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The Gong Show

The Gong Show is an American amateur talent contest franchised by Sony Pictures Television to many countries. It was broadcast on NBC's daytime schedule from June 14, 1976, through July 21, 1978, in first-run syndication from 1976 to 1980 and 1988 to 1989, was revived in 2017 for broadcast on ABC; the show was created and produced by Chuck Barris, who served as host for the NBC run and from 1977 to 1980 in syndication. Its most recent version was executive-produced by Will Arnett and hosted by Tommy Maitland, a fictional character performed by Mike Myers; the Gong Show is known for its absurdist humor and style, with the actual competition secondary to the outlandish acts presented. Each show presented a competition of amateur performers of dubious talent, with a panel of three celebrity judges; the program's regular judges included Jaye P. Morgan, Jamie Farr, Arte Johnson, Phyllis Diller, Patty Andrews, Pat McCormick, Anson Williams, Steve Garvey, Rex Reed and Rip Taylor. Other celebrities who appeared as judges included Charlie Brill, Mitzi McCall, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Pat Paulsen, Paul Williams, Dionne Warwick, Carl Ballantine, Pearl Bailey, Louis Nye, Scatman Crothers, Jack Cassidy, Soupy Sales, June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Dorothy Lamour, Shari Lewis, Allen Ludden, Jo Anne Worley, Charlotte Rae, Elke Sommer, Rue McClanahan, Michele Lee, Marty Allen, Clifton Davis, Mort Sahl, Ronnie Schell, Fred Travalena, Gary Mule Deer, Johnny Paycheck, Elayne Boosler, Rosey Grier, Della Reese, Milt Kamen, Sammy Cahn, Barbara McNair, Wayland Flowers & Madame, Trini Lopez, Chuck Woolery, Joanie Sommers, Jack Youngblood, Helen O'Connell, Margaret Whiting, Martha Reeves, Ja'Net DuBois, LaWanda Page and Mabel King.

If any judge considered an act to be bad, he or she could force it to stop by striking a large gong, a trope adapted from the durable radio show Major Bowes Amateur Hour. Most of the performers took the gong with sheepish good grace. Barris would ask the judge in question why they had gonged the act. Panelists had to wait only 20 seconds before they could "gong" an act, but after a few episodes this was extended to 30 seconds, to 45; some performers would deliberately end their acts early, before the minimum time had elapsed, if it appeared that a judge was about to gong them, though Barris would disqualify them when this occurred. Sometimes, a judge would gong an act. Barris would overrule a gong and permit an act to continue if he felt it was unjustifiably gonged or he felt sorry for the performers; when an act was on the verge of being gonged, the laughter and anticipation built as the judges patiently waited to deliver the strike. They would stand up and heft their mallets deliberately, letting everyone know what was coming.

Sometimes, pantomimed disputes would erupt between judges, as one would attempt to physically obstruct another from gonging the act. The camera would cut back and forth between the performers on stage and the mock struggle over their fate; some acts were so bad that two or all three judges struck the gong at once. On rare occasions, judges found an act so terrible that they would go onstage, hand a mallet to the performer, lead them back to the table to gong themself out. Any act that survived without being gonged was given a score by each of the three judges on a scale of 0 to 10, for a maximum possible score of 30. On the NBC series, the contestant who achieved the highest combined score won the grand prize: a check for $516.32 and a "Golden Gong" trophy. The syndicated series' top prize was $712.05 and increased to $716.32. In the event of a tie, three different tiebreakers were used at various times during the show's run; the studio audience determined the winner by applause, but this was changed to a decision by the producers, by the celebrity judges.

On rare occasions, both acts would each receive a trophy. No prize was awarded if all of the acts on a particular episode were gonged, which occurred at least twice. Runners-up received a consumer appliance; when Barris announced the final score, a little person in formal wear would run onstage, throwing confetti while balloons dropped from overhead. The daily Gong Show gave out a "Worst Act of the Week" award, selected by the producers and each week's judges; the winner of this award was announced following the trophy presentation on Friday's show, the performer received a dirty tube sock and a check for $516.32. The series was advertised as having each day's winning contestants come back after a few weeks to compete in a "tournament of champions", with the winner being given the chance to appear in an unspecified nightclub act. However, only one of these tournaments was held; the winners on the NBC daytime show became eligible to appear on the syndicated evening version of the show for a chance to win that show's prize.

