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Weekly Challenge Caption competition - to 13th March
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Norton had an "aw shucks" moment when he wanted to call his friend for help, then realized his cellphone was at home on the charger.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12 Hours Ago  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Mt. Tamalpais cemetery, San Rafael CA.

Born Elizabeth Barry Scale, Bessie Barriscale was a silent-film and stage actress, and a major star for producer Thomas Ince in the late 1910s. Her last role was as a maid in The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934). In 1922, actor Jackie Coogan and his parents purchased her home in Pellisier Square, Los Angeles, valued at $45,000. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Howard Hickman was an actor, director and writer. Hickman directed 19 films and co-starred with his wife, actress Bessie Barriscale, in several productions before returning to the theater. He made a brief appearance as plantation owner John Wilkes, father of Ashley Wilkes, in Gone with the Wind (1939).


Ernie Nevers played football and baseball, and was a football coach. Nevers played four sports for Stanford University and was an All-American in football in 1925. He played pro football for the Duluth Eskimos in 1926 and 1927, and the Chicago Cardinals from 1929-31. In 1929, he set an NFL record that still stands by scoring 40 points in a single game. Nevers also pitched for the St. Louis Browns 1926-28 and the Mission Bells 1928-29. Nevers coached for a few years, always with very losing records, going 1-8 at Lafayette College, 2-13-1 at the Univ of Iowa, and 1-10 with the Chicago Cardinals. He is in both the college and pro Football Hall of Fame.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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North Kern cemetery, Delano CA.

Norman Jay Rambo, known as Dack Rambo, was an actor, notably as Walter Brennan’s grandson Jeff on TV’s The Guns of Will Sonnett, Steve Jacobi on All My Children, cousin Jack Ewing on Dallas, and Grant Harrison on Another World. He quit Another World and retired after learning he was HIV positive. He has a new grave marker, plainer style in white on black, after this one.



Dack's twin brother Orman Ray Rambo, as Dirk Rambo, acted in 19 episodes of The New Loretta Young Show, The Virginian, and an episode of Dragnet which aired just 9 days after he died from a fiery auto accident in Hollywood. The other driver was actress Kathleen Case, who survived and had felony drunk driving and manslaughter charges dismissed two months later.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Hillside, Culver City.

Arthur Gardner was a producer of The Monster That Challenged the World, Law of the Plainsman, The Detectives, Clambake, The Big Valley, The Kansas City Bomber, and most notably, TV’s The Rifleman. He had 24 acting credits including Assassin of Youth (1938) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).


Born Monte Halparin in Canada, he majored in chemistry and zoology and wanted to go to medical school, but was not admitted due to secret quotas restricting Jewish students. Instead, Hall went into radio, hosting and producing a number of programs. Hall moved to NYC in 1955, eventually hosting game shows including Bingo at Home, and was involved in two local film shows for children. From 1956-60, Hall co-hosted a segment of NBC's Monitor. During 1959-60, he was a radio analyst for NY Rangers hockey. More game shows followed, and Hall hosted Let's Make a Deal, which he developed and produced with partner Stefan Hatos. In 1979, Hall appeared on Password Plus as a contestant, and he had a few TV and movie roles. He helped raise close to $1 billion for charity, and has stars on Walks of Fame in the US and Canada.


Paul Kohner was a Czech-American producer in the 1920's and '30s. He started a talent agency in 1938 and represented Ingmar Bergman, Maurice Chevalier, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, John Huston, Liv Ullmann and Billy Wilder. He was married to Mexican-American actress Lupita Tovar, who starred in the Spanish-language version of 1931's Dracula, of which he was associate-producer. Daughter Susan was oscar nominated for 1959's Imitation of Life, and grandsons Chris and Paul Weitz are directors, including 1999's American Pie.

Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-28-2021, 08:13 PM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest now to March 6th
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Replies: 15
Views: 438
Phil decided to drop a bomb on his friend Harold.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-28-2021, 02:29 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Replies: 998
Views: 577,826
Forest Lawn, Hollywood.

