasty morsel Vern had, Ernest would get locked out but would continue to shout from outside. Varney's character Ernest proved so popular that it was spun off into a TV series, Hey Vern, It's Ernest! and a series of movies in the 1980s and 1990s.
Ernest Goes to Camp was a huge hit, grossing $2
Poaching, first referred to the act of snowboarding at a resort where snowboards were explicitly prohibited, is sometimes understood as a form of civil disobedience. However, usage of this term as a means of protest is falling out of favor, as most resorts now allow snowboarding. In the United States only three resorts, Deer Valley, Alta Ski Area and Mad River Glen in Vermont, continue to ban snowboarding. In contemporary usage, the term sometimes refers to snowboarding in out-of-bounds areas. Mad River Glen is situated on private property and is owned; the policy of the resort states, "To preserve the area's unique character the shareholders of the Mad River Glen Cooperative choose not to allow snowboards." Deer Valley is situated on private property and is owned. The policy of Deer Valley states, "Deer Valley is a ski only resort. Guests on alpine, telemark or mono ski equipment with feet placed side by side and facing forward are allowed. Snowboards and carving boards are restricted from use."
It is possible that the reason for this is due to guests not wanting snowboarders on the resort, the resort made this a rule. Alta is unique among the three resorts because it resides on land owned by the U. S. Forest Service — land, leased by the resort. Alta states in its rules, "Alta Ski Area is for skiers and restricts equipment other than skis for anyone who wants to ride the lifts and ski the mountain or play around the base areas." The most recent case against the rule was filed by Wasatch Equality and was taken to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on April 19, 2016, which affirmed the previous decision by the lower court that Alta Ski Resort is able to ban snowboarders. In the official court document it states, "Under the terms of the permit, the Forest Service reviews and approves Alta’s winter site operation plan each year; this site plan includes a hill management section detailing Alta’s management decisions regarding its ski runs. In relevant part, the hill management section grants Alta the right to exclude any skiing device from its ski runs."
This hill management section allows Alta and any other ski resort owned by the U. S. Forest Service, to determine are operated. Along with Alta, there are over 100 other ski resorts that are on land owned by the U. S. Forest Service. Though snowboarding was accepted by the mainstream winter sports industry in the 1990s, is now recognized as a Winter Olympic sport, ski areas adopted the sport at a much slower pace than the winter sports public. For many years, animosity existed between skiers and snowboarders, which led to an ongoing skier-vs-snowboarder feud. Early snowboards were banned from the slopes by park officials. In 1985, only seven percent of U. S. ski areas allowed snowboarding, with a similar proportion in Europe. Because of this, snowboarders sought ways to protest such treatment from resorts owners and to a lesser degree, other skiers. Indeed, the snowboarding way of life came about to rebel against skiing; as a result, snowboarders chose to "shock" skiers by snowboarding at ski-only resorts as a protest.
Sabotage Stupidity was an illegal contest in 2007 created by Burton Snowboards to encourage the average snowboarder to go out and poach the four remaining resorts that did not allow snowboarders. The founder of the company, Jake Burton Carpenter has a strong view on poaching: "In the face of this blatant and aggressive disregard for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, poaching isn’t a peaceful form of protest, it is your patriotic duty." Taos made the announcement. Burton Snowboards has established The Ten Commandments for Poaching; these commandments made it clear that this form of protest is non-violent and requested that except for the act of snowboarding itself, all other regulations are to be followed. Some of the Commandments include: "Don't break the law.". Respect the authorities; the Commandments have parallels in the theories of civil disobedience. Http://www.burton.com/poachers/Default.aspx
Corey Ian Haim was a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. He starred in a number of films, such as Lucas, Silver Bullet, Murphy's Romance, License to Drive, Dream a Little Dream, Snowboard Academy, his best-known role was alongside Corey Feldman in The Lost Boys. Known as The Two Coreys, the duo became 1980s icons and appeared together in seven movies starring in the A&E American reality show The Two Coreys. Haim's early success led to fame, he had difficulties breaking away from his experience as a teen actor, was troubled by drug addiction throughout his career. He died of pneumonia on March 10, 2010. Haim was born in Toronto, the son of Judy, an Israeli-born data processor, Bernie Haim, who worked in sales; when Haim was 11, his parents divorced after 18 years of marriage. He had an older sister, a younger half-brother, Daniel Lee from his father's second marriage. Haim was Jewish, he was first raised in Chomedey, Laval and grew up in Willowdale, Toronto. There his mother enrolled him in drama classes in improvisation and mime to help him overcome his shyness.
