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The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife is a play by Charles Busch. In his first play written for a mainstream audience, Busch explores the Upper West Side milieu of aspiring intellectual and middle-aged upper class matron Marjorie Taub, who lives comfortably with her doctor husband Ira in an expensively furnished condo near Zabar's and spends her days and evenings pursuing culture at various museums and the theatre, her ongoing effort to improve her mind and soul has brought Marjorie to the conclusion she never will be more than mediocre, a feeling enhanced by her elderly mother's constant complaints about her shortcomings and her husband's altruistic dedication to serving the needs of the homeless. Following an emotional outburst in a Disney Store resulting in considerable breakage, Marjorie retires to the safety of her home to wallow in a mid-life crisis. Unexpectedly invading her depression is flamboyant childhood friend Lee who, much like The Man Who Came to Dinner, becomes entrenched in the Taub household as a permanent guest, not only drawing Marjorie out of her dark mood, but affecting her marriage as well.

The original Manhattan Theatre Club production opened on February 29, 2000 and ran for 56 performances. Excellent reviews prompted a move to Broadway. After 25 previews, it opened on November 2, 2000 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it ran for 777 performances; the original cast, directed by Lynne Meadow, included Linda Lavin as Marjorie, Tony Roberts as Ira, Michele Lee as Lee. In the run, Lavin was replaced first by Valerie Harper and by Rhea Perlman, while Richard Kind and Marilu Henner assumed the roles of Ira and Lee. Ben Brantley of The New York Times observed, "Mr. Busch is best-known for his appealingly warped cinematic parodies in which he plays the nobly suffering or archly conniving leading lady... Here the female icon that Mr. Busch comes closest to impersonating is Wendy Wasserstein, the writer of such beloved epigram-slinging hits as The Heidi Chronicles and The Sisters Rosensweig. You may find yourself thinking of Neil Simon's mid-career comedies, plays that present harried New Yorkers speaking in competitive one-liners...

Tale has moments cut from the synthetic cloth of television comedy, it doesn't quite know how to resolve itself. But it earns its wall-to-wall laughs." Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for Outstanding Playwrighting Tony Award for Best Play Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play Internet Broadway Database listing Lortel Archives listing Tale of the Allergist's Wife at

Carlo Petrini (scientist)

Carlo Petrini is an Italian scientist and senior researcher at the Italian National Institute of Health, where he is head of the Bioethics Unit. Petrini studied at the University of Turin where he graduated in 1988 with a degree in Biological Sciences; the year after he began at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità where he developed an interest in problems tied to ethics in scientific research, in particular in the biomedical ethics. Petrini is President of the Ethics Committee of the ISS, he is Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and contributor to L'Osservatore Romano. In 2007 he became Director of the Bioethics Unit at ISS. In 2018, on being appointed a member by the Minister for Health, he declined the post of President and was elected Vice President of the “National centre for the coordination of regional ethics committees for clinical trials of medicines and medical devices for human use”. Petrini is coordinator of National and International level research projects in the bioethical field.

In his field, Petrini was nominated to serve on the following official commissions and committees: National Bioethics Committee, as delegate of the President of the ISS Commission on Hematopoietic Cord Blood Stem Cells Experts’ Panel for the Italian National Health Council Italian National Transplant Centre Joint Commission National Bioethics Committee – National Committee for Biosecurity and Life Sciences Commission of experts for the periodical revision of the list of illnesses in which the use of stem cell transplants is scientifically established Council of Europe. He is a member of the ethics committees of various institutions, among those the National Agency for New Technologies and the Environment, he is a member of other commissions and committees which include the National Commission for the Program of Crossover Kidney Transplant, the Commission for the Definition of Criteria for Kidney Allocation, the Working Group "Clinical trials with mentally incapacitated subjects" of the Italian National Bioethics Committee, the Interdepartmental Group of Oncology at the ISS.

He is a member of the advisory committees of various journals in the bioethical sector. He is editor of the Section “Ethics of Biology” of the journal “Biologi Italiani” of the Italian Association of Professional Biologists. Petrini has provided bioethical consultation for several prestigious institutions including: Italian National Blood Centre. Petrini is a lecturer in the Bioethics Department of the University Regina Apostolorum and in the past a contracted Bioethics professor in the Medicine Department at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. Petrini is author of several hundred publications, most of which in internationally rated scientific journals and several of which have been awarded prizes, his book "Bioethics, risk" won the International Peccei Prize. His book “Bioetica nella sanità” consists of articles published in L'Osservatore Romano. Istituto Superiore di Sanità website Carlo Petrini website

