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Who is Tremaine Aldon Neverson?

Who isTremaine Aldon Neverson? , The music and entertainment world know him by his stage name Trey Songz. Songz is an American recording artist, producer and actor. His debut album, I Gotta Make It,, was released in 2005, while his second album, Trey Day, was released in 2007. His third album,Ready, was released in 2009 while his fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, was released on September 14, 2010.

1984–2004: Early life
Life and career

Songz was born November 28, 1984 in Petersburg, Virginia.[1]Raised a military brat, Songz did not have aspirations to have a musical career as a child due to his shyness, saying “Singing wasn’t a reality for me, until other people started noticing I sounded good.”[2] He recognized his vocal abilities at the age of 14 in 1998.[2] Reluctant to sing, he began performing with encouragement by friends and family in high school. Record producerTroy Taylor discovered Songz during a talent show in 2000, which led him to signing a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2002.[2] After graduating from high school in 2002, Songz moved to New Jersey to begin recording his debut album, though recording didn’t actually begin until 2003.[1]

2004–2006: I Gotta Make It

While recording his debut album in 2004, Songz released multiple mixtapes under the alias Prince of Virginia.[1] One of the mixtapes featured an “answer track” to R. Kelly‘s “Trapped in the Closet“, entitled “Open the Closet”. The song gave Trey some notoriety.[3]
His debut album, I Gotta Make It was released on July 26, 2005.[4] It debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200, selling 40,000 copies in its first week of sales.[5] It has sold 300,000 records in the US, but was never certified by the RIAA.
Songz’s debut single, Gotta Make It, http://o.aolcdn.com/videoplayer/AOL_PlayerLoader.swffeaturing Twista, was released in March of 2005 and reached #87 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It garnered success in the R&B/urban community but failed to make a mark in mainstream music. The album’s second and final single, Gotta Go, http://o.aolcdn.com/videoplayer/AOL_PlayerLoader.swfwas released in July of 2005 and reached #67 on the Hot 100 and #11 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming even more successful than his debut single in the R&B/urban community and in the mainstream community. After promotion for his debut concluded, he was featured on the lead single from Twista‘s fifth album, The Day After. The single, “Girl Tonite“, http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/xcz213?width=&theme=none&foreground=%23F7FFFD&highlight=%23FFC300&background=%23171D1B&start=&animatedTitle=&iframe=0&additionalInfos=0&autoPlay=0&hideInfos=0
Twista – Girl Tonite [Featuring Trey Songz] [Video]
Uploaded by AtlanticRecords. – Music videos, artist interviews, concerts and more.reached #14 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming a huge hit.

2007–2008: Trey Day

In mid-2006, Songz began work on a follow-up album to his debut with longtime collaborator Troy Taylor and also employed hitmakers Bryan-Michael CoxDanjaStargate (production team) and R. Kelly to help create the album. Trey aimed for the album to be more mainstream-oriented than his debut album.
His second studio album, Trey Day, was released on October 2, 2007. The album reached #11 on theBillboard 200,[6] selling 73,000 copies in its first week. It has since sold 400,000 records in the US, becoming his second album not to be certified by the RIAA. The album was going to be released on May 8, 2007, but was continually delayed in order for a successful single to precede the album, as the lead single failed to impact charts.
His sophomore album was preceded by the lead single, “Wonder Woman“, 


which was released in February of 2007. It reached #54 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but failed to impact the Hot 100. Because of the single’s failure, his second album was delayed from May 2007 to October 2007. The album’s second single, “Can’t Help but Wait“,


was released in August of 2007 and was released to promote his second album and the film Step Up 2 the Streets soundtrack as a single for it. The single reached #14 on the Hot 100, and #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It became Songz’s first Top 20 hit on the Hot 100, and helped to boost his second album’s sales. The single was also nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2008 50th Grammy Awards.

