THE LARGEST PLANE EVER  BUILT ? ? ?

BY DR. NEO GUTIERREZ
MARCH 2018

A news story broke recently re: the largest airplane ever built.  The reason:  the plane has a wing span larger than  the size of a football field !

However, detractors  question  the validity of the claim, for a simple reason:  there are planes built already with much larger, longer bodies than the new plane.Therefore, they claim the new plane is NOT the largest plane ever built.

At any rate,enjoy the news story and a series of terrific fotos of the new plane.

Click on the website below the foto of the plane:

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A HAPPY VALENTINE FOR YOU : A SPECIAL JULIA VERA VIDEO

By Dr. Neo Gutierrez
February 2018

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A person one should be proud to know:  JULIA VERA !

I first met Julia when she was my dance student for one year when she was in the 9th grade and I taught at Christen Jr. High School in Laredo, Texas.

And here we are today, still connecting as friends.

Julia didn’t start her show biz career till age 47; she is now 75. Her list of accomplishments in Hollywood films and television are easily available if you search her name on the internet.

But the reason for spotlighting her here today is a video that was just made available, which is an interview she did for television recently. Click below and see if you don’t agree that is, indeed, a super human being and artist:

 

 

Subject: La gran actriz Julia Vera con una carrera muy exitosa en Hollywood – 

Let’s close with a note from Julia:

 

 

Dear Neo,

Sharing you with my latest adventures. Basketball season is here and I find myself running from one Recreational Park to another. Briseis is doing very well as an athelete. But the very exciting news to us is that Brolack 5 years of age and as you remember a heart transplante recipient is also playing basketball. He is the shortest of all his team mates but he plays with a lot of enthusiasm. Most of the time the games are at the same time and the same day. We have to split up. The family, that is .

As for me I have two projects cooking. We are in preproduction for a short film which we hope we can raise enough money to make it into a feature film. Also I am assisting a producer with a film from Madrid Spain. An actor from Spain, Jorge Munoz, has written a very good script . Its a horror film all in Spanish .
The Screen Actors Guild has a low budget film contract. We are looking to cast actors from the Union because most of them are very professional . This project is also in PreProduction. Sometimes it takes almost a year before principal shooting starts .

Most of last year I worked on Princess Elena of Avalor doing the voice for the animation character, Abuela Luisa. I thank God for this wonderful gig. This year Princess Elena will have its second film. I have already worked on it. Because I prepared my lines days before I go to record it usually takes me half an hour to record. For that half hour I get paid as it was an hour. The rate of pay is a little under a thousand dollars. 

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lso last year I was flown to Atlanta Georgia to work on the new Marvel movie. Antman and the Wasp in the role of Michael Pena’s grandmother .The days I was there were beautiful . The weather was perfect . I stayed at the Georgian. Wow ! Elegant and beautiful hotel. Thanks to our Actor’s Union we are treated to the best : First Class flight and 5 Star Hotels. All expenses paid or we get a per diem . 

In January I was invited to The Dante Show in Anaheim, CA very close to Disney Land. I had been invited but I was kind of skeptical about myself bringing something interesting to the show. I am so glad I did it . It has been very well received and watch by many people. I am inclosing it so that you can share it in your column . 

Big surprise I met Norman Lear and he told me he had been stationed in Laredo when he was a pilot. How I met him I will leave for later .

Neo thank you for always being there for me and listening to my chit chat and also so encouraging me y darme animo .

Love you so much .

Julia Vera Andrews

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THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR AND SOME FUN ART TO MAKE YOU SMILE

THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR AND SOME FUN  ART TO MAKE YOU SMILE

BY DR. NEO GUTIERREZ
JANUARY 2018

Another January 1st, another Happy New Year to all !  !  !

Enclosed are some great thoughts by some great people, and some fun art to keep your day funny.  ENJOY ! ! !

PART   1       

  

Subject: THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR


Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. 
 
— Oprah Winfrey
 

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Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
 
— Charles R. Swindoll
 
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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. 
 
— Mark Twain
 
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Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to 
succeed is always to try just one more time. 
 
— Thomas A. Edison
 
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Well done is better than well said. 
 
