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My Son

This is great, take a moment to read it, it will make your day!
The ending will surprise you.
Take my Son…..
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, fromPicasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art..

When the  Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
About a month later, just before Christmas,
There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands..
He said, ‘Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly… He often talked about you, and your love for art.’ The young man held out this package. ‘I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.’
The father
Opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.. ‘Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.’
The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.
The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.
On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. ‘We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?’
There was silence…
   Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, ‘We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.’
But the auctioneer persisted. ‘Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?’
Another voice angrily. ‘We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh’s, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real bids!’
But still the auctioneer continued. ‘The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?’
Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. ‘I’ll give $10 for the painting…’ Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.
‘We have $10, who will bid $20?’
‘Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.’
The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son.
They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.
The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. ‘Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!’
A man sitting on the second row shouted, ‘Now let’s get on with the collection!’
The auctioneer laid down his gavel. ‘I’m sorry, the auction is over.’
‘What about the paintings?’
‘I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will… I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.
The man who took the son gets everything!’
God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: ‘The son, the son, who’ll take the son?’
Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.
Please send this to ten people and back to the one who sent it to you.
God Bless.
If I don’t get this back, I will know you really didn’t read it. I got this from someone and thought the last part was really a good thought..
Too bad  that the person who sent it to me did not know 10 people who would admit to knowing the Lord.


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Who is Countess Francesca McKnight Donatella Romana Gregorini di Savignano di Romagna?

Who is Francesca Gregorini (Countess Francesca McKnight Donatella Romana Gregorini di Savignano di Romagna? The music and entertainment world knows her as Francesca Gregorini
, is an ItalianAmerican singer and songwriter and film director.


Gregorini born in Rome, Italy, August 7, 1968 in Rome, Italy, she is the daughter of former Bond girl Barbara Bach and businessman Count Augusto Gregorini. Francesca was born and raised until the age of 8 in Rome Italy. There she lived in a huge four-story converted church, and attended the Sacred Heart School run by nuns.
In 1976, her parents divorced after 10 years of marriage. Barbara moved to the United States while Augusto remained in Italy, both of them managed to arranged custody of Francesca and her younger brother Gianni.
Francesca attended public school in Los Angeles. She remembers: “It was awful. I was this all-Italian child and I hardly spoke English. I felt as if I’d landed on another planet. I’d left a gorgeous school and ended up in a public school in Los Angeles. I was getting into fistfights and being bullied. It was a nightmare. That’s when my shyness kicked in. I started to feel isolated and alone.”[1].
In 1980, Barbara met and fell in love with The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr on the set of the movie, “Caveman”. In December of that same year, while her mother and Starr were away on a holiday, Francesca called them to inform them that Ringo’s former bandmate, John Lennon, was killed in New York City. Bach and Starr went straight to New York to console with Yoko Ono and her son, Sean Lennon.
On April 27, 1981, Starr and Bach were married. Francesca and Starr’s daughter from a previous marriage, Lee Starkey, served as bridesmaids.

Teen age

The first ten years of Starr and Bach’s marriage – a decade of drugs and drink – left the troubled teenager feeling isolated and abandoned. Much of this time was spent in Britain on 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land near Ascot which, she says, gave her ‘a lifelong love of the English countryside’.
Francesca continued on with school (day/boarding school in Surrey, England). “When I was living with them, it was their drugs heyday. I had other friends who were rocks stars and their houses were used for parties morning, noon and night. With Rich and Mum it was different. They were very much in love and they wanted nothing to do with anybody else. When Mum met Rich, I lost her in a way. But their troubles made me a better academic. I studied all the time. I was always hidden away in a room reading because Mum and Dad were out of it. I think Mum and Rich made an effort to be awake when we got home.Seeing the drugs up close had the opposite effect on me: I rebelled against them at first. The house had a recording studio and that was my refuge.”[2].
She attended Brown University, a prestigious college in Rhode Island, to study film and in 1990 she graduated of Theater Arts and Semiotics: “It was so strange leaving England and going to America. Again, it was music which held me together. I played in various bands, and I enjoyed it. I had a release for my frustrations.”[3].
Throughout her twenties, she battled her own drug demons: “At Brown, I had my fair share of drugs and alcohol. I experimented. But there was always something in my brain which contained it. When I came to LA, I carried on doing drugs. I lost a lot of my twenties to drugs in the same way Rich and Mum lost years.”[4].

