Archive for January 21st, 2011

ROBBY BENSON IS 55 YEARS OLD TODAY

ROBBY BENSON NOW

Robby Benson was born Robin David Segal in Dallas, Texas. Benson was raised in New York City and took his mother’s maiden name as his stage name when he was 10.

Robby made his Broadway debut in The Rothschilds (1970). He had an early role on the CBS-TV daytime soap Search for Tomorrow (1971-72). As a film star, Benson was popular for roles of teens in coming−of–age films, such as in 1972′s Jory (his screen debut), in Jeremy (1973), and as Billy Joe McAllister in Ode to Billy Joe(1976).

Benson was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis’ Screen World, and auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars (1977), but lost the role to Mark Hamill. He received critical acclaim for his role as the hockey player, Nick Peterson, in Ice Castles (1978).

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ROBBY BENSON 2 YEARS
                          A 2 year old Robby Benson

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GENERAL BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1813

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Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was a Confederate general during the Civil War, and probably the most well-known Confederate commander after General Robert
E. Lee. His military career includes the Valley Campaign of 1862 and his service as a corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee. He died of
complications of pneumonia on May 10, 1863 at the age of 39. Military historians
consider Jackson to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in U.S. history. 

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                  Monument of Stonewall Jackson in Richmond, Virginia

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DRESS LIKE JOHNNY CARSON!

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FIRST KIWANIS CLUB FOUNDED ON THIS DATE IN 1915

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The first Kiwanis club was organized in Detroit, MI, and received a charter from the state of Michigan on Jan. 21, 1915.

The group began as a small network of local businessmen who referred clients to each other’s businesses. As the network grew, the members started to focus on not only themselves, but the needs of the community as well.

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                             Russell Ward, above, was elected the first 
                             president of the Michigan Kiwanis club in 1918.  

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FIRST ATOMIC SUB LAUNCHED ON THIS DATE IN 1954

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LAUNCHING OF THE USS NAUTILUS MAIN
 

USS Nautilus (SSN-571) is the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine. She was also the first vessel to complete a submerged transit across the North Pole.

Namesake of the submarine in Jules Vern’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Nautilus was authorized in 1951 and launched in 1954. Because her nuclear propulsion allowed her to remain submerged for far longer than diesel-electric submarines, she broke many records in her first years of operation and was able to travel to locations previously beyond the limits of submarines. In operation, she revealed a number of limitations in her design and construction; this information was used to improve subsequent submarines.

The Nautilus was decommissioned in 1980 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982. She has been preserved as a museum of submarine history in Groton, Connecticut where she was launched. she receives some 250,000 visitors a year.

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Another photo of the Launching of the USS Nautilus showing the spectators

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The Nautilus docked at the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum
located at Gorton, Connecticut.

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