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Tony Clifton

Tony Clifton is a character created by performance artist Andy Kaufman, who portrayed him in the late 1970s. Characteristic of the many elaborate hoaxes and practical jokes Kaufman concocted, Clifton was not portrayed by Kaufman. Others longtime Kaufman friend Bob Zmuda performed the role. Kaufman would sometimes claim that Tony Clifton was a real lounge singer whom Kaufman encountered in the International Hotel in Las Vegas in 1969, he was waiting for Elvis Presley to arrive. Kaufman may have seen Clifton as the antithesis of the sweet, gentle "Foreign Man" character he was best known for, his gaudy attire, fake sideburns, badly executed suave behavior. Clifton would attempt to improvise comical lyrics that were intentionally unfunny before giving up without seeming to care. Clifton tended to randomly insult patrons, passing off the abuse as the "comedy" portion of his act. Adding to Clifton's annoying and unappealing presence was his tendency to rhyme various words at random in the middle of conversations.

Many people misunderstood Kaufman's intent, focusing on the character's foul language and prima donna antics while failing to appreciate the fact that Clifton was meant to be the comic antithesis of the typical lounge singer: a bland, genial entertainer designed to add a touch of class to a hotel and make guests feel welcome. For a brief time, it was unclear to some. News programs interviewed Clifton as Kaufman's opening act, but the interviews invariably would turn ugly whenever Kaufman's name came up. Clifton claimed Kaufman was using his name "to go places." In many cases, Andy Kaufman played Clifton. Promoters who thought they had caught on to the joke would hire Clifton because he was cheaper than booking Kaufman. However, Kaufman had the last laugh, enlisting his brother Michael or his showbiz partner Bob Zmuda to play the role, with Kaufman making unannounced appearances onstage during Clifton's act. Rodney Dangerfield was a big fan of Andy Kaufman, hired Clifton to open for him for two shows at Bill Graham's famed Fillmore West.

After a disastrous first show, where Clifton took the stage with Tony Bennett's famous "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and was summarily booed, he reappeared on the second night in riot gear amid a shower of rotten vegetables and other detritus. Tony Clifton still makes occasional appearances, most notably in the days leading up to May 16, 2004, the twentieth anniversary of Kaufman's death, it was announced on May 16, 2008 that Comic Relief, in recognition of the 24th anniversary of Andy Kaufman's departure, would present "The Return of Tony Clifton", with his Katrina Kiss My Ass Orchestra. The national tour kicked off June 27, 2008 at the Georgia Theatre in Athens and benefited Gulf Coast musicians and singers affected by Hurricane Katrina. Clifton fronted the Katrina Orchestra along with the Cliftonettes. Dates included August 15 at Chicago's Chopin Theatre. In 2011, Tony and his orchestra were featured headliners as part of the annual Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on May 21.

That month he began hosting the Tony Clifton Revue at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He was interviewed on the 284th episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast as promotion.. Clifton was hired to appear on an early episode of ABC's Taxi. In 1977, the producers of Taxi saw Kaufman's Foreign Man act at The Comedy Store, offered him a role in their show based on the character. Kaufman wasn't a fan of sitcoms, but his manager, George Shapiro, convinced him that this would propel him to stardom, where he would make a lot of money which he could put into his own act, which became Andy's Funhouse. Kaufman agreed to appear as Latka Gravas in fourteen episodes per season half of the entire series, if Tony Clifton was allowed to guest star in the series; the producers were well aware that "Clifton" was an alter ego of Kaufman, but went along with the fiction that Clifton was a separate actor. They signed Clifton to a separate contract, announced to the cast that Clifton was being hired to portray the character of Louie's brother in the series 13th episode.

However, after the first day of rehearsal, the producers felt Kaufman-as-Clifton was not up to the acting challenge of playing the offered role. Informed of this, Kaufman asked that "Clifton" be fired in public, ostensibly for coming to rehearsal late. Clifton showed up on set for the next day of filming, was demanding and obnoxious; the producers not only fired Clifton in front of press and network executives, but threw him off the set after he caused havoc and enraged series stars Judd Hirsch and Jeff Conaway. The role was hurriedly recast, when Kaufman returned to work for the following episode, he acted as if nothing had happened. Sam Simon, a season 5 writer and showrunner for Taxi, revealed in a 2013 interview with Marc Maron for the WTF Podcast that the story of Andy having been disruptive on the show was "a complete fiction" created by Bob Zmuda. Simon maintained. In the interview Simon stated that Kaufman was "completely professional" and that he "told you Tony Clifton was him", but he conceded that Kaufman would have "loved" Zmuda's version of events.

