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Onie Ponder, American supercentenarian died she was , 112.

Onezima Cecelia “Onie” (née Chazal) Ponder  was an American supercentenarian. At the age of 112 years, 119 days, she was the 21st oldest person in the world at her death on December 31, 2010 and the oldest living person in the U.S state of Florida.[2]

(September 3, 1898 – December 31, 2010)


Onezima Cecelia “Onie” (Chazal) Ponder was born in Ocala, Florida on September 3, 1898. She was born to Isabel Juliana “Nita” (Hickman) Chazal (her mother) and Louis Richard Amedee Chazal (her father) at home on the corner of Ft. King and Herbert Street (now Wenona) . At the age of two, Ponder moved into a house diagonally across the street from the house she was born in. She remembers that that new house had nine rooms and indoor plumbing, which was a big deal back then as many people still used outhouses. As a child, Ponder and her seven siblings were rarely bored. Ponder said, “we used to have a lot of fun just among ourselves; we didn’t need a bunch of folks coming over to entertain us.”[3] According to Ponder, she had a wonderful family life as a child. Growing up, Ponder clearly remembers seeing Halley’s Comet soar through the sky, and was 13 when the Titanic sank. She remembered when automobiles first rolled into town, and lived in America during World War One. Her parents stressed doing well in school, so she was sent to boarding school in Columbia, South Carolina, when she was 14. After graduating from St. Genevieve’s boarding school in Asheville, North Carolina in 1916, Ponder went to the University of Florida to study accounting, graduating in 1922.[4]


Onie Ponder worked all of her life, and spent much of it as a bookkeeper. During World War One, Ponder did her part by selling war bonds throughout the war. Although Ponder enjoyed working all of her life, she says that the best time she spent was with her kids. In 1920, when Ponder was 21, women were given the right to vote for the first time. Ponder voted in every election since, except for once when she was giving birth to her son Carswell. In the 2008 election, she voted for Barack Obama.

In Later years

Onie Ponder lost her sight to macular degeneration in her early 100’s. At 106, Ponder was hit by a car, and then recovered. Ponder lived in Ocala, the city in which she was born, until her death in 2010. At the age of 110, the only medication Ponder took was two pills once per day. Although blinded, Ponder was still in relatively good health. In an interview with Ponder, she said, “I just love living every day and doing the best I can.” Onie Ponder embraced living day by day, and in an interview for Growing Bolder television in 2008, she said, “I don’t dream, I believe in reality. I live one day at a time because, believe me, one day is enough.”[5] Ponder enjoyed listening to historical audio books from the blind center. She listened to more than 200 of them.[6] Ponder credited her longevity to her active youth, “I walked everywhere. I had to; we didn’t have any cars.”

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Tove Maës, Danish actress died she was , 89

Tove Maës was a Danish actress of stage, television and film best known for her starring roles in the series of “Morten Korch” films, in particular The Red Horses. Maës was a three-time recipient of the Bodil Award for Best Actress, winning in 1954, 1971, and 1983 died she was , 89.

(30 April 1921 – 31 December 2010)



Maës was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on 30 April 1921. She studied with the Danish actor Albert Luther and, in 1942, was “discovered” by Theater Director Helge Rungwald who employed Maës at the Odense Theater.[1] Shortly thereafter, Maës played the lead in Selma Lagerlof‘s Dunungen. Maës sought an apprenticeship at the Royal Danish Theatre after appearing there in Carl Erik Soya‘s Natteherberget, but was turned down. Instead, she worked at the Riddersalen theater, performing in a series of roles.
In 1946, Maës made a critically acclaimed screen debut as Ditte Godpige in the filmatization of Martin Andersen Nexø‘s novel, Ditte Menneskebarn (Ditte, Child of Man).[1] Her performance in the film about the hardships of a young impoverished girl received international recognition. Especially noticed was her thoroughly wholesome and pure sensualism even while bathing nude.[2] However, film reviewers in the United States (where the movie was seen in an edited version which removed any nudity) dismissed the movie as being too melodramatic.[3] Maës replied in a later interview that the American audience had never been confronted with poverty in such a realistic portrayal on screen.[1] During the 1950s, Maës performed in many of light-hearted films in the role of the sweet young ingenue. She played starring roles in several family films adapted from the popular Morten Korch novels, the first of which, The Red Horses, became the biggest box-office success in Danish cinema. Maës also was able to bring a more serious side to her acting, and in 1954, she was awarded the Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of an insane girl in Sven Aage Lorentz‘s experimental film, Himlen er Blå.

