click links in text for more info

Twin Galaxies

Twin Galaxies is an organization and social media platform that facilitates interaction, achievement and competition between people involved in the culture and activity of playing video games. Guinness World Records considers Twin Galaxies to be an official supplier of verified world records. In mid-1981, Walter Day, founder of Twin Galaxies Incorporated, visited more than 100 video game arcades over four months, recording the high scores that he found on each game. On November 10, he opened his own arcade in Ottumwa, naming it Twin Galaxies. On February 9, 1982, his database of records was released publicly as the Twin Galaxies National Scoreboard. Twin Galaxies became arranging contests between top players. Twin Galaxies' first event attracted international media attention for gathering the first teams of video-game stars. Top players in North Carolina and California were formed into state teams that faced off in a "California Challenges North Carolina All-Star Playoff", playing on 17 different games in Lakewood and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

California defeated North Carolina 10–7 over the weekend of August 27–30, 1982. Similar competitions were conducted during the summers of 1983 and 1984 when Day organized the players in many U. S. states to compete in high score contests for the Guinness Book of World Records. The states included California, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, Idaho, New York, Alaska and Kansas. On November 30, 1982, Ottumwa mayor Jerry Parker declared the town "Video Game Capital of the World", a claim, backed up by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and the Amusement Game Manufacturers Association in a ceremony at Twin Galaxies on March 19, 1983. Twin Galaxies' status as the official scorekeeper was further enhanced by support from the major video game publications of the early 1980s. Beginning in the summer of 1982, Video Games magazine and Joystik magazine published full-page high-score charts taken from Twin Galaxies' data; these high-score tables were published during the entire lives of these magazines. Additional high-score charts appeared in Videogiochi, Computer Games, Video Game Player magazine and Electronic Fun magazine.

Twin Galaxies' high-score charts appeared in USA Today, Games magazine and was distributed sporadically in 1982 and 1983 by the Knight-Ridder news service as an occasional news feature, originating from the Charlotte Observer. Twin Galaxies brought top players together on November 1982, to be photographed by Life magazine; this photo session is the subject of a documentary film, Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade, screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. On January 8–9, 1983, Twin Galaxies organized the first significant video-game championship, to crown a world champion; this event was filmed in Ottumwa by ABC-TV's That's Incredible! and was aired on the night of February 21, 1983. In March 1983, Twin Galaxies was contracted by the Electronic Circus to assemble a professional troupe of video game superstars who would travel with the Circus as an "act." With Walter Day hired as the "Circus Ringmaster", Twin Galaxies supplied a squad of 15 world-record holders on Twin Galaxies' high-score tables.

Though the Circus was scheduled to visit 40 cities in North America, its Boston inaugural performance, opening in the Bayside Exposition Ctr. on July 15, 1983, lasted only five days, closing on July 19. The players selected by Twin Galaxies for the Circus are believed to be history's first professionally contracted video game players. On July 25, 1983, Twin Galaxies established the professional U. S. National Video Game Team, the first such, with Walter Day as team captain; the USNVGT toured the United States during the summer of 1983 in a 44-foot GMC bus filled with arcade games, appearing at arcades around the nation and conducting the 1983 Video Game Masters Tournament, the results of which were published in the 1984 U. S. edition of Guinness World Records. Under the direction of Day, functioning as an assistant editor for the Guinness Book in charge of video-game scores, the USNVGT gathered annual contest results that were published in the 1984—1986 U. S. editions. In September 1983, the USNVGT visited the Italian and Japanese Embassies in Washington D.

C. to issue challenges for an international video game championship. In 1987, the USNVGT toured Europe; every month between 1991 and 1994, the U. S. publication Electronic Gaming Monthly, published a full-page high-score table titled "The U. S. National Video Game Team's International Scoreboard". In 1988, the Guinness Book of World records stopped publishing records from Twin Galaxies due to a decline in interest for arcade games. On February 8, 1998, Twin Galaxies' Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records was published, it is a 984-page book containing scores compiled since 1981. A second edition was published as a three-volume set in 2007. A third edition was published in 2009. Founder Walter Day left Twin Galaxies in 2010 to pursue a career in music, since ownership of Twin Galaxies has changed hands several times. In 2013, Twin Galaxies began charging a fee for score submissions. In March 2014, Jace Hall announced himself as the new owner of Twin Galaxies. On April 28, 2014, the full Twin Galaxies website, including the high score database and forum content, came back online.

The U. S. National Video Game Team was founded on July 25, 1983 in Ottumwa, Iowa by Walter Day and the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard. July 25, 1983. August 11, 1983.

József Angster

József Angster was a Hungarian organ making master and founder of the Angster dynasty, one of Central Europe's most sought after in the craft, an important figure in Hungarian applied arts history. Angster was born at Kácsfalu, in present-day Croatia into a German family who had travelled to Hungary from Austria in the 1790s, he wrote his memoirs in German, they were translated in his old age into Hungarian, he said that in speaking Hungarian he was a beginner, in writing it he was an unschooled senior. He studied cabinet making travelled to Timișoara and worked in Germany, he studied organ manufacturing in Vienna at the Titz factory and from 1863 to 1866 worked in Paris under Aristide Cavaillé-Coll where he worked on the organs of Cologny castle, Notre Dame and Sainte-Trinité. He returned home on foot although he was asked to work abroad, he was a religious man and was made member of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by the Pope and was president of the old boy's club in Pecs until his death.

