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Yoda

Yoda is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, first appearing in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back. He is a green humanoid alien with tremendous power in the Force. In his first appearance in the original trilogy, the spirit of Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi describes Yoda as the Jedi master who trained him and asks Luke Skywalker to seek Jedi training from Yoda, which Luke does and uses to fight against the Galactic Empire; the character reappears in Return of the Jedi where he reveals his age to be 900, making him the oldest living character in the Star Wars franchise. In the prequel trilogy, set a generation before the original trilogy, Yoda is among the most powerful members of the Jedi Order and a general of clone troopers during the Clone Wars, he trains all Jedi children, before they are assigned a Jedi master. Yoda appears again in the sequel trilogy. Frank Oz provided Yoda's voice in each film and used his skills as a puppeteer in the original trilogy, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

For some walking scenes in Episodes V and I, dwarf actors Deep Roy and Warwick Davis appeared in costume as Yoda. While Frank Oz served as the primary performer, he was assisted by a multitude of other puppeteers, including: Kathryn Mullen, Wendy Froud, David Barclay, Mike Quinn, David Greenaway, Don Austen, Kathy Smee, Dave Chapman, Damian Farrell, Colin Purves. For the radio dramatizations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Yoda was voiced by John Lithgow, while Tom Kane voiced him in the Clone Wars animated series, several video games, the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars; the make-up artist Stuart Freeborn based Yoda's face on his own and on Albert Einstein's. In The Phantom Menace, he was redesigned to look younger, he was computer-generated for two distant shots, but remained a puppet. The puppet was re-designed by Nick Dudman from Stuart Freeborn's original design. Rendered with computer animation in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Yoda appeared in ways not possible, including his participation in elaborate fight scenes.

In Revenge of the Sith, his face appears in several big close-ups, demanding detailed CGI work. His performance was deliberately designed to be consistent with the limitations of the puppet version, with some "mistakes" made such as the occasional ear-jiggling. Rob Coleman was responsible for the character's new incarnation to the series. Yoda was recreated in CGI for the 2011 Blu-ray release of The Phantom Menace. A clip of the new CG Yoda from The Phantom Menace was first seen in the featurette The Chosen One, included in the 2005 DVD release of Revenge of the Sith; the 2012 theatrical 3D release of The Phantom Menace features the CG version of Yoda. Jedi Master Yoda is amongst the oldest, most stoic and most powerful known Jedi Masters in the Star Wars universe. Series creator George Lucas opted to have many details of the character's life history remain unknown. Yoda's race and home world have not been named in any official media, canonical or otherwise, he is said to be of a "species unknown" by the Star Wars Databank.

Yoda's characteristic speech patterns have been analyzed and discussed by academic syntacticians, who found it somewhat inconsistent, but could extrapolate that it has object–subject–verb word order making it anastrophe. The films and Expanded Universe reveal that he had a hand in training every Jedi Master in the galaxy. In the Star Wars prequel films, he instructs several younglings in the Jedi Temple before they are assigned to a master. In The Empire Strikes Back he mentions that he had been training Jedi "for 800 years", which means he must have been a Master Jedi for quite some time before that. Two other members of Yoda's unnamed alien species are known: Yaddle and the character in The Mandalorian known as "The Child", their respective relation to Yoda is unknown. Little is known about Yoda's alien species, though all three are powerful in The Force. Yoda makes his first film appearance in The Empire Strikes Back. Luke Skywalker arrives on Dagobah to seek his guidance, having been instructed to do so by the Force ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi, who describes him as "the Jedi Master who instructed me".

Yoda does not identify himself to Luke and instead tests his patience by presenting himself as a comical backwater individual, deliberately provoking both Luke and R2-D2. Luke is shocked when he discovers that this small, eccentric creature is the powerful Jedi Master he was seeking. Finding that Luke has the same anger and recklessness which caused his father's downfall, Yoda is reluctant to teach him the ways of the Force, agrees only at Obi-Wan's behest. Before finishing his training, Luke chooses to leave Dagobah in order to confront Darth Vader and save his friends on Bespin. Yoda and Obi-Wan warn him that he is not ready to face Vader and is being lured into a trap, but Luke leaves anyway, promising to return; when Obi-Wan laments that Luke is their "last hope," Yoda reminds him that "there is another". Yoda makes a brief appearance in Return of the Jedi, set a year. Yoda, now sick and frail, informs Luke that he has completed his training but will not be a Jedi until he confronts Darth Vader.

V/Line RTL class

The V/Line RTL class is a road-rail locomotive, capable of operating on both road and rail. It was a truck with retractable rail wheels. Built by Western Star Trucks in the United States, the rail equipment was provided by Brandt Industries of Canada, it was to be the first of three for V/Line Freight. It was purchased for short-haul duties on grain lines, began tests in January 1996 on the Dookie and Cobram lines. In 1999/2000 it was used to haul log trains between Sale on the Gippsland line. Numbered RTL1, its vehicle registration number was MVO782, it was included in the sale of V/Line Freight to Freight Australia, was given the custom registration plate of MVORTL. It was included in the sale of Freight Australia to Pacific National. After being stored at South Dynon Locomotive Depot for a number of years it was sold in 2011 to Just Track, was used during the 2012 upgrade of the Gawler line in Adelaide. In 2015, it was used to haul wagon flats on the Southern Sydney Freight Line between Enfield and Leightonfield.

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Peter Brocco

Carl Peter Brocco was an American screen and stage actor. He appeared in over 300 credits, notably Spartacus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, during his career spanning over 60 years. Brocco was born in Pennsylvania, he was the son of Mrs. Peter Brocco. Brocco acted on stage with the Walter Hampton Players, he debuted on Broadway in Centuries. Brocco appeared as a criminal type in several episodes of Adventures of Superman, he holds the distinction of having been killed off in two of them, a relative rarity for villains in the series. In the first, The Secret of Superman, he deduces that Kent is Superman, but is killed in a police shootout soon after. In The Clown Who Cried, he falls off a building and Superman is unable to save him, he appeared as "The Spector" in The Phantom Ring, where the criminals developed a machine that can make them invisible. In that episode, he survives, albeit rather banged up by Superman. Brocco was on two episodes of Combat!, "The Long Walk" in 1964 and "The Flying Machine" in 1966.

He appeared as Claymare, an Organian council member, in the Star Trek episode "Errand of Mercy", which established the uneasy treaty of peace between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. Brocco displayed a comedic talent portraying Peter The Waiter for 8 episodes of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on CBS during their 1955-1956 New York City season. Brocco played Colonel Matterson, a patient who used a wheelchair and had dementia, in the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, he appeared as the patient in the hospital, Mr. Eagane, in the Happy Days 1974 episode "Hardware Jungle". In 1983 he played Ali MacGraw's father in the epic TV miniseries The Winds of War. Brocco lived for some 40 years in Laurel Canyon, in a 1920s Spanish style home on Laurel Canyon Blvd. Near the Country Store, he had his ceramics studio in the ground floor, a source of income when he was blacklisted for a while during the red scare of the early 1950s. Brocco died from a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, on December 20, 1992, aged 89.

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