Great American Smoke-Out November 20th, 2014.


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Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is an annual event on the third Thursday of November by the American Cancer Society. The event encourages Americans, of whom 43.8 million smoke as of June 2013, to stop tobacco smoking. The event challenges people to stop smoking cigarettes for 24 hours, hoping their decision not to smoke will last forever.

 

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Mike Nobel’ s tobacco prevention songs for schools (K-5) offer a highly effective means to reach parents and children with a compelling message on the risks of smoking, the health risks to children from exposure to secondhand smoke, and the importance of supporting smokers trying to quit.

 

 

History

The first Great American Smokeout was held in San Francisco‘s Union Square on November 16, 1977. The event evolved from a series of smaller-scale initiatives. In 1970, in Randolph, Massachusetts, Arthur P. Mullaney suggested people give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money to a local high school. In 1974, a “Don’t Smoke Day” (or “D-Day“) was promoted by Lynn R. Smith of the Monticello Times in Monticello, Minnesota. On November 18, 1976, the California Division of the American Cancer Society successfully prompted nearly one million smokers to quit for the day. That California event marked the first Smokeout.

 

The name has resulted in some confusion due to colloquial usage of the term smokeout, which, (among other things), suggests an activity centered around a large amount of solo or group smoking.

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Great American Smokeout is Thursday — Are you ready to quit smoking?

 

By Angela Townsend, The Plain Dealer

 

If you’re someone actively trying to quit smoking — or have just been thinking about it for a while — the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 20 is just for you. The annual event is designed to give people the motivation they need to kick the habit.

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Great American Smokeout is upon us once again, marked every year on the third Thursday in November. It’s a day set aside to help get smokers motivated to kick the habit, even if it’s just for one day.

 

Consider this: Ohio has one of the highest rates of adult smokers in the country, at just over 23 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. The percentage of high school students using tobacco – cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and pipes being the most popular – is nearly 23 percent, says the CDC.

 

And middle schoolers? According to the CDC’s most recent National Youth Tobacco Survey in 2013, 6.5 percent of them reported using a tobacco product within the last 30 days.

 

The number of deaths attributed to smoking – including from lung cancer and respiratory disease – is more than 18,000 a year.

 

Ohio did pretty poorly on the State of Tobacco Control 2014 report, getting “F” grades in prevention and tobacco cessation.

 

Various surveys tell us that about 70 percent of smokers want to quit. To help you take that first step, check out some of the smoking cessation resources and tips on this page.

 

The American Cancer Society also offers up these tips to quit:

 

  • Don’t keep it a secret. Include your friends and family for support.
  • Look for a support group.
  • Consider using medication to help you quit. Your doctor can help you decide if a prescription or over-the-counter medication might help with withdrawal symptoms or reduce your urge to smoke.
  • Get rid of smoking memories. Dump out lighters, ashtrays, or matches. Get rid of the cigarette smell in your car. And ask other smokers not to smoke around you.
  • Avoid places where smokers gather.
  • Stay calm and stay busy.
  • Talk to your doctor before you try to quit to see what approach may work best for you.
  • When the urge to smoke strikes, do something else.
  • Just “one” cigarette is one too many. Instead, keep a supply of oral substitutes like carrots, apples, raisins, or gum handy.

If you’re in the other 30 percent who don’t want to quit, consider quitting for someone else.

 

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco found that nonsmokers sitting in a motor vehicle – in the right rear passenger seat where young children usually sit – had significantly increased levels of carcinogens and other toxic chemicals in their urine after sitting with a person who smoked three cigarettes in the course of an hour. And that was even with the benefit of cracked windows to allow for air to come in.

 

The research was published online last week in the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research. It was funded by the Flight Attendants Medical Research Institute, a U.S. Public Health Service grant, and the National Institutes of Health.

 

If you’ve been thinking about quitting smoking – whether it’s for the first or the fifth time – let us know if you’ll be taking part in the Great American Smokeout.

 

Thank you Angela Townsend, The Plain Dealer.

 

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The Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

 

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — a bit under 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2012, there were also 13.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

 

See our quitting resources and information.

 

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More Information About Quitting

Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. The American Cancer Society can tell you about the steps you can take to quit smoking and provide quit-smoking programs, resources and support that can increase your chances of quitting successfully. To learn about the available tools, call us at 1-800-227-2345. You can also find free tips and tools below.

 

 

 

What Kind of Quitter Are You?

Are you or someone you care about trying to quit smoking? There may be as many ways to quit as there are quitters. Will you quit cold turkey? Maybe cut back a little-by-little? Check out these quitter characters to see which one matches your quit-style. No matter how you quit, we’re celebrating you! See the full gallery of supporters and quitters to share on your Facebook page.

