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Milton Levine, American entrepreneur, inventor of Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm died he was , 97..

Milton Martin Levine was an American entrepreneur who was the co-founder of Uncle Milton Toys died he was  , 97..

(November 3, 1913 – January 16, 2011) 

Biography

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 3, 1913, to Harry and Mary Levine. As a young boy, Milton collected ants in a jar at his uncle’s farm in Pennsylvania. During World War II, he served in the European Theatre where his engineer unit built bridges in France and Germany.[1] While in France, he met his future wife Mauricette Schneider, a citizen of the country, and they married in 1945. With his wife, he fathered one son and two daughters, which he eventually put through college with the proceeds from his business.[2][3]
After the war he formed a partnership with his brother-in-law E. Joseph Cossman and decided to enter the then new world of plastic and the toy industry that was predicted as a growth industry. The duo made arrangements with the National Organ Supply Company, or NOSCO who manufactured the plastic prizes in Cracker Jack to make flat toy soldiers for mail order that they advertised originally as “100 Toy Soldiers for $1″ (later $1.25) that was advertised in nearly every American comic book of the time.[4]
Levine and Cossman also successfully mass marketed the potato gun,[5] toy shrunken heads[6] to hang from car rear view mirrors and balloon animals.[7]
In 1956 while at a Fourth of July picnic at his sister’s pool, he spotted a mound of ants. This inspired him to eventually found a company, Uncle Milton’s Toys, which is best known for its division, Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm. After recalling his collection of ants as a kid, he said, “We should make an antarium.” The original ant farms were sold for $1.29 and were contained in a six by nine-inch ant farm. Business boomed after advertisements on after school programs prompted thousands of shipments a week. After the child bought the ant farm, they had to send out a request for a shipment of 25 ants, which would arrive in a vial a few weeks later. The ants contained in the farm are the species Pogonomyrmex californicus, an ant native to the southwestern United States. At the time of his death, over 20 million units were sold, with a growth rate of 30,000 a month. He once said about the success of his business in 1991: “Most novelties, if they last one season, it’s a lot. If they last two seasons, it’s a phenomenon. To last 35 years is unheard of.”[2][3]
Levine died of natural causes on January 16, 2011, in Thousand Oaks, California, at the age of 97.[2]

Books

  • Uncle Milton’s Ant Facts and Fantasies (1970)
  • How I Made $1,000,000 in Mail Order-and You Can Too! (1993)

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Milton Levine , American entrepreneur, inventor of Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm died he was , 97.

Milton Martin Levine was an American entrepreneur who was the co-founder of Uncle Milton Toys died he was , 97

(November 3, 1913 – January 16, 2011)

Biography

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 3, 1913, to Harry and Mary Levine. As a young boy, Milton collected ants in a jar at his uncle’s farm in Pennsylvania. During World War II, he served in the European Theatre where his engineer unit built bridges in France and Germany.[1] While in France, he met his future wife Mauricette Schneider, a citizen of the country, and they married in 1945. With his wife, he fathered one son and two daughters, which he eventually put through college with the proceeds from his business.[2][3]
After the war he formed a partnership with his brother-in-law E. Joseph Cossman and decided to enter the then new world of plastic and the toy industry that was predicted as a growth industry. The duo made arrangements with the National Organ Supply Company, or NOSCO who manufactured the plastic prizes in Cracker Jack to make flat toy soldiers for mail order that they advertised originally as “100 Toy Soldiers for $1″ (later $1.25) that was advertised in nearly every American comic book of the time.[4]
Levine and Cossman also successfully mass marketed the potato gun,[5] toy shrunken heads[6] to hang from car rear view mirrors and balloon animals.[7]
In 1956 while at a Fourth of July picnic at his sister’s pool, he spotted a mound of ants. This inspired him to eventually found a company, Uncle Milton’s Toys, which is best known for its division, Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm. After recalling his collection of ants as a kid, he said, “We should make an antarium.” The original ant farms were sold for $1.29 and were contained in a six by nine-inch ant farm. Business boomed after advertisements on after school programs prompted thousands of shipments a week. After the child bought the ant farm, they had to send out a request for a shipment of 25 ants, which would arrive in a vial a few weeks later. The ants contained in the farm are the species Pogonomyrmex californicus, an ant native to the southwestern United States. At the time of his death, over 20 million units were sold, with a growth rate of 30,000 a month. He once said about the success of his business in 1991: “Most novelties, if they last one season, it’s a lot. If they last two seasons, it’s a phenomenon. To last 35 years is unheard of.”[2][3]
Levine died of natural causes on January 16, 2011, in Thousand Oaks, California, at the age of 97.[2]

Books

  • Uncle Milton’s Ant Facts and Fantasies (1970)
  • How I Made $1,000,000 in Mail Order-and You Can Too! (1993)

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Steve Prestwich, British-born Australian drummer (Cold Chisel, Little River Band) and songwriter, died from a brain tumour he was , 56.