Not interested in acting, Haim played competitive ice hockey, learned to perform music on his keyboard, collected comic books. His skills on the ice led to his being scouted for the AA Thunderbirds hockey team. After accompanying his sister Carol to her auditions, he got noticed and started to get roles as a child actor, he attended North York's Zion Heights Junior High until grade eight, by which point he had begun to make a name for himself as a child actor. Haim broke into acting at the age of 10, playing the role of Larry in the Canadian children's educational comedy television series The Edison Twins, which ran from 1982 until 1986, he made his feature film debut in 1984's thriller Firstborn, as a boy whose family comes under threat from his mother's violent boyfriend, played by Peter Weller. Haim's first day of shooting was with Weller, he went to compliment the older actor on his performance. Weller collared Haim, it took three assistants to separate them. Haim admitted that he was terrified by the experience.
Weller apologized to Haim for the incident and attributed it to method acting, as he was trying to stay in character for the villainous role he was playing. Co-star Sarah Jessica Parker said of Haim: "He was gifted and a real charmer—I adored him."Haim recalled: I was 10, I'll never forget we went to like a crew party and my mom and dad were like dancing with other people and it was rocky. And Robert said, you're comin' to live with me, and the next thing I remember I was in their car and we were walking, we went back to their place, in their bedroom upstairs in this New York loft, they just cleaned everything out and put a blue lightbulb in there for me and a mattress and everything, I lived there for a month and a half two months, with him and Sarah. In 1985, Haim appeared in supporting roles in Secret Admirer and Murphy's Romance, the latter with Sally Field, of whom he was in awe; that year, he had the leading role in Silver Bullet, Stephen King's feature adaptation of his own lycanthropic novella.
Haim played a paraplegic 10-year-old boy living in Tarker's Hill, who warns his uncle that their town is being terrorized by a werewolf. Haim began to gain industry recognition, earning his first Young Artist Award for the NBC movie A Time to Live, in which he played Liza Minnelli's dying son. At the time, Haim's father was acting as his manager, he turned down a role for Haim in The Mosquito Coast, taken by River Phoenix. Producer Stanley Jaffe approached the father to remark on Haim's gifts, recommended that he get an agent in Los Angeles. Haim's breakout role came in 1986, when he starred with Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder as the titular character in Lucas; the coming-of-age story, about first love and teen angst, centers on an intelligent misfit who struggles for acceptance after falling for a cheerleader. Haim turned 14 on the set in Chicago, fell in love with Green, who played his romantic interest in the film. Not realizing she was 18, he asked her out. Haim's unrequited love for Green helped inspire his performance, with the real-life dynamics between them expressed on screen.
Director David Seltzer noticed that unlike some of his peers, Haim seemed at ease with his burgeoning heartthrob status: "He took it in stride. Not in a negative way, but he was something of a magnet and he knew it." Haim had read for River Phoenix's role in Stand By Me while eating lunch in director Rob Reiner's backyard, got the part the same day that he was offered Lucas. He said he would not have changed his decision. Haim was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his performance as Lucas, film critic Roger Ebert gave him a glowing review: "He creates one of the most three-dimensional, interesting characters of any age in any recent movie. If he can continue to act this well, he will never become a half-forgotten child star, but will continue to grow into an important actor, he is that good." Haim remembered, "It was a trip, getting all that attention". Following Lucas, Haim moved to Los Angeles, starred in the short-lived 1987 television series Roomies with Burt Young. In 1987, Haim had a featured role as Sam Emerson, the younger of two brothers, a comic-reading teen turned vampire hunter in Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys.
