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Barry Green

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Barry Green

Barry Green is an American orchestral and solo double bass player and teacher. He was the principal bassist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.[1] A contemporary of people such as Gary Karr, he has developed and publicized his own method for double bass. Works He has published three instructional books, The Inner Game of Music (Doubleday, 1986-over 250,000 copies sold ), The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry (Broadway Books 2003), and Bringing Music to Life (2009 GIA Music). Also, he has published a DVD on The Inner Game of Music (U. of Wisconsin-Clinics on cassette) and Bringing Music to Life (2009 GIA Music). In addition, he has released seven Inner Game of Music Workbooks for band, orchestra, small ensembles, keyboard, voice and all instruments in C and transposing keys plus a workbook for SEBSEQUA (Barber Shop and Sweet Adelines choruses). His bass methods include The Popular Bass Method (with Jeff Neighbor) and Advanced Techniques of Double Bass Playing. He has seven solo LPs and thre

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Eazy-E

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Eazy-E

Eric Lynn Wright[5][6][7] (September 7, 1964 – March 26, 1995), known professionally as Eazy-E, was an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. Dubbed the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap",[8] he gained prominence for his work with N.W.A, where he has been credited for pushing the boundaries of lyrical and visual content in mainstream popular music. Born and raised in Compton, California, Eazy-E faced several legal troubles before founding the Ruthless Records record label in 1986. After beginning a short solo career, where he worked heavily with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the trio came together to form the group N.W.A later that year. As a member of the group, he released the controversial album, Straight Outta Compton (1988), which tackled many socio-political issues. The album has been regarded as one of the greatest albums of all-time, and one of the most influential in the genre. The group released their final studio album three years later, and disbanded shortly after, due to long-standing financial dis

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Dale Launer

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Dale Launer

Dale Launer (born May 19, 1952) is an American comedy screenwriter. His films include Ruthless People, Blind Date, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and My Cousin Vinny. Biography Launer was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and brought up in the San Fernando valley.[1] He is Jewish.[2] He attended California State University, Northridge,[1] where, after changing his major to Film,[3] he recognised his desire for a job writing and directing films. His first successful screenplay was Ruthless People (1986). In May 2007, his film Tom's Nu Heaven,[4] which he produced, wrote and directed, won Best Picture at the Monaco Film Festival. Launer was friends with the family of murderer Elliot Rodger. At the behest of Rodger's father, Launer attempted to advise Rodger on how to be more confident with women. After Rodger's death, Launer wrote an article for the BBC about his experience.[5] Filmography Ruthless People (1986) - writer Blind Date (1987) - writer Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) - executive producer, writer My Cou

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Maureen McCormick

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Maureen McCormick

Maureen Denise McCormick (born August 5, 1956) is an American actress, singer and author. She portrayed Marcia Brady on the ABC television sitcom The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974 and reprised the role in several of the numerous Brady Bunch spin-offs and films, including The Brady Kids, The Brady Bunch Hour, The Brady Brides and A Very Brady Christmas (1988). McCormick also appeared in The Idolmaker (1980) as well as a wide range of other supporting film roles. In the 1980s and 1990s, she ventured into stage acting, appearing in a variety of different roles and productions such as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan and Betty Rizzo in Grease. McCormick also had a brief career as a recording artist, releasing four studio albums with the Brady Bunch cast as well as touring with them. Her only release as a solo artist to date is a country music album, When You Get a Little Lonely (1995). Despite professional success on The Brady Bunch and its spin-offs, McCormick struggled largely in her personal life in the

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Dana Plato

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Dana Plato

Dana Michelle Plato (born Dana Michelle Strain; November 7, 1964 – May 8, 1999) was an American actress known for her role as Kimberly Drummond on the U.S. television sitcom Diff'rent Strokes from 1978 to 1986.[4] After leaving the cast of Diff'rent Strokes, Plato attempted to establish herself as a working actress, with mixed success: she worked sporadically in made-for-TV movies and in independent films, and did voice-over work. At the age of 34, after years of struggling with poverty and substance abuse, Plato died from an overdose of prescription drugs.[1][2] Early life Plato was born Dana Michelle Strain on November 7, 1964 in Maywood, California to Linda Strain, an unwed teenager who already was caring for an 18-month-old child. In June 1965, the seven-month-old Dana was adopted by Dean Plato, who owned a trucking company, and his wife Florine "Kay" Plato.[5] Plato was raised in the San Fernando Valley. When she was three, her adoptive parents divorced, and she lived with her mother.[6] Career When

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Steve Hartman (sportscaster)

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Steve Hartman (sportscaster)

Steven Ward "Steve" Hartman (born July 4, 1958 in Hollywood, California) is the host of The Loose Cannons, a sports radio talk show on Fox Sports Radio based in San Diego, California. He also hosts a national sports radio show for the Fox Sports Radio Network. In addition, he is a sports anchor/reporter on KTLA television in Los Angeles (not to be confused with CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman).[1] He held a similar position at KCBS/KCAL from 1998 through 2010. Career For more than three decades Hartman has served as a writer, team executive, and broadcaster. He has covered 23 Super Bowls, 16 Final Fours and six MLB All-Star games. In addition, he worked as the UCLA football color commentator for two seasons earning a finalist nomination in 1996 for "Best Radio Analyst" by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association. Hartman served seven years as the color analyst for ESPN's coverage of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. He also co-wrote the book (with Matt "Money

