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The Guess Who is a rock band which was formed in Winnipeg in 1965. The group was a huge success from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. It had a number of hit singles including "American Woman", "Laughing", "These Eyes", and "Share the Land".
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Tal Bachman is a Canadian singer-songwriter, and the son of musican Randy Bachman, who was a member of both The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Tal's 1999 song "She's So High" was a top-20 hit in both Canada and the U.S.

The younger Bachman, who was raised as a Mormon, left the church as an adult. He has appeared in several documentaries, in which he discussed his departure from the LDS church.

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The Bachmann knot is a friction hitch that requires a carabiner, either locking or non-locking but which must have a round cross-section. It is like a Prusik hitch, another friction hitch. Both the Bachmann knot (or hitch) and the Prusik hitch hold on to another, larger rope, which is usually a vertical ascending rope. When weight or downward force is applied to the Bachmann hitch or Prusik hitch, it tightens around the ascending rope and friction keeps it and the weight from falling. When the load is removed from the hitch, the hitch loosens its grip on the ascending rope and can be slid upwards like a ratcheting device. The Bachmann hitch and the Prusik hitch are used for self-ascents on a rope.
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Mountaineering staff at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico refer to a carabiner as a "Carrie Beaner," sometimes even with respect as "Miss Carrie Beaner," emphasizing her, er, its importance in being safe while climbing or rapelling (or at least, they did in the summer of 1983, when I was last there).
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The 1988 Broadway musical of Carrie based on the Stephen King novel, ran for 16 previews and 5 performances, and was a such flop with the critics and the theatre goers that it inspired the title of Ken Mandelbaum's 1992 book Not Since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Musical Flops.
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According to this list, there have been almost 90 movies, TV shows, or TV series made from the works of Stephen King.

(My personal favorites are Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.)
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Stephen King wrote several books under the name Richard Bachman, feeling that people wouldn't accept non-horror books from him under his own name.
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After working with Michael Clarke Duncan on "Armageddon," Bruce Willis realized his hulking costar was custom-made for the movie adaptation of Stephen King's The Green Mile,, which was already gearing up for production. ”He said, ‘I want you to go buy this book, read it, and when we get back to Los Angeles I will call [director] Frank Darabont for you and tell him I have found John Coffey,”’ Duncan says.

The fledgling actor, who had small parts in ”Bulworth” and ”The Player’s Club,” initially resisted tackling a ”heavy piece,” but Willis assured him he had the chops for the role. Darabont wasn’t convinced. ”Maybe he was nervous in the reading, but I wasn’t entirely sure when I first met him,” says the director. ”Still, there was something about his soul I couldn’t let go of, and I kept coming back to him even as we auditioned other actors.”

Though Darabont finally cast Duncan, he hired an acting coach to work with him. ”In the final analysis, it doesn’t seem like he needed it,” he laughs. ”Once the cameras started rolling, he was transformed, and to this day I don’t know where it came from.” And Willis? ”He was our yenta,” says Darabont, ”our matchmaker — bless his heart.”

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Michael Clarke Duncan — I loved his work!

Michael Clarke Duncan died in 2012 of a hear attack at the young age of 54. Following his death, many memorials used one of his most famous lines from The Green Mile: “Heaven. I’m in heaven.”

Michael Clarke Duncan was 6’ 5” tall.
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With his imposing size, Michael Clarke Duncan worked as a bouncer, and as a personal bodyguard (guarding celebrities such as Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, and The Notorious B.I.G.). Before his breakout role in The Green Mile, Duncan's appearances in films and TV shows were, in fact, often small roles as bouncers or bodyguards.

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With his imposing size, Michael Clarke Duncan worked as a bouncer, and as a personal bodyguard (guarding celebrities such as Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, and The Notorious B.I.G.). Before his breakout role in The Green Mile, Duncan's appearances in films and TV shows were, in fact, often small roles as bouncers or bodyguards.
See Annie’s post above, post # 44458, about Bruce Willis helping Michael Clarke Duncan. It’s a good one.

In play — Tom Hanks played Paul Edgecomb in The Green Mile (1999). He said, “Usually, death row was called "the last mile"; we called ours "the Green Mile" — the floor was the color of faded limes.”
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Tom Hanks, like a lot of Hollywood stars, got his start in a horror movie, "He knows You're Alone". Other actors who had early roles in horror movies are Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon, and John Travolta. (not Carrie, one even earlier than that)
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According to Christopher Brinkley's history American Moonshot, three years before he was elected President, then-Sen. John F. Kennedy appeared with NASA rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun on a TV show honoring West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.
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October Sky (1999) is based on the true story of Homer H. Hickam, Jr., a coal miner's son who was inspired by the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 to take up rocketry against his father's wishes and eventually became a NASA engineer. In the movie, Homer Hickam accidentally meets his hero, Wernher von Braun, but does not recognize him. In real life they never met, although von Braun was near him once.
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In 1958, the U.S. goverment the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA absorbed the earlier National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and was made responsible for civilian space exploration, in addition to aeronautics and aerospace research.