 

    THE COLD TURKEY:

Someone who quits smoking abruptly and completely.

Quit tip: Kicking the tobacco habit offers some benefits that you’ll notice right away.

 

 

    THE BACKSLIDER:

Someone who makes several attempts to quit.

Quit tip: Avoid alcohol. Drinking lowers your chance of success.

 

 

    THE SUBSTITUTE:

Someone who uses distraction and substitutions to help bust cravings.

Quit tip: Create new habits and a non-smoking environment around you.

 

 

    THE ENLIGHTENED:

Someone who is motivated to quit for a powerful reason.

Quit tip: Remember your reasons for quitting and think of all the benefits to your health, your     finances, and your family.

 

 

    THE PHARMER:

Someone who uses medicines to help them quit.

Quit tip: The best way to quit will be some combination of medicine, a change of personal         habits, and emotional support.

 

 

    THE WEANER:

Someone who cuts back gradually.

Quit tip: Instead of using a slip as an excuse to go back to smoking, look at what went wrong     and renew your commitment to staying away from smoking for good.

 

 


 

 

Guide to Quitting Smoking

GUIDE TO QUITTING SMOKING

 

 

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#FergusonOctober #O22 #PoliceBrutality “This Is What Protest Looks Like.”


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Defiance is in the air. The people of Ferguson, Missouri, rose up in fury against the murder of Mike Brown, an unarmed 18 year-old Black youth. There have been heroic hunger strikes in prisons and detention centers, and mass outpourings in response to murders by police and racist vigilantes. Prisoners in California declared a stop to racial hostilities and came together to resist the torture of solitary confinement. All this must be taken to a much higher level. October 22nd, the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, is a day that people across the nation have mobilized on every year since 1996. This year, October 22 is also part of a whole Month of Resistance called by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. This is a month that can impact all of society; one that can open the eyes of millions of people to the need to end this new Jim Crow. Our resistance must reverberate across the country and around the world, with powerful demonstrations nationwide. In Seattle, come stand with thousands across the country to express our collective outrage, creativity, and resistance in response to the crimes of this system, and our determination to END these crimes!

 

Funds are needed to promote and conduct this event. There are printing costs for flyers and posters, etc., equipment costs, etc. Please send donations by check or money order to:

October 22 Coalition To Stop Police Brutality- Seattle
PO Box 95475
Seattle, Washington 98145

 

 

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The Call for the 19th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization

 

On the eve of the 19th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, a defiant new spirit is in the air. In Ferguson, Missouri, people continue to rise up in outrage against the killing of Mike Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old Black youth who was just days away from starting college. Despite the rapid and ruthless militarization of the town by racist police and the National Guard, people defied curfews, tear gas, rubber bullets, and calls for a return to business-as-usual—and oppression-as-usual—by protesting and rebelling for ten consecutive, sweltering nights in August. Thousands from around the country gathered in Ferguson this past weekend to stand in solidarity with the brave people of Ferguson. These are the moments where the decades of racist abuse, criminalization, and police terror at the hands of this system came crashing against fearless resistance from the very people it seeks to control, inspiring justice-seeking people not just nationwide, but around the world. The National Day of Protest was founded to oppose exactly these kinds of abuses. This year, in big cities and small towns, in the face of police brutality, repression, mass incarceration and the criminalization of youth we say, Let the spirit of Ferguson ignite hearts nationwide with an uncompromising passion for justice!

 

In the United States, this year has seen a litany of state violence, with increasing documentation and coverage making these ongoing atrocities more difficult to deny. Over 800 people have been killed by law enforcement nationwide, at least 200 since Mike Brown, and at least 23people in one week. Although police criminalization of and violence against women and transgender people is nothing new, they have become more newsworthy of late. There seems to be no level too low for law enforcement to stoop in their violence, whether it is against children and young teens, the elderly, the deaf, or those who are emotionally or mentally distressed.

