Saturday, August 31, 2013

Back Home Again



Well, I am now out of the scrubland and back home, inside the Tucson city limits.

Unfortunately, I am unable at this moment to come up with something interesting about which to write.



George Harrison was the first one of the Beatles to release a solo album.



On this day, August 31 in 1955, William G. Cobb of the General Motors Corp. (GM) demonstrated his 15-inch-long "Sunmobile," the world's first solar-powered automobile, at the General Motors Powerama auto show held in Chicago, Illinois.

Cobb's Sunmobile introduced, however briefly, the field of photovoltaics -- the process by which the sun's rays are converted into electricity when exposed to certain surfaces -- into the gasoline-drenched automotive industry.

In early 2009, The Nikkei, a Japanese business daily, reported that Toyota Motor Corp. was secretly developing a vehicle that would be powered totally by solar energy. According to The Nikkei, Toyota's planned solar car is not expected to hit the market for years. The electric vehicle will get some of its power from solar cells on the vehicle, and will be recharged with electricity generated from solar panels on the roofs of car owners' homes.

Today, more than a half-century after Cobb debuted the Sunmobile, a mass-produced solar car has yet to hit the market anywhere in the world.


An entrepreneur is an individual who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so.

The entrepreneur is commonly seen as an innovator -- a generator of new ideas, and business processes. Management skill and strong team building abilities are often perceived as essential leadership attributes for successful entrepreneurs. Robert B. Reich considers leadership, management ability, and team-building to be essential qualities of an entrepreneur



(born August 31, 1949)
Richard Gere is an American actor. He began acting in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar, and a starring role in Days of Heaven. He came to prominence in 1980 for his role in the film American Gigolo, which established him as a leading man and a sex symbol. He went on to star in several hit films, including An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, Arbitrage, and Chicago.

(born August 31, 1979)
Dana Hamm decided to put her good looks to work and aimed to start modeling. However, Hamm wisely decided not to go through modeling agencies like Next. Instead Dana appeared on a popular talk show (Jenny Jones) as one of America’s new faces. This television appearance helped her to gain notoriety and popularity as a famous model.

Hamm is commonly referred to as “The Sexiest Women Alive”. Hamm is one of the most successful print models of all time. She has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most promising rising stars, cited by popular media as one of The World’s Most Beautiful Women and often compared to the likes of Angelina Jolie.

(Aug 31, 1928 – Nov 18, 2002)
James Coburn was an American film and television actor. Coburn appeared in nearly 70 films and made more than 100 television appearances during his 45-year career, winning an Academy Award for his supporting role as Glen Whitehouse in Affliction.

A capable, rough-hewn leading man, his toothy grin and lanky body made him a perfect tough-guy in numerous leading and supporting roles in westerns and action films, such as The Magnificent Seven, Hell Is for Heroes, The Great Escape, Major Dundee, Our Man Flint, In Like Flint, Duck, You Sucker, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Charade, and Cross of Iron.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s he would cultivate an image synonymous with "cool", and along with such contemporaries as Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson, became one of the prominent "tough-guy" actors of his day.

(Aug 31, 1924 – June 30, 2003)
Buddy Hackett was an American comedian and actor.

Hackett starred as the title character in Stanley, a situation comedy that also featured Carol Burnett and the voice of Paul Lynde. The series aired live on NBC before a studio audience and was one of the last live sitcoms. Stanley revolved around the adventures of the titular character (Hackett) as the operator of a newsstand in a posh New York City hotel.

In 1960, he appeared as himself in an episode of NBC's short-lived crime drama Dan Raven, starring Skip Homeier, set on the Sunset Strip of West Hollywood. Hackett also appeared many times on the game show Hollywood Squares, in the late 1960s. In one particularly notable episode, Hackett was asked which was the country with the highest ratio of doctors to populace; he answered Israel, or in his words, "the country with the most Jews". Despite the audience roaring with laughter (and Hackett's own belief that the actual answer was Sweden), the answer turned out to be correct.

After starring on Broadway in I Had a Ball, Hackett appeared opposite Robert Preston in the 1962 film adaptation of The Music Man. Hackett became widely known from his role in the 1963 box-office success It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, in which he was paired with Mickey Rooney, with whom he had also recently made Everything's Ducky (1961), about two sailors (Rooney and Hackett) who smuggle a talking duck aboard a Navy ship. Children became familiar with him as lovable hippie auto mechanic Tennessee Steinmetz in Disney's The Love Bug (1969). He appeared for one season as Art Carney's replacement as second banana on The Jackie Gleason Show, and in the 1958 film God's Little Acre


In America, everybody thinks they're an entrepreneur. That's the problem. It's not a title that anybody should call oneself.
--Alan Sugar


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