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.
Music is presented in a typical Austrian humour style, which can be approximately characterized as “jet black” and “here and there” absurd. Elements of slapstick exist next to virtuosic brass playing. Notably Austrian and German schlager songs of the 20th century are often caricatured. Former member Sebastian Fuchsberger was a great talent in imitating, for example, Johannes Heesters and Udo Jürgens. Mnozil Brass is able to convince the audience that playing music is not just serious business. Mnozil plays classical and jazz music using traditional brass instruments and more unusual instruments such as the keyed trumpet and Wagner tuba.
The septet cooperates with freelance director Bernd Jeschek who developed the stage programs “Smoke”, “Ragazzi” and “Seven” and the “first operetta of the 21st century” titled “Das Trojanische Boot” (“The Trojan Boat”), whose world premiere was in 2005 during the German art festival RuhrTriennale.
The group has toured internationally and won praise from artists such as Barry Tuckwell, Chuck Findley, Jeff Nelson and Wycliffe Gordon.
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- Thomas Gansch (trumpet)
- Robert Rother (trumpet)
- Roman Rindberger (trumpet) (since 2004)
- Leonhard Paul (trombone & bass trumpet)
- Gerhard Füßl (trombone)
- Zoltan Kiss (trombone) (since 2005)
- Wilfried Brandstötter (tuba)
- Wolfgang Sohm (trumpet) until 2004
- Sebastian Fuchsberger (trombone) until 2004
- Ed Partyka (trombone) until 2005
Repertoire from Seven Show (available on DVD)
Mnozil has a wide range of repertoire – their two hour long concerts feature the group playing all manners of music along with comedic antics. While the majority of items feature the band playing their brass instruments they are also known to sing (Bohemian Rhapsody being a key example), and even play the recorder (while it is up their noses)
- Austrian Drinking & Folk Songs
- Classical Rearrangements
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Did you know the only actor to win 4 emmys?
- That would be Dennis Franz? He also won (two consecutive)
3 Emmy wins
- James Gandolfini (two consecutive)
- James Spader (two consecutive)
- Robert Young (for two different roles; two consecutive for same role)
- Robert Young as Jim Anderson – Father Knows Best
- Robert Young as Jim Anderson – Father Knows Best
3 Consecutive Wins
- Bill Cosby (consecutive)
William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs, then landed a starring role in the 1960s action show, I Spy.
- Bryan Cranston (consecutive)
- 2008 Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Breaking Bad (won)
- 2009 TCA Award: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama – Breaking Bad (won)
- 2009 Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Breaking Bad (won)
- 2010 Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Breaking Bad (won)
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Gregory Anthony Isaacs  was a Jamaican reggae musician. Milo Miles, writing in the New York Times, described Isaacs as “the most exquisite vocalist in reggae”died from lung cancer. he was 59. His nicknames include Cool Ruler and Lonely Lover.
(15 July 1951 – 25 October 2010)
In his teens, Isaacs became a veteran of the talent contests that regularly took place in Jamaica. In 1968, he made his recording debut with a duet with Winston Sinclair, “Another Heartache”, recorded for producer Byron Lee. The single sold poorly and Isaacs went on to team up with two other vocalists (Penroe and Bramwell) in the short-lived trio The Concords, recording for Rupie Edwards and Prince Buster. The trio split up in 1970 and Isaacs launched his solo career, initially self-producing recordings and also recording further for Edwards. In 1973 he teamed up with another young singer, Errol Dunkley to start the African Museum record label and shop, and soon had a massive hit with “My Only Lover”, http://www.youtube.com/v/H4OWDepl7zs?fs=1&hl=en_UScredited as the first lovers rock record ever made. He recorded for other producers to finance further African Museum recordings, having a string of hits in the three years that followed, ranging from ballads to roots reggae, including “All I Have Is Love”,http://www.youtube.com/v/aJ9M-B0n8Sc?fs=1&hl=en_US “Lonely Soldier”,http://www.youtube.com/v/MEw3SAmhspc?fs=1&hl=en_US “Black a Kill Black”,http://www.youtube.com/v/6hXUFXQ4tNU?fs=1&hl=en_US “Extra Classic” and his cover version of Dobby Dobson‘s “Loving Pauper”. In 1974 he began working with producer Alvin Ranglin, and that year he had his first Jamaican number one single with “Love Is Overdue”.http://www.youtube.com/v/R8DGynh-vrk?fs=1&hl=en_US Isaacs recorded for many of Jamaica’s top producers during the 1970s, including Winston “Niney” Holness, Gussie Clarke (“My Time”)http://www.youtube.com/v/ItmfQ-PZH3E?fs=1&hl=en_US, Lloyd Campbell (“Slavemaster”),http://www.youtube.com/v/LhmTZRGzUw0?fs=1&hl=en_US Glen Brown (“One One Cocoa Fill Basket”), Harry Mudie, Roy Cousins, Sidney Crooks and Lee “Scratch” Perry (“Mr. Cop”)http://www.youtube.com/v/JaGuusfZjSM?fs=1&hl=en_US. By the late 1970s, Isaacs was one of the biggest reggae performers in the world, regularly touring the US and the UK, and only challenged by Dennis Brown and Bob Marley. Between 1977 and 1978, Isaacs again teamed up with Alvin Ranglin, recording a string of hits including “Border” and “Number One” for Ranglin’s GG’s label.http://www.youtube.com/v/K6oYyG0KcvQ?fs=1&hl=en_US
International stardom seemed assured in 1978 when Isaacs signed to the Virgin Records offshoot Front Line Records, and appeared in the film Rockers, in which he performed “Slavemaster”. The Cool Ruler (which became one of his nicknames) and Soon Forward albums, however, failed to sell as well as expected, although they are now considered among his best work. In 1981, he made his first appearance at the Reggae Sunsplash festival (returning annually until 1991), and he moved on to the Charisma Records offshoot Pre, who released his The Lonely Lover (another nickname that stuck) and More Gregory albums along with a string of increasingly successful singles including “Tune In”, “Permanent Lover”, “Wailing Rudy” and “Tribute to Waddy”. He signed to Island Records and released the record that finally saw him break through to a wider audience, “Night Nurse”, the title track from his first album for the label (Night Nurse (1982)). Although “Night Nurse” was not a chart hit in either the UK or US, it was hugely popular in clubs and received heavy radio play, and the album reached #32 in the UK. This success for Isaacs coincided with drug problems with cocaine which saw him serve a six-month prison sentence in Kingston in 1982 for possession of unlicensed firearms. Isaacs claimed that he had the weapons only for protection, but it emerged that this was his 27th arrest and that Isaacs had become involved in drug dealing and had become addicted to crack cocaine. He celebrated his release from prison with his second album for Island, Out Deh! (1983). Isaacs was featured in the 1982 documentary Land of Look Behind.