Jello Biafra

Eric Reed Boucher, better known by his professional name Jello Biafra, is an American singer and spoken word artist. He is the former lead songwriter for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys. Active from 1979 to 1986, Dead Kennedys were known for rapid-fire music topped with Biafra's sardonic lyrics and biting social commentary, delivered in his "unique quiver of a voice." When the band broke up in 1986, he took over the influential independent record label Alternative Tentacles, which he had founded in 1979 with Dead Kennedys bandmate East Bay Ray. In a 2000 lawsuit, upheld on appeal in 2003 by the California Supreme Court, Biafra was found liable for breach of contract and malice in withholding a decade's worth of royalties from his former bandmates and ordered to pay over $200,000 in compensation and punitive damages. Although now focused on spoken word performances, Biafra has continued as a musician in numerous collaborations, he has occasionally appeared in cameo roles in films.

Politically, Biafra is a member of the Green Party of the United States and supports various political causes. He ran for the party's presidential nomination in the 2000 presidential election, finishing a distant second to Ralph Nader. In 1979 he ran for mayor of San Francisco, CA, he is a staunch believer in a free society, utilizes shock value and advocates direct action and pranksterism in the name of political causes. Biafra is known to use absurdist media tactics, in the leftist tradition of the Yippies, to highlight issues of civil rights and social justice. Eric Reed Boucher was born in Boulder, the son of Virginia, a librarian, Stanley Wayne Boucher, a psychiatric social worker and poet, he had a sister, Julie J. Boucher, the Associate Director of the Library Research Service at the Colorado State Library. Biafra is 1/8 Jewish, but was unaware of this until recently and grew up in a secular household; as a child, Boucher developed an interest in international politics, encouraged by his parents.

An avid news watcher, one of his earliest memories was of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Biafra says he has been a fan of rock music since first hearing it in 1965, when his parents accidentally tuned in to a rock radio station. Boucher ignored his high school guidance counselor's advice that he spend his adolescence preparing to become a dental hygienist, he began his career in music in January 1977 as a roadie for the punk rock band The Ravers, soon joining his friend John Greenway in a band called The Healers. The Healers became well known locally for their improvised lyrics and avant garde music. In the autumn of that year, he began attending the University of Santa Cruz. In June 1978, he responded to an advertisement placed in a store by guitarist East Bay Ray, he began performing with the band under the stage name Occupant, but soon began to use his current stage name, a combination of the brand name Jell-O and the short-lived African state Biafra. The band's lyrics were written by Biafra.

The lyrics were political in nature and displayed a sardonic, sometimes absurdist, sense of humor despite their serious subject matter. In the tradition of UK anarcho-punk bands like Crass and the Subhumans, the Dead Kennedys were one of the first US punk bands to write politically themed songs; the lyrics Biafra wrote helped popularize the use of humorous lyrics in punk and other types of hard-core music. Biafra cites Joey Ramone as the inspiration for his use of humor in his songs, noting in particular songs by the Ramones such as "Beat on the Brat" and "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue". Biafra attempted to compose music on guitar, but his lack of experience on the instrument and his own admission of being "a fumbler with my hands" led Dead Kennedys bassist Klaus Flouride to suggest that Biafra sing the parts he envisioned to the band. Biafra sang his riffs and melodies into a tape recorder, which he brought to the band's rehearsal and/or recording sessions; this became a problem when the other members of the Dead Kennedys sued Biafra over royalties and publishing rights.

By all accounts, including his own, Biafra is not a conventionally skilled musician, though he and his collaborators attest that he is a skilled composer and his work with the Dead Kennedys, is respected by punk-oriented critics and fans. Biafra's first popular song was the first single by the Dead Kennedys, "California Über Alles." The song, which spoofed California governor Jerry Brown, was the first of many political songs by the group and Biafra. The song's popularity resulted in its being covered by other musicians, such as The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, John Linnell of They Might Be Giants and Six Feet Under on their Graveyard Classics album of cover versions. Not long after, the Dead Kennedys had a second and bigger hit with "Holiday in Cambodia" from their debut album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. AllMusic cites this song as "possibly the most successful single of the American hardcore scene" and Biafra counts it as his personal favorite Dead Kennedy's song. Minor hits from the album included "Kill the Poor" and a satirical cover of Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas."