— Benjamin Franklin
 
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You will never win if you never begin. 
 
— Helen Rowland
 
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A goal is a dream with a deadline. 
 
— Napoleon Hill
 
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Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. 
 
— Wayne Dyer
 
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 PART 2 — SOME  FUN  ART
  
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM NEO G. IN L.A. ! ! !
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NOVEMBER 2017

‘Dancing With the Stars’ finale: Jordan Fisher, Lindsay Arnold take home Mirror Ball
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BY DR. NEO GUTIERREZ
Ever since “Dancing With the Stars” started 25 years ago, I have made it a point to select in my mind the winner, once the three finalists are revealed. And every year I have selected the winner correctly !
This year it was especially easy to select the winner, considering the background and incredible ability of the winner, Jordan Fisher, who is a professional Broadway musical dancer, most lately in the huge hit “Hamilton.”
NEO NOTE: CLICK BELOW :
FROM ABC NEWS, ACCORDING TO REPORTER ANDREA DRESDALE, NOV. 21, 2017 :

After a season full of perfect scores and gushing praise from the judges, singer and actor Jordan Fisher was named the champion of the 25th season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and tangoed off with the Mirror Ball Trophy. It was the first win for his pro partner, Lindsay Arnold.

Judge Len Goodman called Fisher “the most complete male celebrity ever on ‘Dancing With the Stars,'” and judgeBrunoTonioli said Fisher was “right up there with the best we have ever seen on this show.”

Violinist Lindsey Stirling came in second. Frankie Muniz — who called his time on the show “the most amazing experience of my life — came in third.

The finale featured the scored dances in the ballroom and many festive holiday numbers performed live outside at the Grove in Los Angeles. In between, the season’s other cast members returned to dance and, in some cases, sing.

The show began with each couple doing a favorite dance from earlier in the season. Stirling and her partner, Mark Ballas , performed their jive from guilty pleasures week and received 10s across the board. Muniz and his partner, Witney Carson, performed their pirate-themed Argentine tango from Disney week. They also received a score of 30. Fisher and Stirling performed their samba from Latin night, and they, too, earned 10s across the board.

With all the couples tied going into the final performances, fusions of two styles given to the competitors the night before. Sterling and Ballas performed a cha-cha-tango fusion and received a perfect score of 30. An emotional Sterling said the show “really made me relearn who I am in a really different way, and it’s been amazing.”

Muniz and Carson performed a foxtrot-tango fusion. Carrie Ann Inaba awarded the couple a 10, but Goodman and Tonioli found small faults in the performance and gave only 9s.

Fisher and Arnold performed a salsa-paso-doble fusion that was superfast and featured various gymnastic flips. The judges raved about the number, his talent and her skills as a choreographer, dancer and teacher and awarded the couple a score of 30.

The competitors’ final positions were revealed live onstage at the Grove, and Fisher and Arnold — and the Mirror Ball Trophy — were hoisted into the air as streamers shot everywhere and the crowd went wild. The three final couples and fourth-place finishers Drew Scott and Emma Slater will appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.

Also on the show, country star Kelsea Ballerini sang her latest hit, “Legends,” and season 25 competitor Nick Lachey sang a new ballad, “Someone to Dance With.” Stirling and Becky G performed their current holiday hit “ChristmasC’mon,” from Stirling’s album “Warmer in the Winter.” Fellow season 25 competitor Debbie Gibson sang the holiday favorite “Sleigh Ride,” and Jordan belted out Stevie Wonder‘s “What Christmas Means to Me.”

Fisher and Muniz will be headlining the upcoming “Dancing With the Stars: Light Up the Night” tour, which kicks off Dec. 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Dancing With the Stars” will return in the spring of 2018 with a special four-week all-athlete edition, featuring 10 athletes from across the sports world.

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THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT WORDS IN MY LIFE

BY DR. NEO GUTIERREZ

OCTOBER 2017

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All my life I have believed and lived by the three words featured in the important video listed below.

THIS IS THE BEST EMAIL I HAVE EVER RECEIVED IN MY ENTIRE LIFE……ENJOY ! ! !

