Did you know he was the fastest ever to hit 10,000 points?
That would be Wilt Chamberlin,
Did you know that during his first seven years Chamberlain scored an average of 39.4 points per game and led the league in scoring all seven seasons?
Did you know that the only person to match what Chamberlain did was Michael Jordan two decades later?
Did you know that Chamberlain was the only NBA player to score 4,000 points in a season?
Did you know that he set NBA single-game records for most points (100), most consecutive field goals (18) and most rebounds 55?
Did you know that he scored 50.4 points per game he averaged during the 1961-62 season?
Did you know that he averaged 48.5 minutes per game during the 1961-62 season.
Did you know that he played the entire game the entire season without relief including overtimes?
Did you know as a rookie he scoring average: 37.6 ppg?
Did you know that he also scores 90points in one game during high school?
Did you know he scored 60 points in 12 minutes of the second half?.
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Leo Aloysius Cullum was an American cartoonist who was one of the most frequent contributors on the pages of The New Yorker with more than 800 of his gag cartoons published died from cancer.he was , 68. He started his drawing career after having served as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and flying planes commercially for Trans World Airlines and American Airlines.
|(January 11, 1942 – October 23, 2010)|
Early life and career
http://www.youtube.com/v/_vMzRlx0z44?fs=1&hl=en_USCullum was born on January 11, 1942, in Newark, New Jersey. He was raised in North Bergen, New Jersey and earned his undergraduate degree in 1963 from the College of the Holy Cross, where he majored in English. He joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from college, earning a commission as a second Lieutenant. Upon completion of his flight training in Pensacola, Florida Cullum deployed to Vietnam, where he flew more than 200 missions, mostly ground attacks in support of the infantry in addition to attacks on the Viet Cong supply lines on the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos. Though the missions over Laos were not officially acknowledged, Cullum was baffled by the need for secrecy, saying “the North Vietnamese certainly knew it wasn’t the Swiss bombing them”.
After completing his military service, Cullum became a pilot for TWA, which was later taken over by American Airlines where he worked until his retirement in 2001. In between flights, he started doodling and built on an early interest he had in drawing cartoons. He said “I bought some instructional books which explained the format, and I began studying the work of various cartoonists”. He had always hoped to be published in The New Yorker, which turned down a series of his early entries. The magazine liked some of Cullum’s concepts for cartoons, which were turned over to Charles Addams for illustration, with the first of Cullum’s ideas appearing in print in 1975 showing a couple paddling in a canoe with their reflection in the water showing a vision of the man attacking the woman. Addams convinced Cullum to pursue his craft and his first sale was to Air Line Pilot Magazine. He had later cartoons printed in Argosy, Saturday Review and Sports Afield.
The New Yorker
Over his career with The New Yorker the magazine published 819 of his cartoons, many of which involved animals. His first successful entry was published on January 3, 1977, and featured a man wearing a robe at an office desk in a room filled with chickens. A cartoon with the caption “This island isn’t big enough for two cliches” showed a school of fish attempting to crawl onto the shore of a desert island populated by a man and a lone palm tree. Cartoon editor Robert Mankoff called him “one of the most popular” cartoonists at The New Yorker during the 1980s and 1990s and “one of the most consistently funny cartoonists we ever had”. Cullum’s was the first cartoon included in the first illustrated issue printed after the September 11 attacks, with the caption “I thought I’d never laugh again. Then I saw your jacket.” One of his most requested cartoons features a man lecturing a cat with the caption “Never, ever, think outside the box“. His most recent cartoon appeared in the issue dated October 25, 2010.
His published books include collections about doctors and birds, with the respective punny titles of Suture Self and Tequila Mockingbird. Other books featured his cartoons about cats, dogs and business people.
A resident of Malibu, California, Cullum died of cancer at the age of 68 on October 23, 2010, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was survived by his wife, Kathy, a former flight attendant who he had met on a flight to Boston, as well as by his daughters Kaitlin Cullum and Kimberly Cullum, both of whom had been child actors.
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(May 16, 1921 – October 23, 2010)
Born in Waimea, Hawaii to Japanese immigrants, he attended boarding school in Honolulu, where he adopted the name Neil. He enrolled in Chouinard Art Institute, but his studies were interrupted by World War II and his forced relocation to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming in 1942. He enlisted in the United States Army on January 1, 1943, and served in an anti-tank unit with the 442nd Infantry Regiment, a regiment consisting primarily of Japanese American volunteers that became the most decorated unit in the war. He was assigned to combat duty in Europe—seeing action in Italy and France—but eventually worked as a translator in the Pacific theater in Okinawa. He completed his studies at Chouinard after the war.
A resident of Southold, New York, Fujita died at age 89 due to complications of a stroke on October 23, 2010, in Greenport, New York. He was survived by three sons and six grandchildren. His wife, Aiko Tamaki, whom he met while she was also a student at Chouinard, died in 2006.
Fujita joined a prominent Philadelphia ad agency—N. W. Ayer & Son—after completing his studies. He employed an avant-garde style and was noticed by Columbia Records. Columbia hired him in 1954 to build a design department to build on the work of Alex Steinweiss. Columbia felt a particular need to keep up with the cover art of Blue Note Records. Fujita created numerous iconic covers of the period, including that of Time Out, ‘Round About Midnight, and Mingus Ah Um.
In 1957, Fujita left Columbia in order to broaden his portfolio. He started his own firm, but rejoined the company soon after. In 1963 he joined the public relations firm Ruder & Finn, creating a design division called Ruder, Finn & Fujita (later Fujita Design) where he embarked on a long career of book cover design. He designed the covers for In Cold Blood, The Godfather, and Pigeon Feathers. He taught design at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, the Pratt Institute, and Parsons School of Design.
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Stanley K. Tanger was an American businessman, philanthropist and pioneer of the outlet shopping industry. Tanger is the founder of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, which began with a single location in Burlington, North Carolina in 1981, and now has 33 shopping centers throughout the United States as of October 2010 died he was , 87. In doing so, Tanger can also be credited with inventing “the very concept of the outlet mall,” according to the News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina. Tanger Outlets grossed $270 million dollars in 2009.
(April 13, 1923 – October 23, 2010 )
Tanger was the son of Harriette and Moe Tanger, who were from Wallingford, Connecticut. Tanger served as a pilot during World War II.
After the end of the war, Tanger began to run Creighton Shirtmakers, the family business in Reidsville, North Carolina. Under Tanger, Creighton Shirtmakers expanded to five outlet stores. Tanger soon organized other similar businesses and manufacturer outlets into a small, brand name outlet strip mall in Burlington, North Carolina in the early 1981. The company, now known as Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, had since expanded to more than thirty-three outlet centers in twenty-two U.S. states, as of October 2010. In 1993, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers became the first outlet developer to be publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Real Estate by Inc. Magazine named Tanger as “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1994. Tanger remained chairman of Tanger’s board of directors until his retirement from a daily role with the company on August 7, 2009. He resigned as chairman of the board in September 2009, but remained a member of Tanger’s board of directors until his death in 2010.
Tanger and his wife, Doris Tanger, who survived breast cancer more than forty years before his death in 2010, were local, North Carolina philanthropists. Much of Tanger’s philanthropy focused on breast cancer awareness, including a one-million-dollar contribution to Moses Cone Health System’s Regional Cancer Center in Greenboro. Tanger also funded a variety of beatification projects throughout the city of Greensboro, including the creation and preservation of city parks, including the Bicentennial Gardens.
Stanley Tanger, a resident of Greensboro, died of pneumonia on October 23, 2010, at the age of 87. He was survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Doris Tanger, and his children and grandchildren. Tanger’s funeral was held at Temple Emanuel, a Reform Judaism congregation in Greensboro.
His son, Steven Tanger, became the president and chief executive office of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers in January 2010.
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David Thompson, British-born Barbadian politician, Prime Minister (since 2008), died from pancreatic cancer. he was 48
David John Howard Thompson, QC, MP was the sixth Prime Minister of Barbados from January 2008 until his death from pancreatic cancer on 23 October 2010.
Thompson is the third sitting Prime Minister of Barbados to die in office following the deaths of Tom Adams in 1985 and Errol Barrow in 1987. He is also the 7th head of government of a CARICOM country to die in office since CARICOM was founded in 1973.
|(25 December 1961 – 23 October 2010)|
Thompson was born in London to Charles Thompson, an Afro-Barbadian porter and painter, and Margaret Knight, a White Barbadian author,secretary and nurse. Both parents remained strong influences in Thompson’s life. Thompson was brought up with his three siblings at Fitts Village, Saint James.
