Just another WordPress.com weblog

Archive for January 5, 2011

Did you know what Tourette Syndrome is?

Did you know what Tourette Syndrome is?

Tourette syndrome simply called Tourette’s or TS is an inheritedneuropsychiatric disorder with onset in childhood, characterized by multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal (phonic) tic; these tics characteristically wax and wane. Tourette’s is defined as part of a spectrum of tic disorders, which includes transient and chronic tics.

Did you know that Tourette’s was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome? Tourette is often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (coprolalia), but this symptom is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette’s.?
Did you know that 1 and 10 children per 1,000 have Tourette’s;[2] as many as 10 per 1,000 people may have tic disorders? The more common tics of eye blinking, coughing, throat clearing, sniffing, and facial movements. 

Did you know that people with Tourette’s have normal life expectancy and intelligence?

Did you know that the severity of the tics decreases for most children as they pass through adolescence, and extreme Tourette’s in adulthood is a rarity?

 Did you know that Tics are sudden, repetitive, stereotyped, nonrhythmic movements (motor tics) and utterances (phonic tics) that involve discrete muscle groups?[8] Motor tics are movement-based tics, while phonic tics are involuntary sounds produced by moving air through the nose, mouth, or throat.

Did you know that their are several different symptom of Tourette’s?

Did you know that Coprolalia (the spontaneous utterance of socially objectionable or taboo words or phrases) is the most publicized symptom of Tourette’s, but it is not required for a diagnosis of Tourette’s and only about 10% of Tourette’s patients exhibit it?

Did you know that Echolalia (repeating the words of others) and palilalia (repeating one’s own words) occur in a minority of cases,[8] while the most common initial motor and vocal tics are, respectively, eye blinking and throat clearing?

Did you know that a person with Tourette’s has about a 50% chance of passing the gene(s) to one of his or her children, but Tourette’s is a condition of variable expression and incomplete penetrance?

Did you know that not everyone who inherits the genetic vulnerability will show symptoms; even close family members may show different severities of symptoms, or no symptoms at all?

 . The gene(s) may express as Tourette’s, as a milder tic disorder (transient or chronic tics), or as obsessive–compulsive symptoms without tics. Only a minority of the children who inherit the gene(s) have symptoms severe enough to require medical attention.
[36] Gender appears to have a role in the expression of the genetic vulnerability: males are more likely than females to express tics.[25

Now if you didn’t know, now you know…

To see more did you know that trivia click here

Who is Los Lobos?

Who is Los Lobos? The Hispanic Music world knows them as “The Wolves”, Los Lobos is an American Chicano rock band. They are three-time Grammy Award winners. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country music, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as boleros and norteños. Mexican-American roots-rock group Los Lobos has been performing and releasing albums since the late 1970s.



Los Lobos released an independent LP in 1978 and an EP in 1983. Their first major-label, critically acclaimed release was 1984‘s T-Bone Burnett-produced How Will the Wolf Survive? In 1986, members of Los Lobos appeared alongside Tomata du Plenty in the punk rock musical Population: 1. In 1987, they released a second album entitled By the Light of the Moon. In the same year, they recorded some Ritchie Valens covers for the soundtrack to the film La Bamba, including the title track which became a number one single for the band. In 1988 they followed with another album, titled La Pistola y El Corazón and featuring original and traditional Mexican songs, which sold poorly.
The band’s first noteworthy public appearance occurred in 1980 at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles when they were hired by David Ferguson and CD Presents to open for Public Image Ltd. In the late 1980s and early 1990s the band toured extensively throughout the world, opening for such acts as Bob Dylan, U2 and the Grateful Dead.
Los Lobos returned with The Neighborhood in 1990, and the creative and wildly experimental Kiko (produced by Mitchell Froom) in 1992. In 1991, the band contributed a lively cover of Bertha http://www.youtube.com/v/qxGeMjbW-54?fs=1&hl=en_US, a song which they often performed live, to the Grateful Dead tribute/rain forest benefit album Deadicated. In 1994 they also contributed a track, Down Where the Drunkards Roll, http://www.youtube.com/v/arqRV1RWXGI?fs=1&hl=en_USto the Richard Thompson tribute album Beat the Retreat.

