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UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006.
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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2005 with 32 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Nov. 29, the 334th day of 2004 with 32 to follow.
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Today is Saturday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2003 with 32 to follow.
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Dali's funhouse at 1939 fair recalled

NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- One of the sensations of the 1939 World's Fair in New York was Salvador Dali's "Dream of Venus," a funhouse exhibit where for 25 cents you could see nearly nake
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 8-14.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Quincy Jones, who was born in 1933 (age 70); Chicago's Walter Parazaider in 1945 (age 58); disc jockey-turned-comic recording star Rick Dees in 1951 (age 52); Level 42 guitarist Boon Gould in 1955 (age 48); and Taylor Hanson of H
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Johnny Dollar, who was born in 1933 (age 70); Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees in 1945 (age 58); Randy Meisner, bassist and vocalist with Poco and with the Eagles, in 1946 (age 57); singer/songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and Three Dog
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Today is Friday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2002 with 32 to follow.
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Busby Berkeley (November 29, 1895 – March 14, 1976) was a highly influential Hollywood movie director and musical choreographer. Berkeley was famous for his elaborate musical production numbers that often involved complex geometric patterns. Berkeley's works used large numbers of showgirls and props as fantasy elements in kaleidoscopic on-screen performances.

Berkeley was born to stage actress Gertrude Berkeley. In addition to her stage work, Gertrude played mother roles in silent films while Berkley was still a child. Berkeley made his stage debut at five, acting in the company of his performing family. During World War I, Berkeley served as a field artillery lieutenant. Watching soldiers drill may have inspired his later complex choreography. During the 1920s, Berkeley was a dance director for nearly two dozen Broadway musicals, including such hits as A Connecticut Yankee. As a choreographer, Berkeley was less concerned with the terpsichorean skill of his chorus girls as he was with their ability to form themselves into attractive geometric patterns. His musical numbers were among the largest and best-regimented on Broadway.

His earliest movie jobs were on Samuel Goldwyn's Eddie Cantor musicals, where he began developing such techniques as a “parade of faces” (individualizing each chorus girl with a loving close-up), and moving his dancers all over the stage (and often beyond) in as many kaleidoscopic patterns as possible. Berkeley's top shot technique (the kaleidoscope again, this time shot from overhead) appeared seminally in the Cantor films, and also the 1932 Universal programmer Night World (where he choreographed the number "Who's Your Little Who-Zis?"). His numbers were known for starting out in the realm of the stage, but quickly exceeding this space by moving into a time and place that could only be cinematic, only to return to shots of an applauding audience and the fall of a curtain. As choreographer, Berkeley was allowed a certain degree of independence in his direction of musical numbers, and they were often markedly distinct from (and sometimes in contrast to) the narrative sections of the films. The numbers he choreographed were mostly upbeat and focused on decoration as opposed to substance; one exception to this is the number “Remember My Forgotten Man” from Gold Diggers of 1933, which dealt with the treatment of soldiers in a post-World War I Depression.

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