When his contract with Island ended, Isaacs returned in 1984 with the “Kool Ruler Come Again” single, and began a period of prolific recording, working with producers including Prince Jammy, Hugh “Redman” James, Bobby Digital, Tad Dawkins and Steely & Clevie, maintaining a consistent standard despite the volume of work produced. Isaacs then built a strong relationship with Gussie Clarke of the Music Works label. They began with Isaacs’ 1985 album Private Beach Party, and had a massive hit with “Rumours” in 1988, which was followed by further popular singles including “Mind Yu Dis”, “Rough Neck”, “Too Good To Be True” and “Report to Me”. The association with Clarke continued into the early 1990s, teaming up with singers including Freddie McGregor, Ninjaman and JC Lodge. He dueted with Beres Hammond on the 1993 Philip “Fatis” Burrell-produced “One Good Turn”, Burrell also producing Isaacs’ 1994 album Midnight Confidential.
In the 1990s the African Museum label continued to release all of Isaacs’ music, and that of artists he produced. In 1997 Simply Red covered “Night Nurse” and had a hit with it. Isaacs continued to record and perform live in the 2000s. In 2005 Lady Saw produced another version of “Night Nurse” with her toasting over the original lyrics.
Isaacs’ drug addiction had a major impact on his voice, with most of his teeth falling out as a result. Isaacs said of his addiction in 2007: “Drugs are a debasing weapon. It was the greatest college ever, but the most expensive school fee ever paid – the Cocaine High School. I learnt everything, and now I’ve put it on the side.”
He also performed at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Inauguration at Jamaica.
In 2007 he collaborated with the Spanish rap group Flowklorikos / Rafael Lechowski album Donde Duele Inspira.
In 2008, after some 40 years as a recording artist, Isaacs released a new studio album Brand New Me, which was nominated for the Grammy Awards for 2010. The album received positive reviews from critics, such as this review from Reggae Vibes: “Gregory is back, and how! ‘Brand New Me’ is a very suitable album title for the cool ruler’s new album. He is back in a different style, more or less like we were used to from this great ‘lovers & roots’ artist” This was followed in 2009 by the album My Kind Of Lady.
In 2010, Gregory Isaacs put out the last of his albums to be released while he was still living; Isaacs Meets Isaac, with Zimbabwean reggae singer, King Isaac. In November 2010, Isaacs Meets Isaacs was nominated for Best Reggae Album for the 2011 Grammy Awards, giving Gregory Isaacs his fourth Grammy Nomination, and Zimbabwe’s King Isaac, his first.
After a long battle with lung cancer, Isaacs died on 25 October 2010 at his home in south London A memorial service was held on 20 November at Kingston’s National Indoor Sports Centre, including a musical tribute from artists including Lloyd Parks and We the People Band, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Mavado, The Tamlins and Bongo Herman, before his remains were interred at the Dovecot Cemetery.
More than 500 Gregory Isaacs albums have been released during his career, many being compilations. Studio albums of original material are listed below:
- In Person (1975) Trojan
- All I Have Is Love (1976) Trojan
- The Best Of Vol. 1 (1977) GG’s
- Extra Classic (1977) African Museum
- Mr Isaacs (1977) DEB
- Cool Ruler (1978) Front Line
- Soon Forward (1979) Front Line
- Slum (Gregory Isaacs in Dub) (1978) Burning Sounds
- Gregory Isaacs Meets Ronnie Davis (1979) Plant (with Ronnie Davis)
- Showcase (1980) Taxi
- Lonely Lover (1980) Pre
- More Gregory (1981) Pre
- The Best Of Vol. 2 (1981) GG’s
- Night Nurse (1982) Island/Mango
- Out Deh! (1983) Island/Mango
- Let’s Go Dancing (1984)
- Judge Not (1985) Greensleeves (with Dennis Brown)
- Private Beach Party (1985) Greensleeves & RAS
- Easy (1985) Tad’s
- Double Dose (1986) Blue Trac (with Sugar Minott)
- All I Have is Love Love Love (1987) Tad’s
- Victim (1987) VP
- Watchman of the City (1987) Rohit
- Come Along (1988), Live & Love
- Red Rose for Gregory (1988) Greensleeves & RAS
- Warning (1989) Firehouse
- Feature Attraction (1989) VP for Mixing Lab records
- No Contest (1989) Greensleeves & VP (with Dennis Brown)
- I.O.U. (1989) Greensleeves & RAS
- On The Dance Floor (1990) Heartbeat
- Call Me Collect (1990) RAS
- Set Me Free (1991) VP, Digital B & Vine Yard
- No Intention (1991) VP
- Boom Shot (1991) Shanachie
- State of Shock (1991) RAS
- Past and Future (1991) VP
- Pardon Me! (1992) RAS
- Cooyah! (1992) Label Unknown…
- Can’t Stay Away (1992) VP & Xterminator
- Rudie Boo (1992) Star Trail
- Unattended // Absent (1993) Pow Wow & Greensleeves
- Unlocked (1993) RAS
- Midnight Confidential (1994) Greensleeves for Xterminator records
- Dreaming (1995) Heartbeat
- Not a One Man Thing (1995) RAS
- Private Lesson (1996) Heartbeat
- Mr. Cool (1996) VP
- Maximum Respect (1996) House of Reggae
- Hold Tight (1997) Heartbeat
- Hardcore Hits (1997) Ikus
- Dance Curfew (1997), Acid Jazz – with Dread Flimstone
- Kingston 14 Denham Town (1998) Jamaican Vibes
- Do Lord (1998) Xterminator
- New Dance (1999) Prestige
- Turn Down The Lights (1999) Artists Only
- So Much Love (2000) Joe Gibbs Music
- Future Attraction (2000) VP
- Father & Son (2000), 2B1 – Gregory Isaacs & Son
- It Go Now (2002), 2B1
- Life’s Lonely Road (2004)
- Give It All Up (2004) Heartbeat
- Rat Patrol (2004) African Museum
- Masterclass (2004) Greensleeves for Blacker Dread records
- Revenge (2005) P.O.T.
- Substance Free (2005) Vizion Sounds
- Come take my hand (2006) Mun Mun
- Hold Tight (2008) Mafia & Fluxy
- Brand New Me (2008) African Museum
- My Kind Of Lady (2009) Rude Productions
- Isaacs Meets Isaac with King Isaac (2010) King Isaac Music
Roy Skinner, American college basketball coach (Vanderbilt), died from respiratory failure he was , 80
Roy Gene Skinner was an American basketball coach who was best known for his time as head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores men’s basketball where he holds the record for most wins as coach and helped break the racial barrier by recruiting the first African American athlete to play varsity ball for a team in the Southeastern Conference died from respiratory failure he was , 80.
