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Sounding board

A sounding board known as a tester and abat-voix is a structure placed above and sometimes behind a pulpit or other speaking platforms which helps to project the sound of the speaker. It is made of wood; the structure may be specially shaped to assist the projection, for example, being formed as a parabolic reflector. In the typical setting of a church building, the sounding board may be ornately carved or constructed; the term abat-voix, from the French word for the same thing, is used in English. Sounding board may be used figuratively to describe a person who listens to a speech or proposal in order that the speaker may rehearse or explore the proposition more fully; the term is used inter-personally to describe one person listening to another, to their ideas. When a person listens and responds with comments, they provide a perspective that otherwise would not be available through introspection or thought alone. Baldachin - canopy over altar or throne Chhatri

Ligia Montoya

Ligia Montoya: Argentinian paper-folding artist, who played an important role in all aspects of the'golden age' of the international origami movement from the 1950s, from which developed modern artistic origami—that is, innovative paper-folding exploring a variety of different approaches, rather than repeating limited traditional figures. Ligia Montoya was born in Buenos Aires in the Republic of Argentina. Of a shy and retiring nature, she came into extended correspondence with leading paperfolders internationally, to be respected, as the "Angel of Origami", thus influential in the development of this modern art. Although she never published a projected book of her numerous designs, she posted many original models abroad. For many years, the only facts about her life were based on a number of brief sources, of varying authority. Facts in places tentative; until there was not a firm date for her birth from which to measure. The most complete biography to date is the book titled "Paper Life" and its Spanish version "El Angel del Origami" by Laura Rozenberg.

In youth Ligia Montoya travelled from Buenos Aires to Spain, where she completed elementary high school education. With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and the closing of universities in 1936, she returned to Argentina, enrolling in literature at Universidad de Buenos Aires and studying for a second degree in library science. Beginning in 1938 in Córdoba, Argentina, Dr Vicente Solórzano Sagredo published an ambitious series of origami books. At first these were illustrated with photographs. However, her work there, not only as illustrator but as analyst—even improver—of his folds, went unacknowledged. For many years, starting in 1952, Ligia Montoya joined in extended communication with American Gershon Legman, with whom she worked cooperatively for years on technical and artistic aspects of paperfolding, her most celebrated analytic accomplishment was reconstruction of the base for the famous dragonfly from the Japanese Kayaragusa. Through the New York Origami Center and Legman's connections, Ligia Montoya developed extensive communication with the founder of the Center, Lillian Oppenheimer, as well as with Alice Gray, Fred Rohm and Samuel Randlett in the United States.

A profile of her, with picture, was published in the Origamian. Montoya and Yoshizawa works were featured in the 1959 paperfolding exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In the mid-1960s, the active Spanish paperfolder Francisco del Rio attempted, unsuccessfully, to draw Ligia Montoya into the center of organized paperfolding culture, she wished only to keep house for her close family, consisting of her mother, brother-in-law and their three children—with time for paper-folding and correspondence. It appears that a serious accident in the early 1960s, followed by her mother's death in 1966, added to Ligia Montoya's declining health, spelt her end a year but not before she made careful drawings and folded duplicates of many of her voluminous productions, so that her life's work might survive her. David Lister observes: "For the grace and simple beauty of her creations and her folding, no other paperfolder has been admired more than Ligia Montoya, yet she herself remains an enigmatic person.

She corresponded generously with many other folders throughout the world, yet she surrounded her private life with a barrier of modesty that none could penetrate." Ligia Montoya's own designs are, in subject-matter, drawn from close observation of nature: notably birds and insects typical of Argentina. Her models are exact and lively, expressing the shapes and creases of her thin and strong, white airmail paper in the living forms it represents, her origami Nativity crèche scene is an outstanding example. Ligia Montoya was long the only Spanish-speaking member of the Origami Center. Robert Harbin's extended section on Montoya in his 1971 Secrets of Origami is the main source for her designs. Harbin, who there called her "the foremost woman paper-folder today", continued: "Her creations, which are innumerable, range from simple figures of birds and flowers to fantastically difficult insects, her work is sensitive and ingenious, her generosity in passing on her secrets to others is known. My great regret is that nobody will be able to set down on paper, or put into diagram form, the whole of her work."

Hers seems to have folded or written upon. A beginning of an account of her aesthetic is suggested by James Sakoda: "The artistic folder, best illustrated by Ligia Montoya, observes the limitations of the paper, emphasizes clean-cut straight lines, which are characteristic of folds, produces beautiful and somewhat stylized figures." David Lister, The Lister List Lister List article mentioning Montoya George Ho, Origami in Mental Health Therapy Lister List memorial article on James Sakoda

Jay Saldi

John Jay Saldi, IV is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. He played college football at the University of South Carolina. Saldi attended White Plains Senior High School, where he was an All-American linebacker, while playing tight end in the offense, he practiced baseball as additional sports. He accepted a football scholarship from the University of South Carolina, where he played as an undersized defensive end as a true freshman, before suffering a leg injury; the following year, he was moved to tight end and became a starter as a junior. He was a part of a 56-20 win against Clemson University in 1974, he was injured playing against Louisiana State University and missed the last 5 games of his senior season. He finished his college career with only 15 receptions. After not being selected in the 1976 NFL Draft, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys, because of his all-around athletic ability.

From his rookie season, he played behind Pro Bowler tight end Billy Joe Dupree and was a standout special teams player. In 1977, he was named a captain of the special teams unit, he made only 11 receptions in the season. He was used as a fullback in the spread formation. In the sixth game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles, he blocked a punt, returned for the decisive touchdown in a 16-10 win, he had an important fumble recovery in punt coverage during the NFC championship 23-6 win against the Minnesota Vikings. He was a member of the Super Bowl XII championship team, although he was de-activated for the game with a bruised leg muscle; the next year, he suffered a broken right forearm in the fourth game against the St. Louis Cardinals; the Cowboys signed future hall of famer Jackie Smith as his replacement. Saldi caught Roger Staubach last career touchdown pass on December 30, 1979. In 1980, the Cowboys used the two tight end offense more than any time before, allowing Saldi to have a career-high 25 receptions for 311 yards.

His best play came in the NFC Wild Card Game against the Los Angeles Rams, making a 37-yard reception to set up the go-ahead touchdown in a 34–13 win. At one point assistant coach Mike Ditka was quoted as saying "Jay runs the best routes around. He's got the unique situation of being something of a combination tight end-wide receiver." In 1981, he started five games and was used as the third tight end on short-yardage plays and the fourth wide receiver in some third-and-long scenarios. He sustained a knee and ankle injury during the 1982 training camp, that caused him to miss most of the season. Just as Dupree was finishing his career, Doug Cosbie passed Saldi on the depth chart, so he forced the team to trade him to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a sixth round draft choice on May 11, 1983. In 1983, Saldi reunited with Mike Ditka, the head coach of the Chicago Bears, started 6 games, while registering 12 receptions for 119 yards; the next year, he started 7 games. On August 5, 1985, he signed with the Denver Broncos, reuniting with head coach Dan Reeves who used to be a Cowboys assistant.

He was waived on August 26. Saldi was the coach and general manager of the Dallas Hoopsters, the Cowboys players' basketball team, he teamed with veteran sportscaster Bill Mercer to provide color commentary on World Class Championship Wrestling syndicated broadcasts in the summer of 1982. His son John Saldi tried out for the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 and 2007