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U.S. Presidents 1789-2009 (List)


1. - George Washington (1789-1797)
2. - John Adams (1797-1801)
3. - Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
4. - James Madison (1809-1817)
5. - James Monroe (1817-1825)
6. - John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)
7. - Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) D
8. - Martin Van Buren (1837-1841) D
9. - William Henry Harrison (1841)
10. - John Tyler (1841-1845)
11. - James Polk (1845-1849) D
12. - Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)
13. - Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)
14. - Franklin Pierce (1853-1857) D
15. - James Buchanan (1857-1861) D
16. - Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) R
17. - Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)
18. - Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877) R
19. - Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881) R
20. - James A. Garfield (1881) R
21. - Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885) R
22. - Grover Cleveland (1885-1889) D
23. - Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) R
24. - Grover Cleveland (1893-1897) D
25. - William McKinley (1897-1901) R
26. - Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) R
27. - William H. Taft (1909-1913) R
28. - Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) D
29. - Warren Harding (1921-1923) R
30. - Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) R
31. - Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) R
32. - Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) D
33. - Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) D
34. - Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) R
35. - John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) D
36. - Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) D
37. - Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974) R
38. - Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977) R
39. - Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) D
40. - Ronald W. Reagan (1981-1989) R
41. - George Bush (1989-1993) R
42. - William J. Clinton (1993-2001) D
43. - George W. Bush (2001-2009) R
44. - Barack Obama (2009- ) [Pictured Jan 13, 2009]


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Like A Rolling Stone (Song by Bob Dylan)


Discography:
  • Written by - Bob Dylan
  • Produced by - Tom Wilson
  • Written - June 1965
  • Recorded - June 1965
  • Released - July 1965 on Columbia
  • Album - Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia)
  • Organist - Al Kooper
  • Telecaster guitar - Mike Bloomfield
Important Facts:
  • Bob Dylan is quoted as making the following comment about his famous song, "I wrote it. I didn't fail. It was straight,"
  • Bob Dylan had just turned twenty-four when he wrote it.
  • Al Kooper, the organist for the recording, remembers, "There was no sheet music, it was totally by ear. And it was totally disorganized, totally punk. It just happened."
  • " 'Rolling Stone' 's the best song I wrote," said Dylan in 1965.
  • It still is.

Like A Rolling Stone - 1966 Performance in City Hall, Newcastle:




Like A Rolling Stone (Lyrics):

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
Nobody has ever taught you how to live out on the street
And now you're gonna have to get used to it
You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
A complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're all drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all precious gifts
But you'd better take your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Copyright ©1965; renewed 1993 Special Rider Music.

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Pericles (Greek Statesman, 495-429 BC)


Pericles Demographics:
  • Name - Pericles (also spelled Perikles)
  • Name meaning - "surrounded by glory"
  • Born - c. 495 BC
  • Birthplace - deme of Cholargos just north of Athens.
  • Death - 429 BC
  • Occupation - Greek Statesman, orator, & general of Athens.
  • Nationality - Greek
  • Father - Xanthippus
  • Mother - Agariste (from noble family of the Alcmaeonidae).
  • Lineage - Descended (through mother) from the Alcmaeonid family.
  • Wife - Previously married to Hipponicus, Pericles divorced her in 445 BC.
  • Children - 2 legitimate sons (Paralus & Xanthippus) and also an illegitimate son (Pericles the Younger, born of Aspasia).
  • Mistress - Aspasia of Miletus, whom Pericles truly adored.
Pericles General Facts:
  • Pericles had such a profound influence on Athenian society.
  • Described by Thucydides as "the first citizen of Athens".
  • Pericles promoted the arts and literature.
  • Pericles' skull was an unusual size, and this was a popular target of comedians from the time.
  • Pericles liked the company of the philosophers Protagoras, Zeno of Elea & in particular Anaxagoras (who became a close friend).
  • Pericles' sister and also both legitimate sons died from the plague.
  • Pericles, he himself heartbroken, also died of the plague in the autumn of 429 BC.
Pericles Childhood & Education:
  • Agariste dreamed, a few nights before Pericles' birth, that she had borne a lion (according to Herodotus & Plutarch).
  • The young Pericles was introverted, devoting his time to studies.
  • He learned music from the masters of the time.
  • Influenced significantly by the study of philosophy (see quotes).
Pericles - Politics & War:
  • Pericles turned the Delian League into an Athenian empire.
  • General, leading his countrymen during the first two years of the Peloponnesian War against Sparta.
  • His period of Athenian leadership (~ 461 to 429 BC) is sometimes known as the "Age of Pericles".
  • He is considered to be the first politician to place great importance to philosophy.
  • Pericles fostered Athenian democracy with some critics calling him a populist.
  • He was a very calm and self-controled ruler (probably as a result of Anaxagoras' influence).
  • Pericles was the leading prosecutor (in 463 BC) of Cimon, the leader of the conservative faction in Athens.
  • By 461 BC, Pericles had been instrumental in the ostracism of Cimon, through levelling that his opponent was a friend of Sparta.
  • Pericles became the unchallengeable ruler of Athens, after Ephialtes was murdered, in 461 BC; and remained in power till his death from the plague in 429 BC.
Quotes by Pericles:
“Time is the wisest counsellor of all.”

“Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.”

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

“Time is the king of all men, he is their parent and their grave, and gives them what he will and not what they crave.”

“Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all”

“We do not imitate, but are a model to others”

“A woman's greatest glory is to be little talked about by men, whether for good or ill”

“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives.”

“Trees, though they are cut and loped, grow up again quickly, but if men are destroyed, it is not easy to get them again”

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Google


Google General Facts:
  • Google Inc. is an American public corporation.
  • It was founded by Larry Page & Sergey Brin, whilst they were still students at Stanford University.
  • The company was first incorporated (as a privately held company) on September 4, 1998.
  • The name "Google" comes from a misspelling of the word "googol".
  • The Googleplex, Google headquarters, is located in Mountain View, California.
  • The company has approximately 20,000 employees.
Company Plaudits:
  • Most powerful brand in the world.
  • "Don't be evil" is the company's unofficial slogan.
  • Important tenets of Google include - Environmentalism, philanthropy & positive employee relations.
  • Reported by Fortune Magazine as the #1 "Best Place to Work" on numerous occasions.
  • Alexa ranking - Google is the most visited website on the Internet.
  • Mission Statement - "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful".
Google's Online Content:
  • E-mail - Gmail
  • Internet search
  • Office productivity
  • Online mapping - Google Maps, Geoogle Earth
  • Social networking - Blogger
  • Video sharing services - Google Video, YouTube
Computing Issues:
  • Google has also developed an open source web browser & mobile operating system.
Business Model:
  • Earns revenue from advertising related to its online content.
  • Google also sells advertising-free versions of the same online technologies.
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Secretary (Spelling Mnemonic)

A useful mnemonic which helps with the spelling of the word SECRETARY.

A SECRETary must know how to keep a SECRET.


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