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Tim Conway

Thomas Daniel "Tim" Conway was an American actor, comedian and director. From 1966 to 2012 he appeared in TV series and films. Among his more notable roles, he portrayed the inept Ensign Parker in the 1960s World War II TV situation comedy McHale's Navy, was a regular cast member on the TV comedy The Carol Burnett Show where he portrayed his recurrent iconic characters Mister Tudball, the Oldest Man and the Dumb Private, co-starred with Don Knotts in several films, was the title character in the Dorf series of eight sports comedy direct-to-video films, provided the voice of Barnacle Boy in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. Twice, in 1970 and in 1980–1981, he had his own TV series. Conway was admired for his ability to depart from scripts with humorous ad libs and gestures, which caused others in the skit to break character while attempting to control their surprise and laughter, he won six Primetime Emmy Awards during his career, four of which were awarded for The Carol Burnett Show, including one for writing.

Conway was diagnosed with normal pressure hydrocephalus in 2018 and had brain surgery, but his health continued to deteriorate and he died on May 14, 2019 from complications of that condition. Conway was born Thomas Daniel Conway1 in Willoughby, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, grew up in nearby Chagrin Falls, the son of Sophia Murgoiu and Daniel Conway, a groomer for polo ponies, his father, who immigrated to the United States in 1927, was born in Ireland to Scottish parents and his mother was born in Ohio to Romanian parents. His legal name was Thomas, though he was referred to as Toma, the Romanian language analog.1 and was known as Tom. Conway attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, where he majored in television and radio and was a disc jockey, member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity; when he graduated, Conway enlisted in the United States Army, where he served between 1956 and 1958. After his discharge from the Army, Conway returned to Cleveland and worked with Ernie Anderson on KYW-TV, an NBC affiliate, in 1958 and 1959.

From 1960 to 1962, he was on WJW-TV on a weekday morning film show, where he wrote material for the comedic skits shown during film intermissions. Conway recorded a comedy album with Anderson, who himself gained national prominence as a voice over announcer for ABC Television beginning in the 1970s. WJW-TV dismissed Conway in 1962, in part because he misled station management into thinking he had experience as a director; because of this move, which deprived Anderson of his co-host and comic foil, the station asked Anderson if he could host a B-grade horror film show on Friday nights instead. Conway continued to make many appearances alongside Anderson's alter ego Ghoulardi, in addition to "Big Chuck" Schodowski, a station engineer who Anderson got to assume much of Conway's sidekick status. After he became famous, Conway resurfaced periodically on Cleveland television on the Hoolihan and Big Chuck and Big Chuck and Lil' John shows on WJW-TV, in guest spots and occasional skits. Conway made regular guest appearances at numerous "Ghoulardifest" functions held by WJW over the years, along with former Cleveland TV personality Bob "Hoolihan" Wells, in tribute to Anderson, who died in 1997.

Comedic actress Rose Marie visited WJW in 1961, as part of CBS's promotional practice of sending their major show stars directly to local affiliates: in this case, it was for The Dick Van Dyke Show. She proceeded to take Conway under her wing. Following his departure from WJW, Conway moved to New York City. Conway gained a national following from his role as the bumbling, naive Ensign Charles Parker, Executive Officer of the World War II PT-73, in the 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy, alongside Ernest Borgnine and Joe Flynn. Borgnine became a good friend. Conway appeared at Borgnine's 90th birthday celebration and, four years paid tribute to his friend at the 7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on TNT. Conway said Borgnine was "like a big teddy bear" and "a pleasant person to be around" when he worked with him on the World War Two sitcom McHale's Navy. Afterwards, he starred in a string of short-lived television series, starting with 1967's Rango which starred Conway as an incompetent Texas Ranger.

Conway was part of an infamous network TV programming catastrophe. The show was in fact directed by Laugh-In's creator George Schlatter. Though Conway was listed only as a guest star on the pilot, which ABC broadcast on February 5, 1969, it was the only episode that aired. Turn-On received enough immediate, negative reaction to force several ABC affiliates, including WEWS-TV in Conway's hometown of Cleveland, to refuse to return to the program after the first commercial break. WEWS management sent an angrily-worded telegram to the network's headquarters. Many West Coast affiliates refused to air the show. Conway remarked that the show's premiere party he attended was the program's cancellation party, but ABC did not cancel the program until the 9th of February. In 1970, The Tim Conwa

Bracciano

Bracciano is a small town in the Italian region of Lazio, 30 kilometres northwest of Rome. The town is famous for its volcanic lake and for a well-preserved medieval castle Castello Orsini-Odescalchi; the lake is used for sailing and is popular with tourists. The town is served by an urban railway. Close to it lie the two medieval towns of Trevignano Romano. There is no certain information about the origins of Bracciano, on the Via Cassia overlooking the lake, it rose from one of the numerous towers built in the tenth century as a defence against the Saracen attacks, as implied by the ancient name of Castrum Brachiani. In the eleventh century the neighbouring territory was acquired by the Prefetti di Vico family, who turned the tower into a castle. Ferdinand Gregorovius dated the possession of Bracciano by the Orsini to 1234; the area was acquired by the Roman hospital of Santo Spirito in Sassia and, from 1375, was a Papal possession. In 1419 the Colonna Pope Martin V confirmed the fief of Bracciano in the Orsini family branch of Tagliacozzo.