While the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA; later renamed the Defense Advanced Projects Agency, or DARPA) was also formed in 1958, and intiially given the responsible for leading miliary applications of spaceflight, ARPA's space efforts were soon moved to NASA and the military services, and ARPA focused its efforts on other defense projects, and high-level technology R&D.
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The first movie about space travel was Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon), released in 1902. The French film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon's surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return to Earth with a captive Selenite.

The Man in the Moon watched the capsule as it approached, and it hit him in the eye.
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DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on February 7, 1958, just 4 months after the space launch of Sputnik 1. Its first director, Roy Johnson, left a $160,000 management job at General Electric for the $18,000 job at (then) ARPA.
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Lyndon Baines Johnson had a private apartment at his presidential library and museum on the University of Texas campus in Austin. Occasionally he would greet tourists from behind the desk of the museum's Oval Office replica.
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Lyndon Baines Johnson assumed the office of the President on November 22, 1963, following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Johnson ran for re-election in 1964 and won in a landslide over Republican Barry Goldwater. Johnson was eligible to run for re-election again in 1968, but chose not to do so. He was succeeded as President by Richard Nixon. Nixon also won the 1972 election and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 1973. Johnson died two days later.
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In a span of a month over the end of 1972 and beginning of 1973, two former U.S. presidents passed away.

On December 26th, 1972, Harry S Truman died in Kansas City, Missouri, at age 88. Truman had been hospitalized in early December due to pneumonia, which led to multiple organ failure.

Four weeks later, on January 22nd, 1973, Lyndon Johnson suffered a heart attack while at his ranch in Texas. He was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, at age 64.

With the deaths of Truman and Johnson, there were no living former U.S. presidents until Richard Nixon resigned from office in 1974.

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Brooke Shields's paternal grandmother was Italian Princess Donna Marina Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi. She is descended from several Italian princely families (most notably the Doria-Pamphili-Landi)
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Dot Warner's full name on Animaniacs is Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana Fanna Bo Besca the Third. Dot's voice actor Tress MacNeille came up with the name.
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The 10 Democrat Presidential candidates who have qualified for the third debate stage as of this posting are:

Former Vice President Joe Biden
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Sen. Kamala Harris of California
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas
Andrew Yang, entrepreneur
Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro

Candidates have until Aug. 28 to meet the polling and donor cutoffs.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Lloyd Webber's last name is "Lloyd Webber." This is a tradition British upper class families, using a double or even trippled last name. and is referred to as have a surname that is barrelled.
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Elton John's song "All the Girls Love Alice," from his 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, is about a bored teenaged girl from an upper-class English family, who becomes a lesbian prostitute.

The lyrics "Alice was the spawn of a public school // With a double-barrel name in the back of her brain" underscore her class background -- "public schools" in England are typically attended by the children of the upper class, and "double-barrel name" refers to a double last name (such as "Lloyd Webber"), which is common in English upper-class families.
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Jefferson Airplane's 1967 song "White Rabbit" is often referred to "Go Ask Alice," which was used as the title of a 1971 book about "Alice," a teenager drug user. While the book was originally said to be a "true" diary by Anonymous, questions about the book's authenticity and true authorship began to rise in the late 1970's. It is now generally viewed as a work of fiction written by Beatrice Sparks, a therapist and author who went on to write numerous other books purporting to be real diaries of troubled teenagers. Some sources have also named Linda Glovach as a co-author of the book.

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Jefferson Airplane, formed in 1965, was one of the first bands of the psychedelic San Francisco era, and was the first band of that sub-genre to achieve commercial success. Their single 'Somebody to Love' peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top 40, and a later single 'White Rabbit' climbed as high as #8. However, none of their subsequent singles reached the Top 40 chart.

The band dissolved in 1972, with some members joining the group Hot Tuna, and some members re-forming the band as Jefferson Starship.
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"We Built this City" by Jefferson Starship is often cited as one of the worst rock songs ever.
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Jefferson Airplane consisted mainly of Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, and Spencer Dryden. Jefferson Starship consisted mainly of Pete Sears, David Freiberg, Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Grace Slick, Craig Chaquico, and John Barbata.

