The life of Thomas Alva Edison

Who he was-Thomas Edison was an inventor. He was born on Feb. 11, 1847. To middle class parents in the town of Milan, Ohio. He had adhd which meant he had a hyper active behavior which made his teachers upset and impatient. Thomas Edison never stopped asking questions and had a self centered view on life. He was deemed “odd” by his peers. He started his job as a newspaper salesman. He peddled out by the railroad track.

 

Three things Thomas Edison was famous for-

1.The first electric vote recording machine

  1. He helped Benjamin Bredding make the first two way telephone.
  2. He invented the first practical dictaphone

What are your thoughts about this person?

Edison was very smart and used his skills to create better items for the world. He had difficult beginnings and people didn’t always understand him but he persevered and never give up. I believe Thomas Edison is the most influential person that ever lived.

 

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Jeff’s Eccentric People, Places and Things: J. P. Patches

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Will someone please explain to me whatever happened with the image of clowns? When did they go from beloved bringers of merriment to soul-eating demons, pedofile serial killers, and even a depressed living metaphor for the meaninglessness of life. From the Joker to Pennywise (who is floating back to Derry, Maine on the big screen this September) to real life evil clown John Wayne Gacy, and the “Evil Clown Sighting,” fad last year doesn’t help.  In fact, I think the only mainstream clown people do not fear is now just Ronald McDonald, well maybe except for health inspectors and PETA.

 

First of all I want to apologise to any readers who have coulrophobia, but I feel that this may help you get over your fear. Besides look at that glowing, grandfatherly figure with a red nose. Do you really feel terrified by good old Chris Wedes? Known by children of three generations in Washington State as Julius Pierpont (J. P. to his friends) Patches, Mayor of the Seattle City Dump.

 

A local gem of great value, J. P. was the star of one of the longest local American children’s television. The character first appeared in 1953 in the Minnesota station WTCN Channel 11 played by Daryl Laub. He created the clown and played him for two years, however he left for a rival studio and Chris Wedes took over the role. Chris, already a professional local actor, was unsure at first; as he already was playing several characters on various shows and didn’t want to be overworked. He soon took to the clown like a frog takes to water and even took him to Seattle in 1958. The clown would perform on his own Emmy-winning tv show for over twenty years on KIRO-TV with over 10,000 on screen hours viewed. The show would be improv without a script, with most of the characters being played by the same person. There was Ketchikan the Animal Man, Miss Smith the delivery woman biker, J. P.’s arch enemy Boris S. Wort (Second meanest man in the world!) the Swami of Pastrami and especially not forgetting the Mayor of the City Dump’s pain-in-the-kester love interest Gertrude. All played by the versible and equally talented Bob Newman. One special gimmick the the show had was an amazing magical machine called the I.C.U.2.T.V. This miraculous device, which was most certainly not cardboard with a tv camera in it, J. P. could look into the homes of young Patches Pals (name for fans) on their birthday and tell where to look for presents, that had nothing to do with parents sending in letters ahead to the studio. The I.C.U.2.T.V. also worked as a teleporter to send J.P. and others to North Pole to help Santa with his naughty and nice list for Christmas

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The J.P. Patches Show aired twice a day, six days a week, for the first thirteen years. The next eight years it only ran in the morning and just Saturday morning for the last two. While the cast was small there were quite a number of famous guest stars including cartoonist Al Capp, the Harlem Globetrotters, Colonel Sanders and many more. The show entertained both children and adults and had over 10 thousand hours of on-air time. It had at least 100,000 viewers especially in the Puget Sound area and southwest British Columbia. The Mayor of the City Dump also visited the Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Laurelhurst neighborhood for the sick kids free of charge. The show was canceled in 1981 but this was far from the end of J. P. Patches

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You can’t keep a good clown down apparently. Chris Wedes and Bill Newman would continue to perform their roles in television specials as well as numerous public and private events across the state. Sadly even this circus has to close its doors eventually. On September 17 2011 J. P. put on the makeup and tattered, old, button covered, hat and coat for the last time at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal. Fans all hoped for him a long and happy retirement but that did not come to be. Chris Wedes died ten months later on July 22, 2012 from a long battle with Multiple Myeloma, a type of cancer for white blood cells. He was 84 and survived by his wife, daughter and granddaughter. All of Puget Sound was moister than usual from the tears of Patches Pales of all ages.

