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Alfred Masini, American television producer, creator of Entertainment Tonight, Solid Gold and Star Search, died from melanoma.he was , 80

Alfred Michael “Al” Masini  was an American television producer.
Masini was born in in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was a three-sport star in college and an Air Force officer during the Korean War.
His production company created and produced Entertainment Tonight, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Solid Gold. and Star Search. [2] He lobbied to change Hawaii state law to lure movie and TV productions to the islands. He landed Baywatch Hawaii, which filmed for three seasons in Hawaii. He brought the Miss Universe 1998 Pageant to the Stan Sheriff Arena. The broadcast was shown around the world.[2]

(January 5, 1930 — November 29, 2010[1])


Masini died of melanoma in Honolulu, Hawaii.[2] He is survived by his wife (since 2001), Charlyn Honda Masini, as well as a sister and two nieces. He had no children.[3]

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Mario Monicelli, Italian film director, committed suicide by jumping he was , 95

 Mario Monicelli  was an Italian director and screenwriter and one of the masters of the Commedia all’Italiana (Comedy Italian style)  committed  suicide by jumping he was , 95.

(May 16, 1915 – November 29, 2010)


Monicelli was born in Viareggio (Tuscany) and was the youngest son of the Mantuan journalist Tommaso Monicelli. His older brother Giorgio worked as writer and translator. Another older brother, Franco, was a journalist.
He attended studies in the local lyceum, and entered into the film world through his friendship with Giacomo Forzano, son of the playwright Giovacchino Forzano, who had been encharged by Benito Mussolini with the founding of cinema studios in Tirrenia. Monicelli lived a carefree youth, and many of the cinematic jokes he later shot in Amici Miei were taken from his experience.
Monicelli made his first short in 1934, a collaboration with his friend Alberto Mondadori. He followed this work up with the silent film I ragazzi della Via Paal (an adaptation of the novel The Paul Street Boys), which was an award-winner in the Venice Film Festival.[1] His first feature length work was made in 1937 (Pioggia d’estate, “Summer Rain”).[2] In the years 1939–1942 Monicelli also produced numerous screenplays (up to 40), and worked as an assistant director.
Monicelli made his official debut as a director in 1949, with Totò cerca casa, along with Steno. From the very beginning of his career Monicelli’s cinematic style had a remarkable flow to it. The duo produced eight successful movies in four years, including Guardie e ladri (1951) and Totò a colori (1952). From 1953 onwards Monicelli worked alone, without leaving his role as a writer of screenplays.
Monicelli’s career include some of the masterpieces of Italian cinema. In I soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (1958), again featuring the ubiquitous comedian Totò, he discovered the comical talent of Vittorio Gassman and Marcello Mastroianni and probably produced the first true commedia all’italiana. While it is more well known in the English-speaking world as Big Deal on Madonna Street, the actual translation from the Italian is “the usual unknown perpetrators” (which is similar to the famous line from Casablanca of “Round up the usual suspects”)
La Grande Guerra (The Great War), released one year later, is generally regarded as his finest work. For this work Monicelli was awarded a Leone d’Oro in the Venice Film Festival, and an a Academy Award nomination for the best foreign film. The film, featuring Gassman and the other superstar of Italian comedy, Alberto Sordi, excelled in the absence of rhetorical accents (the tragedy of World War I was still well in Italian’s minds in these years) and for its sharp, tragicomical sense of history. Monicelli received two more Academy Award nominations with I compagni (The Organizer, 1963) and The Girl with the Pistol (1968).
L’armata Brancaleone (For Love and Gold, 1966) is another masterpiece of Italian cinema. The film tells the story of a Middle Age Italy’s poor but pompous knight (played by Gassman) from a humorous point of view. Highlighted by Gasmann the bizarre Macaronic Latin-Italian dialogues were devised by Age & Scarpelli, the most renowned writers of Italian comedies, it was followed by Brancaleone alle Crociate (Brancaleone at the Crusades) in 1970.
Amici miei (My Friends, 1975), featuring Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret, was one of the most successful films in Italy and confirmed Monicelli’s skill in mixing humour, irony and bitter feelings. His 1976 film Caro Michele won him the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 26th Berlin International Film Festival.[3] The dramatic accents were predominant in the Un borghese piccolo piccolo (A Very Little Man, 1978), but left pace again to comicity and popularesque history with Il Marchese del Grillo (1981). Both films featured Alberto Sordi at his best. At the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival Il Marchese del Grillo won him his third Silver Bear for Best Director award.[4]
Among the final works by Monicelli are Speriamo che sia femmina (1985), Parenti serpenti (1992) and Cari fottutissimi amici (1994), featuring Paolo Hendel. His last feature film was The Roses of the Desert (Le rose del deserto, 2006), which he directed when he was 91 years old.
In 1991 he received the Golden Lion for Career of the Venice Film Festival. A documentary made by Roberto Salinas and Marina Catucci, Una storia da ridere, breve biografia di Mario Monicelli, appeared in 2008.
Monicelli worked also for television and theatre, occasionally as an actor, and was a noteworthy playwright in his own right. Apart those already mentioned, actors who were launched by Monicelli or played in his movies include Monica Vitti, Anna Magnani, Giancarlo Giannini, Stefania Sandrelli, Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren, Enrico Montesano, Gian Maria Volonté, Paolo Villaggio, Nino Manfredi and Leonardo Pieraccioni.
Monicelli died on November 29, 2010 at the age of 95, after committing suicide by jumping from a window of the San Giovanni hospital in Rome, where he was admitted a few days earlier for prostate cancer.[5][6]
Reportedly, Monicelli jumped from his 5th floor hospital window and landed near the entrance to the ER where many patients and relatives congregated. He had been in and out of the hospital over the years for the treatment of prostate cancer. An unnamed person close to Mario Monicelli said he died from the window leap to commit suicide as he was not aging well and tired of getting old.





