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The Paris Herald, later the International Herald Tribune and now the New York Times International Edition, was founded on 4 October 1887, as the European edition of the New York Herald by the parent paper’s owner, James Gordon Bennett, Jr. Bennett moved to Paris because he had been ostracized by New York society, according to legend, because he arrived late and drunk to a party at the May family mansion, then urinated into a fireplace (some say grand piano) in full view of his hosts.
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:26 AM
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Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has played at least three characters in movies set in whole or in part in New York City: a German professor in Little Women, a Satan-possessed banker in End of Days, and a crooked ex-cop in The Usual Suspects.
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:35 AM
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The Usual Suspects took its title from a famous line spoken by French Police Captain Renault, on the telephone to his office, in the closing airport scene in Casablanca.
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:27 AM
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The Renault 2CV, or deux chevaux, is nicknamed the ugly duckling.
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:41 AM
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The Usual Suspects took its title from a famous line spoken by French Police Captain Renault, on the telephone to his office, in the closing airport scene in Casablanca.
Actually, Capt. Renault says that directly to the police officers who show up at the Casablanca airport (0:40 here): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXuBnz6vtuI
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The 1865 poem by Walt Whitman, O Captain! My Captain!, was composed after Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865. It is an elegy poem written in Lincoln's honor.

The poem:



O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:

But O heart! heart! heart!

O the bleeding drops of red,

Where on the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! My Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Here captain! dear father!

This arm beneath your head;

It is some dream that on the deck,

You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;

Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!

But I, with mournful tread,

Walk the deck my captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:28 AM
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The 1969-74 ABC comedy drama show Room 222 was set in Walt Whitman High School in Los Angeles. The focus was on the classroom used by Pete Dixon (Lloyd Haynes), an idealistic African-American school teacher. Other characters featured in the show were the school's compassionate guidance counselor, Liz McIntyre (Denise Nicholas), who is also Pete's girlfriend; the dryly humorous school principal, Seymour Kaufman (Michael Constantine); and the petite and enthusiastic Alice Johnson (Karen Valentine), a student teacher (and later full-time teacher) learning from Pete.
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Lloyd Haynes served 12 years in the Marines before launching his acting career. While he is best known for his role on Room 222, he also appeared in several movies and several other TV series, including the second pilot episode of Star Trek. He was dropped from Star Trek because producer Gene Roddenberry preferred actress Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura) over him. Haynes was co-starring in the soap opera General Hospital as Mayor Ken Morgan at the time of his death in 1987 at age 52.
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Gene Roddenberry is thought to have cast Nichelle Nichols on "Star Trek" in part because they were dating (apparently Haynes wouldn't do it). The decision worked out well anyway - several female African-American astronauts have been quite public in their gratitude to her for showing them that black girls could go into space too. Their number includes Dr. Mae Jemison, who played a cameo on ST:TNG as a transporter operator.
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Former NASA astronaut and Star Trek: The Next Generation cameo celebrity Mae Jemison was featured last year in a Lego minifigure collection of notable women of NASA.

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In February 2015, Lego replaced Ferrari as Brand Finance's "world's most powerful brand".
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:27 PM
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Legoland Florida Resort is on the site of the former Cypress Gardens, an "Old Florida" attraction famous in travelogues and postcards for its water skiing shows.
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:41 PM
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In the Loma Prieta earthquake of 17 Oct 1989, Oakland's Cypress Structure double-decker interstate freeway collapsed. The second deck, with multiple interstate freeway lanes heading in one direction (northbound? southbound?), was directly above the first deck which had multiple lanes of interstate traffic heading in the other direction, and during the earthquake the second deck collapsed onto the first deck.

The earthquake struck at 5:04PM on a Tuesday afternoon, during the heart of the afternoon rush hour commute. Normally the Cypress Structure is packed bumper-to-bumper with stop-and-go, slow-and-go traffic. But thankfully due to World Series Game 3 that year, where the Oakland A's faced the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park for that game, the Cypress Structure was mostly empty. Still, 42 people died at the Cypress Structure that day.
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George H.W. Bush began his single term as President of the United States on Jan. 20, 1989. In 1948, as a Yale University baseball star, he once met famous New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth.

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MLB's Silver Slugger award is given each year to the best offensive player at each position in each League. The winner is determined by a vote of players and managers, who cannot vote for players on their own team. For the outfield, three players will receive the award in each league regardless of their specific outfield position. For example, three left fielders might win the award one year.

During his career, Barry Bonds won 12 Silver Slugger awards. That is the most for any one player. Catcher Mike Piazza and 3rd Baseman Alex Rodriguez are tied for second, with 10 apiece.
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Alex Rodriguez won 7 Silver Slugger awards as a shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, and 3 awards as a third baseman for the New York Yankees. Wade Boggs has the most awards as a third baseman with 8, and Barry Larkin has the most as a shortstop with 9 awards.
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Stanley Kubrick's film "Barry Lyndon" was based on the 1844 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. It starred Ryan O'Neal and Marisa Berenson. It was not well received when it appeared in 1975, but appreciation for it has grown in the years since, and it is now widely regarded as one of the director's best.
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Barry Bonds is only second in Career WAR — Wins Above Replacement — second only to Babe Ruth.

