Hershey’s Chocolate by Sydney

Hershey’s Chocolate Company has been around since 1894 and the founder, Milton Hershey, created such favorites as M&MS and Krackel Bars. The Hershey’s Company is one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world. Their products are sold in over 60 countries worldwide. They are a member of the World Cocoa Foundation. In 1903, Milton Hershey began construction of a cocoa plant in Derry Church, Pennsylvania, which was later renamed Hershey. The plant workers and their families lived there and Milton Hershey held social events for them. They also introduced a new product, Hershey’s Kisses, in 1907. The process to wrap the new product was long and hard until machine wrapping was introduced in 1921. They added the paper ribbon at the same time to make sure it was a real Hershey’s product. Their other products included: Mr.Goodbar, Hershey’s syrup, chocolate chips and the Krackel Bar. In conclusion, Hershey’s chocolate is my favorite chocolate.

 

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Jeff’s Gallery: Lieutenant Colonel “Mad” Jack Churchill

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Jolly old England has always been a place of some tough fighting men. This one who stuck out was John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, or just “Fighting Jack or Mad Jack,” who served honorably in WWII using a longbow and a broadsword like in the Middle Ages and survived.

Mad Jack was born in Hong Kong in 1906, but his family moved constantly from there to Surrey, England until settling down for good in 1917. His father and grandfather both served in the Ceylon Civil Service. (Ceylon is now known as Sri Lanka, just by the tip of India) Jack went to King William’s College in the Isle of Man and then to Royal Military College in Sandhurst. He graduated in 1926 and entered the army that year and served in the Burma Rebellion of 1930-32. He became a lover of motorcycles around this time and is said to ride his 1,500 miles in India, from Rangoon to Poona then to Calcutta to catch a boat back to Rangoon, on paved and unpaved roads. He also developed his strange eccentricities and disregard for certain modern military behavior at that time, like intently studying the wrong campaigns for a promotion exam or using non regulation equipment, probably due to boredom in a peacetime army. He even got in trouble for bringing an umbrella on parade. His reasoning, “because it was raining.” He was also a skilled archer and bagpiper, despite not being Scottish. He won second place in a piping competition in the annual Aldershot Military Tattoo (performance) in 1938 and represented Great Britain in 1939 World Archery Championships.

In 1936 he left the military and moved to Nairobi, Kenya and made a living as a male model and newspaper editor.

 

In 1940, World War II reared it’s ugly head and Jack was called back to action as a member of the British Expeditionary Force to France. During this time he fought with his now trademark  basket hilt Scottish broadsword and longbow. He signaled an ambush one time by shooting a German sergeant with a barbed arrow, the first British soldier to do so in 500 years. Sometimes he even played the bagpipes in combat. Some favorite songs were “March of the Cameron Men”and “ Will ye no come back again?”  Later he joined the British Commandos, and fought bravely in a number of campaigns across Europe. Once he and a corporal captured 42 enemy soldiers single handed.

 

For all his defiance of danger, it eventually caught up with him, however. In 1944 a grenade knocked him unconscious and Fighting Jack was captured by the Germans. Due to his name he was mistaken for Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s brother and taken to Berlin for interrogation and sent to infamous Sachsenhausen concentration camp! With the help of a few survivors of the famous  breakout from Stalag Luft III, Jack made a “Great Escape” of his own and attempted to make it to the Baltic Coast. They made it to the city of Rostock but were recaptured and were among those in transport to Tyrol. This notorious event during the near end of the War in Europe was an attempt to execute high profit prisoners by the SS! Luckily, soldiers from the Wehrmacht (regular German armed forces) protected the prisoners. While most of the prisoners waited for Allied forces near the Pragser Wildsee lake, Mad Jack walked 93 miles to an American encampment in Verona, Italy.