Thompson attended primary school at St Gabriel’s Junior School and secondary school at Combermere School. He earned a legal education certificate from Hugh Wooding Law School. Thompson graduated with honors from the University of the West Indies law school in 1984. He was admitted to the Barbados bar in 1984 and taught as a part-time tutor in law at the University of the West Indies from 1986 to 1988.
Thompson was married to Marie-Josephine Mara (née Giraudy), who was born in Saint Lucia. The couple had three daughters – Misha, Oya and Osa-Marie. The family resided in Mapps, St. Philip, though Thompson resided at the official Prime Minister’s residence Ilaro Court from 2008 until 2010.
Thompson came to politics in a by-election after the death of the Prime Minister Errol Barrow, gaining his parliamentary seat for Saint John in 1987. During Erskine Sandiford‘s term as Prime Minister, Thompson served as Minister of Community Development and Culture from 1991 to 1993. He was subsequently appointed Minister of Finance from 1993 to 1994. Thompson became leader of the DLP when Sandiford resigned after losing a parliamentary no confidence motion. Thompson unsuccessfully led the Democratic Labour Party in elections in 1994 and 1999. He resigned as party leader in September 2000 following his third electoral defeat as party leader in the St. Thomas by-election. However, when party leader Clyde Mascoll switched allegiance to the Barbados Labour Party, Thompson once again became opposition leader in January 2006.
The DLP won the general election held on 15 January 2008 with 20 seats against 10 for the Barbados Labour Party, which was led by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur. Thompson was sworn in as Prime Minister on 16 January, becoming Barbados’ sixth prime minister and the third to serve under the DLP. Thompson was also re-elected to his own seat from St. John constituency with 84% of the vote. He announced his Cabinet on 19 January, including himself as Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Development, Labour, Civil Service and Energy; it was sworn in on 20 January.
Health issues and death
At a media briefing at his official Ilaro Court residence on 14 May 2010, Thompson, accompanied by his personal physician, Richard Ishmael, said that he had been suffering with stomach pains since early March. He also revealed he had undergone tests in Barbados, which were inconclusive, and had also travelled with Ishmael to New York where additional tests were carried out. The process of testing would be ongoing and, because of this, Attorney General and Deputy Prime Minister Freundel Stuart would assume the Prime Minister’s office in Thompson’s absence.
On 30 August, Thompson re-assumed his post of Prime Minister, having returned to Barbados the day before. On 7 September, he left Barbados for New York on a trip of unknown nature. A short time later Thompson’s personal physician, Richard Ishmael, informed the general public that the Prime Minister was suffering from pancreatic cancer.
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Thompson died at his home in Mapps, St. Philip, at approximately 2:10 am on 23 October 2010. His wife Mara and daughters Misha, Oya and Osa-Marie were by his side.
 State funeral and mourning
As news of Thompson’s death spread, regional and international dignitaries expressed their condolences. to the Thompson family and the nation. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was among the international condolences for the late Prime Minister and stated that he “invokes God’s blessings upon the late Prime Minister’s family and the people of Barbados.” Barbadian popstar Rihanna, who was appointed by Thompson as an ‘Honorary Ambassador of Culture’ of Barbados also expressed her sadness at the passing of the late Prime Minister. Condolences have also been extended to Barbados by the United Nations General Assembly.
Barbados entered an official period of mourning for the former Prime Minister on 23 October. On that date, the government-owned national broadcaster began airing tributes of the late Prime Minister. Such tributes included speeches and former debates of the late Thompson, as well as some local and international statements of condolences to his family, extended family, and the nation. The mourning period was also stated to be in effect for Barbados until the official state funeral. On Monday 25 October Senator Maxine McClean announced in a televised broadcast the full arrangements for the funeral of PM Thompson; Senator McClean stated that on 28 October 2010 (from 9am-11am) Thompson would first have a closed viewing in the east-wing of the Parliament of Barbados. That viewing will be upstairs in the chamber of the House of Assembly and would follow Barbados’ Table of Precedence for members of Government from the Governor General down to MPs. On that same date members of the general public could later view Thompson at the House of Assembly from 11am-5pm. On 29 October, from 2pm-5pm a public viewing would take place at Thompson’s alma mater, The Combermere School. On 30 October, a viewing for the general public will take place at the George Street Auditorium from 9am-5pm. On Monday, 1 November from 10am-5pm a general public viewing will take place in Thompson’s home constituency of Saint John at the Parish Church. On 2 November, Thompson will again have a general public viewing at the House of Assembly from 9am-5pm. The official state funeral for the late Prime Minister took place on 3 November at the Kensington Oval stadium and was strictly a ticket only event. Over ten thousand persons, including foreign dignitaries and diplomatic representatives, attended the state funeral. Thousands more lined the streets of Bridgetown that morning to pay their respects as the official funeral procession made its way through the city en route to the Oval. Both the state funeral at the Kensington Oval and the internment at the St. John’s Parish Church were broadcast live by CBC TV 8. Mr. Thompson’s final resting place in the church’s cemetery overlooks the east coast of the island.
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Tom Winslow  who was born Thomas Griffin Winslow, was a prominent American folk singer and writer, best known as a “disciple” of Reverend Gary Davis and a former member of Pete Seeger‘s band died from complications from a stroke.he was , 69. He performed with his family as The Winslows and recorded with Al Polito. His career as a performing artist lasted over forty years. He was most notable as the composer of “Hey Looka Yonder (It’s The Clear Water)”, a folk song that has been the anthem of the Sloop Clearwater. While he toured throughout the United States, he continued to perform in Upstate New York until shortly before his death when he was 70 years old.
Winslow is also the father of two other notable performing artists, Thomasina Winslow and Gary Winslow.
|(November 13, 1940 Hobgood, North Carolina, died October 23, 2010 Albany, New York)|
As a teenager, Winslow learned to play guitar from his grandfather, Thomas Winslow. Winslow was a band member – or “disciple” – of the Reverend Gary Davis, a country-folk musician from the first half of the 20th century. He toured throughout the United States during the 1960s and 1970s, sometimes as a solo act, as well as with his family act, The Winslows. In the 1960s, he worked at Vassar College in the equestrian program, and off-season, as a construction worker at Albany, New York‘s Empire State Plaza.
“Hey Looka Yonder (It’s the Clearwater)”
Winslow’s great enduring fame comes from penning and performing the now-classic ballad, “Hey Looka Yonder”, which is known also as “It’s the Clearwater” and “It’s the Clear Water”. This song, recorded by Biograph Records in 1969, is about the fundraising for the sloop Clearwater, and in particular how “black and white” got together to create a floating environmental education school. Its mission was to clean up the water of then-polluted Hudson River.
This song is significant and historic in several ways:
- It was the first environmental song by an African-american song-writer, predating “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” by two full years.
- It was Peter Seeger‘s and Tom Winslow’s major collaboration.
- It was first recording by The Winslows – which included Tom Winslow’s entire family, including toddler Thomasina Winslow, now a notable blues singer in her own right, singing and playing instruments in the background.
Folk music circuit
Tom is an old-school country bluesman, picking and singing in a classic style. He studied with Rev. Gary Davis, collaborated with Pete Seeger, and released an album on the Biograph label. He first came to Saratoga to work with the horses and has for many years enjoyed playing gigs around the area, including at Lena’s.
In the early 21st century, Winslow did not travel far from his home in New Baltimore, New York, due to care-taking for his wife, Edral, who died in January 2007. Often, he could be seen busking at street fairs such as on Lark Street in Albany, New York or the surrounding towns.
Winslow played frequently at the People’s Voices Cafe on 33rd St. in New York City in the 1980s. He has also performed at the Towne Crier Cafe in Beekman, New York.
He was featured on WFMU‘s program, Shrunken Planet, for a full show.
In 2001, he performed at a Lincoln Center Out of Doors Reverend Gary Davis tribute show, performing with an all-star line-up.
Winslow has performed at least annually at Caffe Lena, the folk and blues venue in Saratoga Springs, New York. St his last show on September 16, 2007, he was joined by his daughter Thomasina Winslow.
In the early 21st Century, he also played regularly in Troy, New York at Washington Park, and the Troy Farmer’s Market, most recently on April 26, 2008. Tom has been called an “Edu-tainer Par Excellence!”  His shows at the Troy Farmer’s Market helped earn it the “Best Farmer’s Market – Best Goods” awards from Metroland, the Capital District weekly newspaper, and his performance was lauded specifically. He also shared in a “Best live regional entertainment” award.