Relationship with Portia de Rossi

Gregorini is an out lesbian. She once stated “I was a tomboy until I was 18. I had boyfriends, but I never understood the whole hoopla about sex. I could take it or leave it. I never quite figured out the virtues of “The D”. Then, when I discovered girls, I was like ‘Aha, now I get it!’. I was 19 years old. I knew I was a lesbian. I’m ready to be a homebody and be a parent”.[5]
From late 2001 to December 2004 she dated Australian actress Portia de Rossi (born Amanda Lee Rogers). They got engaged in 2003, but their relationship ended in late 2004.

Music and cinema

Gregorini now lives in Los Angeles. She contributed two songs for See Jane Run (2001, in which she also had a small acting role): “Game Show Host” and “I Don’t Need Anybody”.
She worked as a musician with her first CD “Sequel” (2003, Ptolomea Records), where she sang, played the guitar and the bass. Moby collaborated on “Sugar Sex” (trk. 11 on the record “sequel”), and Sarah Thorp (SJR writer – director) directed Francesca’s latest video, “My Flight”.
Francesca and Tatiana von Furstenberg, co-wrote and co- directed the independent film Tanner Hall, a coming of age story set in an all girls boarding school in Rhode Island, which is loosely based on their own experiences during adolescence. “Naturally there are some autobiographical elements, combined with things weʹd witness in boarding school, and many other parts that we made up completely. You will certainly find characteristics of both of us in each of the 4 main girls and if you spend even a half hour with us, it will be very apparent to you, which girls are most like me and which ones are most like Tatiana”, said Gregorini in an interview[6].
She is writing the pilot episode of “Motel Novella” with Joe and Anthony Russo who also will develop the one-hour series for HBO.

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Did you know who was the first black golfer to make it to the hall of fame?

Did you know who was the first black golfer to play the PGA and the first to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame? 
That would be Charlie Sifford, as a African-American he broke barriers all his life. 
Did you know that in 1947 planned his footsteps and began to compete in golf?

Did you know with out  Sifford who opened professional golf to blacks more than four decades ago, Tiger Woods would probably not have been able to make his own impact on the golfing world?

Did you know that Sifford won the National Negro Open five straight times from 1952-1956?

Did you know that despite pushing golf’s color boundaries, he did he earn a PGA player card until 1960, and he was 39?

Did you know that in 1961 pressure from the California attorney general, forced the PGA of America, which then ran the Tour, dropped its “Caucasian only” membership clause?

Did you know that he twice won on the PGA Tour, at the 1967 Greater Hartford Open and the 1969 Los Angeles Open?

Did you know that Sifford, won the 1975 PGA Seniors’ Championship, went on to become an original member of the Champions Tour, where he won the Suntree Classic?

Now if you didn’t know, now you know…

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Dennis Rodman behind on child support he says ” I’m Not As Rich as She Thinks”

Dennis Rodman: I’m Not As Rich as She Thinks

dennis rodmanDennis Rodman wants the world to know he never fell behind on child support payments … that is, the ones he could afford to pay.

Rodman’s rep tells TMZ the former NBA star’s estranged wife Michelle convinced a judge behind his back to jack up his child support … and now he’s in over his head.

Rodman claims he has been faithfully paying upwards of $10,000 a month since the beginning — but the court hiked it to $50,000 a month and now he can’t afford it.

According to the rep, the former NBA star doesn’t earn anywhere near what his wife thinks — nearly $4.5 million a month (not a mistake — a month) — so this whole $300,000 unpaid child support problem
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Nephew Tommy Prank Phone Call- You Messed Up My Mama weave

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Lew Carpenter, American football player (Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles) died he was , 78

 Lewis Glen “Lew” Carpenter was an American football player and coach died he was , 78. He played college football at the University of Arkansas and professionally for ten seasons in the NFL as a halfback and fullback with the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, and Green Bay Packers. After his playing career ended, Carpenter spent 31 years as an assistant coach in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings (1964–1966), Atlanta Falcons (1967–1968), Washington Redskins (1969), St. Louis Cardinals (1970–1972), Houston Oilers (1970–1974), Green Bay Packers (1975–1985), Detroit Lions (1987–1988), and Philadelphia Eagles (1990–1994). Carpenter also coached the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football in 1996 and at Southwest Texas State University. He concluded his 47 years of playing and coaching football at the end of the 1996 season.

