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Kirt Jacobs is the host and producer of MoxieTalk, a talk show that gives an intimate look into the courage, character and defining moments of today’s most inspiring individuals.
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Jul 1, 2024

Robert Pine is an American actor known for his extensive work in television and film.

Born on July 10, 1941, in New York City, Pine has had a prolific career spanning several decades.

He is perhaps best known for his role as Sergeant Joseph Getraer on the hit television series “CHiPs,” which aired from 1977 to 1983.

Key points about Robert Pine’s career:

  1. “CHiPs” Fame: Pine’s portrayal of Sergeant Getraer in “CHiPs,” a TV series about the lives of two motorcycle police officers of the California Highway Patrol, remains his most iconic role. The show was famous for its mix of action and light-hearted moments.
  2. Broad Television Career: Beyond “CHiPs,” Pine has had an extensive career in TV, appearing in numerous shows across various genres. His appearances include guest roles in dramas and comedies, demonstrating his versatility as an actor.
  3. Film Appearances: Pine has appeared in several films besides television. His filmography includes a mix of feature films and made-for-TV movies.
  4. Voice Acting: Pine has also worked as a voice actor, lending his voice to animated series and video games, showing the breadth of his skills in different aspects of acting.
  5. Family: He is the father of actor Chris Pine, known for his roles in the Star Trek reboot films, among other movies. This familial connection highlights the continuation of the acting profession across generations.
  6. Theater Work: Like many actors, Pine’s career also includes theater work, which showcases his range and grounding in acting fundamentals.
  7. Longevity in the Industry: Pine’s career is notable for its longevity, with him remaining active in the industry over the years. This longevity reflects both his talent and adaptability as an actor.
Jun 24, 2024

Amber Martinez is of Scottish, Spanish, and Dutch descent.

She was born in a small town in Kansas on August 30th.

Amber Martinez had many years of experience as a TV Host before moving to Los Angeles in 2008.

She has appeared in films such as Rough Night, Madness in the Method, The Employer, Senior Entourage, and many others.

She appears in the fast-paced action film “Bond of Justice: Kizuna,” starring in her role as the character “Rita.”

Amber Martinez has appeared in such Television shows as “N.C.I.S.,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Why Women Kill,” Marvel’s “WandaVision,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Homeland,” “68 Whiskey”, “Atypical,” “Dirty John,” “Dollface,” and many others. Amber Martinez’s first television appearance was in 1998 on T.P.S. Television, where she stayed as a TV Host until 2002.

She acted in a film, “Love of Dogs: Dog Rescue Beyond Borders, ” in the Documentary Corner for the Marche du Film 2017, for the Cannes Film Festival 2017.

Amber Martinez also had multiple films through her projects with M.B.E. Entertainment, including three “official selections” for Animaze Daze at the Cannes Film Festival 2017.

In November 2020, she was made an official judge of the 2021 Asian Film Festival. In addition to this, Amber Martinez is a great humanitarian and philanthropist.

When she is not working on an entertainment project, she spends her free time aiding various charities.

Jun 17, 2024

Born on August 4, 1970, in Rumson, New Jersey, Baier is best known for his work with the Fox News Channel.

He is the anchor of “Special Report with Bret Baier,” a weekday evening newscast on Fox News covering various political and current event topics.

Baier began his career in television news in local markets, including Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Raleigh, North Carolina stations.

He joined Fox News Channel in 1998, initially working from the Atlanta bureau.

In 2001, he moved to the network’s Pentagon bureau and covered the Pentagon and the U.S. military, including reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2009, Baier took over as the “Special Report” anchor from Brit Hume, the program’s previous anchor.

Under Baier’s leadership, “Special Report” has been known for its in-depth coverage of Washington D.C. politics and current events, often featuring panels of experts and analysts.

In addition to anchoring, Bret Baier has also been involved in Fox News’ political coverage, including hosting and moderating presidential debates and election coverage.

He’s known for his straight-news reporting style and has been acknowledged for maintaining a more balanced and non-partisan approach, especially considering the generally conservative-leaning of Fox News.

Baier has authored several books, including “Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage, and Love,” which details his son’s battle with congenital heart disease and the family’s experiences navigating the medical system.

Jun 10, 2024

Patricia Barnstable-Brown is an American actress, model, and philanthropist. She is perhaps best known for her acting work, including her role in the “Quark” series, which aired in 1978. However, she gained significant attention and fame alongside her identical twin sister, Priscilla Barnstable, as the “Doublemint Twins” in the well-known advertising campaign for Doublemint gum by the Wrigley Company. The ad campaign featured twins to highlight the “double” freshness and “double” flavor of the gum, and Patricia and her sister were among the most recognizable faces associated with it.

Beyond her entertainment career, Patricia Barnstable-Brown has made notable contributions as a philanthropist, particularly in healthcare. She is one of the co-hosts of the annual Barnstable Brown Gala, a high-profile charity event held in Louisville, Kentucky, during the Kentucky Derby weekend. The gala is renowned for its celebrity guest list and has raised millions of dollars for diabetes research. The Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at the University of Kentucky is named in recognition of the substantial contributions from the gala.

The Barnstable Brown Gala is considered one of the premier events of the Kentucky Derby weekend, attracting a range of celebrities, business leaders, and other high-profile individuals. Given its social prominence and philanthropic impact, local and national media have covered the event widely.

Lovely, sunny, and vibrant blonde bombshell Patricia Barnstable was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 23, 1951. She’s the identical twin sister of Cyb Barnstable and the daughter of Dale and Wilma Barnstable. Patricia graduated from Seneca High School in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1969. In 1971, she was entered into a beauty contest by her mother; she won the title of Miss Kentucky and was the fifth-place runner-up in the Mis USA pageant. Barnstable attended the University of Kentucky, earning degrees in speech and theater. Patricia began her career in show business in 1972 along with her sister Cyb, singing and dancing in Bob Hope’s last USO Christmas tour of Vietnam.