Some of the show's more entertaining or unusual acts were invited back to perform again without being judged and scored. The two biggest Gong Show-rela

Ann Van Elsen

Ann Van Elsen is a Belgian model as well as TV and radio personality from Mol, Antwerp in Belgium. She was crowned Miss Belgium in 2002. Van Elsen was born in Mol. After finishing her marketing studies, she obtained her master's degree in business economics in 2006, she spread her studies over several years to accommodate her professional career. Van Elsen first appeared on the cover of a magazine when that magazine had chosen a photograph of a reader to appear on the cover; this inspired her to enter beauty pageants like Miss Belgium and Miss Universe. In 2002 Van Elsen won both Miss Belgium pageants; this enabled her entrance to the Miss Miss Universe competitions. Van Elsen is one of the candidates who refused to participate in the Miss World competition held in Nigeria in 2002, to protest the conviction of Amina Lawal. Van Elsen appeared in the January 2008 edition of Playboy, she accepted the deal on account that Playboy would donate part of the photo-shoot payment to Music For Life, a goodwill annual charity of radio station Studio Brussel.

On television, Van Elsen has presented several programs on Belgian channels TV1 and VT4, including Mediamadammen, Onder Hoogspanning, De Brandkast, Supertalent in Vlaanderen and Summerdate. In June 2005 Van Elsen signed an exclusive television contract with VT4, where she performed the tasks of an in-vision continuity announcer and hosted several other TV shows as well. In 2006, Van Elsen presented the first prize to the winner of the "Pinanti is Pinanti" penalty taking competition in the TV1 sports program Studio 1 op zondag, football player Désiré Mbonabucya. During the ceremony in the Koning Boudewijnstadion, she tried to show she had some footballing skills as well. For two years Van Elsen appeared on the TV1 music show Het Swingpaleis, on which she was the team captain. In 2013 she presented. In January 2008 Van Elsen went to work for Radio Donna for the Sunday Match program, she presented between 20.00h and 23.00h. After the reestablishment of Donna as MNM she presented together with Dave Peters The Ann & Dave Show.

In early 2012 she presented the Monday early morning program MNM Request. Since 2010 she continues to co-host various programs on MNM, including a summer period mid-morning to noon program. Ann Van Elsen was married to Belgian soccer player Gunter Van Handenhoven, the brother of singer Sandrine Van Handenhoven. Official website of Ann Van Elsen Biography of Ann Van Elsen at agent website Ann Van Elsen on IMDb Column of Ann Van Elsen

Lake Mutirikwe

Lake Mutirikwi known as Lake Kyle, lies in south eastern Zimbabwe, south east of Masvingo. It is thought to have been named Lake Kyle, from the Kyle farm which occupied most of the land required for the lake, which in turn was named after the Kyle district in Scotland from which the pioneer of the Lowveld, Tom Murray MacDougall came originally, it covers about 90 km² and was created in 1960 with the construction of the Kyle Dam on the Mutirikwi River. The dam was built to provide water to the farming estates on the lowveld to the southwest, around the town of Triangle, where the main crop has been sugar cane. Lake Kyle Recreational Park lies on the reservoir's northern shore, while there is a small recreational park on the southern shore. Great Zimbabwe national monument lies close by. Rivers which feed the lake include the Mbebvi River, Matare River, Pokoteke River, Umpopinyani River, Makurumidze River and Mushagashe River. In the 1980s, drought drastically lowered the water level in the lake, but during the 1990s it recovered.

The level fluctuates due to irrigation demands and the seasonal rainfall. Lake Kyle Recreational Park

James J. Ferris High School

James J. Ferris High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades located in Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operated as part of the Jersey City Public Schools; the school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1940. The school is named for James J. Ferris, a civil engineer and politician in Jersey City best known for supervising the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad Harsimus Stem Embankment and the concrete foundation of the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse; as of the 2017-18 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,327 students and 105.5 classroom teachers, for a student–teacher ratio of 12.6:1. There were 45 eligible for reduced-cost lunch. Ferris offers specialized learning centers focusing on Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Management / Office Procedures and International Studies. Students in the Finance Magnet are high achievers from all over the city.

The magnet offers courses in Accounting, Banking, Financial Planning, Intro to Finance, Computers Business Applications 1&2. Juniors in this magnet attend Shadowing programs once a month at the Hyatt or Pershing LLC. During the student's senior year, they have an opportunity to take a paid internship co-op program at Merrill Lynch, Pershing, Bank of Tokyo, or the Board of Education; the school was the 299th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 270th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 320th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed; the magazine ranked the school 280th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 284th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. ranked the school 341st out of 367 public high schools statewide in its 2009-10 rankings which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment.

