Orson Bean, Beloved Funny Man of Broadway & Late-Night Television, Dies at 91

first_imgMelina Mercouri and Orson Bean in Illya Darling (Photo: Friedman-Abeles/NYPL) In 1955, Bean’s next role in George Axelrod’s comedy, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, about a screenwriter who sells his soul to the devil, won him acclaim, and a string of Broadway musicals, farces and comedies followed—Nature’s Way (1957), Subways Are for Sleeping (1961)—which earned him a Tony nomination—Never Too Late (1962), I Was Dancing (1964), The Roar of the Greasepaint—The Smell of the Crowd (1965) and Illya Darling (1967).Bean left New York to move first to Australia, then to Los Angeles, forging a career on the screen that made him one of the most recognizable faces on television. Later in his life, his acting career continued to thrive, with roles in Being John Malkovich; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; Desperate Housewives; Two and a Half Men; Modern Family; How I Met Your Mother; and Grace and Frankie. Bean was a frequent participant and patron of regional theaters in and around Los Angeles. He moved to Venice, California in 1983, and founded the Pacific Resident Theatre there. Until his death, he continued to act, produce and write shows at the small local theater, where he and his wife, actress Allison Mills, remained company members.  “Make a living doing commercials or soap operas or tending bars—and then do theater,” he once told The New York Times. “People shouldn’t get into show business because they want to become stars or become rich; they should get into it because they can’t help but put on a show.” View Comments Orson Bean, the beloved funny man of late-night television, game shows and light-hearted Broadway comedies, died on February 7. According to police, he was hit and killed by a car outside the local theater he founded in Venice, California. He was 91 years old. Bean is best remembered for his many loved performances on television. He was a frequent and witty guest star on game shows like What’s My Line, I’ve Got a Secret and To Tell the Truth, and he was a treasured comic on talk shows and variety series, including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Mike Douglas Show. He was tapped by Jack Paar and Johnny Carson to guest host The Tonight Show more than 100 times.Yet Bean, who was born Dallas Frederick Burrows in Vermont in 1928 and grew up during the height of the Great Depression, led a vibrant and comedy-filled Broadway career, appearing in nine Broadway shows between 1953 and 1967 and cutting his teeth on the stage before striking it big on live television. After returning home from his service in Japan during World War II, Bean began performing stand-up comedy in New York City, catching a big break in 1952 on an NBC weekly radio show as a laughable master of ceremonies. In 1953, he made his Broadway debut as a background player in Men of Distinction, an ill-appreciated comedy that closed after three days. That same year, he appeared as a player in John Murray Anderson’s Almanac, the last musical revue of vaudeville’s past to be staged on Broadway, opposite Harry Belafonte. “Something must be put here in praise of Orson Bean, who is a kind of Yankee Herb Shriner with some double-edged comic sketches,” wrote Brooks Atkinson in The New York Times. “Mr. Bean (is that his real name?) looks a little like a Harvard junior, which is perfectly all right, of course, but does not promise much in the way of entertainment. Nothing could be more deceptive. For Mr. Bean is a wit with some dry material that is concise and convulsing.” Orson Bean at the 2018 premiere of “Equalizer 2″(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez)last_img read more

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SymQuest names Meg Fleming president