Moreover, both siblings appeared in TV commercials for Doublemint Gum and are featured together on the covers of a handful of national magazines, including Redbook and Good Housekeeping. Patricia and Cyb both portrayed spaceship pilots named Betty — one’s a clone, and the other is human — on the hilarious but sadly short-lived science fiction comedy series “Quark.” In addition, the Barnstable sisters also acted together on episodes of the television shows “The Love Boat” and “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” as well as the made-for-TV movie “Operating Room.” Patricia co-founded the Barnstable Brown Foundation with her sister Cyb and mother Wilma; this organization has raised over $2 million for Diabetes Research. She’s the mother of a son, Christopher. Patricia still lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and serves as the annual Kentucky Derby Eve party hostess with her sister Cyb.

Jun 3, 2024

Richie Sambora is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer best known for his work as the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi. Born on July 11, 1959, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Sambora joined Bon Jovi in 1983, shortly before the band achieved massive commercial success. He remained with the group until 2013, contributing to some of their most iconic hits and albums. During his tenure with Bon Jovi, the band released several multi-platinum albums, including “Slippery When Wet” (1986) and “New Jersey” (1988), which featured hits like “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” and “Wanted Dead   or Alive.”

Richie Sambora is known for his virtuosic guitar playing, incorporating blues, rock, and metal elements. His playing style often features intricate solos, fingerpicking, and the use of a variety of techniques and effects. He is also praised for his songwriting abilities; he co-wrote many of Bon Jovi’s hits with lead singer Jon Bon Jovi.

In addition to his work with Bon Jovi, Sambora has released several solo albums, starting with “Stranger in This Town” in 1991. His solo work often explores musical directions different from his band efforts, incorporating elements of blues, R&B, and other genres.

Sambora has also collaborated with various other artists in different capacities, from guest appearances to songwriting collaborations. Furthermore, he has received numerous awards and accolades over his career, including multiple Grammy Awards as a member of Bon Jovi.

Although he parted ways with Bon Jovi in 2013, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, he has continued active in the music industry, participating in various projects and occasionally performing live.

May 27, 2024

Edelen, a native of Springfield, Kentucky, grew up in a financially challenged household while her mother battled a brain tumor throughout her childhood.

As a Washington County High School student, Edelen found solace in her family and consumer sciences teacher, Sarah Raikes, who influenced her to apply for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars program. Edelen’s childhood experience is one of the main reasons she chose to be open and vulnerable in her role as Miss Kentucky to show Kentuckians what is possible through mentorship, scholarship opportunities, & dreaming big.

When Edelen graduated from high school & found herself at Northern Kentucky University, she jumped in with both feet. The first-generation college student was nothing short of heavily involved during her time on campus. She was a resident assistant (RA), an orientation leader, the vice president of public relations and later president of NKU’s Student Government Association, a member of NKU’s Board of Regents, vice president of operations for her Kappa Delta Sorority Eta Eta Chapter and an intern in NKU’s Office of Government, Corporate and Foundation Engagement.

“I always think of NKU as home base for me. I came to NKU not knowing a single person, and I had to create a community up here, which I was excited about,” she says. “The way NKU embraced me and the opportunities it gave me was amazing. The type of people who work at NKU would bend over backward to help you succeed. It was like family to me, & I’m so thankful for that. I couldn’t imagine having a better experience during my undergraduate career.”

When Edelen planned her post-NKU future, she considered public policy and worked as a communications intern for the City of Covington. She was also a state General Assembly intern, but her trajectory changed while working in Washington, D.C., as a public policy congressional intern. After experiencing a life-changing relationship with a teacher, she realized her passion was for children and education.

“Even though I had a great experience, I just didn’t feel like I was able to connect with kids and make a meaningful impact like I wanted to,” Edelen says.

During her senior year, Edelen began working as an instructional assistant at Holmes Middle School within the Covington Independent School District. After graduating from NKU in 2020 with degrees in communication and history, she began a two-year contract with Teach for America, an alternative certification program for teachers. She taught social studies and English to sixth graders.

“This experience has shown me that I can contribute to this world. I’m thinking about myself as a contributor in this world & how we all can be that—regardless of your background.

We can make a meaningful impact, and as long as you’re leading authentically and lovingly, I think other people will see that, too.”

Edelen is no stranger to being on stage. While juggling teaching and competing in several local and regional pageants, she earned her ticket to the Miss Kentucky competition in 2022. Considering her passion for children, it’s no surprise that Edelen chose an initiative involving education: Read Ready Kentucky, which is inspired by the local Covington initiative Read Ready Covington. During Edelen’s time working for the city, she became passionate about the cause and brought this initiative across the state in collaboration with Mayor Joe Meyer.

“Read Ready Kentucky is a social impact initiative,” she says. “Every young woman has a social impact initiative. It’s a passion they speak to, & for me, it’s reading and education. How can we, as a community, help what’s happening within our schools?”

And now Read Ready Kentucky has taken off—it’s a registered nonprofit organization that focuses on literacy and teaching children how to use their skills to impact those around them. Read Ready Kentucky partnered with the Covington Police Department for Read with Covington PD, an event that distributed free books and activities to kids for the summer. The program also partnered with the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana to create a Read Ready Kentucky patch available to more than 20,000 Girl Scouts in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Edelen hopes to create little libraries across the state of Kentucky.

“I have a great group of people who are also passionate about reading, and together we’ve done many different things,” she says. “I’m just thankful to have a lot of people around me who believe in me and want to see my visions come to life.”

Those visions don’t end with her title. Edelen, who always enjoyed writing, completed her master’s in education policy and evaluation from the University of Kentucky and wanted to publish children’s books. So, Hank the Horse was born. “Hank the Horse and the Case of the Missing Eggs” is a book about information literacy, and it’s all about kids questioning what they hear.

“When you grow up in rural Kentucky, and your internet access is limited, you find ways to keep yourself busy,” she says. “I loved writing short stories. I wanted to write a book, and I was inspired by the last election and how many people were accepting information as is but not questioning it. I felt that is an important skill we should teach kids—not to accept everything as fact.”

After the success of her first book, Edelen recently published a second one, “Hank the Horse and Kentucky Proud,” which was created in honor of her two nieces.

“My two nieces, Madelynn and Taylor, are my brother’s children; I love them so much. They’re so special to my life, and I wanted other kids—little farm kids—to feel represented in a children’s book. So, in this book, they go on a journey and learn all about what Kentucky proud is.”

As her time as Miss Kentucky ends this summer, Edelen looks forward to creating educational opportunities across the state—and eventually throughout the country—in any way she can. That’s why she called her platform Read, Ready, America when she competed in the Miss America competition in December.

But her aspirations don’t end there. One day, she’d like to be the U.S. Secretary of Education.

“I’m hoping to take this experience and make it something bigger than just a sash and a crown,” she says. “This experience has shown me that I can contribute to this world. I’m thinking about myself as a contributor and how we all can be that—regardless of your background. We can make a meaningful impact, and as long as you’re leading authentically and lovingly, I think other people will see that, too.”

It’s worth noting that the Miss Kentucky title is part of a more extensive pageant system that often includes the Miss America Organization or the Miss USA Organization, among others.

These competitions are annual events, and titleholders can change every year. Therefore, it’s possible that Hannah Edelen could be a recent titleholder or contestant after my last update.

Miss Kentucky pageants generally include various rounds of competition, such as interview, swimsuit or fitness, evening wear, and talent, depending on the specific organization.

The winners often receive scholarship money and go on to represent Kentucky in national competitions, such as Miss America or Miss USA.

Beyond that, they usually engage in various activities, including public appearances, charity work, and advocacy for social issues.

May 20, 2024

Randy Travis is an American country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. He was born Randy Bruce Traywick on May 4, 1959, in Marshville, North Carolina.

He is one of the key figures in the country music genre, particularly famous for his contributions to the neotraditional country movement of the 1980s and 1990s.

Travis gained prominence when country music was veering towards a pop-influenced sound, and he is credited with helping to bring the genre back to its traditional roots.

Randy Travis gained fame with his debut album, “Storms of Life,” released in 1986. The album was a commercial and critical success, featuring hits such as “On the Other Hand” and “1982.”

Throughout his career, he has released over 20 studio albums and charted over 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including sixteen that reached the No. 1 spot.

Songs like “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “I Told You So,” and “Three Wooden Crosses” are considered staples in the country music genre.

Travis has won numerous awards, including Grammy Awards, Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, and Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards.

His influence in the genre has been recognized through various lifetime achievement awards, and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

In addition to his music career, Randy Travis has acted in various films and television shows, including roles in movies like “The Rainmaker” (1997) and TV series such as “Touched by an Angel.”

Unfortunately, Travis suffered from a severe stroke in 2013, which significantly impacted his ability to perform and led to a period of rehabilitation. Since then, his public appearances have been limited, but he has made efforts to return to the public eye, including occasional performances and involvement in the release of his memoir, “Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life,” in 2019.

May 13, 2024

Billy Gilman is an American singer known for his country and pop music career. He gained national attention at the young age of 11 with the release of his debut album “One Voice,” which was certified double Platinum in the United States. The album’s title track became a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, making Gilman one of the youngest performers ever to have a hit song on the country charts. Born William Wendell Gilman III on May 24, 1988, in Westerly, Rhode Island, he was interested in music from a young age and was encouraged by his family to pursue his talent.

Career Milestones:

  1. Early Career: Gilman was discovered by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, who helped him get a recording contract with Epic Records.
  2. Initial Success: His debut album “One Voice” was released in 2000, earning him a Grammy nomination, among other accolades.
  3. Subsequent Releases: After the success of his debut, he released additional albums like “Dare to Dream” (2001) and “Music Through Heartsongs” (2003), although these did not replicate the success of his debut.
  4. Transition to Adult Career: As he matured, his voice changed, which presented a challenge for his career as a country artist. During this period, he took a hiatus to reassess his career and vocal style.
  5. Public Coming Out: In 2014, Gilman publicly came out as gay. He has since become an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and has discussed the challenges of being a gay artist in the country music industry.
  6. The Voice: In 2016, Gilman appeared on the eleventh season of the American TV show “The Voice,” where he was a contestant on Team Adam Levine. He ended up as the runner-up, and his performances garnered significant attention and revived interest in his career.
  7. Recent Projects: Post-“The Voice,” Gilman has continued to record music, shifting more towards the pop and adult contemporary genres. He has released singles and has been active on social media platforms to engage with his fans.

Influence and Legacy:

Billy Gilman’s early success helped pave the way for other young artists in the country music scene. However, his career trajectory also serves as a cautionary tale about the challenges child stars may face as they transition into adulthood. His coming out and advocacy work have also contributed to the ongoing conversation about LGBTQ+ representation in country music.

He has won several awards and accolades throughout his career, and his story continues to captivate both fans and the media alike.

May 6, 2024

Grace Stanke is studying Nuclear Engineering at the University of Wisconsin and plays the classical violin. She is also a competitive waterskier, loves to travel, and is a foodie.

Grace’s world changed in January 2023; after 3 action-packed nights showcasing talent, interview skills, and social impact achievements, representing her home state as Miss Wisconsin, she was crowned 2023 Miss America. She awarded $50,000 in scholarship assistance for winning.

Miss America’s primary function is to serve as an inspiration and role model for young women while sharing her passion and life story and continuing the legacy of the Miss America competition.

This was the 3rd time Wisconsin had been crowned Miss America in the illustrious history of the iconic institution.

Grace was left speechless on stage to a standing ovation at the 101st Anniversary Miss America competition Thursday night inside the award-winning Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

As 2023 Miss America, Stanke, 20, will earn an appearance contract and travel throughout the US during her reign as a representative of Miss America.