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Dave Koz

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Dave Koz

David Stephen Koz is an American jazz saxophonist. Early life Dave Koz was born in Encino, California to Jewish parents: Norman, a dermatologist and, Audrey, a pharmacist. Dave has a brother, Jeff, who is also a musician, and a sister, Roberta.[1] Although he is Jewish, Koz plays both Christmas and occasional Hanukkah songs at his concerts.[2][3] He attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, performing on saxophone as a member of the school jazz band. He later graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications in 1986, and only weeks after his graduation, decided to make a go of becoming a professional musician. Career Within weeks of that decision, he was recruited as a member of Bobby Caldwell's tour. For the rest of the 1980s, Koz served as a session musician in several bands, toured with Jeff Lorber. Koz was a member of Richard Marx's band and toured with Marx throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, which was around the time he recurred as the guest s

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Malcolm Smith (American football)

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Malcolm Smith (American football)

Malcolm Xavier Smith[1] (born July 5, 1989) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. Smith played college football at USC. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Smith was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVIII after they defeated the Denver Broncos. High school career Smith attended William Howard Taft High School, where he was a letterman in football and track.[2] In football, he was named to the Student Sports Sophomore All-American and Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team as a 2004 sophomore when he had 800-plus yards of total offense and 8 touchdowns, plus 2 interceptions, as Taft won the L.A. City title. As a junior in 2005, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-L.A. City first team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team while making 41 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 fumble recovery, plus running for 639 yards on 73 carries (8.8 avg.) with 10 touchdowns and catching 27 passes for 411 yards (15.2 avg.)

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Kathryn D. Sullivan

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Kathryn D. Sullivan

Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan (born October 3, 1951) is an American geologist and a former NASA astronaut. A crew member on three Space Shuttle missions, she was the first American woman to walk in space on October 11, 1984. She was Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 6, 2014. Sullivan's tenure ended on January 20, 2017 with the swearing in of President Donald Trump. Following completion of her service at NOAA, she was designated as the 2017 Charles A. Lindbergh Chair of Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.[1], and has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.[2] Education Sullivan was born in Paterson, New Jersey. She is a 1969 graduate of William Howard Taft High School in the Woodland Hills district of Los Angeles, California. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences from t

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Susan Olsen

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Susan Olsen

Susan Marie Olsen (born August 14, 1961) is an American actress, singer, voice actress, animal welfare advocate, artist, and former radio host. Olsen is known for her role as Cindy Brady, the youngest Brady child in the sitcom The Brady Bunch for the full run of the show, from 1969 to 1974. In 1995 she had a minor role in The Brady Bunch Movie as a reporter. Her scene was deleted. Early life Olsen was born in Santa Monica, California to Lawrence and DeLoice Olsen, the youngest of four children.[1] Her siblings are: Larry (23 years older), Christopher (14 years older), and Diane (5 years older). Christopher was also a child actor, perhaps best known for his role in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). Acting career Early roles Olsen landed a number of supporting roles in television, most notably in Ironside, Gunsmoke, and Julia, and appeared in the Elvis Presley movie The Trouble With Girls (1968) as a squeaky-clean singer in a singing contest. The Brady Bunch Olsen as Cindy Brady, the youngest of The Bra

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Lisa Kudrow

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Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Valerie Kudrow[1] (born July 30, 1963)[2] is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. After making guest appearances in several television sitcoms, including Cheers, she came to prominence with her recurring role of Ursula Buffay in Mad About You (1993-1999), receiving a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Kudrow gained worldwide recognition for portraying Phoebe Buffay, Ursula's twin sister, on the television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), for which she received several accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series from six nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Awards from 12 nominations, and a Golden Globe Award nomination. Her character was widely popular while the series aired and was later recognized as one of the greatest female characters in American television. Kudrow starred in the cult comedy film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) and followed it with an acclaimed performance in the romantic comedy The Opposite of Sex (1

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Mark Tulin

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Mark Tulin

Mark Shalom Tulin (November 21, 1948 – February 26, 2011)[1] was the bassist with The Electric Prunes. Biography Early career In 1965, Tulin was playing in a band called the Sanctions, which became The Electric Prunes.[2] The band had hit singles with "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)" and "Get Me To The World on Time". In particular the former is regarded by many critics as a defining song of the psychedelic and garage rock music. Tulin continued playing with the band until 1968. Later in 1970 the band split up. In 1972, "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)" appeared on the Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 compilation. This further raised the profile of The Electric Prunes. Later career In 1999, renewed interest in The Electric Prunes led to a reunion including Tulin. He remained a member until he died in 2011. Tulin gained much mainstream attention in 2009 when it was announced that he was joining The Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan in the studio to d

