February 7th, 2014

andrew potter

Mark Tewksbury (born February 7, 1968)

Marcus "Mark" Tewksbury, MSM (born February 7, 1968 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian former swimmer. He is best known for winning the gold medal in the 100 metres backstroke at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He also hosted the first season of How It's Made, a Canadian documentary series, in 2001.

Tewksbury was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) in 1993 for being a "motivational speaker and a gifted athlete."

Raised in Calgary, Alberta, Tewksbury trained at the University of Calgary.

He competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and won a silver medal as part of Canada's relay team. For some years he ranked as one of the top backstrokers in the world; never a strong below-the-water swimmer, he was unmatched on the surface, but, as the importance of below-the-water swimming increased, Tewksbury's ranking began to fall.

Going into Barcelona, Tewksbury was ranked fourth in the world and most pundits picked one of the powerful American swimmers to win gold. Tewksbury's gold medal was Canada's first at the Barcelona games and the first Canadian gold in swimming since the Communist-boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Tewksbury also won a bronze medal in the relay event in Barcelona. He made the cover of Time magazine. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame and was named Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year. After the Barcelona games, Tewksbury retired from swimming.

After retirement, Tewksbury received a number of high-profile endorsement deals and worked as an athlete representative with the IOC, a position from which he resigned in disenchantment in 1998, accusing the IOC of rampant corruption. He was also part of the group of former Olympic athletes that was pushing for the resignation of IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch. Only months after the scandal surrounding the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic winter Games broke, Tewksbury became prominent around the world as a critic of the IOC and demanded reforms to the system.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Tewksbury

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It Happened Today: February 7

G. H. Hardy (February 7, 1877 – December 1, 1947): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3957325.html

G. H. Hardy was a mathematician, known for his achievements in number theory and mathematical analysis. Main character at David Leavitt's The Indian Clerk, depicting his Cambridge years and the relationship with John Edensor Littlewood & Srinivasa Ramanujan. In an interview by Paul Erdős, when Hardy was asked what his greatest contribution to mathematics was, Hardy unhesitatingly replied that it was the discovery of Ramanujan. He called their collaboration "the one romantic incident in my life."

Howard Sturgis & William Haynes-Smith: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1424725.html

Howard Overing Sturgis was an English writer. He attended Eton and Cambridge and was friends with Henry James and Edith Wharton. After the death of his parents, he moved into a country house with his lover William Haynes-Smith. His first two novels were successful as far as sales were concerned; his third, Belchamber, failed to gain the same plaudits, however, although Edith Wharton praised it. Sturgis published a short story and a memorial on his friend Anne Thackeray before his death in 1920.

Lari Pittman & Roy Dowell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4186024.html

Roy Dowell is a California contemporary visual artist. His work combines collage and painted elements, and elements of mass media to create abstract compositions. Lari Pittman is an American painter. Pittman received his MFA from the Cal Arts in 1976. There he met his life partner, the abstract painter Roy Dowell who he has lived with ever since. Pittman and Dowell have been pillars in the modern art world for 30 years, exhibiting their work in galleries and museums around the globe.

Mark Tewksbury (born February 7, 1968): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4185761.html

Mark Tewksbury is a gold-medal-winning Olympic swimmer. His remarkable 16-year athletic career included 3 Olympic medals, numerous world records, and inductions into 3 major halls of fame: the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He was a commenter for the CBC from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, hosts the Discovery Channel's popular How It's Made show, and is Co-President of the first World Outgames, Montreal 2006.

Witi Ihimaera (born February 7, 1944): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4186326.html

Witi Ihimaera is a New Zealand author, and is often regarded as one of the most prominent Māori writers alive. In 1995, Ihimaera published Nights in the Gardens of Spain, a semi-autobiographical work about a married father of two daughters coming out. He had come out to himself in 1984 and began the work, but out of sensitivity to his daughters, did not finish or publish it then. Nights In The Gardens Of Spain was filmed in 2010, featuring Calvin Tuteao in the central role of 'Kawa'.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Like Jazz

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Like Jazz by Heather Blackmore

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390290
ISBN-13: 978-1626390294
Amazon: Like Jazz
Amazon Kindle: Like Jazz

Cassidy “Cazz” Warner, a smart, sporty, reticent newcomer to the senior class at Claiborne High, unwittingly attracts the attention of its most popular girl: Sarah Perkins, a bright, athletic, charismatic beauty. Just as the two begin to understand how extraordinary their friendship is, another cross-country move wrests Cazz away.

Ten years later, Cazz unexpectedly runs into Sarah during a fraud investigation at Sarah’s charitable foundation. The women are inexorably drawn to each other, but Cazz’s investigation into the foundation's finances limits her ability to be entirely honest with Sarah.

Already wary of Cazz for not keeping in touch after Claiborne, Sarah demands the truth. Will Cazz own up to her feelings for Sarah? Or is she too late? And will Cazz’s investigation bring a killer to justice, or will she sacrifice herself to protect Sarah from a man desperate to conceal his crimes?

Charities Donation program progress:
53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/giving
60$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/donate
100$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/index.cfm
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/donate/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/how-you-can-donate-now
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/donate/
TOTAL: 605$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Memory of Blood & Lotuses

Gay Paranormal Romance
The Memory of Blood & Lotuses by E.E. Ottoman

Paperback: 174 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (October 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620042673
ISBN-13: 978-1620042670
Amazon: The Memory of Blood and Lotuses
Amazon Kindle: The Memory of Blood and Lotuses

Thousands of years ago Neferhotep was struck with a curse that turned him into a shroud eater, one who lives with the dead and devours the living. Fleeing to the desert, he preys upon the unsuspecting travelers who wander too close. Then one of them turns out to be seeking him in order to save a Pharoah. Neferhotep is intrigued enough to agree to go with him, returning to civilization he has not seen in centuries ...

Charities Donation program progress:
53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/giving
60$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/donate
100$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/index.cfm
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/donate/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/how-you-can-donate-now
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/donate/
TOTAL: 605$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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