Under this powerful family the city developed into a flourishing town, famous in the whole of Italy for its castle, enlarged, starting from 1470, by Napoleone Orsini and his son Virginio. In 1481 it housed Pope Sixtus IV. Four years however, the city and the castle were ravaged by Papal troops under Prospero Colonna, subsequently a new line of walls was built. In 1494 Charles VIII of France and his troops marching against Rome stopped at Bracciano; this act led to the excommunication of the Orsini, in 1496 the city was besieged by a papal army headed by Giovanni di Candia, son of Pope Alexander VI Borgia, though it resisted successfully. Cesare Borgia, another of Alexander's natural sons, was unsuccessful in his attempt to take the Orsini stronghold a few years later; the sixteenth century was a period of splendour for Bracciano. The notorious spendthrift and libertine Paolo Giordano I Orsini, having married in 1558 Isabella de' Medici, daughter of Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany, received the title of duke of Bracciano in 1560.

The castello received some modernization for the brief visit of the Medici that year. He hired the most prestigious painter available in Rome, Taddeo Zuccaro, to fresco with allegories and coats-of-arms the fortress's most prestigious room, the Sala Papalinia, occupied by Sixtus IV. Isabella spent the remainder of her life avoiding a return to the castle, which a modern tourist tradition would have her haunting; the economy was boosted by the exploitation of sulphur and iron, the production of tapestries and paper. The latter was favoured by the construction of an aqueduct whose ruins can still be seen in the city. Bracciano in this period had some 4,500 inhabitants. However, the expensive tenor of life of the Orsini damaged the economic conditions of the city; the last great ruler was Paolo Giordano II, a patron of arts and literature who made Bracciano a center of culture in Italy. The decline culminated in 1696 when the castle was sold to Livio Odescalchi, nephew of Pope Innocent XI. In the castle, richly frescoed friezes and ceilings now contrast with blank walls, which were hung with richly coloured tapestries when the lords of Bracciano were in residence.

The important late-15th century frieze showing the labours of Hercules is still visible. The main economic activities are tourism and agriculture; until the twentieth century the region was notoriously unhealthy for its malaria, now eradicated. The main monument of Bracciano is its castle, Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, one of the most noteworthy examples of Renaissance military architecture in Italy. 3 km outside the city, alongside the road leading to Trevignano Romano, is the ancient church of San Liberato. It occupies what was once the Roman settlement of Forum Clodii, now surrounded by an herb garden, part of the complex of English-style gardens at the adjoining Villa San Librato, designed by Russell Page in 1965 for the art historian conte Donato Sanminatelli and his contessa, Maria Odescalchi, carried out over the following decade. On the same road are the ruins of the Aquae Apollinaris, a complex of baths famous in the Roman age. At Vigna di Valle, next to the lake, the former seaplane base today houses the Italian Air Force Museum.

The museum's four hangars hold a number of historical military aircraft, including famous planes such as the MC. 202, the Supermarine Spitfire, the Savoia Marchetti S.79, the F-104 Starfighter, the Caproni Ca.100 and the Panavia Tornado. On view is a remarkable collection of three Schneider Cup racers, including the Macchi M. C.72. The museum stages an annual'Giornata Azzura' airshow at Pratica di Mare airport; the Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Csa". Bracciano is twinned with Neusäß, Germany Châtenay-Malabry, France Medici: Masters of Florence TV series. Orsini Lake of Bracciano Tourist Information Castello Orsini-Odescalchi Roberto Piperno, "Bracciano" Bracciano historical database

Republic of the Congo–Holy See relations

Republic of the Congo–Holy See relations refers to the current relations between the Republic of the Congo and the Holy See. The Catholic Church has considerable influence in the Republic of the Congo as about half of the population identify as Roman Catholic. Although the two states established relations in February 1963, their cooperation has only started to increase with their first major bilateral agreement being signed in early 2017; the Holy See maintains an apostolic nunciature in Brazzaville, while Congo does not yet have any diplomatic or consular mission to Vatican City. It is instead represented by its Ambassador to France, accredited to several other countries, including the Holy See; the Vatican's current Apostolic Nuncio to Congo is Francisco Escalante Molina, while the Ambassador of the Republic of the Congo to France is Henri Lopès, accredited to the Vatican in 2000. In February 2017, the two states signed an agreement that confirms the status of the Catholic Church and other Catholic institutions in Congo, as well as the right of the Church to carry out its mission in the country.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State, Prime Minister Clément Mouamba of Congo were present at the signing of the agreement, as were a number of high-ranking government and religious officials. Cardinal Peitro Parolin visited Brazzaville for the signing of the bilateral agreement, as part of his African tour. Catholic Church in the Republic of the Congo Foreign relations of the Holy See Foreign relations of the Republic of the Congo Religion in the Republic of the Congo Bilateral Relations of the Holy See on the Vatican official website