Though he had seen Lucas, Schumacher was not sold on casting Haim. The
In a modern sense, comedy refers to any discourse or work intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter in theatre, film, stand-up comedy, or any other medium of entertainment. The origins of the term are found in Ancient Greece. In the Athenian democracy, the public opinion of voters was influenced by the political satire performed by the comic poets at the theaters; the theatrical genre of Greek comedy can be described as a dramatic performance which pits two groups or societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. Northrop Frye depicted these two opposing sides as a "Society of Youth" and a "Society of the Old." A revised view characterizes the essential agon of comedy as a struggle between a powerless youth and the societal conventions that pose obstacles to his hopes. In this struggle, the youth is understood to be constrained by his lack of social authority, is left with little choice but to take recourse in ruses which engender dramatic irony which provokes laughter.
Satire and political satire use comedy to portray persons or social institutions as ridiculous or corrupt, thus alienating their audience from the object of their humor. Parody subverts popular genres and forms, critiquing those forms without condemning them. Other forms of comedy include screwball comedy, which derives its humor from bizarre, surprising situations or characters, black comedy, characterized by a form of humor that includes darker aspects of human behavior or human nature. Scatological humor, sexual humor, race humor create comedy by violating social conventions or taboos in comic ways. A comedy of manners takes as its subject a particular part of society and uses humor to parody or satirize the behavior and mannerisms of its members. Romantic comedy is a popular genre that depicts burgeoning romance in humorous terms and focuses on the foibles of those who are falling in love; the word "comedy" is derived from the Classical Greek κωμῳδία kōmōidía, a compound either of κῶμος kômos or κώμη kṓmē and ᾠδή ōidḗ.
The adjective "comic", which means that which relates to comedy is, in modern usage confined to the sense of "laughter-provoking". Of this, the word came into modern usage through the Latin comoedia and Italian commedia and has, over time, passed through various shades of meaning; the Greeks and Romans confined their use of the word "comedy" to descriptions of stage-plays with happy endings. Aristotle defined comedy as an imitation of men worse than the average. However, the characters portrayed in comedies were not worse than average in every way, only insofar as they are Ridiculous, a species of the Ugly; the Ridiculous may be defined as a deformity not productive of pain or harm to others. In the Middle Ages, the term expanded to include narrative poems with happy endings, it is in this sense that Dante used the term in the title of La Commedia. As time progressed, the word came more and more to be associated with any sort of performance intended to cause laughter. During the Middle Ages, the term "comedy" became synonymous with satire, with humour in general.
Aristotle's Poetics was translated into Arabic in the medieval Islamic world, where it was elaborated upon by Arabic writers and Islamic philosophers, such as Abu Bischr, his pupils Al-Farabi and Averroes. They disassociated comedy from Greek dramatic representation and instead identified it with Arabic poetic themes and forms, such as hija, they viewed comedy as the "art of reprehension", made no reference to light and cheerful events, or to the troubling beginnings and happy endings associated with classical Greek comedy. After the Latin translations of the 12th century, the term "comedy" gained a more general meaning in medieval literature. In the late 20th century, many scholars preferred to use the term laughter to refer to the whole gamut of the comic, in order to avoid the use of ambiguous and problematically defined genres such as the grotesque and satire. Starting from 425 BCE, Aristophanes, a comic playwright and satirical author of the Ancient Greek Theater, wrote 40 comedies, 11 of which survive.
