passed in 2004

Gordon Cooper UFO Encounter

Gordon Cooper was a Colonel in the United States Air Force, and an astronaut for NASA. He was a crew member in Project Mercury and the first American to sleep in space during a 34 hour mission. Despite his high rank and heavy involvement in space exploration, Gordon Cooper was very open on his opinion of UFOs. He claimed up until his death that UFOs were real and that the government has been covering up the truth ever since Roswell.

In 1951 during a flight over Germany, Cooper saw his first UFO. And it is rumored he saw many others during his time in space. In 1957 two military photographers that he had setting up a precision landing system urgently came to him after experiencing something strange. They said a “strange-looking, saucer-like” craft landed near their work site. It had a tripod extend as landing gear. The craft was silent and never made a sound. The two took photos and approached it to get a closer look but it then took off and disappeared. Cooper contacted the Pentagon, where he was ordered to send the photos to them immediately and to make no copies. He took a long look at the photos before sending them away, and was impressed by the clarity of the photographs. The photos showed exactly what the two men described. He then sent them away where they were never seen again.

Gordon Cooper believed that the United States Government covers up UFO evidence and was responsible for making those photos disappear. Despite his high rank he still believed there were secrets being kept from everybody, including himself. Gordon Cooper passed away in 2004 still holding strong to the belief that UFOs are real and their evidence is being covered up by a higher authority.


The American Paratrooper Who Served in the Red Army During World War II.

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, Joseph R. Beyrle enlisted in the US Army and volunteered for the elite paratrooper service.  After completing paratrooper training and training as a demonlitions expert, he was assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) with the rank of sergeant. Little did he know where the winds of destiny would blow him. 

His first two missions were secret clandestine operations in which he covertly parachuted into German occupied France wearing bandoliers filled with gold, which he delivered to the French Resistance. On June 6th, 1944 Beyrle participated in the legendary D-Day drop during the Normandy Invasions. When his plane came under heavy fire he was forced to jump early and only 120 meters above the ground. Despite being separated from his unit, Sgt. Beyrle continued his mission, performing acts of sabotage behind enemy lines which resulted in the destruction of two bridges and a power station.  Unfortunatley a few days later he was captured by the Germans when he accidentally stumbled upon a German machine gun nest.  For the next 7 months he was held as a prisoner of war, where he became notorious as an escape artist, making several attempts, two of which were seccessful.  After each attempt, the Germans tortured, starved, and beat him, then transfered him to a different camp.  During his time in German captivity he was shuffled between seven different camps.  After his 7th escape attempt, which was successful except that he accidentally boarded a train for Berlin, the Germans sent him to a camp deep within Poland, with the idea that it’s distance from the Western Front would discourage him from further escape attempts.  Promptly after arriving at the camp in January of 1945, he successfully escaped and made his way to Soviet lines.

After his escape, he came upon the 1st Battalian of the 1st Tank Guards, where he met the famous lady tank commander Captain Aleksandra Samusenko, introducing her with the greeting, “Americansky tovarishch” (American comrade), while handing over a pack of Lucky Strikes. 

Wanting to get back into the war, Bayrle convinced Samusenko to allow him to join the Battalion. Samusenko agreed, and he was appointed a tank machine gunner.  For the next month he would serve with the Red Army, even taking part in the liberation of the POW camp from which he had escaped.  In February of 1945, he was seriously wounded after an attack by a Stuka dive bomber, and was evacuated to a Soviet hospital. During his recuperation, he met none other than the Soviet supreme military commander, Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov. 

 When Bayrle arrived at the US Embassy in Moscow, he learned that he was officially listed as dead, and that his family back home in Muskegon, Michigan had celebrated his funeral.  As it turns out, when he was captured during the Normandy Invasion, his uniforn and dogtags were taken and used by a German infiltration unit.  The German soldier wearing the uniform was unexpectidly killed in September, the corpse being recovered by the Allies and mistakenly identifed as Bayrle’s and buried in France.  Bayrle returned home in April of 1945, married in 1946 (coincidentally in the same church that held his funeral) and lived a happy life raising three children. In 1994 during the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, he was awarded with medals by both US President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin at the White House. He was also personally awarded a specially made presentation AK-47 dedicated to him by Mikhail Kalashnikov.  Joseph “Jumpin’ Joe” Beyrle passed away in 2004 while visiting the paratrooper training grounds in Toccoa, Georgia. He was buried with honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

anonymous asked:

Hello. I have read that all geiko/maiko movements (when they dance) have a meaning and that makes the whole perfomance have a meaning, like a story or some kind of beautiful opera (the one you can enjoy in occidental theatres). Is this true? Can you please share with us your knowledge about dances? I hope you can understand my question, english is not m y first language. Thank you so much for this blog!