RECIPE FOR LIFE :

If you have never seen this before, WATCH IT! If you have seen it before, WATCH IT AGAIN!

Please view it and let me know what you think at neodance@aol.com

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SEPT. 2017 INCDEF NEO NOTES MARK BALLAS BACK IN DWTS25

Mark Ballas
DWTS 25 Magnesium SHOW SCORES MONDAY, SEPT. 18, 2017 :
* Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas: This spunky violinist definitely struck a chord with the judges, earning a score of 22/30 — tying with Fisher and Arnold for the highest score.
NEO NOTE: MARK BALLAS is the grandson of Maria Luisa Marulanda Ballas, who started as a dance teacher in my hometown, Laredo, Texas, around 1948. She danced flamenco alone, and did comedic pachuco dance with her sister, Cata Marulanda. Many years later, when I went to teach a modern jazz dance workshop at Rogelio Rodriguez’s studio in Houston, Maria Luisa had, in my honor, a terrific dinner party at her Houston mansion. Parked in the back garden of the house was a helicopter. Her husband owned DANCE CITY U.S.A., the largest ballroom dance school in the entire U.S ! Eventually his son Corky Ballas took over the dance usiness. Corky is Mark Ballas’ father.
Competing for the Mirrorball trophy this time around are:
• Paralympic swimmer Victoria Arlen with Val Chmerkovskiy
• WWE wrestler Nikki Bella with Artem Chigvintsev
• “Shark Tank” entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran with Keo Motsepe
• former NBA player Derek Fisher with Sharna Burgess
•Singer/actor Jordan Fisher with Lindsay Arnold
• ’80s singer Debbie Gibson with Alan Bersten
• Singer Nick Lachey with Peta Murgatroyd
• TV personality Vanessa Lachey with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
• Actor Frankie Muniz with Witney Carson
• former NFL player Terrell Owens with Cheryl Burke
• “Pretty Little Liars” star Sasha Pieterse with Gleb Savchenko
• “Property Brothers” star Drew Scott with Emma Slater
• violinist Lindsey Stirling with Mark Ballas.
According to Wikipedia:

Mark Alexander Ballas Jr. (born May 24, 1986) is an American dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, musician, and actor.

Ballas is a professional ballroom dancer on the ABC program Dancing with the Stars. He began competing on the show in the fall of 2007. He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography in 2011. He is also a singer/songwriter/musician and released his first solo CDHurtLoveBox in March 2011.

Ballas was born in Houston, Texas, the son of dancers Corky Ballas andShirley Ballas(née Rich). His paternal grandparents were of Mexican,Spanish, and Greek background, and his mother is originally from the United Kingdom and is of English heritage.His paternal grandfather, George Ballas, was the inventor of the Weed Eaterlawn-trimming device.

Ballas is a member of singer-songwriter duo Alexander Jean[ along with his wife, BC Jean. The two became engaged in November 2015 after three years of dating, and were married on November 25, 2016 Malibu, California.

Ballas attended Rosemead Preparatory School in South London. At the age of 11, he earned a full-time slot at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, as well as earning a full scholarship. In 2005, he was awarded “Performer of the Year”. He then moved on to win championships at The British Open to the World, The US Open to the World, and The International Open to the World. With his former partnerJulianne Hough, he won the Junior Latin American Dance Championship and the gold medal at the Junior Olympics.

As an actor, Ballas played the lead role of Tony in the musical Copacabana and was the lead dancer in the UK national tour of the Spanish musical Maria de Buenos Aires. He was also theunderstudy for the role of Ritchie Valens in the UK national tour ofBuddy, The Buddy Holly Story. Ballas played an extra in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as part of the Hufflepuff House. In October 2008, Ballas made a guest appearance on the season premiere of Samantha Who.

On September 6, 2016, it was announced that Ballas would be the final actor to portray the role ofFrankie Valli in the Broadway cast ofJersey Boys before it closes in 2017.