(January 12, 1932 – November 14, 2010)

 Early years and family

Carpenter was born to Verba Glen Carpenter and Edna Earl Pullam in Hayti, Missouri. He was raised in West Memphis, Arkansas, where he attended high school and played six-man football. His brother, Preston Carpenter, married Jeanne and the couple had three sons: Scott, Bruce, and Lewis Todd.[1][2] In 1951, Lew married Ann Holt. The couple had four daughters; Cheryl Doane, Cathy, Lisa Prewitt and Rebecca. He also had ten grandchildren; Chad, Jennifer and Travis Cory (deceased) Doane, Ketzal, Rivelino,and Alisha Carpenter, Natalie Prewitt, Tyler Wendland, Parker Carpenter and Annika Blomquist. Carpenter was a descendant of Thomas “Jack” Carpenter (born 1740 Virgina and died 1803 in North Carolina).[1][2]

College career

While at the University of Arkansas (1949–1953), Carpenter starred at the halfback position for the Razorbacks. As a senior, he played in the Blue-Grey College All-Star Game.[1][3] Carpenter also played wide receiver, tight end, and served as back-up quarterback during his college years. Carpenter received varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.[4][5]
Carpenter played baseball after his 1953 senior year in college in the minor (then class B) Carolina League, as a pitcher, with the Winston-Salem Cardinals. During this season he had a batting average of .286 under manager Jimmy Brown.[6] Scouts for the NFL also offered him a contract and football beat baseball in this circumstance.[1][3]

NFL playing career

Carpenter’s primary positions played: defensive half back, fullback, halfback, and offensive half back/running back. Carpenter was listed at a height of 6 foot 2 inches and had a playing weight from 205 to 220 pounds and was considered fast afoot.[7]

The T-formation, one of the most basic formations in football

Carpenter was assigned mostly to the halfback position. In American football, it is commonly viewed as a requirement for a team’s success. They are responsible for carrying the ball on the majority of running plays, and may frequently be used as a receiver on short passing plays. Today, when not serving either of these functions, the primary responsibility of a halfback is to aid the offensive linemen in blocking, but this was not common in the 1950s and early 1960s. Sometimes the halfback, also known as the tailback, can catch the ball from the backfield as he is an eligible receiver. Many of these functions are described today as for the running back position, fit the 1950s & 1960s halfback. It was all a matter of position in the back field.[8]
Carpenter also played as a fullback, which is a position in the offensive backfield in American and Canadian football, and it is one of the two back field positions supporting the quarterback. Today, fullbacks are larger in size than halfbacks and in most offensive schemes their duties are split between power running and blocking for the quarterback. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was more of a running position and alternate thrower for the quarterback.[9][10]

Detroit Lions

In 1953, Carpenter was selected drafted by the National Football League for the Detroit Lions in the 8th round draft, 97th selection. The very first time in game play he got the football, he scored a 73 yard touchdown on a interception.[11]
For the next three seasons Carpenter played as a running back. He was the leading rusher and won his first world championship in 1953.[1][3][5]
In 1954, Carpenter led Detroit with 476 rushing yards and in 1955, 543 yards. Over his three seasons with the Lions, he rushed for 1,043 yards, with 60 pass receptions (457 yards gained & 4 TDs), and scored 10 touchdowns (TDs).[11]
Carpenter’s football career was placed on hold when he was drafted by the United States Army. He served honorably during an 18-month tour in Germany.[1][3]

