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List of fatal shark attacks in California

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List of fatal shark attacks in California

The following is a list of recorded fatal shark attacks which have taken place in California. The list is organized by time period in reverse chronological order. It includes: attacks where the body was killed and recovered, attacks that were immediately fatal or almost immediately fatal, and attacks where the victim died from wounds sustained some days after the attack. This list also includes cases in which no body was recovered, but a shark attack is considered the most likely cause of death. Non-fatal shark attacks are not included in this list. 1980–present Name, Age Date Species Details Francisco Javier Solorio Jr, 39 October 23, 2012 Great White Shark Attacked occurred while Solorio was surfing at Surf Beach in Santa Barbara County. Solorio was bitten on his upper torso while sitting on his board. He was pulled to shore by his friend, but was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Based upon the bite through the surfboard, it was determined that the shark was a Great White, about 15–16 feet (4.6–4.

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Paul Butterfield

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Paul Butterfield

Paul Vaughn Butterfield (December 17, 1942 – May 4, 1987) was an American blues harmonica player, singer and band leader. After early training as a classical flautist, he developed an interest in blues harmonica. He explored the blues scene in his native Chicago, where he met Muddy Waters and other blues greats, who provided encouragement and opportunities for him to join in jam sessions. He soon began performing with fellow blues enthusiasts Nick Gravenites and Elvin Bishop. In 1963, he formed the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which recorded several successful albums and was popular on the late-1960s concert and festival circuit, with performances at the Fillmore West, in San Francisco; the Fillmore East, in New York City; the Monterey Pop Festival; and Woodstock. The band was known for combining electric Chicago blues with a rock urgency and for their pioneering jazz fusion performances and recordings. After the breakup of the group in 1971, Butterfield continued to tour and record with the band Paul Butter

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Tony Lazzeri

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Tony Lazzeri

Anthony Michael Lazzeri (December 6, 1903 – August 6, 1946) was an Italian-American professional baseball second baseman during the 1920s and 1930s, predominantly with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He was part of the famed "Murderers' Row" Yankee batting lineup of the late 1920s (most notably the legendary 1927 team), along with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Bob Meusel. Lazzeri was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He dropped out of school to work with his father as a boilermaker, but at the age of 18, began to play baseball professionally. After playing in minor league baseball from 1922 through 1925, Lazzeri joined the Yankees in 1926. He was a member of the original American League All-Star team in 1933. He was nicknamed "Poosh 'Em Up" by Italian-speaking fans, from a mistranslation of an Italian phrase meaning to "hit it out" (hit a home run). Lazzeri is one of only 14 major league baseball players to hit for the natural cycle (hitting a single, double, triple and home run in s

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Blake Heron

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Blake Heron

Blake Heron (January 11, 1982 – September 8, 2017) was an American actor. He is best known for his starring role as Marty Preston in the 1996 film Shiloh. Early life Heron was born in Sherman Oaks, California on January 11, 1982. After his parents divorced, he moved with his mother to Atlanta, then to New York City, and finally to Burbank, California, where he began his acting career. Career He made his film debut for the Disney film Tom and Huck (1995) and the television series Reality Check.[1] When the series did not last, Heron starred in several television movies, including Trilogy of Terror II (1996). Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher (1996) was his biggest role at the age of 14. He played the flirtatious jock, Jordan. In 1997, he played the lead role of Marty Preston in the Warner Bros. film Shiloh.[1][2][3] After graduating from high school in 2000, Heron avoided child roles and took on more serious adult roles. In the HBO movie Cheaters (2000) he played a conspiring dark teen, then had the same type

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Tom Petty

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Tom Petty

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch, and was also a member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[1] He and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty died at the age of 66, of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, one week after the completion of the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour.[2] Early life Petty was born October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida, the first of two sons of Kitty (Katherine) Petty, a local tax office worker, and Earl Petty, who worked in a grocery store.[3][4][5] He had a brother, Bruce, who was seven

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Richard Bong

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Richard Bong

Richard Ira Bong (September 24, 1920 – August 6, 1945) was a United States Army Air Forces major and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. He was one of the most decorated American fighter pilots and the country's top flying ace in the war, credited with shooting down 40 Japanese aircraft, all with the Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter. He died in California while testing a Lockheed P-80 jet fighter shortly before the war ended. Early life Bong was born in Superior, Wisconsin, the first of nine children son of Carl Bong, an immigrant from Sweden, and Dora Bryce, who was an American of Scots-English descent.[1] He grew up on a farm in Poplar, Wisconsin, where he became interested in aircraft at an early age while watching planes fly over the farm carrying mail for President Calvin Coolidge's summer White House in Superior,[2] and was an avid model builder. Bong entered Poplar High School in 1934, where he played the clarinet in the marching band and participated in baseball, basketball, and hockey. Because

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Christopher Bowman

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Christopher Bowman

Christopher Nicol[1] Bowman (March 30, 1967 – January 10, 2008) was an American figure skater. He was a two-time World medalist (silver in 1989, bronze in 1990), the 1983 World Junior champion, and a two-time U.S. national champion. He competed in two Olympic Winter Games, placing 7th in 1988 and 4th in 1992. Early years Bowman was born in Hollywood, California. In his childhood, he appeared in commercials and two episodes of the TV series Little House on the Prairie. Career In 1983, Bowman won the World Junior Championships and the U.S. national junior title. Bowman withdrew from the 1986 U.S. Championships after finishing second in the short program; he had a separation between his right tibia and fibula.[2] The following season, he took the silver medal at U.S. nationals and was assigned to his first senior World Championships, finishing 7th. In 1988, Bowman won the bronze medal at the U.S. Championships and was sent to his first Olympics, where he finished 7th. He then placed 5th at the 1988 World C