Frank Inn, born Elias Franklin Freeman was an animal trainer including the dogs in the Thin Man and Benji movies, the cat Orangey in The Incredible Shrinking Man, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Diary of Anne Frank, and Arnold the pig from Green Acres. After his wife's death, Inn retired and devoted his time to writing poetry, creating a museum of memorabilia from his long career, and training a new generation of animal wranglers. Rumor has it the ashes from some of his pets are buried with him, though it is illegal at Forest Lawn...


As Yvonne Howell, Julia Rose Shevlin was a "bathing beauty" for Mack Sennett in the 1920s and had supporting roles in a few films including the drama Fashions for Women (1927), and the western Somewhere in Sonora (1927) opposite cowboy star Ken Maynard. In 1930, she became the first wife of then cameraman George Stevens, later an oscar-winning film director. Their son, George Stevens, Jr., was founding director of the American Film Institute. After her film career ended, she was a nurse's aide in California during WWII and later served as a volunteer tutor.


Bob Hastings was a radio, film, and TV character actor and provided voices for cartoons. His best-known role was of annoying suck-up Lt. Elroy Carpenter, on McHale's Navy. After serving in WWII as a navigator on B-29s, he played Archie Andrews in a radio series based on the Archie comic from 1945-53. His first recurring TV role was as a lieutenant on Sergeant Bilko in the late 1950s. He appeared 5 times on Dennis the Menace. Hastings' movies include Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?, The Bamboo Saucer, Angel in My Pocket, The Love God?, The Boatniks, How to Frame a Figg, The Poseidon Adventure, The All-American Boy, No Deposit No Return, and Harper Valley PTA.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-28-2021, 12:22 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly challenge #526
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Replies: 23
Views: 954
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-25-2021, 11:22 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Replies: 998
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Calvary, East Los Angeles.

After the attack of Pearl Harbor, throughout early 1942, US west coast residents repeatedly received warnings of incoming Japanese attacks.




Air-raid sirens blared, military fighters and bombers took to the skies, civil defense teams enforced blackout rules, and anti-aircraft guns opened fire on real or imagined targets.

Real. An attack by a single Japanese submarine on the Elwood oil field north Santa Barbara resulted in minimal damage, but this event was key in triggering the West Coast invasion scare and influenced the decision to intern Japanese-Americans a week later. It also was the first shelling of the mainland during the war.

Real?


Imagined. The next night, this one caused 3 traffic fatalities, 2 heart attacks, and minor ground-based damage from falling shrapnel.


An anticipated attack on San Francisco never materialized.


Like most people in the US West Coast, Derwin Lyon was concerned about an enemy attack, and took steps to protect his home and family. Nearly every room of the Lyon home was equipped with a fire extinguisher, and as Lyon was particularly concerned about a poison gas attack, he modified one bedroom so it could be sealed off from outside air. He brought two tanks of compressed air and one tank of oxygen home from work to be used in the air-tight chamber. The family conducted regular rehearsal drills, so they would know exactly what to do, and to test the system. They would gather in the modified room, seal off the windows and doors, and Lyon would turn on the air and oxygen tanks. After a few minutes, he would turn off the tanks and open a window, then strike a match to see if the air was clear. On the evening of June 23, 1942, Derwin decided to hold a longer drill of about 15 minutes. As he had done previously, Lyon turned off the tanks, opened a window and struck a match which caused a huge explosion heard by neighbors blocks from the house, and set the house on fire. The youngest daughter who had polio was found in a closet in the bedroom, wrapped in a blanket she apparently used to try to smother the flames. The other five members of the family were taken to a nearby hospital with severe burns and other injuries. Derwin, wife Lena, a daughter and son all died the next day, and the second daughter died a day later. The second son was asleep in another room at the time of the fire and was the only survivor.


Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-22-2021, 01:16 PM  
Weekly Challenge weekly caption contest running until February 26, 2021
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 10
Views: 524
After the disappearance of Fifi the sheepdog, they rounded up the usual suspects...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-19-2021, 06:56 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Replies: 998
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Forest Lawn, Hollywood.

