Spiro Agnew

Spiro Theodore Agnew was the 39th vice president of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1973. He is the second and most recent vice president to resign the position, the other being John C. Calhoun in 1832. Unlike Calhoun, Agnew resigned as a result of a scandal. Agnew was born in Baltimore to a Greek immigrant father, he attended Johns Hopkins University, graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He worked as an aide to U. S. Representative James Devereux before he was appointed to the Baltimore County Board of Zoning Appeals in 1957. In 1962, he was elected Baltimore County Executive. In 1966, Agnew was elected Governor of Maryland, defeating his Democratic opponent George P. Mahoney and independent candidate Hyman A. Pressman. At the 1968 Republican National Convention, Richard Nixon asked Agnew to place his name in nomination, named him as running mate. Agnew's centrist reputation interested Nixon. Agnew made a number of gaffes during the campaign, but his rhetoric pleased many Republicans, he may have made the difference in several key states.

Nixon and Agnew defeated the Democratic ticket of incumbent Vice President Hubert Humphrey and his running mate, Senator Edmund Muskie. As vice president, Agnew was called upon to attack the administration's enemies. In the years of his vice presidency, Agnew moved to the right, appealing to conservatives who were suspicious of moderate stances taken by Nixon. In the presidential election of 1972, Nixon and Agnew were re-elected for a second term, defeating Senator George McGovern and his running mate Sargent Shriver. In 1973, Agnew was investigated by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, bribery and tax fraud. Agnew took kickbacks from contractors during his time as Baltimore County Executive and Governor of Maryland; the payments had continued into his time as vice president. After months of maintaining his innocence, Agnew pleaded no contest to a single felony charge of tax evasion and resigned from office. Nixon replaced him with House Republican leader Gerald Ford.

Agnew spent the remainder of his life rarely making public appearances. He wrote a memoir. Spiro Agnew's father was born Theophrastos Anagnostopoulos in about 1877, in the Greek town of Gargalianoi; the family may have been involved in olive growing and been impoverished during a crisis in the industry in the 1890s. Anagnostopoulos emigrated to the United States in 1897 and settled in Schenectady, New York, where he changed his name to Theodore Agnew and opened a diner. A passionate self-educator, Agnew maintained a lifelong interest in philosophy. Around 1908, he moved to Baltimore. Here he met William Pollard, the city's federal meat inspector; the two became friends. After Pollard died in April 1917, Agnew and Margaret Pollard began a courtship which led to their marriage on December 12, 1917. Spiro Agnew was born 11 months on November 9, 1918. Margaret Pollard, born Margaret Marian Akers in Bristol, Virginia, in 1883, was the youngest in a family of 10 children; as a young adult she moved to Washington, D.

C. and found employment in various government offices before marrying Pollard and moving to Baltimore. The Pollards had one son, 10 years old when Pollard died. After the marriage to Agnew in 1917 and Spiro's birth the following year, the new family settled in a small apartment at 226 West Madison Street, near downtown Baltimore. In accordance with his mother's wishes, the infant Spiro was baptized as an Episcopalian, rather than into the Greek Orthodox Church of his father. Agnew senior was the dominant figure within the family, a strong influence on his son; when in 1969, after his Vice Presidential inauguration, Baltimore's Greek community endowed a scholarship in Theodore Agnew's name, Spiro Agnew told the gathering: "I am proud to say that I grew up in the light of my father. My beliefs are his."During the early 1920s, the Agnews prospered. Theodore acquired a larger restaurant, the Piccadilly, moved the family to a house in the Forest Park northwest section of the city, where Spiro attended Garrison Junior High School and Forest Park High School.

This period of affluence ended with the crash of 1929, the restaurant closed. In 1931, the family's savings were wiped out when a local bank failed, forcing them to sell the house and move to a small apartment. Agnew recalled how his father responded to these misfortunes: "He just shrugged it off and went to work with his hands without complaint." Theodore Agnew sold fruit and vegetables from a roadside stall, while the youthful Spiro helped the family's budget with part-time jobs, delivering groceries and distributing leaflets. As he grew up, Spiro was influenced by his peers, began to distance himself from his Greek background, he refused his father's offer to pay for Greek language lessons, preferred to be known by a nickname, "Ted". In February 1937, Agnew entered Johns Hopkins University at their new Homewood campus in north Baltimore as a chemistry major. After a few months, he found the pressure of the academic work stressful, was distracted by the family's continuing financial problems and worries about the international situation, in which war seemed likely