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Robin Yount

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Robin Yount

Robin R. Yount (nicknamed,"The Kid", and "Rockin' Robin", born September 16, 1955) is an American former professional baseball player. He spent his entire 20-year career in Major League Baseball as a shortstop and center fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers (1974–93). After being drafted in 1973, Yount advanced to the major leagues just one year later at the age of 18. He won two American League Most Valuable Player awards. In 1982, the led the Brewers to a World Series appearance. In 1999, Yount was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Since his retirement as a player, Yount has held several roles as a baseball coach. Early life Yount was born in Danville, Illinois. He lived briefly in Covington, Indiana, but his family moved to southern California when he was an infant; his father had gotten a job testing rocket engines with Rocketdyne.[1] Robin attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills.[2] Playing career Early years Yount was the third pick overall in th

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Wilmer Valderrama

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Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama (Spanish: ; born January 30, 1980)[2] is an American actor, producer, singer and television personality. He is best known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That '70s Show (1998–2006) and as Carlos Madrigal in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series (2014–16). He was also host of the MTV series Yo Momma (2006–07), the voice of Manny in the children's show Handy Manny (2006–13) and has had recurring roles on Grey's Anatomy as well as The Ranch (both in 2016). He also has a role on NCIS as Nick Torres. Valderrama has further performed in several prominent feature films, including Party Monster (2003), Beauty Shop (2005), Fast Food Nation (2006), Unaccompanied Minors (2006), Larry Crowne (2011), and The Adderall Diaries (2015). He voiced the character of Prince Charming in the family animated film Charming (2018).[3] Personal life Valderrama was born in Miami, Florida,[4] the son of Sobeida and Balbino A. Valderrama, who owned a farm equipment rental company. When he was three, they moved to

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William Howard Taft Charter High School

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William Howard Taft Charter High School

William Howard Taft Charter High School is a public school located on the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Winnetka Avenue in the Woodland Hills district of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California, within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The school gained affiliated charter status beginning with the 2013–2014 school year. History Named after former U.S. president William Howard Taft, the school first opened in 1960.[2] In 1979, it was one of the filming locations for that year's made for TV movie, Survival of Dana. In 1995, the school was featured in The Brady Bunch Movie as West Dale High. In 2011, it was used as Gregory Heights Middle School in Crazy Stupid Love where Robbie attended. In 2012, it was the interior of ‘Midtown Science High School’ in Marc Webb’s "The Amazing Spider- Man". Notable alumni Ice Cube Jordan Farmar Gabe Kapler Robin Wright Jeshua Anderson – USA track and field sprinter[3] Rick Auerbach – MLB shortstop 1971-81[4] Steve Bartek – musician, St

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Rick Auerbach

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Rick Auerbach

Frederick Steven "Rick" Auerbach (born February 15, 1950) is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball. He played from 1971-1981 with the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and Seattle Mariners. Rick Auerbach hit 9 career homeruns through an 11-year career. Biography Auerbach was born in Woodland Hills, California to Esther and Jack Auerbach, and graduated from Taft High School in 1968,[1] He played college baseball at Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills.[2] He was originally drafted by the California Angels in the 13th round of the 1968 amateur draft, but did not sign with the team.[3] He was drafted the next year in the secondary phase of the 1969 amateur draft by the expansion Seattle Pilots.[3] References "Taft High School - Achievements". Retrieved 2008-01-31. "Rick Auerbach Stats". Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2012. "Rich Auerbach Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-01-31. External

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Justine Bateman

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Justine Bateman

Justine Tanya Bateman (born February 19, 1966) is an American writer, director, producer, and actress. Her acting work includes Family Ties, Satisfaction, Men Behaving Badly, The TV Set, Desperate Housewives, and Californication. Five Minutes, the film short she wrote, directed, and produced, premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Early life Bateman was born in Rye, New York, US,[1] to Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant for Pan American World Airways who was originally from the United Kingdom, and Kent Bateman. She is the sister of actor Jason Bateman.[2] She attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. However, Bateman could not attend college due to her contractual obligations with Family Ties. Bateman stated that she was informed by the series' line producer Carol Himes, "You're under contract to Paramount Studios."[3] Bateman later earned her Computer Science and Digital Media Management degree from UCLA in 2016. Career Bateman at the 1987 Primetime Emmy A

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Mike Borzello

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Mike Borzello

Michael Ross Borzello (born August 14, 1970) is a Major League catching coach for the Chicago Cubs. In June 1991, Mike Borzello signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.[1] After five years as a minor league catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, he became a bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher for the New York Yankees. He grew up in Tarzana and was a baseball player during his college years at California Lutheran University.[2] From 2007-2010, he was a Los Angeles Dodgers catching instructor.[3] Early life Borzello is the godson of former Major League manager Joe Torre, who was friends with Borzello's father.[4][5] His sister, Keri Borzello, was an NCAA Women's College World Series participant in 1994, as a catcher and first baseman for the Missouri Tigers. She later transferred to UCLA after a career ending rotator cuff injury. Early in his life, a then-12-year-old Borzello had been serving as a batboy for the Atlanta Braves - at that time, managed by Torre - and found himself in the middle