 

Like many other long running local children’s show host in other states, J. P. Patches remains a minor cultural icon and almost a folk hero to the people of the Rain City. There are clips and episodes are on VHS, DVD, and the Internet. Archie McPhee, Seattle novelty company that created the “Horse Head Mask” for the internet menu, has among other weird goodies, J. P. Patches lunchboxes, socks, Christmas Tree and scented car ornaments. Along with Oregon’s clown Rusty Nails, J. P. is said to have inspired the Simpsons’ Krusty the Clown and had a shout out in the episode “Radio Bart” on Krusty’s “Birthday Buddies” list. The biggest monument, aside from the memories in fan’s hearts, is the statue, Late for the Interurban, in Fremont, Seattle, dedicated on the show’s fiftieth anniversary

 

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You know what, I won’t do this for every article from now on, but here’s another YouTube video. I’m just in the mood.

JEFF’S ECCENTRIC PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS: EMPEROR NORTON

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Think that politicians are off their rocker? I don’t blame you. No Matter what political party you belong to, there is no argument that most have more than one screw loose. And if there is any city in USA that has plenty of loose screws that is none other than San Francisco. But probably never in the city’s history (or the American government’s) has there been a more eccentric or bizarre character than Joshua Norton, the first and still only Emperor of the United States of America

The Emperor was born in England somewhere between 1814 and 1819, but grew up in South Africa. Joshua Abraham Norton moved to the US in 1849 with about $40,000.00, a little over one million in today’s money, to his name to seek his fortune. After some successes in real estate, he tried to make a monopoly in the rice industry with unsuccessful results that ruined him. Probably embarrassed, he left San Francisco for a short time.

Then, on September 17 1859, he entered a number of articles to various city newspapers declaring himself the “Emperor of these United States,” and later “Protector of Mexico.” For the next 20 years he paraded around the city inspecting his “realm” and delivering his own brand of philosophy and wisdom to all who would listen in an old navy uniform with golden epaulettes, a worn out old saber, gifts from the local military fort, and often with a beaver hat with a peacock feather and a brass rosette. (see picture). The people however decided to play along with him, giving him real royal treatment and the imaginary monarch was genuinely loved and respected by his “subjects”.

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He was given free meals at restaurants, rides on the trolley, a reserved seat at theaters and city council, and had a yearly inspection of the Army post at the Presidio of San Francisco. He only accepted handouts if the giver gave them as taxes and had his own money printed that was jokingly used by local business and were great souvenirs for visitors. His Imperial residence was just a room in a boarding house that he lived in for free. He even stopped an anti-Chinese riot by standing between the groups and recited the Lord’s Prayer. Another interesting event of his “reign” was when a police officer actually attempted to arrest him and send him to an asylum. The people were outraged and demanded that their Emperor Norton be released. The chief of police complied, issued a formal apology and had the police force salute the Emperor whenever he was present. His Highness saved the embarrassed policeman’s job by issuing an Imperial Pardon for the man who arrested him. He also printed a number of decrees, often printed in the city’s newspapers, demanding things like disbanding the Republican and Democrat parties, creating a League of Nations and even was a leading supporter of building the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge, a command finally obeyed long after the Emperor’s death, starting in 1933 and completed in 1936.

Some fascinating rumors spread around Emperor Norton during his “rule.” There was some talk that he sent a letter to Queen Victoria of the British Empire, asking for her hand in marriage. Some also said that he was the son of Napoleon III although Norton never claimed that, (and Louis Napoleon would still be a kid when Joshua Norton was born). Other people said that he was secretly still rich and only faked insanity. He is reported to have met a real emperor, Pedro II of Brazil when the South American monarch made a visit to the US and really did write to Queen Victoria, though I doubt she wrote back. On his way to a lecture at the California Academy of Science, His Majesty fell from a stroke and died on January 8 1880. His funeral had about 30,000 mourners and even a three gun salute. In 1934 a new tombstone was placed on his grave that said: Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.