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Did You Know Carrots Can Kill You?

Did You Know Carrots Can Kill You?

Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration said the neurotoxin formed by these bacteria, when ingested in even very small amounts, could cause paralysis, difficulty breathing and death from asphyxiation?

Did you know that in 2006 six cases of botulism in the United States and Canada were linked to refrigerated carrot juice?

Now if you didn’t know, now you know…
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809 Area Code, watch out for this scam

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We actually received a call last week from the 809 area code. The woman said ‘Hey, this is Karen. Sorry I missed you- get back to us quickly. I have something important to tell you.’ Then she repeated a phone number beginning with 809. We did not respond. Then this week, we received the following e-mail:

Do Not  DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284, AND 876 from the U.S. or Canada .

This one is being distributed all over the US … This is pretty scary, especially given the way they try to get you to call.

Be sure you read this and pass it on.

They get you to call by telling you that it is information about a family member who has been ill or to tell you someone has been arrested, died, or to let you know you have won a wonderful prize, etc..
In each case, you are told to call the 809 number right away. Since there are so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly return these calls.

If you call from the U.S or Canada , you will apparently be charged a minimum of
$2425 per-minute.

And you’ll also get a long recorded message. The point is, they will try to keep you on the phone as long as possible to increase the charges.

The 809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic ..
The charges afterward can become a real nightmare. That’s because you did actually make the call. If you complain, both your local phone company and your long distance carrier will not want to get involved and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing for the foreign company. You’ll end up dealing with a foreign company that argues they have done nothing wrong.

Please forward this entire message to your friends, family and colleagues to help them become aware of this scam.