William Paxton was an actor and director. He appeared in Stripes, The Terminator, Commando, Weird Science, Aliens, Near Dark, Predator 2, Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, Twister, Titanic, Mighty Joe Young, U-571, Vertical Limit, Frailty (which he also directed), Broken Lizard's Club Dread, Thunderbirds, Edge of Tomorrow, and Nightcrawler. He starred in the HBO Big Love (2006–2011) and earned three Golden Globe Award nominations. He was nominated for an Emmy and a Screen Actors Award for the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, and in the TV's Training Day. His final film appearance was in The Circle, released two months after his death. In 1982, Paxton and his friend, Andrew Todd Rosenthal, formed a new wave musical band called Martini Ranch and released its only full-length album, Holy Cow, in 1988.


Dorothy Jacqueline Keely, known as Keely Smith, was a jazz and popular music singer. When Smith was 11 years old, she sang as a cast member of The Joe Brown Radio Gang program. At age 14, Smith sang with a naval air station band led by Saxie Dowell, and at 15, she got her first paying job with the Earl Bennett band. She performed and recorded extensively in the 1950s with then-husband Louis Prima. They won a Grammy in 1959 for "That Old Black Magic". She performed solo throughout the 1960s. Her first big solo hit was "I Wish You Love" in 1957 which earned a Grammy nomination, and in 2008 she performed a duet with Kid Rock of “That Old Black Magic” during the 50th Grammy Awards. She has stars on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Scott Wilson, born William Delano Wilson, was an actor with over 50 film credits. His debut was in In the Heat of the Night, followed by his best role co-starring with Robert Blake as a murderer in In Cold Blood. Other movies include The Great Gatsby, Dead Man Walking, Pearl Harbor, The Right Stuff, and Junebug. In 1980, Wilson received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in The Ninth Configuration. He played veterinarian Hershel Greene on TV's The Walking Dead series. He had a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as casino mogul Sam Braun, and a lead role on The OA as Abel Johnson.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-18-2021, 12:11 AM  
Weekly Challenge WEEKLY CHALLENGE #525 - Flowers in B/W
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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-16-2021, 07:24 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Inglewood CA.

Walter Auble moved from Missouri to California after his father died and started working for the LA Police Department. In July 1903, Auble was promoted to captain, in charge of the patrol department, and his activities were often reported in the newspapers. In June 1904, Auble was investigating a major gambling operation in Chinatown and stationed several officers nearby, then climbed to the roof of the building and observed the gambling operation through a skylight. He removed a metal screen and crashed through the skylight. When the gamblers ran for the exits, the waiting officers moved in, and 35 men were arrested. Auble's work enforcing the city’s liquor ordinances riled the Retail Liquor Dealers' Association, which accused the captain of "unwarranted interference with our business," and demanded his resignation. Members of the group complained about hefty fines and lost licenses due to Auble's strict enforcement of the law. However, he had the support of the department and was appointed to be chief of police after the current chief retired.


In early September 1908, the owner of a boarding house contacted the police department to report the suspicious activities of two of her tenants, Carl Sutherland, and Frederick Horning. Auble and another officer went to the boarding house, hid in an adjoining room, and listened to the conversations of the two men and learned that they were planning a series of burglaries. On the morning of Sept. 9, 1908, Auble and Flammer followed Sutherland and Horning as they walked along 9th Street. Auble decided he would arrest Sutherland, and Flammer would arrest Horning. In the struggle, Auble was shot and Flammer found him on his knees and leaning forward, while Sutherland was running away. He died at a hospital about 6 hours later. At the time, he was the highest-ranking officer killed in the line of duty in Los Angeles, and also the longest-serving member of the LAPD with 21 years on the force, and was the third LAPD officer to be killed. Officers eventually tracked down Sutherland as he approached a friend's house through an open field, and he appeared to be holding a gun in his right hand. Realizing he was surrounded, Sutherland dropped his gun and raised his right arm over his head, then quickly raised a small bottle of cyanide to his mouth, drank it, then raised his left arm over his head. Sutherland said, "Well, I guess you've got me, boys." Sutherland was placed in handcuffs and walked a few feet with the officers before he collapsed, then died on the way to the hospital.