Maës focused again on her stage work during the 1960s with several performances at the Århus Theatre. In 1966, she caused a public reaction when she went against her usual movie persona, playing against type in the role of a prostitute named Lucy in the black comedy Galgenhumor (Gallows Humor). She explained that she was tired of playing the nice young girl.[1] She also began acting in a series of roles playing middle-aged mothers and wives. In 1971, Maës starred in the title role of Det er nat med Fru Knudsen (Curtains for Mrs. Knudsen). The film, directed by Henning Ørnbak and Leif Petersen, was an adaptation of Petersen’s stage play that had debuted one year earlier with Maës in the same role. Maës’ portrayal of the drunken and grotesque mother of a small-time criminal brought her the Bodil Award for Best Actress. For the 1975 comedy film Ta’ det some en mand, frue! (Take it Like a Man, Miss!) she was awarded the Mathilde Prize from the Danish Women’s Society. She again won the Bodil Award in 1982 for her performance as an overlooked but fantasy-filled retiree in Erik Clausen‘s drama Felix.
Maës is noted for a number of supporting roles on television series including the sister, Jette on Rundt om Selma, the mother in the adaptation of Pirandello‘s Six Characters in Search of an Author, the subdued Lilly Lund on Matador, and Mrs. Zachariasen on the TV mini-series The Kingdom.

Personal life

Maës married Danish actor, writer and director Carl Ottosen in 1942. They were subsequently divorced and Maës married a second time to press photographer Jesper Gottschalck.
She died in her home on 31 December 2010 at age 89.[4] [5][6]


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Shi Tiesheng, Chinese writer, died from a cerebral hemorrhage he was , 59

Shi Tiesheng (史铁生)  was a Chinese novelist, known for his story which was the basis of the film Life on a String died from a cerebral hemorrhage he was , 59.. The China Daily stated regarding his essay about the park near where he lived, “Many critics have considered I and the Temple of Earth (zh:我与地坛) as one of the best Chinese prose essays of the 20th century.”[1]

(1951- December 31, 2010)

Shi was born in Beijing, and graduated from Tsinghua University High School. In 1969 he was a zhiqing, or urban youth sent to a rural area of Shaanxi as part of the Down to the Countryside Movement of the Cultural Revolution. There he was paralyzed in an accident at the age of 21, and was sent back to Beijing.[2]
Shi was published for the first time in 1979. His 1983 short story “Wo de yaoyuan de quingping wan” (“My Faraway Clear Peace River”) won the National Excellent Short Story Prize. The story is about a zhiquing and an old man of the village, and takes the view that the peasants suffer more over the long term than the urban youth sent from the city.[3] A sequel, “A Story of Rustication” (“Chadui de gushi”) was published in 1986.[2]
In 1980 director Tian Zhuangzhuang based a short film called Our Corner on a story by Shi; it was the first film by a filmmaker of China’s Fifth Generation Cinema.[4]
Shi’s 1985 novella “Like a Banjo String” (命若琴弦) about a pair of blind musicians, was the basis of the 1991 film Life on a String directed by Chen Kaige.[2]
His collections of short stories include My Faraway Clear Peace River (Wo de yaoyuan de qingping wan) (1985) and Sunday (Libairi) (1988).[2]
A collection of English-language translations of his short stories was published in 1991 as Strings of Life.[5]
In 1996 his novel Notes on Principles (务虚笔记) was published. In selecting it as a notable work of Chinese literature since 1949 which could qualify as an overlooked classic, Professor Shelley W. Chan of Wittenberg University said Notes on Principles was similar to but better than Soul Mountain by Nobel Prize-winner Gao Xingjian.[6]
In 1998 his kidneys began to fail and he subsequently required dialysis three times weekly.[7]
He received the Lao She Literature Prize for Fragments Written at the Hiatuses of Sickness (病隙碎笔)(2002).[1][5]
In 2006 he published My Sojourn in Ding Yi (我的丁一之旅), about an immortal spirit that inhabits the bodies of a succession of people, including Adam, Shi Tiesheng himself, and the book’s hero, Ding Yi.[7]
On the morning of December 31, 2010, Shi died of cerebral hemorrhage.[8]