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Jerry Pettis

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Jerry Pettis

Jerry Lyle Pettis (July 18, 1916 – February 14, 1975) was an American politician and a Congressman from California. He was also a rancher, teacher, aviator, religious leader, and businessman. Political career In 1966, he was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives, and he was re-elected in 1968, 1970, 1972 and 1974. He represented California's 33rd Congressional District until January 1975 and its 37th Congressional District thereafter. Background and personal life Educated in Arizona and California, he graduated from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California in 1938. He did graduate work at the University of Southern California and the University of Denver in 1939-1941 before becoming a businessman. He served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II and was a pilot for United Airlines. He was a Seventh-day Adventist. Death and legacy Pettis was killed on February 14, 1975, when the Beechcraft Model V35B Bonanza he was piloting crashed near Cherry Valley, Californ

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Joseph A. Walker

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Joseph A. Walker

Joseph Albert Walker (February 20, 1921 – June 8, 1966) (Capt, USAF) was an American World War II pilot, experimental physicist, NASA test pilot, and astronaut. He was one of twelve pilots who flew the North American X-15, an experimental spaceplane jointly operated by the Air Force and NASA. In 1963 Walker made three flights above 50 miles, thereby qualifying as an astronaut according to the United States definition of the boundary of space. The latter two, X-15 Flights 90 and 91, also surpassed the Kármán line, the internationally accepted boundary of 100 kilometers (62.14 miles). Making the latter flights immediately after the completion of the Mercury and Vostok programs, Walker became the first person to fly to space twice. He was the only X-15 pilot to fly above 100 km during the program. Early life Born in Washington, Pennsylvania, Walker graduated from Trinity High School in 1938. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Washington and Jefferson College in 1942, before entering the Uni

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Dick Price

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Dick Price

Richard "Dick" Price (October 12, 1930 – November 25, 1985) was co-founder of the Esalen Institute in 1962 and a veteran of the Beat Generation.[1]:139–40 He ran Esalen in Big Sur for many years, sometimes virtually single-handed.[notes 1][notes 2] He developed a practice of hiking the Santa Lucia Mountains and developed a new form of personal integration and growth that he called Gestalt Practice,[2][3] partly based upon Gestalt therapy and Buddhist practice.[4] Price consciously applied psychological principles to his sense of self, and helped many people work to do the same. His work remains at the core of the Esalen experience.[5]:320–21 Early life Dick Price was born October 12, 1930, to Herman and Audrey Price in Rogers Park.[1]:134 He died when he was struck by a boulder while hiking near Esalen on November 25, 1985, and is survived by his wife, Christine Stewart Price, and two children, David and Jennifer Price. Price had a twin brother, Bobby, who died in 1933, and a sister Joan who was born in 19

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Bill Kenworthy

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Bill Kenworthy

William Jennings "Duke" Kenworthy (July 4, 1886 — September 21, 1950) was a Major League Baseball second baseman. He played all or part of four seasons in the majors, two of which — 1914 and 1915 — were spent as the starting second baseman for the Kansas City Packers of the short-lived Federal League. Bracketed around that were short stints for the Washington Senators in 1912 (where he played in the outfield) and for the St. Louis Browns in 1917. In 285 games over four seasons, Kenworthy posted a .304 batting average (301-for-989) with 159 runs, 71 doubles, 21 triples, 18 home runs, 146 RBI, 61 stolen bases, 67 bases on balls, .360 on-base percentage and .473 slugging percentage. He finished his career with a .946 fielding percentage playing primarily at second base and several games at left and right field. Kenworthy drowned while fishing off the California coast on September 21, 1950. Sources Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)

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Michelle McNamara

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Michelle McNamara

Michelle Eileen McNamara (April 14, 1970 – April 21, 2016) was an American true crime author. She was the author of I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, a true crime book based on the Golden State Killer,[1] and helped coin the name "Golden State Killer".[2][3] The book was released posthumously in February 2018 and is being adapted as an HBO documentary series.[4][5] Early life and education McNamara grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, the daughter of Thomas W. McNamara, a trial lawyer, and Rita McNamara (née Rigney), a stay-at-home mother.[6][7] Her parents were Irish American. McNamara was the youngest of the couple's five daughters and one son. They grew up Irish Catholic.[1][8] In 1988, she graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, where her senior year she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Trapeze.[8] In 1992, McNamara graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in English.[9] She ear

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Catya Sassoon

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Catya Sassoon

Catya "Cat" Sassoon (September 3, 1968 – January 1, 2002) was an American actress, singer and model. Early life The eldest of four children, Sassoon was born at the Klingenstein Pavilion of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to British hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, and his wife, Canadian-born actress Beverly Adams.[2][3] She had three younger siblings: sister Eden and brothers Elan and David.[4] Her father was born in Shepherd's Bush and was of Greek and Jewish descent. Sassoon's parents divorced in 1980.[5] Raised in Beverly Hills, Sassoon began modeling as child with her mother Beverly and appeared on several talk shows. By the age of 13, Sassoon began rebelling and piercing her nose and styled her hair in a purple and white mohawk.[6] Career Against her parents' wishes, Sassoon dropped out of Beverly Hills High School at the age of 14 to pursue a modeling career. She moved to New York City where she signed with the Prestige Agency and enrolled at Professional Children's School. Her modeling career qui