(April 17, 1930 – October 25, 2010)
Skinner was born on April 17, 1930, in Paducah, Kentucky. He played basketball as a point guard in high school, at Paducah Junior College, and at Presbyterian College, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1952. His first basketball coaching job was in 1955 at his alma mater Paducah Junior College in 1955 (now part of West Kentucky Community and Technical College). He was hired by head coach Bob Polk at Vanderbilt as an assistant coach two years later after Skinner led his Paducah team to a win against Vanderbilt’s freshman squad. He spent the 1958-59 season as the acting head coach in Polk’s absence, and led the team to an overall record of 14-10.
Skinner succeeded Polk as head coach in the 1960-61 season. With the support of Vanderbilt University chancellor G. Alexander Heard, he pursued the recruitment of African American players for the basketball team. The first player to make the team was Perry Wallace, a local schoolboy star, who enrolled at Vanderbilt in 1966 and first started playing for the team in 1967, becoming the Southeastern Conference’s first African American varsity player. Skinner faced opposition from alumni who were opposed to integrating the team, and biographer Andrew Maraniss stated that Skinner was primarily looking at recruiting Wallace as someone who would be “a great player, and also a great student, a valedictorian” and that the fact that he was making history was a secondary aspect of the choice. Skinner had tried to recruit African American players from outside the South who had the academic and athletic abilities to succeed at Vanderbilt, but he was unsuccessful. Wallace recalled in a 2009 interview that Skinner practically lived at his house from the time he started trying to recruit him while he was a high school junior.
Skinner led the team to the Elite Eight in the 1965 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament behind a 24–4 record that season, losing to the University of Michigan by two points. Skinner was chosen as coach of the year in the SEC in 1974 by the Associated Press after leading the team to a 23–3 season record, with Skinner receiving seven votes from the 10-member board that selected the winner. Saying that “I don’t want to get old being basketball coach”, Skinner announced in March 1976 that he would be stepping down as head coach after 16 years and turning the reins over to assistant head coach Wayne Dobbs. Skinner led the Commodores to a 278-135 record during his tenure, the most of any head coach in team history, and was named SEC coach of the year in 1965, 1967, 1974 and 1976. In 2009, Skinner was inducted into the Vanderbilt Sports Hall of Fame.
Skinner died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 80 on October 25, 2010, due to respiratory failure. He was survived by his second wife, Nathleene, as well as by two daughters, three sons and eight grandchildren, all from his first marriage.
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Bob Courtney was a British-born South African actor and broadcaster. Courtney appeared in more than twenty film roles and worked as an on-air presenter and broadcaster on Springbok Radio died he was , 87.  Additionally, Courtney co-founded Radio Today in 1996.
(October 25, 1922 – October 24, 2010)
Courtney was born Christopher Robert Courtney Leaver on October 25, 1922, in Dorset, England. Courtney successfully studied to be an accountant. Leaver, a self taught pianist, was drafted into the Royal Air Force‘s entertainment corps as an entertainer during World War II. Courtney served as an RAF entertainer in North Africa, Greece and Italy. He met two South African entertainers, Siegfried Mynhardt and Uys Krige, in Rome, Italy, near the end of World War II. Krige and Mynhardt persuaded Courtney to move from Britain to South Africa.
Leaver emmigrated to South Africa in 1946 and began working at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in 1947 using the shortened name, Bob Courtney. He hosted many of the SABC’s most well known radio shows during the 1940s.
In 1950, Courtney began hosting the Welcome Little Stranger childrens show on the now defunct Springbok Radio. His radio name on the show was “Uncle Bob.” However, Courtney’s most famous job at Springbok Radio was the host of the hugely popular quiz show, Pick a Box, which aired for fourteen years from 1960 until 1974. Courtney toured South Africa with the show throughout its airing, attracting large crowds of fans. In one instance, the Mayor of East London sent a limousine to meet Courtney at the East London Airport, where he had arrived to host Pick a Box in the city. Courtney broadcast Pick a Box from a variety of unusual locations including Antarctica, the Cango Caves, the Union-Castle Line and a mine shaft. The popular radio show ended in 1974. Pick a Box was briefly ressurected as a televison quiz show in the 1980s with Courtney once again as its host. However, the TV version was not a hit and was quickly cancelled.
Courtney’s other shows on Springbok Radio included the Eyegene Jackpot game show, which aired from the 1950s until the 1970s, and Stop the Music, which aired for ten years. He also launched the Springbok show Greet the Bride, which would air for five days per week for twenty years on the radio. Courtney attempted to reopen Springbok Radio after the station was closed in 1985. However, the South African Broadcasting Corporation decided against the relauch of Springbok Radio in 1994, citing financial concerns.
He also co-founded Radio Today in 1996 with former Springbok Radio broadcaster, Peter Lotis. The station’s targeted audience were listeners in their 50s and older. The station attracted more than 70,000 listeners, but did not attract advertisers. Courtney hired a financial adviser, who saved Radio Today, though Courtney diagreed with some of the station’s new financial and creative directions. He retired from Radio Today in 2008.
Courtney’s acting career spanned several decades and included more than twenty film credits. His film roles included Lord Oom Piet in 1962, Kruger Millions, All the Way to Paris, Dingaka and Hans en die Rooinek. He was also a founding member of the South Africa National Theatre.
Bob Courtney died in Johannesburg at the age of 87 on Sunday, October 24, 2010, just one day before his 88th birthday. His funeral was held at the St. Martin’s-in-the-Veld Anglican Church in Dunkeld, Gauteng.  Courtney was survived by his wife, Yvonne, and their two children.
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Mike Esposito , who sometimes used the pseudonyms Mickey Demeo, Mickey Dee, Michael Dee, and Joe Gaudioso, was an American comic book artist whose work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics and others spanned the 1950s to the 2000s died he was , 83. As a comic book inker teamed with his childhood friend Ross Andru, he drew for such major titles as The Amazing Spider-Man and Wonder Woman. An Andru-Esposito drawing of Wonder Woman appears on a 2006 U.S. stamp.
Esposito was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.
(July 14, 1927 – October 24, 2010)
Early life and career
Born in New York City, New York, Mike Esposito graduated from the High School of Music and Art, where one of his classmates was future comics artist Ross Andru. Originally Esposito dreamed of becoming an animator at Disney. This ended when his father did not want him to leave New York for the West Coast.
Following his military service, Esposito entered the comic-book field drawing for the publisher Fiction House and later for later for industry giant DC Comics, then called National Comics. Because writer and artist credits were not routinely given during that era of comic books, a comprehensive account of his work is difficult to ascertain. His first confirmed work is as penciler and inker of the war comics story “Heat Of Battle” in Men’s Adventures #6 (Feb. 1951), from Atlas Comics, the 1950s forerunner of Marvel Comics.