The third single from the album, “Last Time“, http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/xd3x1t?width=&theme=none&foreground=%23F7FFFD&highlight=%23FFC300&background=%23171D1B&start=&animatedTitle=&iframe=0&additionalInfos=0&autoPlay=0&hideInfos=0
Trey Songz – Last Time
Uploaded by AtlanticRecords. – See the latest featured music videos.was released in January of 2008 and reached #69 on the Hot 100, and #9 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The fourth and final single from the album, “Missin’ You”, was released in May of 2008, but failed to chart completely. In mid-2008, Songz was nominated for a BET Award for Best Male R&B Artist but didn’t win the award.[7]

2009–2010: Ready

In late 2008, Trey began work on his third studio album with Bryan-Michael CoxSean GarrettStargate and Troy Taylor and aimed for the record to be more mature than his first two. Before releasing his third album, Songz released a mixtape titled Anticipation in June of 2009 through his blog, which featured songs from his third album.[8] Another mixtape from Trey was released in the summer of 2009, calledGenesisGenesis was a collection of Trey Songz’s first recordings when he was fifteen years old and was released to show his fans the dedication that he had to making a record when he was young.[9]
Trey released his third studio album, Ready, on August 31, 2009. The album reached #3 on the Billboard 200, selling 131,000 copies in its first week.[10] These are his best first week sales to date and the album was his first to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. The album has since sold over 800,000 records in the US, earning a Gold certification from the RIAA in February of 2010, becoming his first album to be certified by the RIAA.
The lead single from the album, “I Need a Girl“, 

was released in April of 2009 and reached #5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart and #59 on the Hot 100, becoming an R&B/urban hit but not a mainstream hit. A promotional single, “Successful“,

http://www.youtube.com/v/j5DySYu5Bfw?fs=1&hl=en_US featuring rapper Drake, was released in June of 2009 and reached #17 on the Hot 100, becoming Songz’s third Top 20 hit. The single also served as the second and final single from Drake’s EPSo Far Gone.

The second official single from his third  

album, “LOL Smiley Face“,


featuring Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em and Gucci Mane, was released in August of 2009 and reached #51 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The third single from the album, “I Invented Sex“,


featuring Drake, was released in October of 2009 and reached #42 on the Hot 100 but #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming his first single to top that chart. Like the first two singles from the album, it achieved success in the R&B/urban community but only some mainstream success. charted within the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the R&B chart. The fourth single from the album, “Say Aah“, http://o.aolcdn.com/videoplayer/AOL_PlayerLoader.swffeaturing rapper Fabolous, was released in January of 2010 and reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single has become Trey’s highest charting single on the Hot 100 and one of his most successful singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The fifth and final single from the album, “Neighbors Know My Name“,http://o.aolcdn.com/videoplayer/AOL_PlayerLoader.swf was released in February of 2010 and reached #43 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. A sixth single, “Yo Side of the Bed”, http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/xdxupl?width=&theme=none&foreground=%23F7FFFD&highlight=%23FFC300&background=%23171D1B&start=&animatedTitle=&iframe=0&additionalInfos=0&autoPlay=0&hideInfos=0
Trey Songz – Yo Side Of The Bed (HD) 2010
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Songz was also the opening act for Jay-Z on his Jay-Z Fall Tour in late 2009. The album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Albumat the 52nd Grammy Awards in 2010, but lost to Beyoncé’s I Am… Sasha Fierce. On April 1, 2010, he recorded an episode of MTV Unplugged, which aired on April 26, 2010.[11] A documentary-series about Trey, Trey Songz: My Moment, began in June of 2010 to positive reviews and high ratings. The 10-part series will end in August of 2010 and follows Trey during his time as opening act on Jay-Z‘s Jay-Z Fall Tour in late 2009.

2010–present: Passion, Pain & Pleasure

Trey’s fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, was released on September 14, 2010.[12] Trey began work on the album in early 2010 with Sean GarrettTroy Taylor and Stargate and has stated that the album will be his most personal to date. The album was completed in July of 2010. The album’s lead single, “Bottoms Up“,
featuring female rapper Nicki Minaj, was released on July 27, 2010 and has reached number twenty-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and was shared enough on Facebook to appear as a trending video onItsTrending. Its video was filmed on July 31, 2010 and is pending release.[13] Trey also filmed the video for the album’s second single, “Can’t Be Friends”, on August 1, 2010.[14] “Can’t Be Friends” was released as the album’s second single in August 2010.[15]



Trey embarked on the Passion, Pain & Pleasure Tour on August 6, 2010 with singer Monica. The tour is his first headlining tour to date and consists of shows in venues that seat 3,000 to 5,000 people.

Trey also contributed the song “Already Taken” 

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to the Step Up 3D soundtrack, which was released on July 27, 2010. He filmed a video for the song, which was released in July of 2010. The leading lady in the video is former girlfriend and professional dancer Helen Gedlu.