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Geri McGee

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Geri McGee

Geraldine "Geri" McGee (May 16, 1936 – November 9, 1982) was an American model and Las Vegas showgirl. Her involvement with criminal activity in Las Vegas, along with that of her husband Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, was chronicled in Martin Scorsese's film Casino (1995). The screenplay for Casino was written by Nicholas Pileggi and Scorsese, based on Pileggi's biography about McGee and Rosenthal titled Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas. Sharon Stone portrayed McGee in the film, with the character's name changed to "Ginger McKenna", and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.[1] Personal life and career Geraldine McGee was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Leona "Alice" (née Pollock)[2] and Roy McGee. Her parents married in 1931 and later divorced.[3] She had a sister, Barbara. McGee grew up near Sherman Oaks, California and graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1954. Her aunt Naomi Ingram inherited a large amount of money upon the death of her husband O.W. Ingram, whose

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William Taylor Barnes Sanford

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William Taylor Barnes Sanford

William Taylor Barnes Sanford (1814–1863) was an American road builder, a landowner and the second postmaster of Los Angeles, California, after it became a part of the United States. He was a member of the Los Angeles Common Council in 1853–54. Personal Family Sanford was born in Kentucky in 1814[1] to John Dozier Sanford and Hannah Barnes. His siblings were John Sanford, murdered in 1861 by bandit Charles Wilkins (who was later lynched),[2] and Rebecca Sanford,[3][4] who married California pioneer Phineas Banning. Between 1850 and 1855, Wilson was the owner of the oldest frame building in Los Angeles — a home that was built for Benjamin Davis Wilson on the East Coast, taken apart, shipped around Cape Horn and reassembled "on the southern corner of Macy and Alameda streets." The house was later given to the Sisters of Charity and was torn down in 1896.[5] Death Sanford died in the 1863 explosion of the steamer Ada Hancock in San Pedro harbor. His wife (a daughter of Benjamin Davis Wilson) was injured.[2]

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Clarissa Chapman Armstrong

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Clarissa Chapman Armstrong

Clarissa Chapman Armstrong in 1885 Bartimea Puaʻaiki, watercolor depiction by C. C. Armstrong Clarissa Chapman Armstrong (May 15, 1805 – July 20, 1891) was an American missionary in the Hawaiian Islands and Marquesas Islands, from 1832 until 1847. She was part of the Fifth Company of missionaries sent to Hawaii by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). Early life Clarissa Chapman was born and raised on a farm in Russell, Massachusetts. Her father was "crippled by rheumatism" and she remembered assisting him in farm work.[1] She trained as a teacher. Her brother was Reuben Atwater Chapman, a judge in Massachusetts.[2] Mission work Clarissa Chapman Armstrong sailed for Hawaii on a whaling ship in 1831, with her new husband, a Presbyterian minister.[1] They were part of the Fifth Company of missionaries sent to Hawaii by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). She was pregnant for the entire six-month journey. Her first child, Caroline, was born two m

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John Matuszak

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John Matuszak

John Daniel Matuszak (October 25, 1950 – June 17, 1989) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League who later became an actor. He was the first overall pick in the 1973 NFL Draft and played most of his career with the Oakland Raiders until he retired after winning his second Super Bowl in 1981. Matuszak participated in the 1978 World's Strongest Man competition, where he placed ninth. As an actor, he played in both films and television, appearing first as O.W. Shaddock in 1979 in North Dallas Forty followed by Tonda in the 1981 film Caveman. His best known role was as the deformed Sloth in the 1985 movie The Goonies. His biography, Cruisin' with the Tooz, written with Steve Delsohn, was published in 1987. He died in 1989 of an accidental propoxyphene overdose.[1] Early life Matuszak was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Audrey and Marvin Matuszak. John had two brothers, but both died of cystic fibrosis at young ages. His one sister also had the disease. The family moved from down

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Bill Cable

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Bill Cable

Bill Cable (born William Laurence Cumpanas;[1] May 2, 1946 – March 7, 1998) was an American actor, model, and stunt performer. Biography Cable was the grandchild of Thomas Ante and Katherine Pezo.[1][2] In 1914 his grandfather left the village of Klenovac in Dalmatia, Croatia, and moved to Gary, Indiana. He became a member of the former Hrvatski Sinovi CFU Lodge 396 and would eventually serve as the lodge's president. After Cable's grandfather died in 1950, his family moved to California. Cable was a standout football player for North Hollywood High School as an offensive tackle, and became a varsity captain in his senior year. He continued playing football after enrolling at the University of Nevada, but eventually stopped after a serious head injury. His other hobbies included motorcycles and guns. Bill Cable was a partner of actress Cassandra Peterson,[3] whom he modeled and lived with. He married Shirley Cumpanas in Nevada in 1985[4][5] and he had an affair with Christian Brando, son of actor Marlon B

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Eric Ellington

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Eric Ellington

Eric Ellington (1889-1913)[1] was a United States Naval and later Army officer. He was one of the first U. S. servicemen to be killed in an airplane crash. A United States Naval Academy graduate, his nickname at the Academy was "Polly". Early life Ellington was born in North Carolina in 1889 to Sheriff Jesse T. Ellington and his second wife Sallie Williamson. He had 6 half siblings from his father's first marriage. His mother died in 1901 when Eric was 12 and he went to live with an older half-brother John Ellington and finished grade school. He graduated from high school in 1905 at 16. U.S. Navy Ellington started at the Naval Academy at sixteen. He graduated in 1909 third in his class and received a Bachelor's Degree. He spent the next two years in mandated Naval being commissioned an Ensign in June 1911. He resigned his commission in November 1911 to accept a commission the U. S. Army. U. S. Army After being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army, Ellington was stationed at Fort Sam Houston. This l

