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Wembley

Wembley is the principal town of the borough of Brent in north west London, about 8 miles west-northwest of Charing Cross. Wembley was formed a separate civil parish from 1894 and was incorporated as a municipal borough of Middlesex in 1937. In 1965, the area merged with the Municipal Borough of Willesden to create the London Borough of Brent, has since formed part of Greater London. Wembley is known as the location of Wembley Stadium, the home of the England national football team and the largest stadium by capacity in the UK; the town of Wembley includes the localities of Alperton, North Wembley, Wembley Park and Preston. The total population of the seven wards that make it up was 102,856 as of 2011. Wembley is derived from the Old English proper name "Wemba" and the Old English "lea" for meadow or clearing; the name was first mentioned in the charter of 825 of Selvin. A further instance may be seen as Wambeleye; the village of Wembley grew up on the hill by the clearing with the Harrow Road south of it.

Much of the surrounding area remained wooded. In 1547 there were but six houses in Wembley. Though small, it was one of the wealthiest parts of Harrow. At the dissolution of the monasteries in 1543, the manor of Wembley fell to Richard Andrews and Leonard Chamberlain, who sold it to Richard Page, Esq. of Harrow on the Hill, the same year. The Page family continued as lords of the manor of Wembley for several centuries and commissioned Humphry Repton the landscape gardener to design what is now Wembley Park. Wembley Park thus derived its name from Repton's habit of referring to the areas he designed as "parks". There was a mill on Wembley Hill by 1673. In 1837, the London and Birmingham Railway was opened from London Euston through Wembley to Hemel Hempstead, completed to Birmingham Curzon Street the following year; the changing names of the local station demonstrated the increasing importance of the'Wembley' name.'Sudbury' station opened in 1845, renamed as'Sudbury and Wembley' in 1882, renamed as'Wembley for Sudbury' in 1910, renamed as'Wembley Central' in 1948, at the time of the Olympic Games.

To modernise the service, a new Watford DC Line was built alongside the main lines and Bakerloo line trains, electric trains to Broad Street started in 1917. Electric trains to London Euston began running in 1922. Since 1917, there have been six platforms at. In 1880, the Metropolitan Railway opened its line from Baker Street through the eastern side of Wembley, but only built a station, Wembley Park, in 1894. There are now three physically separate services, the London to Aylesbury Line, the Metropolitan line, the Jubilee line. Only the latter two services have platforms at Wembley Park station. In November 1905, the Great Central Railway opened a new route for fast expresses that by-passed the congested Metropolitan Railway tracks, it ran between Neasden Junction, south of Wembley, Northolt Junction, west of London, where a new joint main line with the Great Western Railway began. Local passenger services from London Marylebone were added from March 1906, when new stations were opened, including'Wembley Hill', next to what became the site of Wembley Stadium – the national stadium of English sport – which opened for the FA Cup Final of April 1923, remaining open for 77 years until it closed for reconstruction in October 2000.

After a long planning and redevelopment process dogged by a series of funding problems and construction delays, the new stadium opened its doors in March 2007. Wembley Hill station was renamed'Wembley Complex' in May 1978, before getting its present name of'Wembley Stadium' in May 1987; the area around the current Wembley Stadium was the location of the British Empire Exhibition of 1924–1925. Until the 2000s, remnants of the many reinforced concrete buildings, including the original Wembley Stadium, but nearly all have now been removed, to make way for redevelopment. Wembley, in common with much of northwest London, had an extensive manufacturing industry, but much of it closed in the 1980s. Factories in the area included Glacier Metals, Wolf Power Tools, Sunbeam Electrical Appliances, Griffin & George and GEC; the retail centre of Wembley has suffered from chronic traffic congestion and from the opening of neighbouring purpose-built shopping centres, first Brent Cross in the early 1970s and the Harrow and Ealing Broadway Shopping Centres.

During the 1960s, rebuilding of Wembley Central station, a block of flats, an open-plan shopping plaza, a car park were constructed on a concrete raft over the railway. The shopping plaza was therefore poorly maintained. In the 2000s, plans were approved to regenerate the place, carried out by construction company St. Modwen; the first phase, including construction of eighty-five homes, reconstruction of the plaza as a new public square and opening of new retail units including a TK Maxx, was completed in 2009. The rest was completed in 2015 with additional retail and housing units; the local Argos store moved to a new space in the redeveloped area. Extensive redevelopment has occurred separately in the Wembley Park area, about a mile northeast from Wembley town centre. Most of the rest of Wembley's housing consists of inter-war semi-detached houses and terraces and of modern apartment blocks, with a significant minority of detached housing. There also

Gary Dickinson

Gary W. Dickinson was an automotive industry executive. Dickinson was born in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, United States on May 12, 1938, his mother and two brothers and Roger survived him. Dickinson's first job was as a lifeguard in Pennsylvania. Dickinson earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Duke University in 1960, was a member and former president of the Dean's Council for the School of Engineering. Dickinson was recognized by Duke's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1988, he joined General Motors following graduation and developed automotive emissions control systems at the GM Proving Ground in Milford, El Segundo, California. Dickinson became GM’s first congressional assistant with the National Industrial Conference Board in 1976 and worked with Senator Robert Dole as a staff member on the Senate Budget Committee. "Among his many contributions was his work in Washington, DC where he opened new avenues of dialogue and understanding for the industry with legislators and regulators on emissions standards."

