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Old 01-09-2019, 09:35 AM
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Tom Hanks had doubts about acting in a movie starring a mermaid and directed by "Opie Cunningham." But he did it, and Splash was the first huge movie success of both his and Ron Howard's careers.

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Ron Howard’s middle name is William.
Cheryl Alley‘s middle name is Gay. She is Cheryl Gay Alley Howard, Ron’s wife. They were high school sweethearts and married in 1975. They were 21.

Their four children are:
— 37 yrs old, daughter Bryce Dallas Howard
— 33 yrs old, twin daughter Jocelyn Carlyle Howard
— 33 yrs old, twin daughter Paige Carlyle Howard
— 32 yrs old, son Reed Cross Howard
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The Andy Griffith Show, where Ron Howard made his acting debut, ran from 1960 to 1968. There were a total of 249 half-hour episodes; 159 were in black and white and 90 were in color. The series never placed lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and ended its final season at number one.

An annual festival celebrating the sitcom, Mayberry Days, is held each year in Andy Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:36 AM
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After Andy Griffith graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor in Music degree, he taught high school music and drama. One of his students was Carl Kasell, who would go on to a long career in radio broadcasting with NPR. When Carl Kasell went on to college, also at the University of North Carolina, he became friends with another student, Charles Kuralt, who would go on to a long career in radio broadcasting with CBS.
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Andy Griffith first appeared with Don Knotts in the film "No Time For Sergeants", adapted from the stage play by the same name, which also starred Griffith. Knotts and Griffith were lifelong friends and of course went on to co-star in The Andy Griffith Show. "No Time for Sergeants" was the inspiration for the TV series "Gomer Pyle, USMC".

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Don Knotts served in the US Army during WWII.

Frank Sutton served in the US Army during WWII. He was a Sergeant. He played Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter on the CBS television series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

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Old 01-09-2019, 11:15 AM
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The late Jim Nabors, who played the title character in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., also was an accomplished singer. From 1972 to 2014 he sang the song "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the start of the Indianapolis 500 race.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:21 AM
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Jim Nabors sang the national anthem before Game #1 of the 1973 World Series in Oakland.
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Bart Giamatti, who was the seventh Commissioner of Baseball, assumed that office on April 1, 1989. He died just five months later on September 1, 1989. Because he was an alumnus and former professor at Yale University, the Yale Whiffenpoofs were asked to perform the national anthem before Game 1 of the 1989 World Series. Their rendition, which intermixed the Star-Spangled Banner with America the Beautiful, was initially booed, but they won the crowd over to rousing applause by the end of their performance.

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Bart Giamatti negotiated the agreement resolving the Pete Rose betting scandal by permitting Rose to voluntarily withdraw from the sport to avoid further punishment.
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Living people with uterine descents from Lady Cecily Neville, known as 'the Rose of Raby', were used to confirm the identity of the recently-discovered corpse of King Richard III. Lady Cecily's father was the 4th Baron of Raby and the 1st Earl of Westmoreland; her husband was Richard Plantagenet-York, the rightful Heir to the Throne of England.

Richard III's Y-chromosome was also checked and found to be of group G2a3, not a match with other tested Plantagenets. It can be deduced that some Plantagenet wife, perhaps the Rose of Raby herself, was impregnated by someone other than her lawful husband.

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Richard III was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His death during the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 made him the last English king to die in battle.
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Singer and actress Kathleen "Bird" York starred as as a young Naomi Judd in the NBC miniseries, Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge. Her personal web site is birdYork.com,
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York Minster is the second largest Gothic cathedral of Northern Europe. The present building stands on a site where various churches have been built since 627; it was begun about 1230 and completed in 1472. York is the largest cathedral completed during the Gothic period of architecture. Cologne Cathedral is larger but was completed only in 1880, after being left uncompleted for 350 years.
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La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, one of the most famous of Gothic cathedrals, has several mysterious carvings. For example, Melchizedek (leftmost in this image) holds a 'Holy Grail' and was carved about the same time as Wolfram von Eschenbach was writing Parzival.

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Richard Wagner's Parsifal, based on Eschenbach's poem, was his last opera, although he described it not as an opera, but as Ein Bühnenweihfestspiel ("A Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage"). At Bayreuth, where it premiered, a tradition has arisen that there be no applause after the first act of the opera. For the first twenty years, it was banned by himself and his later-widow, Cosima, from performance anywhere else to preserve its purity of image.

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Old 01-10-2019, 09:25 AM
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"I Will Always Love You" is a song originally written and recorded in 1973 by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. Her country version of the track was released in 1974 as a single and was written as a farewell to her one-time partner and mentor of seven years, Porter Wagoner, following Parton's decision to pursue a solo career.