Wins Above Replacement is a baseball statistic developed to sum up "a player's total contributions to his team". A player's WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player.
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Red Berenson is the coach of the University of Michigan ice hockey team, 58 years after first appearing as a player for the Wolverines. In between, he played 16 years in the National Hockey League, mostly with the St. Louis Blues, a team that he coached for three years before taking the Michigan job .
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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis MO is 630 feet high, and 630 feet wide. Many people think its shape is a parabola, but it instead is a weighted catenary, a curve whose function is given by cosh(x), the hyperbolic cosine function.

The Gateway Arch is the most famous example of a weighted catenary. Simple suspension bridges use weighted catenaries.

The Gateway Arch is the world’s tallest arch, it is the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and it is Missouri's tallest accessible building.

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"Across the pale parabola of joy" is one of the memorably repeated lines in Leave it to Psmith, one of P.G. Wodehouse's finest comic novels. The line is supposedly from "Songs of Squalor", a collection of poetry by Ralston McTodd, one of the book's characters. However, Wodehouse is parodying deliberately difficult lines by poets of the 1920s, such as T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.

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The Brown Derby Liquor Store was the first retail location for fishing lures and other fishing accessories sold by John L. Morris, Founder of the Springfield, MO-based Bass Pro Shop
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The 1973 film Tom Sawyer, starring Johnny Whitaker (now 58) and Jodie Foster (now 55) includes the song Hannibal, MO(ZOUREE!). The film was shot in Missouri, at Arrow Rock and Lupus. Although the film’s story is set along the Mississippi River, it was shot along the Missouri River — Arrow Rock and Lupus lie on the Missouri River. They’re about 140 miles west of St. Louis. Hannibal MO is some 100 miles NW of STL, on the Mississippi River.
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Mark Twain was not born in Hannibal. His family moved to Hannibal when young Samuel Clemens' was five years old, and house where he was born, a historic monument, is the only building remaining in the now uninhabited Florida, Missouri. My father was born in Hannibal, and his family was already established in the town before the Clemens family moved there.

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Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) first used his pen name in Virginia City NV on February 3, 1863.
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Mark Twain is one of several famous authors and thinkers who believed that the plays and sonnets of "Shakespeare" were not written by the same-named man from Stratford. Twain wrote a 24,000-word essay arguing that that authorship was a hoax.
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Stratford Hall is a historic house museum in Westmoreland County, Virginia. It was the boyhood home of two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, and it was the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. The estate was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, under the care of the National Park Service.
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The Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence in Washington DC depicts the signatures of the original 56 signatories in the Constitution Gardens on the National Mall. It was authorized by Public Law 95, passed by Congress in 1978 and was dedicated on July 2, 1984, exactly 208 years after the Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence.
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The Declaration of Independence was displayed for many years, unguarded and in a simple glass frame, in the library of the U.S. State Department. Much of the fading of the document is thought to have been from this period. It is now housed in a high-tech, climate-controlled, UV-impermeable case (and vault, after hours) at the National Archives.
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The two youngest signers of the Declaration of Independence were both from South Carolina: Thomas Lynch, Jr. and Edward Rutledge were both born in 1749 and were only 26 when they signed the Declaration. The oldest signer of the Declaration was Benjamin Franklin, who was born in 1706 and thus was 70 at the time of the Declaration. The only signer of the Declaration of Independence to survive beyond the 50th anniversary of the signing was Charles Carroll of Maryland. Carroll died in 1832 when he was 95 years old.
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USS Independence (LCS-2) is the lead ship of the Independence-class littoral combat ship. Development of the innovative modular trimaran ran more than 200% over budget projections. She is the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the concept of independence.

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Independence CA USA, population 669, is the county seat of Inyo County.

The main cities, driving south on US-395 from Bishop CA, are (and, repeat this mantra): Bishop, Big Pine, Independence, Lone Pine)
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The Battle of Lone Pine was fought between Australian and Turkish/Ottoman forces during the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War, in August 1915. The tree for which the battle was named was obliterated during the 4 days of fighting; however, pine cones that had remained attached to the cut branches over the trenches were retrieved by various Australian and New Zealand soldiers, brought home and their seeds were planted. Today, there are many trees in Australia and two in New Zealand that can be authenticated as direct descendants from the Gallipoli pine.

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The Mothman was a legendary apparition that was reported through the year 1967, and was associated with the collapse of the US-35 bridge across the Ohio River, connecting Point Pleasant WV and Gallipolis OH. The series of incidents later became the plot of then film "Mothman".
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Point Pleasant WV lies at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. The Kanawha River, about 100 miles lomg, is the largest inland waterway in West Virginia.
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Point State Park (locally known as The Point) is a Pennsylvania state park on 36 acres in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, forming the Ohio River. The location is also known as the Forks of the Ohio. The remains of Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne, built there because of the strategic importance of the site in the 1700s, are both in the park.
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Confluence Point State Park, more formally named Edward "Ted" and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park, is located where the Missouri River ends and empties into the Mississippi River near St. Louis. It is about 20 miles north of downtown. There is a pole in the park marking the high water mark of the Great Flood of 1993, or The Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Flood of 1993. In that flood, record cresting on each river were only days apart, and the pole in the park is almost 40 feet tall (it is 38.2’).