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Jordan Farmar

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Jordan Farmar

Jordan Robert Farmar (born November 30, 1986) is an American former professional basketball player who last played for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In high school, he was named the Los Angeles Times High-School Player of the Year in 2003–04. Playing for UCLA in college, he was the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Year in 2004–05. Farmar was selected 26th overall in the first round of the 2006 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. With the Lakers, he won two NBA championships in 2009 and 2010. Early life Farmar was born in Los Angeles. His mother is named Melinda, known as "Mindy", and his father is Damon Farmar, a former minor league baseball outfielder who was a second round pick in both the 1981 January draft and the 1982 June draft secondary phase.[1][2][3][4] His father is African-American.[5] His mother's father, Dr. Howard Baker, attended UCLA and worked at the UCLA Medical Center as a neurologist.[6][7][8] Farmar has a half-sister, Shoshana Kolani.[1] Farmar's

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Spencer Dinwiddie

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Spencer Dinwiddie

Spencer Gray Dinwiddie (born April 6, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Colorado Buffaloes and earned first-team all-conference honors in the Pac-12 as a sophomore in 2013. He missed most of his junior year after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Dinwiddie recovered and was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the 2014 NBA draft. After two seasons with the Pistons, he joined the Nets in December 2016. In December 2018 he signed a three-year contract extension with the Nets. High school career At William Howard Taft High School, Dinwiddie was recognized as one of the greatest standout athletes since Jordan Farmar. He averaged 5.9 points and 4.1 assists as the starting point guard alongside a fellow 2014 draftee in DeAndre Daniels at the conclusion of his junior season. Dinwiddie maximized his game as he began his final year representing the school, averagin

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Larry Drew II

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Larry Drew II

Larry Donelle Drew II (born March 5, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He won the John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award in 2008 before starting his college basketball career with the North Carolina Tar Heels. He went on to win a national championship in 2009 with the Tar Heels before deciding to leave the program in 2011. He transferred to the UCLA Bruins' program, where he played one season and broke the single-season school record for assists. Drew was named to the All-Pac-12 first team. He won a gold medal with the United States national team at the FIBA AmeriCup in 2017. Early life Drew is the son of Larry Drew,[1] who was a first-round draft pick in the 1980 NBA draft before becoming a head coach in the league. At William Howard Taft High School, Drew won the John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award as the 2008 Los Angeles City Section Player of the year[2] and was also

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Mike Bercovici

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Mike Bercovici

Michael Bercovici (born February 9, 1993) is an American football coach and former quarterback who currently serves as a graduate assistant at Arizona State, for whom he played college football. He signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. High school career Bercovici was born in Northridge, California. He attended Taft High School in Los Angeles. As a senior, he was 240-of-399 passes (60.2%) for 3,755 yards with 37 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in 2010, he also recorded 103 with three touchdowns. He was rated by PrepStar as the 91st overall prospect in the nation, and the seventh overall quarterback in the nation. He was also ranked the 14th overall pro-style quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com. He was offered an athletic scholarship to Arizona State University in June 2010, he accepted the scholarship a week later.[1] College career As a true freshman in 2011, Bercovici appeared in three games. He completed 2-of-3 passes for 15 yards. In 2012,

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Roy Foster (American football)

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Roy Foster (American football)

Roy Allen Foster (born May 24, 1960) is a former professional American football offensive lineman. High school career Foster prepped at Taft High School in Canoga Park, California and Shawnee Mission West High School in Overland Park, Kansas. College career Foster played for the University of Southern California (USC) and was selected to 1981 College Football All-America Team (Consensus selection), and the 1980 College Football All-America Team Foster was the first winner of The Morris Trophy for being the top offensive or defensive lineman in the Pacific-8 conference. He is one of only three Pac-12 Offensive lineman (along with Lincoln Kennedy and Alex Mack) to win the award twice. Professional career Foster was a first round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 1982 NFL Draft. He was a two-time Pro Bowler, in 1985 and 1986, and played in two Super Bowls. He retired with the San Francisco 49ers in 1993. He is the only offensive lineman to have blocked for Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Dan Marino. He also

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Jeff Fisher

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Jeff Fisher

Jeffrey Michael "Jeff" Fisher (born February 25, 1958) is a former American football coach and player. He served as a head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for 22 seasons, primarily with the Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans franchise. He coached the Titans for 17 seasons and the St Louis / Los Angeles Rams for five seasons. Fisher became the coach of the Titans towards the end of the 1994 season during their tenure as the Houston Oilers and was the team's first coach when they relocated to Tennessee. He continued to coach the Titans until after the end of the 2010 season when the Titans and Fisher mutually agreed to part ways. Following a season away from football, Fisher was hired as the head coach of the Rams in 2012 and coached the team during their last four years in St. Louis. He remained the head coach of the Rams during the franchise's return to Los Angeles in 2016, but was fired near the end of the season.[1] Fisher's most successful season was in 1999, when he led the Titans to the fr