Cleveland Browns

In 1957, after returning from Germany, Carpenter found himself traded to the Cleveland Browns where he played with Preston Carpenter, his brother. While with the Browns he helped them win two world championships.[1][3][5]
In 1957, the Browns drafted fullback Jim Brown out of Syracuse University, who became the NFL’s leading rusher with 942 yards in a 12-game regular season. Once again at the top of the division at 9 win, 2 loss and 1 tied game season, they advanced back to the Championship Game against Detroit. But the Lions dominated from start to finish, causing six turnovers and allowing the Browns’ two quarterbacks (Tommy O’Connell and Milt Plum) only 95 yards passing in a 59 to 14 major loss. This was the Lions’ last league championship.
In 1958, Jim Brown ran for 1,527 yards, almost twice as much as any other running back. In his nine seasons in the league, he crossed the 1,000 yard barrier seven times. Lew Carpenter and his brother Preston, both backs, supported Brown in his legendary time with the Cleveland Browns.
On November 3, 1957, during the third quarter, Browns Vs. Redskins game, the rookie Brown had one of his good days. The big fullback Brown carried the ball 21 times with 109 yards. Brown and Lew Carpenter “shared the burden in the final time consuming march of 49 yards” for the touchdown. Later in the fourth quarter, the Browns were in trouble with less than 5 minutes to play. Jim Brown carried the ball four times while Lew carried it eight times (the last six carries in a row). With a 4th down and 8 yards to go, the Browns needed a first down. Lew went “sweeping his left end behind good blocking carrying for 12 yards.” The Browns had its first place title and the win of 21 to 17.[12]
On the last winning game of the 1958 season, (December 7, 1958 a 21 to 14 win over the Eagles) during the first quarter, Brown racked up 138 yards in 21 plays. “Sharing the rushing laurels was Lew Carpenter, who picked his way for 100 yards in 21 carries. Finally the Eagles had to concentrate on the hard nosed runner from Arkansas …”[13] Carpenter was now a valuable player and wanted by other teams.

Green Bay Packers

In 1959, Coach Vince Lombardi got a key trade by getting Lew Carpenter to come to Green Bay, Wisconsin and to play for the Packers.[5] Carpenter’s first game under Lombardi came quickly. On September 27, 1959, a sellout crowd packed Green Bay’s Lambeau Field for the first Packer game of the regular season against the Chicago Bears. On the Packers first offensive play, a new Lombardi technique was seen. “Packer halfback Paul Hornung took a handoff from the quarterback, ran to his left and threw the ball downfield to a wide open receiver near the goal line.” The crowd jumped to its feet, cheering at this new tactic! Then, the receiver, “Lew Carpenter dropped the ball.”[14][15]
At halftime in the locker room, Coach Lombardi concluded his pep talk with, “And now, men of Green Bay, step aside. Make way for the mightiest Green Bay team in years! A Winning team! Go get ’em, Green Bay!” In response, Carpenter and the rest of the Packers slammed their lockers, growled loudly, and assaulted the field in determination. During the rest of the game, the Bears watched Carpenter closely, seeing him as a threat. The Packers adjusted tactics and used Carpenter repeatedly as bait while another player got the critical touchdown. At the end of the game, the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears by a score of 9 to 6. The Packer players raised Lombardi to their shoulders and ran with him in victory. “We’re on our way Now!” shouted Lombardi.[14][15]
After winning their first three games, the Packers lost the next five due to injuries, including Carpenter’s. Returning, Carpenter and his team finished strong by winning the rest of the season. The 7 win & 5 loss record represented the Packers’ first winning season since 1947. Rookie head coach Lombardi was named Coach of the Year. For the Pack this was the start of the Glory Years.[1][15]
The next year, the Packers, led by Paul Hornung’s 176 points, and assisted by running back Carpenter, won the NFL West title and played in the NFL Championship against the Philadelphia Eagles at Philadelphia. In a see saw game, the Packers trailed the Eagles by four points late in the game, when Chuck Bednarik tackled Jim Taylor just nine yards short of the goal line as time ran out. The Packers claimed that they did not “lose” that game; they were simply behind in the score when time ran out on them.[1]
The Packers returned to the NFL Championship game the following season and faced the New York Giants in the first league title game to be played in Green Bay. The Packers scored 24 second-quarter points assisted by Carpenter, including a championship-record 19 by Paul Hornung, on special loan from the Army (one touchdown, four extra-points and three field goals), powering the Packers to a 37 to 0 major win over the Giants, their first NFL Championship since 1944.[1][16]
The Packers stormed back in the 1962 season, jumping out to a 10 win & 0 loss start, on their way to a 13 wins & 1 loss season. This consistent level of success would lead to Lombardi’s Packers becoming one of the most prominent teams of their era, and even to their being featured as the face of the NFL on the cover of Time on December 21, 1962, as part of the magazine’s cover story on “The Sport of the ’60s” and Lew Carpenter is mentioned in the article as one of the Packer’s star players.[17] Shortly after Time’s article, the Packers faced the Giants in a much more brutal championship game than the previous year, but the Packers prevailed on the surprising foot of Jerry Kramer and the determined running of Jim Taylor. The Packers defeated the Giants in New York, 16 to 7. Carpenter re-injured himself but finished the game. During this season Carpenter assisted other players in their game, gaining the informal title of “coach.”[1]
In 1963, Paul Hournung was suspended for the season for betting on football. This caused Carpenter and others to make more than extra efforts for the team.[18] While the Packers had a respectful 11 win and 1 loss season, it was at great cost. Many players injured themselves and re-injured themselves like Carpenter. This season was a frustration for Carpenter for he played his heart and body to the point of exhaustion. Coach Lombardi placed Carpenter as a reserve running back, but had to play him time after time for the winning effort. After four full seasons of play with the Packers, Carpenter concluded his professional football playing days at the end of the 1963 season.[1]
Carpenter played 123 professional football games, He finished his 10 year career with 2,025 yards and 16 touchdowns on 468 carries. He also caught 87 passes for 782 yards.[19]