Stanke, who earned a cumulative total of $68,000+ in scholarship as an “instance through” her state and Miss America competitions, will use her national platform to continue advocating for “Clean Energy – Cleaner Future.” Stanke is in her senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is currently majoring in nuclear engineering. Her social impact initiative aims to dispel myths about nuclear energy and”inspire the next generation of female scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. For the talent portion of the competition, Stanke performed a piece from “Vivaldi’s Summer/Four Seaso”s – Storm” on her electric lin.

Apr 29, 2024

Bobby Flay is a renowned American chef, restaurateur, and television personality specializing in various culinary styles, most notably in Southwestern and Mediterranean cuisines.

Below is a comprehensive overview of his life, career, and contributions to the culinary world:

Early Life:

  1. Birth and Upbringing: Bobby Flay was born on December 10, 1964, in New York City, United States.
  2. Initial Interest: He discovered his passion for cooking at an early age and dropped out of high school at age 17 to pursue a career in the culinary arts.

Culinary Training:

  1. French Culinary Institute: Flay is an alumnus of the French Culinary Institute (now known as the International Culinary Center) in New York City, where he earned his degree in culinary arts.

Restaurant Ventures:

  1. Mesa Grill: In 1991, Flay opened Mesa Grill, his first restaurant, which gained immediate acclaim for its Southwestern cuisine.
  2. Other Restaurants: Over the years, Flay has opened multiple restaurants, including Bar Americain and Bobby Flay Steak, among others.

Television and Media:

  1. Cooking Shows: Flay has hosted several cooking shows, including “Boy Meets Grill,” “Grill It! with Bobby Flay,” and “Beat Bobby Flay.”
  2. Appearances: He has been a guest on various food and cooking-related shows and has appeared on reality TV programs like “Iron Chef America.”
  3. Cookbooks: Flay has authored multiple cookbooks that have garnered significant sales and acclaim.

Accolades and Achievements:

  1. James Beard Award: Flay has won several prestigious culinary awards, including multiple James Beard Awards.
  2. Television Awards: His television shows have also won awards, further establishing his credentials as a chef and a media personality.

Culinary Style:

  1. Signature Style: Flay is known for his bold flavors and the ability to blend ingredients from various cuisines. His cooking often features grilling techniques and robust seasonings.
  2. Influence: He has been a significant influence in popularizing Southwestern and Mediterranean cuisines in the United States.

Personal Life:

  1. Privacy: While his professional life is well-documented, Flay tends to keep his personal life relatively private, although he has been public about some relationships and has a daughter, Sophie Flay.

Criticisms and Controversies:

  1. Culinary Purism: While acclaimed, Flay has also faced criticism from purists who question his reinterpretations of traditional dishes.
  2. Media Presence: His pervasive media presence has led to debates on whether celebrity chefs like him overshadow traditional, less-visible culinary artisans.

Bobby Flay is a famous American chef, restaurateur, and TV personality.

He is known for his expertise in Southwest cuisine and appearances on various Food Network shows, such as Iron Chef America, Beat Bobby Flay, and BBQ Brawl.

He has also written several cookbooks and owns several restaurants and franchises across the U.S.

He was born on December 10, 1964, in New York City.

He started his culinary career at age 17.

He has been married and divorced three times and has a daughter named Sophie.

He is currently dating Christina Pérez, a writer and former model.

Apr 22, 2024

Mark Ingram II is an American professional football player who has primarily played the running back position in the National Football League (NFL).

Ingram has enjoyed a highly successful career, which includes a Heisman Trophy win in college and multiple Pro Bowl selections in the NFL.

Below are critical aspects of his career and life:

  1. Early Life and College Career:
    • Mark Ingram Jr. was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, on December 21, 1989.
    • He attended the University of Alabama and played for the Alabama Crimson Tide under head coach Nick Saban.
    • Ingram won the Heisman Trophy in 2009, becoming the first player in the University of Alabama’s history to win the award.
    • He was instrumental in Alabama’s BCS National Championship victory for the 2009 season.
  2. NFL Career:
    • Draft: Ingram was drafted in the first round (28th overall pick) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.
    • New Orleans Saints: Ingram played for the Saints from 2011 to 2018. He was vital to the Saints’ offensive scheme and earned multiple Pro Bowl selections during his tenure.
    • Baltimore Ravens: Ingram signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2019 and played for two seasons. The Ravens released him after the 2020 season.
    • Houston Texans and Subsequent Moves: Ingram briefly played for the Houston Texans during the 2021 season before being traded to the New Orleans Saints, rejoining his former team. He has also had brief stints with other NFL teams, indicative of the ever-changing landscape of professional football.
  3. Accolades and Achievements:
    • Ingram is a multiple-time Pro Bowl selection.
    • He has also been named to Second-team All-Pro and has received other honors throughout his career, emphasizing his skill and value as a running back.
  4. Playing Style and Skills:
    • Known for his agility and strength, Ingram is effective as a runner and a pass-catcher out of the backfield. He is admired for his versatility and ability to perform in high-pressure situations.
  5. Legacy and Community Involvement:
    • In addition to his on-field achievements, Ingram is known for his community service activities and charitable contributions, which include youth football camps and other initiatives.
  6. Personal Life:
    • Mark Ingram II is the son of former NFL wide receiver Mark Ingram Sr., who also had a lengthy NFL career.
Apr 15, 2024

Emmitt Smith is an American former professional football player, widely considered one of the greatest running backs in National Football League (NFL) history.

