Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Enzio Stallone is an American actor, director and producer. After his beginnings as a struggling actor for a number of years upon arriving to New York City in 1969 and Hollywood in 1974, he won his first critical acclaim as an actor for his co-starring role as Stanley Rosiello in The Lords of Flatbush. Stallone only found gradual work as an extra or side character in films with a sizeable budget until he achieved his greatest critical and commercial success as an actor, starting in 1976 with his self-created role as the boxer Rocky Balboa, in the first film of the successful Rocky series. In the films, Rocky is portrayed as an underdog fighter that does battle with numerous brutal opponents, wins the world heavyweight championship twice; the last two entries in the series are Creed and Creed 2, that serve as spin-off films focusing on Adonis "Donnie" Creed, the son of the ill-fated boxer Apollo Creed, to whom the long retired Rocky is a mentor. Reprising the role during the 2010s brought Stallone praise, his first Golden Globe award for the first Creed, as well as a third Oscar nomination, having been first nominated for the same role 40 years prior.

Stallone had similar box-office success, portraying the PTSD plagued soldier John Rambo in the five Rambo films and as mercenary Barney Ross in the three The Expendables films. He wrote or co-wrote most of the films in his three biggest franchises, directed many of them. Stallone's film Rocky was inducted into the National Film Registry, had its props placed in the Smithsonian Museum, his use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the Rocky Steps, Philadelphia has a statue of his Rocky character placed permanently near the museum. It was announced on December 7, 2010 that he was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the non-participant category. In 1977, Stallone was nominated for two Academy Awards for Rocky, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor, he became the third man in history to receive these two nominations for the same film, after Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles. Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone was born in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, on July 6, 1946, the elder son of Francesco "Frank" Stallone Sr. a hairdresser and beautician, Jacqueline "Jackie" Stallone, an astrologer and promoter of women's wrestling.

His Italian father was born in Gioia del Colle and moved to the U. S. in the 1930s, while his American mother is of French and Ukrainian-Jewish descent. His younger brother is musician Frank Stallone. Complications suffered by Stallone's mother during labor forced her obstetricians to use two pairs of forceps during his birth; as a result, the lower left side of his face is paralyzed, an accident which gave him his signature snarling look and slurred speech. He was baptized Catholic, his father moved the family to Washington, D. C. in the early 1950s to open a beauty school. In 1954, his mother opened a women's gym called Barbella's. Stallone attended Notre Dame Academy and Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, as well as Charlotte Hall Military Academy, prior to attending Miami Dade College and the University of Miami. While Stallone was in Switzerland, he played a restaurant patron, in a scene with Robert Redford and Camilla Sparv, in the sports drama, Downhill Racer. Stallone had his first starring role in the softcore pornography feature film The Party at Kitty and Stud's.

He was paid US$200 for two days' work. Stallone explained that he had done the film out of desperation after being evicted from his apartment and finding himself homeless for several days, he has said that he slept three weeks in the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City prior to seeing a casting notice for the film. In the actor's words, "it was either do that movie or rob someone, because I was at the end – the end – of my rope"; the film was released several years as Italian Stallion, in order to cash in on Stallone's newfound fame. Stallone starred in the erotic Off-Broadway stage play Score which ran for 23 performances at the Martinique Theatre from October 28 to November 15, 1971, was made into the 1974 film Score by Radley Metzger. In 1972, Stallone appeared in the film No Place to Hide, re-cut and retitled Rebel, the second version featuring Stallone as its star. After the style of Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily?, this film, in 1990, was re-edited from outtakes from the original movie and newly shot matching footage redubbed into an award-winning parody of itself titled A Man Called...

Rainbo. Stallone's other first few film roles were minor, included brief uncredited appearances in Pigeons as a party guest, Woody Allen's Bananas as a subway thug, in the psychological thriller Klute as an extra dancing in a club, in the Jack Lemmon film The Prisoner of Second Avenue as a youth. In the Lemmon film, Jack Lemmon's character chases and mugs Stallone, thinking that Stallone's character is a pickpocket. According to actor Elliott Gould, Stallone confessed to being in MASH as an extra, he had his second starring role in The Lords of Flatbush, in 1974. In 1975, he played supporting roles in Farewell, My Lovely, he made guest appearances on the TV series Police Kojak. Stallone gained worldwide fame with his starring role in the smash hi

The Scout (Kansas City, Missouri statue)

The Scout is a famous statue by Cyrus E. Dallin in Kansas City, Missouri, it is more than 10 feet tall, depicts a Sioux Indian on horseback surveying the landscape. The Scout was conceived by Dallin in 1910, exhibited at the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, where it won a gold medal. On its way back east, the statue was installed on a temporary basis in Penn Valley Park; the statue proved so popular that $15,000 in nickels and dimes was raised to purchase it through a campaign called "The Kids of Kansas City." The statue was dedicated in 1922 as a permanent memorial to local Indian tribes. It is located east of Southwest Trafficway in Penn Valley Park, south of downtown Kansas City. Several area attractions have been named after the iconic statue, most notably, Kansas City Scout, the Kansas City Metropolitan Area's electronic traffic alert system, it both inspired the name of the National Hockey League's Kansas City Scouts and was featured on the team's logo. A half-size replica was given by Kansas City to its sister-city, Spain in 1992.

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Reformed Presbyterian Church North East India

The Reformed Presbyterian Church in North East India was established in 1835 by American missionaries like Rev. James R. Campbell, he started work in Saharanpur. Rev. Watkins R. Robert came to Mizoram in 1907, it was organised in 1979 with seven households, the first denomination of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North East India. It had 4,200 members and 50 congregations in 2004, it now has 14,038 members and more than 107 congregations in North East India in Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya. There's a growing church planting ministry in Myanmar; the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Northeast India does not ordain women. It accepts the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Shorter Catechism and Westminster Larger Catechism, it is a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the International Conference of Reformed Churches. The RPCNEI is a founding member of the Reformed and Presbyterian Fellowship and a member of the Evangelical Fellowship in India; the headquarters located at Churachandpur in Manipur.

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