I got my invitation to the baby shower in my mailbox today. Or so I thought, until I opened it and it was a thank you note from a student! That I'd written a letter of recommendation for. But still!

Also, I predict Ole is going to write something about comments on his blog in the very near future. I see a, "So the way the blog comments work is that..." or something - it's a little cloudy.

Also also, Law & Order: SVU. No, not that V - Valentine's!

I know what you want -

-and what you want is abandoned urban places. OK. Let's do this thing. But not just buildings - entire towns.

Uranium City, Saskatchewan
With its deserted suburban neighbourhoods and abandoned mines, Uranium City has almost fallen off the map. As the epicentre of Canada’s biggest ever uranium boom, this northwest Saskatchewan town of 180 still hangs onto an elementary school, a regional hospital and a post office. Everything else, from the town’s recreation centre to the movie theatre is either closed or demolished. Houses, if they are still standing, now sell for about a dollar — the nice ones, fixed up and running, go for about $700.

The rugged landscape that surrounds Uranium City harbours an unintended legacy: a network of radioactive waste sites scattered across sub-arctic rock and forest, some 50-odd uranium mines and refineries within a 15-kilometre radius of the town.

Centralia, Pennsylvania
A coal-mining city in the mid-19th Century, Centralia was virtually abandoned and reclaimed by the state after a landfill fire ignited an open coal vein - the fire spread and continues to burn. In 2002, the US Postal Service revoked Centralia's ZIP code - 17927. All but a few of the homes have been torn down, so from above, Centralia is a network of streets and sidewalks surrounding nothing.
An engineering study concluded in 1983 that the fire could burn for another century or even more and "could conceivably spread over an area of approximately 3,700 acres."

Over 43 years and 40 million dollars later the fire still burns through old coal mines and veins under the town and the surrounding hillsides. The fire, smoke, fumes and toxic gases that came up through the back yards, basements and streets of Centralia practically ripped the town apart. Today Centralia is a near-ghost town with only a few remaining hold-outs who refused government offers of compensation.

America's Youth

So full of angst, there's no time for a symmetrical haircut or a belt without studs.

The Raconteurs

Oh, good god, I love this band. The music and the website - straight outta 1982. Do you know who's in this band? A guy named Jack White, who I think has another band or something too. Steady As She Goes and Store Bought Bones are their only two songs - only on vinyl, and only available in the UK (until March). Spice e-mailed me yesterday about Accuradio's new Indie Rock channel with a note about how she's pulled ahead in the hipness horse-race - who's on top now, homeslice?

If anyone can figure out how to turn the streaming audio into a downloadable mp3, I'll post a picture of a heron eating a duck.

Vegas Challenge Update

Spinning - 5-for-5 since Friday afternoon - one Friday, two Saturday, on Sunday, and one this morning at 6:00. There's another class at 5:30 tonight, one tomorrow, three on Wednesday (including a 6:00/9:00 a.m. combination that may prove logistically difficult), and one on Thursday. I guess that makes 11 after all, huh? My legs are tired - no snap in my step or spring in my gait, and I'm not even half done. It's good, though - I've been at this winter training thing for a couple months and this is the first time I've pushed myself enough to feel like that.

Blazey - has been driven once. Sorry.

Coffee - if I failed a little by driving Blazey one time, I totally failed you here. Really, though, doesn't green tea just taste awful? I drink it once every couple weeks because I know that it's good for me, but I forget how much I dislike the taste.


OK, non-Charter people (right? RIGHT?) - HOLY POO (hi mom) HOW DID I NOT NOTICE THIS BEFORE?!?

The cable M.Bro and I pay for: Basic - the networks, home shopping, TV Guide channel (to taunt us), C-Span, C-Span 2

The cable we've been getting for some reason I can't explain: everything above, except with VH1, MTV, and MTV2 in the place of C-Span, C-Span 2 and some channel that I don't even know because I never watched.

The cable I realized, just tonight, that we get if I turn the VCR off and change the channels with the TV remote instead of leaving the TV on 4 and changing channels with the VCR remote: OH GOD WE GET IT ALL! Comedy Central (and the Daily Show! and the Colbert Report!)! Bravo! OLN (for cycling in the summer - not bull-wrestling)! All of the other stuff! Well, I guess not Showtime or HBO or anything!