He passed away peacefully on October 23, 2010, of complications from a stroke.
- Tom Winslow (Biograph 1969), includes “Bring Them Home” (a Pete Seeger tune).
- Its the Clear Water (Biograph 1969, re-released 1992) BLP-12018
- Inner Octaves (Truth Records 1978) (TR13712)
- Sunday Morning in Exile (compilation)
- Tom Winslow performs “I The Living”.
- PBS documentary, ‘Til the River Runs Clear (soundtrack)
With Gary Winslow
With Al Polito
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Who is Mnozil Brass? The music and entertainment world knows them as an Austrian brass septet, founded in 1992.
All founding members were graduates of the renowned Vienna College of Music, who met while playing at the Mnozil pub in Vienna’s first inner city district.
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Alex Anderson, American cartoonist, created characters for The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show and Crusader Rabbit. died he was , 90
Alexander “Alex” Anderson, Jr.  was an American cartoonist who created the characters of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Bullwinkle, and Dudley Do-Right, as well as the more obscure Crusader Rabbit died he was , 90. He was not directly involved in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show however, because he did not want to move from San Francisco to Los Angeles with business partner and childhood friend Jay Ward. Ward recruited others in Los Angeles, and Anderson functioned only in a consulting role, thereby missing out on most of the credit for his creations.
(September 5, 1920 – October 22, 2010)
In 1996, Anderson settled legal action with Jay Ward Productions since Ward had copyrighted the characters in Ward’s name alone. Anderson is now acknowledged as creator of the characters. Ted Key, creator of the comic strip Hazel, had a similar situation with his characters Mr. Peabody and his pet boy Sherman.http://www.youtube.com/v/65t-OzhlmvE?fs=1&hl=en_US
Anderson died due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 90 on October 22, 2010, at a nursing home in Carmel, California. He was the nephew of Terrytoons creator Paul Terry and had two sons, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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Dr. Arthur M. Brazier was an American born activist, author and pastor emeritus of the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago, Illinois.died he was , 89. He was also a bishop, prominent civic leader and founder of The Woodlawn Organization, which was influential in Chicago’s civil rights movement in the 1960s and continues its work to this day.
(July 22, 1921 – October 22, 2010)
Brazier was a central figure in driving out gang violence, fighting for affordable housing and revitalizing the surrounding community. He also marched alongside Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to protest segregation.
In addition to The Woodlawn Organization, he also founded The Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation as well as The Fund for Community Redevelopment and Revitalization. He has been a national leader in community development. He is the author of Black Self-Determination, Saved by Grace and Grace Alone and Delivery Systems for Model Cities.
A World War II Army Veteran, he left the United States for overseas duty in India and Burma, in 1943, and returned December 24, 1945. He was honorably discharged on December 28, 1945. In July 1947, he met his future wife, Esther Isabelle Holmes, and they were married February 21, 1948.
In 1955, while still being employed by the U. S. Postal Service as a letter carrier, Bishop Brazier enrolled in the Moody Bible Institute evening school to acquire formal systematic biblical training. He pursued these studies continuously for six years and received his graduating certificate in 1961. In 1960 Bishop Brazier was inducted as pastor of Apostolic Church of God. Bishop Brazier also served as diocesan of the Sixth Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World for thirty-one years.
Although Bishop Brazier committed his life to the Christian ministry, he also recognized the need for being actively involved in the civic life of the city.http://www.youtube.com/v/6kVk0dY4KRA?fs=1&hl=en_US
Bishop Brazier began his community work with the Industrial Areas Foundation under the tutelage of Saul Alinsky and Nicholas Von Hoffman. It was during his work with Saul Alinsky that Bishop Brazier became the founding president of The Woodlawn Organization in 1961. In 1966 Bishop Brazier invited Dr. Martin Luther King to the Apostolic Church of God for its annual Bible Conference; their like passion for civil rights led to the two men protesting, together, against segregated housing and schools in Chicago
In 1969, Bishop Brazier accepted a staff position with the Citizens Crusade Against Poverty, and in 1970, he resigned as President of The Woodlawn Organization.
In addition to his pastoral work, Bishop Brazier joined the staff of the Center for Community Change, a Washington-based institution that gave technical assistance to community organizations in various parts of the country. Bishop Brazier’s office remained in Chicago throughout his work with The Center. After several years of service with The Center, he was elevated to the office of Vice President in charge of Major Projects, and remained in that position until 1986 when he resigned to spend more time with his church, which was experiencing tremendous growth.
As Vice President of the Center, he supervised the Major Projects Unit which gave technical assistance to Community Organizations and Community Development Corporations in the design and implementation of commercial and revitalization programs, and in the packaging and development of major housing projects that received some form of government assistance under Sections 221 (D)(3), 236 and Section 8. The staff developed land use maps and building condition maps that would be used in determining development plans and programs. He assisted in negotiating joint venture relationships between the nonprofit organizations and proven developers. Some of the cities that the staff worked in were: Chicago, Illinois; Evanston, Illinois; Flint, Michigan; Detroit, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; New York City, Los Angeles, California, and others.
He was the founding chairman of the Board of the Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation (WPIC), a community-based group organized for the improvement of the Woodlawn community; and the founding chairman of The Fund for Community Redevelopment and Revitalization. This group of community and institutional leaders came together to pool their resources to undertake efforts over the next five to ten years to rebuild two communities: namely, East Woodlawn and North Kenwood-Oakland. The purpose was to rebuild both the human infrastructure opportunities and the physical conditions for residents of the communities. The plan was to develop and implement a process in which both communities agree to specific goals and strategies that can be implemented. This effort was made to develop, in both communities, a mixed income environment and, where possible, a racially integrated environment. To assist in the effort, The Fund received a grant support from the MacArthur Foundation.
By the appointment of Mayor Richard Daley, Bishop Brazier sat on the Board of the Public Building Commission of Chicago for twenty years before resigning this past September due to his failing health. He also chaired the Executive Committee of the New Communities Program/Woodlawn, an affiliate of the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), and the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community (WCPC).
His church claims an active membership of more than 20,000 and is housed in a large modern complex on the South Side of Chicago. He was a member of the Public Buildings Commission of Chicago and has lectured at leading universities, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern. Harvard and Antioch College. He is married to Isabelle Brazier and they have four children Lola, Byron, Janice, and Rosalyn.
Up until October 2007 his church was a member of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW), headquartered in Indiana. He has parted ways with that church because of a major doctrinal disagreement. Brazier believes in Eternal Security, a doctrine which is rejected by the PAW.
Retirement and death
On April 30, 2008, Bishop Brazier announced his retirement, effective June 1, 2008. On the date of his retirement, Bishop Brazier took the pulpit for the last time in order to preach two sermons to a standing-room-only congregation, an event which caused a major disruption to the Woodlawn neighborhood. The two sanctuaries of the church, on Dorchester and Kenwood streets, were filled to capacity with over ten thousand congregants and reporters watching the services via closed circuit television.
On October 22, 2010, Brazier died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, after a five-year battle with prostate cancer .
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(坂田 栄男 Sakata Eio , February 15, 1920 – October 22, 2010)
Sakata became a professional Go player in 1935. His first title match was the Hon’inbō in 1951 when he challenged Hashimoto Utaro. At the time, Hon’inbō started the Kansai Ki-in, so Sakata was under pressure to win the title back for the Nihon Ki-in. Sakata started out well, winning three of the first four games, but Hashimoto fought back and won the final four games, and so kept the Hon’inbō title. Afterwards, Sakata went on to win a couple of small titles which were the start of a meteoric run of major wins in which he won almost all of the titles in Japan except the Hon’inbō. In 1961 he was once again the challenger for the Hon’inbō. His opponent, Takagawa Kaku, had held the title for nine years straight. Sakata won the Hon’inbō and then, in 1963, captured the Meijin, making Sakata the first player to simultaneously hold both titles (which at the time were the biggest titles in Japan). Sakata’s strongest year was 1964, when he won 30 games and lost only two and held seven major titles: Meijin, Honinbo, Nihon Ki-in Championship, Asahi Pro Best Ten, Oza, Nihon Kiin#1, and NHK Cup.