Auble's funeral was held on Sept. 12, 1908, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, which was filled to capacity with more than 3,000 additional mourners gathered outside. In addition to city officials, civic and business leaders, and members of the LAPD, representatives of police departments from around the area, from San Diego to Oakland, attended the service. A procession of 21 cars traveled to Inglewood Park Cemetery for the burial. In May 2014, the LAPD unveiled a series of memorial street signs, one for each of the more than 200 officers who have died in the line of duty, posted at or near the locations where each of the officers were killed. Auble's sign is located on the east side of Grand Avenue, just south of 9th Street (possibly now removed).


Here is a great page of 1908 newspaper articles and diagrams
about Auble, his shooting, funeral and other bits.
https://web.archive.org/web/20080217044150/http://www.ulwaf.com/LA-1900s/Spe...ice/Auble.html

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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-15-2021, 12:56 AM  
Weekly Challenge weekly caption contest running until February 19, 2021
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Replies: 14
Views: 690
Two down, thirty to go.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-12-2021, 06:16 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Replies: 998
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Forest Lawn, Cypress CA.

Kathleen Robinson is erroneously listed on several webpages as a victim of the Hillside Strangler (actually two cousins) in 1977. She was a highschool student living in Hollywood, and was a frequent hitch-hiker. She was last seen alive near the beach in Santa Monica. She was found strangled the next day in a parkway in the Los Angeles Wilshire area.


A photo of the leader of the police task force with images of (at the time 11, growing to 13) murder victims thought be connected, shows Kathleen pictured at the top right. However, there are eventually only 10 named victims, excluding Kathleen, on most websites about the murders. She became unconnected with the HS murders for several reasons at odds with the other victims: She was found clothed, she was found in a relatively flat business area, and she was not raped.


In 1978, a man named Peter Mark Jones was arrested under full close-up news coverage for her murder but released after a few days in 1978. Regardless, he lost his job, and his house was vandalized, etc. He went on to sue the TV station for defamation of character, got a public apology from LAPD chief Darryl Gates, and wrote about media scrutiny ("look inside" about 1/2 way down here Amazon.com: Surviving America: Life is tough enough without LEGAL INJUSTICE ! eBook: Jones, P.M., Williams, Jack: Kindle Store , for info about his arrest) and offered a $10,000 reward for info about Kathleen's killer. He also appeared on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show with the lawyers for wrongly-accused Atlanta Olympics bombing suspect Richard Jewell to discuss passing a "no names" law to protect people from unwarranted media attention. As of 1995, Kathleen's murder is listed as unsolved.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-09-2021, 06:01 PM  
Dusk on Crussol Castle
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Views: 167
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-08-2021, 11:54 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #524 -Pilgrimage
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Observation Point, Zion Canyon, Utah. It is a 4-mile hike, which took me and all my gear a wheezing 4 hours or so up, but only 45 minutes down. As a former cartographer, I appreciated the brass benchmark placed in 1928, indicating 6508 ft.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-04-2021, 09:56 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Replies: 998
Views: 577,826
Oak Hill, San Jose CA.

Mountain Charlie was a personality in the Los Gatos mountains of California, and the first white settler in the area after coming to California as part of the gold rush. He fought a bear while hunting, resulting in a temporary metal plate in his head. He later was a toll collector for roads he built in the area, but his first toll road fare was the "poor" circus on its way to Santa Cruz to perform. During a stand off with the owners, he was threatened by their two circus elephants, and let the circus proceed. He started a pack train carrying supplies to the Trinity County mines, but on his second trip, Indians stampeded his train, and he was lucky to escape alive. In 1862, he married Barbara Kelly, the Irish nurse who cared for him after his third skull operation, and they had seven children. In the 1870s, McKiernan started a successful stagecoach business. Barbara cooked meals for the stagecoach passengers while Charlie helped change horses on the wagons. After the new railroad diverted the toll road's business, Charles and Barbara moved to San Jose in 1884.