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Brad Kearns

Brad Kearns (born February 4, 1965 in Los Angeles, California) is an American author, podcast host, professional Speedgolfer, and former professional triathlete. Kearns performed on the international triathlon circuit from 1986 to 1995 and won 31 events worldwide. He is currently a top-20 world-ranked professional Speedgolfer. In 2018, he broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest single hole of golf ever played (minimum length, 500 yards). Athletic career Kearns on his way to winning the Eilat international triathlon, 1991 Kearns’ start in endurance sports was at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California, where he ran cross country and track from 1980 to 1982. He was 17th in the 1981 National Junior Olympics Cross Country meet at age 15, and a finalist at the National Junior Olympics Track&Field Championships (Lincoln, NE) 1500 meters at age 16, winning his semi-final heat in 4:06, and achieving a national ranking of 12th in his age division. He placed 5th in the Los Angeles City Cross Co

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William Finnegan

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William Finnegan

William Finnegan (born 1952) is a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of works of international journalism. He has specially addressed issues of racism and conflict in Southern Africa and politics in Mexico and South America, as well as poverty among youth in the United States, and is well known for his writing on surfing. Early years Finnegan was born in New York City in 1952 to the eldest of four children to Patricia and Bill Finnegan, a television and film producer whose well known credits included Hawaii Five-O and The Fabulous Baker Boys. Bill Finnegan worked on a number of television productions shot on location in Hawaii and William and his siblings were raised in Los Angeles and Hawaii. William graduated from William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California and received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1974 with a degree in Literature. During his youth he took up surfing, which became a lifelong passion he still practices off Long Island when at home. Finn

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Gabe Kapler

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Gabe Kapler

Gabriel Stefan Kapler (born July 31, 1975) nicknamed "Kap"[1], is an American former professional baseball outfielder, who is the manager for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). Kapler was a 57th-round draft pick (1,487th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in the 1995 MLB draft. His MLB playing years spanned from 1998 through 2010, for the Tigers, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and Tampa Bay Rays (except for the 2007 season, which — having briefly retired as a player — he spent managing the Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League, the Single-A affiliate of the Red Sox). Kapler also spent part of the 2005 season playing for the Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball’s Central League. After permanently retiring as a player, Kapler served as a coach for the Israeli national baseball team, in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and as Director of Player Development for the Dodgers from 2014 through 2017. Kapler was named the manager of the Philli

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O'Shea Jackson Jr.

O'Shea Jackson Jr. (born February 24, 1991), also known by his stage name OMG, is an American actor and rapper. He is the oldest son of rapper Ice Cube, and portrayed the latter in the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton, which was his feature film debut.[1] Early life and education Jackson was born in Los Angeles, California, to O'Shea Jackson Sr., better known as Ice Cube, and Kimberly Woodruff. Jackson was raised in the San Fernando Valley, and is the first child of four. He has two younger brothers, Darrell and Shareef, and a younger sister, Kareema.[2] Darrell is also a rapper under the name Doughboy, which is the nickname of the character his father portrayed in his first film, Boyz n the Hood. Jackson attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California, from which he graduated in 2009. His father also attended Taft High School, but unlike his father, Jackson was not bussed nearly 40 mi (64 km) home after classes.[3] Jackson graduated from the University of Southern California, wher

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Kevin Kennedy (baseball)

Kevin Curtis Kennedy (born May 26, 1954) is a former manager in American Major League Baseball and a former television host for Fox Sports' baseball coverage. He was given the nickname "The Skipper" by Fox Sports due to his prior managerial career. Kennedy joined the Tampa Bay Rays broadcast team for the 2009 baseball season as a replacement for Joe Magrane. Biography Early life and career Born in Los Angeles, Kevin Kennedy graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California in 1972, where he was a classmate of Robin Yount.[1] He attended San Diego State University and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 8th round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft. Kennedy was a career minor league catcher who played in the Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers farm systems. In 510 career games, he hit .238 with 12 homers and 178 RBI. While with the Pawtucket Red Sox in 1981, he was the only player from either team to not play in the longest professional baseball game of all time ver

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Epic Mazur

Bret 'Epic' Mazur (born Bret Hadley Mazur[2] on August 31, 1970) is an American vocalist, rapper, and record producer. He is best known as a founder and former frontman of the rap rock band Crazy Town. Early life Bret Mazur grew up in Brooklyn, New York before his parents moved across the country to Hollywood, Los Angeles. It was here that he began to work as a DJ at age 16, and received the pseudonym "Epic" from a friend. Mazur graduated from William Howard Taft High School in Los Angeles. He then collaborated with Richard Wolf as part of the production team Wolf & Epic on albums by Bell Biv DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, MC Lyte and MC Serch, among others.[3] Crazy Town Crazy Town was formed by Mazur and Seth Binzer, who started collaborating in 1995[4] under the initial name of "The Brimstone Sluggers". By early 1999, they were calling themselves Crazy Town, and the full band consisted of Mazur, Binzer, Rust Epique, James Bradley Jr., Doug Miller, DJ AM, and Antonio Lorenzo "Trouble" Valli. Their debut al

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Stephen Maxwell (basketball)

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Stephen Maxwell (basketball)