The James J. Ferris High School Bulldogs compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 905 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 778 to 1,062 students in that grade range; the boys' track team won the Group III state indoor relay championships in 1973. Warren Loving running back who played in the NFL in 1987 for the Buffalo Bills. Tony Nicodemo, college basketball player who set several records while playing for Saint Michael's College of Vermont in the late 1950s. Ralph Peduto, film and television actor. Ray Radziszewski, former professional basketball player who played in one game in 1958 for the Philadelphia Warriors. Michael Angelo Saltarelli, prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Bishop of Wilmington from 1995 to 2008.

Core members of the school's administration are: Deneen Alford, Principal Gary Gentile, Vice Principal Emilio Pane, Vice Principal James J. Ferris High School Jersey City Public Schools Jersey City Public Schools's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education School Data for the Jersey City Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics

2007 All-Pro Team

The 2007 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association and Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2007. Both first and second teams are listed for the Associated Press; these are the current teams that appear in Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the NFL. Although the NFL has no official awards according to the NFL spokesman Greg Aiello the NFL Record and Fact Book has listed All-Pro teams from major news sources such as the Associated Press, Sporting News, Pro Football Writers Association, as well as teams from organizations that no longer release All-Pro teams such as Newspaper Enterprise Association and United Press International; the AP teams are selected by a national panel of 50 NFL writers. The Pro Football Writers Association team is from a poll of its more than 300 members and the editors and writers for Pro Football Weekly; the Sporting News's All-Pro team was determined through voting by professional NFL personnel directors.

AP = Associated Press All-Pro team AP-2 = Associated Press Second-team All-Pro PFWA = Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL team SN = Sporting News All-Pro Team 2007 AP All-Pro Team - 2007 All-Pro listing -

Charlie Dees

Charles Henry Dees is a retired American professional baseball player whose career extended from 1957 through 1966. The first baseman appeared in 98 games played in Major League Baseball over parts of three seasons for the Los Angeles/California Angels, he threw and batted left-handed, was listed as 6 feet 1 inch tall and 173 pounds. Dees was born in Alabama, he played for the Louisville Clippers of the Negro Leagues in 1957 before signing with the San Francisco Giants' organization the following year. He batted over.300 in three of his first five minor league seasons, culminating with a breakout year for the 1962 El Paso Sun Kings of the Double-A Texas League. Dees led the Texas circuit in batting and hits, reached career highs in home runs and runs batted in, he was selected as a member of the Texas League all-star team. The following March, the Giants sold his contract to the Angels. Dees split 1963 between the big-league Angels and their Triple-A affiliate, the Hawaii Islanders, batted over.300 at both levels.

In his MLB debut, May 26 at Dodger Stadium, he doubled off Orlando Peña of the Kansas City Athletics in his first at bat, driving home baserunner Billy Moran for his first big-league run batted in. Dees embarked on a torrid stretch at the plate. Over his first 20 games, he took over the Angels' starting first base job, but in the middle of June, his hot hitting began to cool. During a 4-for-35 drought that lasted into early July, his average fell below.300 and he was sent back to Hawaii at month's end, batting.281. Recalled to Los Angeles in September, however, he enjoyed another hot stretch against the Boston Red Sox. Dees started ten games between September 9 and 28, put up six multi-hit contests, with four three-hit games. Three of those came against Boston, against whom he went 11-for-21, he finished his rookie year at.307 in 60 games for the Angels. But Dees' 1964 season was disastrous, he began the year as a pinch hitter and started only three games for the Angels in two months. Worse, he collected only two hits and one base on balls in 28 plate appearances, was batting.077 when the Angels loaned Dees to the Houston Colt.45s' top affiliate, the Oklahoma City 89ers, where he played the rest of the season and batted only.257.

The Angels retained his rights, in 1965 optioned him to the Triple-A Seattle Angels and to the Double-A Sun Kings, now an Angels' affiliate. Back in the hitting-friendly confines of El Paso, three years after his strong 1962 campaign for the Sun Kings, the 30-year-old Dees batted.377 and earned a last call-up to the Angels in September. But his struggles continued: he hit only.156 in 12 games. Dees split 1966 between Double-A before leaving baseball. In his three seasons with the Angels, Dees batted.265. His 69 hits included one triple and three home runs. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference