Andy Serkis

Virtually Actor. Definitely Father. Mostly Imagineer.

Andy Serkis is the eighth highest-grossing actor of all time, and his film work in motion capture has been critically acclaimed. He is best known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation, and voice work for computer-generated characters. In 2011, Serkis founded The Imaginarium Studios[1] with film producer Jonathan Cavendish.

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Why Do We Send Christmas Cards?

Obviously to keep the Post office in business!

The tradition had its beginning in early 19th-century England. British students would write home [hopefully] boasting good grades and showing off their penmanship, composition, and artwork. They hoped that these joyful letters would produce good presents and/or money for Christmas.

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The Archies – Doyle’s Space: Music Hall of Fame – Gummy Award

Everything’s Archie!

My first inductee for a Gummy Award is The Archies (band) who first appeared in the comic book, Life with Archie #60 (April 1967). The Andy Hardy[1] movies were an inspiration for John L. Goldwater[2] to have a comic book about a relatable normal person. Teenaged Archibald “Chick” Andrews debuted with Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones in Pep Comics #22 (Dec. 1941), in a story by writer Vic Bloom and artist Bob Montana. In 1967, inspired by the success of the 1966 TV series The Monkees, Don Kirshner[3] wanted a musical act that he could fully control.

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The Gummy Awards

I’ll be inducting some of the pioneers of bubblegum music and awarding them “Gummy Awards”.

One of my favorite types of music has always been Bubblegum. I remember getting Mother to take me to the Sandy Springs, Georgia, K-Mart[1] (the closest one to Alpharetta at the time) to buy the first Archies album on its release day.

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Charles M. Schulz

“Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate.”

-Charles M. Schulz

Charles Monroe Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 26, 1922, and grew up in Saint Paul. He was a cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists in history. He has been cited by many cartoonists as a major influence, including Jim Davis, Murray Ball, Bill Watterson, Matt Groening, and Dav Pilkey.

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The Four Fundamental Forces

The four fundamental forces act upon us every day, whether we realize it or not.

There are four fundamental forces at work in the universe; the strong force, the weak force, the electromagnetic force, and the gravitational force. The one we are all familiar with, the one that keeps us from floating off into space as we walk around, gravity is the weakest of the four. How can that be? Let’s see:

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Robert Clary Dies

The tragedy is that many the Holocaust survivors died from overeating food too rich for them after such a long time of starvation.

Robert Clary was born Robert Max Widerman on March 1, 1926, He was the youngest of 14 children, 10 of whom died in the Holocaust[1]. His parents, Baila and Moishe Widerman were Polish Jewish immigrants. At age 12, he began a career singing professionally on a French radio station and also studied art in Paris. In 1942, because he was Jewish, he was deported to the Nazi concentration camp at Ottmuth, in Upper Silesia (now Otmęt, Poland).

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Stihl Gas Leaf Blower

The semi-automatic choke and the new start/stop switch make it virtually impossible to flood when starting this unit. The high-performance, low-emission engine makes quick work of leaves and other yard waste.

I bought a Stihl BG 56C gas leaf blower for minimal use around my house. I use it to blow grass off my driveway, the leaves off the concrete areas around my shed and deck, and the pine straw off my roof. It is more than adequate for these tasks.

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Asian Longhorned Tick

There are hundreds of tick species in the world, and about 10 percent of these species are found in the United States.

The Asian long-horned tick — Haemaphysalis longicornis — “is a tick indigenous to Asia, where it is an important vector of human and animal disease agents,” warned a research team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Birthday Cakes and Candles

Happy birthday to you!

My mother always made me a German Chocolate birthday cake, my favorite as a child. Now, my friend Victor makes me a sugar-free cake since I have diabetes. I thought I’d look into the history of these delicious delights. The Romans baked the first birthday cakes made of flour, nuts, yeast, and honey to celebrate weddings and the occasional 50th birthday.

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