Aristophanes developed his type of comedy from the earlier satyr plays, which were highly obscene. The only surviving examples of the satyr plays are by Euripides, which are much examples and not representative of the genre. In ancient Greece, comedy originated in bawdy and ribald songs or recitations apropos of phallic processions and fertility festivals or gatherings. Around 335 BCE, Aristotle, in his work Poetics, stated that comedy originated in phallic processions and the light treatment of the otherwise base and ugly, he adds that the origins of comedy are obscure because it was not treated from its inception. However, comedy had its own Muse: Thalia. Aristotle taught that comedy was positive for society, since it brings forth happiness, which for Aristotle was the ideal state, the final goal in any activity. For Aristotle, a comedy did not need to involve sexual humor. A comedy is about the fortunate rise of a sympathetic character. Aristotle divides comedy into three categories or subgenres: farce, romantic comedy, satire.
On the contrary, Plato taught. He believed that it produces an emotion that overrides ra
Rudy Rupak is a convicted criminal now serving 2 years in prison after being found guilty of defrauding clients and interstate wire fraud. His previous claims were as a serial entrepreneur, best known for creating Planet Hospital, the Medical Tourism company that he used to commit his crimes, he is known for producing Snowboard Academy. Rudy was born on 14 Nov 1968 in Chiswick, UK. Prior to PlanetHospital, Rudy's serial entrepreneur skills started at the age of 17 when he sold his first software business to a company, acquired by Corel Corp. just shortly after graduating high school. After a year at University of Calgary, another year at Simon Fraser and at the University of Kwaazulu Natal, South Africa, Rudy returned to Canada to pursue his love of film. Rudy spent three years at various film distribution companies before starting his own production company, Millennium Multimedia. Millennium was responsible for several video games including PRIMORTALS and Boardlords, the first computer game about snowboarding.
In 1996 Rudy Rupak produced Snowboard Academy for Colombia Tri-Star Entertainment, as well as She's Too Tall For Me. In 1996, Rudy's company Millennium Multimedia was mistook for a company involved in Y2K initiatives and he seized upon the opportunity to create a software that would scan a PC's bios for Y2K compatibility; the company was taken public in 1997 under the name Planet City Software, trading symbol PINC. In 1998, Rudy created an online ecommerce software tool the ecommkit before exiting PINC to join American Apparel as its first CTO. While at American Apparel, Rudy created a call center named ContactStation in Thailand, followed by partnering with Stewart Title, to introduce title insurance to India. Contact Station was sold to Loxley Inc and the title insurance endeavour fizzled out but on a trip back from India, when his wife became sick and was taken to a hospital in Bangkok, Rudy realized that there was potential in sending foreigners to Thailand for medical treatment and the Medical Tourism company Planethospital was born.
After spending three years in film distribution, Rudy started his own company called Millennium Multimedia Inc in 1995 to create content for television, internet, cd-rom and motion picture. Shortly thereafter, Rudy managed to get the interest of Columbia TriStar Home Video to co-finance Snowboard Academy, a modest success on home video and HBO and continues to play on cable. Rudy's next movie was The Final Goal, for which he took a special thanks to credit, the She's Too Tall For Me, for MGM Home Entertainment. After the failure of trying to make another Snowboarding movie called Boardlords, Rudy returned to the software world but plans to return to motion pictures again. PlanetHospital, disputed as the world's first medical tourism company, which Rudy started organically from his home while he was still CTO of American Apparel; the company grew organically from 2002 to 2005 and accelerated its growth as the company was mentioned in several hundred media stories including Nightline, CNN, Time Magazine.