I sadly know very little about Japanese dance, I don’t really have many resources to learn about it. I will tell you all that I know though!

All Maiko and Geiko of Kyoto perform a style called “Kyo Mai”. It’s heavily influenced by the graceful and sophisticated mannerisms and movements by members of the Imperial Court, which used to be in Kyoto, and came into existence in the 17th century.

Each of the five hanamachi of Kyoto has it’s own, unqiue style of dancing though, because every district follows different dance schools. While I’m far from being an expert, I’d say that you can tell them apart after a while of watching Maiko and Geiko dance.

Gion Kobu’s dance school is the Inoue School, and it’s the most famous out of the five dance schools taught in Kyoto and belongs to the most well-known dance schools across Japan. It derives its style from Noh theater which was founded in the 14th century and used to be watched mainly by nobles. Its dance style is very static and minimalistic, especially when you compare it to Kabuki, and only few props are used (mainly masks), and so is the Inoue style. The Inoue Style breaks down complex emotions and stories into small, seemingly simple and strong and decisive, yet graceful movements.

The Inoue School was founded around 1800 by Sato Inoue who was a lady-in-waiting at the Imperial Court and also taught the dances used in ceremonies at the court. The Inoue School is only taught in Gion Kobu, unlike all of the other dance schools taught in Kyoto’s hanamachi, which are taught nation-wide.

The head of the Inoue School is called Iemoto, and is basically the dance master. She has pretty much absolute power in Gion Kobu and she is the “model” all of the Maiko and Geiko aspire to become. Her power and influence also expand far out of Gion Kobu, and she is one of the most important figures in Kyoto’s hanamachi and Japan’s traditional dance. They are also the only person allowed to compose new pieces in the Inoue Style of Dance. All Iemoto have been trained from a very young age, usually from ages 3 to 6. They study to become dance teachers and take the position of Iemoto when the last Iemoto chooses to resign or dies and choreograph and manage the Miyako Odori.

The young girls chosen to become the next Iemoto one day are either already part of the family or adopted into it. Every Iemoto takes the title “Yachiyo Inoue”. The current Yachiyo Inoue V was born as Michiko Inoue in 1956 and took up the position in 2001.

All other four hanamachi of Kyoto follow dance schools that are mainly inspired by Kabuki Theater, which came into existence in the early 17th century and used to be mainy enjoyed by common people, because of it’s dynamic, broad and dramatic display of emotions and lavish costumes and secenery.

Pontocho follows the Onoue School of Dance, Kamishichiken follows the Hanayagi School of Dance, Miyagawacho follows the Wakayagi School of Dance and Gion Higashi follows the Fujima School of Dance. These dance schools use a much wider set of moves and are visibly more dynamic than the Inoue School of Dance. Kamishichiken’s and Pontocho’s dance schools are especially close to Kabuki. All of these dance schools are highly technically demanding and require a good deal of strength, especially in leg-muscles, and general physical health. In Kyomai and in a lot of traditional Japanese dance, deep emotions are coveyed via subtle, graceful movements. While the movements are much less dramatic, dynamic and “athletic” than what we are used to from many traditional western dances, they are performed with absolute precision, elegance and the constant strive for perfection.

Out of the five, I’d personally say that Miyagawachos dance school is the most upbeat and dynamic and the easiest to enjoy for the untrained eye.

Other hanamachi in different parts of Japan follow different dance schools - pretty much every hanamachi has “their own" (although they are usually taught nationwide). The differences are often remarkable and easy to see, even for the untrained eye, especially since no other hanamachi in Japan dances Kyomai, and therefore their movements are often more dramatic.

Most of traditional Japanese songs talk about old folklore, heroes and heroines, the beauty of nature and the four seasons and love, be it unhappy, unrequited or happy and most songs performed by Maiko and Geiko are about love and nature.

The movements of the Maiko and Geiko accompany the lyrics of the song and often tell a story. There sadly are only three traditional Japanese songs to which I know the full English translation, the Gion Kouta, Harusame and the Kamishichiken Yakyoku. The Gion Kouta (”Ballad of Gion”) is about the beauty of the Gion district and Harusame (”Spring Rain”) is about a courtesan leaving her district after paying off her debts, to live a new life with her lover and the Kamishichiken Yakyoku is basically an ode to Kamishichiken and its beauty.