Sakata’s professional career waned in 1965. Sakata’s challenger for the 1965 Meijin was Rin Kaiho, who at the time was just 23 years old. Sakata was the overwhelming favorite, but Rin won the title. Sakata challenged two years in a row but could not win the Meijin back. Rin then went on to take the Hon’inbō from Sakata. Although Sakata suffered defeats for these top titles, he went on to win many other titles, including the Judan and Oza.
Sakata wrote many books in Japanese; several have been translated into English, including Modern Joseki and Fuseki, The Middle Game of Go, Tesuji and Anti-Suji of Go and Killer of Go.
Sakata died on October 22, 2010 at the age of 90.
Titles and runners-up
Ranks #2 in total amount of titles in Japan.
|Judan||1966–1968, 1972, 1973|
|Oza||1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1970–1972|
|NHK Cup||1957–1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1972, 1976, 1977|
|Old Meijin||1963, 1964|
|Nihon-Kiin Championship||1955–1961, 1964, 1965, 1973–1975|
|Asahi Pro Best Ten||1964, 1967|
|Asahi Top Position||1955, 1959, 1961|
|Honinbō||1951, 1968, 1970, 1975|
|Judan||1969, 1974, 1977|
|Oza||1956, 1968, 1973|
|NHK Cup||1956, 1970|
|Nihon-Kiin Championship||1962, 1966|
|Asahi Pro Best Ten||1968|
|Asahi Top Position||1957, 1960|
- Modern Joseki and Fuseki, Vol. 1: Parallel Fuseki, Ishi Press 1968, reprinted 2006 ISBN 0-923891-75-7
- Modern Joseki and Fuseki, Vol. 2: The Opening Theory of Go, Ishi Press 1971, reprinted 2006 ISBN 0-923891-76-5
- The Middle Game of Go or “Chubansen”, Ishi Press, 1971, ISBN 0-923891-77-3
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Denis Simpson  was a Canadian actor and singer, best known as a host of the TV series Polka Dot Door.died from a brain hemorrhage he was , 59. He was also an original member of the singing group The Nylons.
(November 4, 1950 – October 22, 2010)
Early life and family
SImpson was born Dennis Anthony Leopold Simpson in 1950, in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. He moved with his family to Scarborough, Ontario, Canada at age 10. His half-sister, born 1964, is actress Gloria Reuben. At York University, where he studied for one year, Simpson focused on music, theatre, and dance.
The original bass vocalist for The Nylons in 1978–79, he left the band to appear in the Broadway musical Indigo before they became commercially successful.
Simpson was also a longtime host of the children’s television series Polka Dot Door, from 1978 until the mid-1980s. He appeared in such television series as Seeing Things, Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show, Night Visions, These Arms of Mine, Robson Arms, MacGyver and on the Canadian game show Acting Crazy. He also hosted a cooking show on Channel M called Café m and was the “Live Eye Guy” for Citytv Vancouver‘s Breakfast Television.
He was nominated for several Jessie Awards for his theatre work, winning one for his one-man show Denis Anyone? He was also involved in charitable work with AIDS organizations, and hosting local events.
He died on October 22, 2010 of a sudden brain hemorrhage, approximately two weeks before his 60th birthday.
- The True Heroines (post-production) as Earl the Milkman
- Cold Side of the Pillow (post-production) as Father David
- Robson Arms as the Minister (1 episode, 2008)
- - My Brother’s Keeper (2008) TV episode as the Minister
- Flash Gordon (1 episode, 2007)
- - Infestation (2007) TV episode
- Final Days of Planet Earth (2006) (TV) as the Chief Administrator
- Soul Food as the Priest (1 episode, 2002)
- - Let’s Do It Again (2002) TV episode as the Priest
- Night Visions as Bokor (1 episode, 2001)
- - The Bokor (2001) TV episode as Bokor
- Get Your Stuff (2000) as Neal
- These Arms of Mine (1999) TV series as Denis Simpson (unknown episodes)
- Born Too Soon (1993) (TV) as Jeff
- And the Sea Will Tell (1991) (TV) as Findlay
- MacGyver as Ginko (1 episode, 1990)
- - The Lost Amadeus (1990) TV episode as Ginko
- Flying (1986) as Fred Stoner
- aka Dream to Believe
- aka Teenage Dream (video title)
- Seeing Things as Eric (1 episode, 1986)
- - I’m Dancing with Stars in My Eyes (1986) TV episode as Eric
- The Vindicator (1986) as Joe Simpson
- aka Frankenstein ’88
- The Park Is Mine (1986) (TV) as Richie
- Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show as Denis Simpson (2 episodes, 1984–1986)
- aka “The Elephant Show” (Canada: English title)
- - Marathon (1986) TV episode as Denis Simpson
- - Amusement Park (1984) TV episode as Denis Simpson
- Comedy Factory as Angelo (2 episodes, 1985)
- - Honey, It’s the Mayor (1985) TV episode
- - The Columnist (1985) TV episode as Angelo
- Spasms (1983) as Abo Shaman
- aka Death Bite
- Utilities (1981) as Twinkle Toes
- aka Getting Even (Canada: English title: alternative title)
- Polka Dot Door (1978–mid-80s) TV series as the Host
- Directed The Fringe (Edmonton) hit, “Nggrfg”, starring Berend McKenzie.
- Played “Horse” in The Full Monty (Patrick Street Productions)
- “The Trial of Judas Iscariot” (Pacific Theatre)
- “Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gateway Theatre)
- The Full Monty, Horse (Patrick Street Productions)
- Buddy, M.C. (Adam Henderson/Persephone Theatre)
- Urinetown, Senator Fipp/Lead (Donna Spencer/Firehall Theatre)
- Angels in America, Belize/Lead (Michael Fera/Hoars)
- Driving Miss Daisy, Hoke Coleburn/Lead (Lawrie Selligman/MTC)
- Ruthless, Sylvia St. Croix/Lead (David C. Jones/Ophidian Theatre Prod.)
- From Berlin To Broadway, Lead (Johnna Wright/Waterfront Theatre)
- I love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Lead (Robert Metcalf/PPE)
- Wang Dang Doodle, Lead (Rick Kish/The Grand Theatre, London, Ont.)
- Daughter of the Regiment, Horentius (Michael Callaghan/Van. Opera Co.)
- Dames At Sea, Lucky/Lead (Bill Millerd/Arts Club Theatre)
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pseudolus (Bob Ainsley/Theatre London/Grand Theatre)
- To Kill a Mockingbird, Reverend Sykes (Bob Baker/Citadel Theatre)
- Master Harold & The Boys, Willie (Pacific Theatre)
- Godspell, Jesus (Allen MacInnis/PTE)
- Blowin’ Growin’…Bowen, As Cast (Roy Surette/Arts Club Theatre)
- Five Guys Named Moe, 4 Eyed Moe (Bill Millerd/Arts Club Theatre)
- Angels in America, Belize (Gordon McCaul/Centaur Theatre)
- The Relapse, Worthy (Susan Cox/Vancouver Playhouse)
- Denis, Anyone?, One Man Show (Arts Club Theatre/Fringe Festival)
- When The Rains Come, Chorus (Bill Millerd/Arts Club Theatre)
- Blowin’ on Bowen, Johnny Angel (Kim Selody/Arts Club Theatre)
- Star Trick – The Musical, Spork (Vancouver Theatre Sports)
- Prelude To a Kiss, Taylor (Sherie Bie/Arts Club Theatre)
- Lend Me a Tenor, Bellhop (Tom Kerr/Arts Club Theatre)
- Robin Hood, Denis/Morris (David Tagouri/Citadel Theatre)
- Head A Tete, Clown with Doll (Stephen Heatley/Citadel Theatre)
- The Coloured Museum, Lead/Director (Donna Spencer/Firehall Theatre)
- Ain’t Misbehavin’, Andre (Marlene Smith/Toronto Musical Production)
- Jesus Christ Superstar, Simon (Broadway)
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Who is Jesse Hughes? The heavy metal world knows hims as “The Devil”. He is an American musician from Greenville, South Carolina. Hughes is known for his role as frontman of the California-based rock band, Eagles of Death Metal. He cites Little Richard as his biggest musical influence and inspiration.
Hughes was born September 24 1972 At age 7, Hughes’ mother, Jo Ellen, moved him to Palm Desert, California. In high school, Hughes became friends with Josh Homme (later of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age). They became good friends after Josh Homme stopped a bully from picking on Hughes. Hughes graduated from the Greenville Technical College with a degree in journalism and worked as manager of a Video Depot in the Palm Desert for several years.