AT&T VERIFIES IT’S TRUE :http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=6045

SNOPES VERIFIES IT’S TRUE:http://www.snopes.com/fraud/telephone/809..asp

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Sarah Palin Got Pranked

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Bob Holcomb, American politician, Mayor of San Bernardino, California (1971–1985, 1989–1993), died from heart failure he was , 88

 William Robert “Bob” Holcomb was an American politician and attorney died from heart failure he was , 88. Holcomb was the longest serving Mayor of San Bernardino, California, to date.[1] [2] He held office as San Bernardino’s mayor from 1971 until 1985, and returned to office again from 1989 until 1993.[1] Holcomb has been widely credited with preserving the independence of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District and its local water supply.[1]

(March 1, 1922 – November 29, 2010)


Early life

Bob Holcomb was born in San Bernardino, California, on March 1, 1922.[2] Holcomb was the great-grandson of prospector William F. Holcomb, who first discovered gold in 1860 while hunting for bears in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake.[2] The region of William Holcomb’s discovery in the San Bernardino Mts. is still known as Holcomb Valley.[3] Bob Holcomb’s father, Grant Holcomb, served as the Mayor of San Bernardino from 1925 until 1927.[1][2]
He graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1940 and enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley.[1] However, Holcomb left UC-Berkeley before completing his bachelor’s degree in order to enlist in the U.S. Army on October 13, 1942.[2] Holcomb served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II for three years as a B-17 pilot with the 412th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group.[1][2] He flew military bombing missions from the United Kingdom to Nazi Germany during the war.[1]
Holcomb was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on October 26, 1945.[2] He married his wife, Pearl “Penny” Pennington, on July 7, 1946. The couple had four children – Jay, William, Robert and Terri Lee.[2]
Holcomb returned to the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in law on June 16, 1949.[2] He then received a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1950.[2] He worked as an attorney for fourteen years before entering public office in 1964.[2]

Political career

He began his political career as a leading opponent of a proposed merger between San Bernardino’s local water district, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, with the larger Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), based in Los Angeles.[1][2] During the 1964 election, voters in the eastern San Bernardino Valley were asked in a ballot question whether they wanted to keep the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District as an independent entity or merge it into the neighboring Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.[1] Holcomb spearheaded the campaign to preserve local water rights for the city of San Bernardino.[1]
Supporters of the merger, which included San Bernardino’s major media, political and business figures, argued that the city would suffer water shortages if local communities did not link with the MWD, which draws its water supply from the Colorado River.[2] Proponents of the merger included the editor and editorial board of San Bernardino’s major newspaper, The San Bernardino Sun, which was called the Sun-Telegram at the time.[1] To counter the influence of The San Bernardino Sun-Telegram editorial page on the water issue, Holcomb founded and distributed his own small, weekly newspaper to publish opposition views of the proposal.[2]
Holcomb successfully led the election campaign to retain the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District’s independence.[1] Voters defeated the proposal in 1964 and Holcomb has since been widely credited with retaining San Bernardino’s local water rights.[2] Shortly after the water merger’s electoral defeat, then San Bernardino Mayor Donald G. “Bud” Mauldin appointed Holcomb president of the city’s Board of Water Commissioners on May 4, 1964.[2]
Holcomb’s preservation of San Bernardino’s local water rights is also credited with attracting California State University system to the city, which constructed California State University, San Bernardino.[2] A local supply of water was needed to construct the campus.[2]

Mayor of San Bernardino

Holcomb served as Mayor of San Bernardino from 1971 until 1985. He returned to office again from 1989 until 1993. Holcomb oversaw the completion of several new projects in the city during his tenure. These included the construction of the San Bernardino City Hall; the western headquarters of the Little League; the Central City Mall, which is now called the Carousel Mall; and the San Bernardino County administrative center.[1] An eleven foot statue of Martin Luther King Jr. was also installed in San Bernardino under Holcomb’s direction.[4]
William Robert Holcomb died from heart failure at Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, on November 29, 2010, at the age of 88.[1] He was survived by his wife since 1946, Penny Halcomb, and three children – Terri Lee Holcomb-Halstead, William Holcomb and Robert Holcomb.[1] His four child, Jay Holcomb, died in 1977.

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