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Archive for October, 2011

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For October 31


Ethel Waters

1. Ethel Waters, Actor and singer, She became one of the nation’s best known jazz and gospel singers. Taking A Chance On Love Performed by Ethel Waters with Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson  From the film CABIN IN THE SKY © 1943

Note: Notice the tap dancer doing the moonwalk….in 1943

Frederick Stanley Crime Dog McGriff

2. Frederick Stanley “Crime Dog” McGriff, is a left-handed Major League Baseball player who starred for several teams from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s. A power-hitting first baseman with a tall, lanky build, the five-time All-Star became, in 1992, the first player since the dead-ball era to lead both leagues in home runs. Although he never hit more than 37 homers in a single season, he finished his career only seven homers away from joining the exclusive 500 home run club. He won a World Series title as a first baseman with the Atlanta Braves in 1995. He currently works in the Rays’ front office as an advisor. He also currently works for Bright House Sports Network as a co-host for “The Baysball Show”.

Events In African American History For October 31


1. in 1820, Irish Catholics bring Halloween to America where it first gains popularity among the lower classes and becomes heavily influenced by both American Indian and slave superstitions.

2. In 1893, C. B. Brooks received Patent for Punch

3. In 1893, Football player, William Henry Lewis, named All-American, 1893

4. In 1893, Granville T. Woods Received Patent for Electric railway supply system

5. In 1899, W. F. Burr, patents Railway Switching device. Patent # 636,197

6. In 1945,  Educator, Booker T Washington, inducted into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.

7. In 1954, M. L. King becomes the twentieth pastor of Dexter Ave. Church.

8. In 1969, Riot, Jacksonville, Florida

9. In 2008, Evolver, by John Legend Top R&B Album

10. In 2008, If I Were A Boy, by Beyonce Is top R&B Download

Acer Iconia A500: getting a quick fix on satellites


I have a tom Tom wireless Bluetooth GPS MkII.  This is only a GPS receiver. I also  downloaded Bluetooth GPS driver for android.  It only takes a few minutes to find several satellites and get a fix.  once a fix is obtained, you are set.   A little scary, I was setting in my living room when I went into google maps and the little blue dot was on the roof of my house.  As I picked up the receiver and my Iconia a500 and walked outside…. so did the little blue dot.  In the status mode it indicated 10 satellites in view, 6 in use and an accuracy of 14.7m.  all with without a network connection.  When I use GPSFix after installing the tom tom, it only takes a few seconds to get a fix.  

This does not remedy the problem with Google’s refusal to allow downloads of it’s maps.  You will still need to be connected to the internet to find address’s and navigation.   However, I did down load Sygic: GPS navigation and it works to that end.  But I deleted it because it was to cumbersome.   I have a Portable GPS that has Sygic Maps, think it is a Sylvania.  It has a better interface and I like the lane assist. Over all it is a good mapping system, all though the quality of the unit itself leaves a lot to be desired.  The power connection worked loose, the battery ran hot and started to blow fuses and the off/on switch finally pushed through.   I thought it was just a fluke but I bought another one and sure enough the power connection was loose from the start.  

I now have Nextar and my wife have a Garmin, as portables they work fine.  the Nextar that I have immediately went unsupported and now have old maps.   The old Nextar was the reason I bought the Sylvania.   By now you must realize that these two Nextar and Sylvania are worthless junk.  I took the second Sylvania back for a refund.  

I wish Sygic would adapt the mapping program thats on the Sylvania SGPD432 for the Acer Iconia A500.   I’d buy that application. I think they would give google maps a run for their money.   I think I paid over $70.00 for that unit.

Events In African American History For October 30


1. In 1954, 56 Years ago Today, Defense Department eliminated segregated regiments.

2. In 1956, 54 Years ago Today, Mayor Gayle of Montgomery looks for legal ways to stop carpools.

3.  In 1966, The Black Panther Party is founded in California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. The full name was the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. It was formed in large measure to bring attention to and combat brutality against blacks by the Oakland, Ca., Police Department.

4. In 1974, Muhammad Ali defeats George Foreman for the heavyweight boxing title. The fight took place in Zaire, now the Congo, and was billed as the “Rumble in the Jungle.” 

5. In 1991, BET Holdings, Inc. sells 4.2 million shares of stock in an initial public offering, becoming the first black company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Co-founder Bob Johnson has since sold the company to the media giant, Viacom.

6. In 2009, 1 Years ago Today, President Obama Signs Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For October 30


Gerald Perry

1. Gerald Perry, is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1983 to 1995 for the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals. Perry was selected to the 1988 National League All-Star team. In 1993 he tied a St. Louis Cardinal single-season club record with 24 pinch hits, and in 1995 he became the Cardinals’ all-time pinch-hit leader with 70th Cardinal pinch hit.

Perry was hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners from 2000-2002, the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2003-2005, the Oakland Athletics in 2006, and the Chicago Cubs from 2007 until he was fired on June 13, 2009.

Danny Tartabull

3. Danny Tartabull, is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball.  He is the son of José Tartabull, who played in the major leagues from 1962 to 1970.

 Charnele Brown

4. Charnele Brown, actress, producer, and singer. She is perhaps best known for her role as college student Kimberly Reese on the NBC sitcom A Different World.  45  Years ago

 Nia Long

5. Nia Long, actress and occasional music video director. She is best known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Third Watch, and the films Boiler Room, Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma’s House, Big Momma’s House 2, Are We There Yet?, and Are We Done Yet?

Events In African American History For October 29


1. In 1889, J. Standard received Patent for Oil stove

2. In 1929, The Stock Market collapses, ushering in the Great Depression and bringing about black unemployment rates ranging from 25 to 40 percent. The effects of the Great Depression would last until the start of World War II. The American war effort created a substantial number of war-industry jobs and a second mass migration of blacks from the South to the industrial North.

3. In 1969, Supreme Court ordered end to all school desegregation at once.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For October 29


Melba Moore

1. Melba Moore, disco, R&B singer and actress.

Jesse Barfield

2. Jesse Barfield, is a former Major League Baseball right fielder who played for the Toronto Blue Jays (1981–89) and New York Yankees (1989–92). He batted and threw right-handed. He lived in Tenafly, a suburb of New York City.

 Randy Jackson

3. Randy Jackson, singer and musician, a member of The Jacksons. Nicknamed “Little Randy”, he is the youngest of the Jackson brothers, and the second youngest of the nine Jackson whole siblings, after sister Janet.

Randy was only three when the Jackson 5 was formed and therefore was not an original member. While his brothers toured, he honed his skills as a musician, mastering piano.

 Oscar Jackson, Jr

4. Oscar Jackson, Jr., better known by his stage name Paris is an American Rapp artist from San Francisco, California, known for his highly charged political and socially conscious lyrics.

Gabrielle Union

5. Gabrielle Union, actress and former model. Among her notable roles is as the cheerleader  in the film Bring it On, opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the blockbuster film Bad Boys II and played a  doctor in the CBS drama series City of Angels. She starred with LL Cool J in Deliver Us from Eva in 2003, and opposite Cedric the Entertainer in The Honey Mooners. 

 Tracee Ellis Ross

6. Tracee Ellis Ross, Actress (Daughter of Famed Motown R&B artist Diana Ross), best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton on the UPN/CW series, Girlfriends. She is currently starring as Dr. Carla Reed on the new BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines.

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