The Dead Kennedys received some controversy in the spring of 1981 over the single "Too Drunk to Fuck." The song became a

Augustinus Olomucensis

Augustinus Olomucensis was a Moravian humanist and theologian. His birth name was Augustin Käsenbrot, but he was known as Augustinus Moravus or Augustinus Bemus, or, in Czech, as Augustin Moravský or Augustin Olomoucký. Augustinus is considered the foremost Moravian humanist of his time. After the early death of his father, Augustinus grew up in the household of his uncle Andreas Ctiborius, canon at Olomouc. Sponsored by Ctiborius and Johann Roth, Bishop of Wrocław, Augustinus studied at the Jagiellonian University at Kraków from 1484 to 1488, where he was graduated as a magister of philosophy and at Padova. On 16 April 1494 he obtained the degree of a doctor in canon law in Ferrara. In 1496 he became secretary at the chancellery of Vladislaus II in Buda. Throughout the years he would advance from secretary to the post of vice-chancellor. Augustinus was a stout opponent of the Moravian Church, in his position at the chancellery he influenced the king to massive repressions against these, in the spirit of Heinrich Institoris.

In 1497 Agustinus became canon at Brno, the following year he was chosen as provost at Olomouc, but because another candidate for that office recurred to Rome, Augustinus could take office only in 1506. Augustinus maintained intensive contacts with other humanists of his time, was a member of Conrad Celtis' Sodalitas Litterarum Danubiana in Vienna. A passionate collector of coins, Augustinus presented the Sodalitas Litterarum Danubiana in 1508 a golden cup decorated with ancient coins; the cup is today at the Dresden State Art Collections. Augustin offered generous support to fellow humanists, such as to Valentin Eck, whom he housed for some time, or to Johannes Cuspinian, whom he let peruse his large library, or to Celtis and Joachim Vadian, whom he sent copies of manuscripts they otherwise had no access to. Before 1511, Augustinus became canon in Wrocław. In 1511 he resigned from his office at the chancellery at Buda and moved permananetly to Olomouc, where he died two years later. Dialogus in defensionem poetices, printed in Venice, 1493.

De modo epistolandi, printed by Simon Bevilaqua in Venice, 1495.: Tabularum Joannis blanchini canones, astronomical tables of Giovanni Bianchini of 1440. Printed by Simon Bevilaqua in Venice 1495. De secta Waldensium, printed by Konrad Baumgarten at Olomouc, 1500. Catalogus Episcoporum Olomucensium, dedicated to the Bishop of Olomouc, Stanislaus Thurzó, printed by Hieronymus Vietor and Johannes Singriener in Vienna, 1511. Republished and expanded in 1831 by Richter

John Coleman (meteorologist)

John Stewart Coleman was an American television weatherman. Along with Frank Batten, he co-founded The Weather Channel and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President, he retired from broadcasting in 2014 after nearly 61 years, having worked the last 20 years at KUSI-TV in San Diego. Coleman started his career in 1953 at WCIA in Champaign, doing the early evening weather forecast and a local bandstand show called At The Hop while he was a student at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. After receiving his journalism degree in 1957, he became the weather anchor for WCIA's sister station WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois. Coleman was a weather anchor for KETV in Omaha, WISN-TV in Milwaukee and WBBM-TV and WLS-TV in Chicago. In 1972, Coleman and his stage crew craftsmen at WLS-TV created the first chroma key weather map in use. Coleman became the original weatherman on the brand-new ABC network morning program, Good Morning America, he stayed seven years with this top-rated program anchored by Joan Lunden.

In 1981, he persuaded communications entrepreneur Frank Batten to help establish The Weather Channel, serving as TWC's CEO and President during the start-up and its first year of operation. After being forced out of TWC a year Coleman became weather anchor at WCBS-TV in New York and at WMAQ-TV in Chicago, before moving to Southern California to join the independent television station, KUSI-TV in San Diego in 1994, in what Coleman fondly calls "his retirement job." Coleman abruptly left KUSI while with no on-air farewell. Coleman obtained Professional membership status in the American Meteorological Society and was named AMS Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year in 1983. Coleman said that after ten years of attending AMS National Meetings and studying the papers published in the organization's journal the AMS was driven by political, not scientific and withdrew. Coleman spoke out as a "rejectionis" of global warming in 2007 after watching NBC's "Green is Universal" week, where the studio lights were cut for portions of Sunday Night Football's pre-game and half-time shows.