 

In New York City, the era of mass criminalization of Black and brown communities through “stop and frisk” was supposed to be over thanks to the election of a supposedly progressive mayor. What de Blasio brought instead though, was the return of William Bratton, the architect of Stop and Frisk! Bratton’s highly oppressive “broken windows” style of policing, in which the smallest “crimes” are aggressively policed, has already led to an increase in police brutality and public mistrust. In this year, NYPD’s use of “Broken Windows” has led to the highly publicized chokehold death of beloved community member Eric Garner, the beating of an 84-year-old immigrant man for allegedly jaywalking, a chokehold on a 7-month pregnant woman for barbecuing in front of her home, a young man kicked in the head while lying on the ground handcuffed, numerous people beaten for falling asleep on the subway, a raid of Harlem housing projects, and numerous other atrocities. Even some of the most well-known cultural aspects of New York are under attack, as subway performers are being arrested at astonishing rates simply for trying to earn a living as they have been doing for decades. Meanwhile, the same City Council that voted so strongly for police reforms earlier this year has remained silent in the midst of a new “progressive” administration, lifting their voices only to cry out for 1,000 more cops!

 

We have seen other attempts at creating some modicum of accountability being thwarted or ineffective, such as the gutting of civilian oversight mechanisms and useless federalinvestigations of police departments by the U.S. Department of Justice, while those who document police misconduct are under attack. But we applaud the different ways that people have risen up and persevered.

 

Law enforcement departments across the country have come to use on a routine basis the exertion of military enforcement and control in communities that are deemed a “social disturbance.” Although there has been a long history of the militarization of police, the revelation of just how much military weaponry has been supplied to local law enforcement by thePentagon and how the uprising in Ferguson was dealt with are a sobering reminder of the capabilities of law enforcement to exert standing army-like control over the population of non-combatant civilians. It also would be a moral crime to ignore the fact that the intensification of police arms and enforcement is borne out of the desire, on behalf of the state, to quell the expression of people of color in their demands for justice.

 

Through the unabated organizing and pressure from the people, we can rejoice over the release of political prisoners Lynne Stewart and Eddie Conway (and hopefully soon Sundiata Acoli), but we must continue our fight for the many political prisoners who continue to be unjustly locked up, along with the hundreds of thousands imprisoned for non-violent offenses due to discriminatory practices in the criminal justice system. The U.S. has the highest number of prisoners in the world, incarcerating almost one-third of the world’s female prisoners, and having more than 60% of prisoners being people of color – still a minority of this nation’s population. Despite solitary confinement being internationally designated as torture, over 80,000 languish in such conditions, including some as young as 16. Solitary confinement led to a death sentence for some, and more egregious evidence of torture in prisons are now coming to light. This brazen inhumanity is exemplified by border patrol’s abuse of immigrant children seeking safety within our borders, and the warehousing and deportation of literally millions of immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Under such a corrupt system, no imprisonments are legitimate!

 

The Call for a Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation declares that this “will not stop unless and until millions of people, of all nationalities, stand up and say NO MORE, in unmistakable terms. The history of this and every other country shows that without struggle, there can be no positive change; but with struggle this kind of change becomes possible.”

 

October 22nd is a day that people around the nation have mobilized every year since 1996 for a National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. It is crucial that we bring forward a powerful National Day of Protest in cities and towns across the U.S. to challenge the ongoing violence against the people. This October 22nd, stand with thousands across the country to express our collective outrage, creativity, and resistance in response to the crimes of this system. On October 22nd, WEAR BLACK, FIGHT BACK!

 

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Robin Williams Dies At The Tender Age Of 63 In An Apparent Suicide.


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Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide

 

Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died Monday at 63 of an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

 

Around 11:55 a.m. Monday, sheriff’s officials said, a 911 call came in about a man unresponsive in his home in Tiburon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dubbed “the funniest man alive” by Entertainment Weekly in 1997, Williams brought audiences hours of laughter, putting his imaginative spin on characters in film and television. He was lauded for his serious roles as well, winning a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance as Sean Maguire, the therapist who counsels Matt Damon’s math genius in “Good Will Hunting”(1997), and receiving nominations for “The Fisher King” (1991), “Dead Poets Society” (1989) and “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987).

 

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Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams became one of only two students accepted into John Houseman’s prestigious acting program at Julliard, the other being Christopher Reeve, who became a lifelong friend.

 

Williams gained fame as Mork, the bizarre, suspenders-sporting alien on the sitcom “Mork & Mindy,” a spinoff from “Happy Days.” Williams departed from the script so often that producers intentionally left blank moments on page for Williams to have space to indulge his ad-libbing genius.

 

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BREAKING NEWS:Robin Williams dies aged 63 after ‘committing suicide’ in his California home following battles with depression

 

By MARK DUELL

 

Actor Robin Williams has died aged 63 from an apparent suicide, police in California said tonight.

 

His wife Susan Schneider confirmed the tragic news and spoke of her ‘profound grief’. ‘This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.

 

‘As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.’

 

A statement by the Marin County Sheriff’s Department in California said: ‘On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, California. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams.’