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John P. Wheeler III, American presidential aide, first chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. died his (body was found on this date) he was , 66

John “Jack” Parsons Wheeler III  was a chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, senior planner for Amtrak (1971–1972), held various positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission (1978–1986), chief executive and CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, consultant to the Mitre Corporation (2009–death), member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a presidential aide to the Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush administrations, and also held numerous other positions in the US military, the US government, and with US corporations died his (body was found on this date) he was , 66.[2][3]

(December 14, 1944 – c. December 30, 2010)

 Early life

John Parsons Wheeler III descended from a family of military professionals which included Joseph Wheeler, who had served as a general both in the Confederate Army, and later with the United States Army. Wheeler III was born in Laredo, Texas, where his mother was staying with her mother while his father was in Europe. Five days after the delivery, the family received a telegram that his father was missing in action in the Battle of the Bulge. His father was later found to be alive.[4]

Military career

Wheeler was a member of the United States Military Academy class of 1966 which lost 10 percent of its members in the Vietnam War.[4]
After graduating from West Point, he was a fire control platoon leader at a MIM-14 Nike-Hercules base at Franklin Lakes, New Jersey from 1966 to 1967. From 1967 to 1969 he was a graduate student at Harvard Business School spending the summer of 1968 as a systems analyst for Office of Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC. From 1969 to 1970 he served in a non-combat position at Long Binh in Vietnam. From 1970 to 1971 he served on the General Staff at The Pentagon[2]
Wheeler’s West Point and laters years are featured prominently in Rick Atkinson‘s book, “The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point’s Class of 1966.”

Law career

After leaving the military he was a senior planner for Amtrak in 1971 and 1972. From 1972 to 1975 he attended law school at Yale University becoming a clerk for George E. MacKinnon in 1975–76 and an associate for Shea & Gardner in 1976–78. From 1978 to 1986 he was Assistant General Counsel, Special Counsel to Chairman, and Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission.[2]

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

From 1979 to 1989 he was chairman of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which opened in 1982. He had supported the controversial Maya Lin design and ran afoul of Ross Perot and Jim Webb who tried to oust him after they disagreed with the stark design. Wheeler worked to address their issues by adding The Three Soldiers sculpture by Frederick Hart to the memorial.
In 1983, Carlton Sherwood ran a four part series on WDMV-TV (now WUSA) “Vietnam Memorial: A Broken Promise?” which focused on Wheeler’s handling of the Memorial Fund saying that most of the $9 million raised for the memorial was not accounted for. In the piece, Sherwood cast aspersions on Wheeler’s career questioning his decision not go directly to Vietnam out of West Point and noting he had been disciplined shortly after arriving in Vietnam in 1969 for “misappropriation” of government property. A General Accounting Office audit spurred by the television report cleared Wheeler. WMDV made an on-air apology and donated $50,000 to the memorial.[4]
In 1985, he published the memoir Touched With Fire: The Future of the Vietnam Generation, a book about the post-war experiences of Vietnam soldiers and anti-war protesters.

Other service

In 1988–89, Wheeler worked with George H.W. Bush to establish the Earth Conservation Corps. From 1997 to 2001, he was President and CEO, Deafness Research Foundation. He was consultant to acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics from 2001 to 2005, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force from 2005 to 2008. From 2008 to 2009, he was Special Assistant to the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Logistics and Energy. From 1983 to 1987, he was Chairman and CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and from 1993 until his death, he was the founding CEO of Vietnam Children’s Fund.[2]