first_imgSymQuest,Vermont Business Magazine SymQuest Group, Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc(link is external), and regionally based IT services and office technology provider, has announced the appointment of Meg Fleming as President of SymQuest effective April 1, 2017. Fleming will succeed Co-Founder, and acting President and CEO, Larry Sudbay, after 21 years of service with SymQuest.Meg Fleming Symquest March 2017“I am very excited to announce Meg’s new role in our organization. Throughout her 25 year tenure with first McAuliffe Office Products, then SymQuest, Meg has shown exemplary leadership among her peers. Her ability to problem solve and manage large scale strategic objectives has shaped her skillset as an executive,” Sudbay said. “In addition to her professional leadership, her vision for client service delivery excellence will serve SymQuest well in the years to come.”Prior to her appointment as President, Fleming served in various positions within the company including: Chief Operating Officer, Client Support Manager, Service Manager, Director of Service and Regional Director of Sales. In addition to her professional experience, Fleming believes in giving back to the community. Fleming has previously held positions as Board Member for the St. Michael’s College Alumni Association, Board Member for the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, and acting Co-Chair of the Cambridge Conservation Commission – among other service activities. “I am honored to serve SymQuest as President. Our organization is comprised of exceptional employees focused on providing an outstanding customer experience to our clients,” Fleming said. “I believe our next step as an organization will be to innovate the way companies do business by providing solutions that bolster efficiencies and cost recovery through automated workflows, connected devices, and cloud services.” Fleming will be responsible for all departments and strategic initiatives throughout SymQuest’s nine office locations; and will be based in SymQuest’s dual-headquarters, located in South Burlington, Vt. and Westbrook, Maine. Fleming received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., and successfully completed Leadership Champlain, Northern Vermont’s premier leadership training program supported by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about SymQuest visit www.SymQuest.com(link is external).About SymQuest Group, Inc.Founded in 1996, SymQuest designs, installs, and hosts network infrastructures and printing environments of all sizes. SymQuest is a regionally based subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A with locations in South Burlington and Rutland, VT, Plattsburgh and Watertown, NY, Keene and West Lebanon, NH and Westbrook and Lewiston, ME.  SymQuest has developed a national reputation for service excellence and innovation and is ranked Northern New England’s #1 managed IT services and copier provider by MSPmentor©. Learn more about our solutions at www.SymQuest.com(link is external). About Konica MinoltaKonica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com(link is external)). With our comprehensive portfolio, we deliver solutions to leverage mobility, cloud services, and optimize business processes with workflow automation. Our All Covered IT Services(link is external) division offers a range of IT strategy, support, and network security solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty(link is external) in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for ten consecutive years and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2016 America’s Best Employers list. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for five years in a row. We partner with our customers to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com(link is external) and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook(link is external), YouTube(link is external), and Twitter(link is external)@KonicaMinoltaUS(link is external).Source: South Burlington, Vt. (March 03, 2017) – SymQuest Group, Inclast_img read more

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New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort In Project ECHO To Expand Telehealth Care

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) led a group of 39 lawmakers Wednesday in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas. Project ECHO provides community-based primary care teams with the evidence-based knowledge and training needed to manage patients with complex conditions. Specifically, the New Mexico delegation encouraged HHS to use existing authorities under Medicare and Medicaid to expand Project ECHO’s reach nationwide. “The Department of Health and Human Services has identified value-based care as one of four core priorities to improve the health and well-being of the American people. In order to achieve that worthy objective, we must identify and support new and emerging health care delivery models in Medicare and Medicaid,” wrote the lawmakers. “We believe that Project ECHO, and technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity-building models more generally, help to move us closer to this goal.” In addition to being a successful tool for tackling hard-to-treat diseases, the Project ECHO model has been used to treat behavioral health issues, improve patient care and satisfaction, increase knowledge and reduce isolation for providers, and improve retention rates for physicians in rural, underserved areas. Project ECHO is also looking for innovative ways to democratize information so medical professionals can get the support and professional development they need to keep up with the rapidly changing world of medicine. “Despite growing interest and some financial support from the federal government and specific states, no ongoing funding streams exist to support Project ECHO, and technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models more broadly.  We respectfully request your consideration of the below actions—using existing authorities—that could accelerate ECHO’s integration into the health care delivery system, and, in doing so, advance federal and state efforts to provide value-based care,” the lawmakers wrote. The full letter can be found below and HERE.center_img “We’re grateful for the bipartisan support from Congress for using technology enabled collaborative learning to get better care to people in rural and underserved parts of the country who need it most,” said Dr. Sanjeev Arora, founder and director of Project ECHO. “Guidance from CMS on financing strategies through Medicaid and Medicare will make it easier for states to start up or expand existing ECHO projects. It will help keep people in their communities getting good care from providers they know and trust.” Congressional Delegation News: Project ECHO is a telehealth model that was developed in New Mexico and connects primary care physicians in rural or underserved areas with specialists to provide coordinated care and improve outcomes for patients, particularly in communities with limited access specialty care services. Originally designed to combat the Hepatitis-C epidemic in New Mexico, Project ECHO now enables patients to get treatment for a diverse array of disease conditions from various levels of health care providers, and it has grown to serve communities nationwide and internationally. The letter was also signed by U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Angus King (I-Maine), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), & Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), David McKinley (R-Ore.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Pete Stauber (D-Minn.), Josh Harder (D-Calif.), Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), Kim Schrier (D-Wash.), Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Kevin Hern (R-O.K.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), & Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)last_img read more