Trey Songz appeared at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Queen of Media DJ I.V. film
2009 Lincoln Heights Himself Episode: “Relative Unknown”
2010 Preacher’s Kid (film) small role
2010 When I Was 17 Himself Interview-like show, about what he did when he was 17
2010 Trey Songz: My Moment Himself Interview-Documentary show, following him around on tour with Jay-Z.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result
2008 BET Award for Best Male R&B Artist[7] Nominated
Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Can’t Help but Wait[17] Nominated
Ozone Award for Best R&B Artist[18] Nominated
2009 Soul Train Awards for Best Collaboration “Successful” Nominated
2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album for “Ready Nominated
BET Award for Best Male R&B Artist Won
BET Award for Best Collaboration for “Say Ahh” w/ Fabolous Nominated
BET Award for Best Collaboration for “Successful” w/ Drake Nominated
BET Award for Viewer’s Choice for “Say Ahh” w/ Fabolous Nominated

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Trey Songz. Music Videos

Who isTremaine Aldon Neverson? , The music and entertainment world know him by his stage name Trey Songz. Songz is an American recording artist, producer and actor. His debut album, I Gotta Make It,, was released in 2005, while his second album, Trey Day, was released in 2007. His third album,Ready, was released in 2009 while his fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, was released on September 14, 2010.

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Yo Side Of The Bed 

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Can’t Be Friends



Bottoms Up






Neighbors Knows My Name


Say Ah



I Invented Sex



LOL Smiley Face




Can’t Help But Wait



Wonder Woman



Gotta Go



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Who was Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright?

Who was Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright? The basketball world knew him as an American professional basketball player who was a free agent.

(November 4, 1975 – July 2010[1])

Born November 4, 1975 in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised near Oxford, MS, Wright has played all levels of basketball in Memphis – high school, collegiately and professionally. Wright was selected a Third Team All-America by the Associated Press as a sophomore at the University of Memphis.
After being selected seventh overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1996 NBA Draft out of the University of Memphis, Wright moved on to the Atlanta Hawks in 1999. He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, but returned to the Hawks in 2006.
On February 16, 2008, he was involved in a multi-player trade, going from Atlanta to Sacramento for Mike Bibby.
He holds career averages of 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Wright founded the Sierra Simone Wright Scholarship Fund after the death of his infant daughter in March 2003.
During the summer of 2003, he returned to the University of Memphis to finish his degree.
His father Herb was a professional basketball player who competed in Finland.
During his first stint in Atlanta, Wright and three other Memphis-native NBA players (Todd Day, Penny Hardaway and Elliot Perry) provided financial assistance to Travis Butler, a Memphis orphan whose tragic story garnered national attention. 
Wright is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and was initiated Spring 1996 to the Kappa Beta Chapter (The 12 Disciples of the Diamond).

Wright was reported missing on July 22, 2010, his body was found later that month..


 NBA career statistics

GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

Year↓ Team↓ GP↓ GS↓ MPG↓ FG%↓ 3P%↓ FT%↓ RPG↓ APG↓ SPG↓ BPG↓ PPG↓
1996–97 LA Clippers 77 51 25.1 .481 .250 .587 6.1 .6 .6 .8 7.3
1997–98 LA Clippers 69 38 30.0 .445 .000 .659 8.8 .8 .8 1.3 9.0
1998–99 LA Clippers 48 15 23.6 .458 .000 .692 7.5 .7 .5 .8 6.6
1999–00 Atlanta 75 0 16.1 .499 .333 .644 4.1 .3 .4 .5 6.0
2000–01 Atlanta 71 46 28.0 .448 .000 .718 7.5 1.2 .6 .9 12.4
2001–02 Memphis 43 33 29.1 .459 .000 .569 9.4 1.0 .7 .5 12.0
2002–03 Memphis 70 49 28.3 .454 .000 .659 7.5 1.1 .7 .8 11.4
2003–04 Memphis 65 46 25.8 .439 .000 .733 6.8 1.1 .7 .9 9.4
2004–05 Memphis 80 77 28.6 .469 .000 .662 7.7 1.1 .7 .9 9.6
2005–06 Memphis 78 58 21.7 .478 .000 .564 5.1 .6 .7 .6 5.8
2006–07 Atlanta 67 31 15.4 .448 .000 .281 3.2 .6 .4 .4 2.6
2007–08 Atlanta 13 1 11.4 .294 .000 .500 2.8 .2 .2 .2 1.0
2007–08 Sacramento 5 0 2.6 .250 .000 .000 .2 .2 .0 .0 .4
2008-09 Cleveland 17 2 7.4 .370 .000 .375 1.5 .2 .2 .3 1.4
Career 778 447 23.8 .459 .069 .645 6.4 .8 .6 .7 8.0