Coaching career

In 1964 Carpenter became one of the assistant coaches of the Minnesota Vikings. He served in various coaching positions and teams over the next 30 years. These included receivers coach, passing game coach and offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons and the Washington Redskins.[1][3]
Carpenter coached alongside Vince Lombardi then coached for St. Louis Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals), the Houston Oilers, the Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles. Along the way, he mentored many upcoming Pro Bowl players.[1][3]

Minnesota Vikings

Carpenter coached several Vikings who were later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Fran Tarkenton and Carl Eller.

Atlanta Falcons

In late 1966, Carpenter became one of the first coaches on the new NFL Atlanta Falcons franchise, the 23rd professional football club and the 15th NFL franchise. In 1967, the Falcons played in the new Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The first preseason game was held on August 1, 1966, before a crowd of 26,072 at Atlanta Stadium. Under Head Coach Norb Hecker, the Falcons became the only expansion team in history not to finish in last place their first year. The Falcons finished seventh out of eight teams in the NFL’s Eastern Conference. Carpenter helped coach the Falcons first victory on November 20, 1966, defeating the New York Giants, 27 to 16, at Yankee Stadium. Tommy Nobis, first draft pick and coached by Carpenter was voted to the Pro Bowl and named 1966 Rookie of the Year.[20][21]
Carpenter participated in many pivotal events for the newly created American football team called the Atlanta Falcons.[20][21]
1967 was disappointing for the Falcons. They finished their season at 1–12–1. Tommy Nobis (LB) was named to his second Pro Bowl and Junior Coffey (RB) ended the year with 722 yards to finish as the eighth leading rusher in the league and the Falcons’ Most Valuable Player and Carpenter helped coach them both.[20][21]
1968 – The former Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings Norm Van Brocklin was named to replace Norb Hecker as Falcon’s head coach after only three games of the 1968 season. Carpenter worked with Van Brocklin, who he knew as a player and a coach.[20][21]
Carpenter helped coach two future Georgia Sports Hall of Fame winners. These were Tommy Nobis and Claude Humphry.[20][21]

Washington Redskins

In 1969, the Washington Redskins hired Vince Lombardi, who gained fame with the Green Bay Packers, to be their new head coach.[22]
Lombardi reorganized the Redskins and brought along a couple of coaches he worked with before, including Bill Austin for the offensive line and Lew Carpenter for the receivers. Carpenter was listed as the Packers passing game coordinator and offensive coordinator Coach over various seasons.[14]
Lombardi led the Redskins to a 7 win & 2 loss record,[23] their best since 1955, but died of cancer on the eve of the 1970 season.[22] Carpenter was in the running to replace Lombardi as head coach, but Redskins assistant coach Bill Austin (the former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach) was chosen instead during 1970 and produced a record of 6–8. Carpenter decided to coach elsewhere.[23]
Carpenter coached only one season with the Redskins as the receivers and tight ends coach.[5] His coaching and efforts had an influence on the 1969 season and future game play. Those Vikings who became inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame include Sonny Jurgensen in 1983, Charley Taylor in 1984, Bobby Mitchell in 1983 and Sam Huff in 1982 were helped in one way or the other by Carpenter. Carpenter’s General Manager during his assistant coaching tenure was George Preston Marshall who was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969. One of the Redskin’s assistant coaches who worked with Carpenter, Mike McCormack was inducted in 1984. Vince Lombardi, the unforgettable coach, was inducted in 1971.[24]