Hughes worked as a speechwriter and activist for the Republican Party. He worked for former Congressman Sonny Bono. He remains a devoted Republican, and has called President Barack Obama a “communist“. In an interview with Altitude TV, Hughes said, regarding the 2008 presidential election, “I would never vote for Obama. Not in a million years.” He called Obama a “talking head” who has behind him a machine that “understands the sophistication of media.” He added: “I want my money and my guns. And I don’t want anyone to tell me what to do. I don’t like people who offer me free lunch, or all-you-can-drink lemonade, because nine times out of 10 you vote for them and they give you a glass and pour a little bit in the bottom and go, ‘That’s all you can drink.’ “
Hughes is a registered member of the National Rifle Association, but claims not to hunt for he believes it isn’t fair – “I don’t like hunting animals because they can’t shoot back.”.
Eagles of Death Metal
Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme formed Eagles of Death Metal in 1998. Hughes credits Homme with saving his life, claiming that during the recording of the second Eagles of Death Metal album Death By Sexy, he fell into serious drug addiction and that Homme not only drove him to rehab, but paid for it as well.
Hughes is known to go by many different nicknames, including “J. Devil” (or simply “The Devil”) as well as “Boots Electric” (“Boots” for short) and “Fabulous Weapon” (both of which were band names used by Hughes’ father). In an interview Hughes revealed that his band mate Josh Homme gave him “The Devil” nickname when he was thirteen. “I used to get picked on a lot by Karl Doyle” says Hughes, “And when I would get picked on severely, or if it really made a point to me, I would get vengeance, but I would get vengeance in the way that I could, which was mostly clever and all consuming. Joshua once witnessed me in the moment I was about to enact vengeance upon someone, and he just said, ‘You’re the fucking devil dude,’ and it stuck.”
- Maton MS500 Electric
- Maton BB1200 Electric
- Maton EAJ85 Jumbo Acoustic
- Yamaha AES1500
- Orange Rockerverb 50w combo
- Laney Amplifer
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|1998||The Desert Sessions|
|2004||Eagles of Death Metal|
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Who is Brett Lorenzo Favre? is an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings. He is a 19-year veteran, predominantly as the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers (1992–2007). He also played a single season each for the Atlanta Falcons (1991), New York Jets (2008) and Minnesota Vikings (2009). Favre started at the quarterback position for the University of Southern Mississippi for four years before being selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by Atlanta (33rd overall). After one season, he was traded to Green Bay on February 10, 1992, for the 19th pick in the 1992 NFL Draft.
Favre became the Packer’s starting quarterback in the fourth game of the 1992 season, starting every game through the 2007 season. He was traded to the New York Jets as the starting quarterback for the 2008 season, and subsequently signed with the Vikings on August 18, 2009 as their starting quarterback. He has made an NFL record 285 consecutive starts (309 including playoffs).
He is the only player to win the AP Most Valuable Player three consecutive times (1995–97). He has led teams to eight division championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2009), five NFC Championship Games (1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, and 2009), winning two (1996 and 1997), and two Super Bowl appearances, winning one (Super Bowl XXXI).
He holds many NFL records including: most career touchdown passes, most career passing yards, most career pass completions, most career pass attempts, most career interceptions thrown, most consecutive starts, and most career victories as a starting quarterback.
Favre was born October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi, and raised in the small town of Kiln. He is of French and Choctaw ancestry; one of his paternal grandparents was a Native American affiliated with the Choctaw. He was the second of four children and attended Hancock North Central High School where he played baseball and football. Favre started for the Hancock North Central baseball team as an eighth-grader and earned five varsity letters. He played quarterback, lineman, strong safety, placekicker and punter in a primarily option, run-oriented offense coached by his father, Irvin Favre.
Irvin Favre said he knew his son had a great arm but also knew that the school was blessed with good running backs. As a result, in the three years Brett was on the team, his father ran the wishbone, a run-oriented offense. Favre rarely threw more than five passes in a game.
After high school, Southern Mississippi offered Favre a scholarship (the only one he received). Southern Miss wanted him to play defensive back but Favre wanted to play quarterback instead. Favre began his freshman year as the seventh-string quarterback and took over the starting position in the second half of the third game of the year against Tulane on September 19, 1987. Favre, despite suffering a hangover from the night before and vomiting during warm-ups, led the Golden Eagles to a come-from-behind victory with two touchdown passes.
In his junior season, Favre led the Golden Eagles to an upset of Florida State (then ranked sixth in the nation) on September 2, 1989. Favre capped a six-and-a-half-minute drive with the game-winning touchdown pass with 23 seconds remaining.
On July 14, 1990, before the start of Favre’s senior year at Southern Miss, he was involved in a near-fatal car accident. When going around a bend a few tenths of a mile from his parents’ house, Favre lost control of his car, which flipped three times and came to rest against a tree. It was only after one of his brothers smashed a car window with a golf club that Favre could be evacuated to the hospital. In the ambulance, his mother was sitting with him. “All I kept asking [her] was ‘Will I be able to play football again?'” Favre recalled later. Doctors would later remove 30 inches (760 mm) of Favre’s small intestine. Six weeks after this incident, on September 8, Favre led Southern Miss to a comeback victory over Alabama. Alabama coach Gene Stallings said, “You can call it a miracle or a legend or whatever you want to. I just know that on that day, Brett Favre was larger than life.”
Favre continues to hold various Southern Miss football records. As of the end of the 2009 season, he holds the career individual record in the following categories: most plays, most total yards gained, most passing yards gained, most completions made, and most passing attempts made. He had held the record for the most touchdowns scored (52), but it was later tied by quarterback Lee Roberts, who played for the school from 1995–98. Favre had 15 games over his career where he compiled more than 200 passing yards, making him the fourth all–time school leader in that category. Of those 15 games, five were 300-yard games, the most compiled by any of the school’s quarterbacks. Additionally, he was the seasonal leader in total passing and total offense in all four of his seasons at Southern Miss.
Favre earned a teaching degree with an emphasis in special education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Atlanta Falcons (1991)
Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round, 33rd overall in the 1991 NFL Draft. On July 19, 1991, Favre agreed to a three-year, $1.4 million contract with a reported signing bonus of $350,000. Atlanta coach Jerry Glanville did not approve of the drafting of Favre, saying it would take a plane crash for him to put Favre into the game. Favre’s first pass in an NFL regular season game resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown. He only attempted five passes in his career at Atlanta, was intercepted twice, and completed none of them.
The Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf traded a first–round pick (19th overall, RB Tony Smith, Southern Miss) for Favre during the following offseason. Wolf, while an assistant to the general manager of the New York Jets, had intended to take Favre in the 1991 NFL draft, but Favre was taken by the Falcons on the previous pick.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and other sources, during the physical after the trade, Favre was diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip, the same degenerative condition that ended Bo Jackson‘s football career, and doctors recommended his physical be failed, which would nullify the trade. Wolf overruled them.
Brett Favre played 16 seasons in Green Bay. During his time in Green Bay, Favre was the first NFL player to win three consecutive AP MVP awards. The only player to win four AP MVP Awards is Peyton Manning. He helped the Packers appear in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XXXI. Favre also started every Green Bay Packers game from September 20, 1992, to January 20, 2008.
In the second game of the 1992 season, the Packers played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers were leading 17–0 at halftime when head coach Mike Holmgren benched starting quarterback Don Majkowski and Favre played the second half. On his first regular season play as a Packer, Favre threw a pass that was deflected and caught by himself. Favre was tackled and the completion went for −7 yards. The Packers lost the game 31–3, chalking up only 106 yards passing.http://www.youtube.com/v/iApoHZ7Zl20?fs=1&hl=en_US
In the third game of the 1992 season, Majkowski injured a ligament in his ankle against the Cincinnati Bengals, an injury severe enough that he would be out for four weeks. Favre replaced Majkowski for the remainder of the contest. Favre fumbled four times during the course of the game, a performance poor enough that the crowd chanted for Favre to be removed in favor of another Packers backup quarterback at the time, Ty Detmer. However, down 23–17 with 1:07 left in the game, the Packers started an offensive series on their own 8 yard line. Still at the quarterback position, Favre completed a 42 yard pass to Sterling Sharpe. Three plays later, Favre threw the game–winning touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor with 13 seconds remaining.
The next week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers began the longest consecutive starts streak for a quarterback in NFL history. The game ended in a 17–3 victory and his passer rating was 144.6. During the season, Favre helped put together a six-game winning streak for the Packers, the longest winning streak for the club since 1965. They ended 9–7 that season, missing the playoffs on their last game. Favre finished his first season as a Packer with 3,227 yards and a quarterback rating of 85.3, helping him to his first Pro Bowl.