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World rail freight news round-up

first_imgA 1 000 m long train carrying 100 TEU of containers from China has reached Kaliningrad via Latvia and Lithuania. Negotiations for the extra-long train to transit Latvia began in October and an agreement was signed by national railway LDz and Russian Railways in February. ‘Organisation of such technically complicated transportation, at the time when many sectors are in downtime, is an evident signal to our partners that LDz is ready to adapt to new circumstances and challenges despite the current situation in the world’, said LDz Chairman Māris Kleinbergs.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# GB Railfreight also welcomed the construction phase of High Speed 2. ‘Uncertainty about the future of the project followed by the Covid-19 disruption has caused difficulties for the sector. Confidence that work is about to begin will be a big boost for businesses across the UK‘, said Managing Director John Smith. ‘GBRf has already been playing a role in supporting preparations for the construction phase to begin and we will support the delivery of the project though our role in the construction supply chain.’ Responding to the notice to proceed with Phase 1 of the UK’s High Speed 2 project, Director General of the Rail Freight Group Maggie Simpson said ‘this decision is welcome news for many of our member businesses who will supply materials and engineering services to build this vital new railway. At a time of ongoing economic uncertainty this is a shot in the arm for the rail freight sector.’#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# ČD Cargo has taken delivery of the last of 100 Zacns 88 m3 Jumbo high-capacity tank wagons ordered from Tatravagónka Poprad in 2019.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Transfesa Logistics has launched a refrigerated express service linking Valencia and Murcia to London in 72 h, carrying hygiene and medical products as well as fruit and vegetables. ‘This is another step in the development of our international corridors, thus expanding services to a strategic segment’, said CEO Bernd Hullerum. ‘In Valencia we have also just opened a 2 000 m² warehouse for food products. The railway is, now more than ever, the most sustainable and reliable means of transport.’#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Mercitalia Group has launched a service connecting Padova Interporto to with Bari and Catania. It is initially carrying essential goods including food and beverages, medical supplies, paper and plastic during the pandemic. There are three round trips each week, to be increased to six by the summer. The service is designed for heavy, bulk and palletised goods both in conventional tanks and containers or P400 semi-trailers to Bari, combining two supply chains that usually travel separately.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Kazakhstan’s KTZ Express organised the transport of 226 relocatable buildings from Opornaya to Burunday near Almaty for a prefabricated 280-bed infectious disease hospital which is being built by BI Group.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

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Funny River Fire Source Still Unknown

first_imgLoranger: “The findings of the investigation relative to how the Funny River Fire started was that it was definitively human caused, we know there was no lightening that day anywhere in the area, however the actual source of ignition could not be determined because there wasn’t any physical evidence at the site. The site of the fire where it initially started was pinpointed but again there was no physical evidence to direct a definitive determination of how the fire started.” The fire began as a 1.5 to 2 acre blaze three miles south of the Soldotna airport one year ago today and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Manager Andy Loranger detailed what’s been established so far. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Other than being human caused, the actual source of the Funny River Fire has never been determined. The refuge and cooperating agencies had requested the public’s tips about anyone seen in the area through the remainder of 2014, as the human caused fire began near an area nicknamed “the Wood Cut”. The erratic winds of the season drove the fire to consume over 195,858 acres last summer, the largest wildfire for the entire nation in 2014.last_img read more

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Piggies dig deep to upset Nova 22-8

first_imgRUGBY UNION BY SIMON KESLEP Gangloff Consultancy University Piggies pulled of a surprise 22-8 win over the inform Moni Plus Nova in PI Capital Rugby Union at the Bava Park in Port Moresby on Saturday. With two matches remaining before the finals, the Piggies dug deep to get the better of a Nova outfit that have hit a bad patch. The Gerehu-based side led 5-3 at half-time, courtesy of a try to rampaging centre Kenneth Taviri. However Nova, who were missing several regular starting players still showed they meant business when they finally cracked the Piggies defence with a sweeping set-move in the backs to score in the left-corner. However despite leading 8-5, Nova could not hold down the grumbling Piggies as they grinded their way back into the game with a further three tries to prop Eugene Mel, winger Damien Fo’o from an intercept and then reserve winger Justin Sios scoring out wide following a barnstorming run by Taviri through heavy traffic. Piggies backrow with Philip Suapo, Jacob Niggins, Barol Homerang, Oscar Pilak and the ageless George Oki featured prominently in the much needed win. While for Nova, centre Freddie Black was strong in defense and kick returns but simply could not match up against the decisive attacking set-pieces by the Piggies. Their only chance to celebrate was when winger Bradley Barai finished off a well executed back line play to score their only try of the match. Nova’s bench coming on in the likes of Elipema Kini, Manu Mora, Ricky Vaina and Dale Malepere tried to lift the tempo but struggled to boost their team’s last minute dying efforts as the Piggies held on defensively to claim the win. Nova without several notable regular starters, found the going tough with their second-string line-up. And with both sides running third and fourth respectively on the premier grade points ladder, they are both likely to meet up again in three weeks in the minor semi-final as teams begin to lift the tempo to secure a finals berth in the Pacific Industries sponsored competition.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, September 26, 2019