Dr. Townsend came to California in 1844 as a member of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party, which was the first to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains following the Truckee River, the route where the Donner Party became snowed-in two years later. Arriving during Civil War in California, Townsend volunteered to serve under Capt. John Sutter backing Mexican Governor of California Manuel Micheltorena against the forces of former governor Juan Bautista Alvarado and Gen. José Castro. Afterward, he moved to San Francisco and in April 1848 he was appointed to serve as the 4th American Alcalde, or Mayor. In September 1848, he left for the Gold Rush. He was the first licensed doctor in California, and living in San Jose at the outbreak of the 1850 cholera epidemic. He and his wife helped treat victims until both were killed by the disease in December of 1850.


Paul Masson was an early pioneer of California grapevine growing and popularized Californian sparkling wine. Masson came to the US from the Burgundy region of France in 1878. He met Charles Lefranc, owner of the Almaden vineyard and wine company, and after returning to France to finish school, Masson came back to San Jose as the winemaker at Almaden. After Lefranc's death, Paul purchased 573 acres in Saratoga, which he originally named La Cresta, then the Paul Masson Champagne Company, now known as The Mountain Winery. In 1892, Masson's first sparkling wine under the name "champagne" was introduced at Almaden, and Masson eventually became known as the "Champagne King of California" after winning at the Paris Expo in 1900. He was appointed to California's Board of State Viticultural Commissioners in 1913.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-04-2021, 06:05 PM  
Weekly Challenge weekly caption contest running until February 11, 2021
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Replies: 14
Views: 857
Matty told Hatty
About a thing she saw
Had two big horns
And a wooly jaw
Wooly bully
Wooly bully
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-03-2021, 11:47 PM  
Weekly Challenge weekly caption contest running until February 11, 2021
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Replies: 14
Views: 857
Rodney was self-conscious around photographers and wished they would come back after his salon appointment.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-03-2021, 10:23 AM  
Black & White Two shells, Version 2
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Interesting shells. The foreground element is a bit distracting as it competes with the black background.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-31-2021, 11:29 AM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Replies: 998
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Hollywood Forever.

Charles Graham Baker was a screenwriter for more than 170 films between 1915 and 1948. He directed 13 shorts in the 1910’s, and produced 1940’s Swiss Family Robinson. He and his father invented the game of Gin Rummy in 1909.


Cornelius Cole was an American politician. He served one term in the US House of Representatives as a Republican representing California from 1863 to 1865, and another term in the Senate from 1867 to 1873. In March 1856, Cole organized the California branch of the Republican Party, acting as secretary and writing the manifesto. Later that summer, Cole started the Sacramento Daily California Times with James McClatchy as an editor, though it lasted only a few months after the 1856 National election. In 1880 he moved to southern California where he owned one of the original Spanish/Mexican land grants, what is now known as Hollywood, then was dubbed Colegrove after his wife, Olive Colegrove. There are several streets now named after the family; Cole St, Willoughby Ave, Eleanor St and Seward St. The eastern California community of Coleville in Mono County is named for him.


Havis Davenport was an actress with 16 appearances during the 1950s, before retiring in 1959. They include A Star Is Born, The Bob Cummings Show, twice on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Scandal Incorporated, Death Valley Days, and her last on Alcoa Theatre. Her first role was as the newlywed in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-28-2021, 08:21 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Replies: 998
Views: 577,826
Rose Hills, Whittier.

Bobbie Beard was a child actor, best-known for playing "Cotton" in several Our Gang short films from 1932-34. His older brother was Matthew "Stymie" Beard, one of the most popular Our Gang characters. Bobbie appeared as Stymie's younger brother in Hi'-Neighbor!, Forgotten Babies, Fish Hooky, A Lad an' a Lamp and Birthday Blues. In A Lad an' a Lamp, Spanky McFarland keeps wishing that Cotton could be a monkey. Despite his notable presence in several films, Beard never spoke a word. After Our Gang, Beard was an auction dealer, and later, he worked at the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles and became good friends with Groucho Marx. He served in the Korean War, and spent his final years working for the LA School Board.


