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Anyone Can Be A Ham!

I've written several posts here about my hobby of amateur radio (aka "ham" radio). It's a hobby for anybody interested in communications (emergency and otherwise), electronics, technology, of just having fun! Age, gender, or having a disability need not keep you from getting your amateur radio license, and joining in on the fun! Take, for example, a third-grader from Lumberton, TX (near Beaumont), who recently obtained her ham license!

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Almost Impossible Trivia for 8/6/13

Congratulations to Dixie Belz of Victoria! She knew the answer to today’s Almost Impossible Trivia Question, and won a couple of yummy Jack In The Box Tacos!

Q:  These 2 Best Actor winners from the past 30 years share the same last name although they are not related. What's the last name?

 

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This Day in History for July 13 – Hollywood Sign Dedication and More
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This Day in History for July 13 – Hollywood Sign Dedication and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1863 – In New York City, opponents of the draft begin three days of rioting which will be later regarded as the worst in US history (More info)

1923 – The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Los Angeles; it originally reads Hollywoodland but the four last letters are dropped after a 1949 renovation (More info)

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John Wayne Shulz At Crossroads Country Opry!

On Tuesday John Wayne Shulz from American Idol attended Crossroads Country Opry at the Jaycee hall.  I can see why he made it all the way to Hollywood as he has an amazing voice.  It was pretty neat to see him perform some of the same songs he did on American Idol

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Elizabeth Taylor Dead at 79
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Elizabeth Taylor Dead at 79

Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, who for decades captivated audiences with her beauty and talent, died Wednesday in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure, the AP has confirmed. She was 79.

The British-born actress, who appeared in over 50 films throughout her illustrious career, rose to fame as a child actress in such movies as ‘Lassie Come Home’ (1943) and ‘National Velvet’ (1944). From there, she would go on to become one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and praised actresses, landing roles in such classic movies as ‘A Place in the Sun’ (1951), opposite Montgomery Clift, and the epic ‘Giant’ (1956), opposite Rock Hudson and James Dean.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: The Movie?

Yep.  New York's biggest parade is being made into a Hollywood movie. What's next, a film based on a gum wrapper?

Producers Scott Glassgold and Ramond Brothers of IAM Entertainment have bought the rights to develop a film based on the annual parade. Says The Hollywood Reporter:

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