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Norman Corner, British footballer died he was , 68.

James Norman Corner, known as Norman Corner, was an English professional footballer who could play as either a centre half or a forward. Active in the Football League between 1964 and 1971, Corner made 160 appearances, scoring 32 goals  died he was , 68.

(16 February 1943 – 19 February 2011)


Early life

Corner was born in the mining village of Horden,[2] in County Durham, England, on 16 February 1943.[3] He attended Horden Roman Catholic School where he played centre half and wing half for the football team, and was selected for East Durham Boys.[3]


Corner played youth football with Horden Colliery Welfare before he signed amateur forms at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1961.[2][3] He spent 18 months with Wolves but was restricted to appearances in the Northern Intermediate League teams and returned to Horden Colliery Welfare.[2][3] In August 1962, he again attracted a league club and he signed for Hull City on professional forms.[2] Corner’s debut for Hull came against Brentford in April 1964 when he scored twice in a 3–1 win at Griffin Park.[3] However, he played only five first team games, scoring four goals, in five years, during which time Hull turned down an approach from Brian Clough at Hartlepools United,[4] before Lincoln City signed Corner for a fee just short of £4,000.[2]
He made his Lincoln debut on 7 October 1967 against Newport County to help his new side win 2–1.[3] In April 1968, he scored a hat-trick against Bradford (Park Avenue)[2] with all three goals coming from corners.[3] His final game with Lincoln came on 18 January 1969 in a 2–2 draw with Brentford.[3]
The same month, Bradford City paid a fee also close to £4,000 for Corner.[2] At 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), he was the tallest player to have played for the club at the time.[2] He made his debut in a Bradford derby against Park Avenue on 25 January 1969[2] and scored his first goal in the following game which finished in a 5–1 victory against Grimsby Town.[5] He helped City to 21 games undefeated to earn them promotion in his first season at the club during which period he scored eight goals.[2][5] In his second season, he tallied another five goals and also scored in a League Cup match against Sunderland.[5] In his third season, he moved into defence, but still scored in all four of the club’s FA Cup games.[5] However, along with Bruce Bannister he was unable to agree personal terms with the club.[2] He appealed to an independent tribunal which proved to be unsuccessful but left the club on a free transfer to join Park Avenue in March 1972.[2] His last game for City was in December 1971, against Aston Villa.[5]
Corner had passed his coaching exams while with City, and started coaching at Park Avenue.[3]
In July 1973, he moved to South Shields.[2] He played one season with South Shields, before he took over as player-manager at Wingate in the Wearside League.[3] They came runners-up in the league and won a number of cup competitions under his guidance.[3]
He returned to Horden Colliery and scored their first goal in the Northern League following promotion from the Wearside League.[3] He remained at the club on the committee.[3]
He went onto begin his own business and coached in schools.[2]

Later life and death

After returning to the North-East, Corner lived in Horden, where he served on the committee at his former club Colliery Welfare, and later Peterlee.[4] He was married to Jean, with whom he had two children Susan and Steven.[4] Corner died on 19 February 2011, three days after his 68th birthday.[5] His funeral was held at Horden Catholic Church,[4] next to the Colliery Welfare’s home ground.

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Did you know that Petronas Towers still remain the tallest twin buildings in the world?

Petronas Panorama II.jpgDid you know that the Petronas Towers are also known as the Petronas Twin Towers?

Did you know that the Petronas Towers or KLCC  are skyscrapers and twin towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Did you know that Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004?

Did you know that Taipei 101 surpassed Petronas Towers in 2004?

Did you know that Petronas Towers still  remain the tallest twin buildings in the world

Did you know that Petronas Towers were Designed by Argentine architects César Pelli and Djay Cerico?

César Pelli

Did you know that César Pelli and Djay Cerico were consulted by Julius Gold and Filipino engineer Domingo Basa?

Did you know that the Petronas Towers were completed in 1998 after a seven year build and became the tallest buildings in the world on the date of completion?

Did you know that due to a lack of steel and the huge cost of importing steel, the towers were constructed on a cheaper radical design of super high-strength reinforced concrete.

Did you know that thousands of people were evacuated on 12 September 2001 after a bomb threat was phoned in the day after the attacks destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City?

Now if you didn’t know, now you know…
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Who is Gerard Arthur Way?

Who is Gerard Arthur Way? The music and entertainment world knows him as Gerald Way, he is an American musician and comic book writer who has served as lead vocalist and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance since its formation in 2001. He is also the writer of the Eisner Award-winning comic book The Umbrella Academy.