The Emperor Norton remains a figure admired, laughed at and laughed with in American lore and San Francisco culture. He has inspired characters or appeared as a character himself in books, comics, role-play games and musicals by various authors including Mark Twain, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman and Robert Anton Wilson. Several western and anthology television shows have done an episode on the American Emperor including “Bonanza.” There is a walking tour in the city called “Emperor Norton’s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine” with a guide dressed and acting as Joshua A Norton. There is even a parody religion, Discordianism, that has him as a second class saint (first class is for fictional characters) and one of the oldest LGBT organizations, the International Imperial Court System, uses the Emperor as an inspiration. (Well it is San Francisco!) The founder, Josè Sarria, gave himself the title “the Widow Norton,” and is buried at foot of his hero’s grave.

Every January 8 in the city he once ruled celebrates Emperor Norton Day. In America’s capital of Eccentricity, he still reigns  as the King of Eccentrics and is still the only monarch of the United States of America.

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Jeff’s Eccentric People, Places and Things: Mike Jittlov

 

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Who dosen’t like to go to the movies? I know prices for the snacks are outrageous when you can get them for at least three times less at the gas station. The lines are also a pain and so is all the crap you get for the first fifteen minutes of the show, (But I do enjoy  the film trailers). Well I guess we all could wait for Redbox to release the film for a buck or get Netflix. However some movies are almost forgotten as soon as they are made. Of course we’ve got our cult classics, b-movies, midnight movies and art films, but we have also have films so bad they probably should stay forgotten but we can’t because they are so bad ( I’m talking to YOU, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Last Airbender”). We do have some gems so rare they are hardly known and only the super nerdiest of nerds, geeks and film buffs can find, providing that they know what they are looking for. Which leads us to the almost unknown genuineness of Mike Jittlov.

 

Mike was born in Los Angeles on June 8, 1948. He became a math-language major at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and took an animation class to satisfy the art requirement. He made a number of short films specializing in stop motion, rotoscoping and pixilation, works that still look impressive for its time. His work won a number of awards and Academy Award nominations and even caught the eyes of the Walt Disney Company. There he created the shorts “The Collector” and its sequel “Mouse Mania” for Mickey’s 50th, a two hour special in 1978, celebrating the world famous mouse’s’ golden anniversary. “Mouse Mania” featured the first stop motion of Mickey Mouse and over one thousand Disney toys dancing in a psychiatrist’s office, with Mike Jittlov as the patient, to the tune “Baroque Hoedown,” the theme to the Disney’s Electrical Parade. The following year Jittlov worked on another project, a three minute short for another Disney special Major Effect entitled “The Wizard of Speed and Time.” In the short it…well…you know what, maybe it’s better if I just show you…

 

Whoa.

 

Just blows you away the first time you see it. Right? I mean, I can not describe how I felt when I first saw this. I learned about it in a documentary and looked forever to find it. Then, after many years, almost giving up on looking for the Wizard until, “BAM!” I discovered Youtube and experienced the magic for myself. But if you think that was amazing you should see what Mike had up his green robed sleeve. This…

 

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Yep,  in 1989 Mike Jittlov created a full fledged 95 minute movie based on the three minute short he created ten years ago. In this film Mike Jittlov played himself, a brilliant, eccentric but unknown jack of all movie trades trying to get his big break in showbiz, despite his talent he is non union and is constantly under attack from by the book, arrogant, money-grubbing bureaucrats out to steal or destroy his work. Mike also directed, wrote, and produced special and visual effects for the movie, among other things. A number of big named (well sort of) stars appeared in the film like Steve Brodie, Philip Michael Thomas of “Miami Vice” and “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” fame, voice actor Will Ryan and Stephen Stucker. Music was done by John Massari, who also created  the soundtrack for “Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” and Russell Carpenter worked on cinematography. He later worked on big name films including “Titanic,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Shallow Hal.” There was even a cameo of Ward Kimball, award winning animator and on of  Walt Disney’s core animators the “Nine Old Men.”  I just love this film, five out of five star entertainment at its best.