He and Andru co-founded the studio Mike/Ross Publications in the early 1950s. The two artists became longtime collaborators, working together on various projects over a span of four decades. Their first known credited collaboration was the cover and a 24-page story, “The Jungle That Time Forgot” in the whimsical adventure comic Mister Universe #2 (1951; no month given, but published between the July and December issues). This five-issue series was the sole title from a comic book company they founded, Mr. Publications. The two also co-founded Mikeross Publications in 1953, which through 1954 produced one issue each of the 3D romance comics 3-D Love and 3-D Romance, two issues of the romance comic Heart and Soul, and three issue of the satiric humor comic Get Lost.
By this time, after having teamed for early work on Key Publications‘ Mister Mystery in 1951 and Standard Comics‘ The Unseen and Joe Yank (the latter credited as “Mikeross”), the two began a long career as one of DC Comics‘ primary war story artists, alongside the likes of Joe Kubert, Russ Heath, and Jerry Grandenetti. Beginning with a story each in All-American Men of War #6, Our Army at War #14, and Star Spangled War Stories #13 (all Sept. 1953), For those titles as well as G.I. Combat and Our Fighting Forces, Andru and Esposito drew hundreds of tales of combat under editor and frequent writer Robert Kanigher. With Kanigher, they co-created the non-superpowered adventurers the Suicide Squad in The Brave and the Bold #25 (Sept. 1959). They also drew early issues of Rip Hunter, Time Master in 1961.
Shortly after DC Comics ushered in the period fans and historians call the Silver Age of Comic Books by reimagining such Golden Age superheroes as the Flash and Green Lantern for modern audiences, Andru and Esposito began a long run on DC’s Wonder Woman, from issues #98–171 (May 1958 – August 1967), “defining her look during [this] boom period”. As well, with writer-editor Robert Kanigher, they co-created the robot superheroes the Metal Men in Showcase #37 (April 1962), going on to draw the first 29 issues of the lighthearted series Metal Men, from 1963 to 1968.
Esposito gradually began freelancing for Marvel Comics, starting with his uncredited inking of industry giant Jack Kirby‘s cover of Fantastic Four Annual #3 (1965). For his inking of Bob Powell in the “Human Torch and the Thing” feature in Strange Tales #132, and his inking of Don Heck‘s “Iron Man” in Tales of Suspense #65 (both May 1965), he took the pen name Mickey Demeo (occasionally given as Mickey Dee or Michael Dee) to conceal his Marvel work from his primary employer, DC. He also occasionally worked under the pseudonym Joe Gaudioso for the same reason.
When John Romita, Sr. succeeded artist co-creator Steve Ditko on The Amazing Spider-Man, beginning with issue 39 (Aug. 1966), Esposito, initially as Demeo, was the first inker on what would become Marvel’s flagship series. After three issues, Romita inked himself for the next half-dozen before Esposito returned — uncredited for issue 49 (June 1967), then as Mickey Demeo until finally taking credit under his own name with issue #56 (Jan. 1968). Except for one issue (#65) inked by his successor, Jim Mooney, the Romita-Esposito team continued through issue #66 (Nov. 1968), establishing the new look of Spider-Man. Esposito continued to use the “Demeo” creidt sporadically, including on the debut story “Guardians of the Galaxy” in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (Jan. 1969), and on The Amazing Spider-Man #83 (April 1970), his last recorded use of the pen name.
During this period as well, for DC, the Andru-Esposito team segued from Wonder Woman to The Flash, drawing the super-speedster superhero’s adventures from issue #175–194 (Dec. 1967 – Feb. 1970). All the while, Esposito regularly inked such artists as Irv Novick and Curt Swan on the Superman family of comics, including Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane, Superboy, and Superman, and numerous Superman-Batman team-ups penciled by Andru in World’s Finest Comics. The Kanigher-Andru-Esposito trio introduced the Silver Age version of the split-personality superheroine feature “Rose and Thorn” in Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #105 (Oct. 1970). For the black-and-white comics-magazine publisher Skywald in 1971, Andru & Esposito contributed many stories across the line, including to the horror titles Nightmare and Psycho and the Western titles Wild Western Action, The Bravados and Butch Cassidy, and with writer Gary Friedrich created the motorcycle-riding superhero Hell-Rider.
Andru and Esposito formed the publishing company Klevart Enterprises in 1970.
The Andru-Esposito team first drew the flagship Marvel Comics character Spider-Man in the premiere (March 1972) of that superhero’s first spin-off comic book, Marvel Team-Up, nearly every issue of which featured Spider-Man paired with another hero. While Andru did not remain on the series, Esposito would go on to ink several issues, often those penciled by Gil Kane. He and Andru eventually took over the flagship title The Amazing Spider-Man. Esposito inked the vast majority of a nearly four-year run on the title, encompassing issues #147-150, 152-171, 177, 179-182, 185-186, 188, and 191 (Aug. 1975 – April 1979), all penciled by Andru except for three issues Sal Buscema and two by Keith Pollard. He inked the feature stories in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4-5 (1967–1968), over Larry Lieber‘s pencils, with the latter’s issue introducing Peter Parker‘s parents; Annual #10 (Nov. 1976), over Gil Kane; and Annual #22, over Mark Bagley. Esposito additionally inked several issues apiece of The Spectacular Spider-Man; the children’s comic Spidey Super Stories; and a host of Spider-Man miscellanea, such as Spider-Man Giveaway: AIM Toothpaste Exclusive Collectors’ Edition (1980), and Spider-Man Giveaway: National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse #1 (1984).
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Esposito inked virtually every major Marvel penciler on virtually every major Marvel title, from The Avengers to X-Men. By the mid-1980s, however, his Marvel work had tapered to a trickle. Among his final Spider-Man work, he was co-inker on the story “Moving Up”, penciled by Alex Saviuk, in Web of Spider-Man #38 (May 1988); inker of the following issue’s cover; and inker of the 11-page partial origin retelling “My Science Project, penciled by Bagley, in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23 (1989). His final Spider-Man story was also his last with Andru, who died in 1993: the graphic novel Spider-Man: Fear Itself (Feb. 1992). Esposito’s final Marvel tale was Last Marvel the 11-page Darkhold story “Skin”, penciled by Dan Lawlis, in the horror comics title Midnight Sons Unlimited #2 (July 1993).
Later life and career
By this time, however, Esposito was well-ensconced at Archie Comics, inking hundreds of teenage-humor stories starring Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper and the other high-schoolers of Riverdale, U.S.A., generally over the pencils of fellow former longtime Marvel artist Stan Goldberg. His final Archie work was inking four Goldberg stories in Betty #56 (Dec. 1997).