Whitney Houston would record the song for the 1992 movie The Bodyguard, and to this day there are people who believe the song was written for the movie. It was not.
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In 2012, Kevin Costner said he had discussed with Diana, Princess of Wales, before her death the possibility of her appearing in The Bodyguard 2. The original movie was, she told him, a favorite of hers.

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Princess Diana appeared on the cover of PEOPLE more than 50 times, Time eight times, Newsweek seven times, Vanity Fair five times, and at least once on Tatler, LIFE, Vogue, McCall’s, Good Housekeeping, and others.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:26 AM
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Vanity Fair is an English novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, which follows the lives of Becky Sharp and Emmy Sedley amid their friends and families during and after the Napoleonic Wars.

The book's title comes from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress first published in 1678. In that work, "Vanity Fair" refers to a stop along the pilgrim's route: a never-ending fair held in a town called Vanity, which is meant to represent man's sinful attachment to worldly things.
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According to the Guinness Book of Records, "Candle in the Wind 1997," Elton John & Bernie Taupin's tribute to England's Princess Diana, is the second highest selling single of all time (behind Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" from 1942), and it is the highest selling single since charts began in the 1950s.

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Paul Bunyan Day is celebrated every June 28th. One of the Paul Bunyan myths is that the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota were formed from the footprints of Babe his blue ox and Paul when they got lost in a snow storm. Perhaps, maybe, during a White Christmas.
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The Northwest Angle, part of Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota, is the only place in the United States outside Alaska that is north of the 49th parallel. The land area of the Angle is separated from the rest of Minnesota by Lake of the Woods, but shares a land border with Canada.

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In 1921, the Curtiss Candy Company of Chicago reformulated one of their candy bars, which had been known as the Kandy Kake bar, and renamed it the Baby Ruth bar. It was generally assumed that Curtiss named the candy after baseball star Babe Ruth, who had, at that time, become one of the biggest stars in baseball.

Curtiss, however, maintained that they had named the candy after "Baby Ruth" Cleveland, daughter of U.S. President Grover Cleveland. However, the introduction of the Baby Ruth bar occurred seventeen years after Ruth Cleveland had died (at age 12, of diptheria), and 24 years after her father had left the White House, making it appear more likely that Curtiss was attempting to cash in on the baseball player's fame, while not actually paying him for use of his name.

Edit: Today, Baby Ruth bars are made by Nestle, and are available in both the United States and Canada.

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Grover Cleveland, Democrat of New York, found a political ally in a young Theodore Roosevelt while Cleveland was governor and Roosevelt a reform-minded Republican in the state legislature. Roosevelt eventually followed Cleveland both as Governor of New York and as President of the United States.
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Speaking about Alaska, Theodore Roosevelt said in a speech to the 57th Congress in 1902,

"No country has a more valuable possession – in mineral wealth, in fisheries, furs, forests, and also in land available for certain kinds of farming and stock growing. The forests of Alaska should be protected and as a secondary but still important matter, the game also….Laws should be enacted to protect the Alaskan salmon fisheries against the greed which would destroy them."

At his persuasion, Congress passed a series of acts designed to regulate the harvesting of Alaskan wildlife, including the Alaska Game Act, which was strengthened by an act amending the Alaska Game Act in 1908. In 1909, President Roosevelt also first protected the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.
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Alaska has 663,000 square miles of area; were it an independent country, it would be the seventeenth largest in the world, just behind Libya and just ahead of Iran.
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The Marble Arch in London's Hyde Park is not the only one ever to exist. When Libya was a colony of Italy, Mussolini had a massive monument by that name built along the coastal highway between Tripolitania and Cyrenaica. On the arch's frontispiece was carved a Latin inscription taken from Horace's Carmen Saeculare. It read: Alme Sol, possis nihil urbe Roma visere maius (which translates to: "Oh almighty Sun, you will never look upon a city greater than Rome")

Gaddafi had it dynamited in 1973.
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Prosper Mérimée is best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen. He was also a noted archaeologist and historian, and an important figure in the history of architectural preservation. From 1830 until 1860 he was the inspector of French historical monuments, and was responsible for the protection of many historic sites, including the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, and the restoration of the façade of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. The official database of French monuments, the Base Mérimée, bears his name.

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The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris ("Our Lady of Paris") was built over a 100 year span beginning in 1160. 12 million people visit Notre-Dame yearly, which makes it the most visited monument in Paris.
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The bell in the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris' south tower weighs 13 tons, and it is known as the Emmanuel Bell. In Notre Dame, Indiana, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart's bell tower is 230 feet high, making it the tallest University chapel in America.
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Emmanuel College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. The college was founded in 1584 by Sir Walter Mildmay, Chancellor of the Exchequer to Elizabeth I.
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The term "Exchequer" comes from the chequered cloth that the Barons of the Exchequer used to keep track of taxes paid by the sheriffs, by moving counters around the cloth - sort of a flat abacus.