Wheeler was allegedly seen on December 28, 2010, exiting an Amtrak train,[5] and later, on the afternoon of December 30, 2010, at 10th and Orange streets in Wilmington.[6] On December 31, his body was seen by a landfill worker falling onto a trash heap in the Cherry Island Landfill.[7] Police ruled his death a homicide and claimed that “all the stops made Friday (December 31) by the garbage truck before it arrived at the landfill involved large commercial disposal bins in Newark (Delaware), several miles from Wheeler’s home.”[5]
Wheeler’s neighbor of seven months, Ron Roark, said that he had met Wheeler only once and rarely saw him. Roark claimed that, in the days prior to Wheeler’s death, he (Roark) and his family heard, from outside the Wheeler residence, a loud television within the home that was constantly on, though no one appeared to be home.[8]
According to the Washington Post, Wheeler was sighted on December 29 at the New Castle County courthouse parking garage, disoriented and wearing only one shoe, as the other was ripped. Wheeler, attempting to gain access to the parking garage on foot, claimed that he wanted to warm up before paying a parking fee. (Police later determined that his car was not actually in the parking garage, but rather at a train station.) Wheeler explained to the parking garage attendant that his briefcase had been stolen and repeatedly denied being intoxicated. It is also claimed that, on December 29, Wheeler asked a pharmacist for a ride to Wilmington and “looked upset.” The pharmacist offered to call a cab for Wheeler, at which point Wheeler left the store.[9]
On December 30, Wheeler was sighted wandering various office buildings, including Mitre and DuPont locations, where he refused offers of assistance from several individuals.[9] On January 28, 2011, the Delaware state medical examiner‘s office reported Wheeler’s cause of death as assault and “blunt force trauma” without elaboration.[1]
Wheeler’s body will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors in April 2011.[10]


  • Wheeler, John (January 1982). “Theological Reflections upon the Vietnam War”. Anglican Theological Review 64 (1): 1–14. 
  • Wheeler, John (1984). Touched with Fire: The Future of the Vietnam Generation. New York: Watts. ISBN 053109832X. OCLC 10207966.

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Who is Malcolm Gladwell?

Who is Malcolm Gladwell?  The entertainment writing world knows him as a Canadian writer for The New Yorker and best-selling author[1] based in New York City. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He is best known for his books The Tipping Point (2000), Blink (2005), Outliers (2008), and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009). Gladwell’s books and articles often deal with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences and make frequent and extended use of academic work, particularly in the areas of psychology, and social psychology.

Early life

Gladwell’s was born September 3, 1963  British father, Graham M. Gladwell, is a civil engineering professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada; his mother, Joyce E. (née Nation), is a Jamaican-born psychotherapist.[2] Gladwell was born in Fareham, Hampshire, England, but when he was six his family moved to Elmira, Ontario, Canada.[3]
According to research done by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of Harvard University, in 2010 for the PBS series Faces of America, Gladwell’s family tree includes ancestors of West Indian, Igbo, Irish, English and Scottish heritage. One of his European ancestors, an Irishman named William Ford, arrived in Jamaica in the late 18th century and with his concubine, an Igbo slave named Hannah Burton, he had a son named John Ford, whose descendants included a long line of privileged mixed-race Jamaicans, the Fords.[4] On his father’s side, his great-great grandparents, Thomas Adams and Jane Wilson, left England and Ireland to take part in the Castlemaine gold rush in Victoria, Australia in the 1850s.[2] Gladwell has said that his mother, who published a book titled Brown Face, Big Master in 1969, is his role model as a writer.[5] His distant cousin is the Jamaican-American general and statesman Colin Powell.[6]
During his high school years, Gladwell was an outstanding middle-distance runner and won the 1500 meter title at the 1978 Ontario High School championships in Kingston, Ontario, in a duel with eventual Canadian Open record holder David Reid.[7] In the spring of 1982, Gladwell interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C.[8] He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Toronto‘s Trinity College in 1984.[9]


Gladwell began his career at The American Spectator, a conservative monthly.[10] He subsequently wrote for Insight on the News, a conservative magazine owned by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon‘s Unification Church, before joining The Washington Post as a business writer in 1987.[11] He later served as a science writer and as New York bureau chief for the Post before leaving the paper in 1996. He is currently a staff writer for The New Yorker. His books—The Tipping Point (2000) and Blink (2005)—were international bestsellers. Gladwell received a US$1 million advance for The Tipping Point, which went on to sell over two million copies in the United States.[12][13] Blink sold equally well.[12][14] His third book, Outliers: The Story of Success, was released November 18, 2008.[15] His latest book, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, was published on October 20, 2009. What the Dog Saw bundles together his favorite articles from The New Yorker since he joined the magazine as a staff writer in 1996.[16] Gladwell has told a number of stories at The Moth storytelling society in New York City. One, which he introduced as a “tall tale”, was later fact checked by the Slate writer Jack Shafer and shown to be a tall tale.[11]