St. Louis Cardinals

The football club St. Louis Cardinals moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1960 and stayed there until 1987. Then the franchise moved to Tempe, Arizona and became the Arizona Cardinals. When Carpenter got there in 1970 the club had many nicknames such as, the “football Cardinals,” “Big Red”, “Gridbirds” or “Cardiac Cards” to avoid confusion with the baseball St. Louis Cardinals.
“Coach Lew” went to St. Louis as a receivers and tight end coach for head coach Bob Holloway.[5]
Two brothers, Charles W. Bidwell, Jr. and William V. Bidwell (sons of the 1933-1947 Cardinal franchise owner Charles W. Bidwell, Sr. and the 1947–1962 owner, the widow, Mrs. Violet Bidwell) had joint custody of the franchise from 1962 to 1972. That was the year William V. Bidwell took sole control as managing general partner and made many changes in the coaching staff and players.[25]
Carpenter did work with and help coach future Pro Football Hall of Fame winners during his time with the Cardinals. These included Dan Dierdorf inducted in 1996, Jackie Smith inducted in 1994, Larry Wilson inducted in 1978 and Roger Wehrli inducted in 2007.[26]

Houston Oilers

In 1973, Carpenter’s first coaching season there, the Oilers won only 1 game during the entire season. This was a 31 to 27 win over the Baltimore Colts. On a brighter note, Elvin Bethea won his 3rd Pro Bowl team spot. In 1974, the Oilers won their season opener at home by defeating the San Diego Chargers with a 21 to 14 win. The 1974 season was the best year with a 7 win & 7 loss season. And best of all, they defeated their rival Cleveland Browns for the first time ever with a 28 to 24 victory.[27]
Carpenter was the receivers and tight ends coach[5] brought in by the new Oiler general manager Sid Gilman to work with head coach Bill Peterson and stayed during Gilman’s tenure. After Peterson was fired in October 1973, Gilman took over as head coach.[5] Gillman was inducted as a coach into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.[27]
Carpenter worked with and helped coach future Pro Football Hall of Fame winners during his time the Oilers. These include Elvin Bethea inducted in 2003 and Ken Houstoninducted in 1986. Head coach Sid Gilman was inducted in 1989.[28]

Green Bay Packers

Carpenter was the receivers and tight ends coach for the Green Bay Packers under head coaches (HC) Bart Starr (1975––1983) and Forrest Gregg (1984–1987) from 1975 to 1985.[5]
Poor personnel decisions typified this Packer time period. A notorious example includes the 1974 trade in which Dan Devine (HC 1971–1974) acting as GM sent five 1975 and 1976 draft picks (two first-rounders, two second-rounders and a third rounder) to the Los Angeles Rams for aging quarterback John Hadl, who would spend only 1½ seasons in Green Bay.[29] This continued in the 1989, when players such as Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders, and Derrick Thomas were available, but the Packers chose offensive lineman Tony Mandarich with the second overall pick in the NFL draft. Though rated highly by nearly every professional scout at the time, Mandarich’s performance failed to meet expectations. ESPN has rated Mandarich as the third “biggest sports flop” in the last 25 years.[30] This must have been a frustrating time for Carpenter but he focused on the basics and coached on for his beloved Packers.
Carpenter worked with and/or coached with the following Pro Football Hall of Famers during his coaching tenure with the Packers. These include coach Bart Starr who was inducted as a player in 1977, coach Forrest Gregg who was inducted as a player in 1977 and James Lofton, inducted in 2003.[31][32][33]

Detroit Lions

Carpenter was the Detroit Lions receivers and tight ends coach for 1987 and 1988. He worked with head coaches Darry Rogers and Wayne Fontes.[5][34] At the end of the 1988 season, Fontes hired Mouse Davis and June Jones as assistants and installed the Run & Shoot offense. This required the letting go of Carpenter and other assistant coaches. Fontes would later abandon the Run & Shoot offense.[35]
Carpenter worked with and/or helped coach the following Pro Football Hall of Famers. These include Lem Barney inducted in 1992, Barry Sanders inducted in 2004 and coach Dick LeBeau inducted as a player in 2010.[33][36]

Philadelphia Eagles

Carpenter was the Eagles wide receivers coach from 1990 to 1992 and the wide receivers/tight ends coach in 1993 and 1994.[5][37] Carpenter again coached James Lofton.

Later coaching

In 1995, Carpenter went back to Southwest Texas State University, now known as Texas State University–San Marcos and was the running backs coach under head coach Jim Bob Helduser.[5] In 1989, Carpenter had coached at the Southwest Texas State University as a backfield coach under head coach John O’Hara.[5] In 1996, Carpenter coached the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football.