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A feudal baron is a vassal holding a heritable fief called a barony, comprising a specific portion of land. Following the end of European feudalism, feudal baronies have largely been superseded by baronies held as a rank of nobility, without any attachment to a fief.

In Scotland, Ireland, England, and Norway, a barony is an administrative division of a county.
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In his sf novel The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi has the ruler of a distant-future interstellar realm jokingly consider naming her top aide a baroness, the female equivalent of a baron. The aide is horrified, as her parents are republicans and she says would not be able to return home for holidays.
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In the movie Interstellar (2014), the method of space travel was based on physicist Kip Thorne’s works, which were also the basis for the method of space travel in Carl Sagan’s novel “Contact”, and the resulting film adaptation, Contact (1997). Matthew McConaughey starred in both films.

Thorne laid down two guidelines to strictly follow: nothing would violate established physical laws, and that all the wild speculations would spring from science and not from the creative mind of a screenwriter. Christopher Nolan accepted these terms as long as they did not get in the way of the making of the movie. That did not prevent clashes, though; at one point Thorne spent two weeks talking Nolan out of an idea about travelling faster than light.
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In the original TV series Star Trek, the transporter was the method by which the Enterprise crew members would travel to a planet's surface and then back to the ship. The transporter certainly violated established physical laws, as it converted a person into energy (dematerialization), beamed the energy to the target, and then reconverted it back into matter (rematerialization).

According to syfy.com, Captain Kirk never uttered the line "Beam me up, Scotty". He said "Scotty, beam us up", and "Beam me up", and "Beam us up, Scotty", but never "Beam me up, Scotty." (I'm not sure that I believe that!)
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In December, 2018 a human-made object reached interstellar space for the second time in history. Voyager II exited the Heilosphere (the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun) about that time. It's sister probe Voyager I had entered interstellar space in 2012. Amazingly, Voyager II is still in contact with NASA and sending data back about this region of space. It takes the messages about 16.5 hours at the speed of light to reach Earth.

ETA: A fictional Voyager probe played a major role in Star Trek; The Motion Picture in 1979.

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The Voyager 6 probe featured in Star Trek: The Motion Picture is indeed fictional; NASA only launched two Voyager probes. The space agency lent the movie production crew a Voyager mockup for use in preparing a life-size model for one of the movie's climactic scenes.
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The 11-foot-long studio model of the USS Enterprise used in ST:TOS is on display (or would be, if not for the shutdown) at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
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A scrap of fabric from the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer which flew at Kitty Hawk is also on display at the National Air and Space Museum, in the same gallery as the aircraft itself. The scrap of fabric went to the Moon and back with the Apollo 11 crew.
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While the Wright Brothers first flights were at Kill Devil's Hill, there was no town at that location in 1903. Kill Devils Hill did not receive its municipal charter until 1953.After their initial flights, the Wrights had to hike about 4 miles to Kitty Hawk to send the telegram announcing their success.
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"Kitty Hawk" was the nickname of the command module of the Apollo 14 mission. The lunar module's nickname was "Antares."
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Antares is one of the brightest stars in the constellation Scorpio. It is actually a binary, one of which is a red giant.

Scorpio is the southernmost constellation in the Xodiac, best seen from latitudes 40 degrees North and farther south, which means it cannot be seen in its entirety in most of Canada.
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Robert Scorpio, one of General Hospital's long running characters, has been portrayed by Tristan Rogers for his every, entire run: 1980–92, 1995, 2006, 2008, 2012–16, and 2018–present.
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The Merkur Scorpio was a car manufactured between 1987 and 1989 and was discontinued in October 1989. They were manufactured in Germany and sold in North America as captive imports, which is a marketing term and a strategy for a vehicle that is foreign-built and then sold under the name of an importer or by a domestic automaker through its own dealer distribution system. The Merkur cars, the Scorpio and the smaller XR4Ti, were Ford cars. Ford's Merkur cars were introduced to the USmarket, but were not as successful. The XR4Ti only lasted from 1985 to 1989.

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gImages, Merkur XR4Ti — https://goo.gl/1t6hSt (back then, I thought this was a cool looking, sporty sedan; what was I thinking?)
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Albert Brooks provided the voice of Hank Scorpio, a swell guy and a terrific boss who just happened to be a criminal mastermind extorting the United Nations, in an episode of The Simpsons.

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Brooks Robinson, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, played his entire 23-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. This length of tenure still stands as the record for the longest career spent with a single team in major league history. For his career, Robinson batted .267, with 268 home runs and 1,347 runs batted in. He won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career.
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Visitors to Jackie Robinson's tomb in Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York often leave behind baseballs and bats.
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The parkway running for around 5 miles between Brooklyn and Queens and alongside Cypress Hills Cemetery was officially named the Interboro Parkway until 1997, when it was renamed the Jackie Robinson Parkway.
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