Editors, Live in Allston

Remember this post - well, I mean, you don't really have to remember it, since I'm going to point it out to you when The Back Room by Editors gets all sorts of U.S. press. Lucky for you, you don't have to pay $27 to get the UK import or wait until April to hear the US release - you can download nine of the disc's eleven tracks (live versions of them anyway, from a show in Allston last Sunday night) at Bradley's Almanac.

$9.95?!? iTunes is ripping you off!

Starting two days ago (apologies for not being more prompt about this), Best Buy began selling a select group of "indie" artists' CDs for $7.99 - below wholesale cost. Obviously a loss leader - hey, I might as well get an iPod shuffle while I'm here - or something, but it's started an interesting debate about what inherent value CDs have. It's the weekend - make a hot cocoa, sit down and read some of this stuff -

From a blog that got a lot of early traffic by criticizing the decision -
Maybe $16.98 was too much for a CD. Maybe $8 was the right price. That's what the labels and their complicit artists were telling them. And this dent in the collective music consciousness came at the dawn of broadband internet service and file sharing. If it wasn't worth $16, maybe it wasn't even worth $8. Maybe free was the way to go. If the stores, labels, and bands don't value their music enough to sell it at a decent price, why should the music fan feel any differently about it? So the whole industry had unwittingly conspired over three to four years to torch the value of an album at just the right time for the Best Buy shell game/Ponzi scheme to collapse in on itself, leaving an opening for Napster to tap the wired music junkie on the shoulder and take advantage.

And from Merge Records exec posting on their site's forum -
so as i say, our job is to get our cds into as many stores as possible, and this means chains as well as the independents. why punish some kid who lives in Yakima where the only place he can find the Arcade Fire cd is at a Target? don't make it available to the kid at all? do i appreciate Target giving huge sums of money to the GOP? no. do i prefer to shop at a small local store? yes. not everyone has the option, or the politics neccessarily, to do what Patrick at Carrot Top deems "the right thing."

when i say i'm torn it's because $7.99 is a ridiculous price that no independent retailer can match, and i think it DOES devalue cds to a certain extent (eg someone walks into a store and sees a cd for an avg $14.99 and thinks "man i've seen cds for $7.99! $14.99 is a rip-off! i'm just going to download it..."). but i do not agree that best buy putting an Arcade Fire cd on sale for a week is bringing down the indie infrastructure.

our retail person here thinks that because Best Buy doesn't stock 90% of what Merge puts out, including back catalog by the same artists they DO carry (spoon might be a good example) that someone who discovers an artist because the "popular" record is on sale at best buy, will then hopefully be driven to find out more about that band and look for the back catalog that they will have to get at a store that mainly sells music

More from a response -
Merge owes these bands the best shot they can get. Merge is offering the records to whomever wants to buy them. Don't buy it from Best Buy. Is that so hard? Do you really think that the guy who happens to like the one Arcade Fire single because he heard it on XM is going to go to the local indie? Or is he going to hit iTunes or swing by Circuit City on his way home from the office? This is a Grammy-nominated band. To not have it available at a chain is ridiculous. Yes, Circuit City and Best Buy blow donkey meat, but a hell of a lot of people only buy their music from those places. I can't go in there and not come out without a headache. I almost had a panic attack getting the Born to Run reissue for my dad before xmas.

I already have most of the CDs from their list that I'd want, but I'll probably pick up the new Cat Power, Antony & The Johnsons, and Action Action CDs. If you don't have them already, this is an excellent opportunity to pick up the New Pornographers, Bloc Party, and Arcade Fire - solid, solid choices (that you probably have already).

So there's two outcomes here, right? In outcome #1, my Mom goes into Best Buy, sees the rack of $7.99 CDs and thinks, "Huh - I remember hearing someone mention this 'Fire Arcade' or maybe I read about them in passing in Newsweek - well, for eight dollars..." And then she buys it and likes it and I'm proud of her and the indie music scene is all-around better off. In outcome #2, all the hipsters in poverty decide that music is music is music and if they're not downloading it illegally, they might as well pay $8 for it instead of $14 - B-Side and The Exclusive Company go out of business and the indie music scene is poorer for it, since they've lost a venue for those CDs that aren't popular enough for Best Buy to stock.