Early life

Gerard Way was born April 9, 1977 in Summit, New Jersey[1] to Donna Lee (née Rush) and Donald Way. He has Italian ancestry on his mother’s side and Scottish ancestry on his father’s. He was raised in Belleville, New Jersey and first began singing publicly in the fourth grade, when he played the role of Peter Pan in a school musical production. His maternal grandmother, Elena Lee Rush, was a great creative influence who taught him to sing, paint, and perform from a young age; he has said that “she has taught me everything I know”.[2]
At the age of 15, Way was held at gunpoint, as he said in an April 2008 Rolling Stone interview: “I got held up with a .357 Magnum, had a gun pointed to my head and put on the floor, execution-style.” He went on to say that “no matter how ugly the world gets or how stupid it shows me it is, I always have faith.”[3]
Way attended Belleville High School until he graduated in 1995. Deciding to pursue a career in the comic-book industry,[4] he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999.[2][5]



As teenagers Gerard and his brother Mikey Way, who later became the bassist of My Chemical Romance, were influenced by the bands Iron Maiden and The Misfits as well as British artists such as Pulp, Blur and Morrissey and The Smiths. Way originally wanted to be a guitarist. His grandmother bought him his first guitar at the age of eight and he played in short-lived bands such as Ray Gun Jones and Nancy Drew with future bandmate Ray Toro, but when he was not successful (one band kicking him out due to his lack of skill with the guitar), he chose to concentrate on his art career.

Way was working as an intern for Cartoon Network in New York City during the September 11, 2001 attacks. Seeing the effects of the attacks first-hand prompted Way to change his views on life in the following weeks. He told Spin magazine, “I literally said to myself, ‘Fuck art. I’ve gotta get out of the basement. I’ve gotta see the world. I’ve gotta make a difference.'”[6] To help deal with the emotional effects the attacks had on him, Way wrote the lyrics to the song “Skylines and Turnstiles”, which has since been identified as the first song by My Chemical Romance.[7] Soon after, My Chemical Romance began to assemble as a band.
Way has contributed vocally to bands such as Every Time I Die‘s ‘Kill The Music’, Head Automatica‘s ‘Graduation Day’, Say Anything‘s “In Defense Of The Genre”, and The Oval Portrait‘s “From My Cold Dead Hands” and “Barnabus Collins Has More Skeletons In His Closet Than Vincent Price”.
In many interviews Way has stated that music turned out to be an effective outlet to deal with his longtime battles against depression, alcoholism and prescription drug use. The use of music as a way to resolve personal battles has caused Way to create deeply personal songs such as “Helena,”[8] which was written in memory of his late grandmother.
In early 2009, Way and Japanese rock singer Kyosuke Himuro co-produced the new theme song for Advent Children Complete, the Blu-Ray director’s cut of the movie sequel to the popular video game franchise, Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. He is also credited with writing the lyrics, and singing alongside Himuro. The song is entitled “Safe and Sound,” and according to Himuro’s website, will be available on iTunes on April 29, 2009.[9] “Safe and Sound” is only heard on the Japanese release of the film; the English release uses Himuro’s “Calling” (the original ending theme for Advent Children) in place of it.


Gerard Way’s first attempt at writing a comic was at the age of 16, writing a short-lived comic series called ‘On Raven’s Wings’, which was cancelled after Issue 2 due to losing the art team; he was credited as Garry Way.[10]
In 2007, Way began writing the comic-book miniseries The Umbrella Academy. Way wrote the story and illustrated the original version, but cartoonist Gabriel Ba recreated all of Way’s original drawings in the final version. A few of Way’s first drawings of the characters can be seen in the last few pages of the first book in the series, “The Apocalypse Suite”.
The Apocalypse Suite was first released by Dark Horse Comics in their Free Comic Book Day issue on May 5, 2007.[11] Since then, an eight-page story has been published on MySpace, entitled “Safe & Sound”.[12] The first official issue was released on September 19, 2007.[13] The first issue to sell out and consequently there was a second printing released on October 17, 2007.[14] The next installment was released on November 26, 2008.[15]
He and fellow artists Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan are currently in the process of developing and creating a new comic-book series titled “The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys”, which Way announced at Comic Con 2009.


In 2001 Way co-created a cartoon with Joe Boyle called The Breakfast Monkey. They pitched it to Cartoon Network, but the network declined to pick up the concept on the grounds that it was too similar to the existing property Aqua Teen Hunger Force.[16]

Personal life

Way has struggled with alcoholism and prescription drug addiction for many years and has now been sober since August 2004.[17] In a recent issue of Spin magazine, he said that, having become a happier person and feeling more in control, he has been able to enjoy the occasional recreational drink.
On September 3, 2007 after a concert in Colorado, Way married LynZ of Mindless Self Indulgence backstage on the final date of the Projekt Revolution tour. A member of Live Nation’s touring staff that was also an ordained minister performed the low-key ceremony.[18] He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, California.[19] Their daughter, Bandit Lee Way, was born in California on May 27, 2009.[20]


My Chemical Romance

Year Album details Chart peaks Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2002 I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

250 129 UK: Gold[31]
2004 Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

28 38 73 57 36 73 30 34
2006 The Black Parade

  • Released: October 23, 2006
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • Format: CD, CS, DD, Enhanced CD, 2×LP
2 3 4 2 11 5 10 35 1 4 2
2010 Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

  • Released: November 22, 2010
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • Format: CD, DD
8 10 15 13 18 14 8 9 4 14
“—” denotes a release that did not chart

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Who is Deryck Jason Whibley?