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, September 26, 2019:•9:28 a.m. Officers responded to an animal complaint in the 800 block W. 7th, Wellington.•1:40 p.m. Officers responded to a juvenile problem in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington.•1:30 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 800 block College, Wellington.•2:22 p.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•3:45 p.m. Officers responded to a criminal trespass report in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•4:10 p.m. Officers investigated theft in the 1400 block N. B, Wellington.•5:57 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 400 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•6:38 p.m. Philicia A. Hewitt, 33, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Kingman Municipal bench warrant for failure to appear.•11:55 p.m. Erienne S. Dickinson, 35, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and speeding 61 mph in a 30 mph zone.last_img read more

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Tyco Security Products Enhances Connected Partner Program with New Partner Portal

first_imgTyco Security Products, part of Johnson Controls, has announced the addition of a new partner portal for its Connected Partner Program (CPP) to further simplify the third-party integration process with various Tyco Security Products brands. With a simple online application, enhanced access to the latest integration resources and ongoing support, the new portal enhances the partner experience and improves the speed of delivering integrated solutions to market.The new portal enables third-party technology providers looking to integrate with Tyco Security Products brands to have a single online access point. It also allows them to easily find comprehensive integration documentation, download SDK/Web Service and APIs and brand software, as well as access online training resources and FAQ documents to assist in the integration process.Using a self-certification process, partners can manage the integration timeline through its various stages at their own pace, including application, pre-development, development, testing and launch. Qualified technology partners have private access to Tyco Security Products’ fully equipped laboratories as well as receive support from Tyco Security Products’ engineering professionals.- Sponsor – “Offering such a breadth of unique integrations provides our customers with robust and reliable platforms that can work with the customer’s current systems or others of their choosing,” said Conleth Donaghy, senior product manager, CPP, Tyco Security Products. “The new streamlined portal enables a faster and more comprehensive development process for our technology partners. By using the online tools and support resources dedicated to the program, our customers have more insight into these integrations and more choice at their fingertips.”“The new Connected Partner Program portal eliminates the need for partners like us to visit multiple sites for information on integrations or to download the latest -development tools,” said David Daxenbichler, president and CEO of Network Harbor, Bartonville, Ill. “Thanks to this approach, we will save time enabling us to rapidly roll out integrated solutions to our customers.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Google Shutters Realtime Search, For Now

first_imgaudrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#Real-Time Web#search#web Over the weekend, the keen eyes at Search Engine Land noticed that Google’s Realtime Search had gone missing. The website returns a 404 error, the option no longer appears in the left-hand sidebar and search results for news no longer include real-time links.A Google spokesperson confirmed the closure, but called it a temporary one. According to Google, Realtime Search has been shuttered as a 2009 agreement between Twitter and Google had expired, making what was one of the key element of that real-time content – Tweets – no longer available.Tweets weren’t the only part of Google Realtime Search, to be sure. Other content included Google Buzz, Google News, MySpace posts and FriendFeed updates. Although that list of services is just a partial one, it makes the centrality of Twitter to this search pretty clear. With the launch last week of Google+, the inability for Twitter and Google to renew their Realtime Search agreement suggests an interesting road ahead for social and real-time search. Tweets do still show up in Bing social searches, it’s worth noting. Google Plus and Realtime SearchGoogle may move to incorporate the new Google Plus posts into a revised real-time search, but that hardly addresses the problem of searching for Tweets. As Danny Sullivan points out, Twitter has “largely outsourced the service of Twitter search longer than a few days to Google.” Although Google will still have access to Twitter data by crawling the Web, it won’t be the same, and the recurring complaints about the difficulties surrounding Twitter search and archives are likely to resurface.Social Signals in SearchIt’s easy to read the falling out between Twitter and Google as being connected to the newly launched Google Plus, but it’s far too early to make any sweeping pronouncements about Google no longer needing Twitter to beef up its social search now that it has what appears to be a successful social component on its hands. Google has managed just fine without having Facebook integration, of course. But the value of Twitter in real-time searches seems to go beyond just “the social.” Add to that, Google+ still a nascent network, one that may be, at least according to journalism professor Jeff Jarvis, somewhat less useful of a tool for breaking news coverage and by extension, less useful for real-time search. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

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