He played primarily for the Dallas Cowboys and briefly for the Arizona Cardinals. Here is a comprehensive breakdown:

  1. Early Life and Collegiate Career:
    • Emmitt James Smith III was born in Pensacola, Florida, on May 15, 1969.
    • He played college football at the University of Florida, setting multiple school records and earning All-American honors.
  2. NFL Career:
    • Draft: Emmitt Smith was drafted in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
    • Dallas Cowboys: Smith spent most of his career with the Cowboys (1990-2002).
    • He was integral to the team’s “Triplets,” alongside quarterback Troy Aikman and wide receiver Michael Irvin.
    • Arizona Cardinals: He ended his career with the Arizona Cardinals, playing for them in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
  3. Accolades and Achievements:
    • Super Bowl Championships: Smith won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys (XXVII, XXVIII, and XXX).
    • MVP: He was named the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) 1993.
    • Rushing Titles: He led the league in rushing four times.
    • All-Time Leading Rusher: Smith retired as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards.
  4. Hall of Fame Induction:
    • Emmitt Smith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
  5. Post-Retirement Endeavors:
    • He has been involved in various business ventures, including real estate.
    • Smith has also been active in charity work, mainly through his Emmitt Smith Charities organization.
    • He participated in the reality TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” winning the competition in 2006.
  6. Legacy and Impact:
    • Emmitt Smith’s legacy goes beyond the statistics and records. He is celebrated for his work ethic, leadership, and the ability to perform in critical situations.
    • His contributions to the game have made him a lasting icon of American football.
  7. Public and Media Perception:
    • Known for his humility and graciousness, both on and off the field, Smith enjoys a positive public image and has been the subject of multiple documentaries and profiles.
Apr 8, 2024

Ian Bohen is an American actor known for his work in both television and film.

He gained wider recognition for his recurring roles in TV series like “Teen Wolf” and “Yellowstone.” Here’s a detailed breakdown of his career and contributions:

  1. Early Life:
    • Ian Bohen was born on September 24, 1976, in Carmel, California, United States.
    • He became interested in acting at a young age and began his professional career as a child actor.
  2. Early Career:
    • Bohen’s early acting roles include appearances in TV shows such as “Baywatch” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”
    • He also secured roles in TV movies and smaller films during the initial stages of his career.
  3. “Teen Wolf” Fame:
    • Ian Bohen gained considerable recognition for his role as Peter Hale in the TV series “Teen Wolf,” which aired from 2011 to 2017.
    • His character was an antagonist and a complex figure within the series, adding multiple layers to the storyline.
  4. “Yellowstone” and Other Roles:
    • Bohen has also been part of the cast of the popular television series “Yellowstone,” where he plays the role of Ryan, a ranch hand.
    • The show has received critical acclaim and has a considerable following.
    • Besides these roles, Bohen has made guest appearances in various other television shows like “Chicago P.D.” and “Breakout Kings.”
  5. Film Work:
    • Ian Bohen also has a modest list of film credits to his name. These include roles in movies like “Wind River” and “Little Women.”
  6. Acting Style and Critical Reception:
    • Bohen is often praised for his versatility and ability to infuse complex characters with depth and relatability. His performances often attract positive reviews, both from critics and audiences.
  7. Online Presence and Fan Following:
    • He maintains an active social media presence, engaging with fans and updating them on his current projects and interests.
  8. Personal Life:
    • Details about Bohen’s personal life are relatively private, though he occasionally shares glimpses into his life and interests via social media.
Apr 1, 2024

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is an American businessman and philanthropist, best known as the owner of Gallery Furniture, a retail furniture chain based in Houston, Texas.

He has garnered fame for his entrepreneurial acumen and community service efforts. Here are some critical aspects of his life and career:

  1. Early Life and Career Beginnings:
    • McIngvale is originally from Starkville, Mississippi. He moved to Houston in 1981 and opened the first Gallery Furniture store with a $5,000 investment.
  2. Business Success:
    • Gallery Furniture has grown significantly since its inception and is one of the most successful independent furniture retailers in the United States. The store is notable for its same-day delivery service, contributing to its popularity.
    • McIngvale’s marketing tactics often include flamboyant, attention-grabbing commercials and promotions. His energetic personality and the catchphrase “Saves You Money!” have become part of his public persona.
  3. Philanthropy and Community Service:
    • McIngvale is known for his philanthropic efforts, especially in the Houston community. His acts of kindness have included opening his furniture stores to people displaced by natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods.
    • He has donated to various causes, including education, healthcare, and emergency relief efforts, further solidifying his reputation as a community hero.
  4. Media Appearances and Public Persona:
    • Due to his philanthropy and business success, McIngvale has been featured in various media outlets. His life story and business acumen have become subjects of study and inspiration.
  5. Sports Betting:
    • McIngvale is also known for placing substantial bets on sports events, often as a form of promotion for his business. These bets have attracted media attention and added to his larger-than-life persona.
  6. Awards and Recognition:
    • Over the years, McIngvale has received various awards for his entrepreneurial excellence and philanthropic activities. His work has had a meaningful impact, particularly in Houston and beyond.

In summary, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is a multifaceted individual known for his successful business ventures and charitable contributions to society. He has become a prominent figure, not just in the business community but also as a philanthropist.

Mar 25, 2024

Jack Harlow is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter known for his distinctive voice and lyrical depth in hip-hop. Here is an in-depth exploration of his life and career:

  1. Early Life and Background:
    • Jack Harlow was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13, 1998.
    • He developed a love for music early on and started rapping at 12, recording his music using rudimentary software and equipment.
  2. Initial Career Steps:
    • Harlow’s initial foray into the music industry began with the release of mixtapes and independent projects. His first mixtape, “Extra Credit,” came out in 2015.
    • In 2016, he released another mixtape titled “18,” which helped him garner local attention in Louisville.
  3. Mainstream Recognition:
    • His real breakthrough came in 2020 with the release of his single “What’s Poppin.” The song reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified multi-platinum.
    • A remix of “What’s Poppin” featuring artists like DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne further propelled the song’s success.
  4. Debut Album:
    • Jack Harlow released his debut studio album, “That’s What They All Say,” on December 11, 2020. The album received critical acclaim and featured collaborations with several prominent artists.
  5. Musical Style and Themes:
    • Harlow’s music merges elements of hip-hop with melodic and sometimes introspective lyrics. His songs often explore themes ranging from personal experiences and social observations to the complexities of fame.
  6. Awards and Nominations:
    • The rapper has received several award nominations, capitalizing on the success of his hit single “Whats Poppin.” He has rapidly established himself as a rising star in the hip-hop community.
  7. Ongoing Career:
    • Considering the music industry’s dynamic nature, Harlow’s career will likely continue to evolve. Up-to-date information would be best obtained from current sources.
Mar 18, 2024

Chris Harrison is a prominent figure in American television.

