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Woodwind instruments consist of flutes and reed instruments. The reeds for the reed instruments are made of cane which are flexible woody stalks.

Single reed instruments include the clarinet and the saxophone.
Double reed instruments include the oboe, bassoon and bagpipes.
Free reed instruments include the reed organ (reed pipes), harmonica, shēng and the shō.
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Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr. (also known as The Big Man), best known as the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, was 6' 5" tall.
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Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. is located at the corner 8th and I Streets, in Southeast Washington, D.C. Established in 1801, it is a National Historic Landmark, the oldest post in the United States Marine Corps, the official residence of the Commandant of the Marine Corps since 1806, and main ceremonial grounds of the Corps.

On most Tuesday nights during the summer, the Silent Drill Platoon of the Marine Barracks performs a free public performance at the Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. These sunset parades have become a popular tradition and they begin before sunset and continue until after the sun has gone down.
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Broadway on Broadway was a free annual outdoor concert kicking off the Broadway season each September, usually on the first Sunday after Labor Day, produced by the Broadway League and the Times Square Alliance. Initially conceived as a welcome party for delegates to the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York, the event took place on a special stage created for the event in Times Square, featuring musical numbers from current Broadway shows as well as upcoming shows opening in the new season. The concert returned in July 1993 and 1994 and moved to September on 1995. Broadway on Broadway ran for twenty years, from 1992 to 2012.
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Blotto was a small time Albany area group that had a minor hit on MTV with "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard," originally consisting of Bowtie Blotto, Broadway Blotto, Blanche Blotto, Lee Harvey Blotto, Sarge Blotto, and Cheese Blotto. Blanche left the group and was replaced by Chevrolet Blotto.

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The lone breakthrough hit by London-based punk group Screaming Blue Messiahs was "I Wanna Be A Flintstone".
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Handel's Messiah was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742. Messiah has been described as a commentary on Jesus Christ's Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension, beginning with God's promises as spoken by the prophets and ending with Christ's glorification in heaven. It includes Christ's virgin birth as predicted by the Old Testament prophets, and the annunciation to the shepherds of the birth of the Christ is represented in the words of Luke's gospel. Handel uses a compilation of extracts from the Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible.
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"The Drumhead" was a 1991 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation exploring questions of public hysteria, military justice and McCarthyism. It was directed by Jonathan Frakes, best known for playing Cmdr. Will Riker.

ETA: Handel is not mentioned in the episode.

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ST: TNG first aired on 23 September 1987. Prior to that, Jonathan Frakes had acted as a guest star on The Waltons, Hill Street Blues, Matlock, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Eight is Enough, and in recurring roles in Falcon Crest and the miniseries North and South.

Frakes is one of only two Star Trek actors to appear on four of the five different Star Trek series (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise). Frakes never appeared on the original series.

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry is the only actor to appear in all five of the Star Trek television series.

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Jonathan Frakes' wife is Genie Francis, who has made a long career out of playing Laura Spencer on "General Hospital". The television couple of Luke and Laura wed on November 17, 1981 (culminating a relationship that began with a rape), with 30 million viewers tuning in to make the episode the highest-rated hour in soap opera history.
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Former NFL tight end Russ Francis grew up in Hawaii, played college ball for Oregon, and went on to a 13-year NFL career with two teams, twice with the New England Patriots where he began and ended his career, and once with the San Francisco 49ers. He won a Super Bowl with the 49ers after the 1984 season when the 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX, 38-16, at Stanford Stadium. That was Dolphins QB Dan Marino's one and only time to play in a Super Bowl.
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Francis the Talking Mule was a series of films in the 1950s starring Donald O'Connor and the talking mule. The producers of the movie later developed Mister Ed for television.

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(Russ Francis set the national high-school record in the javelin).

Donald O'Connor's best-known film role was in Singin' in the Rain, with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. The film shows the transition in Hollywood from silents to talkies, with some former stars left behind because of their voices.
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Singin' in the Rain - Cool. I never saw it but have it recorded. Will watch it soon.