Sadly “The Wizard” was not released in theaters for very long and only appeared in a selected areas. It has been released on VHS and LaserDisc, but not on an official DVD, and has mostly great reviews at about every website I found about it. There is a created DVD image file made by fans that Mike is aware of and supports that is available on peer to peer networks until an official is released and the complete movie and others of his works are available on Youtube for your entertaining pleasure.

 

The question that Jittlov fans all over the world (all ten dozen of them) ask is what happens next? Where is our Wizard in the robe of Green? To tell you the truth he pretty much remained a mystery. He was a fairly common visitor at conventions during the nineties. He worked as a special effects technician on the blockbuster film “Ghost” and played was the voice of Han Solo in the fan film “Darth Vader’s Psychic Hotline,” and was was an early internet user creating his own website:http://www.wizworld.com/ but it REALLY needs an update. From what I’ve heard Mike gave up making movies due to the bad luck he had with the limited release “The Wizard,” and not getting much money from the video release. Lately has moved back in with his mother to look after her in her old age. Hardly anyone know of him. Where are the Wizard of Speed and Time fanarts or cosplayers at Comic Con? Still even if he never creates another film again and despite being barely known, I still see him as a renaissance man and genius who helped bring stop motion to new levels and hop with this article more people will start appreciating that wonderful green Wizard of Hollywood, and as Mike sometimes says, “May all your fine wishes and good dreams come true”.

 

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Shape shifting frogs

Once upon a time there was a very silly frog. The frog goes ribbit and whenever the frog goes ribbit he becomes human. When the frog is human he works at a circus. His job at the circus is to be the ringmaster. The ringmaster is wearing a necklace hat and sunglasses . When he turns back into a frog he uses his long sticky tongue to catch flies. The frog thinks flies are very tasty. He accidentally said ribbit and ate a fly when he was a human. He said ew that’s disgusting. The frog can shapeshift back and forth between a human and frog.

The end

By Sonja , David , Michele and Jonatan

Kyle’s food for thought quotes!

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“To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.” —Michael Jordan

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

– Mark Twain

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

– Mark Twain

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao Tzu

Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war. – Donald Trump

If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

 

Scream Queens spoiler review

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Warning: this show is not to be watched by the faint of heart!!!!!!!!!! 

Scream Queens is a TV show about a sorority called Kappa Kappa Tau, where 20 years ago, a mystery was born. The main Chanel, Chanel Oberlin decided to prank the sorority’s housemaid, Ms. Bean, unfortunately the prank went horribly wrong and Chanel burned Ms. Bean’s face off in the deep fryer. The Chanels are not the nicest people, but they are being targeted by a serial killer called the Red Devil who, one by one, kills the sorority pledges by various methods. One of the sisters, Hester is faking a condition which requires a neck brace that she stole from another patient at the asylum where she had been living for the past 20 years. Hester devised a scheme in which she falsely claimed that she was pregnant with Chad, Chanel’s boyfriend’s baby. In anger, Chanel pushed Hester down the stairs after finding out that Hester was lying about being pregnant. Chad took Chanel to his family’s house for Thanksgiving, then Hester showed up and the Radwell family engaged in what can be described as the most mean spirited game of Pictionary. The school’s head, Dean Munsch, has a deep dislike for the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority and through her inaction, at least 4 of the sisters die. Dean Munsch’s ex -husband fell in love with one of his students, a young woman named Feather and asked the dean for a divorce. Instead, she killed him, cut up the body, scattered the body parts around the house and framed Feather for the murder. Feather was sentenced to life in an asylum. Chanel #3’s biggest secret is that (shocker) her father is the infamous serial killer, Charles Manson. In the first season, there are multiple deaths, including Hester’s twin brother, Boone. Chanel #3’s real name is Sadie Swensen.  Chanel #5’s real name is Libby Putney. That information only comes out during the Chanel’s murder trial. The Chanels were found innocent but after Chanel insulted the jury, the verdict was changed to guilty.