 

‘The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12pm.

 

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An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.

 

‘Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10pm on August 10, 2014.

 

‘Mr Williams was located this morning shortly before the 911 call was placed to Marin County Communications.

 

‘At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.

 

‘A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.’

 

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House: This is Robin Williams’ San Francisco home in Sea Cliff where the Oscar winner was discovered by police on Monday after apparently taking his own life

Tragic passing: American actor and comedian Robin Williams poses for photographs in Sydney, Dec. 5, 2011 while he was promoting his voice over work in Happy Feet two.

Tragic passing: American actor and comedian Robin Williams poses for photographs in Sydney, Dec. 5, 2011 while he was promoting his voice over work in Happy Feet two.

Big break: Robin Williams and Mindy McConnell in Morkl and Mindy which ran from 1978 to 1982 and launched the comedian to national prominence.

Big break: Robin Williams and Mindy McConnell in Morkl and Mindy which ran from 1978 to 1982 and launched the comedian to national prominence.

Oscar winner: Robin Williams took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for his role alongside Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.

Oscar winner: Robin Williams took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for his role alongside Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.

 

His wife Susan Schneider, issued a statement after the tragic news.

 

‘This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.

 

‘I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.

 

‘As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.’

 

His family also issued this statement on the tragic passing of the Oscar winner.

 

‘Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late,’ Mara Buxbaum, press representative, said in a statement.

 

‘This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.’

 

From his breakthrough in the late 1970s as the alien in the hit TV show ‘Mork and Mindy,’ through his standup act and such films as ‘Good Morning, Vietnam,’ the short, barrel-chested Williams ranted and shouted as if just sprung from solitary confinement.

 

Loud, fast, manic, he parodied everyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards, impersonating a Russian immigrant as easily as a pack of Nazi attack dogs.

 

He was a riot in drag in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ or as a cartoon genie in ‘Aladdin.’ He won his Academy Award in a rare, but equally intense dramatic role, as a teacher in the 1997 film ‘Good Will Hunting.’

 

He was no less on fire in interviews.

 

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During a 1989 chat with The Associated Press, he could barely stay seated in his hotel room, or even mention the film he was supposed to promote, as he free-associated about comedy and the cosmos.

 

‘There’s an Ice Age coming,’ he said. ‘But the good news is there’ll be daiquiris for everyone and the Ice Capades will be everywhere. The lobster will keep for at least 100 years, that’s the good news. The Swanson dinners will last a whole millennium. The bad news is the house will basically be in Arkansas.’

 

Like so many funnymen, he had serious ambitions, winning his Oscar for his portrayal of an empathetic therapist in ‘Good Will Hunting.’

 

He also played for tears in ‘Awakenings,’ ‘Dead Poets Society’ and ‘What Dreams May Come,’ something that led New York Times critic Stephen Holden to once say he dreaded seeing the actor’s ‘Humpty Dumpty grin and crinkly moist eyes.’

 

Williams also won three Golden Globes, for ‘Good Morning, Vietnam,’ ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and ‘The Fisher King.’

 

His other film credits included Robert Altman’s ‘Popeye’ (a box office bomb), Paul Mazursky’s ‘Moscow on the Hudson,’ Steven Spielberg’s ‘Hook’ and Woody Allen’s ‘Deconstructing Harry.’

 

On stage, Williams joined fellow comedian Steve Martin in a 1988 Broadway revival of ‘Waiting for Godot.’

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Actor Robin Williams Found Dead In His Home; Suicide Suspected

 

 

 

SO SAD: Actor Robin Williams Has Died at 63 – 8/11/2014

 

 

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor, voice actor, and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978-1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings(1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye(1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

 

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.

 

On August 11, 2014, Williams was found unconscious at his residence and was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner’s office suggested the cause of death to be suicide by asphyxiation, though it is still under investigation.

 

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Early life

Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Laura McLaurin (née Smith, September 24, 1922 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987), was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company in charge of the Midwest region. His maternal great-great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. Williams’ ancestry includes English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French. He was raised in the Episcopal Church (while his mother practiced Christian Science). He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he was a student at the Detroit Country Day School, and later moved to Woodacre, Marin County, California, where he attended the public Redwood High School. Williams studied at Claremont McKenna College (then called Claremont Men’s College). In-between Claremont and Juilliard, he attended the College of Marin for theatre. He has two half-brothers: Todd (who died August 14, 2007) and McLaurin.

 

Williams has described himself as a quiet child whose first imitation was of his grandmother to his mother. He did not overcome his shyness until he became involved with his high-school drama department.