On the band’s twenty-year anniversary they released a two-CD collection of singles, out-takes, live recordings and hits entitled Just Another Band from East L.A.
In 1995, Los Lobos released the prestigious and bestselling record Papa’s Dream on Music for Little People Records along with veteran guitarist and singer Lalo Guerrero. The band also scored the film Desperado.http://www.youtube.com/v/xZdZv3kT9xk?fs=1&hl=en_US The album track “Mariachi Suite”http://www.youtube.com/v/JBVumoSGBKo?fs=1&hl=en_US won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and stands as their last Grammy Award to date (the other two Grammy Awards were in the category of Best Mexican-American Performance in 1983 and 1989 for the song Anselma http://www.youtube.com/v/70hbzXf2Zk8?fs=1&hl=en_US and the album La Pistola y El Corazon.

In 1996 they released Colossal Head. In spite of the fact that the album was critically acclaimed, Warner Brothers decided to drop the band from their roster. Los Lobos spent the next few years on side projects.
Los Lobos signed to Hollywood Records in 1999, and released This Time. Hollywood also reissued 1977’s Del Este de Los Angeles. In 2000, Rhino/Warner Archives released the Cancionero: Mas y Mas boxed set.
In 2002, the band released their Mammoth Records debut, Good Morning Aztlan; they released The Ride in 2004. The Ride featured artists such as Tom Waits, Mavis Staples, Bobby Womack and Elvis Costello covering Los Lobos music along with the band.
Los Lobos released its first full-length live-show DVD Live at¨the Fillmore in 2004. The DVD captures the band’s act over a two-day period in July at the famed San Francisco venue.http://www.youtube.com/v/kqzK_1bMg1c?fs=1&hl=en_US

In September 2006, Los Lobos released The Town and the City to much critical acclaim. The album’s lyrics deal with Louis Perez’s childhood in East Los Angeles while the music portrays complex and original soundscapes reminiscent of their previous release Kiko. Cartoonist Jaime Hernandez did the artwork for the album.
In 2007 the group performed the song Billy 1, Bob Dylan‘s cover from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid album, recorded in I’m Not There soundtrack.
One of the group’s albums is an album of Disney movie covers released in September 2009 on Disney Sound. Their latest Hollywood Records release is “The Town and The City”. The epic “The Town and The City” is told in the first-person, with each song serving as an episodic step.http://www.youtube.com/v/tnTAms7P1SQ?fs=1&hl=en_US
Los Lobos were the scheduled closing act for the 2009 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo were featured artists in the Experience Hendrix Tour in 2010.


David Hidalgo -Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Fiddle, Requinto jarocho

Louie Pérez -Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Jarana huasteca

Cesar Rosas -Vocals, Guitar, Bajo SextoConrad Lozano -Vocals, Bass, Guitarron

Steve Berlin -Keyboards, Horns

    • Discography


      Si Se Puede!, 1976

      Just Another Band From East L.A. (As Los Lobos Del Este De Los Angeles), 1978 (LP), reissued on CD in 2000

        …And a Time to Dance, 1983

        How Will the Wolf Survive?, 1984

        By the Light of the Moon, 1987

        La Pistola y El Corazón, 1988

        The Neighborhood, 1990

        Kiko, 1992

        Music for Papa’s Dream, 1995

        Colossal Head, 1996

        This Time, 1999

        Good Morning Aztlán, 2002

        The Ride, 2004

        Ride This – The Covers EP, 2004

        Live at the Fillmore, 2005

        Acoustic En Vivo, 2005

        The Town and the City, 2006

        Los Lobos Goes Disney, 2009

        Tin Can Trust, 2010


        Just Another Band From East L.A. – A Collection, 1993

          El Cancionero Mas y Mas, 2000 (boxed set)
          Wolf Tracks – Best of Los Lobos, 2006

            [edit] Soundtrack and compilation appearances

            “Diablo Con Vestido” and “How Much Can I Do” Varese Sarabande STV 81164


            • Live at the Fillmore, 2004

            [edit] Singles

            Year Single Peak chart positions Album
            US Main US US Country US
            US Latin US AC CAN CAN AC
            1981 “Under the Boardwalk” Non-album song
            “Farmer John”
            1983 “Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio” …and a Time to Dance
            1984 “Let’s Say Goodnight”
            “Don’t Worry Baby” 28 How Will the Wolf Survive?
            “Will the Wolf Survive?” 26 78
            1987 “Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes” 4 By the Light of the Moon
            “Set Me Free (Rosa Lee)” 21
            “Come On, Let’s Go” 33 21 La Bamba (soundtrack)
            “La Bamba” 11 1 57 1 4 1 1
            1988 “One Time, One Night” 55 By the Light of the Moon
            1990 “Down on the Riverbed” 33 16 The Neighborhood
            1991 “Bertha” 37 24 Deadicated: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead
            1992 “Bella Maria de Mi Alma” 11 Just Another Band from East LA: A Collection
            “Reva’s House” 24 Kiko
            “Kiko and the Lavender Moon”
            “—” denotes releases that did not chart

            To see more of Who Is click here

            Keri Hilson “Music Videos”

            Who is Keri Lynn Hilson? The world know her as an American recording artist signed to Zone 4, Mosley Music Group and Interscope Records. She is part of a collective of writers and producers known as The Clutch. Through the early and late 2000s, Hilson wrote songs for multiple rappers and singers, including Britney Spears and Ludacris. In 2007, she guest performed on Timbaland‘s hits “The Way I Are” and “Scream” and began a solo singing career. Hilson has made cameos in music videos for Usher, Ne-Yo and Nelly, amongst others. Her debut album, In a Perfect World…, was released in early 2009, spawning hit singles “Energy“, “Turnin’ Me On” and “Knock You Down“.

            To learn more about Keri Hilson click here

            “Pretty Girl Rock”


            “Breaking Point”


            “Got Your Back”- T.I. –

            T.I. featuring Keri Hilson – Got Your Back
            Uploaded by online-actu. – Watch more music videos, in HD!

            “Million Dollar Girl” – Trina – 


            “We Are The World 25 For Haiti “


            “Oh Africa “-Akon –


            “Hold My Hand” – Sean Paul – 

            Sean Paul – Hold My Hand
            Uploaded by AtlanticRecords. – Music videos, artist interviews, concerts and more.

            “Hero” – Nas – 


            “Everything, Everyday, Everywhere”


             “Medicine” –Plies –

            Plies – Medicine [feat. Keri Hilson]
            Uploaded by AtlanticRecords. – See the latest featured music videos.

             I Like”


            “Knock You Down” ft. Kanye West, Ne-Yo

            “Turnin Me On” ft. Lil Wayne

            “Return The Favor” ft. Timbaland


            “NeYo – Miss Independent”

            “Good Things “ft. Polow Da Don – Rich Boy –

            “Throw Some D’s” – Rich Boy – 

            “The Way I Are ft. Keri Hilson “, D.O.E., Sebastian – Timbaland – 

            “Scream” ft. Nicole Scherzinger – Timbaland – 

            “Hey Now (Mean Muggin)”- Xzibit – 

            Asher Roth – “She Dont Wanna Man”

            Lloyd Banks –  ” Help “

            To see more of these videos click here

            Nephew Tommy Prank Call Chubb Rock


            To see more of that’s funny click here

            Sparky Anderson, American baseball player and manager (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers), member of Baseball Hall of Fame, died from complications of dementia he was , 76

            George Lee “Sparky” Anderson was aMajor League Baseball manager died from complications of dementia he was , 76. He managed the National League‘s Cincinnati Redsto the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League. He was the first manager to win the World Series in both leagues. His 2,194 career wins are the sixth most for a manager in Major League history. He was named American League Manager of the Year in 1984 and 1987. Anderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