Who is Deryck Jason Whibley?[1]  The entertainment and music world knows him as Deryck Whibley he is a Canadian musician and producer, best known for his work as the guitarist, lead vocalist, songwriter and producer of the Juno Award-winning rock band Sum 41.

Early life and Sum 41

Whibley was born March 21, 1980 in Scarborough, Ontario. He never met his father, and talks of it in the song “Dear Father” from Sum 41’s fourth album Underclass Hero.[2] He is of English descent. He was in several bands before he met Steve Jocz in high school. His first band was called “The Powerful Young Hustlerz”, a hip hop band that covered songs from The Beastie Boys and N.W.A. Deryck and Steve became good friends and started a band called “Kaspir” after Deryck convinced Steve that he was the best drummer around. The band consisted of Whibley as lead singer, Jocz on drums, Mark Spicoluk on bass, Dave Baksh and Marc Costanzo on guitar. They later fired Spicoluk due to him getting into too much trouble, and Costanzo left to form the pop band, Len. Richard “Twitch” Roy was the replacement bassist for Spicoluk before being fired for crashing the band’s touring van on an East Coast Canadian tour. They changed their name from “Kaspir” to “Sum 41” (the 41st day into the summer when the band got together) for a supernova show. They then added Cone McCaslin to the lineup.

Professional career

Besides Sum 41, Whibley developed a professional career in the music industry as producer and manager. Deryck was part of Bunk Rock Music, a music management and production company. He produced for No Warning with the company as well. Since parting ways with Greig Nori, he sold his part of the company in early 2005.
During the Sum 41 hiatus in 2005 and 2006, he worked with Tommy Lee on guitar and backing vocals for his album, Tommyland: The Ride, and A Million in Prizes: The Anthology with Iggy Pop.
He worked as the producer of We Have an Emergency, the debut album by Sum 41 co-member Cone McCaslin‘s side project The Operation M.D.. In 2007, he mixed the debut album of the band Permanent Me. He was also involved with the Avril Lavigne album, The Best Damn Thing, where he produced and played guitar.[3]
Besides his musical career, he has worked on occasion as an actor. He portrayed the character Tony in the movie, Dirty Love, and himself as a guest character in King of the Hill.
In November 2007, Whibley suffered a herniated disk while drumming on the song “Pain for Pleasure”. This happened while Sum 41 was on tour with Finger Eleven, and the remainder of the Strength in Numbers Tour was canceled although Finger Eleven did travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba to play the show with Die Mannequin and Inward Eye in replacement of Sum 41.[4]
On the Operation M.D.‘s second album Birds + Bee Stings, which was released on June 29, 2010, Deryck mixed one track entitled “Sick + Twisted”. He also played keyboards and piano on the same track. Deryck has also joined the band live, playing guitar on this song, on December 21, 2010, at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario.
Deryck contributed some guitar to Tommy Lee‘s side project Methods of Mayhem‘s second album A Public Disservice Announcement which was released on September 21, 2010.

Personal life

Whibley married fellow singer Avril Lavigne in 2006. The couple occasionally performed together, and they have spoken about their relationship in interviews. It was announced on September 17, 2009 that Lavigne and Whibley separated. Lavigne initiated divorce proceedings in October 2009 claiming irreconcilable differences.[5]
On August 5, 2010, Deryck Whibley was hospitalized after he was attacked in a bar in Japan late at night by three unknown males.[6] After an MRI scan, it was revealed that Deryck slipped a disc in his back for the second time.[7] Advised not to play, Whibley rejoined the band on August 8 in Osaka for the Summer Sonic Festival.[8]

Marriage to Avril Lavigne

Whibley and Avril Lavigne, began dating when she was 19 years old, after being friends since she was 17.[9] Only a few weeks before they met, Lavigne had publicly stated that she was having trouble meeting boys because her bodyguards scared them away. In June 2005, Whibley surprised Lavigne with a trip to Venice, including a gondola ride and a romantic picnic, and on June 27th, he proposed to her.[10]
She initially wanted to have a “rock n’ roll, goth wedding”, but she admitted to having doubts about going against tradition. “I’ve been dreaming about my wedding day since I was a little girl. I have to wear the white dress…. People thought that I would [wear a] black wedding dress, and I would have. But at the same time, I was thinking about the wedding pictures, and I wanted to be in style. I didn’t want to be thinking, 20 years later, ‘Oh, why did I wear my hair like that?'”[11]
The wedding was held on 15 July 2006. About 110 guests attended the wedding, which was held at a private estate in Montecito, California.[12] Lavigne, wearing a gown designed by Vera Wang walked down the aisle with her father, Jean-Claude, to Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March”. Lavigne chose a colour theme of red and white, including red rose petals and centerpieces of distinctly coloured flowers. The wedding included cocktails for an hour before the reception and a sit-down dinner. The song “Iris”, by the Goo Goo Dolls, was played during Lavigne and Whibley’s first dance.[13]
Seven months into their marriage, Lavigne stated that she was “the best thing that’s ever happened to him”, and suggested that she helped Whibley stay off drugs since they’d begun dating. “He doesn’t do drugs. Clearly, he used to, because he talked about it, but I wouldn’t be with someone who did, and I made that very clear to him when we first started dating. I’ve never done cocaine in my life, and I’m proud of that. I am 100 percent against drugs.”[11] The marriage lasted a little more than three years. It was announced on 17 September 2009 that Lavigne and Whibley had split up and that divorce papers would soon follow.[14] On 9 October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. She later released a statement reading, “I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship.”[9] The divorce was finalized on 16 November 2010, officially ending the marriage.


