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The Thin Man (film)

The Thin Man is a 1934 American pre-Code comedy-mystery B movie directed by W. S. Van Dyke and based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett; the film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a leisure-class couple who enjoy copious drinking and flirtatious banter. Nick is a retired private detective who left his successful career when he married Nora, a wealthy heiress accustomed to high society, their wire-haired fox terrier. The film's screenplay was written by Frances Goodrich, a married couple. In 1934, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; the titular "Thin Man" is not Nick Charles, but the man Charles is hired to find – Clyde Wynant. The "Thin Man" moniker was thought by many viewers to refer to Nick Charles and, after a time, it was used in the titles of sequels as if referring to Charles. Nick Charles, a retired detective, his wealthy wife Nora, are visiting New York City to spend the Christmas holidays. There, Nick is pressed back into service by Dorothy Wynant, a young woman whose father, was an old client of Nick's.

Clyde, the title's "thin man", was supposed to be on a secret business trip and promised to be home before his daughter's wedding, but has mysteriously vanished. She convinces Nick to take the case, much to the amusement of his socialite wife. What appears to be a missing person case turns into a murder case when Julia Wolf, Clyde's former secretary and love interest, is found dead, evidence points to Clyde as the prime suspect. Dorothy refuses to believe; the detective uncovers clues and solves the mystery of the disappearance. The murderer is exposed at a dinner party: A skeletonized body, found buried in Wynant's workshop during the investigation, had been assumed to be that of a "fat man" because it was wearing oversized clothing. However, Nick alleges that the clothes were planted to hide the true identity of the body, which still has shrapnel from an old war wound in one leg and belongs to a "thin man": the missing Wynant. Nick deduces that the real culprit murdered Clyde once Clyde found out he had been embezzling from him murdered Julia who knew about Clyde's murder also murdered Nunheim, who witnessed Julia's murder.

Nick reveals the identity of the killer as Wynant's attorney Herbert MacCauley. Panicked, MacCauley tries to shoot Nick. Nick and Nora, as well as Dorothy and her new husband Tommy, celebrate as they take a train back to California. Cast notes: Nat Pendleton reprised the role of Lt. Guild in 1939's Another Thin Man; the film was based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, released in January 1934. Hammett's novel drew on his experiences as a union-busting Pinkerton detective in Montana. Hammett based Nick and Nora's banter upon his rocky on-again, off-again relationship with playwright Lillian Hellman. MGM paid Hammett $21,000 for the screen rights to the novel; the screenplay was written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, married for three years. Director W. S. Van Dyke encouraged them to use Hammett's writing as a basis only, to concentrate on providing witty exchanges for Nick and Nora. Van Dyke convinced MGM executives to let Powell and Loy portray the lead characters despite concerns that Powell was too old and strait-laced to play Nick Charles and that Loy had become typecast in exotic femme fatale roles.

Skippy played Asta, the dog of Nick and Nora. Skippy was subsequently cast in The Awful Truth and Bringing Up Baby; the film was shot with a budget of $226,408. For Powell's first scene in the film, Van Dyke told him to take the cocktail shaker, go to the bar and just walk through the scene while the crew checked lights and sound. Powell did it, he heard Van Dyke say, "That's it! Print it!" The director had decided to shoot the scene without Powell knowing it so that he would be as relaxed and natural as possible. Van Dyke did not bother with cover shots if he felt the scene was right on the first take, reasoning that actors "lose their fire" if they have to do something over and over, it was a lot of pressure on the actors, who had to learn new lines and business before shooting, without the luxury of retakes, but Loy credited much of the appeal of the film to Van Dyke's pacing and spontaneity. He paid the most attention to Powell and Loy's easy banter between takes and their obvious enjoyment of each other's company and worked it into the movie.