Johnny Grey

Johnny Grey is a British designer and educator, specialising in kitchens. He is acknowledged to have been at the forefront of kitchen design since the 1980s, aiming above all to make kitchens the sociable heart of the home, he runs Johnny Grey Studios, which has designed kitchens for high-profile clients since 1978, has authored five books, is visiting professor of design and kitchen culture at Bucks New University. Grey read architecture at the Architectural Association from 1970 to 1976, studying under Jeremy Dixon and Mike Gold. One of the first kitchens he designed was for his food writer aunt, Elizabeth David, who influenced his thinking. Whilst studying architecture, Grey focused on craft aspects of historic buildings and restoring antique eighteenth century furniture with his brother. After graduating he set up a workshop making furniture and kitchens in a Sussex barn, his career took off in 1980 with a Sunday Times article, "Why this awful fixation with fitted kitchens?". Grey's'Unfitted' kitchen is known for using original freestanding furniture combined with ergonomics, aiming to create efficient, friendly kitchen spaces, experienced like traditional furnished rooms, in contrast with wall-based fitted cabinetry common at that time and still prevalent today.

Grey's studio adapts interiors into sociable kitchens, "living rooms in which you cook", that are linked to the garden and outdoor spaces. Architecture and product and lighting design form part of this work, based on insights from neuroscience; each project is an individual case. Johnny Grey Studios have worked for residential clients all over the world, from Ancona, Barbados, Jersey, Melbourne and Rome to Zurich. USA projects began in 1994. Grey operated a showroom and studio at the San Francisco Design Center from 1990 to 1997 and collaborates there with Kevin Hackett of Sio lArchitects. Over thirty JG projects have been installed across the country, including showcase houses in San Francisco and New York, his studio has extended its focus to innovation, applying Grey's knowledge to improve people's lives through kitchen design. With an interest in aware design projects for corporate and charitable organisations, he is developing the 4G Kitchen Consortium with the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and Newcastle University.

Over his career Grey has been responsible for a series of innovations in kitchen design, ideas that permanently altered the way kitchens are lived in, manufactured and sold. In the late 1970s he adapted the end-grain butchers’ chopping block for domestic use, incorporating this into a piece of freestanding furniture with a drawer or two, he launched the Unfitted Kitchen, made up of freestanding furniture, in 1984. This – at the time – unorthodox idea attracted criticism for its nostalgia and lack of application for small kitchens; the enduringly popular practice of using woven willow baskets as drawers was introduced by Grey as part of the Unfitted Kitchen. Willow baskets woven into cabinetry were registered by Grey jointly with Smallbone of Devizes in 1987 for copyright, though Mark Wilkinson raised the objection that basketry can be traced to historic African applications. From appreciating the social function of the customer counter in American diners, Grey incorporated this dynamic into his kitchen designs by including a central island whenever possible.

Grey's islands blend form and function with level changes and concentrated work surface areas in a sculptural body-friendly shape. Another of Grey's innovations was applying insights from the Alexander Technique for body alignment to kitchen design in the form of customized dimensions to counter tops and dishwasher heights. Dedicated Work Surfaces, the sequence and ergonomic order in kitchen planning into limited task-driven areas, developed this understanding further. Low-level counters for smaller appliances, as well as raised-height dishwashers are now widespread in kitchens.'Soft Geometry' is Grey's term for his 1990s move towards curved furniture inspired by the relationship between peripheral vision and body movement. In the mid 2000s his meeting with neuroscientist and sociologist John Zeisel brought new insights into building'happy spaces' into kitchens and home design, he developed this line of thinking further with'the living room in which you cook', the restriction of the culinary zone to leave space for other sociable activities the kitchen needs to accommodate.

Eye contact as key to design was another neuroscience-inspired design idea, alongside the identification of each kitchen's'sweet spot' as the location for a key piece of furniture such as the central island. Smallbone of Devizes contracted Grey in 1986 to develop his ideas for their company, around 150 pieces of furniture made up a collaborative version of the Unfitted Kitchen; this was displayed in all the company's showrooms. In 1990 Smallbone bought designs for a new Inlay Collection that included designs for the bedroom and bathroom as well as the kitchen. Grey has worked as a product and furniture designer, producing a bedroom collection for Heal's and the Conran Shop, he was the beneficiary of a government Bursaries for Design scheme, awarded four times from 1981 to 1984, when he designed restaurant and hotel chairs for Morgan Furniture and Clover Leaf Ltd. He designed the Foxtrot Oscar restaurant in Battersea in 2000. Grey's first book The Art of Kitchen Design included the first social history of the kitchen.