Sum 41



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Who is Virginia Madsen?

Virginia Madsen  is an American actress and documentary film producer. She came to fame during the 1980s, having appeared in several films aimed at a teenage audience. Two decades later, she had an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated role in the 2004 film Sideways.

Early life

Madsen was born September 11, 1961  in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Elaine (née Melson), an Emmy-winning poet, producer and playwright who often works for PBS, and Calvin Madsen, a fireman.[1] Madsen’s mother left a career in corporate business to pursue a writing career.[2] Madsen’s brother is actor Michael Madsen. Her paternal grandparents were Danish and her mother has Irish and Native American ancestry.[3] Madsen is a graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.[4][5]
Her first effort as a thespian was as her brother’s assistant in magic shows the two would concoct for their family. She later attended the Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago and Harand Camp Adult Theater Seminar in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.



Audiences first caught a glimpse of Madsen in a bit part she landed as Lisa in the teen sex comedy Class. She portrayed a role as cellist named Madeline in Electric Dreams (1984), which was the first film release by Virgin Films Production Company.[citation needed] She was cast as Princess Irulan in David Lynch‘s science fiction epic Dune (1984).[7]
Madsen first became popular with audiences in 1986 with her portrayal of a Catholic schoolgirl who fell in love with a boy from a prison camp in Duncan Gibbons’s Fire with Fire. As beauty queen Dixie Lee Boxx, she was the sexy romantic interest of minor-league baseball manager Cecil “Stud” Cantrell (William Petersen) in the made-for-cable Long Gone (1987). She appeared as Maddie Hayes’ cousin in the final season of Moonlighting.
She also starred in the 1992 horror film Candyman. During the filming of Candyman Madsen was hypnotised so that her pupils would remain dilated while she acted out certain scenes. The director Bernard Rose wanted the character to not have a typical screaming style of when confronted by the villain. Madsen stated in an interview for the DVD in 2004 that there were some days during filming that she did not remember much due to the hypnotism. She told her director that she did not want to be hypnotised after the initial few experiences.
A couple of provocative film appearances followed: 1990’s The Hot Spot with Don Johnson, directed by Dennis Hopper, and the equally steamy Third Degree Burn with Treat Williams. She was also co-host of the TV series Unsolved Mysteries in 1999, the show’s final season on CBS.

Madsen appeared in a small but key role in the Francis Ford Coppola drama The Rainmaker (1997) starring Matt Damon. Film critic Roger Ebert said that Madsen had a “strong scene,”[8] while reviewer James Berardinelli noted that “the supporting cast is solid, with turns from… Virginia Madsen as a witness for the plaintiff”.[9] Madsen had spent more than twenty years in minor films before her breakout critically acclaimed performance in Sideways (2004). The role catapulted her onto the Hollywood A-list.[10] Her first major role after Sideways was opposite Harrison Ford in Firewall. She later appeared in Robert Altman‘s A Prairie Home Companion, in a key role as the angel. She co-starred with Jim Carrey in The Number 23 and Billy Bob Thornton in The Astronaut Farmer; both films opened in North America on February 23, 2007.
She voiced Queen Hippolyte, mother of Wonder Woman, in the 2009 animated Wonder Woman film.


Madsen has made numerous television appearances including: Star Trek: Voyager, CSI: Miami, Dawson’s Creek, The Practice, Frasier, and other series. She starred opposite Ray Liotta in CBS‘s short-lived crime drama series Smith. She also made many appearances in the final season of the USA series Monk.
She appeared with Kenny Loggins in the music video “I’m Free”, from the Footloose soundtrack (1984).
In 2010, she landed the starring role of Cheryl West in the ABC crime series Scoundrels. In December 2010 it was announced that she will be joining the cast of NBC’s science fiction action series The Event.[11]


In 2008, she formed her own film production company called Title IX Prods.[12] Her first project was a film made with her mother called I Know a Woman Like That. The film is a documentary about the lives of older women. Her second project is called Fighting Gravity and is about the inability of female ski jumpers to obtain recognition in Olympic competition.[13]

Personal life

Danny Houston
Billy Campbell

When Madsen arrived in Hollywood, she was engaged to actor Billy Campbell. She married actor Danny Huston in 1989 and they divorced in 1992. Madsen also had a relationship with actor Antonio Sabàto, Jr., with whom she had a son, Jack Antonio (born August 6, 1994).