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Chase Craig

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Chase Craig

Wingate Chase Craig (August 28, 1910[1] – December 2, 2001) was an American writer-cartoonist who worked principally on comic strips and comic books. From the mid-1940s to mid-1970s he was a prolific editor and scripter for Western Publishing's Dell and Gold Key Comics, including the popular Disney comics line. Career Born in Ennis, Texas, in 1933-34 Craig studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and then moved to Boston. There he worked at The Christian Science Monitor, drawing Little Chauncey, which featured the antics of a rather precocious baby. Craig moved to Hollywood in 1935, where he became an animator for Leon Schlesinger Productions and Walter Lantz Productions. Craig left the animation field in 1939 and began working as a freelancer. He drew several comic strips, including Hollywood Hams (for the Los Angeles Daily News) and Mortimer Snerd and Charlie McCarthy. He teamed up with Fred Fox, and drew the Odd Bodkins comic strip for Esquire Features (1941–42) as well as writing and drawing for the

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Wolfgang Reitherman

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Wolfgang Reitherman

Wolfgang Reitherman (native Wolfgang Reithermann; June 26, 1909 – May 22, 1985), also known and sometimes credited as Woolie Reitherman, was a German American animator, director, and producer who was one of Disney's Nine Old Men. Career Reitherman was hired at Walt Disney Productions on May 21, 1933,[1][2] and his first project was working as an animator on the Silly Symphonies cartoon, Funny Little Bunnies. Reitherman continued to work on a number of Disney shorts, including The Band Concert, Music Land, and Elmer Elephant. He animated the Slave in the Magic Mirror in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). His next assignments was animating Monstro in Pinocchio (1940), the climactic dinosaur fight in Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in Fantasia (1940), and several scenes of Timothy Q. Mouse in Dumbo (1941).[3] Starting in 1942, Reitherman had left Disney to serve in World War II for the United States Air Force, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross after serving in Africa, China, India, and the South

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Fred Moore (animator)

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Fred Moore (animator)

Robert Fred Moore (September 7, 1911 – November 23, 1952), was an American artist and character animator for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Often called "Freddie," he was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Despite limited formal art training, he rose to prominence at Disney very quickly in the early thirties due to his great natural talent and the tremendous appeal of his drawings, which are still greatly admired by animators and animation fans. Life and career Early life and career beginnings Moore was born in Los Angeles and is best known for being the resident specialist in the animation of Mickey Mouse. He is most notable for redesigning the character in 1938 for his landmark role in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in Fantasia, a look which remains Mickey's official look to this day. His animation of the earlier Mickey design was especially memorable in the 1938 short Brave Little Tailor, the last significant appearance of the "pie-eyed" Mickey. Moore's other significant work at the studio include

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Fred Spencer

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Fred Spencer

Fred Spencer (May 1, 1904 – November 11, 1938) was an American animator who worked at Walt Disney Productions. He was considered an authority on Donald Duck and wrote an influential analysis of the character. Career Spencer joined Walt Disney Productions in 1931 and first worked on several early Mickey Mouse cartoons. In 1932 he began independently producing a two-tier Mickey Mouse comic strip, even though he was not connected with the comics department at Disney. The studio approved the project and the strip appeared in the national DeMolay newsletter.[1] The character Donald Duck was introduced at Disney in 1934, and Spencer began to focus more on Donald than on Mickey. In 1935 Spencer wrote an analysis of Donald which served as the standard for writing for, drawing, and animating the character. Spencer's model sheets included in the report feature a redesigned version of Donald that was shorter and rounder – largely identical to his appearance today. Spencer also included remarks on Donald's personality

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Robert D. San Souci

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Robert D. San Souci

Robert Daniel San Souci (October 10, 1946 – December 19, 2014) was a multiple award-winning children's book author, who resided in San Francisco, California.[1][2] He often worked with his brother, Daniel San Souci, a children's book illustrator. He was a consultant to Disney Studios and was instrumental in the production of the film Mulan, for which he wrote the story. He studied folklore in graduate school.[3] He died after suffering a head injury while falling from a high height in San Francisco in December 2014. Select bibliography Chapter books Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales, illustrated by Katherine Coville (1987) More Short & Shivery: Thirty Terrifying Tales, illustrated by Katherine Coville (1994) Even More Short & Shivery: Thirty Spine-Tingling Tales, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers (1997) A Terrifying Taste of Short & Shivery: Thirty Creepy Tales, illustrated by Katherine Coville (1999) Dare to Be Scared: Thirteen Stories to Chill and Thrill, illustrated by D

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Belle London

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Belle London

Belle London (a.k.a. Dora B. Topham; c. 1866 – 1924) was a madam who operated brothels in Ogden, Utah from 1889. She built the parlor house "No. 10 Electric Alley," a complex of small cubicles for prostitutes, close to Union Station on 25th Street.[1][2] London used the upper level of the London Ice Cream Parlor as a cover for one of her brothels.[3] London married Thomas Topham, a master boilermaker for Union Pacific in 1890. Topham would become a saloon keeper, and together with London, they would gain much influence in Ogden.[1] London also had an adopted daughter named Ethel Topham.[1] London sued for divorce in 1902.[4] In 1908, London was hired by Salt Lake City Mayor John S. Bransford to oversee the move of illicit activities of the downtown red-light district to a new purpose-built stockade outside of the city center.[5][6] The plan eventually failed and the stockade was closed in 1911.[5] Police raids on 25th Street in 1912 set out to eliminate prostitution, and Belle London left Ogden in around 1