Aw, fudge

My 11-for-11 spinning class plan is over before it even started - apparently a 5:30 p.m. alarm won't get me up in time for a 6:00 a.m. spinning class. 10-for-10 is a nicer, rounder number anyway.

More free music for you - this time, from lonely Lincoln, NE

Eagle*Seagull are very Wolf Parade/Arcade Fire-esque, if those bands are old enough to have esques yet. You can download four tracks from their google-cached website and one more from their updated site - that's like a free EP. They're touring the midwest, south and northeast this Spring, starting with a show at Sokol Auditorium in Omaha the day after tomorrow (Mister Vertigo - I'm looking at you for a concert report), but the closest they come to Madison is Ames, IA.

More free music

If your ipod still has some free gigabytes after downloading the WOXY studio appearances, then scoot on over to www.elliottsmithbsides.com and download (of course, for free) the tracks that were supposed to make up the second disc of From A Basement On The Hill and dozens and dozens of other live, demo, unreleased, and b-side songs. There's easily another 300-400mb of free, great music here.

Vegas Week Challenges

M.Bro is going to be in Las Vegas from tomorrow until Thursday next week - that gives me seven days of pseudo-bachelorhood. I considered turning our apartment into a rockin' discotheque for an evening, but I don't dance well. I need your help, blog-readers - your help creating a list of Vegas Week Challenges to keep me occupied for seven days. Here's what I have so far - what else do ya got for me?
-Blazey the Blazer? Will not leave the garage until I have to drive to the airport next Thursday.
-The Princeton Club has eleven spinning classes that work with my teaching schedule - I will be at all of eleven of them.
-I will drink only green tea - no coffee or espresso-based drinks.


What kind of IR teacher would I be without a state to call my own? Enter Brozekistan -
The Armed Republic of Brozekistan is a tiny, economically powerful nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws. Its compassionate, hard-working population of 5 million are either ruled by a small, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Commerce, Social Welfare, and Defence. Income tax is unheard of. A healthy private sector is led by the Soda Sales, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining industries.

Every couple days (according to the instructions), I get an e-mail with a new issue I, as Supreme High Commander, must address. My answer shapes the daily lives of Brozekistan's citizens, and the issues I get to address in the future. My first issue is whether or not to support compulsory voting - here are my options:
"Compulsory voting makes about as much as sense as having the death penalty for attempted suicide," says civil rights activist Konrad Longbottom. "You can't force people to be free! You can only give them the choice. Besides, if all those derelicts who can't be bothered to get off their ass once every few years voted, who would they elect? I shudder to think."

"It's not contradictory at all," argues political commentator Stephanie Spirit. "The fact is, if not everyone votes, the outcome isn't truly representative. Some groups--like elderly gun nuts--vote more often than others. That's why always we always end up with such terrible politicians."

"This raises an interesting issue," says Chastity Dredd, your brother. "And that is: why do we need elections, anyway? Seems to me it would be much simpler if you just decided what was right, and did it. Wouldn't that save everyone a lot of time?"

Shut up Travis

If you haven't been downloading (for free!) the in-studio performances from WOXY, you should - highlights include Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Architecture in Helsinki, Fiery Furnaces, Rogue Wave, We Are Scientists, The Hold Steady, and Neko Case. It's easily 300gb of free, excellent music.

2006 Music Roundup

You were supposed to get a post filled with FranFow Cabin Weekend pictures, but I forgot to upload them, so you're getting this instead - "this" being a list of the music I'm excited to buy in 2006 -

Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat - released today!
Jenny Lewis is the lead singer of Rilo Kiley and was in two movies that apparently only I have seen - Troop Beverly Hills and The Wizard.

Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Am Not - 2/21
Look - it's another artsy dance-rock band from the UK! That's not to say I'm not excited about another artsy dance-rock band from the UK.

Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll - Who knows? There's no US distributor yet
3hive gave me two Art Brut songs, and it's just about worth the $23 to import the CD from Amazon UK.