Antonio Sabàto, Jr.,

Madsen has heterochromia, a genetic trait resulting in different pigmentation of the eyes. Madsen has one green eye, and one half-green, half-brown eye.
She was a member of the US Dramatic Jury at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.


Nominations: Academy Awards

  • Sideways (2004) – Best Supporting Actress

Nominations: Golden Globes

  • Sideways (2004) – Best Supporting Actress

Other awards



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    Who is Jennifer Lynette Sterger?

    Who is Jennifer Lynette Sterger? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Jenn Sterger, she is a model and television personality, and former online columnist for Sports Illustrated. In August 2008, the New York Jets hired her to be the “Gameday Host” for the team.[1]


    Modeling and acting

    Sterger was born November 29, 1983 in Miami, Florida. She rose to fame after she was shown on national television during a 2005 Florida StateMiami football game.[2] On seeing the shot, announcer Brent Musburger commented that “1,500 red-blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida State.”[2] She was one of the FSU Cowgirls, who are known for their combination of minimal tops, short shorts, and cowboy hats.She has since posed in both Maxim and Playboy magazines. Sterger is also the “Sports Babe” for Sprint Exclusive Entertainment. Sterger was featured on the E!: Entertainment Television show Byte Me: 20 Hottest Women of the Web that originally aired in March 2008, where she was #19 on their list.
    In 2009, Sterger had her breast implants removed, stating that they had served their purpose for her career, and that she was tired of being stereotyped.[3][4]
    Sterger has minor roles in two films released in 2010, The Tenant and Don’t Fade Away.[5]

    Sports journalism

    After contributing two articles to Sports Illustrated,[6][7] Sterger, for some time, wrote a Wednesday feature on SI.com’s “Scorecard Daily.”
    Sterger was a regular segment host on the recent ABC show Race to March Madness. The nationally televised weekly show highlighted the best teams in NCAA men’s basketball and how the season was shaping up prior to the tournament. She hosted a weekly segment where she visited a top school’s campus and interviewed players, coaches and fans of the respective teams.
    On March 4, 2010 it was announced that she would be competing directly with ESPN‘s 6pm ET SportsCenter by co-hosting a new show on Versus called The Daily Line, which debuted on April 5. Jenn said, “I always felt sports TV was a bunch of guys in suits yelling at me. Other shows don’t exactly know how to use social media and the Web,” says Sterger. “Since I’m practically living on the Web, I’ve got a pulse on what going on out there…..And I’ll be personally accessible to the audience, except for my personal phone number.”[8] After seven months on the air, Versus cancelled The Daily Line as of November 4, 2010.[9]

    Allegations against Brett Favre

    In October 2010, reports surfaced on the website Deadspin that NFL quarterback Brett Favre was alleged to have sent Sterger several suggestive text messages, voicemails asking her to come to his hotel room, and explicit photos of himself while he was the quarterback for the New York Jets and she was a sideline reporter for the Jets (these events were said to have happened during the 2008 football season).[10][11]The league said its sole focus was on whether Favre violated workplace conduct policy, not to “make judgments about the appropriateness of personal relationships.”[12] Favre admitted to sending voicemails, but not images to Sterger. [13]He was later fined $50,000 for “failure to cooperate” with the investigation. The NFL stated that it “could not conclude” that Favre had violated the personal conduct policy, and that there was not sufficient evidence to establish if Favre had sent the photos.[14] Sports agent Phil Reese posted photos of Sterger (in reference to Brett Favre) to promote Player Public Relations in New York on his official website. Sterger’s lawyer stated on March 19, 2011 that “Sterger never intended to profit in anyway from Brett Favre’s communications. My client has remained silent about this for four years now and the truth is that it has impaired her employment opportunities. She does not want to be known as the Brett Favre ‘text woman’ and Mr Reese has no right to have any communications in his possession. He will have to return them or we will pursue our litigation against him which we are very confident will be successful.” [13]

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    Donald L. Cox, American leader of the Black Panther Party died he was , 74.

    Donald Lee Cox , known as Field Marshal DC, was an early member of the leadership of the African American revolutionary leftist organization the Black Panther Party, joining the group in 1967  died he was , 74.. Cox was titled the Field Marshal of the group during the years he actively participated in its leadership, due to his familiarity with and writing about guns.