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Marie C. Brehm

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Marie C. Brehm

Marie Caroline Brehm (June 30, 1859 – January 21, 1926)[1][2] was an American prohibitionist, suffragist, and politician. The Head of the suffrage department for the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), she was a key figure in the Prohibition Party and Presbyterian Church, active in both local and national politics, and an advocate of reform laws. Twice she was appointed by the President to represent the United States at the World's Anti-Alcoholic Congress in Europe. Additionally, she was the first woman to run for the Vice President of the United States after the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. Early life and family Brehm was born in Sandusky, Ohio, to William Henry and Elizabeth Rode Brehm as the third of eight children. Her father was a dry goods merchant.[3][4] Her siblings were Minnie Duennisch-Schaber, Theodore Brehm, Elizabeth C. Forth, William H. Brehm, Frederick Conrad Brehm, John Brehm, and Carrie Brehm.[4] She was reported to be a voracious reader, having read about 300 book

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Ernie Kovacs

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Ernie Kovacs

Ernest Edward Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. Kovacs's visually experimental and often spontaneous comedic style influenced numerous television comedy programs for years after his death. Kovacs has been credited as an influence by many individuals and shows, including Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Saturday Night Live, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Jim Henson, Max Headroom,[1] Chevy Chase,[2][3] Conan O'Brien,[4] Jimmy Kimmel, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Pee-wee's Playhouse, The Muppet Show, Dave Garroway,[5] Andy Kaufman, You Can't Do That on Television, Uncle Floyd, among others.[6][7] Chevy Chase thanked Kovacs during his acceptance speech for his Emmy award for Saturday Night Live.[8][2] Some of Kovacs's unusual behaviors included having pet marmosets and wrestling a jaguar on his live Philadelphia television show.[9][10][11][12] When working at WABC (AM) as a morning-drive radio announcer

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Alice Eyton

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Alice Eyton

Alice Eyton (sometimes credited under her married name, Alice von Saxmar) was a New Zealand–born journalist, screenwriter, playwright, and novelist active in Hollywood between 1918 and 1922. Biography Origins Eyton was born in New Zealand, to Robert Eyton and Eleanor Fosbury. Her father died when she was young. Her brother, Charles Eyton, became a prominent actor and producer in Hollywood. By 1900, Eyton had already had a number of short stories published in New Zealand and Australia, under such titles as 'Behind the hills',[1] 'Queen Empress and the cotter's wife',[2] 'Down by the sea wall',[3] 'Woman in the clutches of the law: At the gaols',[4] and 'The girl he left behind him: An incident of the Transvaal war'.[5] In January 1901, along with many of the Sydney Bohemian set such as sculptor Nelson Illingworth, writer Louise Mack, and poet Banjo Paterson, she attended the farewell dinner of Scottish-Australian poet and bush balladeer Will H. Ogilvie (1869–1963).[6] Following her own testimonial dinner,

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Johnny Burnette

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Johnny Burnette

Johnny Burnette, "Lonesome Train", 1956 John "Johnny" Burnette (March 25, 1934 – August 14, 1964) was an American singer-songwriter of rockabilly and pop music.[1] In 1952, he and his older brother, Dorsey Burnette, and their friend Paul Burlison formed the band that later was known as the Rock and Roll Trio.[2] He is the father of the 1980s rockabilly singer Rocky Burnette. Early life Johnny Burnette was born to Willie May and Dorsey Burnett Sr. in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.[2] (The "e" at the end of his name was added later.) Johnny grew up with his parents and Dorsey Jr. in a public housing project in the Lauderdale Courts area of Memphis, which from 1948 until 1954 was also the home of Gladys and Vernon Presley and their son, Elvis. Johnny attended Blessed Sacrament School, and after graduating from the eighth grade he went to Catholic High School, in Memphis. (Early press reports, dating back to 1956, stated erroneously that Johnny attended Humes High School with Presley.) He showed an aptit

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Eugene W. Chafin

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Eugene W. Chafin

Eugene Wilder Chafin (November 1, 1852 – November 30, 1920) was a United States politician from the Prohibition Party.[1] Biography Chafin was born in East Troy, Wisconsin and worked as a lawyer in Waukesha, Wisconsin from 1876 to 1900.[1] He was the Prohibition Party candidate for Congress (Wisconsin) in 1882 and (Chicago) in 1902, for Attorney-General of Wisconsin in 1886 and 1900, for Governor of Wisconsin in 1898, and for Attorney-General of Illinois in 1904. In 1908 he was appointed to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and in the following year moved to Arizona. While in Arizona he ran for that state's United States Senate Seat. He was the Prohibition Party candidate for President of the United States in the 1908 election and 1912 election receiving 253,840 and 207,972 votes, respectively, approximately 1.5% each time. He also ran as the Prohibition Party candidate in the U.S. Senate election in Arizona in 1914, placing third with 15% of the total vote.[2] He died in 1920 at his home