Year↓ Team↓ GP↓ GS↓ MPG↓ FG%↓ 3P%↓ FT%↓ RPG↓ APG↓ SPG↓ BPG↓ PPG↓
1996–97 LA Clippers 3 3 30.7 .406 .000 1.000 7.3 .7 1.0 .7 10.3
2003–04 Memphis 4 4 25.0 .435 .000 .333 4.3 .5 1.0 .5 5.5
2004–05 Memphis 4 4 21.3 .571 .000 .500 5.0 2.3 .2 .2 8.3
2005–06 Memphis 4 0 21.5 .611 .000 .700 5.0 .8 .0 1.0 7.3
Career 15 11 24.2 .495 .000 .652 5.3 1.1 .5 .6 7.7

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Aaron-Carl Ragland, American electronic dance musician, died from lymphoma he was , 37

Aaron-Carl Ragland  better known simply as Aaron-Carl was an American electronic dance musician. He died of cancer he was , 37.[1]

(born 1973 – died 30 September 2010)

In 1999, he was the founder of Detroit, Michigan-based Wallshaker Music, an independent record label and music production company specializing in soulful Tech-House music. Aaron-Carl was also the founder and CEO of W.A.R.M.T.H. International Inc.
In addition to his own label, he also released materials on some of house and techno’s most respected labels, including Ovum and the Underground Resistance, a sub-label Soul City[2] as well as Rebirth, Metroplex, Subject Detroit and Universal France.
He has remixed to many Detroit techno artists, like Underground Resistance, Scan 7, DJ Bone, Aux 88 & Kelli Hand. In addition, he has remixed various house, R&B and other mainstream artists, including Dajae, GusGus, Manu Dibango, N’Dambi (with Keite Young) and Kindred the Family Soul, CeCe Peniston (“Above Horizons“) and Michelle Weeks.http://www.youtube.com/v/kgwE-2CYcm0?fs=1&hl=en_US
Aaron Carl’s single “My House” got licensed by Josh Wink’s label, Ovum Recordings, and became Aaron’s first Billboard Top 40 Dance/Club hit.
Aaron-Carl’s music has been showcased in various feature films, most notably Maestro, a house music documentary by Josell Ramos, which featured original tracks “Sky” and “Oasis”. Aaron-Carl also appears in The Godfather Chronicles — The Ghetto Tech Sound of Detroit. His remix of rapper Johnny Dangerous’ “Topsy Turvy”, in which Aaron-Carl makes a cameo appearance is featured in Pick Up the Mic, a documentary by Alex Hinton.




  • “My House” (Ovum Recordings label – made it to US Billboard Top 40 Dance/Club chart)

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Joseph Sobran American political writer, died from diabetes he was 64

Michael Joseph Sobran, Jr.  was an American journalist and writer, formerly with National Review and a syndicated columnist died from diabetes he was 64. He was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

(February 23, 1946 – September 30, 2010)

Academic and professional career

Sobran graduated from Eastern Michigan University and received a Bachelor of Arts in English. He studied for a graduate degree in English, concentrating on Shakespearean studies, following his graduation. In the late 1960s, Sobran lectured on Shakespeare and English on a fellowship with the university.
In 1972, Sobran began working at William F. Buckley Jr.‘s National Review magazine. (During the 1970s, he frequently used the byline M.J. Sobran.) He stayed 21 years, 18 as senior editor, before being removed from the publication amidst controversial charges.
Along with his work at National Review, Sobran spent 21 years as a commentator on the CBS Radio “Spectrum” program series and was a syndicated columnist, first with the Los Angeles Times, and later with the Universal Press Syndicate. In 2007, his newsletter discontinued distribution by the U.S. mail.
Sobran wrote a column for the Catholic newsweekly The Wanderer entitled Washington Watch from 1986 to 2007. He also had a monthly column that appears in Catholic Family News. He wrote the “Bare Bodkin” column for Chronicles. Additionally, his essays have appeared in The Human Life Review, Celebrate Life!, and The Free Market. Sobran was media fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.[1]
Sobran was named the Constitution Party‘s vice presidential nominee in 2000, but withdrew in April 2000 citing scheduling conflicts with his journalistic commitments. [2]
In 2001 and 2003 Sobran spoke at conferences organized by Holocaust denier David Irving,[3] sharing the podium with Paul Fromm, Charles D. Provan, and Mark Weber, director of the Institute for Historical Review. In 2002 he spoke at the Institute for Historical Review’s annual conference.[4] Referring to his appearance at IHR conferences, historian Deborah Lipstadt wrote, “Mr. Sobran may not have been an unequivocal [Holocaust] denier, but he gave support and comfort to the worst of them.”[5]Writing in the National Review, Matthew Scully said, “His appearance before that sorry outfit a few years ago … remains impossible to explain, at least if you’re trying to absolve him.”[6]