NEO NOTE:  And now, Mark is back on American TV, for the duration of Dancing With the Stars  25, which airs on ABC-TV at  evening prime time on Monday and Tuesday.  ENJOY ! ! !
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A LITTLE DISTRACTION FROM THE TERRIBLE HURRICANE HARVEY IN TEXAS

BY DR. NEO GUTIERREZ
AUGUST  2017
In the midst of all the terrible destruction in Texas, no thanks to Hurricane Harvey, I decided this month’s column should provide a personal attitude picker-upper, as a  light  break from all the storm disaster.
So first off, let;s watch a terrific video, where we will see a grand old lady, at age 92, do a terrific exhibition  ballroom dance that will make you forget the terrible weather storms, at least for a moment.  Her dance partner is her 29-year old grandson.
They certainly enjoyed themselves, so let’s us enjoy them now.  Click on the website listed  below:
 92 y.o. woman and her 29 y.o. grandson.  Guarantee to make you say WOW ! ! !

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AND NOW LET’S ENJOY A 104 YEAR OLD ROLLS ROYCE, WHICH IS IN AS GOOD IN PERFORMANCE SHAPE AS OUR 92 YEAR OLD. DANCER:


 

104 Year Old Rolls Royce
It was originally bought for $1,000 in 1912 (almost $93,000 in today’s money) but has now gone under the hammer for $4,705,500, making it the most expensive Rolls-Royce ever sold at auction. Unique:  This 104-year-old Silver Ghost Rolls Royce has sold for a world-record price of 5 million after a furious bidding war at Bonhams.

 

 

Through the roof: The lengthy auction saw two enthusiasts dueling for the pristine car as the bidding went up in increments of 100,000, smashing past the 2 million estimate.
In great nick: The six-cylinder, 7.3-litre car comes with perfect provenance and is still purring smoothly, doing about 15 miles to the gallon.
What it lacks in gadgetry, the British-made classic more than compensates for with an extraordinary level of luxury that leaves its modern-day counterparts looking a little unsophisticated.
Its gleaming interior fittings are made of silver and ivory, while the door panels are embroidered silk, with brocade tassels attached to silk window shades for privacy.
THE PASSENGER FOOTREST HIDES A FULL PICNIC SET FOR FOUR, A CHINA TEA SERVICE, COMPLETE WITH AN ALCOHOL-FUELLED BURNER AND KETTLE TO HEAT THE WATER, AND A SET OF SIX DECANTERS – THREE IN STERLING SILVER AND THREE IN
LEATHER-WRAPPED GLASS.
The sale took place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex on Friday. Auctioneers had expected it to sell for around 2million and were astonished when the bidding between two rival collectors topped 4million. James Knight, from Bonhams auctioneers, said: ˜There were three bidders, then one of them dropped out at 2.3million and we thought it would end there.
Traveling in style: The design chosen by its original owner echoed the luxurious ‘ Pullman ‘ Railway carriages pioneered by American George Pullman.
Luxurious: The elegant passenger compartment (left) complete with 29 beveled glass windows and (right) the stylish steering wheel.
˜But then another bidder entered and the bidders were dueling. It went up in increments of 50,000, and then 100,000, and then back down to 50,000.
˜It went on and on and on and was the longest car sale I have ever witnessed. It was pure theatre. Everyone was very respectful but when the price reached a milestone, like 3million, there was an intake of breath.
˜The bidders were dueling and when the hammer came down there was spontaneous applause. ˜It was fitting because the car is celebrating her centenary.
The car was commissioned by Rolls Royce connoisseur John M. Stephens, who also bought the first Silver Ghost the luxury car-maker produced in 1906. The body was built by former royal carriage-maker Barker’s of Mayfair, which had previously built coaches for King George III and Queen Victoria.
Standing the test of time: The 7.3-litre, six-cylinder engine is still purring smoothly and is capable of doing around 15 miles to the gallon.
Mark of history: A plaque bearing the vehicle’s chassis number of 1907. 
Touch of class: The original owner employed the services of the best coach-making company, Barker and Co. Ltd, to do the bodywork.
Classic designs: One of the car’s brake lights. The Rolls- Royce still had its headlights, carriage lights, rear lights and inflatable tyres when it went up for sale.
The car even had an early speedometer – an important addition given that a 20 mph speed limit was introduced in 1912. Unlike most car enthusiasts of his time, Mr. Stephens, from Croydon, South London, asked the makers not to include a glass division window between the driver and the passengers as he wanted to drive it himself rather than rely on a chauffeur.
The car’s distinctive cream and green design echoed the luxury ˜Pullman Railway” carriages of the time, and it was known as a Double Pullman Limousine. But it was nicknamed ˜the Corgi Silver Ghost” in the 1960’s after the toy-maker based its Silver Ghost toy car on this model.