While PlanetHospital was germinating, Rudy was hired by an Indian video game production company, FxLabs, to lead the charge in animation and video game development. Rudy brokered a deal between FxLabs to create the ARCHIES videogame. In 2006, PlanetHospital became the first company to send a patient from the US to India for surrogacy. In late 2006 PlanetHospital sent the first gay patient to India for surrogacy and within two years surrogacy became a $100 million plus enterprise throughout the globe. In 2009, Rudy Rupak attempted to create an insurance product based on Medical Tourism, called DIASPORA, but the concept was deemed illegal by the California Department of Insurance and Rudy was forced to give up more shares to his investors who decided to take PlanetHospital public through a reverse merger with GlobalHealth Voyager. GlobalHealth's board ordered PlanetHospital to focus on surrogacy only and forgo marketing other aspects of medical tourism, as aspect that Rudy was not too happy with, forcing Rudy to fight a long battle to get PlanetHospital back.
Rudy Rupak was the first person to send a foreign patient to India for surrogacy. It was a huge risk for all parties but it was successful. In 2007 Rudy sent around 25 couples to India for surrogacy, the first year. Based on this success, Rudy introduced the first gay surrogacy in India and soon Commercial surrogacy in India became a billion dollar industry. Rudy introduced surrogacy to Panama and Mexico. After GLHV acquired PlanetHospital, the board requested that Rudy only focus on surrogacy, a decision he vehemently protested against and led a fight to get the company back. By January 2013, GLHV settled out of court with Rudy Rupak to return PlanetHospital, however a month before, India had announced a ban on most surrogacy cases; this situation left PlanetHospital in a precarious position as over 20 of its clients paid for services but PlanetHospital's vendors were unable to perform services and most did not refund the moneys that were paid to them prior to the ban. Undaunted, PlanetHospital started to offer surrogacy in Mexico.
After a huge legal expense to get his company back, the ban on surrogacy in India that impacted close to 20 of his clients, Rudy worked with several vendors in Mexico and attempted to purchase his own clinic in Cancun. He had hired a husband/wife legal team to assist with the challenges of surrogacy only to learn that they had started a competing company while being compensated by PlanetHospital; the team went on to orchestrate a forced bankruptcy against PlanetHospital along with
Squaw Valley Ski Resort
Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California, is one of the largest ski areas in the United States, was the host site of the entire 1960 Winter Olympics. It is the second-largest ski area in Lake Tahoe after Heavenly, with 30 chairlifts, 3,600 acres and the only funitel in the U. S. Since Squaw Valley joined forces with Alpine Meadows in 2012, the resorts offer joint access to 6,200 acres, 43 lifts and over 270 trails; the resort attracts 600,000 skiers a year. Located west of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada with a base of 6,200 ft and a skiable 3,600 acres across six peaks, the resort tops out at 9,050 ft at Granite Chief. Not far from Donner Pass, the area receives heavy maritime snowfall receiving 40 feet or more in a winter. A scenic aerial tramway rises 2,000 ft to High Camp at an elevation of 8,200 ft above sea level. At High Camp, tourists have access to the facilities of Squaw Valley, including a pool, roller skating, dining and high-altitude disc golf. Squaw Valley is home to several annual summer events.
The resort brings in accomplished yoga teachers and many well-known musical performers every July, has for forty-five years provided the summer premises of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Summer welcomes a wide array of concerts and beer and wine events including the Brews and Funk Fest and Paws and Bluesdays. Ron Cohen is the resort's COO after the departure of Andrew Wirth. Former University of Nevada star skier, Wayne Poulsen, purchased the first 2,000 acres of Squaw Valley Ski Resort from the Southern Pacific Railroad. Poulsen had a history in the area: in 1931, he had placed third at an Olympic trials at Granlibakken in Tahoe City. Shortly after, Poulsen met Harvard alumnus and trained lawyer Alex Cushing, who brought capital, political connections, increased access to the project. Cushing had fallen in love with Lake Tahoe after a visit to the Sierra Nevada in 1946. After a disagreement over the resort's future, Cushing gained control of the project and became the chairman of Squaw Valley Ski Corporation.