However, I do know the general plot of some other ones as well, for example: “Himesanja” (my favourite), “Three Princesses” is about three princesses, sisters, who all fall in love with the same prince. The song is about their fighting and wrangling, which eventually leads to the suicide of the youngest princess. The song “Natsu Wa Hotaru” is about catching fireflies in the summer.

Once you know about the lyrics or even just the general plot of the song, the dance immediately makes much more sense. I think the Gion Kouta is a great example for this, listen to it once ot twice while reading the lyrics and then watch Maiko or Geiko perform it and the movements will make sense.

Hands and fans can be used for a very broad variety of movements and the mai tenugui is usually used to smybolize some sort of headwear from the Edo Period. When you see a Geiko biting down on it, it’s a sign that the character she is portraying is in great emotional turmoil; this is a classic gesture taken from Kabuki of women in despair.

Sometimes other props like hanagasa, floral hats, or cherry blossoms or wisteria blossoms are used, but I can’t really tell you about individual movements with those.

If you are interested in learning more about the Inoue School, here is a link to a fantastic documentary about the current Yachiyo Inoue V succeeding her grandmother, Yachiyo Inoue IV, who passed away in 2004:

And here are some videos of dances that I’d recommend to get an idea of the different styles of dancing used in Kyoto’s hanamachi:

Suzume Odori - danced by Gion Kobu’s Maiko (a special dance only performed during the Gion Matsuri)

Kabuki Odori - danced by Pontocho’s Maiko and Geiko (a special dance only performed during the Gion Matsuri)

Konchiki Odori - danced by Miyagawacho’s Maiko (a special dance only performed during the Gion Matsuri)

Komachi Odori - danced by Gion Higashi’s Maiko (a special dance only performed durig the Gion Matsuri)

Kamishichiken Yakyoku - danced by Kamishichiken’s Maiko and Geiko (the final dance of the Kitano Odori, sometimes also performed outside of the odori for special occassions)

Ayame Yukata - performed by Geiko from Gion Higashi during the Miyako No Nigiwai

Kishi No Yanagi - performed by Geiko from Kamishichiken during the Miyako No Nigiwai

Seigaiha Part 1 and 2- performed by Geiko from Miyagawacho during the Miyako No Nigiwai

Genroku Hanami Odori - performed by Geiko from Gion Kobu during the Miyako No Nigiwai

Yoshiwara Suzme Part 1 and 2 - performed by Geiko from Pontocho during the Miyako No Nigiwai

What Happened to Bobby Dunbar?

The mystery of Bobby Dunbar is one that is almost more terrifying than a murder mystery. It is the story of a child lost and another likely taken from his mother and guardian to replace a lost boy. In that way, it is the story of two boys lost, one seemingly gone forever and one taken and raised as another child. The story begins on August 23, 1912, when Percy and Lessie Dunbar took their sons Bobby and Alonzo on a trip to Swayze Lake in Louisiana. The family was from Opelousas, Louisiana. That day, 4-year-old Bobby Dunbar disappeared.

The disappearance of Bobby Dunbar made headlines and searches were conducted for eight months before police found a boy they believed was little Bobby Dunbar. They found the child in Mississippi with William Cantwell Walters. Police arrested Walters and took the child, despite Walters claims that the boy was not Bobby Dunbar. He said the boy was in fact Charles Bruce Anderson and that the boy, known as Bruce, was in his custody with the boy’s mother Julia Anderson’s permission.

Not long after obtaining the child, police sent for Bobby Dunbar’s parents. Julia Anderson also made her way to Mississippi to plead her case. Depending on which reports from the time are to be believed, the Dunbars and their younger son Alonzo recognized Bobby immediately or took him in overnight and confirmed he was their son after giving the boy a bath. Julia was also given a chance to identify the boy. She had not seen the child in 13 months, though she said she only gave him to Walters for a two-day trip. She defended Walters, though either side of the story was sounding like kidnapping.

Julia Anderson did eventually identify the child as her son Bruce. However, a judge found that the child was Bobby Dunbar and gave custody to Percy and Lessie. Julia Anderson had three children out of wedlock, which looked bad in that day and age. Her story was also that she allowed William Cantwell Walters to take her child for two days and then had done nothing when the boy was gone for 13 months. That could not have looked good, either. There was also some suspicion that Walters was Bruce’s uncle, meaning that Julia, a servant in the Walters household, had become pregnant by her boss. After the trial, she maintained that the child was her Bruce and the Anderson family considered the boy kidnapped by the Dunbars.