The following season Favre helped the Packers to their first playoff berth since 1982 and was named to his second Pro Bowl. After the season Favre became a free agent. General manager Ron Wolf negotiated Favre into a five-year, $19 million contract.
The Packers finished the 1994 season 9–7, advancing them to the playoffs in back to back years, a feat they had not accomplished since the Vince Lombardi era.
MVPs and Super Bowl seasons (1995–1997)
In 1995, Favre won the first of his three AP MVP awards. Favre led the Packers to an 11–5 record, Green Bay’s best record in nearly thirty years. Favre passed for a career high of 4,413 yards, 38 touchdowns, and recorded a quarterback rating of 99.5, which was the highest of his career until he recorded a rating of 107.2 during the 2009 season. The Packers advanced to the NFC Championship Game after upsetting the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Game. The Packers lost the NFC Championship game to the Dallas Cowboys, marking the third year in a row the Packers season was ended by the Cowboys in the playoffs. Favre helped the Packers advance farther in the playoffs than any other Packer team since 1967, the season the Packers won Super Bowl II.
While being treated for various injuries, Brett Favre developed an addiction to vicodin, which became publicly known when he suffered a seizure during a hospital visit. Amid an NFL investigation, he went public to avoid any rumors about his condition. In May 1996, he went into treatment and remained in rehabilitation for 46 days. Had he chosen not to go, the NFL would have imposed a $900,000 fine. Favre led the Packers to their best season in 30 years in the 1996 season, winning his second consecutive MVP award in the process. The Packers led the NFL in points scored as well as fewest points scored against. Green Bay tied the Denver Broncos for the NFL’s best regular season record, 13–3, defeated the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field in the playoffs. The Packers advanced to Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome, a short drive from Favre’s hometown.http://www.youtube.com/v/kACbVGsWN74?fs=1&hl=en_US
In Super Bowl XXXI, Favre completed 14 of 27 passes for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the second play of the game, Favre threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to receiver Andre Rison. Favre also completed an 81-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman in the second quarter (then a Super Bowl record). Favre rushed for 12 yards and another touchdown, as the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots, 35–21. In their 19 games of the season, the Packers had a turnover ratio of plus 24, and outscored their opponents 100–48 in the playoffs.
Favre and the Packers continued their dominance of the NFC during the next season. Favre was named AP co-MVP of the league along with Detroit Lions‘ running back Barry Sanders, his third straight award. Also, Green Bay advanced through the playoffs to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. After being heavily favored, the Packers lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII by the score of 31–24 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Favre completed 25 of 42 passes for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns, with 1 interception in the losing effort.
The Packers dominance in the NFC ended when they lost to the San Francisco 49ers in a wild card playoff game in 1998. Favre had rallied the team with a touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman with 1:56 remaining in the game to put the Packers up 27-23. However, Steve Young responded with a touchdown of his own to Terrell Owens with three seconds remaining to end the Packers season. Favre and the Packers failed for the first time since 1994 to at least reach the NFC championship game.http://www.youtube.com/v/CjlHwZXf73E?fs=1&hl=en_US
In the regular season finale of 2001, Favre was the target of minor controversy when, in a game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium, he was sacked by the Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. It was Strahan’s lone sack of the game and gave him the NFL’s single–season sack record of 22.5, which topped Mark Gastineau‘s record of 22 set in 1984. Some analysts, such as Mike Freeman of The New York Times, expressed the opinion that Favre allowed himself to be sacked in order to allow Strahan to set the record.
On March 1, 2001, Favre signed a “lifetime” contract extension, which technically was a 10-year contract extension worth around $100 million dollars.
Favre and the Packers continued posting positive results through the next few seasons. Through the 2004 season, the Packers had the longest streak of non-losing seasons (13) in the NFL, despite an 8–8 record under coach Ray Rhodes, a 9–7 season under coach Mike Sherman, and no playoff berths in either 1999 or 2000. The streak ended in 2005, with the Packers finishing 4–12 overall.
Later career & personal tragedies (2003–2006)
One day after his father died of a heart attack or stroke, Favre decided to play in a December 22, 2003, Monday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders. Favre passed for four touchdowns in the first half and 399 total yards in a 41–7 victory over the Raiders on international television (even receiving applause from “Raider Nation“). Afterwards, Favre said, “I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play. I love him so much and I love this game. It’s meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn’t expect this kind of performance. But I know he was watching tonight.” He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance. He then went to his father’s funeral in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Favre won an ESPY Award for his Monday Night Football performance.
A notable game in the 2004 season in which Favre and the Packers finished 10–6 was against the New York Giants. During the game, Favre suffered a concussion. He did not receive medical clearance to re-enter the game. Despite the concussion, Favre threw a 28 yard touchdown to Javon Walker on a fourth down play. Afterwards it was reported that Favre did not remember throwing the touchdown pass.
After the death of his father, a series of events related to Favre’s family were reported in the media. In October 2004, ten months after the death of Favre’s father, his brother-in-law, Casey Tynes, was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident on Favre’s Mississippi property.
Soon after in 2004, Favre’s wife, Deanna Favre, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following aggressive treatment through 2004, she recovered. She created The Deanna Favre Hope Foundation which supports breast cancer education and women’s breast imaging and diagnosis services for all women, including those who are medically underserved.
In late August 2005, Favre’s family suffered another setback: Hurricane Katrina blew through Mississippi, destroying his family’s home there; however, none of his family members were injured. Brett and Deanna’s property in Hattiesburg, Mississippi was also extensively damaged by the storm. Favre elected to continue to play in the 2005 season.
For the 2005 season, the Packers, despite throwing for over 3,000 yards for a record 14th consecutive time, Favre had a below average season with only 20 touchdown passes and a league-leading 29 interceptions. The loss of guards Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle to free agency along with key injuries to Javon Walker, Ahman Green, Bubba Franks, among others, hampered Favre and the team. His passer rating was 70.9, 31st in the NFL and the worst single season rating of his career. After the disappointing season, many speculated that Favre would retire. However, on April 26, 2006, Favre announced that he would remain with the team for the 2006 season. Despite earlier comments that the 2006 season would be his last, Favre announced in a press conference on May 6, 2006, that he had not ruled out the possibility of returning beyond the 2006 season.
In the 2006 season, Favre suffered his first career shutout against the Chicago Bears. Later in the season, the New England Patriots shut out the Packers in a game where he was injured before halftime and could not complete the game. On September 24, 2006, he became just the second quarterback in NFL history to record 400 touchdown passes (Dan Marino being the first). He connected with rookie wide receiver Greg Jennings on a 5-yard pass that Jennings turned into a 75-yard touchdown play during a win against the Detroit Lions. He also became the first player ever to complete 5,000 passes in his career. On December 31, 2006, the Packers played their last game of the season, winning 26–7 against the Chicago Bears. It was his 22nd career win versus the Bears, moving him to an all-time record of 22–8.
Milestone season (2007)
Favre began the 2007 season trailing in a number of career NFL passing records. On September 16, 2007, Favre and the Packers defeated the New York Giants to give Favre his record setting 149th win, passing John Elway. On September 30, Favre threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings in a game against the Vikings. This was his 421st NFL touchdown pass, and set a new all time record, surpassing Dan Marino‘s 420.
On November 4, 2007, after the Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 33–22, Favre became only the 3rd quarterback to have defeated all thirty-one other current NFL teams. He joined Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to do this, just the week after the two of them achieved the accomplishment. On Thanksgiving 2007, Favre led the Packers to a 37–26 win over the Lions, and brought the Packers to a 10–1 record. He won the Galloping Gobbler award, given by the broadcasters at Fox to the game MVP. Favre threw three touchdown passes for his 63rd career game with at least three touchdowns, surpassing Marino’s former record of 62.
Favre led the Packers to a 13–3 regular season record, the NFC North championship, and the second seed in the NFC playoffs. Prior to the Packers’ playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Favre stated his desire to continue playing football for another season. In the Divisional Playoffs, Favre threw three touchdowns as the Packers cruised to a 42–20 victory over the Seahawks at a snowy Lambeau Field. The Packers’ season ended the following week when they suffered a 23–20 overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. Negotiating sub-zero temperatures, Favre amassed 236 passing yards and two touchdowns, but also threw an interception in overtime that set up the Giants’ game-winning field goal. Favre’s 90-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver in the second quarter was the longest pass in Packers playoff history, and it extended Favre’s NFL record for consecutive postseason games with a touchdown pass to 18. Favre stated after the game that he would make a decision more quickly than he has in the past regarding whether he would return for another season.