The resort opened in 1949, Cushing remained its chairman until his death. Cushing modeled the resort after European ski destinations, he re-engineered the model of traditional U. S. ski resort by locating a swimming pool, ice rink, roller disco, restaurants on the mountain instead of at the base. His designs brought the most advanced lift technology to the U. S. for the first time. When Squaw Valley opened, its Squaw One lift was deemed the longest double chairlift in the world. Squaw Valley's enormous success can be attributed to the visibility that came from hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics, a direct result of Cushing's effort and determination. During the planning stages of the 1960 Olympics, Austria, was the leading choice for the Olympic site. In 1955, Cushing secured the bid after winning over the International Olympic Committee in Paris with a scale model of his planned Olympic site; the Winter Olympics in 1960 were the first to be televised live, making the games accessible to millions of viewers in real-time.
The event signaled the rise of U. S. skiing to the level of world-famous European skiing, Squaw Valley's preparedness for the games showed the international community that U. S. ski resorts offered world-class facilities. Squaw Valley hosted World Cup races in 1969 with four technical events: slalom and giant slalom for both men and women. American Billy Kidd won the men's slalom, followed by U. S. teammates Rick Chaffee and Spider Sabich of Kyburz. The 1969 season saw a record snowpack at Squaw Valley. After an absence of 48 years, women's technical races returned in 2017 and overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin of Colorado won both events. In 1978, Squaw Valley experienced one of the worst cable car accidents in history. On a stormy afternoon late in the season on Saturday, April 15, the Tram came off of one of its cables, dropped 75 feet and bounced back up, colliding with a cable which sheared through the car. Squaw Valley was purchased by private equity group KSL Capital Partners in November 2010.
A year Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resort merged under the new umbrella leadership of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC. The new company operates as one, with joint lift tickets and single season passes for visitors and free shuttles between its locations, but preserves the individuality of the two resorts. In 2017, KSL Capital, in partnership with Aspen/Snowmass, formed Alterra Mountain Company, which became the primary owner of Squaw Valley. Squaw Valley was designated a California Historical Landmark in 1960 during the Olympic Games; the area was dubbed the Pioneer Ski Area of America, commemorating 100 years of skiing in nearby Sierra Nevada mining towns that were the first U. S. locations where organized skiing took place. North: 50% East: 40% West: 2% South: 8% Annual snowfall at Squaw Valley can surpass 500 inches. In September 2011, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Squaw Valley Ski Resort announced their intention to merge ownership; the merger united the two popular ski destinations under common management by Squaw’s Valley’s parent company, KSL Capital Partners, LLC.
Alpine Meadow’s parent, JMA Ventures, holds a minority stake. The new umbrella entity for both resorts is known as Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC seeks to connect the two resorts with a “Base-to-Base” gondola. Resort owners need permission from local land managers, including Placer County and the Tahoe National Forest who are studying the proposed project’s environmental impacts. A
Brigitte Nielsen is a Danish actress, model and reality television personality who began her career modeling for Greg Gorman and Helmut Newton and several years acted in the 1985 films Red Sonja and Rocky IV. She is known for her marriage to Sylvester Stallone, with whom she starred in the 1986 film Cobra, she played Karla Fry in Beverly Hills Cop II, co-starring Eddie Murphy, played the Black Witch in the Italian film series Fantaghiro between 1992 and 1996. Nielsen's exploits were well-covered in the entertainment media in the 1980s, the world press started referring to her as an "Amazon" because of her tall stature, she built a career starring in B-movies and hosting TV shows, in the 2000s, for appearing on reality shows. In 2008, she appeared on the reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which depicted her and several other celebrities dealing with recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In 2012 she won the 6th season of Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus!, the German version of I'm a Celebrity...