Esposito’s first wife, Mary, died when he was in his 40s. He later married his second wife, Irene. Esposito had two children: Mark, who predeceased him, and Michelle. Esposito lived in Lake Grove, New York, on Long Island, in his later years, and died October 24, 2010, at age 83.
Esposito was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2007.
An Andru-Esposito drawing of Wonder Woman appears on one of the 10 character stamps issued in the U.S. Postal Service‘s 2006 commemorative stamp series “DC Comics Super Heroes”.
A paparazzo character was named after him on the Smallville episode “Trespass.”
In 2007 Esposito and Andru were the subjects of a biography titled Andru and Esposito: Partners For Life, published by Hermes Press (ISBN 978-1932563849).
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Lamont Johnson, American actor and television director (The Twilight Zone, The Execution of Private Slovik), died from heart failure he was , 88
Lamont Johnson was an American actor and film director who has appeared in and directed many television shows and movies died from heart failure he was , 88. He won two Emmy Awards.
Johnson was born Ernest Lamont Johnson, Jr. in Stockton, California, the son of Ruth Alice (née Fairchild) and Ernest Lamont Johnson, who was a realtor. Johnson began his career in radio, playing the role of Tarzan in a popular syndicated series in 1951. He then turned to films and television, first as an actor, then as a director.
(September 30, 1922 – October 24, 2010)
Johnson also directed productions of the operas The Man in the Moon (1959), Iphigénie en Tauride (1962), and Orfeo (1990).
Johnson was nominated for eleven Emmy Awards, winning twice, for Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story (1985) and Lincoln (1988), and for eight Directors Guild of America Awards, winning four times, for Profiles in Courage (1965), My Sweet Charlie (1971), That Certain Summer (1972), and Lincoln.
- Hallmark Hall of Fame
- Goodyear Television Playhouse
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- Alcoa Theatre
- The Big Valley
- Felony Squad
- Naked City
- Have Gun – Will Travel
- Peter Gunn
- Mr. Lucky
- Dr. Kildare
- The Twilight Zone
- The Name of the Game
- Judd for the Defense
- The McKenzie Break
- The Last American Hero
- The Execution of Private Slovik
- You’ll Like My Mother
- One on One
- Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
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David Stahl was an American conductor who studied under Leonard Bernstein and was famous for his interpretation of the work of Mahler died from ymphoma he was , 60. He was the Chefdirigent of the Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz, Munich, Germany, and the conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He died on October 24, 2010 after battling lymphoma for two months.  His wife, Karen, passed away in September 2010.
|(1950 – October 24, 2010)|
Early life and family background
Stahl was born in New York City, the son of Jewish emigre parents. David Stahl’s father, Frank L. Stahl, is an engineer who took part in the restoration of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1980s. He was born in Fuerth, Germany and attended the same elementary school as Henry Kissinger. Edith Stahl, David Stahl’s mother, immigrated to New York in 1938 from Essen, Germany. David Stahl’s grandfather, Dr. Leo Stahl (m. Anna Regensburger), was the Jewish Community Leader of Fuerth during the Nazi time. He was interned in Dachau from 11 November to 7 December, 1938, and emigrated to England in 1939. Arriving in New York in 1947, he was, according to Das Schicksal der jüdischen Rechtsanwälte in Bayern nach 1933, by Reinhard Weber, unsuccessful in business and died there in 1952, aged 67. Frank’s sister Liselotte, after a time in Manchester, England, also came to New York, where she died in 2007.
After making his Carnegie Hall debut at age 23, Stahl came under the tutelage of Leonard Bernstein, eventually taking over as music director of the Broadway production of West Side Story. In 1984, he became permanent conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and in 1996 he was invited to be guest conductor at the Staatsteater am Gaertnerplatz. He assumed the title of music director there as of the 1999/2000 season.
As an enthusiast of Bernstein, he has been behind several revivals of Candide, including conducting an acclaimed 2003 German language production narrated by Loriot and, recently, a 2008 production in Charleston, SC. He has also been involved in the staging of a notable production of the Gershwin brothers’ Porgy and Bess in Charleston, SC (the city where the opera is set) which went on to tour internationally in the early 1990s. In 2009 he will celebrate 25 years at CSO and 10 years at the Gärtnerplatz. He is married and has three children.
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(May 30, 1912 – October 24, 2010)
Born in New York City to Jewish parents, Charles and Emma (Rosenblum) Stein, who had emigrated from Poland, Stein grew up in the Bronx. He graduated in 1935 from CCNY, with a B.S. degree, then earned a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University in 1937. He began his career as a psychiatric social worker from 1939 until 1945, while writing comedy on the side.
A chance encounter with Zero Mostel led him to start writing for radio personalities, including Henry Morgan, Hildegarde, Tallulah Bankhead, Phil Silvers, and Jackie Gleason. He later started working in television for Sid Caesar when he joined the writing team of Your Show of Shows that included Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Larry Gelbart.
http://www.youtube.com/v/jCGeNoDkYEI?fs=1&hl=en_USStein made his Broadway debut contributing sketches written with Will Glickman to the 1948 revue Lend an Ear. His first book musical came about when Richard Kollmar, husband of columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, asked him to write a musical about Pennsylvania that would promote the state as Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s Oklahoma! had its namesake. Stein and his writing partner Will Glickman were drawn to the Amish community of Lancaster County. They purchased a 50-cent tourist book filled with Pennsylvania Dutch slang and returned to New York to write Plain and Fancy, which opened on Broadway on January 27, 1955 and ran for 461 performances. It was an “old-fashioned, low-pressure alternative set among the Pennsylvania Dutch. It was pleasant and certainly suitable for the family trade.” The musical has been playing at The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana annually since 1986, and surpassed 3,000 performances as of 2010. Richard Pletcher, founder and producer, dedicated The Round Barn Theatre stage to Stein in 1997 during its production of The Baker’s Wife.  The theatre has produced eight of Stein’s musicals since then.http://www.youtube.com/v/1luQFJSo3oE?fs=1&hl=en_US
His greatest success came from writing the book for the 1964 musical play Fiddler on the Roof, for which he won three major awards, including two Tonys. He later wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation.
Stein’s additional Broadway credits include Alive and Kicking, Mr. Wonderful, The Body Beautiful, Juno, Take Me Along, Irene, Carmelina, The Baker’s Wife, Rags, Enter Laughing and its musical adaptation, So Long, 174th Street. He also wrote the plays Mrs. Gibbons’ Boys and Before the Dawn. He co-wrote, with Carl Reiner, the screenplay for the film adaptation of Enter Laughing. The Baker’s Wife, written with Stephen Schwartz, was directed by Trevor Nunn in London in 1989 where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Musical of the Year.