Said Robert C. Stempel, retired GM chairman. Following this assignment, he became assistant chief engineer for Buick Motor Division in Flint and was appointed director of engineering for AC Spark Plug Division in 1982. In 1984, Dickinson was appointed program manager for the development of a new line of mid-size GM cars, in 1985 was elected a GM vice president. Promoted to group vice president of the GM Technical Staffs in 1989, Dickinson managed GM Research Laboratories, Design Staff and Advanced Engineering Staff, including all GM proving grounds. Dickinson led the development of GM's four phase vehicle development program which has become the company's global protocol for designing and building its vehicles. Dickinson was appointed president of Delco Electronics Corporation, Subsidiary of GM Hughes Electronics, executive vice president of General Motors Hughes Electronics in January 1993, he served in these positions until his retirement on January 1, 1997. At Delco Electronics, Dickinson gave his staff 100 days to help him figure out how to restructure the company for dramatic global growth.

The goal was to cut costs by at least 10 percent annually and generate 40 percent of revenue from non-GM customers in seven years. To help accomplish this, Dickinson hired the Boston Consulting Group and with their help, set up an aggressive program of Business Process Engineering per the teachings of the reengineering proponent, Michael Hammer. Many of the teachings of reengineering were applied to the Delco Electronics organization such as cross-functional teams and competency centers. To raise the profile of the unknown automotive electronics company, Dickinson used Delco Electronics' involvement in motorsports electronics to sponsor the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade and a Delco Electronics race team. Dickinson entered his 1938 Good Humor Ice Cream truck in the 1995 parade which resulted in an invitation to appear on the Regis and Kathie Lee talk show. Dickinson was responsible for sponsoring the "Delco Electronics "500" Festival Parade" every year he was at Delco Electronics. Delco Electronics sponsored the 1997 parade, but named it the "Monsoon "500" Festival Parade".

Dickinson helped start Nonlinear Dynamic Inc and served as its Chairman of the Board since inception. Lotus Cars – Former director GME Robotics – Former director Penske Motorsports Inc. – Former director MacKinnon Associates, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – Former principal Society of Automotive Engineers – Chairman of the Vision 2000 Advisory Committee that developed "A World in Motion Challenges 2 and 3". Dickinson was actively involved with "Mobility Technology Planning Forums", which brought a future technology focus to the SAE, he was in a leadership role for SAE student competitions: the Methanol Marathon, the NGV Challenge, the Solar Car Race. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Dickinson was awarded the SAE Medal of Honor in 1994, the Long-Term Leadership Award in 2000; the SAE established an annual award in 2001 called the "Gary Dickinson Award for Teaching Excellence". This award is funded by the SAE Detroit Section to commemorate the life of Gary Dickinson, is intended to foster math and science education for middle school students

Sonny Miller

Sonny Miller was an American cinematographer and waterman specializing in surfing and nature photography. He achieved success filming surfing related dramas, In God's Hands. Riding Giants, The Big Bounce, Lords of Dogtown, Blue Crush and Die Another Day. Miller experienced a heart attack and could not be revived just one week after the passing of his mother, Suzanne Gilliland. Born in San Jose, California in 1960, Miller moved to Encinitas, sometime prior to 1971, where he learned to surf, he studied photography at Palomar College. His career began with the accepted submission of still surfing photographs to Surfer and Breakout magazines, he was a contributor to Snowboard Magazine with his work appearing on the début cover. Miller soon expanded into 16 mm film for motion photography. Known as Cap'n Fun and Tom Curren teamed to produce the series, The Search. Filmed and directed by Miller, the series would travel the world and focus on Curran's freestyle surfing as most of the footage at the time, focused on Curren in competition.

Miller's surfing documentaries include: Breakin’ on Thru, The Search, The Search II, For the Sea, Beyond the Boundaries, Feral Kingdom, Aloha Bowls, Tripping the Planet and Searching for Tom Curren, awarded Video of the Year by Surfer magazine in 1997. In 2000, Miller's work began to include Hollywood feature films, his work includes, In God's Hands, Blue Crush, Riding Giants, The Big Bounce, Lords of Dogtown and the James Bond film, Die Another Day, he appeared onscreen opposite Michelle Rodriguez and Kate Bosworth as a surf contest announcer in Blue Crush, his work is said to appear in the remake of Point Break. In 2014, it was announced that Helen Hunt's, Miller's final film, would be dedicated in remembrance of Miller. In 2015, Hunt memorialised her friend and their experiences in "Sonny Miller's Lesson for Us All:'Nature Dictates'", for the Huffington Post. At the time of his death, Miller was filming, Ricochet Surf Dog for an ESPN feature, a story of a service-dog whose balance helps to allow the disabled to enjoy the experience surfing.

Miller was known to have a preference for film over videotape and the format due to its compact size for action filming. Film boasts distinct differences in contrast, resolution and unlike videotape, 16-millimeter could be filmed in slow-motion. Miller's work was transferred to videotape after editing. Helen Hunt recalls, "He carried this box, this box that paid for his house, his motorcycles and his dying mom's care, his food and his way of life. I don't know what that was, his way of life, but I heard rumors it included putting up friends and their babies who found themselves between places to live, five dogs, that sort of thing. All paid; that thing never left his side. I took him to breakfast once, he brought it to the table."The box that Hunt refers to is the waterproof camera housings that Miller specialized in. In a discovered interview of Miller, filmed at his home and workshop coined "Rancho Relaxo", in Escondido California, Miller displays a collection of waterproof housings containing various 16 mm, 35 mm, high-definition and high-speed cameras.

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