His first domestic commission was for the new Pecs synagogue and he founded a workshop in that city in 1869. In the following decades he received numerous commissions in Hungary and surrounding countries, including Italy, his domestic works include: Kalocsa Cathedral. Pécs, Inner city R. C. church. Budapest, Terézváros R. C. church. Pécs Cathedral, built in 1880, it was the 100th organ built by Angster. Budapest, Kálvin squ. Reformed church Debrecen, Kossuth str. Reformed church Győr Cathedral His legacy is the instruments, his name is attached to a Technical college in Pécs, where he died, as well as one street in the city. After his death, the organ factory's business was run by Emil and Oskar Angster after 1903 and from 1940 to 1949 by Jozsef Angster, born in 1917, he and his nephew, Imre Angster established a second factory at Rakospalota and introduced some technical innovations. The communist takeover resulted in the factory being closed as far as organ manufacturing was concerned. However, since 1992 a new workshop was set up in Pecs with backing by Jozsef Angster.

The history and workings of the organ, Jozsef Angster: Angster - a book about the Pecs workshop and family history, Pannonia books, 1993. Jozsef Angster obituary, Musical journal/Zenei Szemle, 1918 no. 5

Museum of the Dog

Museum of the Dog is a nonprofit canine museum at 101 Park Avenue in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The museum features exhibits that include: Dogs in film, dogs of presidents, war dogs, dogs in exploration; the museum features one of the largest collections of dog-related art. The museum began in 1982 with donations from benefactors Frank Sabella, Marie Moore, Nancy-Carol Draper and the Westminster Kennel Foundation; the permanent collection of art consists of Bronze and ceramic sculpture, paintings. The museum has always been operated by the American Kennel Club; the museum displays artwork by renowned artists: Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl and Arthur Wardle. Much of the artwork is from the early 20th century. A great deal of the work is from the late 1800s and the early 20th century, with little abstract or contemporary art. 1982 The New York Life Building at 51 Madison Avenue 1987 Queeny Park, West St. Louis County, Missouri. 2017–present, 101 Park Ave, New York, NY 10178 Women and Dogs in Art in the Twentieth Century Women and Dogs in Art Dog Days of Summer Official website

Laurie Keene

Lawrence Kimberley Brett "Laurie" Keene is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the VFL/AFL. Tall and athletic, Laurie Keene was recruited to West Coast from Subiaco, where he had been a member of premiership sides in 1986 and 1988, he could play as a key position forward or in the ruck and had topped Subiaco's goalkicking in 1985 with 70 goals as well as winning their'Fairest and best' award in 1986. His career at West Coast was interrupted by injury, most notably an Achilles tendon injury which ended his VFL/AFL career, but he had a solid debut season with 25 goals, which included a club record haul of six against Carlton at Princes Park. Keene returned to Subiaco after his stint at West Coast and played with the club until 1994, amassing 140 games. At interstate level he was a regular West Australian representative and earned selection to the All-Australian team at the 1986 State of Origin Carnival, he is remembered by West Coast fans for kicking West Coast first goal.

Holmesby and Main, Jim. The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing. Laurie Keene's playing statistics from AFL Tables Laurie Keene at


Sessay is a small, linear village and civil parish in North Yorkshire, England. It is situated 4 miles south-east from Thirsk, 2 miles west from the A19 road close to the East Coast Main Line; the civil parish includes the village of Little Sessay, where the parish church and school are located. In 2013 the population of the civil parish was estimated at 320; the 2001 UK Census recorded the population as 311. There were 130 dwellings; the village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as "Sezai" in the wapentake of Gerlestre. It became a detached part of the wapentake of Allertonshire. At the time of the Norman invasion, the manor was the possession of the Bishop of Durham and St Cuthbert's Church, Durham; the manor became a Mesne lordship and was held after the Norman invasion first by the Percy family and by the Darrell family from the end of the 12th century to the late 15th century. When the family line of succession ended, it passed by marriage to the Dawnay family in 1525. One descendant, John Dawnay was made Viscount Downe in 1680.

The family still hold the manor. A railway station was opened at Sessay by the Great North of England Railway in 1841, it closed in 1958. The topynomy is a combination of the Old English word secg meaning sedge and the Anglian word ēg meaning island or dry ground surrounded by marsh. Therefore, it is Sedge island. According to legend, Sessay was once the home of a giant, slain by a knight named Sir Guy Dawnay; the village is within the Malton UK Parliament constituency. It lies within the Topcliffe ward of Hambleton District Council and Sowerby electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council; the village lies to the east of the East Coast Main Line. The nearest settlements are Hutton Sessay 1.1 miles to the north-east and Dalton 1.7 miles to the north-west. Birdforth Beck runs to the south of the village on its way to join the nearby River Swale; the Ordnance Survey have suggested that a field near Sessay may be the geographical centre of Yorkshire, although there are other claimants to this title.