Antonio Banderas is said to be set to star in an upcoming revival of Zorba scheduled for the 2010–2011 Broadway season.
Stein wrote the book for the musical All About Us, with a score by Kander and Ebb, based on The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder. It premiered at the Westport Country Playhouse in April 2007.
- York Theatre
The York Theatre featured Stein’s Take Me Along, Carmelina, and Plain and Fancy as its 2006 “Musicals in Mufti” staged concert series. Stein revised Carmelina reducing it to a cast of seven from its original Broadway version for the York reading. Its 2007 series featured four additional Stein musicals, Zorba, Enter Laughing: The Musical (renamed from So Long, 174th Street), The Body Beautiful, and The Baker’s Wife. The readings are presented in concert format in mufti, in street clothes without scenery or props.
The York Theatre, under Artistic Director James Morgan, went on to produce a critically acclaimed fully-staged off-Broadway production of Enter Laughing: The Musical from September 3, 2008 through October 12, starring Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker. It was nominated for a 2009 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding revival. A Broadway transfer has been announced.
Victoria Clark starred the City Center Encores! production of Marc Blitzstein and Joseph Stein’s Juno. Directed by Garry Hynes, with guest music direction by Eric Stern and musical staging by Warren Carlyle, Juno played for five performances, from March 27 – 30, 2008 at New York City Center and was the first presentation since the original Broadway staging in 1959 to use the original orchestration by Blitzstein, Hershey Kay and Robert Russell Bennett.
Juno, with music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein and book by Joseph Stein is based on the 1924 play Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey. It originally opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater on March 9, 1959, starring Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas and played a total of sixteen performances. Songs include “I Wish It So”, “We’re Alive”, and “One Kind Word”.
Stein lived in Manhattan with his wife Elisa, a psychotherapist. He was a member of the Dramatists Guild Council from 1975 until his death. Joseph Stein died in 2010, aged 98, from complications of a fall. He had also been ill with prostate cancer.
He had three sons, Daniel, Harry and Josh, from his first marriage to Sadie Singer Stein, who died in 1974. He also had a stepdaughter, Jenny Lyn Bader, and a stepson, John M. Bader, from his marriage to Elisa Loti.
In January 2008, Joseph Stein was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He was honored by The Dramatists Guild of America with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and by the York Theatre with the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre in 2007. Joseph Stein was awarded the prestigious York Theatre Company’s Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre in 2007
Other organizations to honor Mr. Stein include Writers and Artists for Peace in the Middle East, which gave him a Distinguished Achievement Award; the Walnut Street Theatre, which gave him the Edwin Forrest Award for outstanding contributions to the theatre in 2001; the Alumni Association of City College, which awarded him the Townshend Harris Medal in 2004; and Encompass New Opera Theatre, which honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Awards and nominations
- 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical – Fiddler on the Roof
- 1965 Tony Award for Best Author of a Musical – Fiddler on the Roof
- 1965 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical – Fiddler on the Roof
- 1965 Newspaper Guild of New York Page One Award – “Fiddler on the Roof”
- 1960 Tony Award for Best Musical – Take Me Along
- 1969 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical – Zorba
- 1969 Tony Award for Best Musical – Zorba
- 1971 Writers Guild of America Screen Writers’ Annual Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium – Fiddler on the Roof
- 1987 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical – Rags
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Ior Bock [i:or bok] adopted Bror Holger Svedlin; was a Swedish-speaking Finnish tour guide, actor, mythologist and eccentric died from being stabbed he was 68. Ior Bock was a colourful media personality and became a very popular tour guide at the island fortress of Suomenlinna, where he worked from 1973 to 1998.
( 17 January 1942 – 23 October 2010)
In 1984 Bock raised public interest and discussion when he claimed that his family line (Boxström) had been keepers of an ancient folklore tradition that provides insight into the pagan culture of Finland, including hitherto unknown autofellatio exercises connected to old fertility rites. These stories are often known as the Bock saga. His eccentric philosophical and mythological theories gained a small international cult following. Until his death, Ior Bock still maintained a number of friends that kept analyzing his stories [not in citation given][unreliable source?] and who kept working to complete the excavations made to verify the Bock saga.Biography
According to Bock’s autobiographical The Bock Saga, he was born as the result of an incestuous relationship between sea-captain Knut Victor Boxström (1860–1942), who would have been 81 years old at the time, and his daughter Rhea, 42. Knut’s only son had been killed in the Finnish Civil War in 1918, and this was a desperate measure to continue the male line and bring the extensive family-saga about heathen times to the public eye. Knut Victor Boxström died shortly after Ior’s baptism, one month after his birth. Consequently he was adopted by Rhea’s husband, Bror Gustaf Bertil Svedlin. In 2004 the freelance journalist Magnus Londen published an article  where he claimed that Ior Bock was actually an adopted son of Rhea Böxström-Svedlin and Bror Svedlin. According to Londen, official adoption documents in the National Archive in Helsinki prove that Ior’s biological mother was a 23 years old gardening instructor in Porvoo. His father was said to be a Spanish sailor. After Bock’s death a family friend from Sibbo, quoting her mother, supported the adoption claims. In 2003, Ior Bock had answered Londen’s queries by explaining that the adoption-theme was a necessary precaution from his mother to hide the incestuous act that lead to his birth.
According to Magnus Londen’s article, young Holger Svedlin was sent off to to an orphanage for one year at age nine. Londen, citing unnamed acquaintances of the Svedlin family, states that Holger (who had adopted the name Ior, meaning Eeyore in Swedish) had displayed irrational behaviour and that his mother had been unable to cope with him since his adopted father had died the previous year. It was during this period that, according to the stories he later told, his twenty years of daily training into the sound system and secret saga of his family began. It was his biological mother as well as his aunt/sister Rachel who taught him for two hours every day, and only when they were away was he in the orphanage.
At the age of 15, under the name of Ior Bockström-Svedlin, he got into training practice as a lighting technician at Svenska Teatern (The Swedish Theatre) in Helsinki. Here he completed his basic education to become a professional actor at age 21. According to Magnus Londen, the time in theatre training was both a joyous time when Holger was able to exert his gregarious side—he loved being the centrepiece of all social activity—but it was also darkened by his sense of lacking a real, and significantly credible, identity. Due to his alledgedly dark, southern European features, rumours abounded concerning his ancestry. According to Magnus Londen’s article he would even play into these rumours himself at times stating that he had arrived in Finland along with a band of Spanish soldiers, being their mascot, and that his actual name was “La Plata”. On other days he attempted to bleach his hair and eyebrows “desperately wanting to be accepted as Finnish.”