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Doug Domokos

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Doug Domokos

Doug Domokos (December 31, 1955 – November 26, 2000), nicknamed, "The Wheelie King," was an American stunt motorcyclist and former World Record holder for the World's Longest Wheelie. Early life Domokos was born in Niles, Michigan on December 31, 1955. He began riding motorcycles at the age of 15 and was hooked instantly. Doug would ride motorcycles in his free time, mostly by an abandoned railroad terminal grounds near his house. He soon became a talented motocross rider. Later, he began working as a mechanic at a local motorcycle shop, Red Bud Cycle. Sometimes after working on a motorcycle, he would take it for a quick "test drive" by doing wheelies on it. During the motocross events at Red Bud MX Domokos would ride his motorcycle and during intermissions perform a wheelie show of his own for the crowd. From an early age, Domokos loved having the crowds attention, especially when he was on one wheel. Career In the 1970s, Doug Domokos began performing shows professionally at RedBud events, with the help

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Paul Walker

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Paul Walker

Paul William Walker IV[3] (September 12, 1973[4] – November 30, 2013) was an American actor and philanthropist best known for his role as Brian O'Conner in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Walker began his career as a child actor during the 1970s and 1980s, but first gained recognition in the early 1990s after appearing in the television soap opera The Young and the Restless. He soon transitioned into film, and received praise in 1999 for his performances in the teen films She's All That and Varsity Blues, which helped kickstart his career. Walker then gained international fame after starring in The Fast and the Furious. He subsequently gained commercial success in a number of other action and thriller films, enjoying critical praise for his performances in Joy Ride (2001), Into the Blue (2005), and Running Scared (2006). Walker also enjoyed critical and commercial success in other genres, such as the survival drama Eight Below (2006) and the war film Flags of Our Fathers (2006). Later in his career, Walk

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Anson G. Henry

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Anson G. Henry

Anson G. Henry (1804 - July 30, 1865) was a physician and politician, who is best known for his friendship with eventual President Abraham Lincoln. Henry received patronage appointments to Oregon Territory through Lincoln from 1852 onwards, first as an Indian agent and then as Surveyor General of Washington Territory. He died when the steamer Brother Jonathan ran aground near Crescent City, California and sank. Life Born in Richfield, New York, Henry gained his medical degree in 1827 from Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio. After a series of failed business ventures in Michigan and Louisville, Kentucky, Henry married Eliza Broadstreet and moved to Springfield, Illinois in October 1832. In 1832 and 1833, Henry assisted with the cholera outbreaks in St. Louis and Jacksonville, Illinois, gaining recognition as an expert in treatment of cholera.[1] Henry met Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, quickly becoming friends, though Henry was five years older.[2] Henry became heavily involved in politics.

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Sid Haig

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Sid Haig

Sidney Eddie Mosesian[2] (July 14, 1939 – September 21, 2019),[3][4] known professionally as Sid Haig, was an American actor, film producer, and musician. He is known for his roles in several of Jack Hill's blaxploitation films from the 1970s, as well as for his appearances in horror films, most notably his role as Captain Spaulding in the Rob Zombie films House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects and 3 from Hell. Haig's Captain Spaulding, and Haig himself, have been called icons of horror cinema. Haig had a leading role on the television series Jason of Star Command as the villain Dragos. He appeared in many television programs, including The Untouchables, Batman, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, Get Smart, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team, and MacGyver. Early life Haig was born in Fresno, California, and was raised in an Armenian community.[5] He was the son of Roxy (Mooradian) and Haig Mosesian, an electrician.[6][7] Haig's care

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Max Benson death controversy

This article entails the events and controversies surrounding the death of Max Benson, a special needs child with autism who died at age 13 on November 28, 2018 after being restrained at Guiding Hands School, a now-defunct K-12 private school in El Dorado Hills, California which served special needs children and teenagers (ages 2-21) with learning disabilities, behavioral issues, mental disorders, and other problems that would overall not qualify them for a public school. Publicity of the event Although the incident occurred on November 28, 2018, news reporters and outlets did not release information until December. Not too long after the event occurred, the El Dolardo Sherrif's County Police Department investigated the accidental death of Max Benson at Guiding Hands. They cited the student as being 6 feet tall and weighing 280 pounds. Prior to the investigation, staff initated the restraint on Benson as he had become violent in the classroom and this punishment was used as a means of preventing self-harm a

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Ken Miles

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Ken Miles

Ken Miles stepping intoDolphin Mk 2., March 1961. Kenneth Henry Miles (1 November 1918 – 17 August 1966) was a British sports car racing engineer and driver best known for his motorsport career in the US and with American teams on the international scene. He is an inductee to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Life and career Miles was born on 1 November 1918 in Sutton Coldfield, a short distance from the city of Birmingham.[1] He was the son of Eric Miles and Clarice Jarvis.[2] After a failed attempt to run away to the United States,[3] Miles left school at the age of 15 to work as an apprentice at Wolseley Motors,[2] who sent him to a technical school to broaden his knowledge of vehicle construction.[3] He raced motorcycles before he served as a tank commander in the British Territorial Army in World War II.[2] Miles spent the next seven years working in machinery and was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in 1942. He was stationed in a tank unit that took part in the Normandy landings in 1944.