Get Me Out of Here! and received the most calls from TV viewers throughout the entire show, ranking No. 1 with 30–50% of all call-ins. Nielsen was born Gitte Nielsen in a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark, she is the daughter of Hanne, a librarian, Svend Nielsen, an engineer, the ex-sister-in-law of Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn. Standing 1.85 m, at the beginning of the 1980s, Nielsen did some modeling work, was photographed by Greg Gorman and Helmut Newton. Nielsen posed for Playboy magazine multiple times, garnering the cover in December 1987. In the late 1980s, Marvel Comics approached Nielsen to pose for photographs dressed as the comic book character She-Hulk. In 1985, Nielsen began her acting career in the fantasy film Red Sonja alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger; that same year, she married Sylvester Stallone. Their marriage and divorce were both publicised by the tabloid press. In 1987, Nielsen played Karla Fry in the film Beverly Hills Cop II, alongside Eddie Murphy. Subsequently, she starred in 976-Evil II, The Double 0 Kid, Chained Heat II, Snowboard Academy.
She starred as the villainess of the Italian TV fantasy film Fantaghirò its sequels. In 2011, Nielsen voice acted for the Danish animated comedy film Ronal the Barbarian, she played in the horror movie Eldorado, co-starred Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen and Kerry Washington. In 2013, she has featured in the short art film The Key alongside Ray Stevenson. In 2014, she starred in the science-fiction film Exodus, in the TV series Raising Hope, in the action film Mercenaries, alongside Cynthia Rothrock, Vivica A. Fox, Kristanna Loken. In 2017, she joins the cast of TV Series Adi Shankar's Secrets. In 2018, she reprised her role of Ludmilla Drago in Creed II. Nielsen started a music career in 1987, she released her debut album Every Body Tells a Story in that year and recorded a duet with Austrian pop star Falco, Giorgio Moroder's penned "Body Next to Body" which went to No. 22 in Germany and No. 6 in Austria. She released a follow-up album, I'm the One... Nobody Else, in 1991. Nielsen released a few songs under the pseudonym "Gitta" because producers wanted to see if she could succeed as a singer without her name on the cover.
The first song "No More Turning Back" peaked at No. 54 on the British Single Charts, No. 63 on the Dutch Single Charts and reached the Top 10 in Spain. Other tracks recorded as Gitta were 2001's "Tic Toc" and 2002's "You're No Lady", a collaboration with Ru Paul. Nielsen appeared in Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" music video in 1989 and in metal band Korn's music video for the single "Make Me Bad" in 2000. In 2008, German record label Edel Music re-released her 1991 album I'm the One... Nobody Else and the 1987 Every Body Tells a Story under the title Brigitte Nielsen. In 2012, she performed on the song "Misery" from the album School of Euphoria. In 2009, she published her first autobiography in Scandinavia titled "Gitte Nielsen – Du har kun ét liv – sådan fandt jeg tilbage til mig selv"; the book reached the Top5 of Denmark's bestseller list and was released in the United Kingdom under the title You Only Get One Life in 2011. Nielsen has worked for Italian television, hosting shows such as: Festival, the 1992 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival, Retromarsh!, and..la sai l'ultima?.
In 1997, she hosted a talk show series Gittes venner for a Danish TV network and some TV shows for RTSI, the Italian language Swiss television network. She guest starred for an episode of the German TV series SOKO: Stuttgart, aired by ZDF on 28 March 2011, guest-hosted the British chat show Loose Women on 7 December 2010. In April 2011, she attended the British variety/talent show Sing If You Can, which aired on ITV. Nielsen appeared on the first season of the Italian production of The Mole and on the third season of the VH1 reality show The Surreal Life. Nielsen appeared with Flav on VH1's Big in'04 Awards. In 2006, she guest-starred on Flavor of Love. In 2003, Nielsen appeared in the Danish Big Brother VIP. In January 2005, she was a contestant in Britain's Celebrity Big Brother, along with her former mother-in-law, Jackie Stallone, coming third in the final public vote. In 2006, she appeared in another reality TV series, VH1's The Surreal Life: Fame Games. In 2007, she starred in a new British mockumentary Killing Brigitte Nielsen, which aired on Sky Travel.
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