William Cantwell Walters was found guilty of kidnapping and spent two years in jail before being released rather than being given another trial. The boy who may have been Bobby Dunbar was raised as Bobby Dunbar and grew to be a man and have children of his own as a Dunbar. Some stories say that he visited the Andersons and even brought his own children to see them. He passed away in 1966.

In 2004, curiosity got the better of the Dunbars. Bobby’s son, Robert Dunbar Jr. consented to a DNA test, as did his “cousin,” the child of Alonzo Dunbar. The results were shocking to the family. The two men were not related. They should have been first cousins, had Percy and Lessie been honest about his identity. It appears they were not. Now, the question is what happened to the real Bobby Dunbar on August 23, 1912. Had his parents did something neglectful or horrible and latched onto Bruce Anderson to cover up their mistake? Had the boy drowned? Had he been kidnapped by someone other than William Cantwell Walters? There is no way of knowing.

USA Today, Breed, Allen G., DNA clears man of 1914 kidnapping conviction, retrieved 3/17/12,
The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar, retrieved 3/17/12.

Madge Rutherford Minton, W.W.II WASP, friend and contributor to the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum passed away November 7, 2004 at age 84.

Madge was one of the first four women in the United States to graduate from the Advanced Civilian Pilot Training Program. In 1943 she joined the newly organized Women’s Airforce Service Pilots and was trained to ferry Army aircraft.

She was a member of the Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots, P-51 Mustang Pilots Association and served on the board of the P-47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association.

Today in 1961 Lieutenant Commander Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. becomes the first African-American to command a combat ship, the USS Falgout (DER-324).  In July 1971 Gravely is promoted to Rear Admiral, becoming the Navy’s first African-American admiral.  He made Vice Admiral in 1976.  Gravely retired from the service in 1980 and passed away in 2004.  Today the Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Gravely (DD-107) is named in his honor.

Over the next few days we will be following zachspassport, as he traces the unique story of his parents after they met on a bus and fell in love in Guatemala 37 years ago.

Dear Photograph,
My grandfather, Jim, was a man of steadfast devotion to his family and of remarkable character. Later in life, he became affectionately known as “Grumpy.” He was young at heart and used the most ridiculous puns – the kind that are so bad that you just can’t help but laugh at them – until his final days. He passed away in 2004. As I set up this shot, as with many others, time froze. I imagined my Grumpy standing in this exact same spot all those years ago. While I was overcome with a certain sadness, I couldn’t help but feel a great sense of calm and pride. I could feel him right there with me, eternalized through this photo.

  • Stephen Colbert: And I'm mad! I'm mad that Obama is delaying immigration reform because he stole that idea from the Republicans. They've had the idea of putting off doing something about immigration reform for over a decade!
  • 2013 John McCain: The point is that what we need to do- move forward with immigration reform.
  • 2012 John Boehner: We've got to do a comprehensive immigration reform plan.
  • 2011 Eric Canter: We've got some plans to unveil some changes to the legal immigration system in this country.
  • 2010 Leslie Graham: We're gonna release a document soon about our way forward on immigration.
  • 2009 Mitch McConnell: We're open to looking at immigration reform.
  • 2008 John McCain: Immigration reform will be my top priority because we have the obligation to address a federal issue from a federal standpoint.
  • 2007 President Bush: Let us have a serious, civil, and conclusive debate so that you can pass and I can sign comprehensive immigration reform into law.
  • 2006 President Bush: The debate over immigration reform has reached a time of decision.
  • 2005 President Bush: We must pass comprehensive immigration reform.
  • 2004 President Bush: Immigration reform is a very important agenda item.

Ruth Ellington Boatwright was Duke Ellington’s only sibling. “The Duke” made his baby sister president of his publishing company, Tempo Music, in 1941. As stated in her obituary in the New York Times, “she oversaw all his copyrights, contracts, and other business matters” even after his death in 1974. Ms. Boatwright passed away on March 6, 2004.

You can learn more about Ruth Ellington Boatwright’s life and career in the New York Times’ detailed obituary here.

11 years ago today Miklós Féher passed away. 

On 25 January 2004, after receiving a yellow card, the 24-year-old striker suddenly collapsed on the pitch during the Primeira Liga match between Vitória de Guimarães and his team, Sport Lisboa e Benfica. The Hungarian international had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Teammates and opposition players rushed to aid him before the medical staff arrived to his side. CPR was performed on the spot, but they were unable to help the stricken man regain consciousness. An ambulance arrived and Feher was stretchered off the pitch and taken to the hospital. Doctors continued their attempts to revive him, but his death was confirmed two hours later.