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Mac Miller

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Mac Miller

Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), known professionally as Mac Miller, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Miller began his career in the city's hip hop scene in 2007, at the age of fifteen. In 2010, he signed a record deal with Pittsburgh-based independent label Rostrum Records, with whom he had his breakthrough with the mixtapes K.I.D.S. (2010) and Best Day Ever (2011). Miller's debut studio album, Blue Slide Park (2011), became the first independently distributed album to top the US Billboard 200 since 1995. In 2013, he founded the record label imprint REMember Music. After his second studio album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off (2013), he left Rostrum and signed with the major label Warner Bros. Records in 2014. With them, he released four studio albums: GO:OD AM (2015), The Divine Feminine (2016), Swimming (2018), and the posthumous Circles (2020). For Swimming, he was posthumously nominated for a Grammy Award fo

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Conrad Wells

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Conrad Wells

Conrad Wells (1892 New York, New York – January 2, 1930 Santa Monica, California) American cinematographer and editor. Biography Wells began his film career as a camera assistant, becoming a full cameraman in 1919. He specialized in outdoor cinematography often on Westerns and action-adventure films. Conrad Wells was born as Abraham Fried but began using "Conrad Wells" in 1927. On January 2, 1930, while filming aerial scenes for the film Such Men Are Dangerous, he was killed in a plane crash over the Pacific Ocean along with 9 others: pilot Walter Ross Cook, cameraman George Eastman, assistant director Ben Frankel, assistant director Max Gold, Tom Harris, Harry Johannes, Otho Jordan, director Kenneth Hawks, and pilot Halleck Rouse. The planes that crashed into each other were identical Stinson SM-1F Detroiters, sun glare was listed as a probable cause. He is buried at the Home of Peace Memorial Park in East Los Angeles, California. Filmography The Lost Battalion (1919) Even as Eve (1920) The Good

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Kenneth Hawks

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Kenneth Hawks

Kenneth Neil Hawks (August 12, 1898 – January 2, 1930) was an American film director and producer. Hawks served in the United States Army Air Service during World War I. He then graduated from Yale University in 1919. He soon moved to Hollywood, California with brother Howard Hawks; He became a writer, editor and supervisor at Fox Films Corporation in 1926. He began directing films for Fox in 1929. He was supervising producer of the Fox documentary film True Heaven (1929). On January 2, 1930 while directing filming of aerial scenes for the film Such Men Are Dangerous he was killed in a plane crash over the Pacific Ocean along with 9 others: pilot Walter Ross Cook, cameraman George Eastman, assistant director Ben Frankel, assistant director Max Gold, Tom Harris, Harry Johannes, Otho Jordan, pilot Halleck Rouse, and cinematographer Conrad Wells (also known as Abraham Fried). The planes that crashed into each other were identical Stinson SM-1F Detroiters; sun glare was listed as probable cause. His body was re

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Janis Joplin

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Janis Joplin

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer-songwriter who sang rock, soul and blues music. One of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era, she was known for her powerful mezzo-soprano vocals[1] and "electric" stage presence.[2][3][4] In 1967, Joplin rose to fame following an appearance at Monterey Pop Festival, where she was the lead singer of the then little-known San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company.[5][6][7] After releasing two albums with the band, she left Big Brother to continue as a solo artist with her own backing groups, first the Kozmic Blues Band and then the Full Tilt Boogie Band. She appeared at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Five singles by Joplin reached the Billboard Hot 100, including a cover of the Kris Kristofferson song "Me and Bobby McGee", which reached number 1 in March 1971.[8] Her most popular songs include her cover versions of "Piece of My Heart", "Cry Baby", "Down o

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Lincoln Beachey

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Lincoln Beachey

Lincoln Beachey, in his business suit he wore for flying Lincoln Beachey with his plane Lincoln Beachey (March 3, 1887 – March 14, 1915) was a pioneer American aviator and barnstormer. He became famous and wealthy from flying exhibitions, staging aerial stunts, helping invent aerobatics, and setting aviation records.[1] He was known as The Man Who Owns the Sky, and sometimes the Master Birdman.[2] Beachey was acknowledged even by his competitors as "The World's Greatest Aviator".[2] He was "known by sight to hundreds of thousands and by name to the whole world". Birth Beachey was born on March 3, 1887, in San Francisco. Following in his older brother Hillary's footsteps, he worked as a ground crewman for dirigible pilot Thomas Scott Baldwin. He helped build the dirigible California Arrow and made his first dirigible flight in 1905, at the age of 17. Later he helped design a faster, more aerodynamic dirigible known as the "Beachey-Baldwin". In 1910 he piloted his Beachey-Knabenshue Racing Airship ball

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Dan Vadis

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Dan Vadis

Dan Vadis (born Constantine Daniel Vafiadis, 3 January 1938 – 11 June 1987) was an American actor famous for his lead roles in many Italian films made in the 1960s. Biography Vadis was of Greek descent, with lineage tracing back to the island of Chios in the Aegean Sea. This former U.S. Navy sailor and bodybuilder was a member of the Mae West "Muscleman Revue" in the late 1950s. He was a brawny, handsome durable 6'4" man with curly brown hair, bluish green eyes and an affable demeanor. He was probably one of the most memorable actors in the Roman epic movies created in the 1960s and early '70s to portray Hercules - the most famous Greek warrior. He was also one of many bodybuilders to take a stab at fame and fortune with the Italian peplum films of the 1960s. Noted film critic Raymond Durgnat famously asked if he was "the brother of Quo?".[1] Dan's most notable role was The Triumph of Hercules (1964), in which he portrayed Hercules battling golden giants and trying to save his princess love from her evil

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John Altobelli

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John Altobelli

John Edward Altobelli (May 8, 1963 – January 26, 2020) was an American college baseball coach who worked for 27 seasons at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. During his career, he led the Pirates to four California state junior college titles and in 2019 was named National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Altobelli and eight other people, including his wife, daughter, former NBA professional basketball player Kobe Bryant, and Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26, 2020. Early life and education John Altobelli was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 8, 1963.[1][2] He was the sixth of seven children. His father, Jim Altobelli,[3] was a professional baseball player.[4] Altobelli graduated Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, California. He enrolled at Golden West College, where he played college baseball for the Golden West Rustlers as an outfielder.[5] He transferred to the University of Houst