             (February 22, 1934 – November 4, 2010)

            Anderson was born in Bridgewater, South Dakota, on February 22, 1934. He moved to Los Angeles when he was eight.[1] He was a batboy for the USC Trojans.[1] He attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduating, he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in1953.[2] Sparky’s American Legion Team won the 1951 National Championship, which was played in Brigg’s Stadium (Tiger Stadium) in Detroit.http://www.youtube.com/v/idgomFaDW8k?fs=1&hl=en_US

            Playing career

            Anderson began his playing career with the Santa Barbara Dodgers of the class-CCalifornia League, where he was primarily used as a shortstop.[3] In 1954, he was moved up to the class-A Pueblo Dodgers of the Western League and was moved to second base, where he played the rest of his career.[3]
            In 1955, Anderson was moved another step up the minor league ladder, playing for the Double-A Fort Worth Cats of the Texas League. A radio announcer gave him the nickname “Sparky” in 1955 for his feisty play.[4] In 1956, he moved up once more, this time to the Triple-A Montreal Royals of the International League. In 1957, he was assigned to the Los Angeles Angels of the open-classification Pacific Coast League. The next season, after the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles, he returned to Montreal.[3]
            After five minor league seasons without appearing in a Dodger uniform at the MLB level, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on December 23, 1958 for three players, including outfielder Rip Repulski.[2] The Phillies gave Anderson their starting second base job, and he spent what would be his one full season in the major leagues in 1959. However, he batted only .218 in 152 games, with no home runs and 34 runs batted in, and returned to the minor leagues for the remainder of his playing career.
            He played the next four seasons with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs in the International League,[3] where Leafs owner Jack Kent Cookespotted Anderson’s leadership qualities and encouraged him to pursue a career in managing.http://www.youtube.com/v/euE20MBSokM?fs=1&hl=en_US

            Minor leagues

            In 1964, at the age of 30, Anderson accepted Cooke’s offer to manage the Leafs. He later handled minor league clubs at the Class A and Double-A levels, including a season (1968) in the Reds’ minor league system.
            During this period, he managed a pennant winner in four consecutive seasons: 1965 with the Rock Hill Cardinals of the Western Carolinas League, 1966 with the St. Petersburg Cardinals of the Florida State League, 1967 with the Modesto Reds of the California League and 1968 with the Asheville Tourists of the Southern League. It was during the 1966 season that Sparky’s club lost to Miami 4–3 in 29 innings, which remains the longest pro game played (by innings) without interruption.[5]
            He made his way back to the majors in 1969 as the third-base coach of the San Diego Padres during their maiden season in the National League. Just after the 1969 season ended, California Angels manager Lefty Phillips, who as a Dodger scout had signed the teenaged Anderson to his first professional contract[6], named Anderson to his 1970 coaching staff.

            Cincinnati Reds

            “Sparky Who?”

            But within days of being hired in Anaheim, he was offered the opportunity to succeed Dave Bristol as manager of the Reds. His appointment reunited Anderson with Reds’ general manager Bob Howsam, who had hired him as a minor-league skipper in the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati organizations. Anderson was named the Reds manager on October 8, 1969. Since he was a relative unknown in the sports world, headlines on the day after his hiring read “Sparky Who?”[7] Nonetheless, Anderson led the Reds to 102 wins and the National Leaguepennant in 1970,[8] although they lost the 1970 World Series in five games to the Baltimore Orioles. It was during this season that the Reds came to be widely known as The Big Red Machine, a nickname they would carry throughout Anderson’s tenure.