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Twenty years ago, a pledge gave birth in a bathtub during a party at the sorority house. Dean Munsch apparently covered up the death by disposing of the body. One of the sisters took the babies and tried to raise them. Unfortunately, the stress and guilt was too much for her and she committed suicide. The girl’s sister spent 20 years in an asylum planning her revenge with the help of Hester and Boone, who turned out to be the twins who were born at the party at Kappa Kappa Tau. The sisters of Kappa Kappa Tau decide to host a slumber party, where Chanel #3’s secret is revealed accidentally by her newfound lover, Sam, who then is dared by Chanel #3, in anger, to go down to the creepy basement and take a nap in the blood filled bathtub. Sam is then killed by the Red Devil who suffocates her with a sheet of plastic. Hester planned to get away with murder and pinned the blame on the Chanels by falsely claiming Chanel #5 shoved a high heeled shoe into Hester’s eyeball. Then the Chanels were falsely accused of murder by Hester, who produced all kinds of falsified evidence against them. The Chanels were sentenced to life in prison at the Palmer Asylum for the Insane. The Chanels were enjoying themselves in the asylum, until Chanel’s boyfriend, Chad appeared in the asylum late at night dressed as the Red Devil, holding a butcher knife.

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In season 2, the serial killer is the Green Meanie, who kills several patients as well as Chad who is killed and his dead body falls through the ceiling at his wedding to Chanel, causing her to scream in horror. The Green Meanie also maims Denise the security guard by electrocuting her with defibrillators that are supposed to be used to shock the heart. The Chanels recruit new Chanels, including a male Chanel, Chanel Pour Homme named Tristan. They met Tristan while in prison because he sent them some fan fiction.Tristan is then killed and his intestines are excised. Then Chanel #11, who’s real name is Midge, who has 11 fingers, has her 11th finger chopped off by the Green Meanie, who then stabs her in the stomach. Nurse Hoffel’s Maiden name is Bean because her sister was Ms. Bean and she wants revenge against the Chanels. Back in 1985, there was a pregnant woman whose husband was murdered by the hospital staff. Her baby turned out to be Dr. Cassidy Cascade who is Chanel #3’s love interest. In the newest episode, Chanel #3 runs a psych test on Dr. Cascade, which reveals that he is one of the Green Meanies. She decides not to turn him into the police, saying she wants to be happy. Dean Munsch decides to have Dr. Brock perform a surgery on a woman with a attached twin and weak heart. The Chanels assist on the surgery and sing the song “99 Red Balloons” to calm down Dr. Brock who’s having a panic attack.

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The dean’s previous lover, Weston, returned to seek revenge on the Chanels because his daughter, Grace, ended up in an asylum because the trauma from the murders was too much for her. Then he killed the hospital candy striper, Chamberlin, who was hired through a Craigslist ad. It is revealed that Jane Hollis, the woman from 1985, is one of the 3 Green Meanies (the others being Dr. Cascade and Weston). She killed the doctors and patients in 1986. She drugged Zayday and tied her to a web in a octagon shaped room. Dr. Cascade, with the help of Nurse Hoffel, killed Chanel #9 by inserting numerous needles all over her body. In the finale, the Chanels are set free from the horror of being hunted by a serial killer. The four Green Meanies (Nurse Hoffel, Weston, Jane Hollis and Dr. Cascade) all met dead ends (Weston burned in a pool filled with hot oil, Jane Hollis was shot, Dr. Cascade died when he jumped in front of #3 and was impaled with a knife and Nurse Hoffel drowned in quicksand). Hester stole all Dean Munsch’s money and ran off with Dr. Brock to Blood Island. The episode ends with a cliffhanger: Chanel gets into her car and notices a Kappa ring and Red Devil costume in the backseat and screams.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the next season of Scream Queens, because it is my favorite show.