 

Later he returned to his old stomping ground and served back in Burma. However the war was soon over when the United States dropped the atomic bombs in Japan. Jack, apparently enjoying the war complained, “If it weren’t for those damned Yanks, we could have kept the war going for another ten years.” Still there was more adventure for him in the British Mandate of Palestine and he served in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. He helped cover fire in the Hadassah Medical Convoy Massacre against the Arabs and later escorted 700 doctors, students, and patients on the Hebrew University to safety.

Fighting Jack became an instructor of land-air warfare in Australia later in life and became a devotee of surfing. He also used his skills in archery and bag-piping as an extra in several movies before and after the war. He retired from service in 1959 and returned to England and took up a desk job. He remained a notable eccentric, throwing his briefcase off the train on his way home to work and startling others. The British soldier whose motto was: “Any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed,” died in 1996 in the land of his childhood, Surry. For his service he won two Distinguished Service Orders and two Military Crosses (for those not familiar with the British Honers System that what the bar on the medals is for).

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And to answer one last question, no, Mad Jack was not Winston Churchill’s brother or relative, at least not directly, though the Prime Minister did have a brother Jack who was a decorated officer in his own right.

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My Experience at the MIM by Sydney

Last Friday, I went to the Musical Instrument Museum with Quin, my hab worker and I had an amazing time there looking at all the exhibits. There were instruments from all over the world, like violins, cellos, guitars, harps, pianos, drums and many others. There were different galleries on instruments from different parts of the world like South America, Asia, Europe, Africa and The Middle East. All the exhibits had regional costumes. There was an exhibit on musicians like Elvis Presley. There was another exhibit on different kinds of music like Jazz, Hip-Hop, Country and Pop music. I had the best time looking at all the instruments. My favorite part was getting to see all the amazing instruments. My favorite instrument was the Grand Piano in the foyer.

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Mega Man X: Legacy Collection(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game Mega Man X: Legacy Collection for the PlayStation 4. This game is comprised of 8 Mega Man X games that are divided between 2 game discs. The story setting for these games takes place 100 years after the events of the classic Mega Man series.

 

The Mega Man X games on Mega Man X: Legacy Collection 1 (Disc1) are Mega Man X1 (Super Nintendo), Mega Man X2 (Super Nintendo), Mega Man X3 (Super Nintendo) and Mega Man X4 (PlayStation 1). The Mega Man X games on Mega Man X: Legacy Collection 2 (Disc2) are Mega Man X5 (PlayStation 1), Mega Man X6 (PlayStation 1), Mega Man X7 (PlayStation 2) and Mega Man X8 (PlayStation 2).

 

The main characters are X (Mega Man version 10.0)(Hero)(Weapon: X Buster), Zero (ProtoMan version 10.0)(Hero)(Weapons: Zero Buster/Beam Saber), Axl (Hero)(Weapon: Dual Blasters), Vile (Villain)(Weapons: Shoulder Cannon/Vile Buster/Ride Armor) and Sigma (Villain)(Weapon: Beam Weaponry).

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X1 are Chill Penguin, Storm Eagle, Spark Mandrill, Flame Mammoth, Armored Armadillo, Launch Octopus, Sting Chameleon and Boomerang Kuwanger. The main antagonists of Mega Man X2 are Crystal Snail, Wire Sponge, Magna Centipede, Morph Moth, Overdrive Ostrich, Flame Stag, Bubble Crab and Wheel Gator.

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X3 are Blast Hornet, Blizzard Buffalo, Toxic Seahorse, Tunnel Rhino, Volt Catfish, Crush Crawfish, Neon Tiger and Gravity Beetle. The main antagonists of Mega Man X4 are Slash Beast, Split Mushroom, Jet Stingray, Web Spider, Frost Walrus, Storm Owl, Cyber Peacock and Magma Dragoon.

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X5 are Crescent Grizzly, Tidal Whale, Shining Firefly, Spike Rosered, Dark Necrobat, Burn Dinorex, Volt Kraken and Spiral Pegasus. The main antagonists of Mega Man X6 are Infinity Mijinion, Shield Sheldon, Metal Shark Player, Ground Scaravich, Blaze Heatnix, Blizzard Wolfang, Rainy Turtloid and Commander Yammark.