Mr. Stephens’s car is believed to be the only one of its kind to survive with its full interior and bodywork, as many Rolls Royce’s from the era were converted into ambulances during the First World War.
NEO NOTE:  NOW, GO TAKE SOME SALSA DANCE LESSONS, AND GET A HISTORICAL ROLLS-ROYCE, AND YOU ARE SET….EXCEPT BE SURE AND KEEP YOURSELF DRY DURING THE STORMS, SO YOU DON’T GET SICK ! ! !

 

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REMEMBER THESE FACES?

BY DR. NEO GUTIERREZ
JULY  2017
July 4, of course, is a most special day in American history, as we celebrate America’s Independence Day.
And this July was extra special, thanks to Mary Valdez, wife of Tony Valdez, leader of the Valdez Brothers Orchestra in Laredo, until they moved to California in 1964. Mary, a terrific email friend, sent me the info for today’s column. You’ll probably remember these faces below…great Americans who were also great actors in Hollywood.
The notes below are from whoever put the info in the web:
So what is Fourth of July
all about?
 
This fantastic group of heroes…
and each and every one of them…
they could by themselves have taken care of
any and all wars
of the last quarter of a Century,
and then some…
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THE OLDER PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER THESE & THE YOUNGER ONES CAN LEARN ABOUT OUR PAST.THIS BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES.
COMPARE WITH HOLLYWOOD TODAY!
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Sterling Hayden, US Marines and OSS. Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia.

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James Stewart, US Army Air Corps. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General. 

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Paul Newman, US Navy Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedo bombers of USS Bunker Hill.
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Kirk Douglas, US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action and medically discharged. 

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Henry Fonda, US Navy. Destroyer USS Satterlee. 

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Tony Curtis, US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus. In Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan. 

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Mickey Rooney, US Army under Patton. Bronze Star. 

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Tyrone Power, US Marines. Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater. 

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Charlton Heston, US Army Air Corps. Radio operator and aerial gunner on a B-25, Aleutians. 

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Gene Autry, US Army Air Corps. Crewman on transports that ferried supplies over “The Hump” in the China-Burma-India Theater. 

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Rock Hudson, US Navy. Aircraft mechanic, the Philippines. 

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Cark Gable, US Army Air Corps. B-17 gunner over Europe. 

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Cesar Romero, US Coast Guard. Coast Guard. Participated in the invasions of Tinian and Saipan on the assault transport USS Cavalier. 

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Robert Taylor, US Navy. Instructor Pilot. 

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Randolph Scott. Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due to injuries sustained in US Army, World War 1. 

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Ronald Reagan. US Army. Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves before the war. His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas with his unit
when war came so he transferred to the Army Air Corps Public Relations Unit where he served for the duration. 
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John Wayne. Declared “4F medically unfit” due to pre-existing injuries, he nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times (Army, Navy and Film Corps.
 So he gets honorable mention. 
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And of course we have Audie Murphy, America’s most-decorated soldier, who became a Hollywood star as a result of his US Army service that included his being awarded the Medal of Honor.

Would someone please remind me again how many of today’s Hollywood elite put their careers on hold to enlist in Iraq or Afghanistan? The only one

who even comes close was Pat Tillman, who turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the US Army after September 11, 2001, and serve as a Ranger in Afghanistan, where he died in 2004. But rather than being lauded for his choice and his decision to put his country before his career, he was mocked and derided by many of his peers.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I submit to you that this is not the America today that it was seventy years ago. And I, for one, am saddened.
My generation grew up watching, being entertained by and laughing with so many of these fine people, never really knowing what they contributed to the war effort.
Like millions of Americans during the WWII, there was a job that needed doing they didn’t question, they went and did it, those that came home returned to their now new normal life and carried on, very few ever saying what they did or saw.

