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The Magician (American TV series)

The Magician is an American television series that ran during the 1973–1974 season. It starred Bill Bixby as stage illusionist Anthony "Tony" Blake, a playboy philanthropist who used his skills to solve difficult crimes as needed. In the series pilot, the character was named Anthony Dorian. Blake was a professional stage magician who used his skills to help the helpless. Years earlier, Blake had been in prison on a trumped-up espionage charge in an unnamed country in South America, he discovered a way to escape with his cellmate. The cellmate left him a fortune; the escape followed by exoneration of the false charges that had led to it, led to Blake's pursuit of a career in stage magic, which made him famous. He never forgot his unjust imprisonment, it motivated him to seek justice for others. Blake used his Boeing 720 jetliner as a base of operations. Blake drove a white Chevrolet Corvette with custom license plates and, for its time, an exotic feature: a car phone. Blake received assistance from acerbic columnist Max Pomeroy, Max's brilliant son Dennis, who uses a wheelchair.

Midway through the program's run, the idea of the airplane was dropped and Blake took up residence in a posh apartment at The Magic Castle, a real club devoted to magic acts. At the same time, the supporting cast of the show was replaced with a new, single character, Dominick, a somewhat comical sidekick. No explanation for the changes was given in the series. Jerry continued to make occasional minor appearances and Tony recruited Jerry and Max together for one further case in the new format; the Magician finished in the Nielsen ratings for the 1973-1974 TV Season with a 16.9 Average Audience. It was rated; some episodes featured Larry Anderson as Blake's assistant. Bill Bixby as Anthony Blake Julian Christopher as Jerry Anderson Keene Curtis as Max Pomeroy Joseph Sirola as Dominick Cami Sebring as Kathy The show is noteworthy in that Bixby, a keen amateur magician, insisted on performing all of the illusions in person, without any trick photography, although it was not possible for this to be the case in the TV-movie/pilot.

Many of the episodes of the regular series were preceded by an announcement that the magic tricks were accomplished without trick photography. He was instructed in these performances by the program's technical advisor, Mark Wilson, credited as "magic consultant". Once the format changed to have the hero based in a magic club, Wilson could be seen on the stage there, as well. In addition to escapes, Bixby performed feats of sleight of hand and stage illusions. After the series' cancellation, Bixby went on to host a string of magic specials on NBC and a series, The Wonderful World of Magic, in first-run syndication. Visual Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 on August 25, 2017. Though it ran only a single season, The Magician was an influence on series; the show was a favorite of The X-Files creator Chris Carter, who worked it into Special Agent Fox Mulder's "origin" story: a teenaged Mulder was waiting to watch The Magician when his sister Samantha was abducted by mysterious forces.

In the Quantum Leap episode "The Great Spontini", Scott Bakula's character, Dr. Sam Beckett, leaps into an amateur magician in 1974 who aspires to appear on Bill Bixby's The Magician; the Incredible Hulk series featured an episode that paid homage to both The Magician and Bixby's earlier series, My Favorite Martian. In The Incredible Hulk's "My Favorite Magician" episode, Bixby's character became the temporary apprentice to a stage magician played by Bixby's Martian co-star, Ray Walston. Mark Wilson was on hand again as the episode's "magic consultant" as well. In addition, Martian co-star Pamela Britton appeared in an episode of The Magician. Actor Andrew Robinson has stated that his Star Trek: Deep Space Nine character, Elim Garak, was influenced by Bixby's character; the Magician on IMDb The Magician on IMDb The Magician by Ed Robertson

Astor Trust Company

The Astor Trust Company was a historic American banking organization. The firm merged with Bankers Trust in 1917; the Astor National Bank of New York was authorized to begin business on February 9, 1898, with initial capital of $300,000. John Jacob Astor IV was the first depositor when the bank opened on February 14, 1898 with George Fisher Baker as president and Charles F. Bevins as cashier; the first days deposits totaled $700,000. The Bank was located in the Astor Court Building, adjoining the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, at 34th Street and Astor Court, it was rumored that Jack Astor was "interested in the company and might be active in its management."In 1899, Sixth National Bank, of which Alexander Henry Stevens was president, consolidated with the Astor National Bank. Stevens became a vice-president of Astor National Bank, serving in that role until his death in 1916. By 1900, the Bank had $350,000 in capital. From 1906 to 1914, Thomas Cochran served as vice-president of the bank. Edmund C. Converse served as president of Astor Trust from 1907 to 1917.