 Steven Prestwich was an English-born Australian drummer, guitarist, singer and songwriter died from a brain tumor he was , 56.. After relocating from Liverpool, Prestwich was the founding and long-term drummer for pub rockers Cold Chisel which formed in Adelaide, South Australia in 1973. He wrote the Cold Chisel’s songs, “When the War Is Over” and “Forever Now”, from the 1982 album Circus Animals. Prestwich also had a short spell with the Little River Band. Prestwich released two solo albums. Prestwich died on 16 January 2011 from a brain tumour two months before his 57th birthday.[1]

(5 March 1954 – 16 January 2011)

Biography

Steven William Prestwich was born in Liverpool, England in 1954. He was a member of the folk/rock band, Sandy, in 1970 in the United Kingdom.[2] His family relocated to Adelaide, South Australia in 1971 when he was aged 17. He was a member of Elizabeth band Ice with bassist Michael Smith and guitarist John Pryer from 1971 to 1973. In 1973, he was the founding drummer for heavy metal group Orange with the line-up of Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Don Walker and Leszek Kaczmarek.[3] Orange evolved into pub rockers, Cold Chisel in 1974 and Prestwich remained a member until early 1983. During his time in Cold Chisel, Prestwich wrote “When the War Is Over” and “Forever Now”.[4] Both songs appeared on their 1982 album, Circus Animals.[5] He co-wrote with Walker the song Flame Trees from the 1984 album Twentieth Century. He briefly rejoined Cold Chisel for their Last Stand Tour from October until the group’s final show on 12 December 1983.[5] Prestwich joined the Australian group, Little River Band (1984–1986) toured the United States and released two albums with them. Little River Band recorded “When the War is Over” with John Farnham on vocals.[3] Prestwich rejoined Cold Chisel in later reformations.[2]

Prestwich released his first solo album, Since You’ve Been Gone in August 2000, which he also produced. His second album, Every Highway was released in October 2009.
Prestwich was the father of a daughter, Melody, and a son, Vaughan.[6]
On the 16th of January, Prestwich died after never regaining consciousness following brain surgery.
Cold Chisel released this update on their website:
“Cold Chisel’s drummer, Steve Prestwich, passed away Sunday afternoon. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour less than two weeks ago, underwent an operation last Friday, and never regained consciousness.
Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Phil Small and Don Walker are shattered by the loss. All our thoughts are with Steve’s loved ones at this difficult time.”
On 14 March 2011, Barnes planted a flame tree in Prestwich’s memory at the National Arboretum Canberra.[7]

Discography

Albums

  • Since You’ve Been Gone (August 2000)
  • Every Highway (October 2009)

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Did you know that Five Father-Son Combos Have Been NFL Head Coaches?

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Did you know that Eugene Kerik Garfield was the man who founded the Auto-Train Corporation?

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Did you know that that Eugene Garfield died from esophageal cancer?


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15 people got busted on February 15, 2011

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Who is Noomi Norén?

Who is Noomi Norén? The entertainment world knows her as Noomi Rapace, she is a Swedish actress. She won Best Actress awards for her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the “Millennium Trilogy” of films, and was nominated in the same category at the European Film Awards.[1]
Rapace’s was born 28 December 1979 in Hudiksvall, her parents were Nina Norén, a Swedish actress, and Rogelio Durán, a Spanish cantador (Flamenco singer) from Badajoz. Rapace has said that she saw her father only occasionally before his death in 2007. At the age of five, she moved from Sweden to Flúðir, Iceland with her mother and stepfather.
At the age of seven, Rapace was given a non-speaking part in the film Í skugga hrafnsins by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. This experience made her decide to be an actress.[2] She left home at age 15 and enrolled in a Stockholm theater school. [3] In 1996, she made her TV debut playing the part of Lucinda Gonzales in the TV series Tre kronor. From 1998 to 1999, Rapace studied at Skara Skolscen. She has been engaged at Theater Plaza 2000–2001, Orionteatern 2001, Teater Galeasen 2002, Stockholms stadsteater in 2003 as well as at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. She drew acclaim for her award-winning portrayal of a troubled teen mother in the 2007 Danish film Daisy Diamond.

Rapace is married to Swedish actor Ola Rapace. They have a son, Lev. Her sister, Særún Norén, is a photographer.[1]

 

Selected filmography

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Kenneth Grant, British occultist and writer, head of the Typhonian Order died he was , 86.

Kenneth Grant  was a British occultist, novelist, and poet, who with his partner, the artist Steffi Grant, headed the magical order previously known as the Typhonian Ordo Templi Orientis but which is now referred to as the Typhonian Order died he was , 86..