Stephen Maxwell (born April 29, 1993) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Hapoel Galil Elyon of the Liga Leumit. He played four seasons for the Cal State Northridge Matadors in college. Prior to his years with the Matadors, Maxwell competed for William Howard Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. As a rookie, he played for the London Lightning of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) and was named Rookie of the Year. Early life Maxwell was born on April 29, 1993 in Los Angeles, California to Darlene and Kevin Maxwell. He has two sisters, Tiffany and Jessica, and one brother, Kevin.[1] Maxwell grew up in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills.[2][3] High school career Maxwell attended William Howard Taft Charter High School in his hometown, where he played basketball under seasoned head coach Derrick Taylor.[4] For much of Maxwell's high school campaign, the team was led by Spencer Dinwiddie, who would play at Colorado in college and then t

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Serayah (actress)

Serayah Ranee McNeill (born June 20, 1995) is an American actress, model and singer, best known for her role as singer Tiana Brown on the television show Empire.[1] Early life Serayah Ranee McNeill was born in Encinitas, California.[2] She graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California, where she played for the girls' varsity basketball team, in 2013.[2][3] Acting career The character of Tiana on Empire marks her first major acting role.[4] In a 2015 interview with Black Enterprise, Serayah stated of her role, "One thing I always say about this show is it's a lot of drama, but it's family drama so people relate. Every family has some type of drama, and I think that it touches on a lot of the entertainment business and the music business. Some exaggerated parts, but it really does touch on some of the things that happen."[5] She was added to the series regular cast on August 26, 2015.[6] Musical career In 2015, Serayah appeared in singer Taylor Swift's video for the song "Bad Blood" as the

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Kelly Paris

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Kelly Paris

Kelly Jay Paris (October 17, 1957 – May 27, 2019) was a professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, and the Chicago White Sox. He played as a third baseman and shortstop. Career Paris was born in Encino, California, and attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft on June 3, 1975,[1] and made his major league debut on September 1, 1982 with the Cardinals. On March 31, 1983, Paris was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Jim Strichek. It was with the Reds that Paris played the majority of his Major League games. In 1976, while playing for the Johnson City Cardinals, Kelly and his older brother Bret, achieved what is believed to be a first in professional baseball. The two brothers hit home runs for the same team in the same inning. All three of Paris' career major league home runs were hit in 1988 i

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DaShon Polk

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DaShon Polk

DaShon Lamor Polk (born March 13, 1977) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played professionally for the Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans. Early life Polk was born in Pacoima, California and attended Taft High School where he was selected for All-City.[1] Polk played college football at the University of Arizona and was a three-year starter.[2] Career Polk was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round (251st pick overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft.[3] He played for the Bills from 2000 to 2003, before playing for the Houston Texans from 2004 to 2006. Polk played seven seasons, accumulating 224 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles, in the NFL before retiring.[4] References "He Plays Hitter but Not a Heavy : When Taft High's DaShon Polk Takes the Field, He Smiles on Contact". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 6, 2013. "Cats tackle DaShon Polk". Tucson Citizen.com. Retrieved November 6, 2013. "DaShon Polk". Pro=Football-Reference.com. Retrieve

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Andrew Nikou

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Andrew Nikou

Andrew Nikou is the founder, managing partner and CEO of OpenGate Capital, a global private buyout firm.[1] The firm is focused on the acquisition of lower middle market, non-core divisions of larger companies located around the world. From its offices in Los Angeles, CA, and Paris, France, the firm seeks to acquire change-intensive and underperforming businesses ripe for transformation.[2] To date, the firm has completed more than 30 transactions and has acquired more than $8 billion in gross consolidated revenues. The firm and its founder are best known for their acquisition of TV Guide Magazine in December 2008,[3] and the publication's turn to profitability in the first quarter of 2010.[4] Nikou is actively involved with the management of each of the legacy companies his firm invests in including those acquired prior to raising institutional capital. Nikou has received recognition for his business achievements. In 2012, Nikou was a recipient of The M&A Advisor's "Top 40 Under 40" award,[5] for the

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Steve Smith (wide receiver, born 1985)

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Steve Smith (wide receiver, born 1985)

Steven Smith (born May 6, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is often mistaken for Steve Smith Sr., the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver of the same name. Early years Smith was born in Anchorage, Alaska. He played at Taft High School in the San Fernando Valley,[1] where he set the state records for most receptions (271) and yardage (4486) in a varsity career, and led the Toreadors to two consecutive Los Angeles City Section Championship games (although they lost both games). His career yardage record was surpassed by Canyon High School Wide Receiver, Drew Wolitarsky on October 5, 2012. He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with several of his US