The shooting death of his brother
In 1962 Ior Svedlin’s adopted brother, Erik Svedlin, died by a gunshot at the age of 23. Due to his participation in the situation that led to the tragic death, Ior got a probation of four months, on the grounds of “participation in acts that led to involuntary manslaughter“. After his parents’ death, Ior Bock (as he was known by then) stated that Erik Svedlin actually committed suicide due to a tragic family drama – as his planned marriage was disapproved of by his family. Erik’s fiancé as well as friends and members of the Svedlin family have disputed this claim in interviews with Londen. According to Ior Bock’s version, to avoid a social scandal, the incident was termed an “accidental death” and explained to be a result of the two brothers “playing around”. According to Magnus Londen, the investigation report archived in the police archive in Helsinki states that the brothers had been listening to music while Ior was dancing and playing with a gun. Ior stated to the police the gun went accidentally off when he threw it to his brother. Everyone involved considered the incident to be a tragic accident. Ior Bock and others have viewed the article of Magnus Londen as “defamatory”.
Professional life and publicity
In the following years Ior Svedlin became a renown actor, due to engagements at the Swedish theatres in Vaasa, Turku and Helsinki. Apart from guest-plays in Stockholm he also got to direct some smaller productions. Most famous is the TV commercial “The Coral Man”, where Ior Svedlin showed his skills both as a director and a dancer.
Due to[says who?] his family’s specific interest and knowledge of Finnish history Ior Bockström-Svedlin became privately engaged with the history of the 18th century sea fortress Sveaborg (Finnish: Suomenlinna) in Helsinki. From 1969 until 1984, when his contract with the Society was terminated, he was employed daily as a tourist guide at the service of the Ehrensvärd Society. According to Magnus Londen, the stories told by Ior Svedlin during his guided tours gradually evolved in a bizarre direction, resulting into a conflict with his employer. From 1984 to 1998 he continued his studies of Sveaborg while guiding on a free-lance basis, using his new name Ior Bock.
Starting in the mid-1970s, a new chapter in Ior Bockstrom-Svedlin’s life began to develop when he began paying regular visits to the well-known hippie paradise Goa on the Arabian Sea coast of India. Every year from October to April he would spend in the small village Chapora, developing a significant crowd of supporters, or apprentices as some back in Finland would call them. Magnus Londen speculates that it was here that his fanciful tales about Sveaborg were developed, to be retold to the tourists during his guiding employment the following summer. At this time hashish became a staple ingredient of Ior Bock’s life. According to Ior, he had been occasionally smoking with the consent of his parent from the age of 14 since hemp-growing and smoking had been a tradition in the Bockström-family—until 1965 when the use of cannabis was prohibitted. According to Londen, Ior Svedlin was interviewed by the Finnish newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet in 1982 and he was quoted there giving a statement that Londen has found most poignant in yielding a critical perspective on Ior Bock’s own biography which he began to present to the public two years thereafter.
People have attempted to understand why the Indian philosophy has reached highest in the world, despite the people having neither reading nor writing skills. But it has been built up through an oral tradition. The eldest was taught by his father, and it was his duty to again teach his siblings.
Magnus Londen writes that on the 24th of February 1984, in Goa, Ior Svedlin had a profound inner experience—for the first time seeing himself as only Ior Bock, no longer Ior Svedlin. And he also sees that he has been chosen”. His mother died a little over a month later Londen further writes that when he returned to Finland that year people noticed his change, that he was perceived as being aloof and incoherent. Londen again cites unnamed acquaintances of Ior Bock. Londen claims that this was when his employers at Sveaborg no longer would have him.
After the funeral of his mother Rhea on 23 June 1984, Ior claimed that she had left him a will containing a very specific duty, which was to bring their family-saga to the attention of professional historians as well as the public. The first recordings were done in Swedish in 1984 and 1985 at The Archive of Folklore in Helsinki. Later he gave further outlines and specifics in numerous tapes, and in 1996 the Finnish writer Juha Javanainen collected some basic extracts in the book Bockin Perheen Saga (Helsinki, 1996).
Excavation of the Temple of Lemminkäinen
In 1987, Ior Bock and his supporters began fund-raising in order to finance excavation of a sediment-filled cave that is situated under the hill ‘Sibbosberg’, situated north of Gumbostrand in Sipoo, 30 km east of Helsinki – at the estate Bock had inherited from his parents. The cave was supposed to lead to a furnished temple-chamber inside the Sibbosberg, known as the Temple of Lemminkäinen Inside of the temple-chamber a spiraling hallway is described, with small hall-rooms were created to hold the collected treasures from each generation from the heathen culture of ancient Finland. The time of ongoing storage are counted in millenniums, accumulating a large treasure chamber. The last storage was done in 987 when the entrance-hall was filled and the entrance-door closed and hidden, as foreign warlords would enter the Baltic area and threaten Finland.
A number of digs in the cave were made on various occasions during 1987–1998. After two summers of excavations on the entrance and in the cavern beyond it, the diggers reached about 50 meters into the hill. No archeological remains have been found but the so-far explored sub-terranean space is by far the largest cave ever found in Finland. The cave was filled with a mass of sediments, such as clay, sand, silt and rapakivi. Digging out the sediments the excavators have explored straigth walls, a ceiling and a floor consisting of weather-eroded bedrock (granite). The surfaces have been made by natural processes.
The National Board of Antiquities in Finland has never considered the Sibbosberg as an archaeological site. The participation of professional archaeologists in the Sibbosberg excavations has been restricted into a couple of official visits, during which nothing archaeologically significant was observed. In a recent archaeological survey, the Sibbosberg cave was defined as a natural formation of geological interest. According to the surveying archaeologist, the only man-made feature there is a recent rock carving
In 1990 the police arrested Bock and 33 other participants in the dig on suspicion of use and distribution of hashish. When the court sentenced three of Bock’s foreign companions the results were a public scandal and the withdrawal of the sponsor of the excavation, the big building company Lemminkäinen Group. Since then smaller digs were made. In 1999 a stabbing attacker left Bock quadroplegic. When Bock was still in hospital his debts to the Lemminkäinen Group and to a geo-technical contractor (from 1992) were used to instigate a process against him for debts and credits. During Bock’s stay in Goa the following winter his assets were confiscated and his properties sold.