Gladwell’s first work, The Tipping Point, discusses the potentially massive implications of small-scale social events, while his second book, Blink, explains how the human subconscious interprets events or cues and how past experiences allow people to make informed decisions very rapidly. Outliers examines how a person’s environment, in conjunction with personal drive and motivation, affects his or her possibility and opportunity for success. Gladwell stated, “The hope with Tipping Point was it would help the reader understand that real change was possible. With Blink, I wanted to get people to take the enormous power of their intuition seriously. My wish with Outliers is that it makes us understand how much of a group project success is. When outliers become outliers it is not just because of their own efforts. It’s because of the contributions of lots of different people and lots of different circumstances.” [17]


Fortune described The Tipping Point as “a fascinating book that makes you see the world in a different way”, and the San Francisco Chronicle named it “one of the year’s most anticipated nonfiction titles”.[18][19] The Daily Telegraph called it “a wonderfully offbeat study of that little-understood phenomenon, the social epidemic.”[20] Reviewing Blink, the Baltimore Sun dubbed Gladwell “the most original American journalist since the young Tom Wolfe.”[21] Farhad Manjoo at Salon described the book as “a real pleasure. As in the best of Gladwell’s work, Blink brims with surprising insights about our world and ourselves.”[22] The Economist called Outliers “a compelling read with an important message.”[23] David Leonhardt wrote in The New York Times Book Review: “In the vast world of nonfiction writing, Malcolm Gladwell is as close to a singular talent as exists today” and that Outliers “leaves you mulling over its inventive theories for days afterward.”[24] The Baltimore Sun stated that with the collection What the Dog Saw Gladwell “does what he does best—finds the intersection of science and society to explain how we got where we are.”[25] Ian Sample wrote in the Guardian: “Brought together, the pieces form a dazzling record of Gladwell’s art. There is depth to his research and clarity in his arguments, but it is the breadth of subjects he applies himself to that is truly impressive.”[26]
Criticism of Gladwell tends to focus on the fact that he is a journalist and not an academic, and as a result his work does not meet the standard of academic writing. He has been accused, for example, of falling prey to a variety of logical fallacies and cognitive biases. Critics charge that his sampling methods have resulted in hasty generalizations and selection biases, as well as a tendency to imply causation between events where only correlation exists.[27][28][29] One review of Outliers accuses Gladwell of “racist pseudoscience” due to “using his individual case studies as a means to jump to sweeping generalizations on race and class status”,[30] while another review in The New Republic called the final chapter of Outliers, “impervious to all forms of critical thinking”.[31] Gladwell has also received much criticism for his use of anecdotal evidence and general lack of rigor in his approach.[32][33]
Maureen Tkacik and Steven Pinker[34][35] have challenged the integrity of Gladwell’s approach. Pinker sums up his take on Gladwell as, “a minor genius who unwittingly demonstrates the hazards of statistical reasoning”, while accusing Gladwell of, “cherry-picked anecdotes, post-hoc sophistry and false dichotomies“, in his book Outliers. Referencing a Gladwell reporting mistake Pinker criticizes his lack of expertise:[34] “I will call this the Igon Value Problem: when a writer’s education on a topic consists in interviewing an expert, he is apt to offer generalizations that are banal, obtuse or flat wrong.”
A writer in The Independent accused Gladwell of posing “obvious” insights.[36] The Register has accused Gladwell of making arguments by weak analogy and commented that Gladwell has an “aversion for fact”, adding that, “Gladwell has made a career out of handing simple, vacuous truths to people and dressing them up with flowery language and an impressionistic take on the scientific method.” An article by Gladwell inaccurately referring to Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds as the “Norwegian hacker Linus Torvald [sic]” was referred to by the group as a typical example of alleged sloppy writing.[37]

Awards and honors


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Did you know who won Rookie of the year and MVP?

Did you know these are the only guys in history to ever accomplish this feat?

To win Rookie of the Year and MVP!!!

Wes Unseld in 1969


Wilt Chamberlain in 1960.