The director encouraged and incorporated improvisation and off-the-cuff details into the picture. In order to keep her entrance fresh and spontaneous, 3Van Dyke did not tell Loy about it until right before they shot it. Powell loved working so much with Loy because of her naturalness, her professionalism, her lack of any kind of "diva" temperament. Of her, Powell said: When we did a scene together, we forgot about technique, camera angles, microphones. We weren't acting. We were just two people in perfect harmony. Myrna, unlike some actresses who think only of themselves, has the happy faculty of being able to listen while the other fellow says his lines, she has the take of acting that brings out the best. According to Loy, the actors were not allowed to interact between takes with the dog Skippy. Skippy once bit Loy during filming. Although she had great compliments for Powell's charm and wit, Maureen O'Sullivan (who played the daughter o

Percy Lewis McDonald Morgan

Percy Lewis McDonald Morgan was a New Zealand-born Western Samoan politician. Born in New Zealand, Morgan emigrated to Western Samoa, he worked in the civil service, serving as Chief Clerk in the Treasury Department and Public Works Department, Secretary of the Board of Trade. He left to take over a cocoa plantation. Morgan failed to be elected, he was elected. He lost his seat in the 1957 elections. Despite having been a strong opponent of moves towards self-government, he was part of the Constitutional Convention that produced the 1960 independence constitution. However, he refused to sign the only member of the convention to do so; the following year he contested the general elections, but was unsuccessful

Dinah Christie

Dinah Barbara Christie is a Canadian actress and singer. Christie was born in England; the daughter of actors Robert and Margot Christie, she came to Canada at the age of two with her parents and grew up in Toronto. At age 13, she worked as a call boy at the Stratford Festival and became an apprentice at the Festival in 1960. In 1961, she sang in a comedy revue in Toronto, directed by her father. Before she was out of her teens, she had been cast in small roles at Stratford. In 1962, aged 19, she starting singing while attending North Toronto Collegiate Institute and performed as a folk singer in her teens, taking voice lessons from Portia White. Christie did not graduate. In 1965, she was selected by Tom Kneebone to co-star in a stage revue, the two would work together for decades; the same year, she joined CBC Television's This Hour Has Seven Days, for which she sang satirical songs. She appeared in an off-Broadway musical, Your Own Thing, a rock musical of Twelfth Night. Christie was a regular performer on the TV series Party Game and Check it Out!.

In 1981, she won an ACTRA Award for best variety performance for her performance on the D. C. and Friends TV special. She and Kneebone won the 1984 ACTRA for best radio variety performers, Christie won the 1987 Gemini Award for best actress in a continuing series for Check it Out!. In 1971, she bought a 100-acre farm near Mount Forest and lived there with photographer Bob Warren. In the late 1980s, she founded a design and manufacturing company called "The Badd Sisters" with her sister, Cedar Christie; the company sells products made from recycled cotton. Dinah Christie on IMDb Profile, BaddSisters.com, accessed May 10, 2014

John Thompson (footballer, born 1981)

John Paul Thompson is an Irish former professional footballer. He was a tough-tackling versatile defender, although he was comfortable in midfield, he was a full Irish International who has played for Nottingham Forest, Tranmere Rovers, Oldham Athletic, Notts County and Mansfield. Born in Dublin, Thompson started his career playing for his local team River Valley Rangers. At 14 years old, he joined top Dublin schoolboy club Home Farm. While at the Dublin club he represented the Republic of Ireland Under-15 team on 15 occasions, he progressed to the Republic Under-16 team and won the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in Scotland in 1998, playing right-back against Italy in the final. He signed for Nottingham Forest at the age of 17 and progressed through the Forest Youth Academy under the guidance of Paul Hart and captained the Nottingham Forest Under-19 team to the Premier Academy League Title in 2000, it was a youth side, included Andy Reid, Jermaine Jenas and Michael Dawson. Thompson made his full debut for Nottingham Forest against Sheffield United in 2002 at Bramall Lane in a 0–0 draw, with a man of the match performance.

The following season, he made 25 appearances in a season where Forest narrowly missed out on the Premier League through the Championship Play-offs. He went on to make over 150 appearances for Forest, scoring eight goals, under such managers as Joe Kinnear, Gary Megson and Colin Calderwood. In his time at Forest he played with many top players such as Des Walker, Ricky Scimeca and David Johnson, he made his full International debut for the Republic of Ireland national football team in November 2003 coming on a substitute against Canada at Lansdowne Road. He had captained Republic of Ireland under-21 national football team under Don Givens, he is one of only a few players to represent Ireland at every level. In 2006, Thompson joined Tranmere Rovers on loan and worked under Ronnie Moore where he made 14 appearances in two successful loan periods. In the summer of 2007 he joined Oldham Athletic but injuries limited his first team chances there and he made ten appearances before linking up with former Forest academy coach Ian McParland at Notts County in October 2008 on an initial loan deal.