Here’s an in-depth overview of his career and contributions:

Chris Harrison:

  1. Early Life and Career:
    • Born: July 26, 1971, in Dallas, Texas.
    • Education: He attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas and later attended Oklahoma City University on a soccer scholarship.
    • Initial Career: Chris Harrison began his television career by covering local sports in Oklahoma City. He also worked as a sports reporter in Dallas, Texas, before transitioning to entertainment broadcasting.
  2. The Bachelor Franchise:
    • Harrison became synonymous with ABC’s reality dating show “The Bachelor” and its spin-offs. He started hosting “The Bachelor” when it debuted in 2002.
    • He subsequently became the face of the entire franchise, hosting “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise,” “Bachelor Winter Games,” and other related specials.
    • His signature phrase, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final rose tonight,” became well-recognized among show fans.
  3. Controversies:
    • In early 2021, Chris Harrison faced criticism for his comments during an interview with Rachel Lindsay, a former Bachelorette. In the interview, he appeared to defend a current contestant’s past racially insensitive actions. This sparked a significant backlash.
    • Following the controversy, Harrison announced he would ” step aside” from his hosting duties for reflection. Later in the year, he was confirmed to be leaving the “Bachelor” franchise permanently.
  4. Other Endeavors:
    • Hosting: Beyond the “Bachelor” franchise, Chris Harrison has been involved in other television projects. He hosted the syndicated version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” from 2015 to 2019.
    • Cameos: Harrison appeared in popular TV shows and films, typically playing himself or a host, reflecting his real-life persona.
    • Literature: In 2015 Harrison released a romance novel titled “The Perfect Letter.”
  5. Personal Life:
    • Chris Harrison was married to his college sweetheart, Gwen Harrison, from 1993 to 2012. They have two children together.
Mar 11, 2024

Soozie is a film director, producer, & environmental advocate based in Louisville, Kentucky.

She is notably recognized for her work in documentary filmmaking, focusing on environmental and health-related topics.

Critical aspects of Soozie Eastman’s career and contributions include:

  1. Documentary Filmmaking: Eastman has produced and directed documentary films that often highlight environmental and health issues. Her work in this field focuses on raising awareness and educating the public on important topics.
  2. Environmental Advocacy: In line with her professional work, Eastman advocates ecological conservation and sustainability. Her films and other projects often aim to inspire action and change in these areas.
  3. “Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story”: One of her notable projects is the documentary “Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story,” which explores the issue of chemical exposure in everyday life and its impact on health. This film reflects her commitment to shedding light on lesser-known environmental and health challenges.
  4. Community Engagement: Eastman is involved in her local community in Louisville, engaging in initiatives that promote environmental awareness and sustainability.
  5. Educational and Public Speaking Roles: Alongside her filmmaking, Eastman may engage in educational roles, public speaking, and presentations, where she shares her expertise and insights on environmental issues, filmmaking, and advocacy.

An American filmmaker and producer based in Louisville, Kentucky.

She has been involved in various documentary and narrative filmmaking projects and film festival administration.

Eastman has been recognized for her work, particularly in documentary films that delve into social and environmental issues.

She has produced & directed Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story, By the Wayside & Meant to Be.

Soozie Eastman has also been involved in the Louisville film community and has often been a proponent of the arts and filmmaking in the region.

She has worked with several organizations to promote filmmaking as an art form and a viable career for aspiring artists in Kentucky and beyond.

Mar 4, 2024

Morgan McGarvey is an American attorney and politician who has served as a Democratic member of the Kentucky State Senate.

He was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and has since held various leadership roles within the legislative body.

McGarvey represents the 19th District, which includes portions of Jefferson County and the city of Louisville.

Morgan McGarvey has been involved in several legislative initiatives and is known for his work on various issues, including healthcare, education, and infrastructure.

He has advocated for improving Kentucky’s public school system, expanding access to healthcare, and fostering economic development.

Additionally, McGarvey is recognized for his legislative acumen and has often worked bipartisanly to advance legislation.

Before entering politics, Morgan McGarvey worked as an attorney.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and later attained a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

He has specialized in various legal areas, including commercial litigation and appellate law.

Feb 26, 2024

Jerry Mathers is a distinguished American actor best known for portraying Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver in the iconic television series “Leave It to Beaver.”

Born on June 2, 1948, in Sioux City, Iowa, Mathers’ early introduction to the entertainment world paved the way for his enduring career in the industry.

At a young age, Jerry Mathers displayed an innate talent for performing. His family recognized his potential and supported his interest in acting.

This led him to venture into modeling and commercial work as a child actor, eventually leading to his breakthrough role in “Leave It to Beaver.”

“Leave It to Beaver,” a classic sitcom from 1957 to 1963, became a cultural phenomenon representing American family life in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Mathers’ portrayal of Theodore Cleaver, affectionately known as Beaver, captured the innocence and curiosity of childhood.

His character’s misadventures and life lessons endeared him to audiences of all ages.

Mathers’ performance in “Leave It to Beaver” solidified his status as a child star and left an indelible mark on television history.

His ability to bring authenticity and relatability to his character resonated with viewers, making him a household name.

Following the conclusion of “Leave It to Beaver,” Jerry Mathers continued to appear in various television shows and films.

However, he faced challenges transitioning from his child star image to more mature roles.

He pursued higher education, attending the University of California, Berkeley, while remaining engaged in the entertainment industry.

In the following decades, Mathers embraced his iconic status and engaged in various projects related to “Leave It to Beaver.”

He made guest appearances on television shows, participated in reunions, and even reprised his role in the TV movie “Still the Beaver” in the 1980s.

Beyond his acting career, Jerry Mathers became an advocate for diabetes awareness.