The Shins - Wincing the Night Away - sometime in the summer
I read in an Under the Radar interview that the Shins are pretty aware of their newfound popularity - "There's a lot to say for that personal attachment a fan will have to a band like The Shins, and you lose that when you go to school and the football jock is wearing a Shins t-shirt. Nothing against football or jocks, but if the guy that's beating your ass is wearing a Shins t-shirt, everything is fucked up."

Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood - 3/7
I have no idea what that title means, but I'm sure there's some song about it that's gorgeous and haunting and pretty.

Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies - 2/21
Dan Bejar, like Neko Case, is also a New Pornographer, so the combination of these two albums playing simultaneously in my house will be as close to a new New Pornographers album as I'll get this year. Wait - is AC Newman making a new album? The Slow Wonder came out in late 2004, but his website hasn't been updated since 2/10/05 - I guess that means no.

But wait! There are still albums from 2005 that I haven't bought or "bought"! 2006 - you're early, can you wait in the hallway while I get things straightened out?

Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy!
The Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers!
The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree!
Constantines - Tournament of Hearts!
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods!
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire!
MIA - Arular!
Common - Be!
The Fiery Furnaces - Rehearsing My Choir!
Apollo Sunshine - s/t!
Metric - Live it Out!

Cocina en fuego muy delgado!

I predict a salsa-riffic trip to the FranFow's cabin this weekend - es muy bueno! How do I say "Go Steelers" in Spanish?

Exit Exam at Surgeon School

Test your mousing skillz - I guarantee you won't be able to make it to the end of level three without jerking the pointer into a wall!

Less than a dime a gram

This little cutie was waiting for me when I got home from lecture though - it's a minimalist Topeak folding tool with six different wrench heads. It weighs 58 grams, and is smaller than my big folding mini-tool (which bounces around like a kid in one of those bouncy room when I ride my mountain bike) and the same size as a fortune cookie.

Inauspicious Beginnings

Tonight was my first lecture of the semester - I'm hoping they forget about the terrible first impression of the course after a few weeks. Not that the lecture itself went badly - in fact, I think they enjoyed the idea of International Relations as a big game of Tic Tac Toe. No - it was the "locked door" incident that made me look silly.

I got to the room about quarter to six - to find about a dozen students and one of my TAs standing in the hallway. "You have a key to this room, right?" she asked me. Ack. After hours - locked room - lecture in the hallway? I zipped upstairs to see if I could find an evening custodian or open office or key in a treasure chest (I've played enough SNES RPGs to know that there's a treasure chest with a key for every locked door in the dungeon) or something. I found an open custodian's closet, but no custodian. Inside the door, though, was a sheet with phone numbers - I dialed the one at the top of the list, got the Custodial Supervisor, and gave him the rundown - he was on the west side of campus, but said he could be at my building in five minutes.

I went back down to the hallway, where 60-70 students were now milling, and made a loud announcement about getting them into the room soon. So far I come across pretty well in this story, huh? Hold your horses, there, Mr. J.Bro-doesn't-sound-all-that-foolish! Because as I was making this loud announcement, a girl opens the classroom door from the inside to ask what's going on.

Here's what I think happened - the door handles to my classroom don't actually turn - the doors just pull open. I think one student came, tried to turn the handle, thought it was locked, and sat down to wait for someone with more authority and a key. Another student came, heard the door was locked, decided not to try it (since that would be an obvious insult to Student #1's intelligence), and sat down too. More students come, hear the locked-door story, and have no reason to try the door themselves - after all, why would eight other students be sitting in the hallway if the door wasn't really locked? I get there and find a dozen students and one TA outside - what reason do I have to doubt their story? Eventually, the hallway crowd reached a level that qualifies as teeming, at which point I make my announcement loudly enough to be heard over them, alerting the students inside the room to our presence.

GT Talera - new lease on life

I doubt it was cost-effective, but this conversion of a late-80's, low-end mountain bike into a fixed-gear is striking. Fixed Gear Gallery has more finished bikes, but rarely the before-conversion shots.

Well, we'd just say manager

Congratulations to M.Bro for her official promotion from Assistant Manager to Mr. Manager, Education Director, and Webmaster! I think it's telling that the employee's reaction at the store meeting last night was an overwhelming, "Wait - hasn't she been the manager for, like, a year already?"

Also, congratulations for getting her ears pierced like a grown-up.