They took it as their “responsibility”, their “duty” to Country, to protect and preserve our freedoms and way of life, not just for themselves but for all future generations to come.

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NEW TV SHOW: “WORLD OF DANCE” LED BY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JENNIFER LOPEZ

BY DR. NEO GUTIERREZ

JUNE 2017

When I was a student many years ago, I used to hear that to be prepared for show business you needed to be a triple-threat performer: you had to know how to sing, dance, and act.

Well, we know Jennifer Lopez, probably the world’s most talented Latina, is all those things. EXCEPT: Now she is also a full-fledged executive  producer. So, she has truly set a peak for young people to aim at.

Now, from the web,  enjoy the latest news on the Latina show biz marvel !

J LO  AT THE GRAMMY’S:

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JENNIFER LOPEZ REACHES FOR THE STARS ! ! !

Jennifer Lopez Reaches For the is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30 Hottest Jennifer Lopez Photos

ABOUT THE NEW DANCE SHOW

NBC’s new dance competition series “World of Dance” is led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars – Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum.

The 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents and the opportunity to receive a life-altering grand prize of $1 million.

In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world’s elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.

Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under), Upper (groups of 1-4, 18 and older) and Team (groups of 5+, 18 and older). Our panel of experts scores the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Performance, Technique, Choreography, Creativity and Presentation. The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Finals and the Grand Final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the Grand Final the winner from each division will compete against each other for the grand prize.

World of Dance is among the most trusted and fastest growing dance and music entertainment brands, combining a successful digital platform of more than eight million subscribers with the world’s largest international urban dance competition. What began in 2008 as a single event is now a continent-spanning, tour de force of human spirit and sick dance moves. The World of Dance Tour attracts YouTube stars, industry icons and tens of thousands of fans to events in more than 25 countries, spanning the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia. The inspiring performance videos captured from these events drive 30 million monthly views online, making World of Dance the largest dance entertainment channel on YouTube. No language barriers. No animosity. Just pure, awe-inspiring movement.

Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina will executive produce for Nuyorican Productions. Also executive producing are Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt and Al Hassas. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance.

FINAL NOTES ON J LO BIOGRAPHY:

Jennifer Lopez is an American actress, singer, dancer, producer and fashion designer. Jennifer Lopez became the first Latina to get $1 million for a movie role. She is also an accomplished musician. She is one of the most successful ladies in Hollywood. Her music career has also been on the top level. Her most notable film roles are Selena, Out of Sight, Anaconda, Maid in Manhattan, Shall We Dance, Money Train, and Parker. Jennifer Lopez is the most influential Hispanic performer in the United States of America. Waiting for Tonight, Dance on the Floor and Ole Ole are few of her hit songs.

Jennifer Lopez was born on July 24 1969. She was brought up inBronx. Her parents are Guadalupe Rodriguez and David Lopez. They were relatively poor during her childhood. At the age of 5, Jennifer Lopez started music classes. She has an elder sister named Leslie. Jennifer Lopez also has a younger sister named Lynda Lopez. Lynda Lopez is a Journalist. While still in high school Jennifer Lopez was cast in My Little Girl. After that, she decided to become a famous movie star. She was a dancer in the series In Living Color. In 1993 Jennifer Lopez decided to become a full-time actress. She starred alongside Wesley Snipes andWoody Harrelson in the Money Train. In 1997 she starred in Selena. This became her breakthrough roles into Hollywood stardom. After that she starred in the blockbusterAnaconda. In 1999 Jennifer Lopez topped the Billboard Hot 100 with her debut album On the 6. After the success of her following album J.Lo, she became one of the hottest pop stars in the world. She is currently the highest paid Latin entertainer in the United States. She recorded the official FIFA World Cup 2014 song with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte.

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Jennifer Lopez became a sex symbol during her rise to fame. She has always been listed amongst the sexiest women in the world. She married a waiter Ojani Noa in 1997. They divorced a year later. Jennifer Lopez then married Chris Judd in 2001. The married lasted only two years. She later married Marc Anthony in 2014. Lopez gave birth to twins Emme and Maximilian in 2008. The couple divorced in 2014. Jennifer Lopez also had a high-profile relationship with actor Ben Affleck after her Second marriage. Her net worth currently is around $400 million.