Now if you didn’t know, now you know…

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Paul Calle American artist, postage stamp designer, died from melanoma.he was , 82,

Paul Calle  was an American artist who was best known for the designs he created for postage stamps, including 40 that were released by the United States Postal Service, and others for stamps issued by the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Sweden and the United Nations. The sole artist hired by NASA to cover the Apollo 11 astronauts up close, Calle designed the 10-cent stamp that commemorated the first manned moon landing; it depicted an astronaut stepping onto the moon from the lunar module, with the Earth visible over the moon’s horizon.

( March 3, 1928 – December 30, 2010)

Calle was born on March 3, 1928, in the Manhattan borough of New York City and earned his undergraduate degree from Pratt Institute. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, doing illustration work. Returning to the United States, Calle’s early career included designing magazine covers for The Saturday Evening Post as well as for a series of science fiction publications.[1]

In 1962, Calle was among the first group selected to participate in the NASA Art Program. Calle contributed a pair of complementary five-cent stamps issued in 1967 as part of the Accomplishments in Space Commemorative Issue, with the right stamp showing the Gemini 4 space capsule with the Earth’s horizon as a backdrop, while the left stamp showed astronaut Ed White making the first American spacewalk.[2][1] His best-known stamp was designed to mark the first manned moon landing and was issued in September 1969, showing an astronaut stepping out onto the surface of the moon.[1] The Apollo 11 crew carried with them a die proof of Calle’s moon-landing stamp, which was hand canceled by the astronauts while on the mission.[1][3] Calle had been given exclusive access to be with the astronauts on July 16, 1969, while they made their final preparations for the Apollo 11 mission.[1] The sketches he made based on his experiences that day have been displayed at the National Air and Space Museum and at the National Gallery of Art.[4] Together with his son Chris, Calle returned to the subject of space exploration with a pair of stamps issued in 1994 in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first manned moon landing.[1]
Calle produced dozens of postage stamp designs, featuring such individuals as Douglas MacArthur and Robert Frost. He also produced Western-themed artworks that have been shown at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, as well as a 1981 stamp honoring Frederic Remington.[1] His depictions of the American West have been included in the collections of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma and at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.[4]
After doctors discovered that his melanoma had metastasized, he was placed on intravenous Ipilimumab, an experimental treatment being tested by Bristol-Myers Squibb that is meant to improve the response by the immune system to fight cancer. An initial course of treatment with the test drug combined with chemotherapy left no trace of the cancer in his body.[5] A resident of Stamford, Connecticut, Calle died there at the age of 82 on December 30, 2010, of melanoma. He was survived by a daughter, two sons and six grandchildren. His wife Olga died in 2003; they had been married for more than 50 years.[1]

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Who is Kevin Wesley Love?

Who is Kevin Wesley Love? The professional basketball world knows hims as Kevin Love, he  is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Love is one of the top rebounders in the NBA, and he is also known for his outlet passing, which led to comparisons to Wes Unseld.[1][2] A top ranked prospect out of Lake Oswego High School in Oregon, Love played one season of college basketball for the UCLA Bruins and led the team to a Final Four appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Love was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year and consensus First Team All-American following the season.
Love chose not to complete his three remaining years of college eligibility and entered the 2008 NBA Draft.[3] He was taken fifth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies, and was traded to the Timberwolves on draft night for the third overall selection, O. J. Mayo, in an eight-player deal.[4]
Love was a member of the gold medal-winning United States men’s national basketball team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Early years

Love was born September 7, 1988 in Santa Monica, California, he was the second of three children of Karen and former NBA forward Stan Love. A year later, Love’s family moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon.[5] Growing up, Stan passed on his interest in basketball by showing Love tapes of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry. In addition, Love studied tapes of all-time great passing centers in Wes Unseld and Bill Walton, along with instructional tapes from Hall of Famers such as Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Charles Barkley, and Michael Jordan. For hand and wrist strength, Stan would push Love to do fingertip push-ups as well as other upper body exercises.[6]