The things I did before noon today

Sometimes, in lieu of a post with content, I think you should just know what I do with my time.

1) Three point five hours of spinning at the gym.
2) Got Missy to admit, after some prodding, that Sufjan Stevens is not actually "kinda boring," like she thought after hearing Chicago on my Best of 2005 CD.
3) Experienced annoyance with bookstore guy when I found out that one of my textbooks probably won't be in by the first day of class. Because they ordered it late.
4) Read the Lindsay Lohan interview in Vanity Fair. Shamefully realized that she's actually kinda....cool. Not for the bulimia and drug use, but for not being Hilary Duff.
5) Realized I only like reading about somewhere around half of my interests - triathlon, running, and European bike racing? No, sir. Music, TV, and mountain biking? Yep, and I can't figure out why there's a distinction.
6) Saw the first pictures of Axl Rose in public since 2004. He's lost some of the baby weight, but I'm still embarrassed about his hair for him.

It's been quite the productive morning, truth be told. M.Bro's planning to look for and buy a new skirt for the Scrapbook Superstore holiday party tonight, so shopping and eating stuffed mushrooms will take up the rest of my day.

1) I haven't been in West Towne Mall for a while - how long has the giant "COMING SOON - H&M" sign been there? I'm very excited for this, conditional on there being a menswear section. The first time I went, with Spice and ELF in Chicago, I thought their clothes were too hip for me. I've shopped at the one near Ikea in Schaumburg a few times since, though, and their clothes are getting less hip or something.
2) Scored a pair of Badger basketball tickets and a parking pass in the random gift exchange - far and away the best non-scrapbooking gift.


In the interest of not ruining the finale for those that don't want it ruined, I'm only putting up a link. To sum up: Hee.


From TVGuide -
OUT OF THE BLUTH: Fox has announced a Friday, Feb. 10, two-hour season finale — that's what the memo says, season finale — for Arrested Development. In the season finale — that's what the memo says, season finale — Fast Times at Ridgemont High's Judge Reinhold will guest-star, as well as Arrested headliner Jason Bateman's real-life sis, Family Ties alum Justine Bateman, playing a woman who may or may not be Michael's half-sister.

Two things:
1) "...season" finale?
2) What else is on Friday, Feb 10th? Oh, the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Arrested Development fans hate sportsmanship. And America.

Zoom Miler XC

What's wrong with me? I don't even have a trail run on my race calendar and if I did, I already have a fantastic pair of xc spikes - but I'm still luuuusting lustily after these shoes. If I ordered five pair (which would mean doubling up on one of the colors), I could save $20 on my $100 order - then, technically, they'd only be $16 per pair!

One purple speed / big, fat blog

Some updates on the links section to your right. And maybe down a little bit. Yeah - there it is. I dropped some blogs I never read and added Jesse Lalonde's site - winner of the bike race part of the MTB Singlespeed World Championships (but not the world champion because he didn't win the go-kart race), 5th in the WORS Elite category (on a singlespeed, natch), test-rider for Gary Fisher bikes, and organizer of the local 24MOTAB (24 Minutes Of The Abandoned Building) races.

Update: I'm also adding Big Fat Blog, an obesity-acceptance site, because I think it's entertaining.
Good news: Chicago's CTA and Pace (suburban) buses will have wider seats starting next year. They're going up from 17.5" (44.45cm) across to 18" (45.72cm) across. Despite the small increase, this will make Chicago's bus seats the biggest in the nation.

Despite the few spoil-sports quoted in the article (Dave Grotto, a dietitian and spokesman for the American Dietetic Association, who trots out the "Fat people are costing us more in healthcare, and now we're seeing the result of the obesity epidemic" whine), I see this as a positive move.

Warranty? Denied!

Apparently the guy who was hit by the truck - a teammate of a friend of a friend - is not only still alive, but doing just fine.

But cyclists aren't always the victims when highway users collide -

An apple a day

Sometimes I forget just how much I like a nice Pink Lady or Granny Smith apple.

Grab it, spin it, stretch it

Brendan Benson's website may have the most fun navigation tool I've ever seen. Sun Ringlé takes the cake for best intro page though.