In January 2009, he signed permanently for Notts County, where he has worked under coaches Hans Backe, Ian McParland and Steve Cotterill and former Director of Football Sven-Goran Eriksson. He scored his first and second goal for Notts on 2 May 2009 against Wycombe Wanderers with two spectacular long range efforts. Thompson was the Notts County club captain for two and a half years. On 27 April 2010, Notts County beat Darlington F. C. 5–0 to secure the Football League Two title, promotion to Football League One. As well as lifting the trophy as captain, Thompson played a vital part in the Notts County's defence which kept 26 clean sheets out of 46 league games. Thompson made 25 appearances for Notts County in the 2010/2011 season under manager Martin Allen. On 10 May 2011, Martin Allen announced that he would not be offering Thompson a new contract at the current time but invited him back to the club in pre-season to train with a possibility of earning a new deal. Thompson chose not to return to the club.

Thompson was announced as Mansfield Town's latest signing in the early hours of 16 July 2011. On 19 November 2011 he made his debut in the starting 11 against AFC Telford, the game ended 0–0 Thompson became another of the small band of players to have represented all three Nottinghamshire senior sides, five others being Trevor Christie, Darren Ward, Jason Lee, Colin Calderwood and Kieron Freeman. Thompson announced his retirement from football on 30 April 2013 due to the mental scars left from a serious facial injury he received during a pre-season friendly against Ilkeston F. C. in August 2011. As of 2014, he is a regular presenter on Notts TV's "The Boot Room", giving analysis on his former clubs Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Mansfield Town, he graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in physiotherapy and now works as a sports physiotherapist for the National Health Service. UEFA U-17 Championship Republic of Ireland 1998 Football League Two Notts County F. C. 2009/10 Conference Premier Mansfield Town F.

C. 2012/13 John Thompson at Soccerbase Ireland stats at 11v11

Ernst Mayr (computer scientist)

Ernst Wilhelm Mayr is a German computer scientist and mathematician. He received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 1997 awarded for his contributions to theoretical computer science. Mayr's research in computer science covers algorithms and complexity theory, he explores symbolic mathematics/computer algebra and methods in bioinformatics. His principal interests lie in describing and modeling parallel and distributed programs and systems, the design and analysis of efficient parallel algorithms and programming paradigms, the design of algorithm solutions for scheduling and load balancing problems and investigation of their complexity theory, he explores polynomial ideals and their complexity and algorithms as well as algorithms for searching and analyzing extensive bioinformatic data. After studying mathematics at Technical University of Munich with a scholarship from the Maximilianeum foundation and computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mayr did his doctorate at Technical University of Munich in 1980.

In 1982, he became assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University, where he participated in the Presidential Young Investigator Program. In 1988, he was appointed to the Chair of Theoretical Computer Science at Goethe University Frankfurt. Mayr has held the Chair of Efficient Algorithms at Technical University of Munich since 1993 where he served as the dean of his faculty from 2000 to 2003. In 1997 he co-founded the annual international conference Computer Algebra in Scientific Computing with Vladimir P. Gerdt and served as a general chair from 1998 to 2013. Literature by and about Ernst Mayr in the German National Library catalogue Ernst W. Mayr Personal webpage Curriculum vitae and publications

2000–01 Ukrainian First League

The 2000–01 Ukrainian First League was the tenth season of the Ukrainian First League, won by FC Dynamo-2 Kyiv. The season started on July 23, 2000, finished on June 28, 2001. Three clubs promoted from the 1999-2000 Ukrainian Second League. Group AFC Bukovyna Chernivtsi – champion Group BFC Borysfen Boryspil – champion Group CFC Dnipro-2 Dnipropetrovsk – champion Three clubs were relegated from the 1999-00 Ukrainian Top League: FC Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk – 14th place FC Chornomorets Odesa – 15th place FC Zirka Kirovohrad – 16th place FC Yavir-Sumy changed its name to FC Spartak Sumy before start of the season. On May 25, 2001 FC Volyn Lutsk changed its name to SC Volyn-1 Lutsk. In 2000-01 season, the Ukrainian First League consists of the following teams: Statistics are taken from here. 2000–01 Ukrainian Second League Ukrainian Premier League 2000-01 The main source Professional Football League of Ukraine - website of the professional football league of Ukraine