On Panel 18 of the Memorial Wall is Robert Castillo Jr., a baseball pitcher who played for the LA Dodgers and Minnesota Twins from 1977-85. In the 1981 World Series as a Dodger, he pitched one inning against the New York Yankees. In 1987, he pitched in Japan for the Chunichi Dragons. Castillo is credited with teaching his Dodgers team-mate, Fernando Valenzuela, how to throw a screwball.


Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutiérrez was a Bolivian-American educator best-known for teaching students calculus from 1974 to 1991 at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. After earning a math degree in Bolivia and moving to the US, he taught himself English and worked odd jobs while earning another college degree. In 1982, 18 of his students passed the Advanced Placement Calculus exam, but the Educational Testing Service was suspicious because all the students made an identical error on the same problem, among other things. Fourteen students were asked to retake the test, and they did well enough to have their scores reinstated. This was portrayed in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver. In 1993, the asteroid 5095 Escalante was named after him. His grave was unmarked for several years.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-25-2021, 12:34 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Replies: 998
Views: 577,826
Mount Moriah, Deadwood SD.

Nicknamed Calamity Jane, Martha Canary (or Cannary) was an American frontierswoman and professional scout known for being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok and fighting against Native Americans. She was in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, and was by then depressed and alcoholic. Four of the men who planned her funeral later stated that Wild Bill Hickok had "absolutely no use" for Jane while he was alive, so they decided to play a posthumous joke on him by giving her a resting place by his side. Another account states: "in compliance with Jane's dying requests, the Society of Black Hills Pioneers took charge of her funeral and burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery beside Wild Bill. Not just old friends, but the morbidly curious and many who would not have acknowledged Calamity Jane when she was alive, overflowed the First Methodist Church for the funeral services on August 4 and followed the hearse up the steep winding road to Deadwood’s boot hill".


James Butler Hickok, better known as "Wild Bill" Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West, known for being a wagon master, soldier, spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. In September 1869, his first month as sheriff, Hickok killed two men. In 1870, Hickok was attacked by two troopers from the 7th Cavalry. He wounded one and killed the other. Hickok was not re-elected to office. In 1876, Hickok was shot from behind and killed while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota), by an unsuccessful gambler.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-25-2021, 12:17 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #523 - Shadows
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Views: 1,080
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-24-2021, 04:49 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Replies: 998
Views: 577,826
Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside CA.

Helen Dance was a jazz enthusiast and music journalist contributing to the Chicago Herald Tribune, Down Beat magazine, Tempo, Swing, and Jazz Hot. She organized concerts and produced recording sessions for small record labels. During WWII, she volunteered as a WAC where her journalistic background led to her assignment with the OSS, eventually serving as an undercover courier. She and husband Stanley attended state dinners with Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Clinton. In 1987, she wrote Stormy Monday: The T-Bone Walker Story about the blues musician.

Stanley Dance was a jazz writer and oral historian of the swing era. He began writing about the jazz scene for the French magazine Jazz Hot in 1935. He wrote for Jazz Journal from 1948 until his death in 1999. He also contributed liner notes for numerous musicians including Duke Ellington and Count Basie. In 1964 he was co-winner of the first Grammy for Best Album Notes. He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999, and posthumously received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Journalist Association. He wrote "The World of Duke Ellington" in 1970, the first book in his trilogy of "The World of Swing" in 1974, "The World of Earl Hines" in 1977, and "The World of Count Basie" in 1980.


Hugh Martin was a musical theater and film composer, arranger, vocal coach, and playwright. He was best known for his score for the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland sang three Martin songs: "The Boy Next Door," "The Trolley Song," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Film work included songs for Athena (1954) starring Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, and Vic Damone; The Girl Most Likely (1957) starring Jane Powell; and Best Foot Forward (1943) which starred Lucille Ball.


Major General Raymond Murray was a highly decorated US Marine Corps officer who earned two Navy Crosses, one during WWII on Guadalcanal and a second during the Korean War. After the Korean War, he served as the Commanding Officer at the Marine School at Quantico, Commanding Officer and Chief of Staff at Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune, from 1964-66 was the Inspector General of the Marine Corps, and served a tour in Vietnam as Deputy Commander, III Marine Amphibious Force.

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