Descansa em Paz, Eterno 29.

just a cover design test i’m working on for my upcoming book of poetry translations. Parra was a Venezuelan trans woman writer/poet/critic (she passed away in 2004) who did a lot of her wriitng after transitioning and being rejected by the society around her, so this book is very important to me. i’ve been working on these translations for over a year, but i’m hoping to have this book available to readers online by the end of June. there might be some delays, though, the original book (in Spanish) is almost 200 pages long!

My father passed away on July 30th, 2004, after speed-eating 100 Egg McMuffins for a local morning show promotion. He was trying to win me a Gamecube.
And another: Lawsuit will challenge Ohio's ban on marriage equality

Attorneys have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Ohio’s ban on marriage equality as unconstitutional. 

Filed in Cincinnati, the case is on behalf of six same-sex couples looking for equal access to marriage. Voters passed Ohio’s marriage ban in 2004, and the lawsuit claims the ban violates equal protection and due process, the constitutional argument that has helped bring down marriage bans across the country. 

Separately from the court case, the LGBT advocacy group FreedomOhio wants to put a marriage equality bill on the Ohio ballot in November. 

Lisa Peterson Hackley, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Mike DeWine, said in a statement that the office “is prepared to defend the state’s constitution and statutes regarding marriage.”

Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Ohio Gov. John Kasich declined to comment “except to say that the governor believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, and he supports Ohio’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.”

Here we go here we go! Really and truly amazed by how fast these cases are popping up in courts all over the country. This is some serious momentum. 

I didn’t get around to kiss you, goodbye on the hand. I wish that I could see you again I know that I can’t, I hope you can hear me, I remember it clearly. The day you slipped away was the day I found, it won’t be the same, I’ve had my wake up. Won’t you wake up I keep asking why, I can’t take it. It wasn’t fake it happened you passed by.

PEYTON MANNING SETS NFL RECORD WITH 51 TD’S ON THE SEASON - Peyton Manning has broken Tom Brady’s NFL record for most touchdown passes in a season with 51.

Denver’s Manning did it on a 25-yard pass to Julius Thomas with 4:28 remaining in the game Sunday against the Texans. Just 2 ½ minutes earlier, he tied the mark with a 20-yard pass to Eric Decker.

Manning made the throw to Thomas and walked toward the end zone, where his teammates patted him on the head. He then took off his helmet and walking to the sideline and pumped his fist once. His teammates came out to greet him and he gave dozens of high-fives as he grinned and walked to the bench.

Decker somehow got the ball after the touchdown and tucked it in the side of his jersey, where it remained as he walked off the field.

Manning entered the game with 47 TDs and his first touchdown came on a 36-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter. The second one was a 10-yard throw to Decker early in the fourth period.

Brady set the record, which previously belonged to Manning, in 2007. Manning had established the record by throwing 49 touchdown passes in 2004.

Surrounded by the best targets he’s ever had, operating a turbocharged assault with a body that’s much less a question mark, Manning is putting up record numbers like he did in that remarkable 2004 season.

That year, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Brandon Stokley all topped 1,000 yards receiving. Manning established NFL records with 49 touchdown throws and a 121.1 passer rating, marks since surpassed by Brady and Aaron Rodgers (122.5).

Manning was the NFL’s 2012 Comeback Player of the Year, showing he was every bit as good as before. He’s having his best season at age 37, just two years removed from the four neck surgeries that weakened his right triceps and threatened his career. He hadn’t missed a start with the Colts before 2011.

Last week, Houston interim coach Wade Phillips said Manning’s season was “just the best year ever of any quarterback.”

Manning began 2013 by becoming the first quarterback since 1969 to throw for seven touchdowns in a game. Earlier this month he broke an NFL record he held with Brett Favre for most playoff appearances when he qualified for his 13th trip to the postseason.

Although he could set several more standards this season, Manning has insisted his only concern is the Broncos’ win-loss record. He wants desperately to gain home-field advantage and the top seed in the AFC playoffs again.

Manning finished Sunday’s game with a career-high 5,211 yards passing. He is 266 from surpassing the single-season record for yards passing set by Drew Brees in 2011.

Manning threw 37 touchdown passes last year, which broke a franchise record of 27 set by John Elway in 1997 and tied by Jake Plummer in 2004. (Photo: Associated Press)