 

In 1973, Williams was one of only 20 students accepted into the freshman class at the Juilliard School, and one of only two students to be accepted by John Houseman into the Advanced Program at the school that year, the other being Christopher Reeve. In his dialects class, Williams had no trouble mastering all dialects quickly. Williams left Juilliard in 1976.

 

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Williams at the premier of Happy Feet Two in 2011
Birth name Robin McLaurin Williams
Born July 21, 1951
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died August 11, 2014 (aged 63) (asphyxia)
Tiburon, California, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 1972–2014
Genres Character comedy, physical comedy, improvisational comedy,satire/political satire, observational comedy, blue comedy
Influences Peter Sellers, Richard Pryor,Jonathan Winters, George Carlin,Chuck Jones, Spike Milligan
Influenced Conan O’Brien, Frank Caliendo, Dat Phan, Jo Koy,Gabriel Iglesias,Alexei Sayle, Eddie Murphy
Spouse Valerie Velardi (m. 1978–88)
Marsha Garces Williams
(m. 1989–2008)
Susan Schneider (m. 2011)
Children 3
Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actor
1997 Good Will Hunting
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
1987 Carol and Carl and Whoopi and Robin
1988 ABC Presents A Royal Gala
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actor – TV Series Musical or Comedy
1978 Mork & Mindy
Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1987 Good Morning, Vietnam
1991 The Fisher King
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire
Special Achievement Award
1992 Aladdin
Cecil B. Demille Award
2005
Grammy Awards
Best Comedy Recording
1980 Reality…What a Concept
1988 ABC Presents A Royal Gala
1988 A Night at the Met
1989 Good Morning, Vietnam
2003 Robin Williams – Live 2002
Best Spoken Word Album
2003 Live 2002
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Cast – Motion Picture
1996 The Birdcage
Best Supporting Actor
1997 Good Will Hunting

 

Television career

After appearing in the cast of the short-lived The Richard Pryor Show on NBC, Williams was cast by Garry Marshall as the alien Mork in the hit TV series Happy Days after impressing the producer with his quirky sense of humor when he sat on his head when asked to take a seat for the audition. As Mork, Williams improvised much of his dialogue and physical comedy, speaking in a high, nasal voice. Mork’s appearance was so popular with viewers that it led to a spin-off hit television sitcom, Mork & Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982; the show was written to accommodate Williams’ improvisations. Although he played the same character as in his appearance in Happy Days, the show was set in the present day, in Boulder, Colorado, instead of the late 1950s in Milwaukee. Mork was an extremely popular character, featured on posters, coloring books, lunchboxes, and other merchandise.

 

Starting in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Williams began to reach a wider audience with his standup comedy, including three HBO comedy specials, Off The Wall (1978), An Evening with Robin Williams (1982), and Robin Williams: Live at the Met (1986). Also in 1986, Williams co-hosted the 58th Academy Awards.

 

His stand-up work has been a consistent thread through his career, as is seen by the success of his one-man show (and subsequent DVD) Robin Williams: Live on Broadway (2002). He was voted 13th on Comedy Central‘s list “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time” in 2004.

 

Williams, along with Billy Crystal, appeared in a cameo together at the beginning of an episode of the third season of Friends. Both Williams and Crystal’s parts were not originally in the script. They were apparently in the building where the show was shooting and were asked to improvise their lines. Williams appeared on an episode of the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 3, Episode 9: November 16, 2000). During a game of “Scenes from a Hat”, the scene “What Robin Williams is thinking right now” was drawn, and Williams stated “I have a career. What the hell am I doing here?”[28] On December 4, 2010, he appeared with Robert De Niro on Saturday Night Live in the sketch What Up with That. In 2012, he guest starred as himself in two FX series, Louie and Wilfred

 

In February 2013, the CBS network announced it had picked up a pilot episode for a David E. Kelley comedy called The Crazy Ones that stars Williams. The series was officially picked up on May 10, 2013. Williams plays Simon Roberts, a father who works with his daughter (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) in an advertising office. The series premiered in the Thursday 9/8c timeslot on September 26, 2013.

 

 

Film roles

Most of Williams’ acting career was in film, although he gave some performances on stage as well (notably as Estragon in a production of Waiting for Godotwith Steve Martin). His first film was the 1977 comedy Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses? His performance in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) resulted in Williams being nominated for an Academy Award. Many of his roles have been comedies tinged with pathos.