In 1907, Astor National Bank merged with the New Netherlands Trust Company to become the Astor Trust Company. New Netherland Trust Company had been organized in October 1906 by "interests identified with the Bankers' Trust Company". After the 1907 consolidation, the Astor Trust Company had capital of $1,250,000, left the Astor Court Building, moved to 369 Fifth Avenue and 36th Street where New Netherland Trust was shortly to have begun business. In 1912, during the Pujo Committee inquiry, Astor Trust was included in the presentation that showed that "eighteen financial institutions in New York and Boston constituted a'money trust,' having a voice through the places on the Board of Directors in the management of 134 corporations, with an aggregate capital of $25,325,000,000." Upon questioning by Samuel Untermyer, Scudder informed the committee that the 29 Astor Trust Co. directors held 64 directorships in 17 other banks and trust companies. In 1912, it was falsely reported that the Astor Trust Company was merging with the Jefferson and Century Banks.

On April 23, 1917, the Astor Trust Company merged with Bankers Trust, talked of for some time as both banks had a number of directors in common. The Astor continued "with no change in management, as the uptown branch of the Bankers Trust Company." The new company had capital of $11,250,000, "undivided profit of more than $5,000,000 and deposits of about $300,000,000." Bankers Trust was acquired by Alex. Brown & Sons in 1997, Deutsche Bank agreed to purchase Bankers Trust for $10.1 billion in November 1998. Deutsche Bank sold The Trust and Custody division of Bankers Trust to State Street Corporation in February 2003. In 1915, the Oceanic Investment Company announced the construction of a new building at the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street to replace a commercial building built by the Pottier & Stymus Company c. 1884. The new building was named after the Astor Trust Company, the new building's primary tenant after they took a 21-year lease and agreed to move from their existing offices at 389 Fifth Avenue into the new building upon its completion in 1917.

Astor's old office was occupied by the American Red Cross. In the new building: "The ground floor will be devoted to stores, while the Astor Trust Company, now at Fifth Avenue and Thirty-sixth Street, will occupy the first and third floors using the basement for safe deposit vaults; the main banking rooms, while occupying three floors, will be arranged as a single floor, with the ceiling rising thirty-five feet above the main banking room. Three lofty arched windows will overlook Fifth Avenue from the banking floor." The building was designed by architect Ernest Flagg, known for designing the Thomas Cook building at 565 Fifth Avenue. The Astor Trust Company building was renamed the Bankers' Trust building, which stands to this day. In 1919, Bankers Trust acquired its second uptown location at the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and 57th Street from the Union Trust Company and expanded its main location at 14 Wall Street and Nassau Street by acquiring the property adjacent to their headquarters from William Waldorf Astor, Baron Astor, for $1,750,000.

Notable employees of the bank included: George Fisher Baker Edmund C. Converse Charles A. Peabody Jr. Thomas Cochran Alexander Henry Stevens Seward Prosser Charles F. Bevins George W. Pancoast Harris Fahnestock Howard Boocock Members of the board of directors of the Astor National Bank and Astor Trust Company included: Benjamin Altman. John Jacob Astor IV Vincent Astor William Waldorf Astor George Fisher Baker George B. Case Thomas Cochran Edmund C. Converse Henry Pomeroy Davison John L. Downey Henry B. Ely Elbert Henry Gary Harrison E. Gawtry Robert Walton Goelet Adrian Iselin Jr. Thomas W. Lamont Edgar L. Marston Gates W. McGarrah (president of Mech

Fernand de Brinon

Fernand de Brinon, Marquis de Brinon was a French lawyer and journalist, one of the architects of French collaboration with the Nazis during World War II. He claimed to have had five private talks with Adolf Hitler between 1933 and 1937. Born into a wealthy family in the city of Libourne in the Gironde département, Ferdinand de Brinon studied political science and law at university but chose to work as a journalist in Paris. After the First World War, he advocated a rapprochement with Germany, he became friends with Joachim von Ribbentrop. Ferdinand de Brinon married Jeanne Louise Rachel Franck, a.k.a. Lisette, the Jewish former wife of Claude Ullmann; the Brinons became leading socialites in 1930s Paris, close friends of the political right-wing elite and of radical leader Édouard Daladier. In co-ordination with Ribbentrop's personal representative in Paris, Otto Abetz, Brinon headed the France–Germany Committee, designed to influence France's political and cultural establishment in a pro-German direction.