He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the late 1990s and has since worked to raise awareness about the condition, sharing his own experiences and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.

Jerry Mathers’ enduring legacy lies in his role as Beaver Cleaver, a character that continues to be celebrated as a symbol of wholesome family entertainment.

His contribution to television history and popular culture remains significant, and his ability to capture the essence of childhood in “Leave It to Beaver” has left an indelible impression on generations of viewers.

Feb 19, 2024

Smokey Robinson, whose real name is William Robinson Jr., is an iconic figure in the music industry, renowned as a legendary Motown singer, songwriter, and record producer.

He was born on February 19, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan, where he later found fame and contributed significantly to the Motown sound.

Smokey Robinson’s journey into the music world began at a young age. In high school, he formed a singing group called The Matadors, which later evolved into The Miracles.

The Miracles signed with Motown Records in the late 1950s with Smokey as the lead vocalist and songwriter.

As a songwriter, Smokey Robinson displayed an extraordinary talent for crafting heartfelt and poetic lyrics that resonated with listeners.

His compositions often explored themes of love, romance, and relationships, making him a master of capturing universal emotions.

Hits like “Shop Around,” “You’ve Got a Hold on Me,” and “Tears of a Clown” showcased his ability to blend catchy melodies with meaningful lyrics.

His velvety and emotive voice became a signature of The Miracles’ sound, earning them a dedicated following.

Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, The Miracles achieved a string of chart-topping hits, contributing significantly to the Motown label’s success.

Smokey Robinson’s influence extended beyond his role as a performer. He took on the part of Motown’s vice president, contributing to the label’s growth and success.

In addition to his work with The Miracles, he collaborated with other Motown artists like Mary Wells and Marvin Gaye, further solidifying his impact on the Motown sound.

Beyond his work with The Miracles, Smokey Robinson enjoyed a successful solo career.

He continued to produce hits like “Cruisin'” and “Being with You,” which showcased his ability to evolve with the changing musical landscape while staying true to his distinct style.

Robinson’s contribution to music earned him numerous accolades and honors. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Miracles.

He was also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the music industry.

Smokey Robinson’s legacy as a Motown pioneer, prolific songwriter, and soulful vocalist is indelible.

His music continues to resonate with audiences of all generations, and his impact on the Motown genre and popular music is immeasurable.

He remains a beloved and revered figure, embodying the timeless spirit of Motown and soul music.

Feb 12, 2024

Oksana Masters, synonymous with courage, determination, and moxie, has charted a remarkable journey that defies the odds and inspires the world.

From the challenges of a traumatic childhood to becoming a Paralympian champion, Oksana’s life story is a testament to the power of resilience and the indomitable human spirit.

Born in Ukraine in 1989, Oksana’s early life was marked by adversity. She was born with congenital disabilities attributed to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, leaving her with deformed legs and missing weight-bearing bones. At the tender age of seven, Oksana was adopted by Gay Masters, a single mother who recognized the fire within her daughter’s spirit.

Oksana’s journey took an unexpected turn when she was introduced to adaptive sports.

She possessed an innate athletic prowess and embraced rowing, cross-country skiing, and biathlon. Her relentless determination and fiery spirit earned her a United States Paralympic team spot.

In the 2012 London Paralympics, Oksana made her mark as a rower, clinching a bronze medal. However, her unwavering courage and refusal to let challenges define her truly set her apart.

Mere days before her debut, a tragic accident crushed her hopes of Paralympic glory.

Yet, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Oksana embraced cross-country skiing, harnessing her sheer determination to compete again.

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games saw Oksana’s triumphant comeback.

Her performances on the snow and ice were a testament to her unwavering dedication to her moxie that refused to bow to adversity.

Winning not one but two gold medals, she stood on the podium as a symbol of triumph over trials.

Off the field, Oksana’s courageous heart shines as she uses her platform to raise awareness about environmental issues, advocating for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.

Her tenacity extends to empowering others, particularly those with disabilities, reminding them that their abilities far outweigh their limitations.

Oksana’s story embodies the essence of moxie—her fearless pursuit of excellence in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Her courage to embrace vulnerability, harness challenges, and propel herself to unparalleled heights is a lesson in resilience for us all.

With every stroke of an oar, every glide on the snow, Oksana Masters reminds us that the human spirit can achieve greatness when fueled by unwavering courage and unyielding moxie.


In the tapestry of human triumph, few stories radiate with the brilliance of Aaron Pike’s journey—a journey that weaves together courage, determination, and a spirit that defies limitations. From the confines of a wheelchair to the heights of Paralympic glory, Aaron’s life is a testament to the unbreakable will of the human heart.

Aaron’s story began in 1985 when, at 12, a snowmobiling accident changed his life forever. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, presenting challenges that would have overwhelmed lesser souls. But in Aaron, the spark of resilience was ignited.

Determined to reshape his destiny, Aaron plunged into adaptive sports with unwavering resolve. Wheelchair racing emerged as his calling, and he embraced it with an enthusiasm that only the genuinely passionate possess. Like a phoenix rising, Aaron transformed the wheels beneath him into vessels of determination, propelling himself forward with astonishing speed and grace.

The Paralympic stage became the canvas on which Aaron painted his legacy. The London 2012 Paralympic Games saw him competing in wheelchair racing, but he truly shone in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympics. Transitioning from summer to winter sports, Aaron tackled cross-country skiing with the same tenacity that defined his journey. His performances on the snow were a triumph of willpower, earning him a spot on the podium and a bronze medal.

However, Aaron’s journey is not defined merely by his athletic achievements. His courage extends to inspiring others, especially young athletes with disabilities. As a mentor and role model, he reminds them that their dreams can transcend obstacles. His very existence is a testament to the infinite possibilities of the human spirit.

Beyond the arena, Aaron’s moxie radiates in his advocacy for inclusion, accessibility, and eliminating barriers for people with disabilities. His unyielding commitment to creating a more inclusive world amplifies the impact of his journey, extending far beyond personal triumphs.