            The Big Red Machine

            After an injury-plagued 1971 season in which the team finished fifth,[8] the Reds came back and won another pennant under Anderson in 1972, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLCS, but lost to the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. They took the National League Westdivision title again in 1973, but lost to the New York Mets in the NLCS.
            After finishing a close second to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974, in 1975 the Reds blew the division open by winning 108 games. They swept the National League Championship Series and then edged the Boston Red Sox in a drama-filled, seven-game World Series. They repeated in 1976 by winning 102 games and ultimately sweeping the New York Yankees in the Series. Over the course of these two seasons, Anderson’s Reds compiled an astounding 14–3 record in postseason play against the Pirates, Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees, winning their last eight in a row in the postseason after triumphing against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, and then winning seven straight games in the 1976 postseason.
            During this time, Anderson became known as “Captain Hook” for his penchant for taking out a starting pitcher at the first sign of weakness and going to his bullpen,[4][9] relying heavily on closers Will McEnaney and Rawly Eastwick.
            When the aging Reds finished second to the Dodgers in each of the next two seasons, Anderson was fired on November 27, 1978[9] by general manager Dick Wagner, who had taken over for Howsam a year earlier.[1] Wagner had wanted to “shake up” the Reds’ coaching staff, to which Anderson objected, leading to his dismissal as well.[9]
            Under new manager John McNamara, the Reds won the division title again in 1979, but lost three straight to the Pittsburgh Pirates in theLeague Championship Series. They would not make the playoffs again until they won the World Series in 1990 by sweeping the heavily favored Oakland A’s.

            Detroit Tigers

            Anderson moved on to the young Detroit Tigers after being hired as their new manager on June 14, 1979. The Tigers became a winning club almost immediately, finishing above .500 in each of Sparky’s first three full seasons, but did not get into contention until 1983, when they won 92 games and finished second to the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East.
            In 1984, Detroit opened the season 35–5 (a major league record) and breezed to a 104–58 record (a franchise record for wins). On September 23, Anderson became the first manager to win 100 games with two different teams.[5] They swept the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and then beat the San Diego Padres in five games in the World Series for Anderson’s third world title. After the season, Anderson won the first of his two Manager of the Year Awards with the Tigers.[4]
            Anderson’s Tigers finished in third place in both 1985 and 1986. With a 9–5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on July 29, 1986, Anderson became the first to achieve 600 career wins as a manager in both the American and National Leagues.[5]
            Anderson led the Tigers to the majors’ best record in 1987, but the team was upset in the ALCS by the Minnesota Twins. He won his second Manager of the Year Award that year.[4] After contending again in 1988 (finishing second to Boston by one game in the AL East), the team collapsed a year later, losing a startling 103 games. During that 1989 season, Anderson took a month-long leave of absence from the team as the stress of losing wore on him. First base coach Dick Tracewski managed the team in the interim.[10]
            In 1991, the Tigers finished last in batting average, first in batting strikeouts and near the bottom of the league in most pitching categories, but still led their division in late August before settling for a second-place finish behind the rival Toronto Blue Jays.
            During his managerial career, Anderson was known to heap lavish praise on his ballplayers when talking to the media. He declared Kirk Gibson “the next Mickey Mantle,” which he later acknowledged may have put too much pressure on Gibson early in his career. He said Mike Laga, who played for him in 1984, would “make us forget every power hitter who ever lived.”[11] He also said Johnny Bench (who played for him in Cincinnati) “will never throw a baseball as hard as Mike Heath” (a catcher who played for him in Detroit).
            Anderson retired from managing on October 2, 1995,[5] reportedly disillusioned with the state of the league following the 1994 strike that had also delayed the beginning of the 1995 season. It is widely believed that Anderson was pushed into retirement by the Tigers, who were unhappy that Sparky refused to manage replacement players during spring training in 1995. In an interview on Detroit’s WJR radio after his retirement, Anderson said he had told his wife that season, “If this is what the game has become, it don’t need me no more.”
            He finished with a lifetime record of 2,194–1,834, for a .545 percentage and the sixth most wins for a Major League manager.[1] He spent the larger portion of his career managing the Tigers (1970–78 with the Reds, 1979–95 with the Tigers), but he won two World Series with the Reds and one with the Tigers.