It sold 125,000 copies worldwide, a large proportion in the United States, was in print for fourteen years. In 1997 Cassell publ

Hyperion (comics)

Hyperion is the name of a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, of which there are several notable versions. The original Hyperion made his debut in The Avengers #69, created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Sal Buscema; the alternate versions are each from a different dimension of the Marvel Multiverse, consist of both heroes and villains. The character is a pastiche of DC's iconic hero Superman; the first Hyperion, Zhib-Ran, was a member of Squadron Sinister, a team created by the Grandmaster to fight against a team of Avengers gathered by the time travelling Kang. Two years after the character's first appearance, a heroic version appeared as a founding member of the alternate-reality Squadron Supreme; this incarnation of the character was a major character in the 1985 series Squadron Supreme, which fleshed out the characterization of Hyperion and the other Squadron Supreme members. In 2003 Marvel Comics launched Supreme Power, a new take on the Squadron Supreme universe, where Hyperion is raised by the United States government to be a super-powered operative.

Yet another alternate Hyperion joined the Avengers and the Earth-616 version of the Squadron Supreme. The first iteration of Hyperion, created by Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema, debuted in The Avengers #69 as a member of the Squadron Sinister; the team was loosely based on heroes from DC Comics' Justice League of America, with Hyperion based on Superman. Two years Thomas and penciller John Buscema created an alternate, heroic version of the Squadron Sinister called the Squadron Supreme, once again in the title The Avengers, using characters with the same names as those of the Squadron Sinister. In the 12-issue Squadron Supreme limited series Mark Gruenwald picked up from where Earth-712 was last seen in Defenders #114 and revealed this Hyperion's origins; the character is re-imagined for Marvel's MAX imprint title Supreme Power, where he is an alien, raised by the government. This iteration received a spinoff miniseries, Supreme Power: Hyperion, which showed a dystopian possible future. Another Hyperion joins the Avengers in Jonathan Hickman's The Avengers vol.

5, #1. Hickman described the decision to use a new Hyperion, rather than an existing one: This is yet another parallel universe Hyperion; this is not King Hyperion, or Supreme Power Hyperion, this is not Gruenwald's Hyperion. This is Hyperion without all that baggage; this is Hyperion with a fresh slate, for a specific purpose. He comes out of. He's important pivotal, I think people are going to dig where we go with that. He's not going to be our poor analogue for Superman. A pastiche of Hyperion, "Hyperius", appears in DC Comics' Final Crisis and The Multiversity, part of a group of recursive homages to other companies' pastiches of DC characters; the Squadron Sinister are assembled by the cosmic entity the Grandmaster to battle the champions of the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror, the superhero team the Avengers. Hyperion is brought from a microverse; the Avengers defeat the Squadron and thwart the Grandmaster, with Thor shrinking Hyperion and trapping him in a glass sphere. The Squadron reappears in the title Defenders, reunited by the alien Nebulon.

The villains receive greater power in exchange for the planet Earth, create a giant laser cannon in the Arctic to melt the polar ice caps, which would cover the entire planet in water. The superhero team the Defenders prevent the scheme and defeat the villains, with the Hulk overpowering Hyperion. After this defeat Hyperion and his two remaining teammates are teleported off world by Nebulon, return to Earth. Acquiring an energy-draining weapon, the villains plan to threaten the Earth once again but are defeated by the Defenders and the Avenger Yellowjacket; the character encounters the Earth-712 version of Hyperion. He becomes involved with Thundra, but the relationship ends when she discovers a means of returning to her own dimension; the Earth-712 Master Menace transports Hyperion to his universe and informs him that he is an inorganic duplicate created by the Grandmaster modeled on the Earth-712 Hyperion. The Squadron Sinister Hyperion impersonates the Squadron Supreme Hyperion for several weeks before dying in battle against the original.

The Grandmaster resurrects the character as part of a group called the Legion of the Unliving to combat the Avengers. A new Hyperion is made, he is joined by a new Doctor Spectrum. This Hyperion originated from the Microverse, as the original Hyperion had believed himself to have been; the Grandmaster increases the Squadron Sinister's powers and they battle the New Thunderbolts. Thunderbolts team leader Baron Zemo defeats the Grandmaster, in the ensuing chaos Hyperion and his teammates scatter and escape. Hyperion known as Mark Milton, is a founding member of his reality's Squadron Supreme and the last known Eternal left on his Earth. Four Avengers from the Earth-616 universe accidentally arrive in this Squadron's reality, the two groups first battle and work together to stop the global threat posed by the mutant Brain-Child. Hyperion and the Squadron Supreme are manipulated by the Serpent Crown into battling the Avengers; the Defenders travel to their world to fight the villain Ov