Hoard of the Kajaani castle
Another location of the Bock’s stories was the early 17th century stone fort in Kajaani. According to Bock, a castle was situated in the place already in the 13th century, when a royal treasure of Kings of Finland, including a golden buck statue, was hidden in a well in the courtyard of the castle. Some excitiment arose when ground-penetrating radar investigations made in 1996 and 2000 suggested that a sizable metal item was located at 4 meters depth of the courtyard of the fort. According to the state archaeologist Henrik Lilius the item was probably an old cannon that could have fallen into the well during the destruction of the fort in 1716. A new investigation made in 2006 was not able to verify the earlier observations. During an archaeological excavation made later in 2006, it was noticed that an electric ground cable had been dug in the courtyard at 40 cm depth. According to the project manager Selja Flink of the National Board of Antiquities, it was most probably the object noticed in the ground-penetrating radar investigations. According to Flink, there is no archaeological or documentary evidence of the well mentioned by Bock.
On 3 June 1999, Ior Bock was attacked in his home in Helsinki and stabbed several times. The attack left him a quadriplegic.
Until his death at the age of 68, Bock maintained a circle of friends and followers, who were still impressed by his stories and hoped to start again the excavations at the Sibbosberg.
On 23 October 2010, Bock was stabbed to death in his apartment in Helsinki. Police arrested two male suspects of Indian origin, (aged 19 and 28), who had shared his apartment and had worked as his personal assistants. The case is now investigated as a suspected murder. According to the police, a quarrel had preceded the act of homicide. On 9 November, the police reported that the younger suspect, born 1991, has been set free and is not suspected anymore.
Outline of the Bock Saga
At her funeral on 23 June 1984, Ior claimed that his mother Rhea (Boxstrom-Svedlin) had left him a very specific duty, confirmed in her will, to bring their ancient and unknown family-saga to the attention of professional historians as well as the public. The first recordings were done in Swedish in 1984 and 1985 at The Archive of Folklore in Helsinki. Later he gave further outlines and specifics in numerous tapes and in 1996 the Finnish writer Juha Javanainen collected some basic extracts in the book Bockin Perheen Saga (Helsinki, 1996).
In his saga Ior Bock employs a distinct etymology, based on the letters of the Scandinavian alphabets (Swedish and Finnish language). To support his (allegedly) historical saga he related it to old Scandinavian folklore, describing a nucleus that is supposed to be the origin of both the Scandinavian and the Finnish cultures. The saga describes a detailed sound-system, built on the sounds of the Scandinavian alphabet. Based on this phonology the saga explains an extensive mythology and a chronological, stringent history. The “historical outline” covers a number of topics; from the origin of man before Ice Age and a global caste-system, to the break up of this global population due to the appearance of the Ice Age, climatic fluctuations and continental drift. The saga explains how this first, tropical culture was divided into ten different kingdoms as life on each continents developed into parallel but different biotops. During the eons of time when ice-time proceeded a small group of people, the Aser, where caught inside the ice of northern Europe – inside the Baltic Ocean. The end of Ice Age broke this isolation and became a “new start” of humanity – since all the various populations could now be reached – and reach each other. Regaining contact with the various tropical kingdoms the Aser were instrumental in spreading a “root-system” of words, to develop a common ground for communication and exchange between the various cultures. Since the legendary “deluge” (Younger Dryas) 10.000 years ago the connections rapidly established and similar cultures started on all the different continents, leading to parallel cultures on the respective continents, leading to the ethnicities, constitutions and civilizations we know as Stone Age and Classical Antiquity.
During these millennium, the Asers were drafting and cultivating their inter-continental connections, enhancing the exchange of knowledge, skills and produce world-wide. The purpose was to produce common features and grounds for language and culture, through the exchange of procreators, skills, crafts, arts and architecture. Their method was co-operation between parallel constitutions of royals, nobilities and laymen. According to the saga the Eurasian monarchies were established shortly after the Ice Age. From the one arctic group of people that survived Ice Age, called “Aser”, only three families were first made to explore the Eurasian north – and leave offspring i their respective regions; east, west and south of the Baltic Ocean. These off-springs became the core-families of three major kingdoms, who managed to grow into the societies that managed to populate western, central and eastern Europe. Within the open lands of northern Eurasia, the royals were producing ‘houses’ of nobility to inhabit and populate the various regions and there found a third cast of offspring, called Earls, to produce structured societies within their respective shires and villages.
The Bock saga explains that the historical kingdoms of Eurasia descended from the three kingdoms found by the Aser already during early Stone Age. Similar constitutions is claimed to have existed already in the southern hemisphere, on all other continents. Since the ancestry of all these tropical and arctic royals would lead back to a common source, the word “All-father” was recognized by them all as a common origin of all human beings. Thus the renewed contact and resurrection of common roots and goals resulted in a positive contact and exchange, producing a world-wide net of genetic and academic exchange – leading to the innovations, produce and trade of agriculture, metals and alloys that led to advanced arts, tools, craft and technology.
A major theme in the poetry and prose of the Bock saga is the exposure of the ancient fertility-cultures of antiquity, whose legal traditions – based on inheritance – where contradictory to the interest of foreign invaders and illegal regimes. Consequently, to handle an occupied population, the religions of the Middle Ages exercised an absolute repression of all the old fertility rituals, since they required and recreated the memory of the old codexes. Consequently the heathen traditions of sexual visibility and identification was massively condemned and sanctioned with the most severe of punishments. One such heathen tradition was that of drinking the “divine vine” or the “water of wisdom”, which literally refers to the female sap (ejaculate) and the male sperm.
According to the saga the pagan traditions were based on a naturalistic philosophy, where it was regarded a virtue to “save and not spill ones semen or female ejaculate“. This could be done by sharing the liquids in a “69” or by practicing autofellatio – which the family-saga names sauna-solmu. The Finnish expression for this “sacred vines” would be Viisauden Vesi—the water of wisdom, which in other traditions are known under cryptic terms such as “The Water of Life”, “The Seeds of Life”, “The Nectar of The Gods” or “The Elixir of the Blessed”. In the early Christian context these classical issues were mis-translated, to “blood” and “flesh”, to stigmatize the pagan peoples as wild beasts, vampires and cannibals. Paradoxically the liturgy is still defining “the flesh and blood of Jesus” as our most sacred rite, the communion. Even if the tools of the communion today are explained to be “purely allegorical” their origin are still to be explained.
While the men would learn how to “curl up” in a “sauna-knot” and drink directly from their “clubs”, the women would normally ingest their mahla, female ejaculation, with a straw. According to the Bock Saga this used to be a collective tradition amongst men and women, where “heart-friends” (of the same sex) would share each others liquids as a special favor and sacrament, to enhance their respective fertility and vitalize their neurological energy. The saga claims that within the heathen cultures this recycling of sperm and sap was obligatory at the age of 7, when it was combined with yoga exercises.
In popular culture
In 1994, Kingston Wall, a Finnish progressive rock group included the core of Bock’s mythic symbolism on their last album, Tri-Logy. The saga was described in the CD booklet and some of the song lyrics featured themes from it.
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