Archive for December 16th, 2013

COUNTRY LEGEND HAS DIED AT 87

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   Noble Ray Price
(January 12, 1926 – December 16, 2013)

On December 2, 2013, Price entered a Tyler, Texas, hospital in the final
stages of pancreatic cancer, according to his son, then left on December
12 for home hospice care. He died at his home on Monday.

"For the Good Times" is a 1970 song written by Kris Kristofferson. It
was awarded “Song of the Year” by the Academy of
 Country Music
and was Price’s fifth #1 single and spent a total of nineteen weeks
on
the country chart. “For the Good Times” crossed over to the pop
chart at number eleven. It became Ray Price’s only release to hit the
Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.

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IT’S ABOUT TO BE “WIPED” OUT!

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Manually operated windshield wiper

(FoxNews) – The reign of the windshield wiper could be coming to an end.

The McLaren automobile company is working on a vibrating windscreen
designed to clear away water and debris,

McLaren chief designer Frank Stephenson says the design is based on
fighter plane technology that uses high frequency sound waves to repel
rain, bugs and other potential obstructions.

The windshield wiper was invented in 1903, and the concept has changed
very little since its introduction.

Originally a hand-cranked device, electric motors were soon added, but
major advancements since have been limited to intermittent systems and
rain-sensing capabilities, none of which has affected the basic idea of the
wiper blade itself.

By removing traditional wipers, the aerodynamics of a vehicle can be greatly 
improved and its weight reduced.

But while it sounds very advanced, one expert tells the Times that it could
require only a small transducer to send 30 kHz sound waves across the
glass and cost as little as $15 per car.

No word on when it will be put into production, or details if it would work
effectively at low speeds or just on the highway and racetracks, but the
first cars that use it aren’t likely to be cheap.

McLaren’s current lineup of supercars runs from around $230,000 to
$1.15 million, although it is working on one said to be in the $125,000
range.

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Mary Anderson (1866- 1953)

The Inventor is credited with devising the first
operational windshield wiper in Nov. of 1903. 

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LOOKING BACK AT TODAY IN HISTORY

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ROCK GUITARIST IS 64 TODAY

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Billy Gibbons, 1968 high school yearbook

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William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons

The Bearded guitarist who plays for the Texas blues and rock band
ZZ Top was called the next hottest guitarist by Jimi Hendrix. Instead
of using a regular guitar pick, he has used an old five pesos coin
(below).

 

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TV SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1951

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The pilot for Dragnet, "The Human Bomb" aired on NBC-TV as a special
presentation of the variety series Chesterfield Sound-Off Time. The show
garnered such high ratings that sponsor Liggett & Myers Tobacco dropped
the variety show and went with the police drama. The series officially began
on January 3, 1952 and ran until 1959.

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