            [edit]Post-managerial work

            Both during his tenure with the Tigers, and for a time thereafter, Anderson did some television work as a baseball commentator. From 1979 to1986 (with the exception of 1984 of course), Anderson was often paired with Vin Scully and later Jack Buck on CBS Radio‘s coverage of the World Series. From 1996 to 1998, he was a color analyst for the Anaheim Angels‘ cable television broadcasts.
            While still in Detroit, Sparky founded the charitable organization CATCH (Caring Athletes Teamed for Children’s and Henry Ford hospitals) in 1987. He continued to support and participate in the charity well into his retirement.[12]


            Anderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 2000. Although he managed 17 seasons in Detroit and just 9 seasons in Cincinnati, his Hall of Fame plaque has him wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform. He chose to wear the Reds cap at his induction in honor of former GM Bob Howsam, who gave Anderson his first chance at a major-league managing job.[1] Before his induction, Anderson had refused to go inside the Hall because he felt unworthy, saying “I didn’t ever want to go into the most precious place in the world unless I belonged.”[4]In his acceptance speech he gave a lot of credit to his players, saying there were two kinds of managers, “One, it ain’t very smart. He gets bad players, loses games and gets fired. There was somebody like me that I was a genius. I got good players, stayed out of the way, let ’em win a lot, and then just hung around for 26 years.”[1] He was very proud of his Hall induction, “I never wore a World Series ring … I will wear this ring until I die.”[1]
            Anderson was also inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame the same year. On May 28, 2005, during pre-game ceremonies inCincinnati, Anderson’s jersey number, #10, was retired by the Reds. A day in Anderson’s honor was also held at Detroit’s Comerica Parkduring the 2000 season. His number with the Detroit Tigers, #11, has been inactive since he retired in 1995, but has not been formally retired.
            On June 17, 2006, Anderson’s number was retired by the Fort Worth Cats, for whom Anderson had played in 1955.[13] In 2007, Anderson was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
            Anderson was the first manager to win a World Series for both a National League and American League team. Either manager in the 1984 Series would have been the first to win in both leagues, since San Diego Padres (NL) manager Dick Williams had previously won the series with the Oakland Athletics (AL) in 1972 and 1973. Williams’ 1972 club had defeated Sparky Anderson’s Reds club.
            Anderson’s accomplishment was equalled in the 2006 World Series, when St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa — who had previously won the World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1989, and who considers Anderson his mentor — led his team to the title over the Detroit Tigers. Coincidentally, having won a championship while managing the Florida Marlins in 1997, Tigers manager Jim Leyland could have achieved this same feat had the Tigers defeated La Russa’s Cardinals in the 2006 World Series. During that series, Anderson threw out the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2 at Comerica Park, the Tigers’ home park.
            In 2006, construction was completed on the “Sparky Anderson Baseball Field” at California Lutheran University’s new athletic complex.
            On November 3, 2010, it was announced that Anderson had been placed in hospice care at his Thousand Oaks home because of his deteriorating dementia condition.[14] Anderson died at the age 76 on Thursday, November 4, 2010 in Thousand Oaks.[4] He is survived by his wife Carol, sons Lee and Albert, daughter Shirley Englebrecht, and nine grandchildren.[4]
            • In 1979, Sparky guest-starred as himself on an episode of (appropriately enough) WKRP in Cincinnati. The episode (titled “Sparky”), features Anderson as a talk-show host on the fictional station. Eventually Sparky is let go, which causes him to say, “I must be crazy. Every time I come to (Cincinnati) I get fired!”
            • Anderson appeared as himself in The White Shadow season 3 episode “If Your Number’s Up, Get it Down” in 1980. Falahey introduces him to Coolidge, but Coolidge replies with “Sorry you lost, but I voted for you.” Coolidge mistakenly thought he was 1980 independent presidential candidate John Anderson.
            • Anderson appeared as himself in the 1983 Disney Channel movie Tiger Town.