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X7 are Soldier Stonekong, Tornado Tonion, Splash fly, Flame Hyenard, Rise Boarski, Snipe Anteator, Wind Crowrang and Vanishing Gungaroo. The main antagonists of Mega Man X8 are Bamboo Pandamonium, Optic Sunflower, Dark Mantis, Gravity Antonion, Earthrock Trilobyte, Gigabolt Man-O-War, Burn Rooster and Avalanche Yeti.

 

In conclusion, I found through these games that the scientific legacy of Dr. Thomas Light will continue to exist forevermore through the heroic actions of every Mega Man that ever existed or ever will exist.

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Batman: NINJA(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the newly released movie Batman: NINJA. This movie partially takes place in modern-day Gotham City while mostly taking place in Japan’s feudal era.

 

The heroes in this movie are Bruce Wayne/Batman (Vehicles: BatMobile/BatWing/BatCycle/BatArmor), Damian Wayne/Robin (Batman’s son), Tim Drake/Red Robin, Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Jason Todd/Red Hood, Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Alfred Pennyworth (Batman’s Butler).

 

The villains in this movie are Gorilla Grodd (Powers: Super-Genius Intellect/Mind Control), Harvey Dent/Two-Face (Crime Boss), Slade Joseph Wilson/Deathstroke (Assassin)(Weapons: Twin Pistols/Twin Katanas), Pamela Lillian Isley/Poison Ivy (Mother-Nature Incarnate)(Powers: Manipulation/Control any & all PlantLife), Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot/The Penguin (Maestro of a million criminal Umbrellas)(Weapons: Weaponized Umbrellas), Antonio Diego/Bane (Assassin/Mercenary/Super-Soldier)(Powers: SuperHuman Strength/Extreme Resilience), Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel/Harley Quinn (Ex-Psychiatrist/Joker’s Right-Hand Henchwench)(Weapons: Pistol/Giant Mallet) and The Joker (the Clown Prince of Crime/Batman’s ArchEnemy)(Weapons: Joker Toxin “Laughing Gas”/Acid-Squirting Flowers/Million-Volt Hand Buzzer/Razor-Sharp Playing Cards).

 

In conclusion, I found this movie to show off Batman in Japanese Animation as well as at one of his most greatest & historically heroic moments to date “No PUN Intended”.

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Jackie Robinson Day

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By Jake M.

Jackie Robinson is a  Hall of Fame baseball player who is best known by fans for breaking the color barrier in baseball. He played his entire MLB career for the Brooklyn Dodgers (now located in Los Angeles) after he spent time playing for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro League. Every year Major League Baseball celebrates the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut on April 15th 1947. This tradition began in 2004 when MLB Commissioner Bud Selig (retired January 24th 2015) signed the proclamation declaring April 15th as Jackie Robinson Day. Back on April 15th 1997 the number 42 was retired by all 28 teams (the Diamondbacks and Devil Rays became the 29th and 30th MLB franchises and began playing in 1998 when they retired his number as part of the MLB mandate).

Part of what made him so great is all he wanted to do was play the best baseball he could. He was a humble man who didn’t want to be an idol just another ballplayer, as told by his wife Rachel, and historians. His life was characterized well in the movie 42 that was released in 2013. Chadwick Boseman played the role of Jackie Robinson and Harrison Ford portrayed Branch Rickey, who was the Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers at the time when he recruited Jackie at the recommendation of the team’s General Manager who was scouting different players currently playing in the Negro League. The other major part of his legacy was he always took the high road. He was booed every time he stepped onto home plate and he even received death threats. His ability to take the high road came from Branch Rickey who had to encourage Jackie to not respond to aggravated fans. Branch Rickey was right when he advised Jackie to just let his performance on the field shape public opinion. Because of Jackie’s bravery, baseball has become the most diverse sport in America.