    (April 16, 1936 – February 19, 2011)


    After a rural upbringing in western Missouri, Cox moved to San Francisco in 1953 at age 17. He became interested in political action through following the desegregation and civil rights events of the next several years. Cox joined the Oakland, California-based Black Panthers in 1967 in response to a civilian-shooting-by-police incident in the Hunters Point section of San Francisco a year earlier.[2] Along with Eldridge Cleaver, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale and others, Cox was a member of the “central committee” of the Panthers.[1]
    Cox became a national organizer and spokesperson for the group, which was involved in multiple legal cases and a target of the COINTELPRO project of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.[3] In January 1970, Cox was invited to speak to several dozen guests of composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia at their penthouse apartment in the wealthy Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. The gathering was an effort to raise funds for the defense of twenty-one Black Panther members who were charged with conspiracy to bomb buildings and other crimes.[1][4] Cox was famously photographed along with the Bernsteins for a cover story essay by Tom Wolfe in New York magazine, published in June of 1970 and entitled “Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny’s”.[4] The article led to the popularization of “radical chic” as a critical term.[5] Cox, along with the Bernsteins, vehemently dismissed Wolfe’s notion that the New York upper class was dabbling in radical politics as a fashion statement at the event, vouching for their sincerity.[1]
    Shortly after the Bernstein fundraiser Cox was accused along with several others of conspiracy to murder a Panther who was an informant in Baltimore named Eugene Anderson. Cox fled the United States to avoid trial, living first in Algeria and later in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. Cox did not return to the United States, although he married an American from Philadelphia, Barbara Easley. He died in exile in Camps-sur-l’Agly, France in February 2011.[1]

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    Ollie Matson, American Hall of Fame football player (Cardinals, Rams, Lions, Eagles),

    Ollie Genoa Matson II  was an American Olympic medal winning sprinter and professional American football running back who played in the National Football League, in 1952 and from 1954 to 1966 died from complications from dementia he was , 80. . He graduated from George Washington High School in San Francisco in 1948.

    (May 1, 1930 – February 19, 2011)

    College career

    Matson attended the City College of San Francisco prior to transferring to the University of San Francisco. While in school, Matson became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. In 1951, Matson’s senior year at USF, he led the nation in rushing yardage and touchdowns en route to leading the Dons to an undefeated season. He was selected as an All-American and finished ninth in Heisman Trophy balloting that year.
    Despite its 9-0 record, the 1951 San Francisco team was not invited to a bowl game. It was later reported that the Orange, Sugar and Gator Bowls – all in the American South – did not consider inviting any teams that had black players, and the USF refused to play without its two African-American teammates.[1]
    Drafted #1 by the Chicago Cardinals, he went on to share 1952 Rookie of the Year honors with Hugh McElhenny of the San Francisco 49ers. During his 14-year career, Matson also played for the Los Angeles Rams (traded by the Cardinals for nine Rams players following the 1958 season),[2] the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles, and he was named to the Pro Bowl six times (1952, 1954 to 1958). When Matson retired in 1966, his 12,799 career all-purpose yards were second only to Jim Brown.[3] Matson was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972, and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976.
    Matson also won a bronze medal in the 400-meter run and a silver medal as part of the United States 4×400-meter relay team in the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland.
    Ollie Matson was a member of The Pigskin Club Of Washington, D.C. National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.

    Personal life

    He married his wife Mary, whom he met when both were San Francisco teenagers in the mid 1940s, in 1952. He and Mary lived in the same Mid-City Los Angeles home from the time he played for the Los Angeles Rams until his passing. The site is being nominated as the ‘Ollie and Mary Matson Residence’, a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, as an historic house museum and interpretive center. Museum and Interpretive is Landmarking 2007-2008, being prepared by students of Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Program in Historic Preservation, anticipated listing mid-2008. Matson suffered from Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in his later years, which is a result of numerous hard hits to the head Matson sustained during his time in the NFL.[4]


    Matson died in his Los Angeles home on February 19, 2011 of respiratory failure, surrounded by family.

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    Anson Rainey, American academic and author,died from pancreatic cancer he was , 81.

    Anson Frank Rainey was Professor Emeritus of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and Semitic Linguistics at Tel Aviv University died from pancreatic cancer he was , 81.. He authored and edited books and articles on the cultures, languages and geography of the Biblical lands. He is the only scholar to date to have personally read and studied all of the existing Amarna tablets, the legendary administrative letters from the period of Pharaoh Akhenaten‘s rule during the 18th Dynasty of Egypt. 

      (January 11, 1930 – February 19, 2011)


    Early life

    Anson Rainey was born in Dallas, Texas in 1930. Upon the death of his father that same year he was left with his maternal grandparents. He entered Brown Military Academy (San Diego, California) from 1943 to 1946. After one semester of study there (as a Cadet Battalion Commander), he served as Assistant Commandant at the Southern California Military Academy (Long Beach, California; Spring Semester, 1947), before transferring to John Brown University (Siloam Springs, Arkansas).[citation needed]