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Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant ( KOH-bee; August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. As a shooting guard, Bryant entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) directly from high school, and played his entire 20-season professional career in the league with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant won many accolades: five NBA championships, 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), two-time NBA Finals MVP winner. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time,[3][4][5][6] he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league's all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists. Bryant was the son of former NBA player Joe Bryant. He attended Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania, where he was recognized as the top high-school basketball player in the country. Upon graduation, he declared for the 1996 NBA draft and was selected by the Charlotte Horn

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Charles Clifford Ogle

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Charles Clifford Ogle

Charles Clifford Ogle (January 21, 1923 – c. August 12, 1964?) was a businessman and developer in San Francisco and Oakland, California, at the time of his disappearance. He had worked as a loftsman for the Tampa Shipbuilding Company in Tampa, Florida, before joining the U.S. Navy in 1943 during World War II where he received flight training in the CAA-WTS (Civil Aeronautics Administrative War Training Service). He also served on the USS John D. Ford. At the end of the war he worked as a securities salesman for the First California Company in Sacramento until 1950 when he joined the United States Marine Corps at the beginning of the Korean War. Later becoming acting First Sergeant, Headquarters Battery 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines while serving in South and Central Korea. On separation from the Marine Corps he settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was a developer and builder from 1954 till his disappearance in 1964. Disappearance At 6 pm on August 12, 1964, Charles Ogle took off from Oakland Interna

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Jack Barnett (baseball)

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Jack Barnett (baseball)

John Jeirus Barnett (December 16, 1879 – September 3, 1923), was a professional baseball player who played outfielder in the major leagues for the 1907 St. Louis Cardinals. He died after being accidentally shot while hunting. External links Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)

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Yip Harburg

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Yip Harburg

Edgar Yipsel "Yip" Harburg (born Isidore Hochberg, Yiddish: איסידור הוכברג‎; April 8, 1896 – March 5, 1981) was an American popular song lyricist and librettist who worked with many well-known composers. He wrote the lyrics to the standards "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" (with Jay Gorney), "April in Paris", and "It's Only a Paper Moon", as well as all of the songs for the film The Wizard of Oz, including "Over the Rainbow".[1] He was known for the social commentary of his lyrics, as well as his liberal sensibilities. He championed racial and gender equality and union politics. He also was an ardent critic of religion.[2][3] Early life and career Harburg, the youngest of four surviving children (out of ten), was born Isidore Hochberg on the Lower East Side of New York City on April 8, 1896.[1][4] His parents, Lewis Hochberg and Mary Ricing,[5] were Yiddish-speaking[4] Orthodox Jews[6] who had emigrated from Russia.[7] He later adopted the name Edgar Harburg, and came to be best known as Edgar "Yip" Harbur

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Eldon Hoke

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Eldon Hoke

Eldon Wayne Hoke (March 23, 1958 – April 19, 1997), nicknamed El Duce, was an American musician best known as the drummer and lead singer of the shock rock band The Mentors, as well as other acts, including Chinas Comidas and The Screamers. Early life Hoke was born in Seattle in 1958, where he attended Roosevelt High School. He formed The Mentors while at Roosevelt, with school friends Eric Carlson and Steve Broy.[1] Career The Mentors Hoke and the Mentors worked to gain attention through farcical demonstrations of political incorrectness. The band's guitarist, Eric Carlson, renamed himself "Sickie Wifebeater", and the group often appeared in public wearing black executioner hoods. During the 1985 U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's hearings into the proliferation of "obscene" lyrics in popular music, the Rev. Jeff Ling recited the lyrics to the Mentors song, "Golden Shower" to musician Frank Zappa, who opposed the hearings. The lyrics, which included the line, "Bend up and sm

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Orson Bean

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Orson Bean

William Schallert and Orson Bean in "Mr. Bevis", a 1960 episode ofThe Twilight Zone Orson Bean (born Dallas Frederick Burrows; July 22, 1928 – February 7, 2020) was a veteran American film, television, and stage actor, and a comedian, writer, and producer. He was a game show and talk show host[1][2][3][4][5] and a "mainstay of Los Angeles’s small theater scene."[2] He appeared frequently on several televised game shows from the 1960s through the 1980s and was a long-time panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth.[2] "A storyteller par excellence",[4] he was a favorite of Johnny Carson, appearing on The Tonight Show over 200 times.[6] Bean became one of the first "neocelebrities" in television — someone who was "famous for being famous."[2] Early life Orson Bean was born in Burlington, Vermont in 1928, while his third cousin twice removed, Calvin Coolidge, was President of the United States.[7][8] Bean is the son of Marian Ainsworth (née Pollard) and George Frederick Burrows. His father was a

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Jani Lane

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Jani Lane

Jani Lane (February 1, 1964 – August 11, 2011) was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant. From Hollywood, California, the band experienced success from 1989–1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. Lane left Warrant in 2004 and again in 2008 after a brief reunion. Lane also released a solo album, Back Down to One, in 2003 and the album Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner with a new group, Saints of the Underground, in 2008. Lane contributed lead vocals and songwriting to various projects throughout his career. Childhood and youth Lane was born John Kennedy Oswald (later changed to John Patrick Oswald),[1] on February 1, 1964 in Akron, Ohio[1] to Robert and Eileen Oswald. He was raised in Brimfield with four older siblings: sisters Marcine Williams, Michelle Robinson and Victoria Ley, plus older brother Eric, already an accomplished guitarist. With sisters Micki and Vicky and brother Eric harmonizing

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