In a 2015 open letter to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he argued that a direct correlation between rising levels of atmospheric CO2 and rising temperatures has not been shown to exist. He has called global warming the "greatest scam in history" and made numerous false or misleading claims about climate science. Experts have questioned his credibility due to his lack of relevant academic credentials, said that he had not conducted any scientific research in the area of climate change. Coleman's views contributed to his decision to drop out of the American Meteorological Society. Coleman was born in 1934 in Alpine, the youngest of five children to a college professor and his mathematics teacher wife and Hazel Coleman. Coleman was married and divorced and had three children. Coleman met his second wife, Linda, at a poker table in Viejas Casino and was married to her for eighteen years. In May 2016, John and Linda Coleman moved to Sun City in the Summerlin Community of Las Vegas.

Coleman died on January 2018 at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas. 1983 — Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year, American Meteorological Society. John Coleman on IMDb Coleman's Corner at KUSI at the Wayback Machine

Gowanda, New York

Gowanda is a village in western New York in the United States. It lies in Erie County and in Cattaraugus County; the population was 2,709 at the 2010 census. The name is derived from a local Seneca language term meaning "almost surrounded by hills" or "a valley among the hills"; the Erie County portion of Gowanda is part of the Buffalo–Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Cattaraugus County portion is part of the Olean Micropolitan Statistical Area. The village is in the Town of Collins in Erie County and in the Town of Persia in Cattaraugus County. Bordering Gowanda is the Cattaraugus Reservation. Numerous European Americans live on the reservation in leased properties. Gowanda Airport is a general aviation grass strip, it is part of the Gernatt Family of Companies' land, located northwest of the village. Zoar Valley on Cattaraugus Creek east of Gowanda features over 2,000 acres of wilderness, hiking trails and waterfalls. Gowanda is located at 42°27′48″N 78°56′11″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.6 square miles, of which 0.02 square miles, or 1.00%, is water.

The village is split by Cattaraugus Creek, the dividing boundary between Erie and Cattaraugus counties, with the northern part of the village in Erie County and the southern in Cattaraugus. The village is located on U. S. Route 62 as well as County Road 4, NY Route 39, NY Route 438; the NFTA provided bus service in the area until it abandoned the route in 2011. The Seneca Transit System began serving the village in 2013; the New York and Lake Erie Railroad has a depot in Gowanda, from which it runs both freight and occasional passenger rail service. The Cattaraugus Reservation is located to the northwest of the village; as of the census of 2000, there were 2,842 people, 1,161 households, 667 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,772.3 people per square mile. There were 1,277 housing units at an average density of 796.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 62.47%% White, 0.49% African American, 41.54% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.21% from other races, 1.20% from two or more races.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population. There were 1,161 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 42.5% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.98. In the village, the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, 23.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males. The median income for a household in the village was $29,565, the median income for a family was $39,094. Males had a median income of $32,279 versus $25,281 for females; the per capita income for the village was $16,323.

About 9.5% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over. The area was first inhabited during the Stone Age by nomadic Algonquian peoples. An Algonquian earthwork mound from the first or second Stone Age is located on a farm in the area of Rosenberg along Zoar Valley near Gowanda; the mound is believed to be about 3,500 years old. Artifacts including spearheads, copper heads, stone implements of a crude nature have been excavated from the site. In the latter half of the 14th century, Iroquoian-speaking peoples traveled to the area and lived along Cattaraugus Creek, they were proud, considering themselves to be "chosen people". Other tribes lived in the area around this time; the powerful nations of the Iroquois Confederacy defeated the Erie people, driving them out of the area or assimilating captives by adoption in certain clans. About this time, the Five Nations of the Confederacy coalesced as distinct peoples.

They made a pact of cooperation rather than warfare. They controlled much of present-day New York state west of the Hudson River. After the Revolutionary War, the American government secured land treaties with the Iroquois nations in western New York in 1784 and 1788; because the majority of the nations had been allies of the British, they were forced to cede most of their lands in New York after the British defeat and United States independence. In 1796 and 1797, Robert Morris purchased extensive lands in the upstate areas American Indian lands, mortgaged them to the Holland Land Company of Willem Willink and 11 associates of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Excluded from his purchases in 1797 were territories for ten American Indian reservations within the state, with the Cattaraugus Reservation of 42 square miles among these. Thereafter, two land offices of the Holland Land Company were opened in Batavia, New York, Danby, Vermont. Many early settlers to Gowanda were from the Danby area, many were Quakers.

Called "Aldrich's Mills" after the first European-American settler, Turner Aldrich, the European-American village was settled in 1810 and began to develop. He and his family of three sons and three daughters traveled up Cattaraugus Creek from Connecticut, taking 707 acres of land, comprising a large portion of what is Gowanda today. Aldrich built in 1817 a gristmill. Records of farmers coming from a 30-mile radius for their grain to be