The school at Little Sessay, Sessay CE Primary, is within the catchment area of Thirsk School for secondary education. The school was built in 1848 by William Butterfield for Viscount Downe, it is a Grade II listed building. There is a Cricket Club in the village; the Cricket Club competes in the York Senior League. In September 2010 the club won the National Village Cup at Lord's, repeating its success in September 2016; the parish church is dedicated to St Cuthbert and is a Grade II* listed building, rebuilt by architect William Butterfield in 1847-48 for William Dawnay, 7th Viscount Downe on the site of the original. In the church there are three funeral brasses in the chancel to members of the Kitchingman family, one to Mrs. Smelt. Another is that of Master Thomas Magnus. At the time of the Dissolution of religious houses he was master of St Leonard's Hospital and was subsequently appointed to the rectory of Sessay, where he died, in 1550, was buried in the chancel." Media related to Sessay at Wikimedia Commons Sessay Community Website

Bassett, Southampton

Bassett is a suburb and electoral ward of the City of Southampton, England. The suburb lies to the north of the city centre and is residential, including the University of Southampton's Glen Eyre Halls of residence complex, which houses around 2,100 students. Bassett gives its name to part of the A33 arterial road which links the city centre to the M3, described by Pevsner & Lloyd as "part of the splendid tree-lined route into Southampton from Winchester and the north"; the highest point in the City of Southampton lies on Bassett Avenue at a height of 82 metres above sea level. Bassett Ward comprises Bassett Green and Lordswood, it had a population of 14,532 at the 2011 census. A family named'Basset' is known to have lived in South Stoneham in the 15th century, the place name may be from their name; the area broadly occupied by Bassett today was known as Stoneham Common, shown on the 1791 map by Thomas Milne on which'Bassets Lane' appears. The village of Bassett appears on a 1810 map, located where Bassett Green Village is today.

In the late 18th century it grew as a retreat for rich people outside the borough of Southampton. By the time of the Ordnance Survey of 1897, Basset had been renamed Bassett Green, a more westerly area was identified as Bassett. By the late 19th century, Bassett consisted of many substantial villas occupied by the middle classes. Despite having the appearance of a well-to-do district on the edge of the town, Revd. Elliott Kenworthy-Browne observed that three-quarters of the population of 800 were poor, chiefly mechanics and labourers. In 1920 the boundaries of Southampton were extended to include Bassett, along with Bitterne, Woolston, Weston and Swaythling. Along with the adjacent neighbourhoods of Bassett Green and Lordswood, Bassett forms part of the Bassett Ward of Southampton, which had a population of 13,139 at the 2001 census. Councillors for the ward are elected to Southampton City Council, a unitary authority and therefore the only tier of local government covering the neighbourhood.

Nationally, Bassett falls within the Romsey and Southampton North constituency for the UK parliament and the South East England constituency for the European Union parliament. Bassett is urban or suburban in nature but is sandwiched between Southampton's two largest open spaces; the main shopping area of the neighbourhood is located. The shops there include a well-established pharmacy, Bassett Tea Rooms, a butcher, Uptons of Bassett. Upton's appear in regional and national butchery competitions; the Bassett Hotel at 111 Burgess Road dated from before 1871 and was by that year owned by Coopers Brewery, subsequently taken over by Watney Combe & Reid. It became a popular music venue, with its back room housing a jazz club, the Concorde Club, which subsequently moved to separate premises in North Stoneham. While located at the Bassett Hotel, the club was the scene of early performances from the likes of Chris Barber, Joe Cocker and Manfred Mann; the hotel's bar was visited by Ken Russell on his way to an infamous television interview for the Viewpoint programme.

The hotel was relaunched as a Berni Steak House. It was sold to Whitbread who turned it into a Beefeater restaurant and subsequently a Brewers Fayre before it was closed; the hotel was acquired by Sunrise Senior Living who demolished it and built a residential care home on the site. Primary-age children in Bassett tend to attend local schools in adjacent neighbourhoods, such as Bassett Green and Lordswood. Bassett is close to two large secondary schools; the University of Southampton's distinctive Boldrewood Campus buildings are situated just off Bassett Avenue, at the eastern extremity of Bassett. The campus housed the Biomedical Sciences Centre until its closure in 2010, it has now been demolished to make way for new buildings. The firm Grimshaw Architects has produced designs for the new campus, which will house a joint centre for the University of Southampton and Lloyd's Register; the first phase of construction is due to be completed in 2014. Bassett was part of the parish of North Stoneham, which can be traced back to the early 9th century when it was known as "Stonam Abbatis" or "Abbots Stoneham", was attached to Hyde Abbey at Winchester.

After the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1540s, the manor was acquired by Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton. In 1599, the Wriothesley family sold the estate to Sir Thomas Fleming. With the growth of Bassett came the construction of a second church within the parish, located on Bassett Avenue; the foundation stone for the new church was laid in 1897 and St Michael and All Angels Church is now a "Grade II listed building". The parish has since been renamed "North Stoneham and Bassett", encompasses the whole of Bassett, the portion of Bassett Green north of Bassett Green Road, North Stoneham, the