Gene Kelly was cast for the lead in the movie, but he was not the original choice. Howard Keel was. Keel was replaced by Kelly as the screenwriters evolved the character from a "Western actor" to a "Vaudeville song-and-dance man".
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Keely Smith, wife and occasional singing partner of Louis Prima, most notably on "That Ol' Black Magic", is still an active performer at age 87.
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The new AC62 class yacht for the upcoming 35th America's Cup to be hosted in Bermuda in 2017 is 10 feet shorter than the previous yachts raced in San Francisco. Their keels will sport wings at the bottom.

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Philip Wallach Blondheim became friends with John Phillips when they both were growing up in Virginia. Phillips would later write write "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" Blondheim would change his name to Scott MacKenzie and record the song that would be considered "the anthem of the 1960's."

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John Phillips was with the singing group, The Mamas and the Papas. His daughter, Laura Mackenzie is the the actress known as Mackenzie Phillips. John Phillips was born in Parris Island, SC, where also USMC boot camp MCRD Parris Island is located. The Marines only have two boot camps. The other one is in San Diego. Both are called MCRD, Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
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The current insignia of the U.S. Marine Corps is an eagle, globe and anchor. During the Civil War, it was a hunter's horn with the Gothic letter "M" in it.

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The Marine Corps horn and “M” insignia was similar to the insignia used by other organizations such as U.S. Army units. After the U.S. Civil War, Marine Corps Commandant Jacob Zeilin (1806-1880) decided that the Marines needed a more distinctive and more unique insignia. The Marines' current insignia, the eagle, globe and anchor (the "EGA"), drew upon the history of the Marine Corps and the influential legacy of the British Royal Marines. The eagle is crested, the globe shows the western hemisphere, and the anchor is fouled. The eagle and the globe represented the global reach and projection of the power represented by the Marine Corps. The fouled anchor displayed the naval tradition of the Marine Corps and the ships on which it served.

The crested eagle is not specific to the United States. It is not the American bald eagle.

1868 saw the first official adoption of the EGA as the Marine Corps emblem when it was used as a cap ornament. The horn and “M” continued to be used until November 1869.

Effective 01 July 1876 the use of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor became “the sole emblem of the United States Marine Corps.”


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The Marine Corps horn and “M” insignia was similar to the insignia used by other organizations such as U.S. Army units. After the U.S. Civil War, Marine Corps Commandant Jacob Zeilin (1806-1880) decided that the Marines needed a more distinctive and more unique insignia. The Marines' current insignia, the eagle, globe and anchor (the "EGA"), drew upon the history of the Marine Corps and the influential legacy of the British Royal Marines. The eagle is crested, the globe shows the western hemisphere, and the anchor is fouled. The eagle and the globe represented the global reach and projection of the power represented by the Marine Corps. The fouled anchor displayed the naval tradition of the Marine Corps and the ships on which it served.

The crested eagle is not specific to the United States. It is not the American bald eagle.

1868 saw the first official adoption of the EGA as the Marine Corps emblem when it was used as a cap ornament. The horn and “M” continued to be used until November 1869.

Effective 01 July 1876 the use of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor became “the sole emblem of the United States Marine Corps.”


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Marine Corps Trademark Licensing Program
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Please allow me, I really wanted to extend this play. Thanks in advance. Extended play below.


The Marine Corps horn and “M” insignia was similar to the insignia used by other organizations such as U.S. Army units. After the U.S. Civil War, Marine Corps Commandant Jacob Zeilin (1806-1880) decided that the Marines needed a more distinctive and more unique insignia. The Marines' current insignia, the eagle, globe and anchor (the "EGA"), drew upon the history of the Marine Corps and the influential legacy of the British Royal Marines. The eagle is crested, the globe shows the western hemisphere, and the anchor is fouled. The eagle and the globe represented the global reach and projection of the power represented by the Marine Corps. The fouled anchor displayed the naval tradition of the Marine Corps and the ships on which it served.