This was Nazi Germany's main propaganda technique in their attempt to influence French politics before the Second World War. During the Munich crisis, Brinon sent accounts of the discussions of the French Cabinet to the German government, obtained from two ministers. A leading advocate for collaboration following France's defeat by Germany in the Second World War, in July 1940 Brinon was invited by Pierre Laval, Vice-Premier of the new Vichy regime, to act as its representative to the German High Command in occupied Paris. In September of that year he established the Groupe Collaboration to help establish closer cultural ties between Germany and France. In 1942, Philippe Pétain, head of the Vichy regime, gave him the title of Secretary of State; as the third-ranking member of the Vichy regime and because of his enthusiastic support for the fascist cause, Brinon's importance to the Nazis was such that he was able to obtain a special pass for his Jewish-born wife that exempted her from deportation to a German concentration camp.

With the march of the Allied forces towards Paris in 1944, Brinon and his wife fled to Germany. There, Brinon became in September 1944 president of the French Governmental Commission, Vichy's government-in-exile, he was arrested by the advancing Allied troops. He and his wife were both held in Fresnes prison but she was released. Fernand de Brinon was tried by the French Court of Justice for war crimes, found guilty and sentenced to death on 6 March 1947, he was executed by firing squad on 15 April at the military fort in the Paris suburb of Montrouge. In 2002, French historian Gilbert Joseph published Fernand de Brinon: L'Aristocrate de la collaboration. In 2004, Bernard Ullmann, Lisette de Brinon's son from her first marriage, broke his 60-year silence and told his family's story in his book, Lisette de Brinon, Ma Mère. Mauthner, Martin: Otto Abetz and His Paris Acolytes - French Writers Who Flirted with Fascism, 1930–1945. Sussex Academic Press, 2016, ISBN 978-1-84519-784-1 Newspaper clippings about Fernand de Brinon in the 20th Century Press Archives of the ZBW

Mann Gulch

Mann Gulch is a gulch in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness of the upper Missouri River, 24 miles north-northeast of Helena, Montana, in southeastern Lewis and Clark County. It is on the east side of the Missouri River and 9 miles east of Interstate 15, between Helena and Wolf Creek. Mann Gulch is between Meriwether Canyon to the south and Rescue Gulch to the north, the creek it contains flows into the Missouri in the canyon known as the Gates of the Mountains. Mann Gulch is 2.4 miles southeast of Beartooth Mountain. Mann Gulch is the site of the August 1949 Mann Gulch fire in which 13 firefighters died; the fire is the subject of Norman Maclean's book Young Fire. The Mann Gulch fire was started by lightning. 46°53′7″N 111°53′56″W Average elevation: 3,602 feet

Misty (satellite)

Misty is the name of a classified project by the United States National Reconnaissance Office to operate stealthy reconnaissance satellites. The satellites are conjectured to be photo reconnaissance satellites and the program has been the subject of atypically public debates about its worthiness in the defense budget since December 2004; the estimated project costs in 2004 were, at the time of statement, US$9.5 billion. The first satellite launched for the program was deployed on March 1, 1990 by the Space Shuttle Atlantis as part of Mission STS-36. Objects associated with the satellite decayed on March 31, 1990, but the satellite was seen and tracked that year and in the mid-1990s by amateur observers; the second satellite was launched on May 22, 1999, by 2004 the launch of a third satellite was planned for 2009. Circumstantial evidence suggested that the third satellite might be the payload of the Delta IV Heavy launch designated NROL-15, launched in June 2012; that launch deposited a payload into geosynchronous orbit but, given the stealth/deception hypothesis, there remains the possibility of other, undetected payloads.

Misty is reported to have optical and radar stealth characteristics, making it difficult for adversaries to detect. Everything about the program is classified information. Porter Goss, a former Congressman and former CIA director, George Tenet, former CIA director, have both vigorously supported successors to Misty, despite several attempts by Senators Dianne Feinstein and John D. Rockefeller IV to terminate the program; the primary contractor is Lockheed Martin Space Systems. On June 21, 2007, the Associated Press reported that Director of National Intelligence John Michael McConnell had canceled the Misty program. A spokesperson for McConnell confirmed that McConnell has the authority to cancel projects, but declined to comment further. KH-11 Enhanced Imaging System Future Imagery Architecture Allen Thomson. Stealth Satellite Sourcebook article Leonard David. "Anatomy of a spy satellite". The Spy Satellite So Stealthy. "Satellite in the shadows". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.


Scratchgravel Hills

The Scratchgravel Hills, el. 5,233 feet are a small summit of hills northwest of Helena in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. The area has seen a drop in water level in recent years; the Scratchgravel Hills have alluvial deposits on top of faulted granitic bedrock. There was extensive mining in the area in late 1800s through the 1930s; the northern part of the region has folding shale and limestone from the Algonkian age. Adjacent granite has altered them into related rocks; the southern and central portions of the region contains quartz monzonite. Bitterroot and conifers are common in the area. List of mountains in Lewis and Clark County, Montana List of mountains in Montana