            To see more of who died in 2010 click here

            Eugénie Blanchard French supercentenarian, world’s oldest person has died she was , 114,

            Anne Eugénie Blanchard  was a Frenchsupercentenarian, who at the age of 114 years, 261 days was the oldest living person at the time of her death. She became the recognised titleholder upon the death of Japanese supercentenarian Kama Chinen on 2 May 2010. At the time of her death, Blanchard was (and still is) the 33rd oldest person ever verified, the 3rd oldest verified French person ever and theoldest verified person ever from the island of Saint Barthélemy (administratively and legally a part of Guadeloupe from 1878 until 2007), which is an overseas collectivity of France.

            (16 February 1896 – 4 November 2010)

            Blanchard was born in the Merlet neighborhood of St. Barths on 16 February 1896.[1] She was born only 18 years after the former Swedishisland of St. Barths was sold back to France. Blanchard was last survivor of thirteen brothers and sisters.[1]

            Blanchard moved to Curaçao in May 1923, where she became a Catholic nun of the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of Roosendaal on the island.[2] She adopted the name Sister Cyria during her years with the order, but earned the nickname “Sweets” due to her treatment of others, according to Victorin Lurel, the President of the Regional Council of neighboring Guadeloupe.[1] Other reports have indicated that Curaçaoan children called her “Douchy,” which is derived from “Dushi” meaning “sweets” or “candy” in Papiamento, the creole language of Curaçao, because she worked as a sweet seller.[2]
            Blanchard remained with the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of Roosendaal on Curaçao until August 1955, when she returned to Saint Barthélemy at the age of 60.[1][2] She resided alone with her cat until she moved to a hospital nursing home in 1980 at the age of 84 due to declining health.[1][2]
            Blanchard was described as generally in good health during her later years, despite the loss of her eye sight and her ability to speak.[1][2]She died in Saint Barth’s on 4 November 2010, at the age of 114.
            She was succeeded as the oldest verified person in the world by American Eunice Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas.[1]

            Longevity records

            To see more of who died in 2010 click here

            Jean Compagnon, French Army General and author died he was , 94

             Jean Compagnon  was a French Army officer and later General died he was , 94. He served in both World War II and the First Indochina War as one of the officers serving with Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque. Under Leclerc, Compagnon helped liberate Paris from German forces commanded by Dietrich von Choltitz.

            (26 October 1916 St. Germain-en-Laye & died 4 November 2010 (Paris)

            When he was born, Compagnon’s father, Marcel, was serving in the Battle of the Somme. Compagnon went to school in Vesoul, and entered the Saint Cyr military academy aged 18, in 1934-1936, where he was in the class of Alexander I of Yugoslavia. He graduated in 1936 as asous-lieutenant, joined the 4e régiment de hussards and remaining with that unit until it was disbanded on 1 September 1940.[2]
            As the war began, Compagnon was serving with the 4e régiment de hussards, serving from horseback during the Battle of France. He fought in the Lorraine front, but was wounded in Picardy, leading a motorcycle cavalary unit. After the surrender, and disbandment of 4RH, Compagnon escaped to North Africa where he served with the 2e régiment de dragons, until transferred to the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regimentuntil 1943, when he was promoted to Captain on 25 June. In 1944, he made his way to London to serve with Charles De Gaulle and the 2nd Armored division.
            2e DB and Compagnon did not see action on D-Day, but left Southhampton on July 29, 1944, and the division played an important role in theAllied breakout from Normandy, notably at the Falaise Pocket, when it destroyed the 9th Panzer Division. The division then was part of the liberation of Paris. In the push to the Rhine, Compagnon led the first French tank unit into Strasbourg where it fell on 23 November. In January 1945, Compagnon was wounded, but recuperated by the time the division reached the Berghof above Berchestgadsen on 4 May, along with the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division.
            He was wounded in 1946 during the First Indochina War. During Algerian War, Compagnon commanded the 1st Parachute Hussars from 1958–60, served as military attache in Washington, D.C.Chief of staff of French forces in Germany and was the military governor of Rennes. He retired in 1976 as a four-star general.
            He started a new career as a historian and an author, publishing a biography of LeClerc in 1989, wrote accounts of the Normandy landings, and his memoir. He became a correspondent for Ouest-France, a university lecturer [3]. He was awarded the Grand-croix de la Legion d’honnoeur.
            He was twice married, to Jacqueline Terilnden who died in 1963, with six children and secondly to Sylvie who survived him with one daughter.

