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             Biography - Thursday, October 5, 2006 
       "Real stories and fascinating details behind the 
         most intriguing people who have ever lived." 
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Greetings Biography Buff, 

Halloween is almost here and my kids are already bugging me 
about costumes. They still dress up for school and it's a 
big deal. So it looks like this weekend will be spent shop-
ping with them to find just the right outfit.

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--WHO AM I? 

--1. I was born January 13, 1961 in New York City. 

--2. I began my acting career at the Practical Theatre 
     Company and with the prestigious Second City comedy 
     troupe. 

--3. I was cast as a regular on Saturday Night Live in 1982.

--4. In 1986, I launched my film career, appearing in Woody 
     Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters.

--5. It was my role on the hit sitcom Seinfeld that launched 
     me into stardom.

Who am I? (Answer at the bottom)

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--BIO QUIZ

Put these TV policemen and firemen in the order that they 
were born:

--1. Kevin Tighe

--2. Martin Milner

--3. Randolph Mantooth

--4. Kent McCord

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--COMINGS AND GOINGS: 

****Some famous people born during this week in history: 

-- Chubby Checker - October 3, 1941
Singer. Checker began performing in churches and on the 
streets with his singing group, The Quantrells. In 1959, he 
signed with Cameo-Parkway Records, and released two minor 
hits. However, his version of The Twist and his accompanying 
dance routine moved Checker to the top of the charts. As a 
dance movement, the Twist revolutionized popular culture by 
giving couples the freedom to break apart on the dance floor. 
The song went to No. 1 on the billboards in August 1961, 
where it remained for 18 straight weeks. He continued to 
capitalize on the twist theme with similarly titled songs, 
such as Twistin' U.S.A. and Twist it Up in the early 1960s, 
and even Let's Twist Again in 1999.

-- Bob Geldof - October 5, 1954
Rock musician and philanthropist. He formed the successful 
rock group, the Boomtown Rats, in 1975. Moved by the suffer-
ing in famine-stricken Ethiopia, he established the pop 
charity Band Aid trust in 1984, which raised money for 
Africa famine relief through the release of the record Do 
They Know It's Christmas? In 2004 he was appointed a member 
of the newly-launched Commission for Africa initiative to 
help produce new ideas for reducing poverty in the continent. 
In November that year a new Band Aid formed to record a 
second version of Do they know it's Christmas? to raise 
funds for famine-stricken Darfur in W Sudan, and the single 
topped the charts for several weeks including Christmas. In 
2005, he organized the Live 8 charity pop concerts timed to 
coincide with the G8 summit on world poverty.

-- Simon Cowell - October 7, 1959
Record producer. While working at EMI Music Publishing in 
1979, Cowell developed his uncanny sense for what makes a 
music industry hit. In 1989, he was hired by BMG Records and 
has served as an executive for BMG ever since. Throughout 
his career, Cowell has achieved sales of over 25 million 
albums, over 70 top 30 records and 17 number 1 singles. In 
2001, he teamed up with Simon Fuller to produce a show in 
which the public chooses the next big solo star. The show, 
Pop Idol, debuted in the UK, and was an instant success. 
The American version, American Idol, debuted in 2002, with 
Cowell once again judging alongside singer Paula Abdul and 
producer Randy Jackson. 


****Some famous people who have died during this week 
    in history: 

-- Janis Joplin - October 4, 1970
Born January 19, 1943
Rock Singer. Joplin dropped out the University of Texas and 
spent two years traveling, performing and becoming drug 
addicted. In 1966, she became the lead singer for Big Brother 
and the Holding Company, and became recognized for her sing-
ing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. She is featured on 
the band's second album, Cheap Thrills. The next year, she 
formed the Kosmic Blues Band, and became further noticed 
when she performed solo at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. 
In 1970, she sang with the Full Tilt Boogie Band. On October 
4, 1970, she was found dead in her room at the Hollywood, 
California Landmark Motor Hotel, from an apparent heroin-
alcohol overdose. Her best selling album, Pearl, was 
released posthumously, and she was inducted into the Rock 
and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. 

-- Rodney Dangerfield - October 5, 2004
Born November 22, 1921
Actor, comedian. In the 1960s, Dangerfield's stand up act 
took off with various television appearances and comedy 
albums. The man who was famous for his signature phrase "I 
can't get no respect," he opened up the self-named comedy 
club Dangerfield's in New York City. There he helped the 
careers of Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Roseanne Barr, Jeff 
Foxworthy, Tim Allen and the late Sam Kinison. His movie 
career was as varied and interesting as his comedy act. He 
made his acting debut in the 1971 movie The Projectionist. 
He would later appear in such movies as Caddyshack, Easy 
Money, Back to School, Ladybugs, Moving, The Scout, and Meet 
Wally Sparks. Over the years, he never lost his blunt and 
sarcastic appeal for his brand of humor. He was a regular 
when Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and frequently 
appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week

Colin Powell recently revealed that he was fired by 
President Bush. Do you agree that this was a good decision?

Question of the Week

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--Answer to "WHO AM I?" 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The actress studied drama at Northwest-
ern University before starting her acting career in nearby 
Chicago at the Practical Theatre Company and with the
prestigious Second City comedy troupe. After moving to New 
York, she was cast as a regular on Saturday Night Live in 
1982. In 1986, she launched her film career, appearing in 
Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters and Soul Man. But it 
was her role as the cynical Elaine Benes on NBC's hit 
sitcom Seinfeld that launched Louis-Dreyfus to stardom. She 
earned a Golden Globe in 1993 and an Emmy in 1996 for her 
performance. She continued to make films, appearing in Jack 
the Bear, North, Father's Day, and Deconstructing Harry. 
She also lent her voice for the role of Princess Atta in 
the computer-animated feature A Bug's Life.


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--Answers to BIO QUIZ: 

--1. Martin Milner - 12/28/1931

--2. Kent McCord - 09/26/1942

--3. Kevin Tighe - 08/13/1944

--4. Randolph Mantooth - 09/19/1945

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