National Review controversy

Sobran was fired from National Review in 1993 and was accused of being an anti-Semite (most notably by Norman Podhoretz). Podhoretz wrote that “Joe Sobran’s columns … [are] anti-Semitic in themselves, and not merely ‘contextually.” Buckley disagreed with Podhoretz’s accusation, noting that he “deemed Joe Sobran’s six columns contextually anti-Semitic. By this I mean that if he had been talking, let us say, about the lobbying interests of the Arabs or of the Chinese, he would not have raised eyebrows as an anti-Arab or an anti-Chinese.”[7]
One such comment was that the New York Times “really ought to change its name to Holocaust Update.[8] Sobran claimed that founder William F. Buckley told him to “stop antagonizing the Zionist crowd,” and Buckley accused him of libel and moral incapacitation.[9] Sobran also complained of “a more or less official national obsession with a tiny, faraway socialist ethnocracy.”[10]
At the time of his dismissal from National Review, Sobran wrote that Buckley kowtowed to the liberal Manhattan social elite. Shortly after Buckley’s death in 2008, Sobran wrote that the two had reconciled: “My employment ended unhappily, much to my regret now, but I rejoice to say we patched things up a year or so ago.”[11]

Political philosophy

Through much of his career, Sobran identified as a paleoconservative and supported strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. In 2002 Sobran announced his philosophical and political shift to libertarianism (paleolibertarian anarcho-capitalism) citing inspiration by theorists Murray Rothbard and Hans-Hermann Hoppe.[12] He has referred to himself as a “theo-anarchist.”[13]
Sobran said Catholic teachings are consistent with his opposition to abortion and the Iraq War. He also argued that the 9/11 attacks were a result of the U.S. government’s policies regarding the Middle East. He claimed those policies are formed by the “Jewish-Zionist powers that be in the United States.”[14]

Books and other publications

Sobran was the author of many books, including one about William Shakespeare, Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest Literary Mystery of All Time (1997), wherein he endorsed the aberrant Oxfordian theory that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was the true author of the plays usually attributed to William Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon.
At the time of his death, he was working on two books: one concerning Abraham Lincoln‘s presidency and the United States Constitution, and another about de Vere’s poetry.
He is also the author of:

  • Single Issues: Essays on the Crucial Social Questions – Human Life Press – 1983
  • Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest Literary Mystery of All Time – Free Press 1997
  • Hustler: The Clinton Legacy – Griffin Communications 2000

Sobran has produced a number of published articles and speeches, including:

At the 1994 Costs of Wars conference at the Mises Institute, Sobran presented a speech on “Shakespeare on War and Empire”.

Sobran’s writings

Patrick J. Buchanan has called Sobran “Perhaps the finest columnist of our generation.”[15]

Personal life

Sobran was twice married and divorced. He had four children, and was survived by ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.[16]

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Andy Albeck, American film executive, President of United Artists (1978–1981), died from heart failure he was , 89

 Andreas “Andy” Albeck  was an American movie executive, who was president and chief executive of United Artists, died from heart failure he was , 89 during a time when it released two films by Woody Allen, along with two films in both the James Bond and Rocky film series. He also oversaw production of Martin Scorcese‘s Raging Bull, a movie frequently mentioned as one of the films considered the greatest ever, as well as Heaven’s Gate, the box office bomb that led to the studio’s demise as an independent studio.