However, while many Taxi staffers have corroborated the story that Clifton was a disruptive p

WNB Golf Classic

The WNB Golf Classic was a professional golf tournament in the United States on the Tour. It was played annually at the Midland Country Club in Midland and the title sponsor was Western National Bank, it debuted in 1992 as the Ben Hogan Permian Basin Open at the Club at Mission Dorado in Odessa. The purse was $150,000 and the winner's share of $30,000 went to Taylor Smith on August 30; the course is now part of the Odessa Country Club. For its 23rd and final edition in 2014, the purse had quadrupled to $600,000 and Andrew Putnam took the winner's share of $108,000. Bolded golfers graduated to the PGA Tour via the Tour regular-season money list. Official website Coverage on the Tour's official site Midland Country Club – official site

Gregory Despres

Gregory Allan Despres was convicted of the murders of Fred Fulton, 74, Veronica "Verna" Decarie, 70, of Minto, New Brunswick, after decapitating them with a chainsaw on April 23, 2005. On March 5, 2008, the Court found Despres guilty, but not criminally responsible for his actions at the time. Despres was born in Minto, New Brunswick in July 1982; as a young child, his mother, Jenny Despres, separated from Despres' father. Despres lived a nomadic existence nearly his entire life. In his youth, he moved with his mother to Massachusetts. By the age of 16, Despres' mother began noticing changes in his personality which she dismissed as teenage rebellion. At 17, Despres moved back to Minto. Despres severed ties with his mother for 2 years, until she herself had returned to Minto. By this time Despres had become isolated from society locking himself away in his residence for long periods of time being seen by outsiders, his mother was concerned, asked him if he was doing drugs. Despres denied it. Despres state continued to deteriorate beyond that point.

On the evening April 23, 2005, Despres left his trailer and traveled a short distance on foot to the residence of Fred Fulton and Veronica Decarie. Despres gained access to the house by cutting open the screen of one door with a knife and kicking in the second door. Despres went to the couple's bedroom. While Fulton attempted to escape the house, he only made it to the porch before being overpowered by Despres. Despres dragged Fulton back to the kitchen where he decapitated him. While it was reported to the media that Despres had thrown Fulton's head out the back door, it was found under the kitchen table in a pillowcase. Shortly after the murders, Despres packed up a car with the murder weapons and drove toward the United States; the car was found in a gravel pit near the Canada-U. S. identified as Fulton's. On April 25, 2005, one day before the bodies were discovered, Despres arrived at the Calais, border crossing, he presented himself to the U. S. border guards while carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chainsaw stained with what appeared to be blood.

At the border, Despres boasted of being an assassin for the United States government and of having killed 700. The weapons were confiscated and Despres was fingerprinted. Although it was determined that Despres was due in court to be sentenced for an assault conviction, Despres held U. S. citizenship and under US law, the officers could not compel Despres to return to Canada. Although contact was made with the RCMP, they had no other information that would have allowed the officers to detain Despres; the bodies had not yet been discovered. He was therefore properly permitted to enter the United States. There were however other grounds for detaining Despres that were not acted upon by the border patrol agents. "Joseph Gutheinz, a University of Phoenix criminal justice professor said they could have arrested Despres for lying to a customs officer. The comment about 700 kills should have tipped them that he was not telling the truth, he said." Gutheinz, a retired Senior Special Agent who had served with three Federal agencies said "if the customs agents wanted to exercise their discretion in regard to a person who they believed might be mentally ill, there was a non-criminal option.

In Maine, as in many states, there is a protective custody statute, which permits law enforcement officers to take into custody individuals they have reasonable grounds to believe may be an imminent threat to themselves or others. This authority to apprehend and process a person is designed to permit a psychological evaluation. From there, Despres hitchhiked south to Massachusetts. On April 27, 2005, a Mattapoisett, MA police officer spotted Despres wandering on the side of the road. During a routine check for outstanding warrants, it was found that Despres was expected in court that day in Fredericton, New Brunswick for an assault on Fulton's son-in-law in August 2004; the day prior, Fulton's daughter discovered the bodies of her father and Decarie at their residence in Minto, New Brunswick. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police suspected Despres and learned he had been arrested in the United States and was jailed in Boston. Despres was extradited from Boston to Fredericton on September 15, 2005.