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Jan Smithers

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Jan Smithers

Karin Jan Smithers (born July 3, 1949) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Bailey Quarters on the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982).[1] Life and career Smithers grew up with her parents and three sisters in Woodland Hills, California, and attended what is now William Howard Taft Charter High School there. She first reached the public eye as a teenager when she was featured on the March 21, 1966, cover of Newsweek, seated on a motorcycle.[1][2] Smithers's first marriage was to Kipp Whitman from 1971 to 1972. From 1986 to 1995, she was married to actor James Brolin[1] and was stepmother to his two children from a previous marriage; together they have one daughter, Molly. After living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, she now lives in Ojai, California.[2] In June 2014, Smithers attended a reunion of surviving WKRP cast members hosted by the Paley Center for Media.[3] Filmography Where the Lilies Bloom (1974) as Devola When the North Wind Blows (1974) Trick or Treat (1975) O

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Josh Portis

Joshua Allen Portis (born July 14, 1987) is an American football quarterback who is a free agent. He previously played for the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and in the National Football League (NFL) for the Seattle Seahawks, who first signed him as an undrafted free agent out of college in 2011. Portis was highly touted as one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterback prospects out of high school. Portis attended the University of Florida for one season and then transferred to the University of Maryland. In 2009, he transferred again to Division II California University of Pennsylvania, where he set school records with 3,421 passing yards, 36 touchdowns and 3,870 total offensive yards throwing. Early years Portis grew up in Woodland Hills in Los Angeles, California with his mother Patricia Portis. He initially attended Redondo Union High School, where he played junior varsity for one year. After his mother had a disagreement with the head coach over pl

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Michael D. Rich

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Michael D. Rich

Michael Rich is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the RAND Corporation, the institution's highest-ranking position, which he has held since November 2011. Rich became the fifth president and CEO of the Santa Monica, California-based research institution, succeeding James A. Thomson, who led RAND since 1989. His father, Ben Rich, was a prominent aeronautical engineer with the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, most famous for developing the F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter. He is also co-chair of the Board of Overseers of the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute; and chair of the Pardee RAND Graduate School Admissions Committee. Rich is co-author of the 2018 book Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life, along with co-author Jennifer Kavanagh. History at RAND Rich was involved in establishing RAND's research and analysis practice in the Middle East, including the RAND Qatar Policy Institute, whose board of overseers he cochairs. Rich also guided

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Michael Thomas (wide receiver, born 1993)

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Michael Thomas (wide receiver, born 1993)

Michael William Thomas Jr. (born March 3, 1993)[1] is an American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State University. Thomas holds the NFL record for the most receptions by a player through his first three seasons, with 321. Thomas led the league in receptions in the 2018 season. Early years Thomas attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California.[2] As a senior, he had 86 receptions for a state-leading 1,656 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Toreadors football team.[3] Thomas was ranked by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit.[4] He committed to Ohio State University to play college football.[5] Thomas attended Fork Union Military Academy for a year after high school and was roommates with fellow Ohio State teammate Cardale Jones.[6] College career Thomas played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2012. He had three receptions for 22 yards in the 2012 season.[7] As a sophomore in 2013, Thomas was redshirted.[8] Th

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Justin Tryon

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Justin Tryon

Justin Deaon Tryon (born May 29, 1984) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.[1] He also played for the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants. Early life Tryon was born Northridge, California. He played for Littlerock High School and graduated from William Howard Taft High School (Los Angeles).[2] He played college football at Arizona State University and College of the Canyons. Justin started all 26 games during his two seasons at ASU. Earned Second-Team All-Conference honors as a senior after being named honorable mention All-Pac 10 as a junior. Won junior college national championship game in 2005. Professional career Washington Redskins On June 13, 2008, Tryon officially signed a three-year contract with the Redskins. He had 26 tackles and one interception during the season. Indianapolis Colts On September 4, 2010, he was traded from the Redskins to the Indianapolis Colts for an undisclosed draft pick. Tryon had

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Quincy Watts

Quincy D. Watts (born June 19, 1970) is a former American athlete, winner of two gold medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Career Born in Detroit, Michigan, Quincy Watts attended the University of Southern California where he excelled not only as an athlete but also as a wide receiver on the college football team. He took up track at Sutter Middle School and later went to Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. In 1987, he ran a 10.36s 100 m, which stands as the Los Angeles city section record, and at the time was the second fastest in CIF history, behind only Henry Thomas' 10.25 in 1985. That same year he repeated as the 200 meters Champion at the CIF California State Championships in Sacramento. At first, Watts was a short sprinter, specializing for 100 m and 200 m, but the USC coach Jim Bush, convinced him to run 400 m, where he found his success. In 1992, by far his most successful year, he won the Olympic 400 m title. He twice broke Lee Evans' Olympic record of 43.86, (set at altitude during t

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Jane Wiedlin

Jane Marie Genevieve Wiedlin (born May 20, 1958) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and actress best known as the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist of the new wave band the Go-Go's. Wiedlin has also had a solo musical career. Early life Jane Wiedlin was born in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.[2] Her father, Robert Arthur Wiedlin, Sr., an oral surgeon, was born in Chicago, Illinois, of German and German-Swiss ancestry. Her mother, Betty Jane (née Herro),[3] was of Lebanese heritage, from Oconomowoc, where many immigrants from Lebanon settled. Wiedlin's parents met while students at Marquette University and later, married. Jane spent her early childhood growing up in West Allis, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[4] She is one of five children, with a sister and three brothers, growing up in a Catholic family. When Wiedlin was six, her father took a job with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, at a VA Hospital in Los Angeles and her family followed in tow.[4] As a child, Wie

