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Les Stroud (born October 20, 1961, in Mimico, Ontario) is a Canadian musician, film maker, and survival expert best known as the creator, writer, producer, director, cameraman and host of the television program Survivorman. After a short career behind the scenes in the music industry, Stroud became a full-time wilderness guide, survival instructor and musician based in Huntsville, Ontario. Stroud has produced survival-themed programming for The Outdoor Life Network, The Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, and YTV. The survival skills imparted from watching Stroud’s television programs have been cited by several people as the reason they lived through harrowing wilderness ordeals.

from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Stroud

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October 20th, 1961

10 + 20 +1+9+6+1 = 47 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy. 

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October 20th, 1961

20 + 1+9+6+1 = 37 = his “secret” number = Benevolence.  Heartfelt.  Heart-centered.  Father.  Dad.  Fatherly advice.  Paternal.  Parental.  Emotive.  Musician.  Singer.  Guitar. 

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Man, Woman, Wild is a reality documentary television series that first aired on the Discovery Channel on July 17, 2010. It features Mykel Hawke, a former Army Special Forces survival expert, and his TV journalist wife, Ruth England, surviving for four days and nights with few supplies in inhospitable locations.

from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man,_Woman,_Wild#cite_note-2

July 17th, 2010

7 + 17 +2+0+1+0 = 27 = the life lesson of Man, Woman, Wild =  Initiative.  Follow through.  Original.  The first.  Innovation.  Trailblazer.  Pioneer.  Inventor.  Start.  Begin.  Usher in.  Initiate.  Debut.  Groundbreaking.  New start.  Fresh start.  First step.  The beginning.  Opening scene.  Opening line. 

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Ali Lohan

Friday, September 24th, 2010

There’s not only Kendall Jenner, the half Kardashian sister, to keeping up with into the fashion world. Now we have to deal with Lindsay Lohan’s sister too. 16-year-old Ali Lohan posed in provocative photos for her troubled actress/designer’s 6126 clothing line.
Ali, who appeared on E!’s short-lived ‘Living Lohan’ reality show, gets the modeling attitude in several poses on the 6126 brand website.
“Lindsay and Ali are very close and it’s very natural that they would work together. Lindsay is very excited about its Spring 2011 ready-to-wear line and feels it’s a reflection of her style. These are clothes she hopes her teenage sister would wear. Lindsay wears them, but so does her mom, Dina. The idea is that 6126 is for everyone”, a representative for 6126 said.

from:  http://gossip.whyfame.com/ali-lohan-poses-provocatively-for-6126-clothing-line-7138

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Ali Lohan was born on December 22nd, 1993 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Lohan

December 22nd, 1993

12 + 22 +2+0+0+9 = 45 = her personal year (from December 22nd, 2009 to December 21st, 2010) = Magnetic.

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Sep 23rd 2010 09:40PM

After 22 years of marriage, rocker Nancy Wilson and director Cameron Crowe are calling it quits, PEOPLE reports.

Wilson, a singer from the rock duo Heart, filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday. She cites irreconcilable differences and lists June 15, 2008 as the date of their separation.

Crowe, writer/director of ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ ‘Almost Famous’ and ‘Jerry Maguire,’ and Wilson married on July 23, 1986. They have 10-year-old twin boys named William and Curtis. In the divorce papers, Wilson seeks joint physical and legal custody of their children and also requests spousal support.
Wilson, who composed and produced music for several of her husband’s films, has also asked that her legal name be restored to Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson.

Crowe is reportedly working on an untitled Pearl Jam documentary, MTV.com reports, and Wilson will continue to perform with her band Heart, alongside sister, Ann Wilson.

from:  http://www.popeater.com/2010/09/23/nancy-wilson-cameron-crowe-divorce/

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Nancy Wilson was born on March 16th, 1954 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Wilson_(rock_musician)

March 16th, 1954

3 + 16 +1+9+5+4 = 38 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Motherhood.  Mom.  Caring.

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September 24, 2010, 9:13 AM ET

Teresa Lewis, the woman who plotted to kill her husband and stepson for insurance money back in 2002, Thursday night was executed Thursday night by lethal injection in Jarratt, Va. Click here for the Washington Post story; here for the Richmond Times-Dispatch story. Click here, here, and here for previous LB posts on Lewis during the runup to her execution date.

WaPo reporter Maria Glod described the scene this way:

Wearing a light blue prison-issued shirt and dark blue pants, Lewis looked anxious as she was led by officers into the death chamber at 8:55 p.m. She was placed on a white gurney, with leather straps securing her ankles, legs, wrists and chest, before intravenous lines were attached to each arm.

Lewis asked whether Kathy Clifton, the daughter and sister of her victims, was in the chamber.

“I just want Kathy to know that I love you, and I’m very sorry,” Lewis said before the drugs were pumped into her arms. Her feet, clad in flip-flops, twitched, but no other movement was visible. Her spiritual adviser, Julie Perry, cried as she stood in the back of the witness room.

Lewis was pronounced dead at 9:13 p.m.

Glom notes that Lewis’s case generated interest across the world. The European Union asked Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell to commute her sentence to life, citing her mental capacity. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cited the case at an appearance in New York.

Lewis is the 12th woman to be executed in the United States since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976.