 

His role as the Genie in the animated film Aladdin (1992) was instrumental in establishing the importance of star power in voice actor casting. Williams used his voice talents again in Fern Gully, as the holographic Dr. Know in the 2001 film A.I. Artificial Intelligence, in the 2005 animated film Robots, the 2006 Academy Award-winning Happy Feet, and an uncredited vocal performance in the film Everyone’s Hero. He was also the voice of The Timekeeper, a former attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort about a time-traveling robot who encounters Jules Verne and brings him to the future.

 

Williams’ roles in dramatic films garnered him an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his role as a psychologist in Good Will Huntingas well as two previous Academy Award nominations: for playing an English teacher in Dead Poets Society(1989), and for playing a troubled homeless man in The Fisher King (1991). That same year he played an adult Peter Panin the movie Hook. Other acclaimed dramatic films include Awakenings (1990) and What Dreams May Come (1998). In the 2002 film Insomnia, Williams portrayed a writer/killer on the run from a sleep-deprived Los Angeles policeman (played by Al Pacino) in rural Alaska. Also in 2002, in the psychological thriller One Hour Photo, Williams played an emotionally disturbed photo development technician who becomes obsessed with a family for whom he has developed pictures for a long time.

 

In 2006, Williams starred in The Night Listener, a thriller about a radio show host who realizes that a child with whom he has developed a friendship with may or may not exist; that year, he starred in five movies, including Man of the Year, was the Surprise Guest at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and appeared on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that aired on January 30, 2006.

 

Williams is known for his improvisational skills and impersonations, and his performances frequently involve impromptu humor designed and delivered in rapid-fire succession while on stage. According to the Aladdin DVD commentary, most of his dialogue as the Genie was improvised.

 

At one point, he was in the running to play the Riddler in Batman Forever until director Tim Burton dropped the project. Earlier, Williams had been a strong contender to play the Joker in Batman. He had expressed interest in assuming the role in The Dark Knight, the sequel to 2005′s Batman Begins, although the part of the Joker was played by Heath Ledger, who went on to win, posthumously, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

 

He was portrayed by Chris Diamantopoulos in the made-for-TV biopic Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (2005), documenting the actor’s arrival in Hollywood as a struggling comedian.

 

Stand-up career

 

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Williams has done a number of stand-up comedy tours since the early 1970s. Some of his most notable tours include An Evening With Robin Williams (1982), Robin Williams: At The Met (1986) and Robin Williams LIVE on Broadway (2002). The latter broke many long-held records for a comedy show. In some cases, tickets were sold out within thirty minutes of going on sale.

 

After a six-year break, in August 2008 Williams announced a brand new 26-city tour titled “Weapons of Self Destruction”. He was quoted as saying that this was his last chance to make cracks at the expense of the current Bush Administration, but by the time the show was staged only a few minutes covered that subject. The tour started at the end of September 2009, finishing in New York on December 3, and was the subject of an HBO special on December 8, 2009.

 

Theatre career

In theatre, Williams has headed his own one-man show, Robin Williams: Live on Broadway, that played at The Broadway Theatrein July 2002. He made his Broadway acting debut in Rajiv Joseph‘s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 31, 2011. He previously appeared opposite Steve Martin at Lincoln Center in an Off-Broadway production of Waiting for Godot.

 

Personal life

 

Marriages and children

Robin Williams’ first marriage was to Valerie Velardi on June 4, 1978. They have one child, Zachary Pym (Zak) (born April 11, 1983). During Williams’ first marriage, he was involved in an extramarital relationship with Michelle Tish Carter, a cocktail waitress whom he met in 1984. She sued him in 1986, claiming that he did not tell her he was infected with the herpes simplex virus before he embarked on a sexual relationship with her in the mid-1980s, during which, she said, he transmitted the virus to her. The case was settled out of court. Williams and Velardi divorced in 1988.

 

On April 30, 1989, he married Marsha Garces, his son’s nanny, who was already several months pregnant with his child. They have two children, Zelda Rae (born July 31, 1989) and Cody Alan (born November 25, 1991). However, in March 2008, Garces filed for divorce from Williams, citing irreconcilable differences.

 

Williams married his third wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider, on October 23, 2011, in St. Helena, California. Their residence was Williams’ house in Sea Cliff, a neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

 

 

Family and friends

While studying at Juilliard, Williams befriended Christopher Reeve. They had several classes together in which they were the only students, and they remained good friends for the rest of Reeve’s life. Williams visited Reeve after the horse riding accident that rendered him a quadriplegic, and cheered him up by pretending to be an eccentric Russian doctor (similar to his role in Nine Months). Williams claimed that he was there to perform a colonoscopy. Reeve stated that he laughed for the first time since the accident and knew that life was going to be okay.