Favre’s milestone 2007 season culminated with his selection to the 2008 Pro Bowl as the starting quarterback for the NFC, but an ankle injury forced him to withdraw.
Retirements and returns (2008)
Beginning near the end of the 2006 season, word began to surface that Favre was considering retirement. In fact, playing in Soldier Field against the arch-rival Bears in the season finale, Favre was given a standing ovation in the closing seconds of the Packer victory as a show of respect from Chicago fans to their longtime nemesis. Moments later at the postgame interview, he gave a tearful interview with an NBC Sports correspondent, where he admitted his future was still questionable. However, after much debate, he returned for 2007, during which his future was once again in doubt and an oft-discussed topic, with many in the media speculating that if the Packers made the Super Bowl, Favre would indeed retire and hand the reigns to the unproven but talented Aaron Rodgers, who was drafted two years earlier as Favre’s heir-apparent. Ultimately, the Packers fell in the NFC Championship to the New York Giants (who in turn upset the heavily favored New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII).
Finally, On March 4, 2008, Favre formally announced his retirement. Although Favre stated that he had been willing to play another year, he felt that another season would only be successful if he led his team to another Super Bowl victory. He added the chances for a Super Bowl win were small, and that he wasn’t up for the challenge. At his press conference, Favre openly wept about leaving the NFL. He stated that his decision, regardless of what was being said in the media, had nothing to do with what the Packers did or didn’t do. He said, seemingly contradictory to Cook’s statements, that his decision to retire was based on the fact that he didn’t want to play anymore. He said during the conference, “I know I can play, but I don’t think I want to. And that’s really what it comes down to.”
On July 2, 2008, it was reported that Favre was in contact with the Packers about a possible return to the team. On July 11, 2008, Favre sent a letter to the Packers asking for his unconditional release to allow him to play for another NFL team. Packers general manager Ted Thompson announced he would not grant Favre an unconditional release and reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to Aaron Rodgers as its new quarterback. Complicating matters was Favre’s unique contract giving him the leverage to void any potential trade by not reporting to the camp of the team he might be traded to if the Packers elect to go that route.
Favre spoke publicly for the first time about his potential comeback in a July 14, 2008, interview with Greta Van Susteren on the Fox News Channel‘s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. In the interview, Favre said he was “guilty of retiring early,” that he was “never fully committed” to retirement, and that he was pressured by the Packers to make a decision before the NFL Draft and the start of the free agent signing period. Favre disputed the notion that he doesn’t want to play for Green Bay and said that while he understands the organization has decided to move on, they should now allow him to do the same. He made clear that he would not return to the Packers as a backup and reiterated his desire to be released rather than traded, which would allow him the freedom to play for a competitive team. Favre also accused the Packers of being dishonest, wishing the team would have been straightforward with him and the public.
In the second part of the interview, which aired on July 15, Favre expressed his frustration with Packer management, spoke of his sympathy for successor Aaron Rodgers’ predicament, and affirmed he is 100 percent committed to playing football in 2008.
FOXSports.com’s Jay Glazer reported on July 16, 2008, that the Packers filed tampering charges against the Minnesota Vikings with the league office, alleging improper communication between Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Favre, although one source suggested that Favre may have been in contact with Vikings head coach Brad Childress. After an investigation, Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled there had been no violation of tampering rules.
Favre formally filed for reinstatement with the NFL on July 29, 2008, and his petition was granted by Commissioner Goodell, effective August 4, 2008. Favre then flew to Green Bay to report to Packers training camp. After a lengthy meeting with head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson, however, both sides agreed it was time for Favre and the organization to part ways. McCarthy sensed Favre was not in “the right mind-set” to resume playing for the Packers, while Favre felt that his relationship with Packer management had deteriorated to the point that a return to the team would be untenable.
New York Jets (2008)
After negotiations with both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets, the Packers traded Favre to the Jets on August 7, 2008, in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft with performance escalation. Favre’s season with the Jets started well; in week four of the 2008 season, he threw six touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals, a personal best and one fewer than the NFL record. This performance led to him being selected as the FedEx Air Player of the Week. By week 12, the Jets had compiled an 8–3 record, including a win over the previously undefeated Tennessee Titans. However, the Jets lost four of the last five games of the season, including the final game against the Miami Dolphins, who had acquired Chad Pennington after he was released from the Jets to make room for Favre. In those five games, Favre threw eight interceptions and only two touchdown passes, bringing his season total to twenty-two of each. Favre had complained of shoulder pain and had an MRI performed on December 29, 2008, which revealed a torn biceps tendon in his right shoulder. After the 2008 season had ended, in mid January 2009, Favre told Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, “it may be time to look in a different direction” regarding the quarterback position. On February 11, 2009, Favre informed the Jets that he was retiring after 18 seasons. He remained property of the New York Jets organization, until April 28, 2009, when the Jets released Favre from his contract, thus allowing him to sign anywhere he wanted. By May 2009, he was officially cut from the Jets Reserve/Retired list. In September 2009, Favre again made Jets news, as the NFL learned that the Jets were aware that Favre injured his arm in the eleventh game of the 2008 season, and fined the Jets $125,000 for not reporting the injury in any of the Jet’s five final games.
Minnesota Vikings (2009–present)
Amid speculation that Favre would once again attempt a comeback, it was reported in May 2009, that Favre had undergone arthroscopic surgery to complete a tear in his proximal biceps tendon. (Because the biceps muscle has two attachments, the muscle remains functional and is often less painful when an injured tendon is cut.) On June 15, 2009, Favre stated he was considering playing again, most likely with the Minnesota Vikings. On July 28, Brett Favre informed Vikings officials that he would remain retired. On the morning of August 18, 2009, WCCO-TV, a CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, Minnesota reported that Favre would sign with the Minnesota Vikings later in the day. ESPN.com later reported the same news, as Favre would sign a contract with the Vikings pending a physical. Favre officially signed with the Minnesota Vikings on August 18, 2009.
During Week 2, on September 20, Favre surpassed former Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall for consecutive starts at one position, with 291.
On October 5, with a 30–23 victory over his former team the Green Bay Packers, which he was with for 16 seasons, Favre became the first quarterback in NFL history to defeat every one of the league’s 32 franchises since the NFL first expanded to 32 franchises in 2002. This Monday night game between Minnesota and Green Bay was the most-viewed television program, sports or otherwise, in the history of cable television. The game drew a 15.3 rating and had 21.8 million viewers.
With week five’s win against the St. Louis Rams, Favre started the 2009 season 5–0, which was a personal best in his career. That same game, he also recorded the second reception of his career. His first catch was in 1992, his first NFL completion. Then, he outdid himself by going to 6–0 after defeating the Baltimore Ravens.
On November 1, Favre returned to Green Bay to play his former team. After receiving boos from fans in the stadium he called home for 16 years, Favre went on to complete 17 of 28 passes for 244 yards. His four touchdown passes in this game tied Dan Marino‘s career record of 21 four-touchdown games. Favre and the Vikings claimed a 38–26 victory to improve to 7–1. The game drew a 17.4 rating and 29.8 million viewers, higher than Game 4 of the World Series between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.
On November 22, Favre threw four touchdowns in the 35–9 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, taking the Vikings to 9–1. Brett’s four touchdown passes in this game surpassed Dan Marino’s previous record, taking it to 22 four-touchdown games. Favre completed 22 of his 25 throws for a career-high 88 percent. His previous career high was 85.2 percent against Detroit on Sept. 20.
On November 29, Favre threw three TD passes and posted a passer rating of 112.5 in a 36–10 home win against the Chicago Bears. It was his 282nd consecutive regular-season game, tying Jim Marshall‘s record for most consecutive games played by a position player, and he also threw his 500th career touchdown.
After starting 10–1, the Vikings lost three of their next four games, with losses to the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, and Carolina Panthers and a win against the Cincinnati Bengals. During the Carolina game, Minnesota head coach Brad Childress told Favre that he was considering benching Favre to protect him and Favre disagreed.
On December 29, 2009, Favre was named to his 11th Pro Bowl behind Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints). He racked the third most votes behind Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.