            To see more of who died in 2010 click here

            Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta, Filipino poet, died from hypertension she was , 76

             Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta  was a poet, editor, author, and teacher died from hypertension she was , 76. One of the country’s most respected writers, Dimalanta published several books of poetry, criticism, drama, and prose and edited various literary anthologies.[1] In 1999, she received Southeast Asia’s highest literary honor, the S.E.A. Write Award[2].

            (June 16, 1932 – November 4, 2010)

            Early years

            Born in San Juan City in the Philippines, Dimalanta took up her Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and Doctor of Philosophy at theUniversity of Santo Tomas (UST). Trained as a concert pianist, Dimalanta focused on poetry, publishing her first collection of poems, Montagein 1974.


            Dimalanta served as the Writer in Residence[3] and a Full Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the UST Graduate School and at the Faculty of Arts and Letters until her death. During her academic career, she held various administrative posts, including the position of Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and Director of the Center for Creative Writing and Studies.[4]
            A panelist for various writing workshops at UST, University of the PhilippinesSilliman University in Dumaguete, and Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan, Dimalanta served as a judge in prominent literary award-giving bodies such as the National Book Awards by the Manila Critics’ Circle, Philippines Free Press Literary Awards, and Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.[5] This status, alongside her teaching experience, enabled her to reach and influence generations of journalists and creative writers like Recah Trinidad, Arnold Azurin, Cirilo Bautista, Albert B. Casuga, Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, Eric Gamalinda, Jose Neil Garcia, Mike Coroza, and Lourd de Veyra.
            Dimalanta published several books in her lifetime: seven books on poetry, one on drama, one on criticism, and one on her collected prose. Her first collection of poems, Montage, won the Iowa State University Best Poetry Award (1969), and first prize (poetry category) in thePalanca Memorial Awards for Literature (1974).
            She was a founding member and served as chairman of the Manila Critics Circle[6] and an honorary fellow of the Philippine Literary Arts Council. Poet and critic Cirilo F. Bautista hailed her as “not only our foremost woman poet but also one of the best poets writing now, regardless of gender.”
            Dimalanta also wrote critical reviews in international journals and local periodicals and taught at Colegio de San Juan de Letran and De La Salle University. The Ateneo de Manila University honored Dimalanta with the 13th Paz Marquez-Benitez Memorial Lecture and Exhibit which was organized by the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (Aliww).[7]
            In 2002, UST published Dimalanta’s verse drama, “Lorenzo Ruiz, Escribano: A Play in Two Acts,” with a Filipino translation by Florentino H. Hornedo and Michael M. Coroza. It was premiered on 22–24 February 1994 at UST in a production directed by Isagani R. Cruz.
            Dimalanta lived with her family until her death in Navotas City.


            • Montage (1974)
            • Time Factor (1983)
            • Flowing On (1988)
            • Lady Polyester (1993)
            • Love Woman (1998)
            • Passional (2002)
            • The Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta Reader, Volume 1, Poetry (2005)
            • The Philippine Poetic
            • Anthology of Philippine Contemporary Literature
            • Readings from Contemporary English
            • The Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta Reader, Volume 2, Prose (2006)
            • Lorenzo Ruiz, Escribano: A Play in Two Acts (2002)
            • Poet and Critic Best Poem Award from Iowa State University (1968)
            • Palanca Awards for Poetry (1974, 1983)
            • Fernando Maria Guerrero Award (1976)
            • Focus Literary Award for Fiction (1977, 1981)
            • Cultural Center of the Philippines Literature Grant for Criticism (1983)
            • Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas from the Writers’ Union of the Philippines (1990)
            • Southeast Asia (SEA) Write Award from King Bhumibol of Thailand (1999)
            • Parangal Hagbong, University of Santo Tomas (2008)

            To see more of who died in 2010 click here