 

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On August 14, 2007, Williams’ elder brother, Robert Todd Williams, died of complications from heart surgery performed a month earlier.

 

Addiction and health problems

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Williams had an addiction to cocaine. Williams was a close friend of and frequent partier alongside John Belushi. He said the death of his friend and the birth of his son prompted him to quit drugs: “Was it a wake-up call? Oh yeah, on a huge level. The grand jury helped too.”

 

On August 9, 2006, Williams checked himself in to a substance-abuse rehabilitation center (located in Newberg, Oregon), later admitting that he was an alcoholic. His publicist delivered the announcement:

 

After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and has decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family.

 

Williams was hospitalized in March 2009 due to heart problems. He postponed his one-man tour in order to undergo surgery to replace his aortic valve. The surgery was successfully completed on March 13, 2009, at the Cleveland Clinic. During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Williams discussed the fact that Propofol had been used on him during his operation, the same drug which had been involved in the death of Michael Jackson. Williams commented that Jackson had been taking the drug to sleep, which he compared to “doing chemotherapy because you’re tired of shaving your head”. This comment caused much hilarity among the audience and other guests, but Williams emphasised the fact that Propofol is a “devastatingly powerful drug” that should be only administered in hospital, whereas Jackson had been using it at home.

 

Other interests

Williams was a member of the Episcopal Church. He described his denomination in a comedy routine as “Catholic Lite—same rituals, half the guilt.”

 

Williams was an avid enthusiast of video games, even naming two of his children after game characters. He named his daughter afterPrincess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda action-adventure game series. They both have even been featured in an ad for the Nintendo 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. On this note, his son may have been named after Cody from thebeat ‘em up game Final Fight. He also enjoys pen-and-paper role-playing games and online video games, recently playing Warcraft 3, Day of Defeat, Half-Life,[62] and the first-person shooter Battlefield 2 as a sniper. He was also previously a fan of the Wizardry series of role-playing video games.

 

On January 6, 2006, he performed live at Consumer Electronics Show during Google’s keynote. In the 2006 E3, on the invitation of Will Wright, he demonstrated the creature editor of Spore while simultaneously commenting on the creature’s look: “This will actually make a platypus look good.” He also complimented the game’s versatility, comparing it to Populous and Black & White. Later that year, he was one of several celebrities to participate in the Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day.

 

A fan of professional road cycling, he was a regular on the US Postal and Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team bus and hotels during the years Lance Armstrong dominated the Tour de France.[68] He owned over 50 bicycles.

 

He enjoyed rugby union and was a big fan of former All Black, Jonah Lomu.

 

Williams was a supporter of eco-friendly vehicles. He drove a Toyota Prius, and was on the waiting list for an Aptera 2 Series electric vehicle before the company folded in December 2011.

 

In 2010, Williams announced that he would love to play The Riddler in the next installment to the Batman films by director Christopher Nolan, though Nolan has stated that The Riddler would not be featured in the film.

 

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Charity work

Williams and his former wife, Marsha, founded the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to raise money for many different charities. Williams devotes much of his energy to charity work, including the Comic Relief fundraising efforts (the program is hosted by himself, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg). In December 1999, he sang in French on the BBC-inspired music video of international celebrities doing a cover of the Rolling Stones‘ “It’s Only Rock & Roll” for the charity Children’s Promise.

 

In response to the 2010 Canterbury Earthquake, Williams donated all proceeds of his “Weapons of Self Destruction” Christchurch performance to helping rebuild the New Zealand city. Half the proceeds were donated to the Red Cross and half to the mayoral building fund with the words “I hope this donation will go some way to helping the extensive rebuilding effort in the city.” Williams has performed with the USO for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Williams also actively supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for several years.

 

Death

Williams was found unconscious in his home in unincorporated Tiburon, California, at around 12 noon on August 11, 2014. The Marin County Coroner Division suspects the death to be suicide by asphyxia, pending investigation.[78] According to his publicist, Williams was “battling severe depression” in the time before his death, though his publicist would not confirm the reports that the death was suicide.

 

Williams’ wife said, “I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”

 

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Suicide is never a solution to any life problem. Suicide is a selfish act that crushes loved ones left behind. Mr. Williams had a wife, and a daughter that just celebrated her 25th year on this earth. They deserve better. I sincerely hope he is at peace from this point forward.

Man’s Inhumanity To The Transgender Community. This MUST STOP.


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Body of transgender woman found shot to death, left on a Cincinnati street

 

  Saturday, June 28, 2014

 

CINCINNATI, Ohio – A transgender woman was found dead Thursday morning in the middle of a Cincinnati street.