Favre led the Vikings to a 34-3 win in their first playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, throwing four touchdown passes and no interceptions. It was his first-ever playoff win against the Cowboys, following three playoff losses when he was the quarterback of the Packers. Favre also became the first quarterback to win a playoff game at the age of 40. In celebration, Favre rallied his teammates in the locker room to sing “Pants on the Ground“, a humorous song first performed during an American Idol audition.
Favre and the Vikings subsequently lost in the NFC Championship game in overtime against the New Orleans Saints. Favre’s final throw against the Saints resulted in an interception which effectively ended any chance of a Vikings victory in regulation. Despite the loss, Favre set playoff records for pass completions and passing yards previously held by Joe Montana.
On April 30, 2010 Favre informed ESPN’s Ed Werder that he was informed by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews that his ankle injury that he suffered in the 2009 NFC Championship Game has not healed and will require surgery to repair it if he wants to play for a twentieth season in the league and will now face the prospect of having surgery or retire. He issued this statement, saying: “This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff. One year truly felt like 10 — much like Green Bay for many years. That’s what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a sense of belonging.” 
- For a more detailed list, see List of career achievements by Brett Favre
Honors and awards
- Won the Associated Press Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award three times, all in consecutive years (1995, 1996, and 1997; the last shared with Barry Sanders).
- Was selected to play in the Pro Bowl eleven times in his career.
- Was a six-time First- or Second-team All-Pro selection.
- Was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.
Records and milestones
As of the end of the 2009 NFL season, Favre owned or shared most of the well-known NFL career records, including:
- Consecutive starts as a quarterback: 285 (309 including playoffs)
- Consecutive starts as a position player: 285 
- Career regular-season victories by a starting quarterback: 181 (Regular-season record: 181–104)
- Wins by a starting quarterback in one stadium: 90, Lambeau Field (including once as a Minnesota Viking)
- Consecutive wins, regular season and playoffs, by a starting quarterback in one stadium: 29, Lambeau Field, 1995–1998
- Consecutive wins, regular season, by a starting quarterback in one stadium: 25, Lambeau Field, 1995–1998
- Wins by a starting quarterback against a single opponent: 27, Detroit Lions (18–0 in home games)
- Complettions, Attempts, Passing Yards, Touchdown Passes against a single opponent: Detroit Lions: 790 completions, 11,247 attempts, 9,219 passing yards, 60 touchdown passes
- Career passing touchdowns: 497
- Career passing yards: 69,329
- Career pass completions: 6,083
- Career pass attempts: 9,811
- Career interceptions thrown: 317
- Career games with at least one touchdown pass: 241
- Career games with at least two touchdown passes: 157
- Career games with at least three touchdown passes: 71
- Career games with at least four touchdown passes: 23
- Career games with at least one rushing attempt: 231
- Career games with at least 200 passing yards: 202
- Career games with at least 225 passing yards: 165
- Career games with at least 250 passing yards: 139
- Career games with at least 275 passing yards: 100
- Career games with at least 300 passing yards: 61 (Dan Marino is 1st with 63)
- Touchdown passes of 80+ yards: 9
- Touchdown passes of 70+ yards: 15
- Touchdown passes of 20+ yards: 165
- 1 yard touchdown passes: 37
- 1 yard touchdown passes, passer/receiver combination: 8, Brett Favre/Bubba Franks
- Career games with at least 30 completions: 24 (Peyton Manning is 2nd with 18)
- Career games with at least 20 completions: 185 (Peyton Manning is 2nd with 138)
- Completions in a game played on a Friday: 30; 12/24/2004
- Seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes: 9
- Consecutive seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes: 5
- Seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards: 18
- Consecutive seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards: 18
- Seasons with at least 300 completions: 18
- Consecutive seasons with at least 300 completions: 18
- Brett Favre & Sterling Sharpe tied Dan Marino & Mark Clayton’s record for most passer/receiver touchdown combinations in a season in 1994: 18-broken by Tom Brady and Randy Moss(23) in 2007.
- Most consecutive AP NFL MVP awards: 3 (1995–1997)
- Career playoff pass completions: 481
- Career playoff pass attempts: 791
- Career playoff passing yards: 5,855
- (2nd) Career playoff passing touchdowns: 44 (Montana, 45)
- Career playoff interceptions thrown: 30
- Career playoff losses as starting QB: 11
- (5th) Career playoff wins as starting QB: 13 (Joe Montana, 16; Tom Brady, 14; Terry Bradshaw, 14; John Elway, 14)
- Games played by a starting quarterback against one opponent in a calendar year: 5 games against the Detroit Lions in 1994; 1/2/94(game 16 of the 1993 season), 1/8/94(playoff game), 11/6/94, 12/4/94, 12/31/94(playoff game)
- Longest gap between receptions: 17 years & 4 weeks (275 games)
Favre is the only quarterback to have led a team to victory over all thirty-two teams in the league since the NFL first expanded to 32 franchises in 2002.
Favre is one of four quarterbacks to lead the league in touchdown passes four times. The others are Johnny Unitas, Len Dawson and Steve Young. In addition, Favre owns a number of team records, having printed his name into almost every passing category in the annals of Green Bay Packers history. Most recently, he set the team record for consecutive completions with 20 on November 22, 2007, against the Detroit Lions.
Favre is also the first known player to be a grandfather while active in the NFL.
Consecutive starts streak
Since first being named the starter of the Green Bay Packers before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 27, 1992, Brett Favre has never missed a game. He is currently in first place for the most consecutive starts by a quarterback in the NFL and one of only five quarterbacks to have started over 100 consecutive games in NFL history. He failed to finish a game due to injury on only six occasions since taking control of the Packers as quarterback. Besides Favre, there is only one other active streak of 100 or more games among quarterbacks, that of Peyton Manning. Since the beginning of Favre’s consecutive start streak, 212 other quarterbacks have started in the NFL, 12 of them being back-ups to Favre at one point. Among his former backups are: Don Majkowski, Ty Detmer, Kurt Warner, Mark Brunell, Steve Bono, Doug Pederson, Matt Hasselbeck, Danny Wuerffel, Aaron Brooks, J.T. O’Sullivan, and current Packers starter Aaron Rodgers. Two veteran backups to Favre never started another NFL game: Jim McMahon, and T.J. Rubley. The consecutive starts streak is widely considered one of the most notable streaks in sports, so much so that the Pro Football Hall of Fame has as an exhibit displaying the jersey Favre wore during his record breaking 117th consecutive start as a quarterback, and a section of their website devoted to what the Hall of Fame calls an “Iron Man”.
In 2009, Favre surpassed Jim Marshall for starts at any position with his record-breaking 271st start as a quarterback as the Vikings played the Lions.
Favre married Deanna Tynes on July 14, 1996. They are members of the Roman Catholic Church. Together they have two daughters, Brittany (born 1989) and Breleigh (born 1999). A grandson, Parker Brett, was born on April 2, 2010. The NFL has stated that it knew of no other grandfathers among current NFL players.
Favre’s mother, Bonita, helps manage his holdings in agriculture and real estate, handle his endorsements and appearances and oversee his charity work. Brett and Bonita Favre released a book in 2004 titled Favre (ISBN 978-1-59071-036-4) which discusses their personal family and Green Bay Packers family, including the Monday Night Football game that followed the death of Brett’s father Irvin Favre.
Favre established the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation in 1996. In conjunction with his annual golf tournament, celebrity softball game and fundraising dinners, the foundation has donated more than $2 million to charities in his home state of Mississippi as well as to those in his adopted state of Wisconsin.
The Favre family also owns and operates the Brett Favre’s Steakhouse, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Favre made a cameo appearance in the 1998 romantic comedy film There’s Something About Mary as Cameron Diaz‘s character’s love interest.
Favre is a spokesperson for many products, including Snapper Inc., Wrangler Jeans and Sears. In the Sears ads, Favre pokes fun at himself for his constant waffling between retirement and continuing his playing career by debating whether or not to buy a plasma screen TV, saying “I’ll take it… Nah, I don’t know” in one ad in in another has a conversation with a Blue Crew associate who says of the TV, “some guys just can’t make up their minds” to which Favre replies “Yeah, I hate those guys.” In a Hyundai commercial with a similar theme, he accepts the 2020 NFL MVP award, with fully grey hair, saying “When you’re playing at 50, and you’re older than the fans, coaches, and owners, well… I should probably retire after this… But I don’t know.”
On April 2, 2010, Favre set another record, this time off the field, as his daughter, Brittany Favre, gave birth to Parker Brett, making Brett Favre the first ever grandfather active in the NFL, as he is still in the NFL on the Minnesota Vikings roster.
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