Aaron Pike’s life embodies moxie—a life where courage intertwines with determination, where challenges are met with unwavering resolve. His legacy is not merely a tale of athletic success but a beacon of hope for all who face adversity. Through his story, Aaron reminds us that courage and determination can forge a path of triumph in the face of the impossible, lighting the way for others to follow.

Feb 5, 2024

Luke Hancock is an American former professional basketball player. He played in six games for Panionios of the Greek Basket League before tearing a muscle in his calf, ending his career.

After transferring from George Mason University, he played college basketball for the University of Louisville.

While at Louisville, he won the 2013 NCAA championship and was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, becoming the first substitute ever to win the award (later vacated due to the 2015 University of Louisville basketball sex scandal, then restored after Hancock settled a lawsuit with the NCAA).

On September 30, 2019, the NCAA reinstated Luke Hancock’s MOP status (without an *) in his capacity. This decision did not, however, change the status of the vacated 2013 Louisville Cardinals Division I Championship.

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Hancock joined the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Summer League, & the Houston Rockets for the Las Vegas Summer League.

On September 25, 2014, he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. However, the Grizzlies later waived him on October 13, 2014.

On November 4, 2014, Hancock signed with Panionios of the Greek Basket League. He played in six games before tearing a muscle in his calf. The injury made him realize he needed to prepare for life after basketball, so he retired from the sport, studied to become a financial adviser, and eventually began working in Louisville, Kentucky, for Lamkin Wealth Management.

After basketball, Hancock continued his community involvement in Louisville, most notably with the nonprofit Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Louisville (FEAT).

He first became involved with the organization in 2014 while still attending Louisville.

After returning from his brief professional career in Greece, he started organizing basketball camps for children on the autism spectrum, which he has continued to do ever since.

As of July 2017, Hancock serves on FEAT’s board of directors.

Hancock married the former Kaelyn Gault in October 2019.

In 2019, Hancock joined ESPN as a studio analyst for the ACC Network.

Jan 29, 2024

His work combines cubism, pop art, and graffiti painting, using vibrant colors and bold patterns to express hope, dreams, and happiness.

In June 2023, Britto revealed his hair was made from brillo pads glued together.

Romero Britto is a Brazilian artist, painter, serigrapher, and sculptor who has gained international recognition for his vibrant and colorful works combining pop art, cubism, and graffiti elements.

Here’s an in-depth overview of his life and contributions:

Romero Britto:

  1. Early Life and Background:
    • Born: October 6, 1963, in Recife, Brazil.
    • From a young age, Britto displayed an innate talent for the arts, and he was encouraged by his family to pursue his passion for painting.
  2. Artistic Style:
    • Bold patterns, bright colors, and playful themes characterize Britto’s works. They often integrate elements of pop culture, and many are infused with a sense of hope, happiness, and optimism.
    • He mentioned that his unique style was influenced by early and modern masters, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Roy Lichtenstein.
  3. Career and Achievements:
    • Move to the US: In 1983, Britto moved to Miami, Florida, where he has been based since. The city played a significant role in the evolution of his career, and his artwork has become synonymous with the vibrancy of Miami’s cultural scene.
    • Recognition: Britto’s works have been exhibited in galleries and museums across over 100 countries. His distinctive visual language resonates with a broad audience, from young children to seasoned art collectors.
    • Collaborations: Over the years, Britto has collaborated with many international brands, corporations, and organizations. These collaborations often involve creating custom artworks or designs for products, events, and campaigns. Some notable collaborations include Disney, Coca-Cola, Bentley, and more.
    • Public Art: Romero Britto’s large public installations are in numerous locations worldwide, including parks, airports, and squares.
  4. Philanthropy:
    • Beyond his artistic endeavors, Britto is known for his philanthropic work. He strongly believes in the role of art as a positive agent for change and has donated time, art, and resources to numerous charitable organizations globally.
  5. Personal Life:
    • Britto’s cheerful and optimistic outlook on life is evident not only in his artworks but also in his public persona. In interviews and interactions, he often emphasizes the importance of hope, love, and happiness.
Jan 22, 2024

Marcus Ericsson is a Swedish professional racing driver who has competed in various motorsport disciplines, including Formula 1 and the NTT IndyCar Series. Here’s an in-depth overview of his career:

  1. Early Life and Background:
    • Born: September 2, 1990, in Kumla, Sweden.
    • Marcus began his motorsport career in karting, similar to many other professional racing drivers.
  2. Formula 1:
    • Debut: Ericsson made his Formula 1 debut in 2014 with the Caterham F1 Team.
    • Teams: Throughout his Formula 1 career, Ericsson raced for multiple teams, including Caterham, Sauber (later known as Alfa Romeo Racing), and more.
    • Duration: He competed in Formula 1 from 2014 to 2018. While he demonstrated skill and tenacity, he did not secure a podium finish during his tenure in the series.
  3. IndyCar:
    • After his stint in Formula 1, Marcus Ericsson transitioned to the NTT IndyCar Series in the United States.
    • He began racing in IndyCar in 2019, initially joining the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team.
    • As of my last update in January 2022, Ericsson was competing in IndyCar and had secured some commendable results, showing his adaptability and skill in the series.
  4. Other Motorsport Endeavors:
    • Before his Formula 1 career, Ericsson had a successful run in junior single-seater categories. Notably, he won the Japanese Formula Three Championship in 2009.
    • He also competed in the GP2 Series (now known as the FIA Formula 2 Championship), considered one of the primary feeder series to Formula 1.
  5. Personal Attributes:
    • Marcus Ericsson is known for his perseverance and dedication in the competitive world of motorsport. Over the years, he has earned respect for his driving skills and ability to adapt to different racing disciplines.
Jan 15, 2024

Robert is a Canadian-born American board game inventor who created the popular word-guessing game Pictionary in 1985.

Since selling Pictionary, he has invented other board games and products.

Most of his life is spent drawing fruit and surfing the Pacific.

Angel later became involved with multiple non-profit companies.

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