Despres' trial was scheduled for September 5, 2006. On August 4, 2006, Despres fired his lawyer, Randy Maillet, with whom he disagreed on how the defense should be presented; this caused a major delay and the trial date was moved to January 8, 2007. The Despres trial would be heard by not a jury. Judge Judy Clendening would preside over the case; the prosecution focused its case on the blood trail, DNA evidence, his relations with Fulton. The prosecution stated Despres and Fulton were fighting over the waterline, a conflict worsened by Despres' use of recreational drugs. On February 1, Despres lashed out at his new lawyer, Ed Derrah, accusing him of working for Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, he demanded his lawyer be fired. Derrah requested his client be sent for a psychological evaluation. Hearings were held on April 24, 25 and 26, 2007. During this time, one expert, Dr. Louis Theriault, said that Despres was unfit to stand trial due to the fact he believe Despres had paranoid schizophrenia. Jeannie, Despres' mother, backed this up by saying her son seemed to act strangely since the age of 17.

Another expert testified that Despres was in fact fit to stand trial and that medication could help any mental disorder he was facing. Clendenning disagreed with that theory and ruled that Desp

Piano Concerto No. 11 (Mozart)

Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K. 413, was the second of the group of three early concertos he wrote when in Vienna, in the autumn of 1782. It was the first full concerto; the autograph is held by the Jagiellońska Library, Kraków with an additional, now incomplete, copy that Mozart brought to Salzburg in 1783, in the library of the Archabbey of St Peter's, Salzburg. The concerto is in the usual three movements: Allegro in 34 Larghetto in 44 Tempo di menuetto in 34It is scored for solo keyboard, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and strings; the winds and brass do not play an important role throughout the concerto, Mozart himself advertised an "a quattro" version, for string quartet and keyboard only for domestic use. As per 18th century performance practice a string orchestra could have provided as a suitable option for the "quattro" accompaniment; the time signatures of the concerto are unusual: Mozart wrote only three other keyboard concertos with first movements in 34. In the first movement, Mozart definitively modulates to the dominant, C major, when he introduces the second subject in the prelude before returning to F major 8 bars later.

The second movement is in binary form. The third movement, on the other hand, is unusual both in its minuet form, in its variation of the normal rondo structure. Girdlestone, C. M. Mozart's piano concertos. Cassell, London. Hutchings, A. A Companion to Mozart's Piano Concertos, Oxford University Press. Mozart, W. A. Piano Concertos Nos. 11–16 in full score. Dover Publications, New York. Konzert in F KV 413: Score and critical report in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe Piano Concerto No. 11: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project

Lyell Island

Lyell Island, known in the Haida language as Athlii Gwaii, is a large island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada. The island is a part of Haida Heritage Site. Lyell Island was the focus of anti-logging demonstrations that led to establishment of Gwaii Haanas park in 1993. 72 Haida citizens were charged with Contempt of Court. Arrested on Lyell Island was a Canadian MP, Svend Robinson; the protests started October 24, 1985, continued for three months and led to the process which culminated in the creation of Gwaii Haanas. List of islands of British Columbia "Lyell Island". BC Geographical Names. Lyell Island: 25 Years Later, Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, Nov. 13, 2010 An undergraduate research project: The Story of Lyell Island, Brittany Yu, Julia Wakeling, Malik Sayadi and Jaimie Wu, April 12, 2017 Loggers Confront Haida Blockade, CBC Digital Archives, Nov. 2, 1985

At Carnegie Hall (Dave Brubeck Quartet album)

At Carnegie Hall is a jazz live album by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. It was recorded at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City on Friday, February 22, 1963. Critic Thom Jurek described it as "one of the great live jazz albums of the 1960s". Critic Jim Santella wrote, "This is timeless music from a classic ensemble. Goosebumps are guaranteed."Ironically, original expectations for the concert were low. Not only was drummer Joe Morello recovering from a case of the flu at the time, but New York had been suffering from a newspaper strike, the group was worried that the attendance would be sparse; the worries were groundless: the hall was full. The original LP cut the ending of "Castillian Drums" by one beat; some of Brubeck's announcements from the stage were replaced, but the originals remain on the reissue. The liner notes include extensive comments by Brubeck on each selection. All tracks composed by Dave Brubeck. S. A." - 7:21 "For All We Know" - 9:38 "Pennies from Heaven" - 10:15 "Southern Scene" - 7:12 "Three to Get Ready" - 6:40 "Eleven-Four" - 3:44 "King for a Day" - 6:15 "Castilian Drums" - 14:14 "It's a Raggy Waltz" - 6:47 "Blue Rondo à la Turk" - 12:40 "Take Five" - 7:15 Dave Brubeck - piano Paul Desmond - alto saxophone Eugene Wright - double bass Joe Morello - drumsProductionTeo Macero - producer, liner notes Peter Rachtman - concert producer George T. Simon - liner notes Anthony Janek, Fred Plaut, Frank Bruno - engineering