(23 May 1924 – 15 January 2011)

 Occult background

Grant’s occult experiences began in 1939 during World War II, when he claims to have received the first transmission of the “outerhuman being” S’lba. This was followed in 1943 with the reception of The Chronicles of Kralnia.[1] He met and began personal tutelage in magick under Aleister Crowley in 1944, at the age of twenty when Crowley was sixty-nine. Grant was also strongly influenced in his occult work by Austin Osman Spare.[2]

A∴A∴ and Ordo Templi Orientis

Grant met Aleister Crowley in 1944 and was initiated into the A.’.A.’. in 1946. According to occult historian P.R. Koenig, Crowley called Grant “a definite gift from the Gods”, but a careful reading of this citation shows Crowley was praising Grant’s work as a secretary. In March 1946, Crowley wrote in his diary: “Value of Grant: if I die or go to U.S.A., there must be a trained man to take care of the English O.T.O.”
After Crowley’s death, Grant’s was issued a IX° charter in O.T.O by Crowley’s successor, Karl Germer, in 1948; and received authorisation to form an O.T.O. Camp in England in 1951.[1] In 1952, he wrote a new manifesto for his group and had 5000 copies printed.
In 1954, Grant began the work of founding the New Isis Lodge. The lodge became operational in April 1955 when Grant issued a manifesto announcing his discovery of a “Sirius/Set current” upon which the lodge was to be based. Karl Germer was so displeased with this manifesto that on July 20, 1955, he issued a “Note of Expulsion” expelling Grant from O.T.O.,[1] and naming Noel Fitzgerald as the leader of the British section of the Order[3]
Grant later claimed for himself the title O.H.O. (Outer Head of the Order) of Ordo Templi Orientis, although the sole alleged documentary evidence of his appointment has since been admitted to be fake.[4]. His competing organisation was commonly called the “Typhonian” Ordo Templi Orientis, but is now officially renamed the Typhonian Order. The New Isis Lodge was absorbed into Grant’s Order in 1962.[1]
Grant died on 15 Jan 2011 after a period of illness.

Biographer of Austin Osman Spare

Grant was a great admirer and close friend of Austin Osman Spare. Together they founded the Zos Kia Cultus in 1952.[1] Over the years, Grant did much to bring his friend Spare’s name into western occult society, including the publication of Images and Oracles of Austin Osman Spare and Zos Speaks!, as well as numerous references and mentions in the Typhonian Trilogies.

Partial bibliography

The Typhonian Trilogies

Other works on the occult

  • Remembering Aleister Crowley Skoob Books, 1992. ISBN 1-871438-12-8
  • Dearest Vera Holograph letters from Austin Osman Spare to Vera Wainwright, edited by Kenneth & Steffi Grant, Fulgur Limited, 2010.
  • Hidden Lore: The Carfax Monographs by Kenneth & Steffi Grant, Fulgur Limited, 2006.
  • Borough Satyr, The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare, (includes a contribution from Steffi Grant), Fulgur Limited, 2005.
  • Images and Oracles of Austin Osman Spare, Fulgur Limited, 2003.
  • Zos Speaks! Encounters with Austin Osman Spare, Fulgur Limited, 1998.
  • At the feet of the Guru ISBN 0954388763

Poetry

  • The Gulls Beak
  • Black to Black
  • Convolvulus

Novellas and short stories

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Harvey James, Australian musician (Sherbet), died from lung cancer he was , 58.

Harvey William James was an Australian rock guitarist died from  lung cancer he was , 58.. He was a member of the bands Mississippi, Ariel, Sherbet and The Party Boys. Born in Sheffield, England as Harvey James Harrop, he migrated with his parents to Australia in the early 1960s.[1]

(20 September 1952 – 15 January 2011)

Career

James’ first major group was the early 1970s band Mississippi, which also featured Beeb Birtles, Graham Goble Charlie Tumahai and Derek Pellicci on drums. He played on the band’s hit single ‘Will I’ after replacing Kerryn Tolhurst and was part of their appearance at Sunbury in 1974.[1]
Mississippi sailed to the UK in April 1974, working on the Sitmar Line ship Fairsky but broke up after arriving. Birtles and Goble reconstituted the band, with Pellicci, in early 1975 after their return to Australia, recruiting new members and changing the name to Little River Band.[2]
After his return to Australia, James joined progressive rock group Ariel, with Mike Rudd and Bill Putt and returned to the UK with them in 1974, where they recorded their second album Rock & Roll Scars at Abbey Road Studios. He remained with Ariel until early 1975, by which time the band had added a fifth member, singer-guitarist Glyn Mason.[3]
James shot to national prominence in Australia in early 1975, when he left Ariel to replace founding member Clive Shakespeare in the chart-topping Australian pop band Sherbet. His first recording with them was their biggest hit, “Howzat”, which became an Australian #1 and made the Top 5 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] He remained with the group until they split in 1979, but he reunited with them (alongside original guitarist Clive Shakespeare) for several Sherbet reunions. He also participated in a reunion of the second line-up of Ariel in 1998. James was an original member of The Party Boys, playing on their first two albums.

Illness and death

James was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2010. A benefit gig, ‘Gimme That Guitar’, was organised by friends and supporters, taking place in Melbourne on 18 November 2010.[5] A second concert was planned for Sydney on 17 February 2011.
James died on 15 January 2011 aged 58.[6] Sherbet lead singer Daryl Braithwaite posted a message at his website.[7] James is survived by his wife, Fay, sons Gabriel and Joshua, and daughter Alexandra.[8]

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