    From 1948-49 he worked as Assistant Commandant at the Brown Military Academy of the Ozarks, in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas, while attending university. He took the B.A. degree there in Religious Education in August 1949. From 1949-51, he worked as a social worker for the County Welfare Department, San Bernardino, California. He went on to enroll in the California Baptist Theological Seminary (Covina, California), where he took three degrees: M.A. in Old Testament (May 1953); B.D. in Biblical Theology (May 1954); M.Th. in Old Testament (May 1955).[citation needed]
    From September 1953 until May 1954, he was a teaching fellow in Hebrew, Old Testament and New Testament Introduction. In 1954 he was appointed Assistant Professor and taught for two more years. From 1955–56, he studied at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed the B.A. with Honors in August 1956. In 1957, he began graduate study at Brandeis University, where he earned an M.A. in June 1959. He spent a third year of residence (1959–60), studying for his Ph.D He came to Israel in June 1960, as the sole American recipient of the Government of Israel Award. From 1960-61, he studied at the Hebrew University, first in an intensive Hebrew course and then in Archaeology and in the Egyptian, Coptic and Phoenician languages (all in Hebrew). At the same time, he completed the basic research for his doctoral dissertation. In 1961, he returned to Brandeis as a research assistant. Upon completion of his dissertation on the Social Structure of Ugarit, he was awarded his Ph.D. in June 1962.[citation needed]
    However, his main activity for the academic year, 1962–63, was research and study under a grant from the Warburg Fund at the Hebrew University. This award was renewed for 1963-64, and the book that resulted was translated into Hebrew and published by the Bialik Institute (August 1967). It was a revision of the earlier dissertation, expanded to include new source material that had subsequently become available. He began teaching Ugaritic and Akkadian at the Tel Aviv University. From 1965–66, he served as acting chairman of the Ancient Near Eastern Studies Department. In 1966, his status was changed to Lecturer in Semitic Languages. A year later he was appointed Senior Lecturer. In 1970 he was elevated to Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures. The department was reorganized under the title, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, in which he served as coordinator for Mesopotamian Studies until October 1975. A new department of Semitic Linguistics was also organized, and from 1971-72 he was its acting chairman. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and Semitic Linguistics effective July 1, 1981.[citation needed]


    Rainey served on the editorial boards of Israel Oriental Studies, an annual, and of Tel Aviv, a quarterly, both publications of Tel Aviv University. He continued his connection with the American Institute of Holy Land Studies (now the Jerusalem University College), teaching Historical Geography and for six years, from 1964 to 1969, conducting their intensive program of geographical field trips. During the 1960s and 1970s He pursued additional studies at the Hebrew University in Akkadian, Sumerian and Egyptian. He took a sabbatical leave in 1970-71, during which time he deemed it advisable to remain in Jerusalem to study. For a second sabbatical, he was awarded a grant by the American Council of Learned Societies. On the basis of this award he was able to spend 1976-77 as an Honorary Research Fellow at Harvard University. Grants from the Research for Peace Project of the Tel Aviv University made possible three visits to the Cairo Museum from 1980-82 and the el-‘Amârna Tablets in the Museum were all collated.[citation needed]
    From 1982-85 he began teaching part-time at Bar Ilan University in the Department of Eretz-Israel Studies. During a third sabbatical in 1983-84, he was Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. During a fourth sabbatical in 1988-89, he was again Visiting Research Scholar at the University. During a fifth sabbatical for 1995-96, he was again Visiting Research Scholar at the University where he also taught a seminar in Northwest Semitic inscriptions. From 1996 until September 30, 1998, he continued to teach as Full Professor at Tel Aviv University. On October 1, 1998 he became Emeritus Professor there but taught a course in Historical Geography during the academic years 1998-99, 1999–2000 and 2000-2001.
    He spent July 1999 in Jordan studying historical geography and archaeology. In August and September of 1999 he spent the sabbatical time working at the British Museum collating el-‘Amârna tablets. 66 texts were read and many substantial corrections were discovered. Four days were spent at the Vorderasiatische Museum in Berlin where eleven texts were collated, some with new readings and corrections. Further collations were made at the Metropolitan Museum of New York in November 1999, and at the British Museum and at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in January and February of 2000, bringing the total of collated texts up to about 100. A third visit to the United Kingdom in April 2001 was made to complete the collation of texts in the British Museum and also those in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Fall 2001 was spent at the University of California, Los Angeles, where consultation began with the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative in digitizing the Amarna tablets in the Berlin Museum. During the Spring 2002 semester he was invited to teach as a visiting professor of Historical Geography and Ancient Hebrew at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. In August and September 2002 he was a visiting research scholar at the University of Melbourne, Australia.[citation needed]
    From 2002-07 he taught as adjunct professor at Bar Ilan University and Orot College and at the Jerusalem University College. From 2003-04 he spent ten months collating the el-‘Amârna tablets at the Vorderasiatische Museum in Berlin and at other venues in Europe. A completely new edition of the tablets is envisioned along with photographic and internet recording. The edition of the texts and the notes derived from collations will be placed on the internet. During the 53th Rencontre of the International Association of Assyriologists in Moscow in July 2007, he collated the last three el-‘Amârna tablets (at the Pushkin Museum).[citation needed]


    Anson Rainey died, aged 81, from pancreatic cancer in Tel Hashomer, Israel.

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    Spook Jacobs, American baseball player (Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates) died he was , 85.