(September 25, 1921 – September 29, 2010)


Albeck was born on September 25, 1921, in Vladivostok, Russia. His father was a Danish executive with a shipping firm, while his mother was a Russian escaping the Bolshevik Revolution. His family was taken aboard an American naval vessel to Yokohama, Japan, where Albeck was raised and educated at St. Joseph College[1]. His first connection to the film industry was in 1939, when he became a sales representative for Columbia Pictures in what was then the Dutch East Indies, present day Indonesia. He came to United Artists when the company made the 1951 acquisition of Eagle-Lion Films, the British film company he had been working for.[2]
His first marriage, to Nelly Stal, produced two children, Johannes and Nina. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1958 Albeck remarried Lotte Jamel,[2] whom he had met in 1952 when she had been brought to the United States by her cousin Mickey Marcus, a colonel in the United States Army and Israel‘s first general. Albeck later had Marcus’s experience during World War II and the 1948 Arab–Israeli War made into the 1966 United Artists film Cast a Giant Shadow, starring Kirk Douglas.[3]
Albeck worked his way up through the sales department at United Artists, earning promotions to become president of its broadcasting division and senior vice president of operations. In 1978, Transamerica Corporation chose him to head the studio after its former chairman Arthur B. Krim left with a group of executives to form Orion Pictures, picking Albeck for his ability to control costs and his positive relationship with wary Transamerica executives. Author Steven Bach, who served as head of production at United Artists under Albeck,[4] wrote, “Andy Albeck was not show business; that much was clear,” in his book Final Cut.[2][5]
During his tenure at United Artists, the studio produced The French Lieutenant’s Woman starring Meryl Streep, Manhattan and Stardust Memories by director Woody Allen and the James Bond films Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only. Albeck also oversaw two films in the Rocky series, both of which were box office successes. Raging Bull, with Robert DeNiro playing the role of Jake LaMotta, was a critical success that went on to be ranked on the American Film Institute‘s top 100 films of all time.[2] Albeck’s undoing was the film Heaven’s Gate, which went several times over its original budget and earned little in box office revenue in the wake of overwhelmingly negative reviews, such as by Vincent Canby of The New York Times, who called the film a “an unqualified disaster” when it was released in November 1980.[6] In the following weeks Albeck was named chairman of United Artists and removed from his post as president, resigning from the firm in February 1981 in the wake of media reports that he had been forced to retire. In the wake of losses amounting to $44 million, making it what was then the biggest money losing film in history, the studio was purchased in May 1981 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from Transamerica to form MGM/UA in a deal valued at $380 million.[2][7][8]
In his retirement, he operated the award-winning Albeck Family Christmas Tree farm in Lafayette Township, New Jersey, growing blue spruce trees on a 200 acres (81 ha) farm.[3] A resident of Manhattan, Albeck died there at the age of 89 on September 29, 2010, at NYU Langone Medical Center due to heart failure.[3] He was survived by his second wife, Lotte, as well as by his son and daughter from his first marriage, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.[2]

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Georges Charpak, Polish-born French physicist, Nobel laureate. died he was , 86


Georges Charpak was a French physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1992.[2]

(8 March[1] 1924 – 29 September 2010) 


Georges Charpak was born in the village of Dąbrowica in Poland (now Dubrovytsia, Ukraine). Charpak’s family moved from Poland to Paris when he was seven years old.
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During World War II Charpak served in the resistance and was imprisoned by Vichy authorities in 1943. In 1944 he was deported to the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, where he remained until the camp was liberated in 1945. After graduating from the Lycée Joffre in Montpellier, in 1945 he joined the Paris-based École des Mines, one of the most prestigious engineering schools in France. The following year he became a naturalized French citizen.

He graduated in 1948, earning the French degree of Civil Engineer of Mines (equivalent to a Master’s degree) and started working for the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He received his PhD in 1954 from Nuclear Physics at the Collège de France, Paris, where he worked in the laboratory of Frédéric Joliot-Curie.
In 1959, he joined the staff of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva. This is where he invented the multiwire proportional chamber, which he patented and that quickly superseded the old bubble chambers, allowing for better data processing. He eventually retired from CERN in 1991.
In 1980, Georges Charpak became professor-in-residence at École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles in Paris (ESPCI) and held the Joliot-Curie Chair there in 1984. This is where he developed and demonstrated the powerful applications of the particle detectors he invented, most notably for enabling better health diagnostics. He is indeed the co-founder of a number of start-up in the biomedical arena, including Molecular Engines Laboratories, Biospace Instruments and SuperSonic Imagine – together with Mathias Fink.
He was elected to the French Academy of Sciences on 20 May 1985.
Georges Charpak was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1992 “for his invention and development of particle detectors, in particular the multiwire proportional chamber“, with affiliations to both École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles (ESPCI) and CERN. This was the last time a single person was awarded the physics prize.
In March, 2001 Charpak received Honorary degree Ph.D from University of the Andes, Colombia in Bogotá.[3]
In France, Charpak was a very strong advocate for nuclear power. Prof. Charpak was a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.[4]

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