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WHEN CHER PERFORMED IN LAREDO

CHER  AT  71 GETS ICON AWARD AT  BMA SHOW

Cher, 2017 Billboard Music Awards

BY DR.NEO GUTIERREZ
MAY 2017
When Cher performed in May for the Billboard Music Awards and received in Icon trophy for her incredible history of performing terrific music, I shared her print foto with friends by email.
When Raul Flores answered, I was shocked to find out–Cher performed in Laredo on  Nov. 23 during her 2002 national tour back then. Raul was my 9th grade student at Christen in Laredo in 1957-58, btw. Raul saw Cher perform in Laredo at the Laredo Entertainment Center with almost 12,000 seats, and there was no empty seat in the house during that show. Cher did a total of 275 shows in the U.S. that year with a total gross of $1l88 million. Her total U.S. tour attendance was  just short of 3 million spectators, altogether.
Raul, who was about 60 when he saw the Cher show, doesn’t remember how much he paid for the tickets to see Cher in Laredo.
Raul writes: It was an incredible show! Like a Vegas Show. I remember her saying that this ONE show would PROVE once for all who was, and still is, THE. REAL DIVA!! And I think she did just that…and more.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, tells us re: Cher and her legacy and influence:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cher-Wax-338354947_Cropped.jpg

Wax figure of Cher wearing an outfit similar to the one she wore at the 60th Academy Awards in 1988

According to Goldmine magazine’s Phill Marder, Cher “has been and remains today one of the Rock Era’s most dominant figures”. He described her as the leader of an effort in the 1960s to “advance feminine rebellion in the rock world [and] the prototype of the female rock star, setting the standard for appearance, from her early hippie days to her later outlandish outfits, and her attitude—the perfect female punk long before punk even was a rock term.” Cher’s unconventional outfits and dominant attitude over her partner Sonny Bono have influenced the presence of women in rock music, inspiring contemporary singers such as Marianne Faithfull and Nancy Sinatra. According to Jeff Miers from The Buffalo News, “Her music has changed with the times over the decades, rather than changing those times through groundbreaking work”; however, he felt that subsequent female singers such as Cyndi Lauper, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Madonna, whom he calls “her generation’s Cher”, were heavily inspired by Cher’s abilities to combine “showmanship with deep musicality … to make valid statements in a wide variety of trend-driven idioms … to ease effortlessly between pop subgenres [and] to shock without alienating her fans”, as well as by her charismatic stage presence and the strong LGBT support among her fan base.Billboard’s Keith Caulfield wrote that “There’s divas, and then there’s Cher.” She is commonly referred to by the media as the “Goddess of Pop.”

Cher has repeatedly reinvented herself through various personas, for which Professor Richard Aquila from Ball State University called her “the ultimate pop chameleon”. The New York Times declared Cher as the “Queen of the Comeback”.] According to author Lucy O’Brien, “Cher adheres to the American Dream of reinvention of self: ‘Getting old does not have to mean getting obsolete.'” Author Craig Crawford, in his book The Politics of Life: 25 Rules for Survival in a Brutal and Manipulative World (2007), describes Cher as “a model of flexible career management”, and relates her career successes to a constant reshaping of her image according to the evolving trends of popular culture. He further explains that she billed “each dramatic turnaround of style as another example of rebellion—an image that allowed her to make calculated changes while appearing to be consistent.”

Author Grant McCracken stated, “The term ‘reinvention’ is now often used to talk about the careers of American celebrities. But in Cher’s case, it is particularly apt [because she] is inclined to lock on to each new fashion wave [and] is swept violently down the diffusion stream and out of fashion. Only substantial re-creation permits her to return to stardom.” Her “integrity” and “perseverance” are highlighted in the Reaching Your Goals book series of illustrated inspirational stories for children, in which her life is detailed emphasizing the importance of self-actualization: “For years, Cher worked hard to become a successful singer. Then she worked hard to become an actress. Even when she needed money, she turned down movie roles that weren’t right for her. Her goal has always been to be a good actress, not just a rich and famous one.