Her final meal: fried chicken, sweet peas with butter, German chocolate cake and Dr Pepper, corrections officials said.

A question: People are executed in this country fairly regularly; it takes special circumstances to garner worldwide media attention (like asking to be executed by a firing squad).

So what was noteworthy about the Lewis execution? For starters, there was the issue of her mental capacity. Her supporters (and others) condemned the execution on grounds that her mental capacity fell below the Supreme Court’s permissible threshold.

But part of it, assuredly, owed to the fact that Lewis was a woman.

At Slate, Dahlia Lithwick tackled the issue earlier this week, in this piece.

Writes Lithwick:

It seems clear in hindsight that both her death sentence and her clemency petition contain gender assumptions that the criminal justice system does not spell out explicitly. She was sentenced harshly because she used sexuality and adultery to mastermind a murder plot against loved ones, and she seeks a reprieve from death because her sexuality made her a victim in uniquely female ways.

Lithwick notes that women get sentenced to death at a lower rate than do men. But that only tells a portion of the story:

When women are sentenced to die, say experts, it tends to be for the most sexist reasons. Often, their crimes involve the murder of a spouse or a child, which comes with the assumption that they are bad mothers or unnatural wives. Experts say that men on death row, by comparison, have more often than not killed a stranger and done so in the commission of another crime. Why the double standard? Maybe it’s because, from the days of the Puritans, Americans have thrilled to stories of fiendish and beastly women who killed their loved ones. The culture expected white women to be “kindly, passive, virtuous caretakers,” writes Phyllis Goldfarb, a professor of law at George Washington University. When they committed murder instead, she writes, “execution seemed utterly appropriate.”

from:  http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2010/09/24/teresa-lewis-is-executed-what-made-her-case-so-interesting/

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Teresa Lewis was born on April 26th, 1969 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_Lewis

April 26th, 1969

4 + 26 +1+9+6+9 = 55 = her life lesson = what she was here to learn = Mental capacity.

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Eddie Fisher
September 24, 2010

Known for his “smooth” voice and his highly public romances with the day’s biggest stars, Eddie Fisher died after complications from hip surgery.

Fisher recorded 25 Top 40 hits in the 1950s, which included four chart-toppers. He also starred on several television shows. But Fisher is probably most famous for his marriages. His first, to Debbie Reynolds, produced daughter Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars triology. He also married Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens, and was rumored to be involved with Judy Garland and Ann-Margret.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/09/24/pop-singer-eddie-fisher-dies-at-82/#ixzz10SFbYiGA

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Pop idol Eddie Fisher died on Wednesday due to complications from a recent hip surgery, his family announced on Thursday. He was 82. Fisher, father to actress Carrie Fisher, was one of the most successful pop singers of the 1950s. In addition to chart-topping hits, like “Thinking of You,” “Walking Behind You,” and “Oh! My Pa-Pa,” Fisher also had the TV variety show Coke Time with Eddie Fisher and The Eddie Fisher Show. He fell out of the spotlight with the advent of rock’n’roll, though he continued to record well into the 1960s.

Fisher was married five times. He had two children, Carrie and Todd, with his first wife, actress-singer Debbie Reynolds, whom he famously left for second wife Elizabeth Taylor. Carrie Fisher has compared her parents’ messy divorce and father’s re-marriage to Taylor to the modern-day Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie saga. Fisher was also married to actress Connie Stevens, with whom he had two more children, actresses Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher. His fourth marriage, at 47, was to 21-year-old beauty queen, Terry Richard. It ended after 10 months. His fifth (and longest) marriage was to Betty Lin, a Chinese-born businesswoman. She died in 2001.

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Eddie Fisher was born on August 10th, 1928 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Fisher_(singer)

August 10th, 1928

August 10th

8 + 10 +2+0+1+0 = 21 = his personal year (from August 10th, 2010 to August 9th, 2011) = Timeless classic.  Universally appreciated.

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September 23, 2010 5:11pm

Canadian actor Jackie Burroughs, perhaps best known for her roles on the television shows Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea, has died.

Burroughs died Wednesday afternoon in her Toronto home after suffering from stomach cancer. She was 71.

Burroughs, who was born in England, played Amelia Evans in Anne of Green Gables and Hetty King in Road to Avonlea. She also appeared in films such as The Dead Zone, The Grey Fox and did voice-over work in Heavy Metal.

Her IMDB page shows that she worked steadily until her death, including roles on Due South, Smallville, Dead Like Me, and movies Fever Pitch and The Sentinel.

She won a Gemini in 2002 for supporting actress in a dramatic show or mini-series for Further Tales of the City. She also won in 1990, 1992 and 1994 for her role on Road to Avonlea. She also won three Genie awards for her perfomances on A Winter Tan, The Wars and The Grey Fox.

Burroughs was married to musician Zal Yanovsky, who died in 2002. She is survived by her daughter, Zoe.

from:  http://www.torontosun.com/entertainment/tv/2010/09/23/15455901.html

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Jackie Burroughs was born on February 2nd, 1939 according to [Jacqueline “Jackie” Burroughs (February 2, 1939 – September 22, 2010)] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Burroughs

February 2nd, 1939

2 + 2 +1+9+3+9 = 26 = her life lesson = Celebrity.

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