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CHAMPION RACE CAR DRIVER IS RETIRING

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is retiring from full-time racing and will
turn his focus toward spending time with family.

He figures his future schedule will include no more than
10 bucket-list events, but the 47-year-old had no idea
Monday what that schedule will look like. He turned
47 September 17th.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

today in history

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Sofia Loren is 88 years young today.

As of 2022, Loren is one of the last surviving major
stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema and
is the only remaining living person on AFI ‘s list.

Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons after entering
a beauty pageant, Loren began her film career at age
sixteen in 1950.

Loren’s performance as Cesira in the film Two Women
(1961) directed by
Vittorio De Sica won her the Academy
Award for Best Actress
, making her the first actor to win
an Oscar for a non-English-language performance.

She holds the record for having earned seven David
di Donatello Awards
for Best Actress. She has won
five special
Golden Globes (including the Cecil B.
DeMille Award
), a BAFTA Award, a Laurel Award, a
Grammy Award, the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the
Venice Film Festival and the Best Actress Award at the
Cannes Film Festival. In 1991, she received the Academy
Honorary Award
for lifetime achievements.

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WRITER AWARDED MEDAL OF FREEDOM

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John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. (1902 – 1968)


Writer John Steinbeck was presented the U.S. Medal of Freedom
on September 14, 1964. Steinbeck had already received numerous
other honors and awards for his writing, including the 1962 Nobel
Prize and a 1939 Pulitzer Prize for Grapes of Wrath.

Steinbeck, a native Californian, studied writing intermittently at
Stanford between 1920 and 1925 but never graduated. He moved
to
New York and worked as a manual laborer and journalist while
writing his first two novels, which were not successful. He married
in 1930 and moved back to
California with his wife. His father, a government official in Salinas County, gave the couple a house to
live in while Steinbeck continued writing.

His first novel, Tortilla Flat, about the comic antics of several
rootless drifters who share a house in California, was published
in 1935. The novel became a financial success.

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NOVEL PUBLISHED IN THE U.S. ON THIS DAY

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Boris Pasternak’s romantic novel, Doctor Zhivago is published
in the United States on September 5, 1958. The book was banned
in the
Soviet Union, but still won the Nobel Prize for Literature in
1958.

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Boris Leonidovich Pasternak
(29 January] 1890 – 30 May 1960)

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IT WAS AN ELECTRIFYING MOMENT IN 1968

An Electrifying Kiss
( From HistoricTalk)

One can never know when those CPR skills will be needed! This incredible photo, entitled "Kiss of Life", features two coworkers,
Randall G. Champion and J.D. Thomspon, utility workers out
performing maintenance on electricity lines in 1967. Champion accidentally brushed against a low voltage line and went
unconscious. His harness kept him from falling off the pole,
while his quick-thinking coworker below him climbed up and
gave him mouth-to-mouth. It was the photographer, Rocco
Marabito who had been driving past, who called for an
ambulance! 

Thompson saved Champion’s life that day, and Rocco Morabito
won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for “The Kiss
of Life” in 1968.  Champion lived another 35 years, surviving
another electrical shock along the way, before dying of heart
failure in 2002.


J.D. Thompson holds a copy of the photo that captured him saving a fellow electrical lineman’s life.         
        

       
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Retired photographer Rocco Morabito

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