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200,000 reasons to dial before you dig

200,000 reasons to dial before you dig

It was recently National Safe Digging Month in the United States, when owners of underground infrastructure and others back events around the nation to raise awareness of the national Dial-Before-You-Dig service, which is available to anyone in the US by dialling 811. In other initiatives, Atmos Energy Corporation, which distributes natural gas in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, launched a “Yard Rescue 811” contest. Residents of its service areas were invited to submit a photo of their yard...

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Guest Judging on Hell’s Kitchen

Guest Judging on Hell’s Kitchen

On a recent April episode of Hell’s Kitchen, the teams get creative when they pair spirits with food for special guest John Ratzenberger; and later, the 11 remaining contestants compete to avoid elimination during a gastropub dinner service. As published by Kristine Francis: “Tonight’s guest host was the lovable actor John Ratzenberger. See, John was on the long running hit show “Cheers” and one of the reasons Ramsay brought in him for his expertise was because he needed someone that knew their alcohol. The challenge required the...

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John Ratzenberger Filming Shifting Gears in North Carolina

John Ratzenberger Filming Shifting Gears in North Carolina

Written by Owen Covington, Reporter – Triad Business Journal Click here to read the full article online >> A star from his days as Cliff Clavin in the TV hit “Cheers,” and later as the voice of Hamm the Piggy Bank in the “Toy Story” trilogy, John Ratzenberger is used to everyone knowing his name no matter where he goes. “I go to strange places I’ve never been before, and somebody walks up and all of a sudden you’ve got an instant friend,” Ratzenberger told the Winston-Salem Journal during an...

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Birthday Trivia for John Ratzenberger

Birthday Trivia for John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff on “Cheers,” turned 68 on April 6. Here’s some trivia about him: Born in Bridgeport. His mother worked for Remington Arms and his father drove a Texaco truck. Attended St. Ann’s School in Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. He worked as a tractor operator at the original Woodstock festival in 1969. Moved to London in 1971 and started his career in the performing arts. Played Rebel Force Major Derlin in 1980’s “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back” and 1st controller in 1978’s...

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Let’s Bring Back Shop Class to Educate and Inspire

Let’s Bring Back Shop Class to Educate and Inspire

Written by Orion Jones on BigThink.com >> Click here to read the full article online. Millennials are the first American generation who have not been taught how to use tools — wrenches, screws, saws, etc. — and that could have a negative effect on the country’s trade industries. Skilled labor is in increasingly high demand as manufacturing jobs trickle back into the country, but as shop class has steadily disappearedfrom the high school curriculum, there are not always enough skilled laborers to fill the positions, according to...

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“Inside Out” to Premiere in June 2015

“Inside Out” to Premiere in June 2015

“Inside Out” is an upcoming American animated fantasy-comedy film, which follows a girl named Riley and the characterization of five human emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in the control center in Riley’s brain and they help her by giving advice in everyday life. Adjustments must be done since Riley’s family moved to a new home in San Francisco as her father starts a new job. The film voice cast stars Amy Poehler as Joy, hyllis Smith as sadness, Bill Hader as fear, Lewis Black...

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John Ratzenberger Donates $1 Million To Bring Shop Classes To Schools

John Ratzenberger Donates $1 Million To Bring Shop Classes To Schools

Actor John Ratzenberger is donating one million dollars from his foundation to bring back “shop” classes into schools to teach students how to work with their hands and learn a trade. The initiative is designed to help young people learn to be self-reliant and self-sufficient. Ratzenberger stated that, “tradespeople should be given the same amount of respect as doctors or scholars.” He promotes the German model: “Whether you take shop classes or go into academics, you’re given the same amount of dignity and respect....

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Initiative aims to rebuild image of manufacturing

Initiative aims to rebuild image of manufacturing

Initiative aims to rebuild image of manufacturing Announcement coming Wednesday for project that will launch in Georgia schools By Kristen Oliver, Gainsville Times All of Georgia’s 932 public middle and high schools will soon be the first schools to join a national initiative encouraging careers in manufacturing. Gov. Nathan Deal and celebrity, actor and entrepreneur John Ratzenberger will announce Wednesday the statewide implementation of the National Educational Initiative, designed to redefine the image associated with jobs in...

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Hollywood report: Disney has many big movies planned in 2015

Hollywood report: Disney has many big movies planned in 2015

This news was published by Tony Rizzo on the Fontana Herald News. Click here to read the full article online. HOLLYWOOD — Disney, long the undisputed leader in creating animated films such as “Cinderella,” “Frozen” and “Peter Pan,” and turning them into franchises (Tinker Bell has had six movies without Peter Pan), now is cornering the super-hero and “Star Wars” market. Last year, “Guardians of the Galaxy” grossed $772 million, “Captain America: Winter Soldier”...

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Superbowl 1997: John Ratzenberger’s Voice

Superbowl 1997: John Ratzenberger’s Voice

In 1997, the #2 Superbowl ad (as rated by the USA Today Ad Meter) was Nissan: Pigeons Fly Over Nissan. Check out the video below and see if you can find John’s voice as a pigeon! As reported on USA Today: There are a bunch of talking pigeons attempting to, well, mess up a Nissan. Also, John Ratzenberger voices one of the pigeons. This spot finished third in the Ad Meter and was the last time a Nissan spot appeared in the Super Bowl – until this year. The car maker will had a 60-second commercial in Super Bowl...

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