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Darrion Weems

Darrion Anthony Weems (born September 4, 1988) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. He played college football at the University of Oregon. Early years Weems attended McMain High School, but was forced to move before his junior year due to Hurricane Katrina.[1] He transferred to Taft High School, where he was named All-American. He accepted a scholarship from the University of Oregon. As a junior, he started 7 games at both tackle positions. He became a regular starter at left tackle as a senior and was part of an offense that ranked third in the nation in scoring, sixth in total offense and fifth in rushing. Professional career Minnesota Vikings On April 29, 2012, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent..[2] New England Patriots On July 27, 2012, he signed with the New England Patriots as a free agent.[3] .[4] Indianapolis Colts On September 3, 2012, he was signed by the Indianapolis Colts to

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Larry Yount

Lawrence King "Larry" Yount (born February 15, 1950 in Houston, Texas) is a former professional baseball player. Yount (whose younger brother is Hall of Famer Robin Yount) holds the unique distinction of being the only pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history to appear in the official record books without ever actually having faced a batter. In his only major league appearance—on September 15, 1971—he had to leave the game during his warm-up pitches due to injury.[1][2] Early career Yount went to Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California, and was a fifth round draft pick in the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft. He impressed in the Carolina League in both 1968 and 1969 (he had a 2.25 ERA in 1969), and was invited to spring training at the major league camp in 1970 and 1971. After a strong stint with the Astros' AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City, Yount was called up on September 2, 1971. Before he could join the big-league club, however, he had to serve a week-long stint in the military, which he late

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Antwaun Woods

Antwaun Woods (born January 3, 1993) is an American football nose tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC. Early life and high school career Woods was a starter for all four years playing for William Howard Taft. His junior year he collected 38 tackles and had 4 sacks, and 31 tackles and 2 sacks as a senior. He was named Super Prep All-American, Under Armour All-American, ESPNU 150. He received a scholarship to USC. College career Woods redshirted his first year at USC. He started the first four games of his freshman season as a nose tackle and used as a backup for the rest of the season, and recorded 16 tackles, 3 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss.[1] During his sophomore season he continued as a defensive tackle. He started for half of the season and recorded 20 tackles, 1 sack and 2 tackles for a loss and a deflection.[2] His junior year he was used mostly as a nose tackle, appearing in twelve games while starting in ten of them. He recorded

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Robin Wright

Robin Gayle Wright[1] (born April 8, 1966) is an American actress. She is the recipient of eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations and has earned a Golden Globe Award and a Satellite Award for her work in television. Wright first gained attention for her role in the NBC Daytime soap opera Santa Barbara, as Kelly Capwell from 1984 to 1988. She then made the transition to film, starring in the romantic comedy fantasy adventure film The Princess Bride (1987). This role led Wright to further success in the film industry, with starring roles in films such as Forrest Gump (1994), the romantic drama Message in a Bottle (1999), the superhero drama-thriller Unbreakable (2000), the historical drama The Conspirator (2010), the biographical sports drama Moneyball (2011), the mystery thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), the biographical drama Everest (2015), the superhero film Wonder Woman (2017), and the neo-noir science fiction film Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Wright starred as Claire Underwood in the Netflix

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Holly Beth Vincent

Holly Beth Vincent (born Holly Beth Cernuto in 1956[1][2]) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. In her youth Vincent sang and played drums and guitar in several bands and took part in the Los Angeles punk scene. In 1978, she formed Holly and the Italians and moved to London, England, where the band was welcomed by the British press and gained a recording contract with Virgin Records on the strength of the single "Tell That Girl to Shut Up". Holly and the Italians' debut album The Right to Be Italian had a troubled and long production and was a commercial failure, which led to the band's dissolution at the end of 1980, after a US tour supporting The Clash and the Ramones. Vincent recorded under her name the album Holly and the Italians in the UK and was then deported to the US by the British authorities. She went to live in New York City, where she was a member of The Waitresses for a short time and played in other local groups. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles and t

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Matteo Barzini

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Matteo Barzini

Matteo Barzini is an Italian filmmaker and producer born in Rome in 1981 and raised in Los Angeles, California. He’s the grandson of writer and journalist Luigi Barzini, Jr.. Biography His first feature documentary United We Stand, about post 9/11 America and the War in Iraq was selected for the 60th Venice International Film Festival making him one of the youngest filmmakers to attend the festival.[1] In 2008 he produced and directed his second feature documentary Change, about the Obama McCain United States presidential election in 2008. The documentary was distributed by Cinecittà Luce[2] and in competition for the David di Donatello 2010/11.[3] In 2013 he co-directed his third feature documentary Medè about the Camorra in Naples. It premiered at Rome Independent Film Festival on April 9, 2012.[4] In 2014 he directed the documentary about the Syrian Civil War:[5] The Quake. The soundtrack was scored by Academy Award winner, composer Ennio Morricone.[6] The film premiered on February 8, 2014 during the

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