High school career

Love had a successful high school career with the Lake Oswego Lakers. In his sophomore year, Love averaged 25.3 ppg, 15.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, and led the Lakers to the 2005 Oregon state high school basketball championship game, where they lost to Jesuit High School 57–53.[7][8] That summer, Love was the center of controversy when Nike removed him from its Portland Elite Legends AAU team because he had chosen to participate in the Reebok ABCD Camp against other top recruits.[9][10] Love went on to play for the Southern California All-Stars, where the team compiled an unprecedented 46–0 record as he garnered three MVP awards.[7]
In 2006, Love averaged 28.0 ppg, 16.1 rpg, and dished out 3.5 apg as the Lakers returned to the Oregon state championship game. With Love’s 24 points and 9 rebounds, the Lakers defeated South Medford and fellow star recruit Kyle Singler, 59-57.[8] In Love’s final year at Lake Oswego, he put up 33.9 ppg, 17.0 rpg, and 4.0 apg as the team finished 26-2.[7][11] Earlier that year, in a game against Rex Putnam High School, Love shattered the backboard on a breakaway dunk.[12] Love and Singler met again for the 2007 championship, this time however, Singler and South Medford defeated Lake Oswego 58–54, overcoming Love’s 37 points and 15 rebounds.[7][13] After the season, Love was named the 2007 Men’s Basketball Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Love finished his high school career as the all-time leading scorer in Oregon boys’ basketball history with 2,628 points. The previous record had stood for 50 years.[7] The Lakers went 92-21 in four seasons with Love, and made three straight state championship games, winning once.[7]

College career

Love was ranked as one of the top players in the nation from the class of 2007.[14][15] In July 2006, Love verbally committed to play college basketball for coach Ben Howland at UCLA.[16] He had also considered playing for University of North Carolina.[10][17][18] Love, who had worn number 42 for a majority of his basketball career, received permission from Walt Hazzard to wear the same number with UCLA, even though the school had retired the number for Hazzard in 1996.[19] Since arriving at UCLA, Love had also regularly sought out retired Bruins legends Bill Walton and the late John Wooden for advice.[20]
Love’s decision to play for the Bruins brought animosity from fans of the University of Oregon, his father’s alma mater, where it was expected he would play. Prior to a game at Oregon, Ducks fans obtained Love’s cell phone number and left obscene messages as well as death threats; the fans also subjected Love’s family to obscenities and threw garbage at them during the game. This event, along with similar events directed at other players, has prompted a discussion of whether abuse by college basketball fans is becoming too extreme.[21][22] Love finished game with 26 points and 18 rebounds in a 80-75 win.[23]
In the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Bruins defeated the USC Trojans, featuring O. J. Mayo, in the semi-finals. Both Mayo and Love were nominated to the All Pac-10 tournament team. Later, Love guided UCLA to the regular season Pac-10 conference championship, the conference tournament championship, and a #1 seed in the 2008 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. Love helped the Bruins to the Final Four of the tournament, where they lost to the Memphis Tigers. At the end of the 2007–08 regular season, Love was named first-team All-American, Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and Pac-10 Player of the Year. He led the Bruins with 17.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg, and 23 double-doubles.[24]

NBA career

2008 NBA Draft

In a press conference on April 17, 2008, Love announced his intention to leave UCLA to enter the 2008 NBA Draft.[3] He was taken fifth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies, right after his teammate at UCLA, Russell Westbrook. Following the draft, Love was traded along with Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, and Jason Collins to the Minnesota Timberwolves, with the third overall pick O. J. Mayo, Antoine Walker, Marko Jaric, and Greg Buckner going to the Grizzlies.[4][25]

Rookie season

Love went on to play in the 2008 NBA Summer League and led all players in rebounding.[26] In his NBA debut on October 30, Love came off the bench to contribute 12 points and nine rebounds in a 98-96 win over the Sacramento Kings.[27] The Timberwolves struggled early on losing 15 of their first 19 games, prompting the dismissal of head coach Randy Wittman.[28] Timberwolves general manager Kevin McHale, a Hall of Famer who acquired Love in the trade, took over as head coach and they developed a close relationship.[29][30][31] Under McHale, the Timberwolves improved their play in January by going 10-4, with Love averaging a double-double.[32] Love was not selected to the NBA All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge, to the surprise of his teammates and coaches.[33][34] After team’s leading scorer Al Jefferson was sidelined for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in February,[35] Love’s minutes increased, and he was named NBA Rookie of the Month for March.[36]
Love finished the season ninth in the league in rebounding, first among rookies, and ranked third in total offensive rebounds. Love also led all first-years with 29 double-doubles, the most by a Timberwolves rookie in franchise history. He also ranked first in the league in offensive rebound percentage, becoming the first rookie to lead the league since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984–85. Love was also second in the NBA in total rebound percentage. He was named to the 2009 NBA All-Rookie Second Team and finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting.[37]