Common to both were Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, and Grace Slick.
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In The Matrix, computer hacker Thomas Anderson, soon to become Neo (Keanu Reeves), is told by Morpheus to "follow the White Rabbit." He meets a girl with a White Rabbit tattoo and impulsively decides to follow her to a nightclub, setting his adventure in motion. The White Rabbit is almost certainly an allusion to the Lewis Carroll character from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, as Neo, like Alice, learns that the world was not at all as he thought it was.

ETA: Grace Slick does not appear in the movie.

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There have been many interpretations of "Alice in Wonderland", one of the more interesting ones starring Sammy Davis Jr. as the Cheshire Cat, and Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble as the Caterpillar.
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Dean Martin once carried a laughing Sammy Davis Jr. onto a Las Vegas stage, saying, "I'd like to thank the NAACP for my special award...."
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The NAACP Image Award is an annual awards ceremony presented by the U.S.-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to honor outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature. Similar to other awards, like the Oscars and the Grammys, the over 40 categories of the Image Awards are voted on by the award organization's members (in this case, NAACP members). Anthony Anderson, star of "Black-ish", has hosted the last 6 awards programs.
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W.E.B. Du Bois (William Edward Burghardt Du Bois) was one of the organizers of the NAACP, which was created in 1910. In 1945, he was one of three delegates from the NAACP to San Francisco when the United Nations was formed.
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The site of the UN headquarters in Manhattan, formerly the site of Turtle Bay, which was filled with slaughterhouses and tenement buildings, is outside US jurisdiction. However, in exchange for local police, fire protection and other services, the United Nations agrees to acknowledge most local, state, and federal laws.

While the complex, opened in 1952, was being built, the UN used the Sperry Corporation offices in Lake Success, Long Island, after several other temporary sites, including the 1939 (and later 1964) World's Fair site in Flushing Meadows.
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The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is a leftover from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Century of Progress. It was the Art Pavilion, and after the fair ended, it was turned into the Museum of Natural History, until 1933 when it became the Museum of Science and Industry.
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Correction on the last post, 1893 World's Fair was the Columbian Exposition, 1933 World's Fair, also held in Chicago, was Century of Progress.
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One of the famous names associated with New York City's Museum of Natural History was the dinosaur hunter of the Gobi Desert, Roy Chapman Andrews, who was one of the inspirations for Indiana Jones.
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Only 5% of the Gobi Desert is covered by sand dunes.
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The newest national park in the US is Indiana Dunes National Park, on the shores of Lake Michigan. It was "promoted" to that status, from National Lakeshore, in February 2019. That makes Indiana the 29th state to have a national park, but with a long way to go to catch California with 8 of them.
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Henry Jones, Sr., the father of Indiana Jones, was portrayed by Sean Connery in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Connery was only 12 years older than Harrison Ford, who played his son, but one reason for Connery being chosen was that James Bond was an inspiration for Indiana Jones.
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Indiana is one of 8 states that border at least one of the Great Lakes. The others are Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Michigan borders 4 of the 5 Great Lakes.

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Indiana is one of four US states whose capitals start with the same letter.

Indianapolis, Indiana.
Honolulu, Hawaii
Dover, Delaware
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Hawaii and Alaska are the last two states admitted to the union. For a very brief time, there were 49 stars on the flag.

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Eight US state capitals have names of French origin:

Juneau, Alaska
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Boise, Idaho
Des Moines, Iowa ,
Montgomery, Alabama
Montpelier, Vermont
Pierre, South Dakota
Richmond, Virginia

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Juneau was the name of the ill-fated ship on which the five Sullivan brothers, from Iowa, perished during wwII.
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The Ed Sullivan Show aired for almost 23 years on CBS, from June of 1948 till June of 1971. Originally called Toast of the Town, it ran on Sunday evening during each year of its existence. In its first season, it aired in the 9-10 ET time slot; in each subsequent season, it aired in the 8-9 ET time slot.
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The first place black performers were seen on TV regularly was Ed Sullivan. Among his favorite performers in the early days were the great stars Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey and Nat King Cole, who shook hands with Ed, causing an uproar at the time.

Ed Sullivan would later a huge promoter and advocate of Motown artists and his show gave them a national platform to share their talents. The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, just to name a few, were all part of the incredible roster of Motown acts who appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
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When the Beatles appeared on Sullivan for the first time, other acts on the show found it difficult to perform, the screaming from the teen girls was so loud and persistent. The Beatles themselves couldn't hear the music they were playing. It was only through skillful placement of microphones that any of it came through on TV.

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