Death and honors

In 1996, after 47 years of playing and coaching professional NFL football, Carpenter reluctantly retired from the game he loved because of his health.[3] On November 14, 2010, with his family at his side, he passed away from pulmonary fibrosis.[1][2][3] Carpenter’s last public appearance was in Green Bay’s Lambeau Field for the “Alumni Weekend” on September 16 and 17, 2010.
Carpenter was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1988,[4] and the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.[38] The “Lewis Carpenter University of Arkansas Scholarship” has been established in his memory through Chase Bank in New Braunfels, Texas.[11]

In media

In the 2009 book by John Eisenberg, That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory, Lew Carpenter is mentioned on 30 pages of its 304 hardback pages.[15] Carpenter participated in a 2001 reunion documentary on Vince Lombardi and his Green Bay Packers called With Love & Respect: A Reunion of the Lombardi Green Bay Packers.[39]

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Wes Santee American Olympic track athlete (1952 Summer Olympics), died from cancer he was , 78,

David Wesley Santee  was an American middle distance runner and athlete who competed mainly in the 1,500 meters died from cancer he was , 78,. Wes Santee was the top American miler in the 1950s and was considered a threat to be the first man to run a mile under four minutes.

(March 25, 1932 – November 14, 2010)

Born in Ashland, Kansas, Santee was nicknamed the “Ashland Antelope.” Santee attended high school in Ashland, where he set a state record in the mile run. He later attended the University of Kansas where he set records in Cross Country and the mile and two-mile events. He was the Individual NCAA Cross Country Champion in 1953, while leading his team to the overall championship.
Santee competed in the 5,000 meters in the 1952 Summer Olympics at Helsinki, Finland, but did not win a medal. Three years later, Santee won the silver medal in the 1,500 meters at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City.[1]
During this period, Santee was one of the top milers in the world, aspiring to become the first man to run a four-minute mile. His chief competitors were Great Britain‘s Roger Bannister and Australia‘s John Landy. On May 6, 1954, Bannister became the first to break the barrier with a time of 3:59.4. Seven weeks later, Landy surpassed Bannister’s mark.
In early 1955, Santee came close to a four-minute mile of his own, with a time of 4:00.5, but he would never surpass this time. Shortly afterwards, Santee was suspended by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in a dispute over his amateur status. AAU rules at that time limited amateurs to $15 per diem expenses to cover food and lodging, and the costs of air travel. For three track meets over a nine-day period in May, 1955, Santee had been paid $1,127.85 of expenses [2]
In 1956, Santee was permanently barred from amateur events, ending his chance to surpass Bannister and Landy and also costing him a place in the 1956 Summer Olympics at Melbourne, Australia.
During his abbreviated career, Santee set world records in the 1,500 meter run, indoor 1,500 meter run and indoor mile.
Santee’s track career, including his rivalry with Bannister and Landy and his troubles with the AAU, is chronicled in Neal Bascomb‘s 2004 book The Perfect Mile. A film based on Bascomb’s book is currently under development.
He died of cancer in Eureka, Kansas on November 14, 2010 .[3][4][5]

Acacia Fraternity

David “Wes” Santee became a member of the Acacia Fraternity during his stay at the University of Kansas. His accomplishments and successes are recognized by the fraternity as seen on the fraternity’s website.
Story regarding of Santee belonging to Acacia Fraternity:
“Once, after a session of heckling from his Acacia fraternity brothers, Santee said he could beat them all in a race from Tonganoxie along Highway 10 to their house. He said each of the 28 house members could run half a mile, relay style, for the 14 miles, while he ran the entire length.
He beat them with plenty of time to spare.”[6]

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Bobbi Sykes, Australian Aboriginal rights activist has died she was , 67

Roberta “Bobbi” Sykes was an Australian poet and author. She was a life-long campaigner for indigenous land rights, as well as human rights and women’s rights.[1]

 (16 August 1943 – 14 November 2010)

 Early life and education

Born Roberta Barkley Patterson in Townsville, Queensland, Sykes was raised by her mother and purportedly never knew her father. Sykes says in her autobiography that his identity is unknown, but her mother, Rachel Patterson, told a reporter in 1973 that Sykes’s “father was a Negro soldier… His name was Master Sergeant Robert Barkley of the US Army”.[2]

Early activism

Sykes left school aged 14 and, after a succession of jobs, including a nurses assistant at the Townsville General Hospital from 1959 to 1960 she moved to Brisbane and then to [Sydney] in the early to mid-1960s where she worked as a strip-tease dancer at the notorious Pink Pussycat Club, 38a Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross under the stage name, [pseudonym] of “Opal Stone”. She became a freelance journalist and got involved in several national indigenous activist organisations. She was one of the many protestors arrested at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in July 1972.[3] She was involved in the creation and early development of the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service, although other participants say that her autobiography exaggerates her role in this.[who?]