2009–10 season

In the off-season, Love was invited to participate in the USA National Team mini-camp that was conducted from July 22–25 in Las Vegas.[38][39] Love also generated attention from his Twitter account when he broke the story that Kevin McHale wasn’t returning to coach the Timberwolves for the 2009-2010 season.[40]
Love began the season on the injured list when in a pre-season game on October 16, 2009 against the Chicago Bulls, he broke the fourth metacarpal in his left hand by banging it against the elbow of teammate Oleksiy Pecherov.[41] Following surgery, Love missed the first 18 games of the season. He returned against the New Orleans Hornets on December 4, 2009, and made immediate impact for the Timberwolves, who were struggling out of the gate with a 2-16 record.[42][43]
Kevin Love was selected to play in NBA All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge, and collected 12 points and 6 rebounds in the game.[44] He finished the season ranked as the NBA’s best rebounder per 48 minutes (18.4), besting Dwight Howard (18.3) and Marcus Camby (18.1).[45]

2010-11 season

The Timberwolves’ trade of Jefferson before the season was expected to open more playing time for Love. However, he averaged 28 minutes through the first nine games, exceeding 30 minutes only twice. Chris Mannix of SI.com wrote that many speculated there was a rift between Coach Kurt Rambis and Love.[45] In a home game against the New York Knicks on November 12, 2010, Love became the 19th player to record a “30–30″—30 points and 30 rebounds in a single game—when he had 31 points along with a career-high 31 rebounds.[46] His 31 rebounds set a Timberwolves franchise record and were also the most by a player in an NBA game since Charles Barkley grabbed 33 in a game in 1996.[47] Love became the first player to record a 30–30 game since Moses Malone in 1982.[48] On February 4, 2011, Love was selected by Commissioner David Stern to his first NBA All-Star Game as a replacement for the injured Yao Ming. He was previously not selected as an All-Star reserves by coaches while averaging 21.4 points, a league-best 15.5 rebounds, shooting 43.9 percent from 3-point range, and having 34 straight double-doubles for the 11–37 Timberwolves.[49][50][51] On February 8, Love set a team record (previously held by Kevin Garnett) with his 38th consecutive double-double after scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the Timberwolves’ 112-108 win over the Houston Rockets.[52]

International career

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
FIBA World Championship
Gold 2010 Turkey Team competition

NBA career statistics

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

[edit] Regular season

Year↓ Team↓ GP↓ GS↓ MPG↓ FG%↓ 3P%↓ FT%↓ RPG↓ APG↓ SPG↓ BPG↓ PPG↓
2008–09 Minnesota 81 37 25.3 .459 .105 .789 9.1 1.0 0.4 0.6 11.1
2009–10 Minnesota 60 22 28.6 .450 .330 .815 11.0 2.3 0.7 0.4 14.0
2010–11 Minnesota 45 45 37.0 .470 .447 .877 15.7 2.6 0.6 0.3 21.6
Career 186 104 29.2 .460 .376 .825 11.3 1.8 0.6 0.5 14.6
  • As of January 22, 2011

Personal life

Love’s uncle, Mike, is a singer in The Beach Boys and brother of Love’s father, Stan. Mike and Stan’s cousins include The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson. Love’s aunt, Kathleen McCartney, was an accomplished triathlete. Love has an older brother, Collin, and a younger sister, Emily.[7]
Love’s middle name, Wesley, is in honor of Wes Unseld, the former Washington Bullets center and the Loves’ family friend.[53]

Love was one of the featured stars in the film Gunnin’ for That No. 1 Spot, produced and directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.Love was also picked to be on the front cover for the video game NCAA Basketball 09.
Love made a brief appearance as himself on the last episode of Season 7 of Entourage on HBO.
Love appeared as himself on the Disney Channel show The Suite Life on Deck during the season 3 episode Twister: Part 1 along with Dwight Howard and Deron Williams.[54]

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