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With the death of Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy on August 25, 2009, Jean Ann Kennedy Smith became the last surviving child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy.
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The small town of Kennedy Meadows in Tuolumne County, CA lies along highway CA-108, the Sonora Pass Road. At 9,624’ elevation, Sonora Pass is second only to Tioga Pass’s 9,943’ as the highest highway pass in California and in the Sierra Nevada.

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The small town of Kennedy Meadows in Tuolumne County, CA lies along highway CA-108, the Sonora Pass Road. At 9,624’ elevation, Sonora Pass is second only to Tioga Pass’s 9,943’ as the highest highway pass in California and in the Sierra Nevada.

Comment: Both passes are dramatic, and beautiful. Welcome to California — we got mountains too!
To add: Kennedy Meadows is 55 miles NE of Sonora, and 25 miles W of the USMC MWTC, the Mountain Warfare Training Center.
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The Free and Sovereign State of Sonora is one of 32 federal entities of the United Mexican States. Located in the extreme northwest of Mexico, its capital city is Hermosillo. Its northern border is also the border between Mexico and the United States, which it shares with the states of Arizona and New Mexico.
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Las Barrancas del Cobre in the Mexican state of Chihuahua is a group of six canyons in northwestern Mexico. The canyons were formed by six rivers that drain the western side of the Sierra Tarahumara (a part of the Sierra Madre Occidental). All six rivers merge into the Rio Fuerte and empty into the Gulf of California.

Barrancas del Cobre, Chihuahua: in English, Copper Canyon. The walls of the canyon are a copper/green color, which is where the name originates.

It’s not that far away! “Only” 1,500 miles from San Francisco:
San Francisco CA USA: starting point
✜ 950 miles to Nogales AZ USA
✜ 180 miles to Hermosillo, Sonora MEX
✜ 360 miles to Hotel Divisadero Barrancas, Chihuahua MEX

Road trip!!
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Las Barrancas del Cobre in the Mexican state of Chihuahua is a group of six canyons in northwestern Mexico. The canyons were formed by six rivers that drain the western side of the Sierra Tarahumara (a part of the Sierra Madre Occidental). All six rivers merge into the Rio Fuerte and empty into the Gulf of California.

Barrancas del Cobre, Chihuahua: in English, Copper Canyon. The walls of the canyon are a copper/green color, which is where the name originates.

It’s not that far away! “Only” 1,500 miles from San Francisco:
San Francisco CA USA: starting point
✜ 950 miles to Nogales AZ USA
✜ 180 miles to Hermosillo, Sonora MEX
✜ 360 miles to Hotel Divisadero Barrancas, Chihuahua MEX

Road trip!!

Adding: images — https://www.google.com/search?q=Las+...iw=768&bih=922 — beautiful!
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Despite the general impression that they are desert expanses, the states of Durango and Chihuahua are the most forested states in Mexico.
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The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog recognized by most kennel clubs. There are two varieties of Chihuahua – the Smooth Coat, or short haired, and the Long Coat, or long haired. Dogs of either coat type may be identified as either "apple head" or "deer head". Apple heads have rounded heads, close-set eyes, and relatively short ears and legs. Deer heads have flat-topped heads, more widely set eyes, larger ears, and longer, more slender legs.
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George Washington of Virginia, commanding general of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and first President of the United States, had a dog named Sweetlips.
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Unbeknownst to almost all Canadians, Prime Minister Mackenzie King was a spiritualist. In his diaries he speaks of séances with dead family members and friends, including his deceased mother, former prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, FDR (after 1945), and his dog, Pat, an Irish setter. They all gave him advice on political matters.

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Warm Springs, in western Georgia used to be called Bullochville, after Martha Bulloch Roosevelt, the mother of Theodore Roosevelt and the grandmother of Eleanor Roosevelt. Warm Springs is where FDR died.
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Folkston is a city in the state of Georgia, United States. With virtually all rail traffic that is headed to Florida passing through Folkston, the rail lines through the city have acquired the nickname "The Folkston Funnel." As many as 65 trains a day pass through Folkston heading into and out of Florida, which some years draws ten times as many railfans as people who live in the city.
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Folkston GA: 50 miles NW of Jacksonville FL, 175 miles ENE of Tallahassee FL, 120 miles S of Savannah GA, and 275 miles SE of Atlanta GA. In the 2010 census there were 4,148 folks in Folkston GA.

Folkston: For a number of years, Folkston was the self-proclaimed "Marriage Capital of the World;" Floridians who could not endure their state's waiting period before tying the knot would cross the state line to wed.

The Reno of the east, so-to-speak?

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