Burrito and Mrs. Eater

Awwwwww! (Note: That's "awwwww" in the isn't-that-adorable way, not the I'm-so-disappointed way - I couldn't be more appointed!)

Blonde joke update!

I posted a blonde joke a few days ago, which was then forwarded from various readers to their various friends to their various wives. Here's the result of one of those forwards -
I didn't know if this was the blond joke or not...but I can't get the link to work...can you help me, everyone is saying how good it is and I can't get it to work! I really want to read it now! HELP! I know i'm blond, but i can still usually work a computer!

A round of surprises for the house!

I don't want to steal Mark's thunder, since I'm sure there will be a post about it very soon, but I just got back from by far the best double-cross surprise birthday party ever. While I definitely enjoyed dinner with Spice, OleNelson and Herr Goebbels, I couldn't be happier that I skipped going to Brokeback Mountain with them!

The hottest CAT

Oh - I'm totally married to the hottest member of EK's Creative Artist Team!

Man or woman?

There's a bit of disagreement in the .Bro household over the sex of the new person on the UW Credit Union homepage -

Additional humor update: Maybe you'd prefer a classic blonde joke?


Breaking news: In a Vanity Fair interview,Lindsay Lohan admits her weight loss was due to bulimia and drug use.
Lohan confirmed to Vanity Fair that as recently as May, she was making herself vomit in order to keep her weight down.

"I was making myself sick," the actress said

Oh, and Ariel Sharon will probably be dead by the time you read this. Thanks to Spice for the "What's up? Sharon's dead (almost)" e-mail.


My aunt Gayle and uncle Rich - San Franciscans, regular readers, but rare commenters - just returned from a hiking trip to the tip of South America - Chile's Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region. Take a few minutes to look at the photos under Puntas Arenas, The Trek, and Lake District on this page - they're really very stunning.

Book Order

I need to get my textbook order to the bookstores in the next day or two, and I can't decide whether this seems excessive for an intro-level course. Listed in order that I'm committed to assigning them -
1 - Goldstein and Pevehouse - Introduction to International Relations
-$79 new / $56 used (UW Bookstore guy says there are "plenty of used copies")-
-This is the primary textbook for the course - I'm definitely assigning this one.

2 - Course reader
-$7-10 through StudentPrint
-This is a set of supplemental articles. I can either make them buy it as a reader, or just assign the readings and let the students print their own. Frankly, I don't think they'd do it on their own.

3 - Schelling - The Strategy of Conflict
-$21.95 new / $17 used ("only a few" used from the bookstore)
-This is a classic, and I plan to teach them a very Schelling-esque version of International Relations.

4 - Axelrod - The Evolution of Cooperation
-$21.50 new / $15 used ("some" used available from the bookstore)
-Another classic, although I probably wouldn't assign the entire thing. Probably 2 or 3 chapters, though, which makes me feel kind of squiggerly about copying the pages for the course reader instead of assigning the book.

Copies of everything will be available for 2-hour checkout in the reserve library, and the University has lots of copies of the Schelling and Axelrod books for check-out at various campus libraries.

So what do you think? Too much for a 100-level intro course? Drop the Axelrod book? Put a chapter or two of the Axelrod book in the reader? Assign what I want and let them figure out which ones to buy and which to read at the library?


Don't forget - new Arrested Development tonight - 7:00 Central, some other time for Californians. They don't start sitcoms at 5:00 there, do they? I need to live somewhere outside the midwest for a while.

Post-show update: Hee for meta-comedy! Less hee - I just found out that it might have been the last episode that will air. There are five unaired episodes - two that were supposed to be next Monday back-to-back and three that would come out with the DVD. Apparently Fox changed next Monday's schedule to back-to-back House reruns instead of the new AD episodes. It kills me that it's a smart business decision.

It's a panic in Detroit!

I can't believe I don't have any David Bowie albums. Not even Ziggy Stardust. Or Labyrinth on DVD.

Ringing in 2006

Before one of them buys the farm tonight or something, I think it's time to put together that most-special of special end-of-the-year lists - Dead Famous People in 2006! According to my calculations, the following people will find themselves at the pearly gates in the next 12 months -
Dick Clark
Gerald Ford
Liz Taylor
Eunice Kennedy-Shriver
Fidel Castro
Courtney Love
Hilary Duff