 

Tiffany Edwards, 28, had been shot to death, according to news reports, which said her body was discovered about 8 a.m. Thursday by a city sanitation driver.

 

Tiffany Edwards, 28

Tiffany Edwards, 28

 

Local news reports identified her as DeAndre Edwards and didn’t mention her gender identity, but BRAVO — the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization — said Edwards identified as Tiff or Tiffany.

 

BRAVO also said it believes the murder was hate-motivated and that Edwards was targeted based on perception of her gender identity and expression.

 

“BRAVO is saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be targeted,” Executive Director Gloria McCauley said in a statement.

 

Aaron Eckhardt, BRAVO training and technical assistance director said it’s the fourth killing nationwide this month of a transgender woman of color. A 2013 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that transgender people were the victims in half the hate-crime killings of LGBT people, and people of color are the victims  in 75 percent of the killings.

 

Edwards’ death is the fourth murder of a transgender woman in Ohio in the past 18 months, and the third murder of a young transgender woman of color:

 

 

  • Betty Skinner, 52, was found dead in her Cleveland apartment in December by a home health worker.

 

  • Brittany Stergis, 22, was found dead in a car in Cleveland, also in December. She had been shot to death. Delshawn Carroll, 19, was arrested and charged with aggravated murder earlier this month.

 

“The brutality and violence we see being committed against trans communities of color is real. It’s happening in our own cities, in our own state. This violence needs to end. Trans lives matter,” Shane Morgan, said founder and chair of TransOhio.

 

McCauley said the latest killing underscores the need for discussion and action on hate crimes against LGBT people. Ohio’s hate-crimes law does not cover crimes based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

The murders of two other transgender women are being investigated in California and in Florida.

 

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Body of transgender woman found burned, dumped behind garbage bin

 

 Monday, June 23, 2014

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. — More than 200 people attended a vigil Sunday to honor a transgender woman whose body was found dumped behind a garbage bin in Fort Myers, Fla., last week.

 

The bloody and charred body of 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez was discovered on a dead-end road behind a truck rental facility shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 19.

 

 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez

31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez

 

Workers reported that Shancez’ body was “still smoldering” when she was discovered.

 

Family and friend describe Shancez — nicknamed “Miss T” — as a proud transgender woman who loved being surrounded by endless relatives at family barbecues, and who never forgot to say I love you.

 

No arrests have been made in what authorities are calling a homicide, but have not classified as a hate crime.

 

In 2013, 13 of the 18 documented anti-LGBTQ homicides were transgender women and 89 percent of the victims were people of color, GLAAD reports.

 

In California, police are investigating the death of another transgender woman whose body was found June 12 behind a Dairy Queen restaurant in Anaheim, Calif.

 

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Not one single human is safe in this nation until every single human is safe in this nation. The sexual orientation of a person does not allow for that person to be abused, bullied, harassed or systematically murdered.

 

What makes a coward man think he has the right to take a life, especially because he is too chickenshit to accept the fact that humans have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness dependent upon their own individual ideas of what life liberty and the pursuit of happiness is to them?

 

The problem with Americans in 2014 is their lack of the ability to mind their own muthafuckin business and leave others the fuck alone. I hate AmeriKKKa and coward ass AmeriKKKans.

 

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President Barack Obama On Father’s Day.


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From The President….President Barack Obama On Father’s Day.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, watch on television as first lady Michelle Obama takes the stage to deliver her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House in Washington

Hi, everyone –

 

Today, I’m thinking about all the dads across the country, spending time with family and loved ones — and especially those fathers serving our country overseas, who can’t be home with their kids today.

 

But I’m also thinking about all the young people out there who don’t have a dad in their lives at all — or who don’t always enjoy the opportunities and support that come with having strong role models.

 

It reminds me why we started the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in the first place: because we need to do more to help young people go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them, no matter what they look like or where they grow up.

 

I know I’m only here because people took a chance on me, and believed in me when I didn’t always believe in myself. And I want to give more kids that chance. It’s an all-hands-on-deck effort, from the folks on my staff — to you.

 

You can invest in our young people, and help them be successful. You can commit to doing it right now.

 

Make a pledge to mentor a young person in your community here.

 

For me, this is personal.

 

And for millions of young Americans around the country, it just might be life-changing.

 

Thank you — and Happy Father’s Day.

President Barack Obama

 

 

Happy Fathers Day To Barack Obama On Father’s Day.

 

You just can’t fake this………….

 

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