The crested eagle is not specific to the United States. It is not the American bald eagle.

1868 saw the first official adoption of the EGA as the Marine Corps emblem when it was used as a cap ornament. The horn and “M” continued to be used until November 1869.

Effective 01 July 1876 the use of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor became “the sole emblem of the United States Marine Corps.”

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Eagles and anchors have been used in Marine Corps insignia since the turn of the nineteenth century. For example, in 1804, the buttons of Marine uniforms displayed a fouled anchor with an eagle perched atop it and surrounded by thirteen stars. This device represents the oldest military insignia in continuous use in the United States.

http://relicman.com/buttons/imagesbuttons/B4225A.jpg


Reference:
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Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication

http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/divpa/Un...m/History.aspx


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Semper fidelis means "always faithful." The motto of the US Coast Guard is Semper paratus, "always ready". They have another, unofficial motto too: "You have to go out, but you don't have to come back."
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Marines have unofficial mottos and sayings:

The Few, The Proud
Once a Marine, Always a Marine
First to Fight
Leatherneck
Esprit de Corps
Devil Dogs (from the Germans in WWI when at the Battle of Belleau Wood they called Marines Teufel Hunden)
Uncommon Valor

And some other ones:
M-A-R-I-N-E: Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Not Expected
U-S-M-C: U Signed the Mother-F***ing Contract
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The term SNAFU was coined by the military during WWII as an acronym of the initials of the words Situation Normal, All Fucked Up, which summed up the chaos and confusion of the war. despite this origin, snafu has become a perfectly acceptable, polite word.
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The China-Burma-India theater in WWII was commonly called CBI - local wags frustrated by a complex command structure and politicized objectives said that stood for "Confusion Beyond Imagination".
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In WWII, Claire Chennault and his "Flying Tigers" flew Curtis P-40 Warhawks as a volunteer air group for the Chinese Air Force. The Flying Tigers comprised pilots from the Army Air Corps, Navy, and Marine Corps. Before the US entered WWII the Flying Tigers trained in Burma.
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The Bandy Papers are a series of novels about a young Canadian, Bartholomew Bandy, who goes off to fight in WWI. Starting in the trenches, he eventually transfers to the Royal Flying Corps. Lester "Mike" Pearson, future Prime Minister of Canada and also in the RFC, has a minor cameo, appalled to discover that Bandy has made it as a staff officer, red boards and all.
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The U.S. Marine Corps's "Devil Dog" nickname is of dubious historical origins:

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http://www.stripes.com/blogs/the-rum...-dogs-1.130602
http://german.about.com/od/culture/a/germyth13.htm
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Bob Aquilina of the Marine Corps History Division says there is no credible evidence that German troops dubbed their Marine adversaries “Devil Dogs.”

“The term very likely was first used by Marines themselves and appeared in print before the Battle for Belleau Wood,” Aquilina said in an e-mail. “It gained notoriety in the decades following World War I and has since become a part of Marine Corps tradition.”
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It is said that in WWI the Germans gave the Scottish and Canadian kilted regiments the nickname "the Ladies from Hell" ("Die Damen aus der Hölle"), but it is also said that this has not been found in any German source from the War.
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During WWII, Hitler’s deputy, Rudolph Hess, crash landed his Messerschmitt BF-110 in a field at Eaglesham, a village in Scotland. Hess parachuted to the ground and was captured by a local farmer.
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The Earls of Argyll were the hereditary chief justiciars of Scotland's western Highlands. The 9th Earl, Archibald Campbell, was son of the 1st Marquess of Argyll and father of the 1st Duke, but was lucky just to get his lands back after his father was beheaded at the order of Charles II. The 9th Earl, in turn, forfeited his lands and head after he led the vanguard of The Revolt of the West against Charles II's younger brother, King James II.