Sykes’s early poetry was published in 1979 in the book Love Poems and Other Revolutionary Acts. The first edition was limited to a thousand copies (with the first 300 numbered and signed). A mass market edition was published in 1988. Her second volume of poetry was published in 1996. In 1981 she ghosted the autobiography of Mum (Shirl) Smith, an indigenous Australian social worker in New South Wales.[4] She won the Patricia Weickert Black Writers Award in 1982.

Harvard and later activism

Sykes received a PhD in Education from Harvard University in 1983. She was the first black Australian to graduate from a United States university.[4][5] She returned to Australia where she continued her life as an activist and was appointed to the Nation Review, as Australia’s first (presumed) indigenous columnist.[citation needed] In 1994 her role was recognised when awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal.[1]
Sykes’s three-volume autobiography Snake Dreaming was published between 1997 and 2000. The first volume won The Age Book of the Year 1997 and the 1998 Nita Kibble Literary Award for women writers.

Awards and nominations


  • Love Poems and other Revolutionary Actions (Cammeray: The Saturday Centre, 1979)
  • Mum Shirl: An Autobiography (with Colleen Shirley Perry) (Melbourne, 1981)
  • Love Poems and other Revolutionary Actions (St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1989) ISBN 0-7022-2173-2
  • Eclipse. (Queensland, Australia: Univ of Queensland Press, 1996) ISBN 0-7022-2848-6
  • Incentive, Achievement and Community (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1986)
  • Black Majority (Hawthorn, Australia: Hudson, 1989) ISBN 0-949873-25-X
  • Murawina: Australian Women of High Achievement (Sydney: Doubleday, 1993) ISBN 0-86824-436-8
  • Snake Cradle (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1997) ISBN 1-86448-513-2
  • Snake Dancing (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1998) ISBN 1-86448-513-2
  • Snake Circle (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2000) ISBN 1-86508-335-6

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Luis García Berlanga, Spanish film director, died from natural causes he was , 89

Luis García Berlanga was a Spanish film director and screenwriter died from natural causes he was , 89.

(12 June 1921 – 13 November 2010)

When young, he decided to study philosophy, but his true vocation pushed him to enter in 1947 the Institute of Cinematographic Investigations and experiences (Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias cinematográficas) in Madrid. In his youth he enrolled in the Blue Division to avoid his father’s execution as a Republican politician [1]. His debut as a film director in 1951 was with the film That Happy Couple in which he worked with Juan Antonio Bardem. With Bardem, he is considered to be one of Spanish film renovators after the Spanish civil war. Among his films stand out several unforgettable ones of Spanish film history, as Welcome Mr. Marshall! or The Executioner. He worked on seven occasions with screenwriter Rafael Azcona.
Characteristic of his films are their sense of irony and the satires of different social and political situations. During the Franco dictatorship his ability to outwit the censorship and to carry out daring projects as Miracles on Thursdays stood out.

In 1968, he was head of the jury at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]
In 1986 he received the Prince of Asturias Award for Arts and in 1993 the Goya for best director for Everyone to Jail! His film Placido was nominated in 1961 for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Gold Medal for Fine Art (Medalla de Oro de las Bellas Artes) in 1981, Spanish National Cinematography Price (Premio Nacional de Cinematografía) in 1980, and has been granted with the Italian Commendatore Order.
Berlanga won international prizes in the most important film festivals: Cannes Film Festival, International Film Festival of Valencia, Montreal World Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival. In the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival he won a prize as one the world’s ten most prominent film directors. He has also been awarded a countless number of national acknowledgements.


Filmography as director

Filmography as actor

  • Días de viejo color (1968) (actor)
  • No somos de piedra (1968) (actor)
  • Corazón de bombón (2000) (actor)
  • Strangers to Themselves (Extranjeros de sí mismos) documentary (2001) (actor)

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