“Cher’s “ability to forge an immensely successful and lengthy career as a woman in a male-dominated entertainment world” has drawn attention from feminist critics. According to author Diane Negra, Cher was presented in the beginning of her career as a product of male creativity;] Cher remembers, “It was a time when girl singers were patted on the head for being good and told not to think”.However, her image eventually changed due to her “refusal of dependence on a man and the determination not only to forge a career (as an actor) on her own terms but to refuse the conventional role assigned to women over forty years old in an industry that fetishises youth”, wrote author Yvonne Tasker. 

She was featured in the 16th-anniversary edition of Ms. magazine as an “authentic feminist hero” and a 1980s role model for women: “Cher, the straightforward, tattooed, dyslexic single mother, the first Oscar winner to have entered into matrimony with a known heroin addict and to have admitted to being a fashion victim by choice, has finally landed in an era that’s not afraid to applaud real women.” Her 1988 Oscar win signaled an important change in Hollywood, according to Berman, as Cher appeared in a negligee outfit, danced onstage and was applauded for her daring. Stephanie Brush from The New York Times wrote that Cher “performs the function for women moviegoers that Jack Nicholson has always fulfilled for men. Free of the burden of ever having been America’s sweetheart, she is the one who represents us [women] in our revenge fantasies, telling all the fatheads … exactly where they can go. You need to be more than beautiful to get away with this. You need to have been Cher for 40 years.”

The reverence the show community holds for Cher has been attributed to the accomplishments in her career, her sense of style and her longevity. Alec Mapa of The Advocate elaborates: “While the rest of us were sleeping, Cher’s been out there for the last four decades living out every single one of our childhood fantasies … Cher embodies an unapologetic freedom and fearlessness that some of us can only aspire to.” Rolling Stone‘s Jancee Dunn wrote, “Cher is the coolest woman who ever stood in shoes. Why? Because her motto is, ‘I don’t give a crap what you think, I’m going to wear this multicolored wig.’ There are folks all over America who would, in their heart of hearts, love to date people half their age, get multiple tattoos and wear feathered headdresses. Cher does it for us.” Alexander Fury ofThe Independent wrote that Cher “represents a seemingly immortal, omnipotent, uni-monikered level of fame.” Bego stated: “No one in the history of show business has had a career of the magnitude and scope of Cher’s. She has been a teenage pop star, a television hostess, a fashion magazine model, a rock star, a pop singer, a Broadway actress, an Academy Award-winning movie star, a disco sensation, and the subject of a mountain of press coverage.”

Achievements and recognition

Throughout her solo career, Cher has sold 100 million records worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling music artists of all time.She is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each decade from the 1960s to the 2010s. She has held U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles over the longest period of time in history: 33 years, seven months and three weeks between “I Got You Babe”, which topped the chart for the first time in August 14, 1965, and “Believe”, whose last week at number one was April 3, 1999. With “Believe”, she became the oldest female artist to have a U.S. number-one song in the rock era, at the age of 52. Billboard ranked her at number 43 on their “Greatest Hot 100 Artists of All Time” list. In 2014, the magazine listed her as the 23rd highest-grossing touring act since 1990, with total earned revenue of $351.6 million and 4.5 million attendance at her shows.

In 2003, Cher appeared at number 41 on VH1’s list of “The 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons”, which recognizes “the folks that have significantly inspired and impacted American society”. She was ranked 31st on VH1’s list of “The 100 Greatest Women in Music”, based on the period 1992–2012. Esquire magazine placed her at number 44 on their list of “The 75 Greatest Women of All Time”]In a 2001 poll, Biography magazine ranked her as their third favorite leading actress of all time, behind Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn. She was featured on the “100 Greatest Movie Stars of our Time” list compiled by People.] She is one of the few artists to win three of the four major American entertainment awards (EGOT—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony)] and one of five actor-singers to have had a U.S. number-one single and won an acting Academy Award.

NEO NOTE:  And that is who Laredo saw sing  in 2002.

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