    Forrest Vandergrift “Spook” Jacobs  was a second baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1954 through 1956 for the Philadelphia Athletics (1954), Kansas City Athletics (1955-’56), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1956). Listed at 5’9″, 155 lb., he batted and threw right handed.

    (November 4, 1925 – February 18, 2011)

    Baseball career

    Born Forrest Vandergrift Jacobs in Cheswold, Delaware, he graduated from Salem High School, Salem, New Jersey in 1943. Immediately after graduation, Jacobs enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a Sergeant during World War II. Following his military discharge, he played professional baseball for 17 seasons, three of them in the majors, while playing for several minor league clubs and in Cuba and Panama winter leagues.[1]
    Jacobs posted a .247 average and a .971 fielding percentage in his major league career, stealing 22 bases, 17 of them in 1954.[2] His build reminded some of Nellie Fox.[3]
    On April 13, 1954, Jacobs became one of only three players in major league history to go 4-for-4 in his major league debut, the others being Delino DeShields and Willie McCovey.[2] Jacobs was a pesky hitter who reached base by slapping balls through the infield, and gained his ghostly nickname from his tendency to dump hits just over the heads of opposing infielders.[4] A baseball writer gave Jacobs the nickname in 1947 when he was playing with Johnstown, Pennsylvania, club, the Johnnies, of the Middle Atlantic League.[5] Casey Stengel once said of him, “He’s always been in our hair.”[3]
    Jacobs was a farmhand of the Brooklyn Dodgers for eight years before becoming the property of the Philadelphia Athletics. The Dodgers had vast minor league holdings in 1954, and loaded a number of their prospects on the roster of a single club. Under the rules of the time, only one selected player could be lost to a team per draft period. Jacobs was never called up to the Dodgers’ top farm club, the Montreal Royals, because of their surplus of players. On one occasion, he was passed over when Brooklyn picked Junior Gilliam. Clyde Sukeforth hinted that the Pittsburgh Pirates might have an interest in drafting Jacobs, but the team chose Danny Lynch instead. Philadelphia manager Eddie Joost was particularly impressed by Jacobs’ fielding and his hit and run capability.[6]
    On April 20, 1954, Jacobs’ fourth inning triple, followed by an error on a fly ball hit by Vic Power, gave Philadelphia a 5-0 lead over the Washington Senators.[7] On May 3, 1954, Chicago White Sox right-hander, Sandy Consuegra, retired the first 19 Athletics’ hitters before Jacobs doubled in the seventh inning with one man out. Consuegra retired the next five hitters prior to encountering trouble in the ninth. Then Jacobs bunted successfully, and Consuegra threw wildly into right field, allowing two runs to score. Chicago beat Philadelphia 14-3 at Connie Mack Stadium, with Jacobs collecting the only two hits for the losers.[8]
    Jacobs was involved in a fracas while playing for the Columbus Jets in July 1955. Lou Limmer of the Toronto Maple Leafs slid into him at second base, knocking Jacobs head over heels. Jacobs was thrown out of the International League game in the fourth inning for throwing a punch in retaliation.[9] A sore arm led to his demotion to Columbus. His arm recovered and Jacobs was selected as the outstanding International League second baseman in 1955, batting .316.[3]
    During 1956 spring training, Jacobs competed with Jim Finigan for the starting second baseman job for the Kansas City Athletics. Finigan was considered a more powerful hitter, but Jacobs was a faster player.[3] He was optioned to the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League by the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 4, 1956.[10] Jacobs was among 14 players recalled by the Pirates in September 1956.[11]
    Jacobs was injured when he collided with Hollywood shortstop, Dick Smith, during a game in the Pacific Coast League. Both players were chasing a fly ball in a game against the San Diego Padres (April 11, 1957), and Jacobs was thought to have suffered a hairline skull fracture after being carried from the field on a stretcher.[12][13] He recovered and returned to the Stars’ lineup on May 7.[14]
    Tommy Lasorda and Jacobs were teammates on the 1956 Athletics. While pitching for the Los Angeles Angels (PCL), Lasorda deliberately hit Jacobs in the fifth inning of an August 1957 game. The knockdown came after relief pitcher, Fred Waters, hit a 400-foot home run which broke a 4-4 tie. Jacobs charged Lasorda and then went after his rival second baseman, Sparky Anderson. Hollywood went on to score seven runs in the fifth inning to gain an 11-4 win at Gilmore Field.

    Later life

    After his baseball career ended, Jacobs and his wife Bobbie settled in Milford, Delaware, where they owned and operated the Milford Bus Center, then Mr. Donut/Donut Connection, over a span of 42 years before retiring.[1][15]
    The Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame inducted Jacobs in 1991. He also became a member of six Sports Hall of Fames – Delaware Baseball, Columbus Ohio, Cuban Baseball, Eastern Shore, Delaware, South Jersey and Salem County, New Jersey.[1]
    One of his proudest achievements was when his personal stamp collection was featured in 2008 at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.[1]
    Jacobs died at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Delaware, on February 18, 2011, at the age of 85.[1]

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