Many in the Campbell clan who abeted the revolt were exiled at about the time the 9th Earl was beheaded. Those sent to Jamaica became indentured servants but an American jury gave freedom to those who traveled to Philadelphia 1685 on Henry and Francis.
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Charles II is quoted as saying: "There never was trouble brewing in Scotland but that a Dalrymple or a Campbell was at the bottom of it."
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King George III apocryphally commented on the American revolutionaries to the former royal governor of Massachusetts, William Shirley: "Mr. Cushing I know, and Mr. Hancock I know, but where the Devil this brace of Adams's came from, I can't conceive."
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Before being the US's 2nd President, John Adams served as its 1st Vice President under George Washington. Complaining to his wife Abigail about the position, Adams said, "My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived."
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FDR's first Vice President, John Nance Garner, described the office as "not worth a bucket of warm piss".
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John "Cactus Jack" Garner was born in Detroit. Not the one in Michigan, the one in Texas. Detroit TX is about 125 miles NE of Dallas and about 20 miles south of the Oklahoma state border.

Garner got his nickname from when Texas was selecting its state flower. Garner backed the prickly pear cactus, but the bluebonnet won out.

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Not familiar with either plant / flower, I did some image searches. The prickly pear cactus flower is quite pretty.

Bluebonnet: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4027/4...14f23cda_b.jpg

Prickly Pear Cactus Flower:

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After Vanilla Fudge broke up, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice planned to join up with Jeff Beck as a power trio. Beck was badly injured in a car accident, so Bogert and Appice joined up with Jim McCarty (from Mitch Rider's Detroit Wheel) and Rusty Day (The Amboy Dukes) to form the supergroup Cactus. After three albums, the group broke up, and, with Beck available, Beck, Bogert and Appice was formed.
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Beck's beer comes from Bremen, in northern Germany. It is the world's best selling German beer, sold in nearly 90 countries (although no longer brewed exclusively in Germany). The St. Pauli Girl brewery is housed inside Beck's Brewery.
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Angela Merkel, the current and long-serving Chancellor of Germany, was born in what was then East Germany. Due to Germany's clout in the European Union and her own political skills, she is widely considered one of the most powerful women in the world today.
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The two women often considered the most influential in all of history were the mother-in-law and daughter of the same man -- King Henry VIII of England.
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King Henry VIII has been played by such actors as Damian Lewis, Jack Hawkins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brian Blessed, Robert Shaw, Eric Bana, Richard Burton, Alan Bates, Charlton Heston, Dan Castellaneta (on an episode of The Simpsons, often reminding himself, "Must sire a dude") and Ray Winstone, among others.
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Charlton Heston asked for suggestions for what to name his autobiography, which was finally titled In the Arena. (I'd suggested Ben Hur, Done That.)
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The role of Jesus in the movie version of Ben Hur was played by an uncredited Claude Heater.

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Philadelphia disk jockey Jerry Blavat, "The Geater with the Heater" and "The Big Boss with the Hot Sauce", broke many acts in the 1960s, including the Four Seasons and the Isley Brothers. He also guest-starred on television shows including "The Mod Squad", "The Monkees", "The Tonight Show", and "The Joey Bishop Show". He has also appeared in the movies Desperately Seeking Susan, Baby It's You, and Cookie.
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Geator is slang for a person whose father is Jewish and mother is Italian.


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In his memoir Joseph Anton, which focuses on his years in hiding and under British police protection after the Ayatollah Khomeini declared a fatwa against him, author Salman Rushdie wrote that the Italian government was particularly unsupportive and unhelpful to him, initiating several diplomatic initiatives to the Iranian government which tried to ignore the fatwa.
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Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna da Silva won three world championships, in 1988, 1990 and 1991. He died in a crash while leading the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy. He was among the most dominant and successful Formula One drivers of the modern era and is considered by many as the greatest racing driver of all time.
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The Dark Lord Sauron, disguised as Lord of Gifts, tricked the elves and their smith Celebrimbor into making 16 Rings of Power. (Celebrimbor secretly made three other rings -- Vilya, Narya, and Nenya -- for the elves.) Meanwhile Sauron secretly went to Mount Doom and personally forged
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie
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